It's time for some headbanging in Hyrule because Helmarock: Zelda Metal Vol. II, the follow-up to 2017's Octorock tribute to The Legend of Zelda, is now available for download and streaming.
Officially licensed and featuring selections from Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, and Twilight Princess by guitarist and producer Joel Kent, Helmarock revisits key moments from across Nintendo's iconic franchise with guitar riffs and plenty of heavy metal shredding.
"Transitioning Koji Kondo's music to rock and roll feels like a very natural process - as I am huge fan of both," notes arranger and producer Joel Kent. "Working with some amazing faculty during my last couple of semesters at Berklee has really pushed my playing and arranging style, and I believe my progress as a musician is evident in this project. Taking a break from my original music and jamming some of my favorite Zelda tracks during the process of recording this EP was just what I needed to concede the things I love about rock guitar, along with video game music in general."
The five-track album Helmarock: Zelda Metal Vol. II is available via Bandcamp and Spotify.