Final Fantasy VII is my all time favorite game. It has been since I first played it in 1997. The graphics, music, adult teen demographic, steam punk themed story, characters, gameplay, artwork all blew 10 year old me away. My first experience with FF7 was watching my older step brother play a demo of the game, and witnessing the summon animations left me in awe. I had seen nothing else like it at the time. Simply put, Final Fantasy VII is arguably one of the most impactful games ever released.
With that said, one of the things that sets Final Fantasy VII apart from most is it’s music. Only a handful of games had music that made such an impact. The music is, in my opinion, what made the game so powerful. The emotions it stirred while in combat, racing against time, or during very dramatic scenes can still be felt by millions to this day when listening to the OST. Which brings me to today’s topic. Materia. A 5 disc album created by rabid FF7 fans foaming out the mouth after the official remake announcement.
As officially stated on the Materia Collective website “Materia Collective started on whim, sparked by the excitement of the Final Fantasy VII remake announcement during E3 2015. Within a week, a project was on the go to produce and release a tribute album by October – a tight deadline for a varied pool of composers, producers, remixers, arrangers, and performers. Materia Collective is on a mission to unite artists in creative pursuits, and produce high-quality musical releases.”
“MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed is the album we have always wanted to exist,” comments album producer and Materia Collective founder Sebastian Wolff. “It is more than a cover album; it is a collection of individual musical tributes from nearly 200 artists, collaborating to create a massive five-disc tribute to one of the most beloved games and soundtracks of all time.”
To this day, Final Fantasy VII remains a fan favorite for its in-depth story, wide cast of characters, and its memorable soundtrack. Listeners will enjoy every track from Final Fantasy VII remixed, arranged, and re-imagined across a variety of genres, including the cinematic and beautiful “Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII,” the tribal “Cosmo Canyon,” the laid back “Costa del Sol,” the heartbreaking “Aerith’s Theme,” and the epic final battle theme, “One-Winged Angel” along with all the rest. Featured artists include composers Will Roget, II (Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris), Jeff Ball (TimeSpinner), Dale North (Dragon Fantasy Book II), Francisco Cerda and John Robert Matz (Gunpoint), Kyle Landry, Smooth McGroove, Laura Intravia, String Player Gamer, Doug Perry, Kristin Naigus, Rozen, Videri String Quartet, Triforce Quartet and many more. For more information about Materia Collection, their debut album, MATERIA: Final Fantasy VII Remixed, and the artists involved, please visit Materia Collective’s official website: materiacollective.com
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