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Harmony of a Hunter Album Review

Guest Post by Josiah Velez

(Originally published September 4, 2014)

In 2011, Shinesparkers release an album called Harmony of a Hunter. This album is a compilation of Metroid music by several artists, which have been re-orchestrated, some even remixed. About a year later, a second album (Volume 2) was release called Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run. In my opinion, the 101% Run is referring to (Metroid Title) 100% Run. These 100% Runs are usaully one video of some one playing a Metroid game and getting 100% of the game’s upgrades.

When I first saw Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, I thought it was a fan made game and someone recorded themselves getting 101% of the game’s item. I was whatever. A few months ago, my sister found something called Zelda Re-orchestrated, ZREO, (I previously thought it was ZERO) and downloaded it. I listened to it and really liked it. A month from today, August 4th, 2014 , I randomly had the thought that Harmony of a Hunter was a re-orchestration of Metroid music. I looked it up and found a song. I almost instantaneously liked it. I told my sister and she downloaded both of the album.

The purpose of this post is to showcase my top five tracks from Harmony of a Hunter and 101% Run. Here they are:

1. Solitude by: Zicron & C-GPO, Origin: Tallon Overworld Depths

This song is my favorite song because of the build up with the drums and finally the awesome guitar solo which starts of 2:07.

2. Melting Sun by: Pyro Paper Planes, Origin: Rundas Boss Theme

This song is an awesome piano arrangement of this battle theme. When I first found out that Melting Sun was Rundas’s battle theme, I was in complete denial. Suddenly that same day, my brother was playing the piano and I finally saw how Melting Sun was a piano arrangement of Rundas Boss Theme. Here’s an interesting fact, Rundas Boss Theme is a rearranged version of Vs. Emperor Ing B.

3. Gravity by: Theophany, Origin: Vs. Nightmare

This song is almost 101% vocals. The awesome stringed instruments attached with the vocals truly make this song epic.

4. Kraid’s Campfire Ballad by: Sebastian Mårtensson feat. Kristin Björkebäck, Origin: Kraid’s Lair (I’m sparing you!), Kraid’s Lair

This song is my favorite song from Harmony and 101 % Run that is played on guitar. Sebastian is playing the guitar and piano and Kristin is playing the accordion. This song has awesome quality and is a great rearrangement of 1986 stuff.

5. Frozen Utopia by: Mesnonium, Origin: Phendrana Drifts

This song is a great rearrangement of Phendrana Drifts; it sounds very clear and you can tell that it’s been orchestrated. Phendrana Drifts is probably , in my opinion, the coolest Metroid location in the whole series. I remember not being able to use the “Space Jump Boots” correctly because I would double jump instantaneously instead having a small pause between the two jumps. I also remember the infinite horror of the Space Pirates that would shoot you to death. And finally, the awesome boss battle with Thardus. Thardus is a rock monster and is very annoying to fight because it hurts your left index finger and your right thumb. This is because you have to lock on to Thardus’s weak point and charge your beam all while hopping around him to dodge his flying rocks.

Harmony of a Hunter and Harmony of a Hunter 101% Run are great soundtracks.

1 Comment

  1. This was a good review, I like the pictures and your analysis of your top five songs. I agree that the 101% Run title comes from those playthrough videos on YouTube. This is an album that I haven’t had much time to listen to, but I am definitely going to give it a go. Thanks for your review!

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