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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bonds of Sea and Fire - Xenogears

By Yasunori Mitsuda

"I'm Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end. The first and the last"

When i first saw those lines, i thought "Whoo boy, this game will be filled with biblical references...". And Lo, it is. Almost all of the popular names from Westerner's version of Bible are in (Abel, Cain, etc...) as well as some reference to Judaism, Kaballah, heck, even pop culture thrown inside.

Some of the songs are influenced (mostly) by Irish tunes, although some of them also take some nod to Middle Eastern, and (of course) Gospel. One of my favorite song is Bonds of Sea and Fire, the song with most versions within the game (Yggdrassil's Theme and Aveh City's theme, for example).

The first song is a vocal, fan-version sung by Erutan (katethegreat19). The vocals are supposed to be in the language of Aveh (fictional nation in Xenogears). Since the spoken lines only take places in battles and CG movies, let us settle with this.

The second song is instrumental, fan-version by BitSymphony. This version, in my opinion, is the softest version of Bonds of Sea and Fire to me. It is also the reason why I use this version for my blog's background music.