Award-winning film, TV and video game composer Jamie Christopherson (Lost Planet 1 & 2, Spiderman: Web of Shadows) was commissioned by PlatinumGames to write both the score and songs for Konami’s upcoming action title developed by Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames Inc., METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE. Albums of both will be available on February 19th, the same day that the METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE video game will be released. Featuring extremely fast hardcore electronic/heavy metal music, the soundtrack in METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE marks a clear departure from the music of the previous Metal Gear games.
Christopherson said, "With action-packed gameplay this intense, we knew that the music for METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE had to be something really special and different from previous Metal Gear Solid games. In order to accomplish this, we decided early on to have hardcore electronic/metal songs with vocals that would lyrically and sonically mirror the game storyline during boss battles. Pre-existing licensed songs or traditional orchestral score wouldn't suffice for these sections; the music had to be something fresh and impactful."
To achieve the desired result, Christopherson worked closely with many talented recording artists from across the globe, such as heavy metal producer Logan Mader (former guitarist of Metal Head and Soulfly), electronic remixers Maniac Agenda and DJ sensation Ferry Corsten. Well-known vocalists such as John Bush (Armored Saint/Anthrax), Tyson Yen (State Line Empire/Drist) and Free Dominguez (Kidneythieves) were chosen to match specific bosses based on the quality of their voices. Songs start with an instrumental version that increases in intensity as Raiden begins to defeat each boss, eventually transitioning to a full-blown vocal version of the song for the final moments of battle.
To celebrate the release of METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE, Konami will be hosting an autograph signing and concert. Producers Korekado-san and Inaba-san will be available to sign autographs at GameStop at Universal City Walk (1000 Universal Studios Blvd) from 8-10PM on February 18th.
The first 150 fans to attend the signing will also be invited to an accompanying launch party at the Hard Rock Café across from GameStop, directly following the signing. Christopherson has assembled an all-star band to perform the original songs from the game, including Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage), Nita Strauss (Guitarist for Iron Maidens) and many of the performers from the game (including Bush, Yen, and Dominguez).
Christopherson described, "I had a blast working with PlatinumGames and all of the wonderful artists on METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE. The culminating result is something I'm really proud of and definitely puts the 'metal' in Metal Gear series."
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE Score Tracks, on Sumthing Else, will be available on February 19th. Also available on that date is the METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE Official Soundtrack will be available as part of theMETAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE Collector’s Edition, from Konami.
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE will be available on February 19, 2013 for the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® at major retail stores nationwide. For more information visit www.metalgearsolid.com/rising.