[Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite tracks from the Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!]

There are countless bosses and enemies in the Zelda franchise which one would find disturbing or simply terrifying. For some, it’s the Dead Hand, or Bongo Bongo, or my personal (least) favorite, the Wallmasters (I’m noting some kind of pattern with hands here). But the one that will haunt my nightmares forever, or at least until they come up with something worse, is Odolwa.

I’ve always found Woodfall Temple’s boss to be extremely unsettling. There’s something eerily uncanny about its erratic dancing and general movement, it’s undistinguishable chanting (which, upon further inspection, appears to be Mayan for things like “come burn” or “dance now”), and that shriek he lets out when taking the last blow — it was nightmare fuel for young me playing it for the first time.

And what better accompaniment for this eldritch battle, than this arrangement for Odolwa’s theme by Theophany, famous for their album series Time’s End, containing orchestral remixes of the music from Majora’s Mask. This track, from the second album of the series, is the perfect climax for the music of this chapter in Link’s journey through Termina.

This theme makes me want to both dance and run for my life. The tribal drums of war themselves would be enough to set the mood for this fight, but the dramatic brass and strings provide that extra bit of emotion that, for a moment, makes you forget you’re basically fighting a Mayan warrior trying to chop your head off, burn it, and dance around it. It’s just masterful, beautiful.

Do you find Odolwa as creepy as I do? What enemies or bosses from the franchise do you find unsettling?

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