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  Octopath Traveler Goes Metal with The Eightfold Road
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The Eightfold Road (Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler)

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SEATTLE - October 29, 2018 - Materia Collective is pleased to present The Eightfold Road (Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler) arranged and performed by YouTube sensation FamilyJules (Jules Conroy) and several videogame musicians from YouTube and beyond. The acclaimed soundtrack by composer Yasunori Nishiki has been a fan-favorite since even before it was released, and FamilyJules--best known for his 300+ arrangements on YouTube and for contributions to Crypt of the Necrodancer and Binding of Isaac--provides a new musical journey spanning nearly two hours that covers metal, rock, acoustic and more. The Eightfold Road (Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler) is now available now in digital formats with a physical two-disc CD version to begin shipping soon:


The Eightfold Road (Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler) on Bandcamp

The Eightfold Road (Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler) on iTunes

The Eightfold Road (Metal Arrangements from Octopath Traveler) on Spotify


"I've been making metal covers of videogame music on YouTube for over eight years now, most of that time releasing weekly," reflects arranger FamilyJules. "I've always wanted to do albums based on single game soundtracks but couldn't ever decide on one. When I heard Octopath Traveler, I knew it was special, so I went for it. The hardest part was realizing that even if I narrowed the songs down to the absolute essentials, there were still 32 tracks that needed to be included. The 32 songs on this album came together in only three months. I'm super proud of the sheer amount of music I was able to put out as I deeply loved the soundtrack and had an absolute blast recreating the songs for metal, acoustic, and more!"


Key themes from the game are featured, including all eight character themes and all the riveting battle tracks along with many of the beautiful soundscapes that accompany the world of Octopath Traveler. Guest performers include insaneintherainmusic, Dan DeSimone, Sab Irene, ToxicxEternity, and Adriana Figueroa.


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About FamilyJules

Jules Conroy, widely known for his YouTube channel FamilyJules, is an American guitarist who has arranged over one thousand videogame songs into metal, classical, ska, and more over his 300+ video library of covers and medleys. Jules remains the most popular and watched exclusively videogame guitar arranger on YouTube with 50 million views and over 300,000 subscribers. Jules also is responsible for the alternate metal album for the critically acclaimed indie megahit, Crypt of the Necrodancer which won countless awards including the 2016 Best Audio award in the Game Developers Conference Choice Awards. His guitar playing can also be heard in the original Binding of Isaac soundtrack, on the metal arrangement album for VVVVVV, and in the best selling guitar VST, Shreddage SRP by Impact Soundworks. Jules continues to put out regular weekly videos on his YouTube channel arranging the best video game music for metal guitar and more.


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About Materia Collective

Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.


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Arranger FamilyJules is available for interview.  

A press kit containing the album for review is available upon request 

Media Contact

Jayson Napolitano, Scarlet Moon Promotions

[email protected]

OCTOPATH TRAVELER® is a registered trademark of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. Musical compositions are © Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. under license to Warner/Chappell Music and are used with permission. FamilyJules, Materia Collective LLC, and respective artists on this album are in no way affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected to Square Enix with respect to this album. Sound Recordings are © 2018 FamilyJules. All rights reserved.