Castlevania, known in Japan as Akumajō Dracula (translated Castlevania: The Demon Castle Dracula), is a video game series created and developed by Konami, centered on the Belmonts, a clan of vampire hunters, and their fight with Dracula. It debuted in Japan on September 26, 1986 for the Family Computer Disk System. The series primarily consists of action platform games, but also includes puzzle and racing titles. Castlevania is one of Konami’s most successful franchises, with over 38 million units sold as of September 30, 2015, across 47 different video games on numerous platforms.
The Castlevania series started off as a horror themed franchise with its first title Castlevania for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Castlevania – Heart of Fire is one of Castlevania’s earlier soundtracks, composed by Konami Kukeiha Club members Ippo Yamada and Satoe Terashima for Castlevania in 1987.
The piece was written in F Minor with a common time tempo of 90 beats per minute. Castlevania – Heart of Fire starts with a slow introduction, where the first few notes are played by an organ and drum set before the rest of the instruments come in to play. Castlevania – Heart of Fire features a surprisingly large amount of accidentals throughout its duration, which helps add to the horror themed atmosphere Castlevania is known for. Castlevania – Heart of Fire’s primary melodic theme is played by the piano, but also features a lot of vocal work that adds to the horror atmosphere Castlevania is known for
Ippo Yamada was one half of Konami Kukeiha Club member Ippo Yamada. He was born in Tokyo on October 1, 1966. Yamada composed Castlevania – Heart of Fire in 1987 along with Satoe Terashima when he was just 21 years old.