Guilty Gear Isuka Original Soundtrack

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Guilty Gear Isuka Original Soundtrack
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Covers release: Chudahs Corner
Composed by Daisuke Ishiwatari / Tetsuya Ohuchi / Yoshino Kusano
Arranged by Tetsuya Ohuchi / Yoshihiro Kusano
Published by Team Entertainment
Catalog number KDSD-00036
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 20 tracks
Release date April 21, 2004
Duration 00:42:33
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Overview

I have a hard time trying to figure out how to rate Guilty Gear Isuka Original Soundtrack. On one hand, it's some damn fine guitar rock, in the spirit of previous entries in the series, and probably one of the best available hard rock soundtracks on the market. On the other hand, it's really short and it lacks a lot of the personality that drew me to become such a diehard fan of the Guilty Gear series in the first place. It's one of those soundtracks that's not bad and I'm happy I purchased, but it could have been so much better.

You have to look at the game itself in order to understand why the soundtrack turned out the way it has. The game is essentially a version of Guilty Gear XX with four characters fighting onscreen at the same time. Given that battles with only two fighters in XX don't take much effort to light up the screen with pyrotechnics, one can only imagine the carnage with two additional characters. In essence, it's more of an experiment and not the next big game in the Guilty Gear series. Response from the Japanese fighting game tournament scene seems to support this, as XX is still played on a tournament level and Isuka is more of a sideshow and generally ignored at tournament-level play, despite being the newer release. More importantly, the level of effort that has been put into the Guilty Gear Isuka Original Soundtrack seems to reflect this as well, as it is clearly not series composer Daisuke Ishiwatari's best effort.

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With four characters onscreen, this meant we wouldn't be getting character themes, but rather just stage themes for the different backgrounds. Generally, when fighting games take the approach of only composing music for the background areas, the results are disastrous because the music tends to lack focus and there is never enough of it. One needs to look no farther than the abysmal Marvel VS Capcom 2 and Capcom VS SNK 1 & 2 soundtracks for an example of what can go wrong, where you have a small set of tracks that actually go against what is going on during the fighting (yes, this is yet another direct bashing of Capcom's half-assed fighting game soundtrack efforts of late and it certainly will not be the last). Both of these flaws hold true for Guilty Gear Isuka Original Soundtrack, though not to the same disastrous extent. While Guilty Gear XX Original Soundtrack and Guilty Gear X Heavy Rock Tracks were both filled to the brim with pure hard-rock VGM bliss, this one barely manages to hit the 40-minute mark. On top of that, most of these tracks lack the same dangerously addictive melodies which previous entries showed. They're good when they're on, but instantly forgettable. It seems like each piece has one or two memorable parts, with everything else being fairly generic.

That said, the overall structure is similar to previous entries in the series. The major tracks run about three minutes apiece and then there are a bunch of shorter tracks. Instrumentation is sharp and clear, sounding very similar to the original Guilty Gear Original Sound Collection. Even though it lacks the full band from Guilty Gear XX Original Soundtrack (only two guitarists are credited in the liners), the sound set-up is probably my favorite in the series. It doesn't quite suffer from the harshness of the bass guitar from XX and the synth sounds much better this time around as well.

Without a doubt, my favorite track is "Drunkard Does Make Wise Remarks". It's exceptionally bright and cheerful, reminiscent of the themes for May in the past Guilty Gear soundtracks ("Unidentified Child" and, of course, "Blue Water Blue Sky"). Both guitars come out blazing and intertwine throughout the piece, even synching up around two minutes in, to deliver a truly satisfying experience. The piece most worthy of praise is probably "The Cat Attached to the Rust", the ending theme. It opens with a soft organ, then brings in an acoustic guitar and a whistler (sounding like something from Wild Arms), before an electric guitar joins in to reiterate the melody from the other instruments. The organ comes back again and overall, it's probably the most memorable piece on this soundtrack.

