SEATTLE – September 22, 2017 – Materia Collective is thrilled to release The Dark Hunter, a progressive rock tribute album by arranger and guitarist Ro Panuganti dedicated to Nintendo’s beloved Metroid franchise. Featuring tracks from fan-favorites Super Metroid and Metroid Prime, The Dark Hunter hits all the high points with its epic renditions of the mysterious lair of Kraid, the dense jungles of Brinstar, the driving battle theme with Ridley, and of course the Metroid Prime main theme. The Dark Hunter (Music from Nintendo’s Metroid Series) is officially licensed and available today:

The Dark Hunter (Music from Nintendo’s Metroid Series) on Bandcamp, or you can search for the album on iTunes or Spotify.

“The gripping atmosphere, exciting turns and twists, and of course the soundtrack from Super Metroid gave me chills,” reflects Panuganti. “Creating The Dark Hunter was fulfilling my long-running dream of focusing on one theme, one sound, and one game series and making a solid album. You’ll definitely hear influences of modern progressive artists like Periphery, TesseracT, Plini, as well as more ’90s musicians like Pantera and Alice in Chains sneaking into the tunes; interestingly I mostly listened to pop and musicals while recording it! I hope everyone who listens to The Dark Hunter feels inspired to pick up a 7-string guitar or at least Super Metroid, Metroid Prime, or the new Metroid: Samus Returns game!”

Check out a music video featuring the “Ridley” performance here:

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Learn more about The Dark Hunter (Music from Nintendo’s Metroid Series):

About Ro Panuganti

Ro Panuganti is an avid fan of progressive rock, metal, and a variety of videogame soundtracks ranging from the Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo classics to modern behemoth tracks. Primarily an electric guitarist, Ro has been creating rock/metal content on YouTube for over five years working with a variety of artists, as well as producing music for his and other channels. Ro has also developed a knack for bass guitar, singing, keyboards, and different avenues of video and audio work in order to better work with any musician possible.

In addition to releasing The Wild (Music from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) with Materia Collective, Ro has co-founded the Multiplayer project, a charity- supporting division of M.C., works with GameLark Video Game Remixes, the growing “VGCovers” subreddit, and has performed on a variety of videogame soundtracks and cover albums.

Learn more:

Follow Ro Panuganti on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Patreon

About Materia Collective

Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.

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In all honesty, I’m not a huge Metroid fan but this music is bad ass. Seriously. At the very least, check out the tunes on the bandcamp page linked above or the youtube video. The music seems like a harder version of The Megas.


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Gamer since Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt dual cartridge days. Believes there should be a Babymetal video game kinda like Brutal Legend. Currently enjoying Phasmophobia on PC!
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