DATA021: Alien Soldier
In 1995, at the tail end of the Mega Drive’s lifespan, composer Norio “NON” Hanzawa (Gunstar Heroes) was tasked by acclaimed developer Treasure to score their hugely ambitious new shooter, Alien Soldier. He then duly created one of the most technically impressive, challenging and experimental game scores of the entire 16-bit era. In line with Alien Soldier’s frantic gameplay, Hanzawa’s score is often intense, perplexing and occasionally overwhelming, but it is also punctuated with some surprisingly minimal and inventive synth passages, which at times feel oddly reminiscent of Vangelis’s Blade Runner. However, Hanzawa’s work on Alien Soldier is distinctively his own, harnessing the inherent noise and strange tones of Mega Drive’s FM sound chip to create a score filled with otherworldly sounds, disorientating layers and a sense of complexity seldom heard in game music at the time.
Alien Soldier is presented as a remastered double 180g LP, with audio sourced from the original Japanese console and pressed at 45RPM. It is packaging in a heavyweight single pocket sleeve, with an accompanying foldout poster of the original cover artwork and an obi strip. In addition, early orders will also receive a set of three matt laminated postcards featuring key characters from the game (direct orders only, while stocks last). Available in the following editions:
2 x 180g Blue/Frosted Clear/Grey Tri-Colour with Blue & Grey Splatter (Limited Edition)
2 x 180g Opaque Grey
2 x 180g Classic Black
A1. With Treasure / A2. Sidelimits / A3. Flashback / A4. Alien Soldier / A5. Slap-Up / A6. X-Ages / A7. Runner AD2025 / B1. From Objector / B2. Soltype / B3. Blacksheep / B4. !!!...Shade… / B5. Epsilons-Ally / C1. Silent / C2. Lurk!!! / C3. Perfect-Thing / C4. 3-Prayers / C5. 7th Force / D1. Alone’Z’ / D2. Galaxy Desert / D3. Oblivious Past / D4. Soldiers Song / D5. Over!!!
Note: Please allow up to 1 week for your order to ship. All remaining copies ship in a resealable polypropylene sleeve (i.e: not shrink wrap) with the record packed behind the sleeve to avoid seam splits during transit. Due to the manufacturing process, a small amount of splatter or creases may appear on the labels (limited edition only).