Mondo’s first attempt at releasing music from the Castlevania series on the vinyl format was met with negative feedback from listeners on their pressing of the very first Castlevania game. Many complained that the release was far too loud and contained a distorted low end bass to all the tracks. These reoccurring comments, along with others made me a bit weary of picking up Mondo’s second release of Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest; but nostalgia won out and I had to pick this up. Simon’s Quest was the first Castlevania game I played and the second video game my father rented for our brand new Nintendo Entertainment System that I received for my birthday. We had just returned from a shopping trip with my mother, uncle and grandmother and upon opening the door to our apartment, I was hit with the amazing melodies of “Bloody Tears” as my older sister tried the game out. I loved hanging outside of towns and hearing the tune as I grinded for hearts in the game and dreaded hearing the game’s night time theme “Monster Dance” when the game shifted to nightfall. Obviously, I have a lot of love for the game’s music, so when I popped this record onto my turntable, I expected the worst. Thankfully, that was not the case. Watch below to get my full thoughts and to hear the audio for yourself!