Now before we get started, I must preface with the fact that I have never played any of the NieR games, although I was very tempted to purchase the latest installment and check it out. I am a big fan of the publisher behind NieR, and I am a big fan of Materia Collective releases.
Since I have not played the game, I am going to reserve all judgement on comparisons between this fan album and the actual game soundtrack, and will instead judge quality of the music itself.
After a complete listen via bandcamp, I will say that the production quality is there, I feel the “game vibe” is there (from what I can tell), and the excitement from fans of the series, that have heard of this album, is there.
As an outsider that has not played the game, however, I will say that the album does not captivate me like it does for a fan. I feel one must have experienced this game to fully appreciate the album, however with that said, I did enjoy the album. As I write this I am listening my second time and as a fan of VGM, it’s good sounds for my background as I work.
From the Materia Collective press release:
Materia Collective is pleased to present NieR: Glory to Mankind, an orchestral pop arrangement album dedicated to the hugely popular soundtrack to NieR: Automata. Created by artists ROZEN and REVEN, the album’s 13 unique arrangements include live vocal and instrumental performances of key tracks originally composed by Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi, and the team at MoNACA. The album is available today digitally and in physical limited edition CD formats;
Fans of NieR: Automata will be excited to find the most popular songs from the game included, such as the eerily playful “Amusement Park” (with accompanying music video), the sleek and futuristic “Copied City,” and the powerful and emotional main theme, “Weight of the World.” The full track listing is as follows:
01. Become as Gods
02. City Ruins
03. Amusement Park
04. A Beautiful Song
05. Copied City
06. Wretched Weaponry
07. Emil (Despair)
09. Vague Hope
10. Dark Colossus
11. Song of Devola & Popola
12. Grandma (Destruction)
13. Weight of the World
It is our wish that people listen to this album and, if they are long-time fans of the series, experience a new, more intense take on the melodies that made the game’s story so iconic,” notes arranger ROZEN. “For newer fans, we hope to introduce them to the world of NieR: Automata the same way we were: through the incredible music.”
Learn more on the official NieR: Glory to Mankind website:
Rozen is a G.A.N.G. Award-winning arranger and composer who creates music for media. His arrangements, often orchestral and choral in scope, are praised for their immersion and emotional weight. Rozen’s orchestrations have been commissioned by the L’Orchestre de Jeux Video in Canada, the Angel City Chorale in Los Angeles, the Game Music Ensemble at UCLA, and the Folklore Guild in San Diego, CA.
Learn more: https://rozen.audio
Reven is a singer, songwriter, and composer known for her pure and versatile voice. She sings on many of Rozen’s releases and was a featured vocalist on Theophany’s Time’s End II. Reven’s vocals and instrumentals have been featured in video games, commercials, short films, EPs, and fan-made collaborations.
About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.