Blood The Last Vampire
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17 tracks 70 minutes
Released at the very beginning of 2001, Yuki Kaijura's (Noir) electronic
score to the PSX2 game based on the anime Blood: The Last Vampire
is simultaneously beautiful, haunting, hypnotic, thrilling and most
important of all fantastic. While some people may think this disc
contains reused music from the anime, this soundtrack is not a rehash
of the anime's music. I think on many levels Ms.Kaijura's music
surpasses the music used in the original animation.
Utilizing several styles of music (including techno, dance, ambient
and sad piano melodies) that at first seem to fit clumsily together,
the work quickly evolves in to a complex weaving of ethnic instrumentations,
electronics and vocals. The whole atmosphere is similar to Ms. Kaijura's
more famous score for the anime Noir.
The music here is rich, complex, but emotionally is simple. Your
thoughts and reactions to the music will be straightforward. The
music will pull you in one direction then push you in a totally
different direction while (successfully I might add) getting you
to relate to the characters and actions of the game.
While this game will never see the light of day outside of Japan,
game music fans should seek out this disc to experience deep, dark
and complex soundscapes. Over the last couple years, Ms. Kaijura
has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of video game
and especially anime music. This is definitely a hidden treasure
that needs to be experienced by more people. Brava.