SUPER ROBOT WARS OG ORIGINAL GENERATIONS ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK

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SUPER ROBOT WARS OG ORIGINAL GENERATIONS ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK
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Composed by 岡田さとる / 湯村渉 / Hironobu Kageyama / Kayoko Matsushima / Masami Okui / Naofumi Tsuruyama / Takuya Hanaoka
Arranged by TRY FORCE / Yohgo Kohno
Published by Lantis
Catalog number LACA-9094~7
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 4 CD - 118 tracks
Release date September 5, 2007
Duration 04:43:42
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Super Robot Wars OG Original Generations Original Soundtrack :: Review by Don

Super Robot Wars OG Original Generations Original Soundtrack Album Title: Super Robot Wars OG Original Generations Original Soundtrack
Record Label: Lantis
Catalog No.: LACA-9094/7
Release Date: September 5, 2007
Purchase: Buy at CDJapan

Overview

Super Robot Taisen OG: Original Generations is a spinoff title in the ongoing Super Robot Taisen series. The soundtrack was principally composed of two teams — the duo Satoru Okada and Wataru Yukura, and the trio Salamander Factory, featuring Takuya Hanaoka, Naofumi Tsuruyama, Kayoko Matsushima. Unlike most Super Robot Taisen soundtracks, the sheer majority of the music was specifically composed for the title and there is a wide variety of styles. How does this compare to some of the other soundtracks in the series?

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The album opens with "Divine Wars". This is an awesome fusion theme that opens with a mysterious orchestral base before moving into an fusion piece combining rock, electronic, and orchestral elements. The disjointed nature of the theme is a bit strange, but overall, this track manages to impress. It is one of the better orchestral themes on here though. "The Judge, the Judged" is another interesting fusion theme. The orchestral elements, combined with the catchy electronic beat make for a great theme already, but the haunting operatic vocals that are interspersed throughout make for a fantastic addition and make this one of the highlights of the soundtrack. Another interesting fusion is provided by "Sword - Soul - One - Strike", which combines rock, orchestral, jazz, and some Asian elements into one. It's got a great atmosphere, but the melody leaves a bit to be desired. This theme is definitely one where the combination of elements is its prominent strength.

Like other Super Robot Taisen soundtracks, there are plenty of rock themes here. "Variable Formation" is a rock theme through and through. It's got a pretty good melody and the guitar riffs go well with the melody. It's not nearly as colorful as some of the other themes on the album, but it's full of adrenaline. "Marionette Messiah" is another theme with a great melody and a nice electronic bass line, with some rock accents in the harmony. The focus here is on a brass melody as well and works well in the same way. Much the same applies to "Ice Man", another theme that could belong in a Rockman soundtrack and even has a fitting name. Next up, "Steel Beowulf" is a progressive rock track with some nice synth accents and an awesome melody. This is one of those themes that just makes me smile when I hear it. "Treue" is also one of my favorites. It combines a pulsating bass line with some a rock and gothic nature at times. It definitely gives me off a Malice Mizer (a J-Rock band) at times. The melody is definitely one of the strengths in this one.

There are a range of orchestral tracks on the soundtrack, both upbeat and dark. "The Super Robot Wars" is an epic orchestral theme that hints at heroism, a hint of darkness, and regality. It features a pretty nice melody as well, although the accompaniment seems a bit trite. "Steel Ark" is an orchestral theme with a very heroic soundscape. The militaristic accompaniment combines with the melody quite nicely. However, I'm not particularly thrilled by this one. The melody just doesn't grab me like some of the other themes on the soundtrack. On a similar note, "Steel Ark (Ver. M)" seems to be resynthed. The sound is better overall, but it still suffers from the qualities of the original. Likewise "Super Robot Symphony" is an upbeat, heroic orchestral theme, but as with many of the other orchestral themes, the melody doesn't really grab my attention. To make it worse, the accompaniment is so static and really detracts from the piece.

