New York - October 12th, 2010 - Steve Ouimette, critically acclaimed guitarist and composer, today announced he will release his debut solo album "EPIC" with Sumthing Else Music Works, the award-winning industry leader for licensing and distributing video game soundtracks. Best known for his covers for the highly successful Guitar Hero® series as well as the memorable guitar performances on hi-octane original video game scores such as Red Steel™2 , "EPIC" showcases Steve's diverse repertoire and is laden with extraordinary musicianship, performed across a wide range of styles that marry cinematic elements with over-the-top guitars. "EPIC" will be released as a CD/DVD on October 26th, 2010 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com, and will also be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital www.sumthingdigital.com, Amazon MP3 and iTunes®.
"Sumthing's philosophy for artist-driven music coupled with their commitment and track record in the video game world made them the ideal partner for releasing my debut solo album," said Steve Ouimette. "The label has been incredibly supportive of my music and in helping to bring this album to life. I hope gamers and guitar music fans everywhere will enjoy these original tracks as much as I had composing, playing and recording them."
Sumthing Else Music Works is the world's leading music label for gamers dedicated to releasing the latest and greatest soundtracks from gaming's biggest franchises including Halo®, God of War®, Fable®, Gears of War®, Hitman™, Mass Effect™, Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Uncharted as well as exciting new properties such as Alan Wake™, Borderlands™, Darksiders™ and InFamous. Sumthing's release of the Halo® 2 Original Soundtrack Volume One is the best-selling original video game soundtrack to date. Sumthing has boosted its commitment to enhancing gamers' overall experience by acquiring many new titles to complement its current catalog of releases and is now recognized as the leader in this newly emerging music genre.
Andy Uterano, President of Sumthing Else Music Works, commented, "Sumthing is a creative outlet and distributor for various independent artists and numerous innovative music projects. We're always interested in championing unique music talent and we're excited to be releasing Steve's debut solo album to his fans throughout the gaming community and beyond."
A lifelong guitarist, composer and recording studio veteran, Steve Ouimette's passion for guitars, and the recording studio lifestyle took him on an experiential musical journey; from graduating with a B.A. in composition to owning various recording studios and a career in the video game space. Ouimette's expertise and love of playing music along with his experience in the video games industry led him to form his own music production company in 2005 and subsequently a long-standing association with the world-renowned Guitar Hero franchise. Steve Ouimette's inspiration for "EPIC" combines his guitar prowess and eclectic musical influences with the rich heritage of classic and modern rock music genres.
"EPIC" Track Listing
"Speaking In Tongues"
"I Saw God"
"Fear And Reverence"
"This Is Scorpion Gulch"
"The Divining Witch"
"A Dark Reversal"
Bonus Tracks (from Guitar Hero®)
"The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
"We Three Kings"
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
Produced and engineered by Steve Ouimette, he also performs guitars as well as bass, keys and programming, with Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana) on drums. The bonus track covers are made available with the kind permission of Activision Publishing, Inc. The recording diaries and instructional videos featured on the DVD are also written, created and produced by Steve Ouimette.
For more information on Steve Ouimette visit: www.steveouimette.com.
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Since its creation in the late 1990's by the world-renowned song writer, musician and record producer, Nile Rodgers, Sumthing Else Music Works has become the acknowledged industry leader in licensing and distributing video game soundtracks. Possessing full in-house services worldwide, from retail marketing and sales through physical and digital distribution, Sumthing is partnered with the world's leading video game developers and publishers including BioWare, Bungie Studios, Capcom, Crytek, Eidos, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Microsoft, Mistwalker, Rare, SEGA, Silicon Knights, Sony and THQ. Their catalog of titles includes the best selling video game soundtrack of all time, Halo 2: Volume One, as well as award-winning titles including: Halo: Reach, Alan Wake, Halo: Legends, God of War III, Dark Void, Halo 3: ODST, Borderlands, InFamous, Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, Halo Wars, Halo Trilogy, Gears of War 2, Fable II, Too Human, Brothers In Arms, Crysis, Advent Rising, Fable, Gears of War, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Volume Two, Halo 3, Hitman: Blood Money, Hitman: Contracts, Jade Empire, Kameo: Elements of Power, Mass Effect, Red Steel, Unreal Tournament III, Freedom Fighters and many others.
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