Riot Games to Host Virtual Heavy Metal Concert With Pentakill

Riot Games Music, the music division of leading game publisher Riot Games, is partnering with virtual entertainment leader Wave and VFX and immersive experience powerhouse The Mill to produce Lost Chapter: An Interactive Album Experience, featuring virtual heavy metal band Pentakill from the massively popular video game League of Legends.

Riot Games Music, the music division of leading game publisher Riot Games, is partnering with virtual entertainment leader Wave and VFX and immersive experience powerhouse The Mill to produce Lost Chapter: An Interactive Album Experience, featuring virtual heavy metal band Pentakill from the massively popular video game League of Legends. The virtual concert will premiere on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 at 1:00 pm PT on Wave’s platform, wave.watch.

The announcement comes on the heels of exciting developments in the Pentakill universe. Just last week, the band announced its long-awaited third full-length album, III: Lost Chapter, followed by an alternate reality game (ARG) campaign that, unbeknownst to Pentakill loyalists, would set the stage for a full-on journey through the secret lore of Pentakill.

Leveraging Wave’s state-of-the-art broadcast tools and technology platform, the virtual show will give fans a front-row seat to experience the sights and sounds of Pentakill like never before – all propelled by interactive VFX and animations with real-time gaming technology by Oscar-winning creative production studio The Mill.

The ARG campaign, created in partnership with creative production studio We Are Royale, commenced on the @riotgamesmusic social channels on August 29th, 2021. Pentakill fans were invited to solve a series of riddles, puzzles, and ciphered messages from a mysterious source who would ultimately be revealed as Viego, a character from League of Legends, who is driven by an infatuation for perfecting the world of Metal. Upon solving the ARG puzzles over the course of four days, Riot Games will call upon Pentakill’s legion of fans to help determine the next phase of the Lost Chapter journey.

The ARG campaign will culminate with the interactive concert experience on September 8th, 2021 which will not only give fans the final say in how the journey concludes but also their first chance to hear the III: Lost Chapter album in full. The album will be available on all major digital streaming platforms immediately following the concert. Fans can pre-save the album to their playlist in advance of the release.

Riot Games Music previously revealed III: Lost Chapter will be a concept album traversing a range of metal subgenres behind Pentakill’s quest to enter new sonic realms. Pentakill is a fictional heavy metal band featuring the galvanizing vocal force of Karthus and Kayle, gargantuan riffs by Mordekaiser (Master of Metal), brutal bass lines by Yorick, keyboardist Sona’s enchanting harmonies, and thunderous beats by drummer Olaf.

The III: Lost Chapter campaign marks the latest effort in Riot Games’ push into music and the metaverse with the story and character-driven experiences. Riot Games Music recently made a splash in the metaverse of music with K/DA, a K-pop-inspired virtual girl group, and hip-hop collective True Damage, both featuring League of Legends characters. More recently, Riot Games Music released Sessions: Vi, a 37-song compilation created in collaboration with 21 different artists from across the instrumental music industry. The album was created for the Riot streaming and creator community to use without concern of copyright strikes.

“We’re excited to continue to push the envelope in music and storytelling with Pentakill,” said Toa Dunn of Riot Games Music. “With our partners at Wave, The Mill, and We Are Royale, we have set out to showcase what the future of virtual entertainment experiences can be.”

“Riot Games is an ideal Wave collaborator as they have been an innovator in using music and emerging technologies to build and extend their worlds beyond games,” said Jarred Kennedy, COO of Wave. “Wave has sat at the intersection of music and gaming since its inception, and we’re excited to work with Riot to help shape the future of virtual performance.”

Riot Games Music’s internal music production team of composers, artists, producers, and audio engineers produced III: Lost Chapter. The album team features alumni from II: Grasp of the Undying, including renowned rock/metal vocalist Jorn Lande (Masterplan) as the voice of Karthus, songstress Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast) as the voice of Kayle, and Per Johansson. Joining Riot’s supergroup lineup for Lost Chapter is Tyler “TELLE” Smith (The Word Alive), Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery), Benjamin Ellis (Bloodshot Dawn), keyboardist Jose “Atlan” Aranda, and violinist Ray Chen.

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