Listen to Bloodstained’s gothic tunes straight from Castlevania’s composer

Michiru Yamane has been the force of Castlevania’s timeless soundtracks since 1994, back when she composed the music for Castlevania Bloodlines on the SEGA Genesis. Following her work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, she worked on all of the mainline games headed by series Producer Koji Igarashi up until his exit from the series with Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.

When Igarashi needed a consistent feel for his upcoming spiritual successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, he found one in his old partner in crime. While his latest game follows in the tradition of Castlevania’s tried and true gameplay, its gothic tunes also continue to carry the series’ longstanding tradition of some of the best music in gaming.

The official Kickstarter page has uploaded a few tracks for backers and the general public to enjoy

Theme of Bloodstained

I composed this track last May to provide a soundtrack for the Kickstarter campaign. The promotional video of Igarashi-san saying, “But I know they are wrong!” and throwing the wine glass left a strong impression on me.

Voyage of Promise

This is the music for the stage aboard the Galleon. For this track I wanted to evoke the feeling of an adventure’s beginning.

Holy Wisdom

The reference material I received showed a very beautiful place, and this melody came to me immediately. The heavenly pipe organ and soprano vocal make this one of my favorite tracks.

Luxurious Overture

The Entrance was a very beautiful place as well, but I was inspired by the fountain, the chandelier, and all the sparkly decoration to compose a track that sympathizes with Miriam’s sad and cruel fate.

Good stuff! I had been worried that we would never hear a Castlevania soundtrack ever again from Yamane, but thankfully the fans gave her another chance after backing Bloodstained on Kickstarter. The game will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, and PC in 2018.

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