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The connection between S.S.H. and Hellion Sounds - An analysis

 

Hellion Sounds is a unit or "band" consisting of (at least) Eru (the head/leader), Azuô, Shion Himekawa, Yu-, and Saitama Saisyu Heiki. As of writing (2016), Hellion Sounds has produced 10 albums in 10 years spanning 2004 to 2014. The word band is in quotes because it is not so much a traditional band with each musician playing their part in a song and more likely the case that they each compose/arrange their own song to be contributed to a album (i.e. each song is solely the work of a particular musician as opposed to musicians).

 

The issue is that for the most part, the albums have very few precise artist-specific credits - they are mainly owned by "Hellion Sounds" as a collective. Despite the lack of information, we will attempt to identify S.S.H.'s compositions and arranges. To do this, we will mainly use two things: our ears, and/or familiarity with S.S.H.'s sounds, styles, and guitar.

 

S.S.H.'s sounds can (and did) change over Hellion Sounds' publishing decade so before we begin, I think it would be helpful to "categorise" his sounds. I would separate it into three groups:

 

1.       Doujin to Early-Pro Period AKA Synth Guitar Period (2001~2002 to 2006): This was his synth guitar days - a bit rough sounding but no doubt a talent destined for greater things. Most of the early 2000s involved the arranging of classic game music as well as dabbling in original tunes (i.e. early S.S.H.). Then came his first big break: Lost Child (2004 to 2006). Technical improvements in the sound can be heard during this time frame. S.S.H.'s pre-2001 history is mainly unknown but at the very least, he did play around with MIDIs and game music.

 

2.       Professional Period AKA Real Guitar Period (2007 to 2011): Here he incorporates real guitars (or at least makes the synth guitars more real-sounding). These are exemplified by his major works in this era: the eXceed series and Project Cerberus. As we approach 2010 and 2011, further improvements are made in the sounds of the guitars (more "raw" and "real") as well as the drums and other instruments (keyboards, etc). This late change can be considered a "prelude" to the next period.

 

3.       Current Period AKA Mature Guitar Period (2012 to now): I call it the mature guitar period because it seems like S.S.H. has settled down on a sound he's satisfied with. This is exemplified by his numerous Touhou arrangements (with Eru) and the Koihime franchise. In addition, the electronic music side of him has also come to the forefront in some cases and the drumming (samples) have also improved in quality. His 2012 album "Blast From The Past" serves as a good general example of the sounds and style of current day S.S.H.

 

I have given Hellion Sounds' discography a fairly thorough listen and my thoughts, opinions and conclusions are as shown below (in reverse chronological order). To those of you who want to do the same thing, then, as said previously, a familiarity of S.S.H.'s past and present works certainly helps. For sound and instrumental comparisons, it would be useful to compare Hellion Sounds' music of a particular year with S.S.H.'s music of a particular year (plus or minus a year). For older works, then it is a bit more difficult comparing guitar samples - at this point, other musicians also share a similar sound. For newer works, it is easier since S.S.H.'s current guitar sound has a comparatively more unique "voice" and style. For recent Hellion Sounds/S.S.H. music, the main things I am looking for are what I consider to be "signature S.S.H.": pinch harmonics, trills, the "running the pick down the guitar string in a rough way" technique, the name of said technique I can't remember, and general guitar solos (i.e. does it sound S.S.H.-ish?).

 

[2014.08.17] Red Re:zome (HSCD-0010)

1 Mechanical Rhythm ‹@‚Ì—¥“® (3:58)  

2 Boss Battle ƒ{ƒXƒoƒgƒ‹ (4:42)

3 Night Battle! –éí! (4:13)  

4 Locust Theme (3:43)  

5 #Battle5 [Ver.RR] (3:58)  

6 Battlefield - Seven Struggles íê - Žµ‚ÌŽ€“¬ (4:57)  

7 Supreme Lord Exdeath [Ver.RR] ”e‰¤ƒGƒNƒXƒfƒX [Ver.RR] (2:35)

8 Clash on the Big Bridge [Ver.RR] ƒrƒbƒOƒuƒŠƒbƒa‚ÌŽ€“¬ [Ver.RR] (4:31)

9 In Search of the Sacred Sword ¹Œ•‚ð‹‚ß‚Ä (4:26)  

10 Battlefield's Awakening –°‚炸‚̐íê (5:16)

 

Possible S.S.H. tracks:

