Hi All - this week we are unleashing another massive video game soundtrack, this time for the three-quel CONTRA 3: THE ALIEN WARS. This will be the first in our line of CONTRA releases as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this influential game franchise.
Additionally we are distributing a re-issue of Howard Shore's score for David Cronenberg's THE FLY from our friends at Varèse Sarabande Records.
As always, new releases go on sale on Wednesdays at NOON (CST).
Contra 3: The Alien Wars - Original Video Game Soundtrack LP. Music by Konami Kukeiha Club. Artwork by Paul Mann. Remastered for Vinyl by James Plotkin. Pressed on 180 Gram Clear with Red Splatter (Limited to 500 Copies) or 180 Gram Red & Blue Half & Half Camouflage. $25
Beginning our celebration of the 30th anniversary of Konami's CONTRA franchise, Mondo is proud to present the 25th anniversary soundtrack re-issue of the Super Nintendo sequel, THE ALIEN WARS.
Set three years after the original, Red Falcon and his legion have returned to Earth, this time with the intent to launch a full-scale war against its inhabitants. It's up to our heroes, Bill and Lance, to scale walls, ride motorcycles, and cling to soaring missiles to defeat their enemies.
The music of CONTRA 3: THE ALIEN WARS is epic to say the least. The looping sequences of each level are longer, taking full advantage of the new audio capabilities available to the composers on the Super Nintendo. The sweeping scope of these tracks leads to a chaos absent from the previous chapters of the run-and-gun series, while still obeying the structures and pacing of Video Game music... just with complex time signatures and percussion patterns.
In some instances, like with 'Battle Runner' which operates on-the-rails for large stretches, it affords for the composers some sequences that go nearly two minutes before a single loop.
Contra Logo Pin. 1.25" wide hard enamel pin. Double posts with locking clutches on black dyed metal. $10
The Fly - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Music by Howard Shore. Pressed on 180 Gram Green Fog Colored Vinyl. Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide. Features Lenticular Cover Art. $30
Thirty years later, David Cronenberg's 1986 sci-fi thriller, THE FLY, is still as impressive today; a powerhouse in acting and makeup effects (the category in which the film earned an Academy Award).
The score strangely fits in the category of classic Hollywood horror... which knowing the films Howard Shore and Cronenberg's collaborated on (including past Mondo releases NAKED LUNCH, CRASH and DEAD RINGERS), you'd expect more often. However, Shore's THE FLY is one-of-a-kind in their partnership.