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Artist: Ryuichi Katsumata
Album: F-Zero X Guitar Arrange Edition
Release Date: January 27, 1999
Genre: Instrumental Rock, Instrumental Metal, Soundtrack


This week we’re back with another game soundtrack album! A few weeks ago while browsing through game soundtracks on YouTube I came across F-Zero X Guitar Arrange Edition and fell in love with it. Guitar Arrange features ten tracks from F-Zero X composed by Taro Bando, Naoto Ishida, Yamiko Kameya, and Hajime Wakai newly arranged with live instrumentation by Ryuichi Katsumata.

From the moment I first played F-Zero X, I was amazed by the awesome metal tracks featured on the soundtrack, and this arrangement album takes them to the next level, leaving behind the synthesized guitars and drums for the real deal. The drums are fast and technical, and the guitars have this crisp melodic tone to them, and they blend so well with the synths. And there are a bunch of great bits added here and there to keep things interesting and not just the same few sections on loop. I Just love every track on this album.


Guitar Arrange features well known tracks like “Endless Challenge” from Mute City, “Decide In the Eyes” from Big Blue, and “Crazy Call at Cry” from Port Town, but also the lesser known, but equally amazing tracks like “The Long Distance of Murder” from Red Canyon, “Drivin’ Through on Max” from Sector Alpha, “Climb Up! And Get the last Chance!” from White Land, and my personal favorite, “Dream Chaser” from Silence, as well as the title, credits, and “Grand Prix Ending” themes.

Take a listen to F-Zero X Guitar Arrange Edition below and let me know what you think!

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. My tastes range from alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, but if there’s something else you want to hear, be sure to leave your suggestions! Check out last week’s album!

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