Big ones like Aria of Sorrow and Symphony of the Night
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Castlevania has some of the best music in all of gaming. Lost Painting from Symphony of the Night is like my go-to thinking song, but so many other entries have tracks that are just as memorably haunting: even the originals!
Listening to that historic lineup just got a lot easier, as Konami is officially sharing a huge collection on Spotify. Announced by way of Twitter, Konami once again recognizes that this series exists in the form of a nostalgic release. For reference, you can also find that collection of 12 playlists here. While 12 may not seem like much, note that several of them are doubled up, like Circle of the Moon and Harmony of Dissonance, for example.
Each playlist ranges from an hour to two and a half hours each, showcasing just how much music there is for this series. Even the lesser known Castlevania Judgment (a Wii fighting game) has a soundtrack that’s over an hour long!
Most low key great song that’s probably too buried for most people to find? Vampire Killer / from Akumajo Dracula: a remake of the original iconic Castlevania track for Harmony of Despair. In fact, I’m just going to use this opportunity to declare Harmony of Despair underrated as a whole. It deserves a new lease on life on modern platforms and the soundtrack absolutely slaps. Make it happen Konami: you don’t even have to develop a brand new game!
For reference, here’s the breakdown:
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- Castlevania: The Original Game Soundtrack Selection
- Castlevania Chronicles (Original Soundtrack)
- Castlevania: Circle of the Moon & Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Original Soundtrack)
- Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (Original Soundtrack)
- Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (Original Soundtrack Selection)
- Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (Original Soundtrack)
- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (Original Soundtrack Selection)
- Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (Original Soundtrack)
- Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (Original Soundtrack)
- Castlevania Judgment (Original Soundtrack)
- Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (Original Soundtrack Selection)