A game as important and iconic as Chrono Trigger deserves a similarly epic cover album. Materia Collective has stepped up to the challenge with EPOCH, a sixty-track tribute with the game’s beloved melodies re-rendered in all sorts of musical stylings. It’s got rock, jazz, ballads, an acoustic guitar rendition of Frog’s theme, an autotune pop interpretation of Robo’s theme, the Millennial Fair melody in bossa nova, and Crono’s trial reimagined as a bombastic Broadway musical.
Many artists collaborated to make EPOCH what it is; the Videri String Quartet, The Game Brass, String Player Gamer and indie game composers John Robert Matz (For the King) and Jordan Chin (ZENITH) all contributed to the album.
“Chrono Trigger is one of our favorite games of all time, so there was no question in our minds that we wanted to pay tribute to its beloved music,” says EPOCH producers Jeff Brenneman and Daniel Romberger. “When crafting our vision for EPOCH, we thought a lot about how the characters in the game combine their skills to create unique and powerful tech combos.
“We wanted to honor this spirit of teamwork by encouraging musicians of different skill sets and backgrounds to band together in a similar fashion in order to make each performance one-of-a-kind. Everyone put a tremendous amount of work and love into this album, and we are proud to present our take on this timeless soundtrack.”