Song Spotlight: Hilltop Mausoleum (MediEvil)

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Time for the last post of my Octobering spree. I know it’s a bit late, but come on, it’s Halloween! If you’re not still up, you’re not a Halloween person. Yes, that is a type of person.

I bring you one of the greatest Halloween songs in gaming. The theme of the Hilltop Mausoleum from MediEvil, a game that in my eyes embraces the Halloween spirit in full force. This song, along with another from the game, showed up on the October playlist, and while I’m featuring that version too, I’d also like to talk about the mostly improved, orchestrated version that shows up in the remake. I complain about MediEvil: Resurrection a lot (and you’ll definitely be hearing about that at some point), but one thing it did not fail at was the music. These are epic, orchestral re-imaginings of the original soundtrack, which is a dream come true when you realize that the creators originally wanted an orchestral sound, but were sadly limited by the PlayStation’s hardware. This is what it was always supposed to be:

Link here if you’re racist against video embeds. This song is just epic. Great gothic style and presentation. The whole game is laden with that style, but I think it’s purest here. I’ve always felt that the Hilltop Mausoleum is the grandest, best area of the game. The early portion of MediEvil is spent journeying through the graveyard, finally reaching the Hilltop Mausoleum, where you’re greeted with this epicness for its soundtrack and face off against the amazing Stained Glass Demon. No other area in the game matches the style and uniqueness presented here, and its sound design does it justice.

The song is also classic and epic, in a way that manages to make it feel almost like Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, a classic for gothic settings… though obviously nothing compares to that song. Either way, the Hilltop Mausoleum song is one of the coolest gothic tunes in gaming.

Though the original is still worth noting:

Obviously not nearly as high-quality, but it’s a bit different, has its own charm and, of course, it’s more nostalgic for anyone who’s played the game. The one thing I think it has on the orchestral version is the prevalence of the organ; the new version doesn’t focus on the organ much, only including it at all almost halfway into the song. And that sucks because, hey, fricken’ Bach, Toccata and Fugue.

Still amazing stuff. Tell me what you think!

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  • s

    I bought this album and am proud of it : )