Metroid Fan Album Comes August Featuring 65 Tracks

by in General | Jul, 27th 2021

The Metroid series has been going on for 35 years now, and with Metroid Dread right around the corner, the fanbase is more energized than before. Previously Metroid has been in a rough spot, with the development of the newest entry in the Metroid Prime series being scrapped, with development being brought all the way back to square one. However, it seems like the fanbase has been making their own content to keep them busy, although things might not go the way they want them to. Consider something like Another Metroid 2 Remake, or AM2R. With the game being around 95% complete until it was shut down by Nintendo, with the game never being finished. However, one group of musicians have risen up to the challenge, and have made it apparent that they’re going to keep making music, as they’re about to release their Metroid Fan album in time for the release of Metroid Dread. 

Who is This Fan Group?

Enter the Shinesparkers, a musical group named after the item that Samus acquires in the series. Their first album Harmony of a Hunter, launched in 2011, was made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Metroid series, and contained music from across the series legacy. Their second album, Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, was a continuation of the first album, containing more music from the series, as well as the name being a nod to the 101% Speedrun of Metroid, where players will complete the game by picking up every single item. 2014’s Harmony of Heroes saw the Shinesparkers take on another game, Smash Brothers, With a selection of music from the Super Smash Bros series. This album got its own follow-up the same year, being entitled Harmony of Heroes: Final Smash, and included way more music from the Smash Brother’s Series. Fast-forwarding to 2017, the Shinesparkers took on a whole new franchise, and a whole new album setup, with the release of Harmony of a Champion, which was a story-driven musical experience that told the story of Pokemon Green and Red for the original Game Boy. 

And now, releasing on August 6th, 2021, their newest album Harmony of a Hunter: Returns will be available for free. Although the Shinesparkers aren’t going to be seeing a dime of this 65 Track Metroid fan album due to the logistics of Nintendo’s Copyright policy. This album which is a reference to the remake of the second Metroid game, Metroid: Samus Returns, they’re happy to put out this goliath of a musical experience. 

Due to restrictions at the time on group gatherings, we were unable to see bands and groups come together to create music this time around. However, that didn’t prevent us from organizing some remotely-recorded performances, such as “Call of the Warrior” (Super Metroid), by Vincent Rubinetti and The Reddit Symphony Orchestra, or the aforementioned “Corruption Consumed”, by Julia Seeholzer (feat. The University of San Diego Choral Scholars & guests). One of our hopes is that our album will equally help others through these difficult days as we look forward to a much brighter future.

The Shinesparkers continue about the massive undertaking that the album was.

Harmony of a Hunter: Returns is a collaborative effort, without which this project would not be possible. My heartfelt thanks go out to the entire team for helping to make this project a reality, especially to my two Assistant Directors Zack Parrish and Sebastian Mårtensson, who have also contributed arrangements to the project, both individually and in a collaborative capacity.

The Metroid Fan Album can be downloaded on August 6th when it arrives on the Shinesparkers’ website, or on any musical streaming platform, other albums from the musical group are also available to listen to as well!


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