As for the other tracks, "Lady Fascination" features some cool riffs from the rhythm guitar, which manage to sustain a dynamic, but somewhat dull melody. "Home Sweet Grave" succeeds in alternating repetitions to blend a rhythm guitar, a techno beat and a lead synth together nicely. Again, not much can be said for the overall tune once it's over, but it's catchy while it's on. The final boss theme, "Kill DOG As A Sacrifice To DOG" features an instrument that sounds like some kind of wacked-out guitar. Someone on a message board pointed out that it's probably a distorted voice being used as an instrument. After careful listening on better speakers and headphones, I'm starting to agree. The piece is worth hearing just for this rather disturbing effect, but it doesn't put the tune in the same league as "Meet Again" and "The Midnight Carnival", both previous classic final battle themes in the series. Other pieces, like "Push a Bush" and "Sheep Will Sleep (if you become fatigued)" lack the directness that made the tunes in previous games so addictive. They sound like they could be so much better if the melodies were ironed out more.

One cool thing to listen for are the references to past tracks in the series. "Drumhead Pulsation" for example, has a rhythm that should immediately remind people of Zato/Eddie's "Feel a Fear". "The Irony of a Chaste" bears a similar chord progression to "Writhe in Pain," and "Riches in Me" sounds like it wants to go in the same direction that "Existence" did from Guilty Gear XX did before it turns into something completely new. If you've noticed the way Nobuo Uematsu used several parts that sounded like his previous works in later Final Fantasy games, you'll find Ishiwatari did the same thing here. While somewhat derivative, it's like having the composer's seal of approval on the soundtrack.

Summary

Overall, the best way to look at this is just a sleeper hit to tide fans of the series over until the next big thing. It's great while it's on, making for nice driving music or even something for concentration (since the melodies aren't overwhelming), but it lacks the depth of previous entries in the series to recommend wholeheartedly. I certainly don't recommend this to people who are new to the series, because I don't think it has that "pull" to draw people in, like the Guilty Gear XX Original Soundtrack and Guilty Gear X Heavy Rock Tracks do. Still, you're not going to do much better if you're in the market for a good rock soundtrack (again, outside of the rest of the Guilty Gear series), so if you like your music loud, be sure to look into this. The Guilty Gear Isuka Original Soundtrack should be available at most major game music retailers.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Andy Byus

Overview

Daisuke Ishiwatari, the God of hard rock, comes back to the Guilty Gear scene for the relative new game Guilty Gear Isuka. But this time, there has been a change. Ishiwatari has decided to scrap the character themes and go with stage themes. He also decided to hire new guitarists and arrangers, Yoshihiro Kusano and Tetsuya Ohuchi. How does it compare to other additions to the series? Same Ishiwatari, different style, I'd say.

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There has been much contriversy regarding the stage themes with some saying that it was a bad idea and some saying that it was a good idea. As for me, I don't really mind. I do miss the good old character themes (like "Holy Orders", "Feel A Fear", "Keep Yourself Alive", and more), but it's nice to have a change. Some pieces on the album sound similar to old character themes. A good example of this would be "The Irony Of Chaste". The harpsichord intro and the continous religous and Baroque theme sounds similar to "Holy Orders (Be Just or Be Dead)"; very good overall and quite reminiscent of old Ishiwatari.

Time to look at my eight favourites from the soundtrack. "Sheep Will Sleep (if you become fatigued)" is great; I like fast and furious piece and this piece is just that. "Drunkard Does Make Wise Remarks" sounds very similar to Bridget and May's Guilty Gear XX themes, "Simple Life" and "Blue Water, Blue Sky". It is upbeat and happy and contains some great guitar riffs. "Riches in Me" is like "Sheep Will Sleep"; it is fast and furious and keeps your blood moving — definitly a highlight on the album. "Lady Fasinaction" is another great piece on the album. It contains some truly awesome guitar work and shows the full talent of the guitarists.

"Kill DOG as a sacrifice to DOG" is the final boss theme. It is louder than "Midnight Carnival", "Awe of She", and Meet Again", previous final boss themes from previous Guilty Gear games. It is definitely up there with the other themes but lacks the "demon effect" that final boss themes need in order to sound, well, evil. The ending theme, "The Cat Attached to the Rust", is awesome! The accoustic guitar, whistling, and electric guitars just blend so well together that it makes the song the best song on the album. You know what they say — "save the best till last" — and that's exactly what Ishiwatari did. The rest of pieces on the album are are nothing really special and are mostly short, ranging from 10 seconds to 1 minute.