2 Boss Battle ƒ{ƒXƒoƒgƒ‹ (4:42)

7 Supreme Lord Exdeath [Ver.RR] ”e‰¤ƒGƒNƒXƒfƒX [Ver.RR] (2:35)

8 Clash on the Big Bridge [Ver.RR] ƒrƒbƒOƒuƒŠƒbƒa‚ÌŽ€“¬ [Ver.RR] (4:31)

10 Battlefield's Awakening –°‚炸‚̐íê (5:16)

 

Songs that S.S.H. has arranged in the past:

Track 2: Shin Megami Tensei Devil Summoner / Boss Battle ^E—_“]¶ƒfƒrƒ‹ƒTƒ}ƒi[ / ƒ{ƒXƒoƒgƒ‹ (2002, then re-released in 2012)

Track 8: Final Fantasy V / Gil de Ga na Mesh ƒtƒ@ƒCƒiƒ‹ƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒ^ƒW[V`ƒMƒ‹‚ŃK‚ȃƒbƒVƒ… (2002)

 

My thoughts:

The drums of track 7 is reminiscent of original song "Merciless Goddess" (2006).

 

[2012.05.27] Scent Games (HSCD-0009)

1 Emotional Skyscraper ~ Cosmic Mind Š´î‚Ì–€“V˜O ` Cosmic Mind (7:27)

2 Wind God Girl [Ver.2012] •—_­—[Ver.2012] (4:50) Maybe 

3 Faith Is for the Transient People M‹Â‚Í™R‚«lŠÔ‚Ìˆ×‚É (5:25)  

4 Satori Maiden ~ 3rd eye ­—‚³‚Æ‚è ` 3rd eye (3:48)  

5 Solar Sect of Mystic Wisdom ~ Nuclear Fusion —ì’m‚Ì‘¾—zM‹Â ` Nuclear Fusion (5:03)  

6 Let's Live in a Lovely Cemetery ‘f“G‚È•æê‚ŕ邵‚Ü‚µ‚å (4:42)

7 Extend Ash ~ Person of Hourai [Ver.2012] ƒGƒNƒXƒeƒ“ƒhƒAƒbƒVƒ… ` –H—‰l[Ver.2012] (6:14)

8 Old Yuanxian / Desire Drive ŒÃ‚«ƒ†ƒAƒ“ƒVƒFƒ“ / ƒfƒUƒCƒAƒhƒ‰ƒCƒu (4:26)  

9 U.N. Owen Was Her? U.N.ƒI[ƒGƒ“‚͔ޏ—‚È‚Ì‚©? (4:40)  

10 Shrine at the Foot of the Mountain / An Eternity That Is More Transient than Scarlet ˜[‚̐_ŽÐ / g‚æ‚è™R‚¢‰i‰“ (4:53)

 

Possible S.S.H. tracks:

1 Emotional Skyscraper ~ Cosmic Mind Š´î‚Ì–€“V˜O ` Cosmic Mind (7:27)

6 Let's Live in a Lovely Cemetery ‘f“G‚È•æê‚ŕ邵‚Ü‚µ‚å (4:42)

7 Extend Ash ~ Person of Hourai [Ver.2012] ƒGƒNƒXƒeƒ“ƒhƒAƒbƒVƒ… ` –H—‰l[Ver.2012]

10 Shrine at the Foot of the Mountain / An Eternity That Is More Transient than Scarlet ˜[‚̐_ŽÐ / g‚æ‚è™R‚¢‰i‰“ (4:53)

 

Songs that S.S.H. has arranged in the past:

Track 6: Let's Live in a Lovely Cemetery ‘f“G‚È•æê‚ŕ邵‚Ü‚µ‚å from the albums Silent Stratosphere (2013), Rain Drop (2014), TH MEDLEY -–²Œ¶“V‘t- (2016)

 

My thoughts:

This is a heavy metal Touhou album that almost seems like a joint work between S.S.H. and Eru (even without track credits, the non-S.S.H. tracks are reminiscent of Eru's style/instrumentation). From 2012 to 2016, there has been a total of ten Touhou heavy metal arrange albums by S.S.H. and Eru under the "SHAT" catalogue. "Scent Games" predate the first SHAT album "Frenzy Frenzy" by only about half a year. My theory is that Scent Games was a sort of experiment between S.S.H. and Eru. After Scent Games, they were like "Well that was fun. Why don't we officially make this Touhou heavy metal arrange album a regular thing?" And thus, SHAT-xxxx was born.

