Slayin Original Soundtrack

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Slayin Original Soundtrack
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April 22, 2013
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A veteran chiptune demoscene contributor, Matt Creamer (aka Norrin_Radd) first made waves as a game composer with his heavy-grooving, double-bass driven metal tracks on Retro City Rampage. On the Slayin soundtrack, he expands his palette for this 8-bit action RPG, appropriately writing music that is more dynamic and melody-focused than his previous work.


Norrin_Radd’s approach is best witnessed on “In-Game Theme”, with its richly layered, perfectly hummable melodies and fluid development. Rendering with custom-made NES samples, it does an outstanding job at keeping gamers engaged in their endless battle against cutely pixelated enemies.

While there are plenty of short tracks on the soundtrack, it’s the more substantial ones that particularly stand out. “Title Screen” kicks off things with an adventurous lead melody that will cause instant nostalgia among old-school RPG fans, while “Credits” makes friends with a infectiously enthusiastic, pop-inspired tune.

Meanwhile, Slayin‘s boss tracks see Norrin_Radd churning out frantic guitar riffs and head-banging rhythms like the best of them, while he still meticulously shapes the furious metal energy of these tracks: listen to how the syncopations on “Final Boss” ratchet up this cue’s blazing tension even further.


Norrin_Radd’s impressive compositional chops are on full display in this excellent solo effort. The album is available on a name-your-price basis (i.e. free if you want it) through Bandcamp now.

Slayin Original Soundtrack Simon Elchlepp

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Posted on December 15, 2014 by Simon Elchlepp. Last modified on December 15, 2014.

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A former German film student now living in Melbourne, Australia and working at the University of Melbourne's Architecture faculty - and a passionate music lover with an eclectic taste. Specialising in Western game music, I'm here to dig out the best scores Western video games have produced in the last thirty years.

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