Armored Core Nexus Original Soundtrack

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Composed by Koichi Suenaga / Kota Hoshino / N.O.Y.B. / Shohei Tsuchiya / Tsukasa Saitoh / Yukinori Takada
Published by Aniplex
Catalog number SVWC-7311~2
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 40 Tracks
Release date April 21, 2004
Duration 01:53:13
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Overview

Armored Core: Nexus continued to focus on the risk of full-scale war between corporations, but had a considerably lighter atmosphere than its predecessors Armored Core 3 and Armored Core: Silent Line. This is particularly reflected in the score, led by Kota Hoshino, which departs from the series' typical moody and serious soundscapes in favour of various uplifting contemporary tracks. The soundtrack release for the title spanned two discs for the first time and the second disc features all sorts of goodies for series' fans.

Body

Following the success of vocal components on previous episodes in the storyline, the soundtrack opens with a theme song of sorts, "Shining". This track is certainly one of the most light-hearted and cheesy of all tracks in the Armored Core series with elating electronic beats and lyrics such as 'Shining every day'. It'll take most series' collectors by surprise, but fits the nature of the game's storyline well. Nevertheless, Hoshino still maintains the off-the-wall feel of earlier soundtracks in the series with the unusual vocal style and hybridised instrumentation. The hook is also well-integrated throughout the soundtrack, most notably on the electrifying "Armored Core Runs About" and the encompassing "End Roll".

Given the lighter nature of the game, the majority of the instrumental tracks reject the orchestrations of earlier titles in the storyline in favour of mostly contemporary elements. For instance, "World Navigation" is reminiscent of the series' days with Mijk van Dijk with its mainstream techno elements; however, this time they're used for uplifting effect rather than to portray post-apocalyptic scenery. Other tracks such as "Blitz", "Chronocrash", "Chime", and, best of all, "Wallflower" also feature beautiful synthpads while still retaining a certain edge. The warm and soothing soundscaping here is such a pleasant contrast to the dark and jarring approach of the similarly electronic Armored Core 2 and Armored Core: Last Raven.

The soundtrack also incorporates mainstream rock elements for the first time in the series, but they're not as prominent as those in Armored Core 4. "Lightning Volcano" is particularly satisfying, both as a scene-setter and a stand-alone listen, since the various riffs are blended with electronic elements in a somewhat zany manner. "Urgent Evasion" is also effective as a tense scene-setter, given the various rock riffs are presented in quite a grisly way, further enhancing the diversity of the experience. "Scope Eye", on the other hand, aspires a little too closely to a cool indie sound and is a precursor to Armored Core 4's overly egotistical approach.

The soundtrack's producers ensured the soundtrack's increased weight was worthwhile by closing the album with remixes of numerous series' favourites. Defining tracks from the first storyline, such as "Grip", "Circulation", and "Apex in Circle", sound wonderful with the various additions and enhanced samples offered here. The main themes from the game's direct predecessors, "Artificial Sky" and "Silent Line", are also given novel electro-acoustic interpretations alongside other popular tracks. The album ends with a ten minute medley of remixes of other favourites from across the series' music. It is very nostalgic to revisit all these themes, some dating back all the way to 1997, though it's a pity that the transitions are so jarring rather than fluid.

Summary

Overall, the soundtrack to Armored Core: Nexus offers a plenty contrast to other titles in the series with its light contemporary tones. There are plenty of enjoyable tracks in the first disc, mainly of an electronic nature. The second disc, which is almost completely dedicated to revisiting series' classics, will also be very valuable for long-term fans of the games. A recommended purchase.



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В прошлом году серия Armored Core отметила свое 20-летие, поэтому еще в декабре From Software анонсировала саундтрек 20th Anniversary Box, приуроченный к этому событию. Сегодня студия объявила, что альбом выйдет в Японии 1 ноября 2018 года по цене 18 500 иен за стандартное издание и 29... Expand

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Album was composed by Koichi Suenaga / Kota Hoshino / N.O.Y.B. / Shohei Tsuchiya / Tsukasa Saitoh / Yukinori Takada and was released on April 21, 2004. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Aniplex.

CD 1

1
Shining
01:53
2
World Navigation
02:15
3
Dive
01:00
4
Like A Buffalo
02:02
5
Chronocrash
02:37
6
Prescription
03:10
7
Come On Nexus
01:51
8
Scope Eye
02:26
9
Brandnew Armored Core Runs About
02:34
10
Chime
03:09
11
Blitz
03:05
12
Prankish Jelly
01:34
13
Electro Arm With Emotion
03:15
14
Lightning Volcano
02:57
15
My Boat
01:20
16
Urgent Evasion
03:11
17
Flood Of A Life
02:42
18
Autobahn
02:44
19
Wall Flower
03:19
20
High Sign
02:37
21
Galaxy Heavy Blow
02:28
22
Red Butterfly
04:31
23
End Roll
02:54

CD 2

1
Whiz Drop nutty
03:09
2
Detect but miss
02:35
3
Insurance Money ver.sil
02:21
4
Complete Physical tek
02:50
5
Mode cut up version
02:44
6
In My Heart more heart
02:40
7
9 memories
03:07
8
Another Age left turn
02:17
9
Shape Memory Alloys 2
01:01
10
Firework circuit edit
03:15
11
Grip the otherside
02:58
12
Circulation all over
02:55
13
Super Monkey Likes Daddy
02:47
14
Apex In Circle extended
03:06
15
Artificial Sky tribal
03:12
16
Silent Line remix
02:25
17
The Revolution Mix
10:17
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