Moving to some darker selections, "The Gate of Magus" is a gothic organ piece. There is a subtle electrorock accompaniment, but the majority of the piece features organ, haunting chorus, and orchestral elements. It's another one of the standout themes on the soundtrack, but mainly for the atmosphere it exudes. "Silencer's Alignment" is a piece that, when it comes to atmosphere, is also spot-on. The ethereal vocal work, the electronic "garbling," and the use of piano create a very dark nature and one that truly works. Less impressive is "Omnipotent Arbitraitor". Unfortunately, like a lot of the other orchestral themes, it leaves a bit to be desired in terms of melody and overall direction, but the piano accompaniment is definitely the star of the show. It just adds so a lot of atmosphere to the theme. "The Last Judgement," another orchestral theme, is also quite dark in nature, but sadly, it isn't given time to develop despite its climactic placement in the game.

Coming to the end of the soundtrack, "Cherry Blossom Illusion" is another catchy synth rock piece that features moments of exhilaration and moments of calm. The synth elements and the rock elements fuse together quite nicely, and even when they are separate, they manage to work quite well. The choral accents heard in the background help give it a "spiritual" feeling. "Wild Flug" is a pretty rockin' theme as well, at least in terms of accompaniment. Its speed metal base, combined with the more light-hearted synth melody is an interesting combination, but one that doesn't manage to stick out as much as it should. It's still fun to listen to, but one of the weaker themes I feel. To round off the review, "Poem of Thawing is a heartfelt theme, at times. The melody is quite nice and the use of brass, ethereal choral work. However, when the rock elements kick in, I find it to be more appealing. Overall, it's a pretty beautiful theme.

Summary

Out of the soundtracks in the Super Robot Taisen series that I have heard, this is easily my favorite one. Unlike most other Super Robot Taisen soundtracks, this one doesn't rely on arrangements of those anime theme songs that have grown tired over here. Though there are some classic arrangements here, they're limited to character themes, JAM Project songs, and a few others. Basically, though, the highlights are the original compositions. There's a great variety of styles, high production, and plenty of memorable original melodies. I'm particularly fond of the synth and rock-based themes and, aside some of the lacking orchestral themes, most of the soundtrack is very enjoyable. I suggest this album to you if you've played the game and liked the music. It wasn't quite what I was expecting (in a good way), and I was left quite pleased.



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Don Kotowski

Rocks (GAME Ver.)
Composition/Lyrics: Hironobu Kageyama
Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno
Vocals: JAM Project

PORTAL (OST Ver.)
Composition/Lyrics: Masami Okui
Arrangement: TRY FORCE
Vocals: JAM Project

BGM composition: 湯村渉, 岡田さとる, Naofumi Tsuruyama (Salamander Factory), Takuya Hanaoka (Salamander Factory), Kayoko Matsushima (Salamander Factory)


Known credits:

Takuya Hanaoka (from composer's site)
  Compose: 102*, 104, 112, 113, 206, 219, 303, 305, 404, 405, 425, 426
  Arrange: 114, 221, 416, 427, 432
  Compose (arranged by others): 103, 107, 109, 110, 111, 207, 208, 214, 218, 309, 310, 326, 415

* other composers also worked on this track.
Album was composed by 岡田さとる / 湯村渉 / Hironobu Kageyama / Kayoko Matsushima / Masami Okui / Naofumi Tsuruyama / Takuya Hanaoka and was released on September 5, 2007. Soundtrack consists of 118 tracks tracks with duration over more than 4 hours. Album was released by Lantis.

CD 1

1
Rocks (GAME Ver.)
00:46
2
DIVINE WARS
01:58
3
THE SUPER ROBOT WARS
02:16
4
Land of Beginning
02:18
5
For the Day That Must Come
03:23
6
EVERYWHERE YOU GO
03:19
7
ICE MAN
03:05
8
PSYCHIC ENERGY
03:36
9
TIME DIVER
03:22
10
WOMAN THE COOL SPY
02:52
11
Messenger from the Void
02:40
12
THE ARROW OF DESTINY
03:42
13
MARIONETTE MESSIAH
02:44
14
VARIABLE FORMATION
02:46
15
Steel Soul
03:24
16
The Final Judge
03:46
17
TIME TO COME
02:30
18
The Wind of La Giars
02:11
19
Hot Wind! Fierce Wind! Cybuster
02:04
20
Flapper Girl
02:47
21
Dark Prison
02:52
22
Valsion
02:28
23
ARMAGEDDON
01:49
24
VIOLENT BATTLE
01:47
25
The Judge, the Judged
03:48
26
Interlude to Fierce Fighting
01:29
27
EPIC MARCH
01:26