 

[2011.12.31] Last Floor (HSCD-0008)

1 Ex-convict`‘O‰ÈŽÒ (6:21)

2 Daedalus (3:32)

3 Reach Out To The Truth (5:04)  

4 Battlefield - That Fresh Blood is Thine or the Enemy's íê ‚»‚Ì‘NŒŒ‚Í“G‚©“ð‚© (4:35)  

5 Shudder íœÉ (3:06)  

6 Common Battle ’ʏíí“¬ (4:28)

7 I'll Face Myself -Battle + Backside of The TV (4:10)  

8 Battlefield - Scarlet Rain íê ŽéF‚̉J (5:07)  

9 Nemesis h“G (4:12)

10 Disturbances - Calling That Detestable Name í— ‚»‚ÌŠõ‚ނׂ«–¼‚ðŒÄ‚× (4:20)  

11 Devil Fusion.exe ˆ«–‚‡‘Ì.exe (3:35)  

12 STAGE.4 (3:03)

 

Possible S.S.H. tracks:

1 Ex-convict`‘O‰ÈŽÒ (6:21)

2 Daedalus (3:32)

6 Common Battle ’ʏíí“¬ (4:28)

9 Nemesis h“G (4:12)

12 STAGE.4 (3:03)

 

Songs that S.S.H. has arranged in the past:

Track 1: Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II~Ex-Convict (FO) ƒfƒWƒ^ƒ‹Eƒfƒrƒ‹•¨Œê —_“]¶II`Ex-Convict (FO) (2002), and Megami Tensei II —_“]¶II / Ex-convict~‘O‰ÈŽÒ from the album "Blast From The Past" (2012)

Track 2: Megami Tensei / Deadlaus —_“]¶ / Deadlaus (~2002)

 

My thoughts:

Track 1: The "Hoo!" (and probably the whole voice sample) at 5:15 is the same one from track 13 ‚­‚è‚·‚½‚ç‚¢‚¸g’ƒÕ‚è ‚ç‚¢‚Ô‚¢‚ñ‚¶‚á‚Ï‚ñ from the album "Frenzy Frenzy" (2012). Note also the release dates between the two albums.

Track 6: Probably nothing significant but the guitar at 0:40 reminds me of the guitar at 0:20 of S.S.H.'s arrange of Metal Saga~Route 99 ƒƒ^ƒ‹ƒTƒK`Route 99 (2010).

Track 1 and 6: These tracks contain rap samples. There is precedent of S.S.H. using rap samples (not necessarily the exact same ones here) in his music. The most prominent example is track 6 ãŠCg’ƒŠÙ from the album "Frenzy Frenzy" (2012).

 

[2011.08.13] Chaotic Labyrinth (HSCD-0007)

1 Omen`‘O’› (4:45)

2 Battle Theme Medley ~ Megami Tensei Series —_“]¶ƒVƒŠ[ƒYí“¬‹ÈƒƒhƒŒ[ (6:19)

3 Explorer ~ Closed-off City Explorer`•Â‚´‚³‚ꂽŠX (4:20)

4 Battlefield - Shiver íê íœÉ (5:03)

5 Battle - Ecstasy “S‰Ø œ’› (3:32) 

6 Kichijoji ‹gËŽ› (7:53)

7 Disturbances - Hoist the Sword and Pride in the Heart í— Œ•‚ðŒf‚°ŒÖ‚è‚ð‹¹‚É (5:13)  

8 Ginza ‹âÀ (3:51)

9 Hellfire ~ Rotting Sea of Flames Hellfire`‰Š‚Ì•…ŠC (5:16)

10 To the Battlefield íê‚Ö (3:24)  

11 Battle for Everyone's Souls ‘S‚Ă̐l‚̍°‚̐킢 (6:03)

 

Possible S.S.H. tracks:

1 Omen`‘O’› (4:45)

2 Battle Theme Medley ~ Megami Tensei Series —_“]¶ƒVƒŠ[ƒYí“¬‹ÈƒƒhƒŒ[ (6:19)

4 Battlefield - Shiver íê íœÉ (5:03)

6 Kichijoji ‹gËŽ› (7:53)

8 Ginza ‹âÀ (3:51)

9 Hellfire ~ Rotting Sea of Flames Hellfire`‰Š‚Ì•…ŠC (5:16)

 

Songs that S.S.H. has arranged in the past:

Track 2:

Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei~Battle Field ƒfƒWƒ^ƒ‹Eƒfƒrƒ‹•¨Œê —_“]¶`Battle Field (2002)

Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei~Death Match ƒfƒWƒ^ƒ‹Eƒfƒrƒ‹•¨Œê —_“]¶II`Death Match (2002)

Shin Megami Tensei / Battle ^¥—_“]¶ / í“¬ (~2002, then re-released in 2012)

Shin Megami Tensei II / Battle ^E—_“]¶‡U〜í“¬ from the album "Made In Saitama" (2002)

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers / Naomi Battle ƒfƒrƒ‹ƒTƒ}ƒi[ ƒ\ƒEƒ‹ƒnƒbƒJ[ƒY / ƒiƒIƒ~í (~2002, then re-released in 2012)

Track 9: Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei~Battle Field ƒfƒWƒ^ƒ‹Eƒfƒrƒ‹•¨Œê —_“]¶`Battle Field (2002)

 

My thoughts:

Track 2 (and other tracks): The tone of the lead guitar sounds like the guitar used in "Monolith" and "Providence" from the album "eXceed 3rd -Jade Penetrate- Black Package Original Soundtrack" (2010). Note how the guitar sounds in the new non-remix tracks in the eXceed album sounds different from the remix tracks. Note also eXceed's release date (2010) and Chaotic Labyrinth's release date (2011).

Track 3: I'm not sure about this one since this is a non-metal track.

Track 6: Wasn't sure about this one until the guitar solo at the 3:30 point, then leaning towards yes, it's S.S.H.

 

[2007.08.17] Legacy (HSCD-0006)

1 The Evil Lord Exdeath ”e‰¤ƒGƒNƒXƒfƒX (3:31)

2 Affray Affray (4:51)

3 Formidable Foe ‹­“G (4:30)  

4 vs Korea vs ŠØ‘í (4:38)  

5 Battle3 ƒoƒgƒ‹ò3 (4:13)  

6 Mystery Train –‚—ñŽÔ (6:04)  

7 Last Battle (vs Dr. Devil) Last Battle (VS Dr.ƒfƒrƒ‹í) (3:40)  

8 Strange Medicine (4:01)  

9 Boss & Last Battle ƒ{ƒX•ƒ‰ƒXƒgƒoƒgƒ‹ (4:35)  

10 Fighting of the Spirit (5:06)

11 Endingò2 (5:25)

 

Possible S.S.H. tracks: Not sure. Possibly none. Needs more research.

 

Songs that S.S.H. has arranged in the past: n/a

 

My thoughts: For this album, I am leaning towards a lack of S.S.H. involvement. But if he was involved, then my best candidates would be track 1, 2, and 10. Track 2 is a "Hiouden" arrange - S.S.H. has arranged a Hiouden track in his album "Made in Saitama" (2002). I also get a hint of Toshinori Hiramatsu's guitar with this album (maybe track 10).

 

[2006.12.31] Crimson Nightmare (HSCD-0005)

1 Bloom Nobly, Cherry Blossoms of Sumizome —H‰ë‚ɍ炩‚¹A–nõ‚̍÷ (5:51)  

2 Extend Ash ~ Hourai Victim ƒGƒNƒXƒeƒ“ƒhƒAƒbƒVƒ…`–H—‰l (4:51)

3 Plain Asia ƒvƒŒƒCƒ“ƒGƒCƒWƒA (4:19)  

4 Wind God Girl •—_­— (4:39) Maybe 

5 Love-coloured Master Spark —öFƒ}ƒXƒ^[ƒXƒp[ƒN (4:59)  

6 The Capital City of Flowers in the Sky “V‹ó‚̉Ԃ̓s (5:43)

7 Beloved Tomboyish Girl ‚¨‚Ä‚ñ‚Ηö–º (5:42)  

8 Doll Judgment ~ The Girl Who Played with People's Shapes lŒ`Ù”» ` l‚ÌŒ`˜M‚Ñ‚µ­— (3:36)  

9 Nostalgic Blood of the East ~ Old World ‰ù‚©‚µ‚«“Œ•û‚ÌŒŒ ` Old World (6:18)

10 An Eternity That is More Transient Than Scarlet g‚æ‚è™R‚¢‰i‰“ (5:14)

11 Necrofantasia ƒlƒNƒƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒ^ƒWƒA (5:13)

 

 

Possible S.S.H. tracks:

2 Extend Ash ~ Hourai Victim ƒGƒNƒXƒeƒ“ƒhƒAƒbƒVƒ…`–H—‰l (4:51)

6 The Capital City of Flowers in the Sky “V‹ó‚̉Ԃ̓s (5:43)

10 An Eternity That is More Transient Than Scarlet g‚æ‚è™R‚¢‰i‰“ (5:14)

11 Necrofantasia ƒlƒNƒƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒ^ƒWƒA (5:13)

 

Songs that S.S.H. has arranged in the past:

Track 6: “V‹ó‚̉Ԃ̓s from Cradle ReFBOOT -“Œ•ûŒ¶žÙâJ“T- (2014)

 

My thoughts:

Track 2 (and other tracks): Guitars and keyboard/synth sounds are similar/same to his Lost Child-era works.

