Video game music has progressed significantly since home consoles’ conception in the ’50s. What used to be games accompanied by silence was replaced with 8-bit midi tunes and bleeps and bloops. Nowadays, you can hear fully orchestrated tracks that rival popular music today and can be played in high definition. Music is now respected in the music industry, with individual composers or record labels able to submit soundtracks and win awards. Let’s look at the more influential hardware and games that broke molds in the industry.
Minnesota progressive metalcore band Reflections have certainly had a tumultuous past few years. Going more or less radio silent in 2016 shortly after the release of their most accomplished album to date in The Color Clear, it wasn’t certain whether the promising band would ever return, whether it be releasing new music, or even to the stage. While Reflections aren’t actively touring right now, their new album Willow is all-out heavy, to be sure – and fittingly, the band now has a guitar playthrough for their song “Seven Stages”, which you can watch below. Did we mention the album was released independently, without the help of a label, and also self-funded? Impressive.
Some things are far more important than music. The Amity Affliction may have released a new record a couple weeks ago on Pure Noise Records, but Amity vocalist Joel Birch is celebrating something far more important – four years of sobriety.