If there are any two things that go great together, it’s Zelda music and rock music. Don’t believe me? Give this “Hyrule Castle” remix from Breath of the Wild by Mohmega a listen and I’m sure you’ll come to realize it.
Having grown up listening to primarily rock and metal music (thanks in part to my mother), I’ve loved the genre for a long time now. Sure, the piano is my favorite instrument, and songs with that instrument will always soothe my heart, but my first love will always be anything rock or metal. Mohmega brings us an awesome and powerful remix which captures the essence of exploring Hyrule Castle perfectly.
With a lot of rock music, it’s very easy to just go insanely fast and shred as much as you can. While this style has its merits, sometimes restraining yourself can be far more impactful, which is what we have here with this remix. It creates an atmosphere of true foreboding in my mind, and the idea that you’re approaching the final confrontation is shown well here.
Because it’s a slower song and has that restraint on it, it works so well that I’d go so far as to say you could implement this remix into the game’s area and it’d work just as well. In fact, just listening to this remix takes me right back to that iconic castle, trying to explore and find my way around while being wary of the various Guardians and other such foes, knowing the final confrontation is looming just ahead.
The best kind of music, in my opinion, is the kind that leaves an impact. Whether that impact is just singing loudly in your car with your best friend because it’s so catchy or the kind that brings you to tears, the songs that leave that impact are the ones that stay with you. A genre is just a simple gateway to classify something, and when people experiment with that genre to create something great, music can transcend beyond that. All of this is to say that Mohmega’s remix of “Hyrule Castle” takes the slower approach in a genre known for being a lot faster and “rougher”, and it creates a song with a ton of impact. That Mohmega could create a remix that brings back those feelings is itself an impact that I’d say is worth singing praises of.