In 2017, arrangers ROZEN+REVEN created NIeR: Glory to Mankind, an album of covers from Square’s first installment in the video game series. That game’s sequel NIeR Automata is far more popular than the original, so where was the cover album for that one? It took a while, but it’s finally here: ROZEN+REVEN’s followup to Glory to Mankind, titled NIeR: Become As Gods.
Like the previous album, this one uses a blend of orchestral and pop instruments to rearrange the tunes of NIeR Automata, utilizing synthesizers, real strings and brass, electric guitar, and in some cases, an actual orchestra — Sofia Session Orchestra and Choir in Sofia, Bulgaria. The album is being published and distributed by Materia Collective.
“Coming back to the NieR: Automata soundtrack with more experience and more tools at our disposal felt very much like coming back to complete another run of the game,” says REVEN. “We had a lot of ideas and knew how we wanted to approach a lot of the album, but there were plenty of unforeseen challenges–like a global pandemic–that we had to navigate this time around. That being said, we’re really proud of this one and think it has some of our best work yet.”