Summary

I can honestly find only one thing bad about this album and that is its way too short. It only lasts for 42 minutes and I say that's not long enough! This album is just as good as previous Guilty Gear albums and should be in everybody's collection. So go on, support the series and buy the Guilty Gear Isuka Original Soundtrack now!



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Harry Simons

Overview

Guilty Gear Isuka, a spin-off title for the main Guilty Gear fighting games, is rather interesting. Rather than having a one-on-one battle, you could essentially have a four person free-for-all. Ironically, this album also has three composers. In addition to Daisuke Ishiwatari, the new composers include Yoshino Kusano, the arranger for the Guilty Gear 2 Overture Vol. 2 album, and Tetsuya Ohuchi. How does this spin-off's soundtrack compare to that of the main series?

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If I could sum up this album in a few words, it would be 'an album with a heavy focus on guitar solos'. Almost every single piece on here has a guitar solo, in varying degrees, and they are all pretty good. This album also introduces new composers to the series, though unfortunately their tracks are fairly short and, for the most part, the weakest of the bunch.

Ishiwatari still shows off his dominant skills in this one. "Sheep Will Sleep (if they become fatigued)" is easily my favorite piece on the album. Featuring piano, nice synth chorals, and an excellent melody, I could listen to this one for days. The combination of these elements helps to create a very exhilarating piece of music. The guitar solo is really nice as well with hints of distortion.

"Exceptional Routine Work”" is another excellent piece, and one that could reflect Ishiwatari's overall involvement in the composition for the series. The piece is much slower, but employs some interesting rhythms that the guitar solo seems to complement nicely. Unfortunately, the other composers, Yoshino Kusano and Tetsuya Ohuchi, aren't nearly as strong. Despite their compositions having short track lengths, they aren't that great to begin with.

Summary

While not as strong as Guilty Gear XX, this album also has a lot of highlights. The reasons to listen to this album are definitely Ishiwatari, while his collaborators somewhat disappoint. Overall, it's a great album and definitely worth a purchase.



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Don Kotowski

General Director: Daisuke Ishiwatari (ARC SYSTEM WORKS)

Arrangement: Yoshihiro Kusano
Tetsuya Ohuchi

Guitar: Yoshihiro Kusano
Tetsuya Ohuchi


GUILTY GEAR ISUKA ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK
Compose: Daisuke Ishiwatari (M1~M12)
Yoshino Kusano (M14,M15,M19,M20)
Tetsuya Ohuchi (M13,M16~M18)
Arrangement: Yoshino Kusano
Tetsuya Ohuchi
Guitar: Yoshino Kusano
Tetsuya Ohuchi
Bass: Tetsuya Ohuchi
Recording Engineer : Ryou Kozuka

Album was composed by Daisuke Ishiwatari / Tetsuya Ohuchi / Yoshino Kusano and was released on April 21, 2004. Soundtrack consists of 20 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by Team Entertainment.

CD 1

1
The GOD bites own lip in chagrin
Daisuke Ishiwatari
01:04
2
Sheep Will Sleep (,if you become fatigued)
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:15
3
Exceptional Routine Work
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:09
4
Drunkard Does Make Wise Remarks
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:09
5
Riches In Me
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:16
6
Drumhead Pulsation
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:13
7
Home Sweet Grave
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:15
8
The Irony Of Chaste
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:14
9
Lady Fascination
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:14
10
Push A Bush
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:15
11
Kill DOG As A Sacrifice To DOG
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:10
12
The Cat Attached To The Rust
Daisuke Ishiwatari
03:16
13
Hunt A Soul
Tetsuya Ohuchi
01:42
14
Confrontation
Yoshino Kusano
00:13
15
Might Is Right But Tight
Yoshino Kusano
00:14
16
Calculating King
Tetsuya Ohuchi
00:26
17
Lost My Holdings
Tetsuya Ohuchi
00:14
18
Peep
Tetsuya Ohuchi
01:09
19
Hurry Somebody Up
Yoshino Kusano
01:04
20
The fellow(who makes it bored is killed)
Yoshino Kusano
01:01
30.04.12
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