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As evidenced by his profile, Iwatsuki has for some time followed the career of musician Stemage (Grant Henry) and his cover band Metroid Metal. The serendipitous appearance of a Stemage arrangement on the IWADON Tribute Album was therefore a highlight of the project's creative process.

The first Stemage album "Strati," meaning "layers," was released on the Silent Uproar Records label in 2006. A collection of pop, prog, metal, and 90's-influenced space rock with vocals, the album can be downloaded on iTunes. A new instrumental Stemage record is due out in late 2010.

In describing his first foray into instrumental covers of Metroid music, Stemage had the following to say: "I had always been into hard rock and had been recording my own stuff, so I thought I would give it a shot deconstructing the rhythms, keeping the melodies intact, and turning it into something a little more progressive and polyrhythmic. I posted it in a few forums and people seemed to dig it. I started doing more tracks and picked up the URL because 'Metroid Metal' just made sense. That was six years ago."

Playing the Penny Arcade Expo in 2009, Stemage played guitar together with guitarist Dan Behrens of Arm Cannon, guitarist Micheal Molnar from Temp Sound Solutions, as well as bassist Dan Taylor and drummer Kevin Lawrence from Yes Mayhem. Their first album, "Varia Suite," debuted at the expo and found its way into the hands of Metroid composer Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka.

Metroid Metal played the PAX East Expo in Boston in 2010, at the same event where the IWADON organizers presented a panel discussion on the compilation. They will be returning to PAX Prime Seattle in September of 2010. Stemage is currently at work on his first game score, for the independent title Alpha Squad.

Stemageは2006年に”層”と言う意味の彼の最初のアルバム『Strati』をリリース。ポップ、プログレ、メタル、そして90年代の影響を受けた歌入りのスペースロックの集合であり、レーベルSilent Uproar Recordからリリースされ、iTunesでも見つけることができる。Stemageのインストの新譜は今年後半に出る予定。

メトロイドの音楽をカバーするに至った経緯をGameSetWatchのインタビューの中でStemageはこう語った。「昔から常にハードロックにのめり込んでいて、自分でも曲を録音していた。そういうことから、リズムを再構築し、メロディーはそのままで、もっとプログレでポリリズムなものに変えることに挑戦してみようと思った。いくつかのフォーラムに掲示したら皆気に入ってくれ、さらにいろんな曲をやるようになり、すごくしっくりきたので"Metroid Metal"というURLを選んだんだ。それが6年前。」

2009年のペニー・アーケイド・エキスポでの演奏では、Yes Mayhemのドラマー, Kevin Lawrence,とベースのDan Taylor、Temp Sound Solutionsのギター, Micheal Molnar、そしてArm Cannonのギター,Dan BehrensとともにStemageもギターでライブを行った。同時に彼らのファーストアルバム『Varia Suite』がリリースされ、メトロイドの伝説的作曲家、田中宏和氏の手に届けられた。

Metroid Metalはボストンで開かれるPAX Eastペニー・アーケイド・エキスポに戻ってくる予定で、イワドン:岩月博之トリビュートアルバムの公式のパネル討論会の数時間後にライブをすることになっている。


from IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute Album, released July 23, 2010
Composer: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki
Arranger, Performer: Stemage


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