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The Black Mages

"The Black Mages" are a Japanese instrumental rock band in the charge of composer Nobuo Uematsu. The band revised some of Uematsu's most popular fighting themes from the games of the Final Fantasy line in order to publish them in newly-arranged shape on the album ''The Black Mages: Battle Music of Final Fantasy'', released on February 19, 2003. The songs on the first album are all instrumental and all arrangements of battle themes. The Black Mages' second album, entitled ''The Skies Above'', was released in Japan on December 22, 2004. This album features guest vocalists on two tracks and features arrangements of a few tracks that were not originally battle themes, but the majority of tracks are still instrumental arrangements of battle themes. The album also contains the entrance theme for Japanese K-1 Fighter Mr. Murahama entitled "Blue Blast - Winning The Rainbow".

The Black Mages performed live at Shibuya-AX, April 26-27, 2003. The performance was released on DVD exclusively to fanclub members residing in Japan. The performance marked the debut of the later released "Matoya's Cave" and featured additional solos within songs. During the introduction of band members, Michio O...

years active 2003 - present
music genre Instrumental rock
status Active
country Japan
current members Nobuo Uematsu
Kenichiro Fukui
Tsuyoshi Sekito
Keiji Kawamori
Arata Hanyuda
Michio Okamiya
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia