On April 30th, the official soundtrack of Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame was released.
The album is a musical narrative that tells the story of the Karmakeeper and his encounters with the Guardians of several worlds in his quest to restore the balance of karma in the multiverse. The album is a 45-minute journey through a constantly changing metal landscape, alternating between melodic symphonic passages and heavy brutal guitars, with vocals going from a pop-oriented sound to harsh guttural vocals.
The music itself features well-known vocalists such as Simone Simons (Epica), Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth), Marc Hudson (Dragonforce), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Charlotte Wessels (Delain), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Henning Basse (MaYaN), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Daniël de Jongh (Textures), among others.
The symphony was performed by the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, while an ensemble of several Dutch musicians performed on electric guitar and bass to provide the rock and metal part of the score. Composer Ivo van Dijk performed on drums.
Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame is part of the multidisciplinary project Karmaflow. The aim of the project is to unite music, games and theater in a unique way, experimenting with sung interactive narrative.
Karmaflow was initiated by Dutch composer Ivo van Dijk in 2012 and started out as a graduation project for him and 12 fellow students of the School of Arts in Utrecht. The team strives to bring a new and unique way of telling interactive stories through the medium of videogames, and is taking it one step further by bringing the music of Karmaflow to the stage.
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