Review: Super Castlevania IV Soundtrack Vinyl (Hardware)

Super Castlevania IV Soundtrack Vinyl: Official GBAtemp Review

Hardware 2,630 views 2 likes 10 comments
Reviewed by Prans Dunn, posted Sep 11, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
To celebrate the video game series’ 30th anniversary, Mondo, once again in collaboration with Konami, brings Super Castlevania IV’s soundtrack to vinyl format.
Prans Dunn

attachFull98161

Typical Mondo

I’ve been reviewing Mondo’s video game soundtrack vinyls for a while now and came to expect a certain level of quality. Living up to the expectations, the original 28 BMG tracks from the game that spread across two 12" 180 Gram LPs are all reproduced faithfully, effectively putting you once more in Simon Belmont's shoes as he ventures through the eleven levels in Transylvania to hunt down Dracula.

attachFull98162

attachThumb98163 attachThumb98164 attachThumb98165 attachThumb98166

These are the Silver and Red Splatter edition

The music itself has been done by Konami Kukeiha Club which includes  Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo, the original composers of the game’s soundtrack.

Not Typical Mondo

Mondo’s vinyls are usually packaged with stunning artworks, be it on the cover or the vinyl record itself. However, their Super Castlevania IV vinyl art, particularly the inner art and record's art got me feeling differently... 

attachFull98169

attachThumb98168 attachThumb98170

I cannot help but feel like their Super Castlevania IV art does not do the product enough justice. Not that JenoLab’s work is bad but they feel rather uninspired, especially when compared to Mondo’s previous Castlevania soundtrack vinyl release, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. The latter captured the game-y feel in its art so much that it became one of my favorites.

attachFull98171

attachThumb98173 attachThumb98174 attachThumb98176 attachThumb98177


Artwork aside, I’d still very much recommend Mondo’s latest video game soundtrack vinyl. Hope your collection is growing and I don’t think Mondo’s close to prevent it from that!

Verdict
Pros
+ Faithfully reproduced soundtrack on vinyl format
+ Konami managed to credit the original composer this time around!
Cons
- Artwork feels rather uninspired
7.8
out of 10
Overall
Another of Mondo’s vinyls to add to your collection!
Share
T-hug and Sonic Angel Knight like this.
10 comments

  • Sonic Angel Knight
  • hamohamo
  • Prans
  • Issac
  • Prans
  • Byokugen
  • dAVID_
  • Hells Malice
  • Prans
  • Subtle Demise