Sunday, March 30, 2014

Behind The Score - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 by Oscar Araujo

Behind The Score - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 by Oscar Araujo


Castlevania - one of the video game industry's most enduring and iconic franchises.  Born long before the days of super-powered PCs and consoles, Konami debuted the original Castlevania video game in 1986.  Since, the franchise has gone on to see some forty titles released across multiple platforms.  Castlevania now entails a rich history and detailed timeline which chronicles the conflict between the vampire-hunting, Belmont family and Dracula and his resurrection every one-hundred years.  The music composed for the very first game came from Satoe Terashima and Kinuyo Yamashita.  They were later followed in the franchise by composers such as Kenichi Matsubara and Jun Funahashi.  While the games have gone on to spur feature film talk since 2005, their scores have spawned multiple remixes and even inclusion in some of the live, video game music performances, which are ever growing more popular and more frequent.

In 2010, CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW was released by Konami - rebooting the series and breaking from the extensive, pre-existing history.  LORDS OF SHADOW, MIRROR OF FATE, and ultimately LORDS OF SHADOW 2 would go on to catapult the series setting forward by a millennium, from 1046 to 2014 AD.   The composer that the Konami producers chose to handle this radical change musically was OSCAR ARAUJO, whose original score for 2010's LORDS OF SHADOW became one of the year's best reviewed video game scores.  In 2013, the franchise returned with MIRROR OF FATE and again in 2014 with LORDS OF SHADOW 2 both with Araujo as the game score's composer.

Tracksounds is proud to bring you this special, behind-the-score-feature which, in addition to our original review of LORDS OF SHADOW, offers three, brand new reviews and an interview with composer OSCAR ARAUJO in both English and Spanish:

Video: Behind The Scenes: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Interview: Oscar Araujo | Espanol

Review:  Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 by Oscar Araujo

Review:  Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate by Oscar Araujo

Review:  Castlevania: Lords of Shadow  by Oscar Araujo (Ultimate Edition)

Review:  Castlevania: Lords of Shadow by Oscar Araujo

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