Let me set the scene for you: in Japan, a neighboring castle was recently under siege by a very large force. This force, however, wasn’t of the typical samurai lot; they were of the demonic kind. These demons, who dressed in standard warrior garb and carried weapons, were very formidable in combat and managed to slay every single person in the castle. Your lord can not let this stand and sends you, a lone ninja, into the gates of these castle walls to exterminate the demonic hordes that have taken up post.
This track from Tenchu: Stealth Assassins is titled “Reclaim the Castle”–also the name of the mission that you’re undertaking. This specific track is quite a wonderful one (actually all the songs in Tenchu: Stealth Assassins are wonderful; just bare with me on this) because it manages to combine the aggression of a castle siege and a foreboding and sinister suspense.
The castle siege aggression sound probably needs no explanation at all seeing as you’re sneaking into a castle to take out demons. The drum beats that litter the song are built more on the suspense side and, believe me, this mission can really put you on edge. There are various locations in and outside the castle for the demons to take post in and they sometimes can get the drop on you if you’re not careful with your stealthy ways. This fact that the enemy have various places they can go and end up in creates a great deal of suspense when you’re up against the wall watching your Ki meter. Could they be on the other side of the wall from you? Could they be coming around the corner? Who the hell knows.
Noriyuki Asakura is the composer of this song and the accompanying soundtrack of Tenchu: Stealth Assassins. He has worked on other games in the Tenchu series as well as the Way of the Samurai series and even the anime Rurouni Kenshin.