Makaishin Trillion Original Soundtrack

 makaishintrillion cd scan Album Title:
Makaishin Trillion Original Soundtrack
Record Label:
Compile Heart
Catalog No.:
IF-0064
Release Date:
July 23, 2015
Purchase:
Buy Used Copy

Overview

Makaishin Trillion is the first game for Compile Heart’s new development team. Under the label Makai Ichiban Kan, a series of unconnected games are being developed. Although the game is composed by Kenji Kaneko, of Compile Heart, and Tenpei Sato, known for his work with Nippon Ichi Software, the music released on CD contains only the music composed by Tenpei Sato. How does his small contribution turn out in the end?

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The album opens with the vocal, “Noise of Love,” sung by KOCHO, it is a fun pop rock vocal with a great melody and vocal performance. The accompaniment, consisting of backing vocals and electric guitar, helps reinforce the main melody quite nicely. In addition, the guitar solo featured in the song is also quite enjoyable. The other vocal theme, “Believe Again,” which closes out the soundtrack is an absolutely beautiful theme and far above any of the ballads for Disgaea 5: Allegiance of Vengeance. Performed by Mitsuki Nakae,  the tune has a wonderful melody with a piano accompaniment that really adds to the delicate nature of the vocals. What surprised me most was the guitar solo that comes out of nowhere, but fits quite well with the song and made me think of Xenogears, with its similar tactic in its ending theme.

Unlike his contributions to other Compile Heart games, the other music composed by Tenpei Sato, is much “softer” in sound, with only the occasional heavier theme. Themes like “Trillion,” with its spooky soundscape, thanks to its focus on vocals and strings, help craft a beautiful, yet eerie, atmosphere, while themes like “Temptation,” although utilizing similar techniques, fail to stand out as much and are generally forgettable. Fortunately, the other mysterious tunes on the soundtrack, such as “Noble Eyes,” with its somewhat regal sound, and “Gothic Doll,” which also incorporates some choral and rock elements really manage to showcase quite solid tunes.

One of my favorite tunes is “Jealousy,” a violin led piece with a bit of a Spanish flair. The backing vocals are also a nice touch and help contribute to the cohesive nature of Tenpei Sato’s contributions. “Beat of Beast,” is an upbeat rock tune with some orchestral backing that, while slow to start, really kicks in once the melody comes to the forefront. While not his strongest rock effort, it is still an enjoyable theme. Lastly, “Wild Exhaust,” is a dark orchestral theme with some rock tones. It’s quite a dramatic piece of music and really fits well with the theme of the game.

Summary

In the end, the Makaishin Trillion Original Soundtrack is a solid, albeit incomplete, effort. Tenpei Sato’s music, while not as varied as his solo works, manages to provide an overall cohesive soundtrack, focusing more on mysterious music with a few action cues. The vocal themes are both solid efforts, with the latter being one of my favorites of his in recent years. While this soundtrack is hard to recommend for casual fans of Tenpei Sato’s music, due to the limited distribution of the soundtrack, those who can read Japanese and play the game imported, might find it worthwhile. In the mean time, we can only wait for a potential full soundtrack release to get a more complete picture of the music to the game.

Makaishin Trillion Original Soundtrack Don Kotowski

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Posted on August 18, 2015 by Don Kotowski. Last modified on August 18, 2015.

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Don Kotowski

Currently residing in New York, I spend my days working in antibody therapeutics and dedicate some of my spare time in the evening to the vast world of video game music, both reviewing soundtracks as well as maintaining relationships with composers overseas in Europe and in Japan.



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