May 21, 1993
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This album is dedicated to one of Toaplan’s lower-profile releases, 1992’s Dogyuun!!, composed by Tatsuya Uemura. It features the original arcade tracks and a bonus arrange version.
“Dogyuun Magic” offers an upbeat mood with an Asian influence. Uemura offers some intricate rhythms, though it’s the overall progressive rock nature of the track that really manages to capture the attention of this listener. Uemura to provide a synth melody that works well with the groovy accompaniment. For the album release, he also created a special arrangement that greatly elaborates on these stylistic origins. It’s a treat for Toaplan fans.
“Power On” offers some great rhythms and a pretty decent melody at the same time. There is a definite celebratory tone in the track, but at the same time, I love the mellow passages that contrast nicely with the more invigorating aspects of the track. “High Speed Queen” offers an interesting combination of upbeat melodies with some slower tempo sections that help give it a bit of mystery. Overall, it’s quite an intriguing track with some great rhythms and a serviceable melody as well.
As the name suggests, “Onmoroid Boogie” has a very funky atmosphere with a bit of progressive rock flair. The B section offers quite a fun synthesizer melody that really works well at capturing a lot of energy. Lastly, “Gamushalism” has a very industrial soundscape to it, thanks to the mechanical rhythms and futuristic accompaniments. The actual melody itself is a bit more mysterious sounding, but still adopts a sort of a progressive rock tone; however, I feel it’s one of the weaker themes on the soundtrack.
“Theme of Boss” develops quite nicely, given the genre. It has a sinister tone, but at the same time, it offers some amazing rhythms and a pretty catchy melody as well. It’s definitely one of the more successful boss themes on the album. The release closes with a sound effects collection.
Dogyuun!! isn’t one of Toaplan’s most high-profile releases, but it is a solid one. The soundtrack is one of the company’s most musically and technologically limited releases, and the arranged version testifies to Uemura’s talent. But like most albums in Pony Canyon’s series, it is brief and available elsewhere in a more worthwhile compilation.
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Posted on August 1, 2012 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on August 1, 2012.