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For other uses, see Vampire Killer (disambiguation).

Vampire Killer, apart from being the name of a Castlevania installment and of the series' signature whip, is also the name of a famous music theme in the series.

It was first used in the opening level of the original Castlevania and then in Vampire Killer. The track has been reused the most of any recurring music track in the Castlevania series, even surpassing its arguably more popular counterpart "Bloody Tears".

CompositionEdit

The original track is in D minor and one loop consists of 16 bars, of which each musical sentence (4 bars) contains two nearly identical phrases of two bars each. There is heavy use of the subtonic (VII chord in minor) and the style is a "generic video game style" that has its roots in rock music.

AppearancesEdit

Song Data: Vampire Killer
Image Track No. / Name (Japanese Name) Game / Soundtrack Composer Usage Notes / Links
FamiconBest 21. Vampire Killer Castlevania - Vampire Killer /  Akumajō Dracula Famicom Best
Kinuyo Yamashita (NES)
Satoe Terashima (MSX) 
Block 1 Links: YouTube (NES)

YouTube (MSX)

FamiconBest 8. Déjà-Vu
(最期の戦い (The Final Battle))
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse /  Akumajō Dracula Famicom Best
Konami Kukeiha Club  Block 8 Notes: This song appears as part of a medley called "The Final Battle".
Links: YouTube (FDS)

YouTube (NES)

Perfect Selection Dracula - 01 8. Vampire Killer  /  Dracula Perfect Selection
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Nazo² Project (arranger) 

Notes: Rap version
Links: YouTube
Dracula new classic ps front 1. Vampire Killer ~ Wicked Child  /  Perfect Selection Dracula ~New Classic~
Jun Irie, Konami Symphonic Ensemble, Nazo² Project (arrangers)  Notes: Orchestral medley of Vampire Killer and Wicked Child
Links: YouTube
ABV2front 21 (CD 1). Vampire Killer Super Castlevania IV /  Akumajō Dracula Best 2
Konami Kukeiha Club  Stage B-1 Links: YouTube
Chroniclesost 4 (CD 1). Vampire Killer Castlevania Chronicles /  Castlevania Chronicle: Akumajō Dracula Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club

Sota Fujimori 

Monastery Links: YouTube (YM2151)

YouTube (CM-64)
YouTube (SC-55)
Youtube (Arranged)

Akumajo Dracula X Cover 4 (CD 1). Vampire Killer Castlevania: Rondo of Blood /  Akumajō Dracula X
Metal Yuhki  Stage 2 Links: Youtube
Akumajo Dracula X Cover 10 (CD 2). Vampire Killer Castlevania: Bloodlines /  Akumajō Dracula X
Michiru Yamane  Bonus track Links: Youtube
Spd 20060617180224 b 7. Vampire Killer  /  Perfect Selection Dracula Battle
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Naoto Shibata (arranger) 

Notes: Rock/metal version
Links: YouTube
DMCCD 1. Castlevania (FC/DISC) 悪魔城ドラキュラ Castlevania /  Dracula ~Music Collection~
Konami Kukeiha Club  Notes: Echo version - Medley with Prologue, Stalker, Wicked Child, Walking on the Edge and Heart of Fire
Links: YouTube
DMCCD 2. Castlevania (MSX) 悪魔城ドラキュラ Vampire Killer /  Dracula ~Music Collection~
Konami Kukeiha Club  Notes: Medley with Prologue
Links: YouTube
DMCCD 11. Akumajo Dracula X68000 悪魔城ドラキュラ Castlevania Chronicles /  Dracula ~Music Collection~
Konami Kukeiha Club  Notes: Echo version - Medley with The Bathead, Tower of Dolls and Mother Earth
Links: YouTube
DraculaXRemixes 2. VAMPIRE KILLER - DJ FEILONG ORIENT EXPRESS VOCAL MIX  /  Dracula X: Remixies
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

DJ FEILONG (arranger) 

Notes: DJ version
Links: YouTube
DraculaXRemixes 6. VAMPIRE KILLER  /  Dracula X: Remixies
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Yoshiharu Ohta (arranger) 

