Castlevania Judgment digital soundtrack battles onto Spotify

Jerry on 2009-01-14
Bloody Roar developer Eighting and producer Koji Igarashi collaborated in 2008 on the Nintendo Wii-exclusive fighting game Castlevania Judgment. Each fighter from the Castlevania series is paired with theme music composed by the Konami Kukeiha Club sound team. Nine original tracks and all arrangements are by guitarist Yasushi Asada.

Rock renditions from the soundtrack include Simon's theme "Vampire Killer," named after the Castlevania protagonist's signature whip. Credited to Satoe Terashima and Kinuyo Yamashita, the theme plays in the MSX2 and NES editions of Castlevania, upon Simon's arrival at the ghoul and panther-guarded ground floor of Dracula's Castle.

"Bloody Tears" appears as the theme of the vampire Carmilla. Composed by Kenichi Matsubara, the track dates back to NES title Castlevania II: Simon's Curse, where the vampire makes her first appearance in one of three major boss battles. She returns to battle Simon's descendent Richter Belmont in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. The villain's name is a nod to a fictional female vampire "Carmilla" who preys on female victims in the 19th century Gothic novella predating Bram Stoker's novel.

Trevor Belmont's theme "Beginning," Sypha Belnades' theme "Mad Forest," and Grant Danasty's theme "Clockwork" originate in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, composed by Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi and Yukie Morimoto. Dracula's theme "Dance of Illusions," composed by Tomoko Sano, first appeared in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.

Five tracks from the soundtrack are composed by Michiru Yamane. Alucard's theme "Dracula's Castle" originated in Rondo's direct sequel, Symphony of the Night. Eric Lecarde's theme "Iron Blue Intention" appeared in Portrait of Ruin. Shanoa's theme "An Empty Tome" is from Order of Ecclesia. The battle theme "Elemental Tactician" originates in Lament of Innocence.

The 26-track soundtrack is available for streaming online through the Amazon Music, Spotify and Apple Music platforms.

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