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Energetic Album Of The Week: Daisuke Ishiwatari – “BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Original Soundtrack”

Damn, I love video games. Not like I play them that much or anything, but… they’re just interesting. Yeah.

Due to my roommate last year being a complete anime and video game geek (seriously, check out his blog), I was exposed to a bunch of games I never knew even existed. One of these such games was BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (pronounced Blaze Blue), a fighting game made by the same dudes who made the Guilty Gear games on the PS2.

BlazBlue is, in my mind, probably the prettiest fighting game ever made. While it doesn’t sport 3D characters like Street Fighter IV or Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue’s 2D sprites are incredibly well drawn and animated. Also, the backgrounds in the game are in 3D, and I find them to be much more intricate and interesting than what most other games have to offer. Overall, the game is just incredibly well-made and oozes quality. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from eschewing it in order to make more time for addiction to Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Hello Kitty Island Adventure… but still. Just sayin’. Check out this video of the game to see what I’m talking about.


So yeah, this game is cool. Make fun of it all you want for being an anime game; I don’t care. Anyway, let’s talk about the music!

BlazBlue’s soundtrack is mainly composed of driving instrumental guitar rock, which, in my book, is awesome. Kinda reminds me of the 20th Anniversary Megaman Rock Collection, which I listen to all the time. However, composer Daisuke Ishiwatari mixes things up by throwing in elements of classical music, which makes for a pretty unique game soundtrack. “Calamity Trigger” starts off the album with a great violin harmony, which then leads to the guitar taking center stage. Other instruments pop up here and there as well; for instance, there’s a great piano piece in “Thin Red Line”.

“Susanooh” and “Oriental Flower” mix things up even further by throwing some eastern influences into the mix, and there’s even a happy-go-lucky pop tune in “Catus Carnival”. ┬áSo, overall, this is a diverse album that uses driving rock as a foundation and brings in a lot of different elements to make something unique. Check out the sample songs in the playlist and let us know what you think. Unfortunately, I can’t find this for sale anywhere, but you can always just use Grooveshark!