Critical Hit was founded by “World of Warcraft” composer, Jason Hayes (Keyboard/Synth), and VGMarket founder Michael Gluck, who you may recognize as “Piano Squall”. The tribute band consists of multiple musicians including, Joel Taylor (Drums), Nita Strauss (Acoustic Guitar/Electric Guitar), Taylor Davis (Violin/Electric Violin), Tina Guo (Cello), Sara Andon (Flute), Doug Belote (Percussion), Pedro Eustache (Woodwinds), David Frank Paich (Piano) and Chet Stevens (Acoustic Guitar/Electric Guitar), each of which may sound familiar in their own right and as Critical Hit the group performs arrangements of some of gaming’s greatest hits.
“Critical Hit: Volume One” will be available on October 31, 2013 for $14.99 and items purchased on the official site before the 31st will be signed by Jason Hayes. The album includes the twelve tracks listed below.
Tetris: “Main Theme”
Angry Birds: “Main Theme”
World of Warcraft: “Legends of Azeroth”
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: “Zelda’s Lullaby”
Halo 2: “Main Theme”
Pokémon: "Main Theme"
Super Mario World: "Bowser's Castle"
Final Fantasy X: "To Zanarkand"
Kingdom Hearts: "Hikari"
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: "Battle for New York"
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: "Streets of Whiterun"
Metal Gear Solid 2: "Main Theme"
You can learn more about Critical Hit by visiting the band’s official site and the band’s first music video, for the “Angry Birds” main theme; can be found on the left.