Track 9 reminds me of S.S.H.'s original electronic/techno/trance work Miso Nikomi Combinat –¡‘XŽÏž‚݃Rƒ“ƒrƒi[ƒg (2008). He has also heavy metal arranged this track elsewhere: ‰ù‚©‚µ‚«“Œ•û‚ÌŒŒ -MiS.Ver- from the album “Œ•ûŒ¶‘t‹¿UROBOROSŽQ `‚Æ‚ ‚é–‚–@‚ÆŒ¶‘z‚Ì–³ŒÀ—†ù` (2015).

 

 

[2005.08.14] Wayfarer (HSCD-0004)

1 Overture (1:26)

2 Lethal Strike •KŽE‚̈ꌂ (3:39)

3 Battle#5 Battle#5 (3:59)   

4 Gen's Castle Battle Œºéƒoƒgƒ‹ (3:53)  

5 Magical Tank Battle píŽÔƒoƒgƒ‹ (11:30)

6 Four Noble Devils Battle 1&2 Žl–‚‹M‘°1&2 (3:32)  

7 Last Battle ƒ‰ƒXƒgƒoƒgƒ‹ (5:04)  

8 Horrible Shadow ‰º…“¹ (5:06)  

9 Battle 2 í“¬2 (5:34)  

10 Battle with Kujinshi ƒNƒWƒ“ƒV[‚Ƃ̐킢 (2:54)   

11 Coup de Grâce Œˆí!!ƒTƒ‹[ƒCƒ“ (5:05)

 

My thoughts: A bit harder to pinpoint S.S.H. tracks, assuming he is involved in this album in the first place. My most likely candidate would be track 11. Other possible S.S.H. tracks are track 2 and track 5 (of which he has arranged four times in 2001~2002 and another arrange in the 2012 album "Blast From The Past").

 

[2004.12.30] Baroque (HSCD-0003)

1 The Dawn of Ys  (2:19)  

2 Holders of Power  (4:44) 

3 Cavern Of Rasteenie  (3:57)  

4 Ruins of Ilverns  (3:23)  

5 Protectors  (4:18)  

6 Final Battle -FC Ver.-  (2:55)  

7 To Make The End of Battle  (5:08) 

8 Beat of the Terror  (4:53)  

9 Mighty Obstacle  (4:23)  

10 The Morning Grow  (5:15)

11 Tension  (5:15)  

12 Valestine Castle  (6:34)

 

My thoughts: S.S.H. tracks (if any) would possibly be track 2, 7, 8, 10, and 12. S.S.H. has arranged "To Make The End of Battle" twice in 2002, arranged "The Morning Grow" in 2002 (re-released in 2012), and "Valestine Castle" in 2002. The violin-sounding instrument in track 12 reminds of Thunder Knight (for example) ƒTƒ“ƒ_[ƒiƒCƒg from the PS2 Gain Ground Soundtrack (2004). Note the album release dates (both 2004).

 

[2004.11.19] The Sentence of Death Extra Tracks (HSCD-0002)

1 Final Battle ÅŒã‚Ì“¬‚¢ (4:44)  

2 Battle 1 (3:46)  

3 Battle 2 (2:12)  

4 Final Battle ÅŒã‚̐킢 (4:37)

5 Final Battle FC Ver. (2:54)  

6 To Make The End of Battle (5:08)

7 Mighty Obstacle (4:06)

 

My thoughts: Possible S.S.H. tracks are track 4 and track 6. S.S.H. has arranged track 4 twice: Final Fantasy IV/V/VII/IX~ Last Battle Medley ƒtƒ@ƒCƒiƒ‹ƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒ^ƒW[IVEVEVIIEIX`ƒ‰ƒXƒgƒoƒgƒ‹Õ‚è (2002), and FINAL FANTASY IV / Final Battle ÅŒã‚Ì“¬‚¢ (2002, re-released in 2012). He has arranged track 6 twice in 2002. The intro of track 4 reminds me of S.S.H's arrange of Unreal Tournament / Razorback (2004, re-released in 2012).

