CD Review: The Black Mages


As an avid fan of Final Fantasy games, I was completely ecstatic when I stumbled upon this fine soundtrack. The Black Mages debut album incorporated the most frantic battle themes in the history of Final Fantasy in a complex, progressive-heavy metal frame.

Those familiar with the game series should have an abundant sense of nostalgia listening to this record, and they should. The Black Mages did a great job of keeping the original tunes intact while putting their own spin on them and truly making them into some great music. This shows especially on tracks like “Clash On The Big Bridge” and “For Those Who Fight Further” or “J-E-N-O-V-A”. Some other tracks such as “Battle Scene” are a bit lighter on the guitar, letting some synthesizers into the mix, and this is okay, but it does take away from the music a bit, making it sound a bit less full and fleshed out. Some other very noteworthy tracks include “The Decisive Battle”, one of the heaviest songs in the album. It’s a good, not essential, album nonetheless but definitely a must-buy for Final Fantasy fans and instrumental fans alike. In the end, you will not be disappointed if you want something heavy to rock out to.

Definite Downloads

1. Clash On The Big Bridge (Final Fantasy V)
2. The Decisive Battle (Final Fantasy VI)
3. J-E-N-O-V-A (Final Fantasy VII)
4. Those Who Fight Further (Final Fantasy VII)
5. Battle Scene (Final Fantasy)



7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sushi on January 17, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    fun, better than listening to the old midis I suppose.


  2. do they have a remix of the sepiroth theme?


  3. I wish Uematsu would write for FF again. The guy is an artist.


  4. @Sushi

    Indeed but I still think the old midis have a nice feel of nostalgia to them; especially the Final Fanatsy VII tracks.


    Unfortunately no. If they had one I would have placed it at Number 1 in a heartbeat.


    Hmmm, well we still haven’t had a confirmation on who is writing the melodies and songs in Final Fantasy XIII. So keep your hopes up.


  5. Interesting, I will try downloading it from somewhere! Don’t feel like buying it! lol!


  6. @Marzouq

    Well I have 5 tracks that are available for download. Click on the links above to download them. Those were the best IMO.


  7. Posted by Enda on February 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Had a whole concert on my PC ^^ Two in fact =P


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