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Megami Ibunroku Devil Survivor Original Remix Soundtrack :: Review by FuryofFrog

Megami Ibunroku Devil Survivor Original Remix Soundtrack Album Title: Megami Ibunroku Devil Survivor Original Remix Soundtrack
Record Label: Lantis
Catalog No.: LACA-5870
Release Date: January 11, 2009
Purchase: Buy at CDJapan


Welcome back to Megaten land! Entertaining us in Megaten land is a new turn based strategy RPG called Devil Survivor and a composer named Shoj... whoops, sorry, it's Takami Asano. Yes, Meguro is not here to spread his J-Rap and signature quirkiness. Does Asano have the chops to take over for the main man himself? The Megami Ibunroku Devil Survivor Original Remix Soundtrack features all the tracks from the DS game, but enhanced and remixed to attain better quality. Well let's take a gander...

Track-by-Track Reviews

1) Reset -Vocal Version-

Ah, the intro. It's back to J-Rock for the series and it is nice to finally see the style make a reappearance. It's unfortunate that that the vocals in this song are so grating that most would be inclined to skip this song completely. The song rocks out, but the singer drags it ultimately into a ditch. (5/10)

2) Demon of Darkness

"Demon of Darkness" features an ominous organ introduction. However, the guitar soon takes over and its melodic voices ring throughout. You can really sense the evil oozing from this pme. The only problem is that it's a bit repetitious, but it's otherwise enjoyable. (7/10)

3) Sunset

A multi-chorus guitar rings throughout this arrangement and adds a sense of serenity. The guitar ensures the overall mood is very mellow for a second guitar to present the melody. After two dubious efforts, everything works very well here. (10/10)

4) Action

Drums open up this piece with a very simple beat before synth and bass are added to start the mix. After a while, more and more instruments come in to make the remix more complex and even more enjoyable. At no point does the track become too cluttered as a result unlike others on the album. Towards the end, some of the instrumentation is stripped away to expose simplicity, but not for long as all the other parts soon chime in as well. (9/10)

5) Disquiet

In "Disquiet", a piano plays a creepy 70's tune. Piano arpeggios feature throughout the entire piece while the guitar lends a bit of a helping hand. When drums are added along with a timpani, the track just loses all of its flair. It is way to repetitious and just a tad annoying. The guitar coming in to hit high notes every so often does not help at all. (4/10)

6) Pinch

OH NO!! This whole track has that kind of edginess to it. Techno is really prominent here while some guitar work introduces some classic Megaten rock. Unfortunately, the track seems a bit too convoluted for its own good — there is so much going on that it's hard to sit down and enjoy it. It doesn't really pump adreneline and just creates a little element of surprise in the game. (4/10)

7) Aggressive Tune

There seems to be a common features in this album for guitars just to do things in the background while one main sound just repeats it self. "Aggressive Tune" feels like hair metal in that is kind of catchy and likeable, but lacks depth. The arrangement goes on for a loop and the composer basically says to the guitar, "Hey, just do something cool". That does not make for awesomeness. (4/10)

8) Battle Beat

Once again completely guitar-driven, "Battle Beat" has a very sinister tone. It features a very crunchy sounding guitar that adds a certain villainy that is not heard often. A second guitar is added to support the melody and it does so with flying colors. Later both guitars collaborate with each other to create some awesome riffs. (10/10)

9) Cool Jam

Back to breakbeat techno. The track just repeats itself until halfway through where some Hawaiian-flavoured guitar is added, ramping up the overall tempo. It's pretty good overall, but they could have done something interesting in all the dead space inbetween. (6/10)

10) Pinch Battle

I sure hope "Pinch Battle" is nothing like "Pinch". The only way to explain it is it is a guitar soloing for about two minutes. It's chuggy and boring with almost no inspiration within whatsoever. Obligatory guitar solos aren't necessarily awesome once more here. (3/10)

11) Demoniac Fusion

Do you like organs and chanting? If you do, then every second of this track will be heaven for your ears. The melody is strong and, while not particularly creative, the arrangement is very good. (9/10)

12) Rival Battle

This track is a mixture of the aforementioned 70's rock and some synthy pop. It's more of a grating remix that really doesn't do that much for my ears. The best way to explain it is that I felt like I was going to the Evil Love Hotel. Oh yes, it's like that. (2/10)

13) Deep Night

Musically this sounds like a instrumental version of the opening theme sans pop. This is really all rock. The tune just continues to get louder, but the build up really doesn't give all that much of a pay off. Like a few of the earlier tracks, this one sounds very dense and it is a little hard to enjoy when every force is competing rather than forming something together. Not too bad, but I could do with way less wah-wah. (5/10)

14) Coldheartedness

Ah, yet more boring chuggy rock. It features generic guitar solos atop rhythm guitars repeating the same old riffs. The album presses on with this. If there was more variation and less chaos, this track could work very well, but alas it doesn't. "Coldheartedness" is a missed opportunity. (4/10)

15) Last Decision

I was slapped across the face with "Coldheartedness", but somehow this really makes up for it. The theme has all the ingredients from the previous track, but it is more coherent and has none of the jumbled up confusion. Very catchy, imposing, and well done. (10/10)

16) Accident

This track relies on a lot of distortion in the main section. This results in something that's really not all that satisfying. This is more cookie cutter rock with bad sound effects. (3/10)

17) Sad Seeing

Some very surprising stuff here. An acoustic guitar provides the serene focus for the arrangement while a second guitar provides back up. The simple core of the track is ideal and lovely to listen to, while the multi-chorus guitar and chimes thickens the track. Bongos very gently tap throughout and provide the air of calmness. (10/10)

18) Garuda

Break beats, organ, and guitar are all fused here in an attempt to bring all the best elements of the soundtrack together. At times, it does verge towards the overly cluttered area, but overall it does a good job of conveying all different styles that are present in Devil Survivor. (7/10)

19) Deep Darkness

Ominous is a very good word to describe "Deep Darkness". There is an ever-present string section and the guitar jams every few seconds sporadically. The arrangement has gaps in it, but it is very interesting in composition. The two parts mesh surprisingly well together and create a cool tune. (8/10)

20) Eternal Life

The multi-chorus guitar is back to lay down some calming grooves. Some tapping in the background adds some much needed texture to the arrangement. A very clean sounding guitar takes the melody and makes a really majestic stand. It doesn't come out as cheesy or troublesome as some of the other solos found earlier. (9/10)

21) Reset -Instrumental Version-

Wow, what an improvement! This is, of course, the instrumental version of "Reset". This track has strong rock basis and a bit of J-Pop infused within. Everything is better without the vocalist as a guitar hits all of her notes instead. This is a great way to end the album. (10/10)


This album is a very mixed bag. Some of it is horrible with tracks that kill themselves with overly complicated arrangements and poor sound decisions. The other parts of the album have some truly memorable moments that should be repeated in future Megaten games. If you like Megaten rock or you want something a little different than standard Persona fare, pick this album up. However, if you're not a fan of the series, be wary since only a few gems are contained within.

Overall Score: 5/10