Roadrunner Records is on fire! They represent some of the biggest (KISS, Nickelback), some of the heaviest (Slipknot, Soulfly), some of the proggiest (Dream Theater, Opeth), and some of the speediest (Annihilator, Megadeth) bands out there. For my money, Roadrunner Records is supplying the best music in the business.
And now, the company is involved in a fresh, innovative venture. RR has teamed up with Sony to release an exclusive, digital soundtrack for the PlayStation videogame, ‘God Of War III’. The title of the EP is ‘God Of War: Blood & Metal’. The release is planned for March 16, 2010.
The ‘God of War’ EP will feature exclusive, new material from RR artists Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater, Taking Dawn, Trivium and Opeth. All these bands play intricate, complex, fast-paced, high-energy, heavy music replete with double bass drumming and plenty of shred guitar. Bring it!
From the Roadrunner Records website:
Consumers who purchase the God of War III Ultimate Edition will receive a voucher code to download the tracks, as well as downloadable music in the form of the God of War Trilogy soundtrack. Fans will also receive a special code to download a director’s cut of God of War: Unearthing the Legend, a full-length movie documentary depicting the history of the God of War franchise, access to an exclusive God of War Challenge Arena environment with up to seven unique challenges, an exclusive Kratos skin, and a limited edition art book. The God of War III Ultimate Edition will retail for $99.99 (MSRP).
“I have played the previous God of War releases,” said Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones. “To be a part of this game in any fashion is amazing! Let the rivers flow red with blood; there is vengeance to bestow! Bring me more new finishing blows to my enemies!”
“Music has always been an important part of videogames and can help bring titles to life,” said Stig Asmussen, God of War III Game Director. “Our goal is to make God of War III a special release in all areas and this just another way to offer fans and newcomers a worthwhile experience.”
“This is the first time in 24 years that we’ve written and recorded a song for anything other than one of our own albums, so we’re up for the challenge and excited to have been asked,” said Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy about recording an exclusive instrumental track for the soundtrack.
“When we were initially asked to write an original song for the game, we were slightly perplexed since we’ve never actually written a track for something other than a Trivium record,” said Trivium, vocalist Matt Heafy. “But we answered the call as we are fans of the game. Writing the song was a fun experience. We started piecing riffs together on tour and then we really put time into the song when we got home and had the chance to go into the practice space to work on our ideas as a group. This new song captures a certain energy we’ve been trying to harness on record as well, as it will show all our fans worldwide where Trivium is heading musically in the future.”