Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire

"A soundtrack frightening in its mediocrity."

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Tracks

100 minutes total

Disc 1 (51 minutes)

  1. Opening-Title
  2. Ranking Display
  3. Player Select 1
  4. Player Select 2
  5. VS.
  6. Feast of the Damned
  7. Demitri Winning Theme
  8. Demitri Ending Theme 1
  9. Demitri Ending Theme 2
  10. Vanity Paradise
  11. Lei-Lei Winning Theme
  12. Lei-Lei Ending Theme 1
  13. Lei-Lei Ending Theme 2
  14. Story Demo 1
  15. Green Scream
  16. Aulbath Winning Theme
  17. Aulbath Ending Theme 1
  18. Aulbath Ending Theme 2
  19. Sasquatch Winning Theme
  20. Sasquatch Ending Theme 1
  21. Sasquatch Ending Theme 2
  22. Tower of Arrogance
  23. Felicia Winning Theme 1
  24. Felicia Ending Theme 1
  25. Felicia Ending Theme 2
  26. Abaraya 1
  27. Story Demo 2
  28. Abaraya 2
  29. Bishamon Winning Theme
  30. Bishamon Ending Theme 1
  31. Bishamon Ending Theme 2
  32. War Agony
  33. Lilith Winning Theme
  34. Lilith Ending Theme 1
  35. Lilith Ending Theme 2
  36. Bulleta Winning Theme
  37. Bulleta Ending Theme 1
  38. Bulleta Ending Theme 2
  39. Feast of the Damned (arranged version)
  40. NR & Stage Effects
  41. Red Side Voice & S.E. 1
  42. Red Side Voice & S.E. 2 (new character)

Disc 2 (49 minutes)

  1. Deserted Chateau
  2. Morrigan Winning Theme
  3. Morrigan Ending Theme 1
  4. Morrigan Ending Theme 2
  5. Concrete Cave
  6. Gallon Winning Theme 1
  7. Gallon Winning Theme 2
  8. Gallon Ending Theme 1
  9. Gallon Ending Theme 2
  10. Here Comes a New Challenger
  11. Forever Torment
  12. Zabel Winning Theme
  13. Zabel Ending Theme 1
  14. Zabel Ending Theme 2
  15. Victor Winning Theme
  16. Victor Ending Theme 1
  17. Victor Ending Theme 2
  18. Red Thirst
  19. Anakaris Winning Theme
  20. Anakaris Ending Theme 1
  21. Anakaris Ending Theme 2
  22. Iron Horse, Iron Terror
  23. Q-Bee Winning Theme
  24. Q-Bee Ending Theme
  25. Story Demo 3
  26. Fetus of God
  27. Jedah Winning Theme
  28. Jedah Ending Theme 1
  29. Jedah Ending Theme 2
  30. Shadow Winning Theme
  31. Shadow Ending Theme
  32. Continue
  33. Game Over
  34. Staff Roll
  35. Special Ending 1
  36. Special Ending 2
  37. Deserted Chateau (arranged version)
  38. Black Side Voice & S.E. 1
  39. Black Side Voice & S.E. 2 (new character)
  40. Omake (not used voice, etc.)
  41. VS. Jedah
  • Released Aug 21, 1997 by Victor Entertainment (catalog no. VICL-60098~99, retail 3255 yen).

Reviews

A soundtrack frightening in its mediocrity.

Editor's review by Adam Corn

Given the enormous number of arcade fighters like Vampire Savior that Capcom has released, it would almost take a miracle for each one to have a striking, unique soundtrack. I'm not hearing any miracles here.

Much of the problem with Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire lies in the formatting of the CDs. It's too much an original soundtrack for its own good. Virtually every piece of music imaginable from the game is on the CD, including the character themes for most fighters, a winning theme, and at least two ending themes, not to mention character select screens, story demos, and other miscellaneous music bits. Do the math and you'll notice that with all these tracks, the musical selections can't be very lengthy. Winning themes only last for 30 or so seconds, while ending themes go for only twice that, including repetitions - hardly enough time to present a well-developed musical composition. Even the main character themes typically run for only two and a half minutes, and with one repetition at that.

Slap 40 of these tracks together on one disc and it becomes difficult to get a strong impression from each one; even the standouts can get lost in the shuffle if you're not listening closely. While it's understandable for Capcom to want to include as much music as possible for their fans, the CD would have been more enjoyable had they placed the character themes (the beef of the soundtrack) at the beginning and thrown the remaining tunes at the end where they could be tracked down by those who actually want to hear them.

