A Glowing Display of Talent
Remember back in the day, when you would toil away hours playing an RPG, progressing through the story? There was always those moments when the music would kick in and you would get goosebumps, knowing that you were about to be on the receiving end of an ass kicking, plot twist, or other significant event. Each song in Dungeon Conquest is no exception to this feeling; every song sets an atmosphere that immerses you into a specific tone, ranging from happy-go-lucky, to battles that could easily decide the fate of millions. Each song has it's own vibe, and each one is, without exception, a well written piece, and would fit in place with any professional level game of today; in fact, in my honest opinion, these songs out-do alot of the generic half-assed songs that can be found in most underbaked RPGs on the market today. I've listened to a few of the songs multiple times, and the quality there is once again great. The tracks maintain a style that keeps true to the feel of a fantasy game, while at the same time adding some spice to the songs, so that the CD breathes with a life of it's own.
My only real gripe is, more likely than not, one that stems from personal tastes. There seemed to be a lack of variety in the instruments used for the different songs to me; while the beginning of each song varied greatly, eventually each track tended to fall back on the same (but good) violin and trumpet rhythmic style. The 6th and 8th tracks, for example, both had introductions that were both extremely catchy and interesting, but later, the song itself seemed to turn into something else entirely, instead of building off the atmosphere that the song's introduction set. In comparison to this, the 1st track, which is also happens to be my favorite song on the entire CD, does a very good job at transitioning from the beginning to the middle, flowing together into one theme that rings beautifully in your ears.
Other than this minor opinion, Dungeon Conquest is simply bleeding with raw talent and overall great music. The previews for the songs really don't do justice for illustrating just how good this CD really is; they catch only a small part of a song that builds up in moving strides, and I think that if you are into game music, this CD is well worth the purchase, especially since the total cost per song 2-4 minute song is not even a dollar. The musician himself is very talented, and if this is a reflection of even a fraction his abilities, I expect good things to come for him in the future.