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Of Bird and Cage is the First Metal Album Created to Be Experienced as a Story-Driven Video Game

  • Axl Rosenberg

Artists are perpetually looking for new ways to push the envelope and present consumers with something they’ve never seen before. Of Bird and Cage is certainly that — we’ve seen metal bands dip their toes in the video game pool before, but never quite like this.

What differentiates Of Bird and Cage from Guitar Hero or Legacy of the Beast or a whatever retro side scroller? Well, Of Bird and Cage isn’t just a game — it’s actually an album. But it’s an album intended specifically to be experienced as a story-driven video game.

Says a press release of the game, which was released today by Capricia Productions:

Of Bird and Cage is a dark, twisted game specifically tailored to its music — the first-of-its-kind musical experience available on the market. It’s a two-hour-long story of trauma, violence, and madness based loosely on Beauty and the Beast, accompanied by a phenomenal soundtrack composed by Arnold Nesis. 

“Some of the acclaimed artists who took part in the recording of Of Bird and Cage are Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Rob van der Loo (Epica), and Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation). The characters are voiced by Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus), Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria), and Davidavi ‘Vidi’ Dolev (Gunned Down Horses).”

Reps for the game very kindly supplied MetalSucks with an advance copy… which we can’t play because it runs on Windows and we’re Mac people (yes, we know there are workarounds for this, but they seem to fall under the category of either “time consuming” or “expensive”).

Still, the whole concept greatly intrigues us! We hope some of you decide to play and then drop us a line to let us know how it is.

The game is available on Steam now for $14.99… but if you buy it before May 27, you get a 10% discount, bringing it to $13.49. There’s also a soundtrack for $7.99 if you just want the music, or a bundle with both for $22.98 (or $18.26 with the pre-May 27 discount).

The soundtrack, which you can listen to at the bottom of this post, is also available on Spotify.

Below, watch a trailer for the game, as well as video interviews with Kobra Paige and Davidavi ‘Vidi’ Dolev.

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