So how is the music itself? Once you manage to separate the character themes from the barrage of music snippets surrounding them, you'll find that some are interesting. There isn't quite the spooky sound you would expect, given the theme of the game, although there are a few elements like choir and organ samples which achieve that mood to a limited extent. Actually the music for character themes usually falls into one of two categories - dance or jazz fusion.

The dance tracks feature common elements of the genre like fast tempo, moderately prominent bass, and sound sample staples (try saying that three times fast) like radio interference and morse-code style electronic pulsing. There's a thin line between good dance music and the boring, generic remainder, but Vampire Savior's tracks fortunately achieve the former, partially because each character theme does have a certain sound all its own. The definite highlight of the soundtrack for me is Lei Lei's character theme "Vanity Paradise". Beginning with the tranquil, peaceful sounds of flowing brooks, the exciting dance beat and electronic pulsing then kick in, led by a pleasant-sounding, well-composed flute melody. It's a shame the track only lasts for two and a half minutes. The same dance foundation sets up Morrigan's "Deserted Chateau", where a smooth piano melody takes the forefront instead.

As for the jazz fusion tracks, well, -yawn-. Few of them groove enough to get you bobbing your head to the beat. The melodies aren't striking, nor do these tracks do much to establish any kind of particular mood, aside from that perhaps of your local McDonald's restaurant (the one that plays boring anonymous synth-instrumental versions of Milli Vanilli songs from yesteryear over the speaker system). Unless easy-listening jazz fusion that can drone away inconspicuously in the background is one's cup of tea, a great number of these tracks are entirely skippable.

The instrumental sound quality doesn't help matters. This is arcade music synthesis, and by no means is it cutting edge. While none of the samples are horribly annoying or distractive, they're overly synthetic and aren't distinct enough, which adds to the difficulty of distinguishing one track from another.

Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire has too much going against it. Although some of the character themes are nice, with their short length, limited sound quality, and being surrounded by loads of filler tracks, they aren't enough to warrant recommending this CD to the general public or even the average game music fan. An arranged CD could be worth consideration, but only diehard Vampire Savior fans and Capcom arcade fanatics need apply for this OST.

Capcom proves that the third time is the charm.

Reader review by Abrahm

Unlike the songs on the "Vampire Hunter" soundtrack (known in the U.S.A. as "NightWarriors: DarkStalkers Revenge"), which were mostly remixes of the tracks from the original "Vampire" game ("DarkStalkers"), Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire features new music and themes for each of the characters.

Nearly all of the songs on the first disc have an upbeat, techno-like feel to them. "Feast of the Damned" (Demitri's theme, which is "coincedentally" listed as track number 6 on disc 1) has that familiar violin melody (heard in the original Vampire game) over a thumping, up-tempo rhythm, with some pipe organ, dissonant piano chords, and bent-pitch vocals for that added haunt effect. Another hauntingly-good example is "War Agony" (Lilith's theme), in which the vocal melody and harmony can best be described as "eerie".

Amidst all of the techno-like songs of this soundtrack, a touch of jazz can be heard on a few of the others, and they are among the best on both discs. One such track is Gallon's theme, "Concrete Cave", which is nowhere near as wild as his theme heard in the Vampire Hunter soundtrack. It is the most relaxed of all the songs on this soundtrack, thanks to its light and clever rhythm and the echoed flute playing a cool-but-serious melody over some jazzy chords. Anakaris' theme, "Red Thirst", is another good example, as it mixes some jazzy harmonies with an Egyptian melody and relaxed rhythm.

The best song on this soundtrack is, without a doubt, the arranged version of "Feast of the Damned", which is a slow-and-jazzy arrangement of Demitri's theme. As with the rest of the tracks, though, the instruments are synthesized, and that takes a little bit away from the song (especially hearing the synthesized saxophone part). However, the sound quality is much better than that heard on the other tracks, and is the next best thing to hearing a band play it.

Vampire Savior is by no means a perfect original soundtrack, though. For some odd reason, there are no themes for Sasquatch (which may be a good thing considering the goofy sound of his previous themes), Bulleta, and Victor. Also, the arranged version of "Deserted Chateau" left me wondering why it was included on this soundtrack, as it sounds neither like the original version nor as good. Rather, it comes across as a messy dance-pop tune that you would expect to hear at a nightclub.

Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire is the best of the Vampire game music soundtracks, in terms of both sound quality and composition. The negatives of the soundtrack (the missing tracks and the arranged version of "Deserted Chateau") are insignificant when compared to the positives. If you liked the music featured in Vampire and/or Vampire Savior, then this one will not disappoint.

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