 

[2004.08.15] The Sentence of Death (HSCD-0001)

1 Introduction (0:51)  

2 The Decisive Battle (3:38)

3 The Man With The Machine Gun (3:36)

4 Those Who Fight Further X‚É“¬‚¤ŽÒ’B (3:58)

5 Battle Scene 2 (3:43)

6 Battle Scene 1 (3:55)

7 Clash On The Big Bridge ƒrƒbƒOƒuƒŠƒbƒa‚ÌŽ€“¬ (4:33)

8 Battle 2 (3:37)

9 J-E-N-O-V-A (4:14)  

10 The Birth Of God _‚Ì’a¶ (5:45)  

11 Battle1 (4:18)

12 Decisive Battle Œˆí (4:22)  

13 Dancing Mad —d¯—•‘ (6:46) 

 

Possible S.S.H. tracks:

2 The Decisive Battle (3:38)

4 Those Who Fight Further X‚É“¬‚¤ŽÒ’B (3:58)

6 Battle Scene 1 Battle Scene 1 (3:55)

7 Clash On The Big Bridge ƒrƒbƒOƒuƒŠƒbƒa‚ÌŽ€“¬ (4:33)

8 Battle 2 (3:37)

11 Battle1 (4:18)

 

Songs that S.S.H. has arranged in the past:

Track 2: many times. FINAL FANTASY VI / The Decisive Battle Œˆí [Ver.1], Œˆí [Ver.2], Œˆí [Ver.3], Œˆí [Ver.X]. Plus another Œˆí on the album Blast From The Past (2012).

Track 4: Final Fantasy VII~Those Who Fight Further ƒtƒ@ƒCƒiƒ‹ƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒ^ƒW[VII`X‚É“¬‚¤ŽÒ’B (2002).

Track 6: Final Fantasy~Battle 1 (Prototype) ƒtƒ@ƒCƒiƒ‹ƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒ^ƒW[`Battle 1 (ŽŽìŒ^) (2002).

Track 7: Final Fantasy V~Gil de Ga na Mesh ƒtƒ@ƒCƒiƒ‹ƒtƒ@ƒ“ƒ^ƒW[V`ƒMƒ‹‚ŃK‚ȃƒbƒVƒ… (2002).

Track 8: Arranged in 2002~3 as well as arranged again FINAL FANTASY IV / ƒoƒgƒ‹2 in the album "Blast From The Past" (2012).

 

My thoughts:

Track 2: The opening drums remind me of the drums from track 4 L.L.2 from the album "Lost Child Collection Special Disk 2004 Summer" (2004).

Track 4: The drums in the intro of this track are almost, if not identical to the opening drums in track 17 Great Gainer[RANKING] from Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.9 Gain Ground Original Soundtrack (2004). Note also the 2004 release dates. This is too much of a similarity and coincidence to the extent that a video shall be provided as can be heard below.

Track 11: The keyboard (?) intro reminds me of track 1 War Instinct í‘ˆ–{”\[OPENING] from Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.9 Gain Ground Original Soundtrack (2004).

 

Conclusion/Closing Remarks: With this report, I hope that the facts, reasoning and opinions presented are compelling enough to suggest S.S.H.'s involvement in all or most of Hellion Sounds' albums as being "very likely". gPast Performance is Not Necessarily Indicative of Future Resultsh – In S.S.H.fs case, his past arranging of game music (i.e. early S.S.H.) could in fact, be a possible predicator of future arranges of the same music (his possible performance in the Hellion Sounds albums). Should S.S.H. himself or anyone else authoritative enough positively confirm these findings in the future, then this gives S.S.H. fans around the world an opportunity to further explore S.S.H. works, especially those who were clamouring for more game music arranges like (S.S.H.'s) old days.

 

On a personal note, I've been following S.S.H. since around 2004. I discovered Hellion Sounds not too long after but I didn't quite connect the dots between those two entities at the time. There was one particular Hellion Sounds track that caught my ears back then and even now: track 11 of the 2004 album "The Sentence of Death". That would be "Battle 1", a Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest arrange. It is probably one of my favourite game music arranges/doujin of all time so if it turns out that S.S.H. himself was responsible for it, then I would be completely simultaneously surprised and unsurprised at that revelation - we would have come full circle if that was the case.