I bought this CD on a whim. I'd barely seen much of the game, having only watched a friend play through pieces. However, what I heard prompted me to pick up this soundtrack. I have yet to regret it. Panzer Dragoon Azel contains some of the most beautiful and diverse ambient music I've heard in a game. This game is epic, and so is the soundtrack.
Kobayashi and Nanba perfectly set the mood of the almost primitive world with this soundtrack. The heavy use of tribal drums combined with flowing melodies gives an ethereal quality to this music. Listening to this soundtrack, especially "Pure Blood Seed", I almost feel like I'm flying along with the main character, Edge.
By combining many different musical influences, including African, South American and Celtic, Panzer Dragoon Azel manages to create a unique sound of its own. This perfectly complements and adds to the dramatic mood and atmosphere of the game. The music transports you into a different world.
The boss battle themes are some of the best I've heard in any game and really stand out among the rest of the tracks. With the heavy use of drums, these heart-pounding pieces are charged with the energy and emotion of a raging battle. "Atolm Dragon" and "Giant Being 1" are simply awesome.
Track length is usually adequate, completing two rotations and lasting 3-4 minutes on most songs. There are quite a few tracks from the FMV cut-scenes. Although many of them are really good, rivaling some movie scores in my opinion, I often find myself flipping past them to listen to the more riveting level and boss themes. And the sound quality is amazing. This is some of the best stuff I've heard from the Saturn.
You don't have to play this game to love this music. This soundtrack is unlike anything I've heard. If you're looking for something different and unique, find this soundtrack now!