Ashley Winchester Dec 3, 2013 (edited Dec 3, 2013)
About a month ago I was sifting through my various collections. While I don't really collect soundtracks as much as games anymore the two interests obviously intertwine to a certain degree and this was made pretty clear when I hit upon my *pile* of Castlevania stuff. I had a small handful of Castlevania soundtracks (Best 2, SotN, CoD and the LoI sampler) but the one that really struck me at that moment was SotN. I started to think about it and... and it really hit me that I was kind of tried with this one. Actually, I'm was a little tired of CoD as well but since it seems to be out of print I didn't think it was a good idea to get rid of it. I liked CoD (game and soundtrack) despite the fact it wasn't of the highest quality but I don't know if those feelings are as strong as they once were.
Anyway, when I'm honest there really is only one track on Symphony that gets regular play from me and that's "Requiem of the Gods" which is kind of an odd pick for me since I'm not the biggest fan of orchestration or choir singing. Still, that tracks just TOTALLY nails it when I listen to it.
As for the other tracks, I LOVED "Festival of the Servents" at one point but I'm so over it as it feels kind of shallow now. Then there's "Woodcarving Palteeta" and "The Final Tocatta" which I could go the rest of my life without hearing at this point. "Woodcarving" is completely appropriate in-game but outside of it I just have no interest and anyone who has played the second half of the game knows why I'm sick of Tocatta.
The boss themes work great in-game as well but I always skip over "Black Feast" and "Evil Banquet" elsewhere.
I know this probably all seems like complaining but in a certain sense I didn't feel much regret letting my copy of the soundtrack go. I mean it is a good score but I don't really want to listen to it outside the scope of the game anymore. Does anyone else feel/felt that way or let the soundtrack go for similar reasons?
Additionally, this whole scenario really reminds me of how I feel about Super Castlevania IV's soundtrack. When I played through the game I was very impressed... but once I got the score on an actual CD and separated it from the game things just didn't work out so well beyond Simon's Theme. It's just so textured that it's not the kind of thing I want to hear outside of its original context.