By Michael Fontanini / September 22nd, 2017
Scarlet Moon/Materia Collective have put out a press release about the launch of The Dark Hunter, a new progressive rock album by Ro Panuganti. The Dark Hunter album features reimagined versions of tunes from Nintendo’s Metroid series. It includes themes from games like Super Metroid and Metroid Prime. The album is also officially licensed and available now. The press release includes a link to the following music video showing Ro Panuganti playing this album’s version of the Ridley battle theme:
The album features the following six tracks, and you can see credits information for each of them here.
- The Dark Hunter
- Ro Panuganti, ToxicXEternity – Kraid
- Red Soil
The Dark Hunter album is available at the following links if you wish to purchase it or certain music tracks from it.
Ro Panuganti reflected back on the creation of The Dark Hunter music album, saying the following:
“The gripping atmosphere, exciting turns and twists, and of course the soundtrack from Super Metroid gave me chills. Creating The Dark Hunter was fulfilling my long-running dream of focusing on one theme, one sound, and one game series and making a solid album. You’ll definitely hear influences of modern progressive artists like Periphery, TesseracT, Plini, as well as more ’90s musicians like Pantera and Alice in Chains sneaking into the tunes; interestingly I mostly listened to pop and musicals while recording it! I hope everyone who listens to The Dark Hunter feels inspired to pick up a 7-string guitar or at least Super Metroid, Metroid Prime, or the new Metroid: Samus Returns game!”
You can read more about Ro Panuganti and Materia Collective below:
About Ro Panuganti
Ro Panuganti is an avid fan of progressive rock, metal, and a variety of videogame soundtracks ranging from the Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo classics to modern behemoth tracks. Primarily an electric guitarist, Ro has been creating rock/metal content on YouTube for over five years working with a variety of artists, as well as producing music for his and other channels. Ro has also developed a knack for bass guitar, singing, keyboards, and different avenues of video and audio work in order to better work with any musician possible.
In addition to releasing The Wild (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) with Materia Collective, Ro has co-founded the Multiplayer project, a charity- supporting division of M.C., works with GameLark Video Game Remixes, the growing “VGCovers” subreddit, and has performed on a variety of videogame soundtracks and cover albums.
About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.
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