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OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears by Materia Collective Available in December

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If you’re like me and you get a bit too sick of holiday and season music before the month of December even hits, even as it relates to video game music, then you’ll be in luck as of next week. Materia Collective and a slew of artists and musicians have created a huge tribute album to the music of one of Squaresoft’s most well-known Playstation games, Xenogears, just in time for us humbuggers to flock to.

OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears is a 44 track super album featuring a bevy of artists new and old contributing to the memory of Yasunori Mitsuda’s soundtrack to the Squaresoft RPG; artists including Dale Noth, zYko, Lauren the Flute, Videri String Quartet and a lot more (including former OSV editor Michael Hoffman). Xenogears Original Soundtrack was released on March 1st, 1998 spread across two discs. The music of Xenogears covers numerous styles, including Celtic, Arabic, folk, and religious and the new tribute album works to further that diversity courtesy of album producer Chris Porter.

For OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears, the Materia Collective community came together in full force to pay tribute to one of the finest RPG soundtracks ever made. Over 130 arrangers, musicians, vocalists, lyricsts, mixing engineers, mastering engineers, translators, and engravers worked together to cover all 44 tracks from the original soundtrack. OMEGA features a diverse range of instrumentation and styles, from solo piano to full orchestra; guitar and mandolin duet to an enormous choir just to name a few. We put our hearts and souls into this album, and we hope we have made a fitting tribute to a soundtrack that has meant so much to so many people since it was released twenty years ago.

OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears is currently available for pre-order on Bandcamp and will be fully released to the platform, as well as presumably iTunes, Spotify and more, on December 7th.

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