If you grew up with Pokémon Red and Blue on the Game Boy, you'll likely remember the games' incredible soundtrack almost as much - if not more - than the games themselves.
From epic trainer battle anthems to that wonderful Bicycle Theme, there are plenty of cracking tunes to choose from when creating a tribute album. We lovingly remember Braxton Burks' Pokémon Reorchestrated from a few years back - which put an orchestral spin on proceedings - and now we're going right to the other end of the spectrum with this metal tribute from Ro Panuganti.
The album, called 'Metal Trainer', features nine tracks from the original games. Panuganti says, "Metal Trainer was started as a simpler, more traditional rock album that people could enjoy hearing live and playing on the go, or working out. I quickly got pulled in the nostalgia of those first Pokémon games, and realized that I had to keep things more progressive rock and metal to properly capture that epic journey".
The album is available as we speak on a number of different platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Google Play, but you can also stream the entire thing below via Bandcamp.
Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Metal is Hoopa's handiwork.
This won't get taken down with some copyright claim, right?
Definitely worth a listen if you are a metal/Pokemon fan. Seriously - I created an account just to comment on this article.
@Elvie You can get a license to distribute the music. Gametal has to get the music licensed to put it up for sale.
Nice I like it!
I will give it a try once I'm home. Just yeaterday I was listening to Indigo Plateau, I really like that song. Also Vs Red from Gold and Silver
Cerulean is a beautiful arrangement. Thumbs up!
Great! I'll check it out. Though, I still jam a lot of Nintendocore bands like Ditto's Blood and Monomate, they're just timeless for me.
This is an insturmental preview of a DB song, entitled "Dark Cloud". Really good, especially the end (which is the pre chorus in the full song which is also on YT).
I don't know why this band was singled out for their remix album when there are lots and lots of other groups/individuals making remixes all the time, both for Pokemon and other things.
Still doesn't stop me from leaving this tab open to listen to their music while I'm working on other things. It just would be nice if there was more music articles in general.
@TrainerX493 Because music is an art and simply writing a remix should not warrant attention. The majority of Dwelling of Duels tracks I listen to are not great and don't capture/understand the emotion of what the music's game tries to convey when you play. Would you single out Sam Dillard for his contributions to the Chrono Trigger, Metroid and Zelda music communities? You should, because they are fantastic pieces of work that deserve to be listened to.
I'm not saying metal is the best fit for Pokemon, I don't truly know since I don't play the games and only see them from the outside, but as a metalhead, I think this album is worth buying. If anyone hear knows Stemage (Grant Henry) and enjoys his phenomenal Metroid Metal albums, I hope you agree with me here when I say this artist could be his long lost brother.
Thank you @ryancraddock, for posting this, sir. m/
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