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October 20, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Game Boy's original Pokemon Red and Blue get a metal Makeover by Ro Panuganti

Metal Trainer
Metal Trainer is a thrashin' metal tribute to the original Pokemon games by arranger Ro Panuganti and Materia Collective
Materia Collective has released Metal Trainer, a thrashin' progressive rock and metal cover album featuring nine tracks from the original Pokemon Red and Blue for the Nintendo Game Boy. Arranged and performed by Ro Panuganti - best known for his game music remix performances on YouTube and past albums dedicated to Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Metal Trainer captures the fierce battles, intriguing locales, and remarkable moments Pokemon's heaviest journey yet.

"Metal Trainer was started as a simpler, more traditional rock album that people could enjoy hearing live and playing on the go, or working out," comments arranger Ro Panuganti. "I quickly got pulled in the nostalgia of those first Pokemon games, and realized that I had to keep things more progressive rock and metal to properly capture that epic journey."

"Some of my proudest arranging happened for 'Lavender,' where most of my ideas came when I just had my guitar in a room with no computer. I played with how that song should go in a story, and eventually wrote some of my proudest, spookiest music yet. I hope that listener's feel that innocent charm of Pokemon's city anthems, that fire in your belly from wanting to beat the intimidating gym leaders, and those ghostly chills that came from traversing Lavender Town."

The nine tracks on Metal Trainer:
  1. Pokemon Master
  2. Viridian
  3. A Wild Encounter
  4. Pokemon Hospital
  5. Mt. Moon
  6. Cerulean
  7. Lavender
  8. Pokemon Mansion
  9. Gym Battle
Ro Panuganti is an active musician, recording and playing in the avante-garde yet remarkable style of progressive rock/metal and more. His skills range from electric guitar to bass, vocal, piano, and a slew of traditional Indian instruments. Influences range from Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and modern prog artists to Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and varieties of musicals and soundtracks.

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