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Zill O'll -infinite- OST & Drama

[back cover]
Catalog Number: KECH-1346/7
Released On: October 26, 2005
Composed By: Hiromi Mizutani, Koei BGM Division (disc 2 tracks 31-40)
Arranged By: Hiromi Mizutani
Published By: Koei Co., Ltd.
Recorded At: Studio Gong
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
<Zill O'll -infinite- BGM Part.1>
01 - Opening
<Zill O'll -infinite- Original Drama>
Drama "Prologue: Tyra's Child Slaughter ~The 12 Trials~"
02 - act.1
03 - act.2
<Zill O'll -infinite- BGM Part.2>
04 - Waking
05 - Fighting Spirit
06 - Life or Death Struggle
07 - Fierce Battle
08 - Ancient God
09 - Impressive Fighting
10 - Victory
11 - Defeat
12 - The World
13 - Advancing March
14 - Destruction
15 - Sea Route
16 - Castle Town
17 - Large City
18 - Trade Capital
19 - Wealthy Merchant
20 - Village
21 - Port City
22 - City of Water
23 - Home Town
24 - Sanctuary
25 - Ground
26 - Exploration
27 - Jungle
28 - Wall of Light
29 - Road of Darkness
30 - Sorrow
Total Time:
57'15"

Disc Two
<Zill O'll -infinite- BGM Part.3>
01 - Spy
02 - Ruins
03 - Cemetery
04 - Labyrinth
05 - Fire
06 - Water
07 - Darkness
08 - Nothingness
09 - Unexplored Region
10 - The Light of Dawn
11 - Joker
12 - Trio
13 - Companion
14 - The Past
15 - Dark Clouds
16 - Panic
17 - Living Fire
18 - Faint Light
19 - Relics
20 - Tension
21 - Noble
22 - Fortress
23 - Limit
24 - Solitude
25 - Festival
26 - Lullaby
27 - Prophet
28 - Achievement
29 - Den of the Wicked
30 - Ending
<Extra Track--Zill O'll BGM>
31 - PS Version Opening
32 - PS Version Waking
33 - PS Version Fighting Spirit
34 - PS Version Fierce Battle
35 - PS Version The World
36 - PS Version Large City
37 - PS Version Trade Capital
38 - PS Version Home Town
39 - PS Version Limit
40 - PS Version Companion
Total Time:
58'43"

Koei is well-known for their strategy RPGs with traditional historical settings, and for taking these games and making them part of a long-running series. Zill O'll breaks tradition by being a stand-alone title. Everything about this game is different from the usual Koei, especially the artwork and the music. Let's talk about that music.

Now, Zill O'll "infinite" is a PS2 remake of the PS1 classic. The PS2 music is completely upgraded, and frankly, it sounds beautiful. The sound programming and synth manipulation on this soundtrack are really incredible. Some of the composition is good, too. Not memorable, not striking one's conscience as if to say "wow, this is some great music!" But a couple of the tracks are satisfying to listen to, even with no prior experience playing the game itself.

The songs do not loop, which is a shame, because some of the best melodies on the album only run for a mere minute. This is especially the case on the second disc. More time is allotted to the "big" themes on disc one...not to mention the 20 minutes of drama.

Though technically inferior, I really did enjoy the PS1 bonus tracks. These ten songs are the foundation for the whole OST, and they are very well-constructed songs.

Sometimes I am really taken aback by the beauty I find in obscure albums, about which seemingly no one cares. This is one of those albums. You may want to consider purchasing it, if only because of its "diamond in the rough" status.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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