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Castlevania Tribute Album Encuentro de Sangre Makes Vampire Hunting Even More Metal

Castlevania Metal Tribute Encuentro de Sangre

A new Castlevania tribute album, Encuentro de Sangre, adds a hard-rocking twist to the first three games’ soundtracks.

Admittedly, vampire hunting is pretty metal as is but this album takes things to the next level. Encuentro de Sangre, if Google Translate isn’t lying to us, stands for “Blood Encounter” and is a Latin Metal take on a selection of Castlevania I-III tracks.

Encuentro de Sangre: A Metal Tribute to Castlevania, to give it its full title, is a collaboration between four arrangers, Thennecan, Ferdk, ThePlasmas, and Pokérus Project. Most of the artists involve hail from Latin American countries, so the Latin Metal angle isn’t just a gimmick.

“I already knew that the Latin American metal VGM community was tight, but now I see just how close they really are”, remarks Allen Brasch, producer at GameGrooves (the company that’s putting out the album).

We’ve had a listen to the album and come away suitably impressed. The strength of the Latin influences vary from track to track, but every track is worth your time. Yes, we’ve heard virtually every YouTube version of Vampire Killer but this album persuaded us to do more than loop one track for ten hours.

The full track list is as follows:

1. Beginning (Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse)
2. Aquarius (Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse)
3. Mad Forest (Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse)
4. Out of Time (Castlevania)
5. The Silence of the Daylight (Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest)
6. Demon Seed (Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse)
7. Wicked Child (Castlevania)
8. Walking on the Edge (Castlevania)
9. Monster Dance (Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest)
10. Within These Castle Walls (Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest)
11. Dwelling of Doom (Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest)
12. Vampire Killer (Castlevania)

This Castlevania metal album is available through the usual sources – Bandcamp (priced at $10), Apple Music and so forth. So put down your vampire-slaying equipment and check it out. 

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.