Life Force analog record brings Salamander origins to vinyl

Jerry on 2020-10-06
Publisher Ship to Shore has pressed the vinyl soundtrack album for horizontal shoot-em-up Life Force, known in Japan as Salamander.

Composed by Konami Kukeiha Club sound team members, the album contains both the 1987 Famicom home console soundtrack and MSX computer score. Music for the game is by influential Konami composers Miki Higashino (Suikoden), Hidenori Maezawa (Contra), Shinya Sakamoto (Stinger), Satoe Terashima (Castlevania II: Simon's Quest) and Atsushi Fujio (Blades of Steel).

Again situating players at the command of the Vic Viper spaceship, Life Force diverges from Konami's spiritual predecessor Gradius by introducing an organic alien threat in place of a technological fleet. The first stage, Stomach Muscle Zone, marks the first appearance of the iconic Brain Golem boss, and the ending mission concludes with an assault on the core of the Salamander Planetoid.

Life Force is included in the Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection for Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Hamster Corporation's standalone Arcade Archives port is available for Switch and PlayStation 4. The vinyl soundtrack is available for shipping from distributors Chipfreq in Newcastle upon Tyne and PixelCrib in Melbourne.

PixelCrib (Melbourne) - Life Force vinyl soundtrack

Chipfreq (Newcastle upon Tyne) - Life Force vinyl soundtrack

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