Hiroyuki Sawano & Sayuri Perform Blue Exorcist: Damned Chord Smartphone Game Main Theme

23.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Japanese musician and composer Hiroyuki Sawano is lauded with writing soundtracks for a list of popular anime series including all three seasons of Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and the recent anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative. He is also active under the name SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] as which he released his latest single narrative/NOISEofRAIN last month which reached No. 3 on iTunes and made it into Oricon’s Top 10 Weekly Singles ranking.

Sawano is now teaming up with singer-songwriter Sanketsu Shoujo Sayuri who will provide guest vocals on his new song ME & CREED <nZkv> which will be used as the main theme for the upcoming smartphone game Blue Exorcist: Damned Chord set for release in 2019.

ME & CREED <nZkv> is a new arrangement of the song of the same name which previously appeared in the original Blue Exorcist OST. A new trailer for the game was released on YouTube where fans can get an early listen of the new born track now decked out with new vocals from Sayuri.

Sawano also announced that he will release his third studio album R∃/MEMBER on March 6, 2019 which includes his collaborative track with Sayuri. This is his first album in one and a half years since 2V-ALK. The album will feature a line-up of big name guests including LiSA, Takanori Nishikawa, Uru, ASCA and more.

 

Sawano will support the release of his new record by playing two shows at Toyosu PIT on March 6 and 7.

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    Comment: Hiroyuki Sawano

    I am honoured to not only be working on the music for Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, but to also be performing the theme song as SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn was huge when I began the [nZk] project, so I was welled up with emotions in being able to produce new music once more for the Gundam series. And being able to do it with LiSA as the vocalist has brought about some fresh and very exciting music. I hope people will enjoy the song ‘narrative’ together with the epic world and story of Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative.

     

    Comment: LiSA

    This is the first time I have been given the kind opportunity to be a vocalist for Sawano’s vocal project SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]. I’m also very happy because in addition to being in a song by Sawano for the first time, it’s the first time I have been given the chance to sing a theme song for the Gundam series. ‘narrative’ is a grand ballad that has a real strength inside its transient sound. Please look forward to hearing it together with watching Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative.

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