Secret of Mana Composer Offers “Thank You” to Fans with Original Progressive Rock and Jazz Fusion Albums

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Composer Hiroki Kikuta has produced two original albums for fans in the form of ANGELICFORTRESS and ANGELICFORTRESS DOUBLE HELIX. ANGELICFORTRESS is an album series created to combine Kikuta’s love for progressive rock, jazz fusion, and game music as well as to say thank you to patrons of music around the world. Both five-track albums are currently available on Bandcamp.

ANGELICFORTRESS is a progressive rock-style album, inspired by Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP, and more. It features Hiroki Kikuta (composer), Hidehisa Sasaki (guitar), and Teruhiko Imaizumi (artist).

ANGELICFORTRESS DOUBLE HELIX is a jazz fusion-style album, inspired by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin and more. It features Hiroki Kikuta (composer), Hidehisa Sasaki (guitar), and Aahiro (artist).

“I was exposed to an endless catalog of awesome progressive rock and jazz fusion albums throughout high school,” explains Kikuta. “It had the biggest impact on the formulation of my view of the musical world. Now I want to mix up these genres with modern day videogame music.  ANGELICFORTRESS is an exciting experiment in musical history. I also want to develop an attitude of thankfulness to people who support music in general, so all of these tracks can be thought of as a thank you offering.”

Kikuta is a veteran videogame composer based in Tokyo, Japan who’s best known for his work on Squaresoft’s beloved SNES RPG, Secret of Mana. While at Squaresoft, he also scored Seiken Densetsu III and Soukaigi.

Kikuta then struck out on his own as an independent game developer, creating, directing, and composing music for the PlayStation title, Koudelka. He’s since been actively involved in writing music for indie games in Japan and abroad, and most recently began working on the massive soundtrack to Indivisible by Lab Zero Games.  He is currently in the process of forming an entire band to perform the third album in the series, ANGELICFORTRESS TRISMEGISTUS.

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Talker, unrepentant chancer and self-confessed geek, Stephen has been a gamer for nearly 30 years. You might think he’d have outgrown comics, movies and games but you’d be very wrong. Having worked in PR and marketing, games retail etc he is now trying his hand at game development and writing and (in a completely unrelated area) property development.

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