Halloween has come again which means that I cannot let the day pass without referring you to some quality Castlevania-related lore or element. This year I want to point you towards my favorite song from the entire series. Yes, spanning from the original Castlevania in 1987 all the way to this month's new Order of Ecclesia, there's a single musical tune that sticks with me time and time again, and chances are that it's not what you're expecting. Put away the "Vampire Killer" and "Bloody Tears" tracks that come up time after time. We're going back to 1988's Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and "The Silence of the Daylight", also known as the background tune heard when game hero Simon Belmont walks through a town during daylight hours.
It's a timeless classic, although not one that we've heard much from over the years. While plenty of other Castlevania melodies make their way across several games in the series, "The Silence of the Daylight" just doesn't see the light of day all that often. Leave it to the fans, however, to bring this tune out of the dark for some extra time in the spotlight. Dedicated game music remixers from OCRemix.org have taken this song for an interpretive spin several times, so let's take a few minutes to enjoy their hard work.
Let's begin with my favorite of the "Daylight" remixes. Courtesy of Digimatic, here's "Simon's Town".
Next up is Vic Viper with "DownTown".
If you like lyrics with your remix, consider Jovette Rivera's "Simon's Symphony".
And while Daniel Baranowsky's "Belmont Lounge" includes musical selections from other songs in the Castlevania vein in addition to "Daylight", I think you'll find it an appropriate piece to close our tour.
There are plenty of other fantastic Castlevania remixes over at OCRemix from some very talented people, so be sure to check 'em out between rounds of gorging yourself on Halloween candy.
Goodnight out there, whatever you are!