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Legendary Video Game Designer Hideo Kojima Praises Lorna Shore’s Pain Remains


If you’ve ever played any of the Metal Gear Solid series or fell into the rabbit hole that’s Death Stranding, then you’re intimately familiar with the in-depth virtual worlds of Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima. While anyone who’s followed him on Twitter or has tried his past work knows he’s a HUGE film buff, it’s also pretty common knowledge in the gaming industry that the guy loves his music.

Having chosen music from all kinds of bands for his games, like CHVRCHES and Bring Me The Horizon for Death Stranding and Starsailor and Midge Ure for the Metal Gear Solid series, he’s certainly got an eclectic taste. Earlier today, we found out that the 59-year-old auteur is now a fan of symphonic deathcore band Lorna Shore. According to a tweet earlier today, Kojima said he received Pain Remains from Sony Music, noting that it’s their debut album in Japan and that it’s “a stiff deathcore.”

The reaction from Kojima was then noticed earlier today by Will Ramos himself, retweeting Kojima’s initial call out in the process.

Usually when Kojima tweets about something or someone, there’s speculation about whether they’ll show up in a future game. It happened with Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, it can happen with Lorna Shore. Maybe the Death Stranding 2 soundtrack isn’t completely set just yet and needs something with a little more… oomph.

Lorna Shore will be heading out on tour with Mastodon and Gojira next month, so there will be plenty of opportunities for Kojima to catch the band live at any of the dates below.



4/18 Portland, OR Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/20 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
4/21 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
4/22 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Financial Theatre
4/23 Las Vegas, NV Virgin
4/26 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
4/28 Houston, TX 713 Music Hall
4/29 Austin, TX Moody Center
4/30 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
5/2 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
5/4 Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove Amphitheater
5/5 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/6 Atlanta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
5/7 Asheville, NC Harrah’s Cherokee Center
5/9 Richmond, VA Virginia Credit Union Live
5/10 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
5/11 Reading, PA Santander Arena


8/9 Cincinnati, OH MegaCorp Pavilion
8/10 Cleveland, OH Jacob’s Pavilion
8/11 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE Outdoors
8/12 New York, NY Coney Island Amphitheater
8/13 Syracuse, NY OneCenter
8/15 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple
8/17 Toronto, ON RBC Echo Beach
8/18 Laval, QC Place Bell
8/19 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Arena
8/20 Boston, MA MGM Music Hall
8/23 Milwaukee, WI BMO Pavilion
8/25 Hammond, IN Horseshoe
8/26 Omaha, NE Westfair Amphitheater
8/27 Minneapolis, MN Waite Park Amphitheater
8/29 St. Louis, MO The Factory
8/30 Kansas City, MO Azura Amphitheater
9/1 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
9/2 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater

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