Video game music is a big little business. In the past decade, video game soundtracks rank just as well as movie soundtracks, and games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City point to their all-’80s soundtrack as one of the major mood setters for the entire game. Live events such as “Video Games Live” and “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” sell out routinely as it tours the nation and the world. And cover bands such as The Black Mages, Minibosses, and my personal favorite, The Advantage, have numerous CDs covering a span of games from yesterday to today.
Shinesparkers, which began as a tribute site to all things Metroid, has been part of that latter group, quietly making movement with their first two albums, Harmony of a Hunter and Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, both focusing on the music of the Metroid series. Their next project broadens the scope of the band, and musically pits Samus Aran against Mario, Link, Kirby and others in their upcoming album Harmony of Heroes. The project will feature rearrangements and covers of franchises that have been featured in the Super Smash Bros. series of games.
Shinesparkers announced the project via their website today, and stated in a press release:
It was important that our next album had a different focus, but still appealed to the dedicated and loyal fan base we had received. To ensure this was still achievable, we decided that Harmony of Heroes would also be highly diverse in terms of musical genre and feature musicians like our previous projects. We identified that a lot of Metroid fans were also fans of other Nintendo franchises and Super Smash Bros, so we felt it would be a desirable project.
The project aims for a 2014 release, and will be available as a free digital download via their website. Fans of the project can be updated on the latest news via their website, www.harmonyofahunter.net, or via their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HarmonyofHeroes.
To get a sample of what Shinesparkers has to offer, the video below features their first track from Harmony of a Hunter, titled, appropriately, “In the Beginning…”