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HARMONY OF HEROES: A Massive Super Smash Bros. Compilation Album

In the world of gaming, gamers are treated to some amazing soundtracks and scores. From time to time, talented individuals get together to make a compilation album of various covers of gaming tracks. One such group, a die-hard Metroid fan page known as Shinesparkers, recently announced a compilation of epic proportions for Super Smash Bros. Following the success of the Harmony of a Hunter album (focusing solely on tracks from the Metroid series) a new project known as Harmony of Heroes is assured to please the ears of many.

Harmony of a Hunter‘s director / producer, Darren Kerwin spoke to us about what went into this album:

“It’s been around eighteen months since we first announced Harmony of Heroes, and I am so happy to finally announce that we will be releasing Harmony of Heroes on October 4th 2014. The album will have 101 pieces of music, totalling over seven and a half hours, covering a wide range of genres across the many franchises found in Super Smash Bros. Because we don’t expect everyone to listen to the whole album in one sitting (unless you’re hardcore enough to manage it), we have divided up the album by franchise, so you can download it a section at a time. The album will release in both MP3 and M4A (Lossless) format. We are also considering the possibility of a BRSTM release for Project M users.

We are also very happy to introduce Alvin Wee to the team, our mastering engineer. Alvin has been responsible for making sure that Harmony of Heroes sounds as great as it can be. His previous work as a music production engineer includes Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Kingdom Hearts 2.5HD Remix. Alvin has been an invaluable asset to the team, and has helped us through this very important stage of post-production.

Our DK Rap track “Kong Kollektive” by Sebastian Mårtensson had the support of a very special guest. Grant Kirkhope, the original composer of the track, agreed to record a cameo for us. While it was a small addition to the track, it made a huge impact on the people involved; and we want to extend our sincere thanks to him for getting involved, it was a lot of fun!

Finally, we would like to confirm our listening party for Harmony of Heroes, which will be hosted by Arecibo Radio on the 4th October 2014 at 22:00 UTC, where we will be playing a selection of tracks from the album, along with guest appearances from some of the musicians who arranged them. This is the first opportunity that fans will have to listen to tracks in full.

A lot of time and effort went into Harmony of Heroes. It was created to pay tribute to the Super Smash Bros games, to its franchises and to its dedicated fan base. Harmony of Heroes was only possible due to the hard work and dedication of our team of directors, musicians, artists, engineers, video editors and the many others who should know that their commitment to this album is highly appreciated. We truly hope it’s something that fans of the Smash Bros series will enjoy for many years to come. On behalf of our entire team, we thank you for your support!”

After a year and a half of dedication, this album will no doubt be something worth paying attention to. Just know that considering how many tracks this will have spanning many different gaming franchises, chances are, you won’t finish this is one sitting unless you want to dedicate an entire day for it, perhaps on the weekend, which I’d highly recommend given Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS releases on October 3 and some of you may take off work on that day already just before the album rolls out the very next day.

Super Smash Bros. has always been a flagship title for Nintendo since 1999 when it first rolled out on the Nintendo 64. It combines some of the best music in gaming and the games  feature many loved characters throughout the Nintendo universe such as Mario, Zelda, Kirby, and Samus. With 101 tracks to listen to, fans of the series will have an extraordinary album to look forward to. Preview trailers have been put out leading up to this release and can be seen on the Harmony of a Hunter website or the official Shinesparkers YouTube page.

Harmony of Heroes can be downloaded via the website on October 4, 2014. The online listening party for the album will be held on the same day by Arecido Radio. For more details on the event and the album, you can visit the event page on Facebook, and view the release information trailer.

Cover image courtesy of Darren Kerwin

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Categories: Lists and Editorials, Video Games

Author:Victor Vellon

Victor has been gaming since his early childhood and plays many games. From retro to modern, his gaming knows no bounds. When not writing or playing games, he can be found engaging conversation on the Twitterverse as well as managing Video Gaming Hard Corps and it's many outlets.

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