11 tracks of symphonic metal.

Video game guitarist and arranger Ferdk has released his metal tribute album inspired by the 2005 action-adventure game Shadow of the Colossus.

With a new take on Kow Otani’s soundtrack, Battle with the Colossus “embodies the duality of conflict versus beauty,” Ferdk explained.

“Guitar riffs challenge the beasts. Orchestral melodies capture their majesty. I vividly remember encountering the very first colossus, way back in 2005. I was in awe, I hadn’t seen something like this in gaming before. I found myself climbing this huge beast as the score charged into a triumphant orchestral epic, a one-of-a-kind experience,” he said.

The composer added: “The soundtrack to [Shadow of the Colossus] is almost like a character of its own. It defines the experience just as much as the art direction and gameplay. It’s truly a masterpiece of a game and one of my all-time favourites, so I’m pleased to be able to release my tribute to the game and its soundtrack.”

Battle with the Colossus is available now from digital store such as Amazon, Bandcamp, and iTunes/Apple Music, as well as streaming services including Deezer, Spotify, and TIDAL.