Four themes from the NieR: Automata soundtrack get the symphonic metal treatment
Glory to Metal (A Symphonic Metal Tribute to NieR: Automata), a powerful four-track metal EP arranged and performed by artist Ferdk. It features key themes from the acclaimed soundtrack composed by Keiichi Okabe and his team at MoNACA in symphonic rock style, replete with chugging guitars and thunderous percussion. Glory to Metal (A Symphonic Metal Tribute to NieR: Automata) is available to download:
The EP includes fan-favorite “Grandma (Destruction)” alongside a collection of other impressive themes from NieR: Automata with some unexpected picks for a metal album:
- Bipolar Nightmare
- Alien Manifestation
- Forest Kingdom
- Grandma (Destruction)
Here’s a look at the video for the first track “Bipolar Nightmare”:
“When I jumped into NieR:Automata I became fully immersed into the game’s world and its exploration of the human condition,” reflects arranger Ferdk. “Immediately after completing the game, I felt the urge to do something with the music, and given its heavy orchestral work it was a perfect fit for my bombastic, symphonic metal style. Battles are always an easy choice when it comes to metal, but I felt I wasn’t tapping into the full potential of the game’s musical range, so I added two more tracks that stood out to me for the ambience they create when they’re featured in the game. I hope listeners enjoy these songs reimagined for electric guitar and orchestra, and feel transported back into Yoko Taro’s world.”
Ferdk is a musician from Buenos Aires, Argentina. While mostly associated with videogame music arranged into Symphonic Metal (where he combines the gritty feel of distorted guitars with the bombastic impact of heavy orchestration to create soundscapes akin to what one would hear if film scores were metal), he also likes to explore other genres throughout his arrangements.
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