Den wrote:The music is subpar?!? I consider it to be the single best video-game soundtrack I've ever heard!!!
Let me clarify my original statement. It has sub-par music for a Castlevania game. It's a series that is renown for it's legendary music. The three NES games, Rondo of Blood, Symphony of the Night etc... they all have incredible soundtracks that make Super Castlevania IV's seem bland by comparison (to me anyways).
Don't get me wrong, the main track, "Theme of Simon Belmont" is brilliant. It's a great song that gets stuck in your head for days on end. However, the rest of the soundtrack doesn't come close to that track's greatness IMO. And for as good as "Theme of Simon Belmont" is I don't think it holds a candle to "Vampire Killer" or "Bloody Tears" among others.
I kinda prefer Simon Belmont's theme in Bloodlines (though the SNES' outro is a killer), mostly because I find its version fits more its context than the SNES version, and it still sounds really great. It's too bad if you go fast you listen to about just 20 seconds of it.
Music in Castlevania IV is great, but not very memorable. The thing is that it's atmospheric music, and they are pretty... context sensitive? As in, they do serve their purpose, but outside of their context, they don't stand on their own.
Like, you can totally argue that Bloodlines' soundtrack has lower quality instruments, but its tracks stand on their own as compositions and are better constructed for repeated listens. Same argument can be made for the NES Castlevania games.
When I think of Castlevania IV's soundtrack, I think of those (outside of remixes and Simon's theme)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5lGm6Cne5chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z0bIidrXm0
(from 0:26 onwards, especially after 1:05 where it really kicks in)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7laVyX5sz0I
That's about all I remember.
I could count "The Submerged City", but it's more because I kept on dying over and over there. To be honest, I don't like some of the instruments used in this game.
Meanwhile I played Bloodlines for a grand total of... one time, five years ago, and I still remember half of the OST.