CD 2

1
Distant Battle, On Stage
02:35
2
Steel Beowulf
02:32
3
Platinum Lucifer
03:09
4
Alchemist of Swaying Heart
03:44
5
Cursed Fighters
02:07
6
Inspectors from an Evil Star
02:24
7
The Cockpit of Steel
02:36
8
VANISHING TROOPER
03:02
9
BLUE BLUE SKY
02:36
10
TREUE
03:03
11
Believe in Our Bonds
02:43
12
RIGHT AND KIND
02:38
13
ACE ATTACKER
02:43
14
No Enemy To Me
02:38
15
Asana of Destruction
02:36
16
BEAT AND BEAT
02:24
17
TACO-NA-GU-RI!
02:28
18
BORN TO FIGHT
02:44
19
RAIL TO THE DANGERZONE
02:47
20
Shooting Star, Cut the Night Apart
02:22
21
Steel Ark
02:22
22
Steel Ark (Ver.M)
03:21
23
Soaring Dragon
02:49
24
Exceedingly Near, in a World Endlessly Far
02:57
25
ASH TO ASH
02:46
26
DARK KNIGHT
02:14
27
CHAOS
02:25

CD 3

1
Sincerity of Brass
02:46
2
Cherry Blossom Illusion
02:49
3
Fairy Dang-Sing
02:48
4
ACE ATTACKER (Ver.W)
02:44
5
WILD FLUG
03:04
6
Trombe!
02:42
7
RUSHING DANDY
03:16
8
Hero Chronicle
02:50
9
The Sword That Cleaves Evil
02:18
10
Sword-Soul-One-Strike
03:20
11
THE GATE OF MAGUS
03:48
12
BURN NOW!
03:11
13
Roar! Compatikaiser
02:27
14
OVER THE TIME FLOW
02:41
15
OVER THE WORLD WALL
02:17
16
BE A PERFECT
02:06
17
The Sought-after "Answer"
02:09
18
Crimson Carnage God
02:42
19
Wild Dance of the Machine God
02:35
20
Fate That Must Be Opposed
03:05
21
Law of Carnage
02:52
22
GENERATIONS
01:36
23
Silence and Disturbance
01:14
24
In the Interval of War
01:17
25
Comrades, Cheer Up
01:58
26
The Omnipotent Arbitrator
01:31
27
Apocalypse
02:35
28
The Question of "Her"
01:38
29
Banquet of Carnage
01:44

CD 4

1
SUPER ROBOT SYMPHONY
02:06
2
AN EVEN FIGHT
02:36
3
A Poor Bet on the Odds
01:33
4
"Give Up" He Whispers
02:57
5
ENIGMA
02:55
6
Silencer's Alignment
02:10
7
Uninvited Stranger
01:27
8
"Once" and "From Now On"
02:09
9
WILDERNESS WAR
00:54
10
THE LAST JUDGMENT
01:22
11
NAMELESS WARRIORS
02:14
12
DARK ANXIETY
02:09
13
DEVIL PLOT
01:39
14
Wriggling Shadow
02:00
15
Detestable Visitors
01:04
16
Empire of Fools
01:33
17
BOOSTED CRISIS
01:01
18
Endless Winter
01:45
19
To the Bottom of Memory
02:06
20
THIRD SADNESS
01:47
21
Your Smiling Face, There
01:21
22
Rest is Also Important
01:25
23
Vow a Comeback in Your Heart
00:13
24
Frightening Melody
02:08
25
Wonderful Menace
01:36
26
An Absolutely Desperate Situation
01:32
27
Steel Messiah (Ver.OG)
02:32
28
GO!! (Ver.OG)
01:31
29
MACHINE SOUL (Ver.OG)
02:05
30
A Distant Battle, the Curtain Rises (Ver.OG)
02:10
31
Exceedingly Near, in a World Endlessly Far (Ver.OG)
02:30
32
Prisoner of the Labyrinth (Ver.OG)
02:34
33
STEEL SOUL FOR YOU
02:37
34
Poem of Thawing
02:16
35
Portal (OST Ver.)
03:49
30.04.12
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