The Materia Collective’s The Dark Hunter album is a collection of progressive, atmospheric rock tunes based on Nintendo’s Super Metroid, Metroid Prime and the recently released Metroid: Samus Returns.
Progressive guitarist Ro Panuganti explained what his inspiration was for bringing the Metroid music to life utilizing his rock roots, mentioning in the press release…
“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!”
You can check out the live progressive metal cover from Panuganti with the video below.
If you need a bit more of that oh-so-hardcore metal Metroid music, there’s also the full soundtrack available to listen to or purchase from Bandcamp, which you can check out below.
If the music seems sexy enough for to want to own, you can do so for only $6. Also, if you were a fan of Mike Gordon’s amazing work on the 2016 version of DOOM, you’ll probably like the The Dark Horizon album. There’s a lot of similarities in the way the chords play out and how the instrumentation goes for the mix of hardcore riffs and unrelenting percussive beats.
You can also learn more about the album and some of the other contributing artists who helped Panuganti bring the six-track album to life by visiting the official page over on the Materia Collective website.