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Devil May Cry 4 : Special Edition

Album Producer : Tetsuya Shibata

Song Name Singers/Performers Rating
Out of the Darkness Aubrey Ashburn ★★★★☆
Time Has Come Hypnogaja ★★½☆☆
Sworn Through Swords Hypnogaja ★★☆☆☆
The Viper Tetsuya Shibata ★★★☆☆
Shall Never Surrender Hypnogaja ★★★☆☆


1. Out of the Darkness:

Performer: Aubrey Ashburn

Devil May Cry 4 opens with Nero, with his right arm in a sling, racing towards the Opera House where a ceremony celebrating Sparda is already underway. Kyrie’s rendition, which acts as the prologue, is the only saving grace in this sparingly composed album. Sung by Aubrey Ashburn, this piece encapsulates the longing expressed by Kyrie as she beckons her lover Nero. This is contrasted by Nero, storming through the ambush of creeps, to meet his better half. The rendition with minimalistic accompaniment strikes a good balance with the visuals of the intro.


2. Time Has Come :

Composer : Hypnogaja

This track, also known as “Nero’s Battle theme” is precisely that. This mix of metal and electronica creates an eerie tune that reverberates with the gruesome action sequences with Nero in the lead. The voice of the lead singer, Jason “Shyboy” Arnold and the lyrics, are a plus to the track, but being the same track used almost 3/4th of the game, this gets pretty monotonous and thus loses out in our rating.

3. Sworn Through Swords :

Composer : Hypnogaja

Talk about a complete rip off and you get “Sworn through Swords”. This is the battle theme of Dante, which essentially is the “tweaked” version of the Nero’s theme. The only difference is that the inclusion of Dante’s sarcasms and taunts that makes this actually good in gameplay. It gets a pass mark in our review.

4. The Viper :

Composer: Tetsuya Shibata

The track when Nero encounters( as well as Dante) the Serpent Queen in the forests to(or from) the Castle. This fast paced tune works good for the quick moves required against the Serpent Queen. The use of the Xylophone mixed with the traditional DMC organist theme, increased in tempo takes the faltering music composition to a passable level. Sadly this tune appears only in this level and is not available anywhere else in the game.

5. Shall Not Surrender :

Composer : Hypnogaja

The last part of the game, which shows Nero in throngs of agony and in fierce passion to save his beloved Kyrie from “His Holiness”. The theme continues from the latter part of the Boss fight from an action paced reverie and switches to the slow, dramatic piece about determination and hope. This seems more of an anthem in the first place than an emotional feeling by the protagonist. The composers could have worked on that a bit more is the suggestion.


Album ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Devil May Cry franchise has been a phenomenal hit through the years. The unique gameplay and the roving music attracted lots of gamers. But sadly the 4th instalment fails to live up to it’s predecessor, Dante’s Awakening .Tetsuya could have worked out an even more convincing album for this edition considering that the existing tracks are a mere rip off from it’s older versions barring a few. The addition of performances from Hypnogaja and Aubrey are the saving grace of the album, which goes to show that you cannot rely on past successes to sail you through every endeavour.


The above 5 tracks are the top 5 among the 15 track album, Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition Soundtrack released on 19th December 2007.


Reviewed by Manishgant

Musicperk Team