Christmas in the year 2000 is a time I will never forget. It’s the Christmas I obtained my favorite Zelda game Majora’s Mask. A lot of the game’s themes went right over my 9-year-old head, but I always had the feeling when I played it, what I was doing was much greater than anything I’d ever done in a video game. Of course, I knew about the moon falling, and that we (that is, Link and I) had to stop that from happening. It was the little nuances that I missed and came to appreciate all these years later.
After I beat Odolwa in the first temple, I remember being transported to that ephemeral area where we meet the first giant. This is when the game had an even greater impact. I became truly immersed with Termina, and that same feeling of realizing that I was accomplishing something much greater came rushing back. From the text to the ominous yet oddly calm atmosphere, everything in this area was perfect. But the true icing on this metaphorical cake was the music, Oath to Order.
At the time I’d heard the song, it was, along with the Song of Healing, a powerful song to hear. This song helped to cement in my mind just how powerful music can be.
To this day this song is possibly my favorite Zelda song. At the time I’d heard the song, it was, along with the Song of Healing, a powerful song to hear. This song helped to cement in my mind just how powerful music can be. I was raised on heavy rock, metal, and even country music, but none of them had any depth I could comprehend as a kid. As far as I was concerned, it was sound. The dialogue, the atmosphere, and just the setting in general combined with this tune opened my young mind, and I’ll always be grateful for it.
Fast forward to 2016 and Theophany releases the long-awaited sequel to his Majora’s Mask titled Time’s End II: Majora’s Mask Remixed. As you might have guessed from all of the above, Theophany remixed Oath to Order, which is the final song on the album — and what a remix it is! The song is very slow to start and has a lot of build up. Theophany has always managed to capture the essence of a song and a mood and turn it into something great. The best part of this song for me is how truly immersed I feel when I listen to it. Every single second of the song feels lovingly crafted and reignites the spark of imagination I had while I played Majora’s Mask.
Going beyond that, this song has a finality to it by the end of the song, which ties up not just the song itself, but the whole album. The song is very haunting and powerful and carries a lot of symbolic weight to it which was very lovingly crafted. In a way, the album itself tells a story, and the final song, Oath to Order, is the grand finale. It goes beyond being just a remix of a song I love and into something more, and it’s one of the many reasons why Time’s End II isn’t just my favorite Zelda remix album, but one of my favorite albums period.