NESMETAL releases ambitious chiptune metal album 'Dead Lights and Dark Towers'

t's been a long while since NESMETAL announced this album, but after a few delays, Dead Lights and Dark Towers is finally here. The chiptune, metal, symphonic, concept album consists of intense and complex chiptunes. 

The album is available free from Pterodactyl Squad. If only I had a VG Metal, or a chiptune podcast, this album would get a full podcast dedicated to it. Expect a video review in the future though!

Dead Lights and Dark Towers is a concept album of sorts detailing my journey into brokenness. Fear and hopelessness. Doubt. Bitter vengeance and despair, and my discovery of just how deeply rooted into my being those things had become over more than a decade. However, it is also a testament to an unrelenting Love, that was (and is still), always patiently waiting. Always searching me out. Even through the depths of my own darkness, always loving me. We all carry some kind of brokenness inside, in some way or another... and Love is always calling out to us.

Listen to Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions: Generation 5 Music recorded live in Washington D.C.

Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions: Generation 5 Music (Black and White)

0:00 - Pokémon Center
2:40 - The Day I Became King
4:46 - Pokémon League
6:01 - Route 10 (EPIC!)
7:58 - N's Castle
9:58 - Battle Vs. N
11:47 - N's Farewell

Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions playlist:

This Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions concert occurred during the premiere night on August 15th, 2014 in Washington D.C.

Pokémon Symphony Twitter:
Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions Producer Jeron Moore:
Game Freak Director Junichi Masuda:
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Watch the trailer for Metroid Cinematica, a symphonic Metroid album by Sam Dillard coming in October

A full-length fan album composed by Sam Dillard which envisions the music of the Metroid series as a film score, blending symphonic and electronic elements into a rich cinematic soundscape, from the classics on NES and Super Nintendo to the recent Prime trilogy. Return to planet Zebes and beyond in the definitive "epic" score inspired by the legendary music from "Hip" Tanaka and Kenji Yamamoto's Metroid soundtracks!

Available October 2014 on Loudr, iTunes, and more

Concert Shots: Zelda Symphony @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver

The Zelda Symphony is on tour once more, this time bringing with it a whole new repertoire of tracks to dazzle audiences. And dazzle they did! With new performances based on Link to the Past, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, and other titles from the long history of the franchise, the Zelda Symphony did not disappoint when they brought their act to Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre. Shots below from the show! [gallery ids="8018,8019,8020,8021,8022,8023,8024,8025,8026,8027,8028,8029,8030,8031,8032,8033,8034,8035,8036,8037"]

Concert Shots: Distant Worlds 25th Anniversary Show

The first Final Fantasy game was released on December 18th, 1987. Coming up soon is the 25th anniversary of that first title that spun up one of the world's most vast series of games, and so what better of a celebration than to have Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy put on a show in celebration of that? Complete with newly edited video footage, as well as some new tracks (including a huge battle theme montage), the 25th Anniversary show put on by the Distant Worlds crew did not disappoint. Below are just a few select shots from the show, showcasing the performance; of course, they're no match for being there in person, so be sure to get some tickets to one of their upcoming shows! [gallery]

Concert Shots: Zelda Symphony

Not too long ago, the currently touring Zelda Symphony brought its grand scores, moving sounds, and nostalgic moments to the Chicago Theatre. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses filled up the theatre, bringing together fans of all ages to see the performance of a lifetime, with the orchestra putting on a spectacular show to accompany the video projected onto the large screen behind them. Definitely a moving performance, and well worth the ticket price! [gallery link="file"]