SEATTLE – March 27, 2020 – Materia Collective is thrilled to release The Keyblade War, an epic retelling and exploration of the lore behind the dearly beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series.
Featuring the talents of arranger Rozen (Sins of Hyrule, Ballads of Hyrule, Children of Termina) and vocalist Reven across sixteen grandiose arrangements, this album is the duo’s second co-produced, co-arranged studio album following their highly acclaimed debut, NieR: Glory to Mankind.
The two bring this experience to life with live performances by the Sofia Session Orchestra & Choir along with returning collaborators the ETHEReal String Orchestra, Ro Rowan, Kristin Naigus, and more. The Keyblade War is available in digital and limited edition CD formats and will be localized in Japanese for fans in Japan:
The track list for The Keyblade War is as follows:
02. Dearly Beloved
03. Simple and Clean
04. Between Light and Dark
05. Princess of Heart ~Kairi~
06. Sanctuary ~After the Battle~
08. No. i ~interlude~
09. Organization XIII
10. Hollow Bastion
11. Face my Fears
12. Master vs. Master
13. The Final World
15. Don’t Think Twice
16. The Keyblade War
“KINGDOM HEARTS is full of classic dichotomies (good vs. evil, light vs. dark), unexplained lore, time travel, interconnected characters, and above all excellent music, all of which makes it the perfect ground to explore with multi-genre, large-scale arrangements,” explain Rozen and Reven.
“The Keyblade War weaves along the boundary between light and darkness using themes from across the series, from the heart-pounding ‘Destati’ to the melancholy vocals of
Sanctuary ~After the Battle~.'”
Rozen is a G.A.N.G. Award-winning arranger and composer who creates music for media. His arrangements, often orchestral and choral in scope, are praised for their immersion and emotional weight. Rozen’s orchestrations have been commissioned by the L’Orchestre de Jeux Video in Canada, the Angel City Chorale in Los Angeles, the Game Music Ensemble at UCLA, and the Folklore Guild in San Diego, CA.
Learn more: https://rozen.audio
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Reven is a singer, songwriter, and composer known for her pure and versatile voice. She has a particular love of arranging music from videogames and films and has worked with artists such as Rozen and Theophany as well as ensembles like the Angel City Chorale. Reven’s award-winning vocals and instrumentals have been featured in videogames – most recently including Final Fantasy XIV – commercials, short films, EPs, and fan-made collaborations.
Learn more: http://revenmusic.com
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About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based game music group. They work closely with game companies, composers, and rights holders to create exciting new opportunities for game brands in the music space. As a music partner, they lead creative ideation and production of vinyl, CDs, sheet music, and more to empower fans with interactive music products.
Learn more: https://www.materiacollective.com
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Jonas “O.J” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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