Show notes and gallery: http://videogamegrooves.com/2020/10/30/episode-71-castlevania-rondo-of-blood-darkest-dungeon

Emerging from the darkness and shadows of the night hours, an ominous figure looms. It moves like a vapor, with menace, and exudes a hunger–an unholy NEED–transfixing all who gaze upon it. It moves closer, too close for comfort and in a smooth but sinister voice, it rumbles “I vant to spin your winyl!” #podcastchillers

Our newest podcast for the witching time of the year is replete with the sounds of the season! Jeremy and Anthony pair up to investigate the dark corners (so to speak) of vinyl, and we’ve made otherworldly contact with Castlevania: Rondo of Blood from Mondo! Believe it or not, we haven’t covered this Castlevania record yet, but Anthony takes full advantage of the opportunity. We discuss how it may be a “pivot point” for the Castlevania series in a few ways, and Jeremy has a hard time tearing his eyes off the album art. When he does, he decides to lead us through the Darkest Dungeon, from Ghost Ramp. This one is a multimedia experience so be prepared with THIS LINK (https://www.artsy.net/artist/hieronymus-bosch) to experience the full effect of the severe music of Stuart Chatwood.

We take some time out to discuss the “droning” (or amelodic) music of video games, and whether it really makes for a genuinely enjoyable listening experience, and whether it turns out to be a large part of the video game soundtrack experience, and how that relates to “hero” tracks or songs.

We close out by updating you on the video game vinyl that demands your attention and money this week, as well as a few rumors to keep you tantalized and tormented.

Outro: “Mary Samba” – Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, by Akira Sōji, Keizo Nakamura, Tomoko Sano, Mikio Saito

Twitter – @vg_grooves@jeremy_lamont

Links:
Ikaruga (Data Discs)
Coffee Talk (Black Screen Records)
Paradise Killer (Black Screen Records)
Disc Room (Devolver Store) (sold out)
Destroy All Humans! (Limited Run Games)
The Mummy Demastered (Limited Run Games)
Crossy Road Castle (Yetee Records)
Creaks (Minority Records) (Amanita Design)
Later Alligator (Fangamer)
Pepsiman 7″ (Chipped Records)



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