Notes: DJ version
Links: YouTube
Midicoll 1. Vampire Killer  /  Akumajō Dracula MIDI collection
Dota Ando (arranger)  Links: Music
Midicoll 12. Vampire Killer  /  Akumajō Dracula MIDI collection
USP (arranger)  Links: Music
CotM~HoD OST 15. Vampire Killer Castlevania: Circle of the Moon /  Castlevania: Circle of the Moon and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Original Soundtrack
Sotaro Tojima

Hiroshi Mitsuoka 

Observation Tower Links: Youtube
CotM~HoD OST 44. VK2K2 Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance /  Castlevania: Circle of the Moon and Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Michiru Yamane (arranger) 

Boss Rush Mode with Simon Belmont Notes: Medley of Vampire Killer and Clockwork
Links: YouTube
AoSDoSOST 19 (Disc 2). Vampire Killer Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow /  Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow & Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Original Soundtrack
Takashi Yoshida  Silenced Ruins Links: YouTube
20deluxeost 2. Vampire Killer Castlevania /  Castlevania 20th Anniversary Deluxe Music Collection
Kinuyo Yamashita  Notes: Echo version
Links: YouTube
Castlevania - The Dracula X Chronicles Original Soundtrack 5. Vampire Killer Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles /  Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles Original Soundtrack
Nazo² Project  Stage 2 Notes: Part of the song is played during the remixed boss music Tues Deus Meus
Links: YouTube
Judgmentostcover 4. Vampire Killer Castlevania Judgment /  Castlevania Judgment Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Yasushi Asada (arranger) 

Simon's theme; plays during a fight with or against him Notes: Also present in Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Links: YouTube
Adventure-Contra ReBirth OST Cover 11. Vampire Killer [alt] Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth /  Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth & Contra ReBirth Original Soundtrack
Yasushi Asada (composer)

Manabu Namiki (arranger) 

Stage 6 Links: YouTube
Pachislot Akumajo Dracula OST 32. Vampire Killer ~Dracula Battle Spiral Staircase Stage~ Pachislot Akumajō Dracula /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Yuichi Tsuchiya (arranger) 

Dracula Battle Spiral Staircase Stage Links: YouTube
Pachislot Akumajo Dracula OST 41. Vampire Killer ~Dracula Battle Spiral Staircase Stage~ Pachislot Akumajō Dracula /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club  Notes: Recycled directly from the Japanese version of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Links: YouTube
Pachislot2OST 3. Vampire Killer Pachislot Akumajō Dracula II /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula II Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Yasushi Asada (arranger) 

Notes: Recycled directly from Castlevania Judgment
Links: YouTube
Pachislot2OST 34. Vampire Killer Pachislot Akumajō Dracula II /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula II Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club  Notes: Recycled directly from the Japanese version of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Links: YouTube
21877-1294824986 26. Vampire Killer Castlevania: Harmony of Despair /  Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Original Soundtrack
Michiru Yamane (composer)

Yasushi Asada (arranger) 

Origins Default Theme Links: YouTube
Tribute1 1. Vampire Killer  /  Akumajō Dracula Tribute Vol. 1
Konami Kukeiha Club (composer)

Tsukasa Masuko (arranger) 

Links: YouTube
Pachislot3OST 29. Vampire Killer ~Dracula Battle 5~ Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III Original Soundtrack
Michiru Yamane (composer)

Yasushi Asada (arranger) 

Notes: Recycled directly from Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
Links: YouTube
Pachislot3OST 40. Vampire Killer ~Dracula Battle 12 (Premium)~ Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula III Original Soundtrack
Konami Kukeiha Club  Notes: Recycled directly from Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Monster Retsuden ORECA BATTLE ~Orekangeki Music 2~ - 01 15 (CD 3). Vampire Killer *Monster Retsuden ORECA BATTLE /  Monster Retsuden ORECA BATTLE ~Orekangeki Music 2~
Konami Kukeiha Club 
PachilosOSTfolder 5. Vampire Killer Pachislot Akumajō Dracula: Lords of Shadow /  Pachislot Akumajō Dracula: Lords of Shadow Original Soundtrack
KPE STUDIO

Konami Kukeiha Club 

Links: YouTube
Ssbu Vampire Killer (New Remix) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate /  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Original Soundtrack
Shinji Ushiroda  Links: YouTube


Other usagesEdit

Additionally, the track has been used in the following games:

Finally, Castlevania: The Adventure contains a track called "Darkness" and used in the stage with the moving spike walls which is harmonically, rhythmically and structurally very similar to "Vampire Killer".

VideosEdit

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