hello folks! today we have a very interesting listen – a remix and remaster of the Bomberman Hero OST by youtuber Lighieris. based on the video description, the intention was to “make a great OST turn into a great listening experience”. potentially more impressive, it appears they mixed this as a live set – ive never played Bomberman at all, but this is a very interesting premise, so im excited to give this a spin!

Redial kicks us off, and i love the bright, slightly fuzzy tones over that sharp, driving drum machine on this track. the melody’s delightful here, big fan. Foehn brings the energy down – not exactly a mellow track, but comparatively so it feels like a rest, haha. Monogenic has some definitely languid synth tones – i like the way the drum machine keeps getting selectively pulled in and out, sometimes sitting on just the snare and for a brief moment, holdong back completely. Supplement starts injecting some of the brighter keys back in. Cell picks up the pace while going for some nore sinister, kinda stabbier tones. Vehicle’s a short transition, falling almost to silence before starting to ramp up for Milky, which comes out that tunnel feeling like a pleasant day at the beach. Zip starts subtley, adding some more active bass elements under Milky’s outro, then kinda rides it out with some bell/marimba keys. the shift into Mimesis is a bit more suddent, with some really fucking excellent snappy drums. feels like an underground level when the drums pop out and it just coasts. Oropharynx mostly rides that energy out with some very fun bleeps and bloops. Fatidic transitions that ride into a full on coast – desert level vibes on this one that are really nice. Bell is a bit more reflective, letting the drums fade for its full length. another nice pause. i like how plunky the key tones are on Dessert – mixed really nice in between the other instrumentation. Realtor keeps it close to the chest and a lil funky, lil droney. not my fave, but i can see what its doing. Hero pivots HARD, haha. solid track, though it again goes for a less smooth transition into Tripod, which brings back the frantic drumming and darker sonic tone. Wok keeps some of the core of Tripod and opts for a more spacier sound outside it’s drum-packed core. i dig when it’s contrasting the brighter tones on the drums with those more reverbed sounds behind, and less so when it leans heavier on the spacier sounds. Spiral’s aptly named – this one feels like it’a cooking but more in service of the follow up tracks and less for its own payoff – makes sense for a set like this. Beak brings back some of the synths that have been absent from the mix for a minute, with some chirpier keys, laying even more groundwork for Landlord, the closer. Landlord brings a lot of it together for a really neat finish, and a funny little capstone.

faves – Redial, Zip
dislikes –

as expected, this was a very cool experience to listen through. the pacing and sequencing were good – kept the enrgy going through most of the mix and left plenty of space to breathe and transition, leaving basically no sudden stops, even if there were some places where the moves were sharper than the rest of the mix.

on the whole though, i think its real successful at what it sets out to do, resulting in a very fun record.

Bomberman Hero OST Fanmix – 6/10

for the next Weekly Album Review, i’ll be listening to Meddle, by Pink Floyd. i’ll be back on Friday, January 19th with that review and to pick another weekly record, and in the meantime, let me know what album you’d like me to review! (i pool all suggestions in one place, and draw a person, then one pick from that person, so feel free to drop as many as you’d like! if you leave an email or username i’ll contact you when i’ve gotten through all your suggestions.)