Last week, Metroid Metal founder and guitarist Grant “Stemage” Henry released RETROGRESSION Volume 1 on Bandcamp. The rock-flavored EP aims to perform fan-favorite tracks from classic video games in reverse.
“Most Zelda fans know by now that the theme song from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is actually Zelda’s lullaby in reverse,” says Stemage. “RETROGRESSION Vol. 1 is a musical experiment following this same idea, keeping the arrangements clean with just four instruments similar to the four usable channels on the NES: two guitars, bass, and drums.
The ambitious project uses tracks from games like Super Mario Bros., Punch Out!, Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, and Tetris, as they are arranged in reverse; they are “reversed” afterwards so listeners can hear the original melodies.