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Sins of Hyrule explores the eternal conflict between the goddess Hylia and the Evil of evils, Demise, across the dimensions of time. Featuring music from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess and Breath of the Wild.

Sins of Hyrule by Rozen

Album art by Alderion-al

About the Album

A sonic experience that embraces epic music with electronic flavors. 

This album goes deeper into retelling the mythos of Hyrule, scoring the key moments where humanity is the audience to the colossal battles between light and shadow.

Through the use of live instruments, huge percussion, choir, hybrid elements, and dreamy vocals, experience the dark nature and the never-ending cycle of the curse trapped inside the divine-given Triforce.

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“In this era, the wounds inflicted on the
land during the battle between the
goddess and the demon king known as
Demise have not yet healed.”
– Zelda

Limited Edition CD

Deluxe high-quality single-disc, 6-panel digipak, with designs by Alderion-al and Diego Jimenez. Includes digital download.

Includes digital pre-order of Sins of Hyrule. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Album design and packaging by Diego Jimenez

2xLP Vinyl Edition

Deluxe double vinyl version of Sins of Hyrule, featuring album art by Alderion-al, layout design by Diego Jimenez. Limited edition of 200. 

Includes unlimited streaming of Sins of Hyrule via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

shipping out on or around March 1, 2018
edition of 200 

Includes digital pre-order of Sins of Hyrule. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Sins of Hyrule Vinyl Edition

Album design and packaging by Diego Jimenez

Sins of Hyrule is Divided in four parts. Below this section you can read descriptions of every track by the artist and what inspired them.

Creation of Hyrule

Skyward Sword

01.  The Ancient Battle (feat. Laura Intravia)

Meet me in battle, and the thread of
fate that binds us will be soaked
crimson with your blood!”

– Ghirahim

Skyward Sword’s intro cutscene gives us a glimpse of the origin story, and the big battle that took place between the light and shadow. Using the intro to Fellowship of the Ring as inspiration to model this piece, I imagined the ancient tribes of Hyrule being led into battle by the goddess Hylia, against the forces of evil, worshipers of Demise, Evil of Evils. I chose Laura Intravia to be the narrator to this event, acting as the Great Fairy and using the power of her voice to carry the tale down in history. In the climax of the song, you can hear her praying to Din, Nayru and Farore against the melody from the series’ main theme.

02.  Ballad of the Goddess

For while the supreme power of the
Triforce was created by gods, all of its
power can never be wielded by one. Knowing this power was her last and
only hope, the goddess gave up her
divine powers and her immortal form.”

– Zelda

Representing Hylia, this song remains one of my favorites from the franchise to this day, for its magnificent orchestration, uplifting harmony and usage of a retrograde Zelda’s Lullaby melody. This ballad, as suggested by the title, is an offering to the goddesses, to guide the people of Hyrule to find their hero. I thought it would be an interesting approach to have men’s choir as the main focus to get a different perspective. The result is a more ethereal, captivating version of this song.

03.  A King is Born

An incarnation of my hatred shall
ever follow your kind, dooming them to
wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness
for all time!”

– Demise

This piano piece was improvised from beginning to end. I wanted to experiment and come up with as many variations of Ganondorf’s theme as I could in one take. And then I recorded a second take over it, making it a piece for four hands. This arrangement explores the birth of the main incarnation of Demise; a king born from the Gerudo.

Time and Chaos

Ocarina of Time

04. Gerudo Legend (feat. Julie Elven)

They say that Gerudos worship
Ganondorf almost like a god.” “They say that Ganondorf is not
satisfied with ruling only the
Gerudo and aims to conquer all
of Hyrule!”

– Gossip Stones

The deep, angelic voice of Julie Elven was a perfect choice for the vision I had for this piece. Deviating from the usual flamenco feel that you get from other interpretations, I chose to stick the album’s theme of divinity dualism, and write something that sound both like light and shadow. At the same time that a Gerudo-born king is growing his power to overthrow the Hyrule king, there’s a boy without a fairy making on his way to becoming the hero of time.

05. Song of Hylia

This is an ancient melody passed
down by the Royal Family.
I have played this song for
Princess Zelda as a lullaby ever
since she was a baby…
There is mysterious power in
these notes.”

– Impa

Zelda has a lullaby that serves as her own theme, but Hylia doesn’t have an official one. Since Zelda is the reincarnation of the goddess, I tried to play with the same motifs and chord progression from the lullaby to create something that sounds similar, yet completely new.

06. Battle for the Sacred Realm

The Temple of Light, situated in
the very center of the Sacred
Realm, is the last stronghold
against Ganondorf’s evil forces.
The Master Sword–the evil-
destroying sword that you pulled
out of the Pedestal of Time–was
the final key to the Sacred Realm. […] However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time….”

– Rauru

The idea for this track came from a scene in Ocarina of Time that we only hear about but never get to see – the moment when Ganondorf enters the Sacred Realm and goes on a rampage to kill all the sages, who protect the triforce and a dormant Link with their last breath. It’s a dramatic arrangement, featuring a more intense orchestration, that shows the desperate moment for Hyrule. The Song of Time is the main focus of this song, since the temple serves as the hiding place for the Sacred Realm. You’ll hear hints of it from the beginning, followed by its full development as a grandiose battle cry.

