Demon Castle Dracula X

Artist Credits

  • Mikio Saito (composition disc 1)
  • Michiru Yamane (composition disc 2)
  • Shin Chan (composition 4 tracks)
  • Jigokusha Nakamura (arrangement 4 tracks)

Tracks

85 minutes total

Disc 1 (39 minutes)

  1. Overture [1:07]
  2. Requiem [1:40]
  3. Bloodlines [3:21]
  4. Vampire Killer [1:49]
  5. Cross a Fear [2:38]
  6. Bloody Tears [1:46]
  7. Cemetery [2:41]
  8. Beginning [2:31]
  9. Slash [1:28]
  10. Picture of the Ghost Ship [2:39]
  11. Op. 13 [3:24]
  12. Den [3:19]
  13. Dancing in the Phantasmic Hell [1:45]
  14. Illusionary Dance [2:27]
  15. March of the Holy Man [1:56]
  16. Mary Samba [1:53]
  17. Cross Your Heart (unused track) [3:01]

Disc 2 (46 minutes)

  1. Beating in the Darkness [0:16]
  2. Vision of Dark Secrets [1:06]
  3. Bonds of Brave Men [0:43]
  4. Arduous Journey [0:14]
  5. Reincarnated Soul [2:11]
  6. The Sinking Old Sanctuary [2:03]
  7. The Discolored Wall [2:05]
  8. Beginning [1:48]
  9. Bloody Tears [1:46]
  10. Vampire Killer [1:38]
  11. After the Good Fight [0:10]
  12. Mysterious Curse [1:13]
  13. Iron-Blue Intention [1:57]
  14. The Prayer of a Tragic Queen [1:51]
  15. Calling from Heaven [2:31]
  16. Messenger from the Devil [0:46
  17. Nothing to Lose [1:15]
  18. The Six Servants of the Devil [1:18]
  19. Theme of Simon [2:19]
  20. The Vampire's Stomach [1:15]
  21. Stage Clear with the Red Crystal [0:20]
  22. Together Forever [2:08]
  23. Requiem for the Nameless Victims [2:33]
  24. Moon Fight [3:10]
  25. Mother Earth [2:57]
  26. Final Road [2:46]
  27. Theme of Simon [3:41]
  • Released Nov 3, 1993 by King Records (catalog no. KICA-7622~3, retail 3600 yen).
  • Disc 1 is the PC Engine soundtrack to Dracula X, composed by Mikio Saito.
  • Disc 2 is the Sega Genesis soundtrack Castlevania Bloodlines, composed by Michiru Yamane (her first for the Castlevania series).
  • The last four tracks on disc 2 are arrangements of tracks from the Sharp X68000 release of Akumajo Dracula, originally composed/arranged by "Shin Chan" and arranged for the album by "Jigokusha" Nakamura.

Reviews

A mixed bag of great music and significant complaints.

Reader review by Matthew Boblett

When it was announced that Konami would be making Dracula-X for the PC-Engine, the first thought that went through pretty much everyone's head was, "CD Music? COOL!" The soundtrack is two CDs. The first CD has music from Dracula-X and is performed with high-quality synths; the second has music from the Mega Drive Vampire Killer/Castlevania: Bloodlines (on the MD's sound chip) and a few tracks from the X68000 version of Castlevania.

Amazingly, I much prefer the second disc. While the synths are higher quality on the 'X' recording, they do not produce a better overall sound, due to the fact that the sounds are sampled and have a cold feel. The melody does not always flow as well as it should and does not rise out of the harmony. Most of the disc suffers from a sharp, edgy feel to the sound, with upper pitches achieving prominence. The sound also lacks a feeling of roundness, which is the reason for the edgy feel. Overall, it's murky. The second CD, on the other hand, has a more "rounded" feel to the sound, with good and proper sound separation and good midrange and base, thus achieving a more satisfying overall result. This is not to say that it is better per se, but that it is more pleasing to the ear.

The music on both CDs absolutely rocks, with good orchestrated feels to them. Unfortunately, they suffer from the sound edginess of the first, and the limits of the sound chip of the Mega Drive on the second, producing a mixed bag of great music and great complaints. Still, as a bare-bones recording of the Castlevania music, it ought to appeal to many fans, and it has given me much listening pleasure.

Includes some of the best Castlevania music ever recorded.

Reader review by Tom Strickland

Dracula X is a two disc set, containing the complete original soundtracks from Dracula X, Castlevania Bloodlines, and four other tracks from an unknown Castlevania game. The songs from Bloodlines are rather lame, coming from Sega Genesis hardware, but it's the music from Dracula X that is the highlight of this set. This is undoubtedly some of the best Castlevania music ever recorded. Fellow music fans, don't be misled by the word "original!" Believe me, this CD is awesome! The only drawback is the price, since you probably won't listen to the second disc very much once you experience the first. Still, this is a must-have for hardcore game music fans.

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