There's been a whirlwind of activity in the Yamantaka // Sonic Titan camp of late. First, the band signed to Paper Bag, then they announced a new rock opera titled 33 // 渦 for this year's Pop Montreal, and now we've learned a new tune has popped up on the soundtrack for Xbox's Mark of the Ninja videogame.
A press release confirms that today (September 14) marks the release of a three-song soundtrack from the band. New number "Mark & Blade" was commissioned especially for the project by Vancouver-based game designers Klei Entertainment for their 2D stealth platformer. "Mark & Blade" is described as "heavy, melodic and brief," and you can check it out down below.
Also included in the package are a reprise of "Mark & Blade," and a live, lo-fi version of "Lamia," which recently came as part of Adult Swim's Single Series.
In other news, it looks as if the members of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have caught the gaming bug, as they have plans to release a videogame of their own. As its title implies, YOUR TASK // SHOOT THINGS will be a side-scrolling action shooter with an old-school graphics approach delivered as an homage to games like the 1994 Super Nintendo game Earthbound, while also alluding to the outfit's tripped-out live shows.
"We want a fully developed, engaging, sustainably funded, mind-bending experience that lets us play in the worlds YT//ST creates in its live shows," band member Alaska B said in a statement.
If the proggy outfit's foray into the gaming world comes as a bit of a surprise, it should be noted that B recently completed a Computer Animation program at Ontario's Sheridan College. You can check out her skills in a self-made short film at the bottom of the page.
The group are still in the beginning stages of the videogame project and have not announced when they expect it to be completed. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are seeking funding from the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, and if they receive enough likes on Facebook or supportive tweets, start-up costs will be deferred to the company. You can find out more info here.