Era of Twilight

Twilight Princess

07. Monarchy in Shadows (feat. London Strings)

This was once the
kingdom of Hyrule.
But that blessed kingdom has been
transformed by the king that rules
the twilight… It has been turned into a world of
shadows, ruled by creatures who
shun the light.”

– Zelda

I had the opportunity to record a short piece at Abbey Road Studios, with the London Strings. I chose to write an arrangement that would serve as an interlude into Twilight Princess. “Monarchy in Shadows” was for a while the title of this album, before I changed the theme and expanded beyond the world of Twilight Princess.

08. Thief Reborn (2017 Remastered)

He was known as a demon thief, an
evil-magic wielder renowned for
his ruthlessness”

– Royal Sage

This album started as a remastering of my old Zelda arrangements, in pursuit of a better quality sound and my desire to bring these to a physical release. One of the things I always wanted to have for this piece was a real vocal solo, provided by the pure voice of Reven, who is present in almost all my music and what makes our signature sound. Now this track feels complete for me.

09. King of Light and Shadow (feat. ETHEReal Orchestra) [2017 Remastered]

The kind of absolute power that
those chosen by the gods wield. He who wields such power would
make a suitable king for this world,
don’t you think?”

– Ganondorf

I had a lot of fun arranging this piece back in “King of Light and Shadow EP” days, and I always wanted to hear a live version of it. I got to work with the wonderful people of ETHEReal orchestra and a few of my favorite instrumentalists, to try to bring this piece to life. Compared to my original version of this, now you can feel the real movement of the phrases and articulations, as I originally intended.

10. Dark Lord Ganondorf (feat. Theophany) [2017 Remastered]

Would you hear my desire? To take this foul blade…and use
it to blot out the light forever!”

– Ganondorf

One of the things I missed from the original arrangement was that I could have made it more percussion heavy, to give it more movement and impact. Luckily, I know the perfect guy for the job. Theophany is a very close friend of mine, and I’ve always admired the way he crafts sound. Ever since we worked together on Time’s End II along with Reven, we’ve been developing ways to bring a new sound to our music.

Legacy Enduring

Breath of the Wild

11. Breath of the Wild

The Great Calamity was merciless… it devastated everything in its path, lo, a century ago.”

– King Rhoam

Thousands of years have passed since Hyrule was prosperous. Each side of the war lies in wait; evil growing steadily stronger. Reven took the beautiful melodies of an abandoned land and wove in some elements of Zelda’s and Ganondorf’s themes – even after so much time, the war never ends. But no matter how long it takes to build strength, they never give up.

12. Castle in Ruins

And thus, the kingdom of Hyrule was devastated absolutely by Calamity Ganon.”

– King Rhoam

The lonesome music in Breath of the Wild makes you crave a big, memorable moment throughout the game, and for me, this was it. A corrupt, decaying castle, filled to the brim with evil and guardians making it impossible for you to free-roam around the massive building, with the perfect music to accompany it. A beautiful rendition of the old and the new, this track didn’t need anything, but my desire to honor it with my own musical touch was reason enough for me to cover it. Whenever I arrange a piece I love, I get to break it down and experience every single note, and with a new-found respect, I offer my own interpretation of it.

13. Calamity

Ganon was born out of a dark past. He is a pure embodiment of the ancient evil that is reborn time and time again… He has given up on reincarnation and assumed his pure, enraged form.”

– Zelda

The whole last battle sequence from Breath of the Wild was incredible to me, making it my favorite battle from the series with its climatic, intense music and the beautiful graphics. This is what I’ve always wanted in a Zelda game. I tried to replicate this feeling and have it be more action-packed with the help of a virtuosic cello solo to give the melody more character. The end of the piece will treat you with a bizarre reversed section that tries to recreate what happens during the very last moments of battle.

14. Ganon’s Requiem (feat. Voices of Termina)

Ganondorf…pitiful man…
Without a strong, righteous mind,
he could not control the power of
the gods.”

-Zelda

If I had to pick an ending that struck me as a kid, it would be from Ocarina of Time. When you finally beat Ganon, all tension and darkness vanishes, leaving you with the splendor of Zelda’s restoring powers that heal Hyrule. Evil has been vanquished once again and sealed away by the sages. The darkness of this album comes to a brief pause to give you a triumphant moment, without making you forget about what is left to be done to completely fulfill your destiny.

15. Sins of Hyrule

Do not think this ends here… The history of light and shadow will be written in blood!”

-Ganondorf

An original composition based on the overall music from the series, this piece shows the eternal struggle the kingdom of Hyrule has to live with, even when a short period of peace is achieved. I tried to imagine those times after every war against evil, filled with victory and hope, but also with devastation, exhaustion, and fear. The king of Malice will return to haunt the next generations without end. What you’ll hear is a bittersweet song that shows both Hylia’s people and Demise’s spirit fighting each other.

©Ⓟ 2017 Materia Collective LLC under exclusive license from Rozen

The Legend of Zelda properties are © Nintendo. Rozen, Materia Collective LLC and its artists in no way affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected to Nintendo with respect to this album. Musical compositions are © 1998 Nintendo and are used with permission. Mechanical licensing facilitated by re:discover, Inc. d/b/a Loudr.