So I've been listening to the Valkyrie Profile OST again. I've always remembered it to be pretty standard fare; I never quite took to the overbearing choir and 'heavenly' motifs of the compositions, and most of the battle themes had energy, but not a whole lot of soul. And then I get up to track 21's Condemned Thoughts -- and just like I remembered it from years back, it managed to knock me on my ass with its pure level of awesomeness. The thack-thack of the drum's sticks opening, the sweet, progressive melody, that smokin' percussion change at 1:24...... my ears are flanked by its total ownage.
So, my question to the Sakuraba buffs here: Has he done many other scores in the same vein as Condemned Thoughts? An entire album like it would be off the hook.
Any non-Sakuraba VGM recommendations like it, too?