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Game Composers Unite for ‘Card of Darkness’ Remix Album

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Brave Wave Productions is pleased to present a star-studded tribute to Stemage’s Card of Darkness soundtrack. Released earlier this year on Apple Arcade, Card of Darkness is a hand-drawn card game adventure created by Zach Gage, Pendleton Ward, and Choice Provisions with music by Stemage. Brave Wave Productions and many of their friends, with credits ranging from Mega Man 3Ninja Gaiden, and Wonder Boy to BayonettaSonic Mania, and Transformers, have arranged the score in a variety of styles including electronic, rock, and piano ballad in the grand tradition of Japanese game music remix albums. Card of Darkness: The Remixes is available today:

Card of Darkness: The Remixes on on All Storefronts

“This album was a pure joy to handle because the whole thing was wrapped up in a little over a month, and I usually take a year or two to finish a music album,” comments Brave Wave Creative Director Mohammed Taher. “I’ve been a huge fan of Stemage’s work on Metroid Metal for over a decade and I couldn’t be happier with how our tribute album for him turned out. Thanks to the exceptional musicians that we work with, this album is a testament to Brave Wave’s ability for producing remix albums in a unique and timely fashion.”

The full talent roster for Card of Darkness: The Remixes is as follows:

01. Takahiro Izutani (co-composed Metal Gear Solid 4, Bayonetta)
02. Saori Kobayashi (Panzer Dragoon Saga, Panzer Dragoon Orta)
03. Steve ‘ap0c’ Lakawicz (Brock Crocodile, Super Strikers)
04. Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl)
05. Shinichi Sakamoto (Wonder Boy series composer)
06. Tee Lopes (Sonic Mania)
07. Cory Johnson (The Legend of Zelda rock arrangement albums)
08. Kaori Nakabai (Ninja Gaiden 3, Captain Tsubasa 3)
09. Fourge (Brave Wave’s new member)
10. Harumi Fujita (Mega Man 3, Pulstar, Strider)
11. Super Strikers (Brave Wave’s in-house band)
12. Maxo (Battle Kitty, Q*bert 2019)
13. Vince DiCola (Rocky IV, The Transformers: The Movie)


About Steamage – Stemage is a composer, session player, and pinball fanatic. As the founder of Metroid Metal and other videogame music bands, Stemage is also the guitar player and co-composer for the Emmy-nominated Steven Universe and has worked on music for Google, The Avett Brothers, Choice Provisions, Brave Wave Productions, and Japanese composers including Manami Matsumae (Mega Man) and Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden). Recently, he joined the Brave Wave in-house band Super Strikers as a composer and guitarist. Stemage has been making music and band-hopping for over 25 years and currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.

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About Brave Wave Productions

Brave Wave is a record label based in Tokyo and dedicated to exploring the interplay between videogames, music, and nostalgia. The dual-natured label produces and publishes award-winning solo albums by Japanese game composers, as well as newly restored soundtracks under the supervision of the original game composers and sound teams. Brave Wave is a multinational label, run and directed by Kuwait-based Mohammed Taher, Japan-based Alex Aniel, and Swiss engineer Marco Guardia.

The label is known for bridging the gap between Western and Japanese creators, best evident in the videogame Shovel Knight (by Yacht Club Games) in which Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae was able to contribute music to. The label is prominently known for its Generation Series line of restored soundtracks, starting with Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack which sold out in minutes and later appeared on the Billboard charts. Brave Wave continues its mission of supporting game composers on their solo albums, with over a dozen non-soundtrack projects planned for the upcoming years and directed by label head Mohammed Taher.

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