The Black Mages no longer exist, so new material from them is unlikely, but Uematsu's new band, Earthbound Papas, has two new albums, both of which feature several covers of Final Fantasy material. It contains several ex-Black Mages members so you can expect a fairly similar sound.
Check out The Conjuration: (http://www.last.fm/music/The+Conjuration) Progressive/Avant-Garde Death Metal with hints of surrealism, psychedelia, and horror. Free album downloads at http://theconjuration.bandcamp.com/ Nobuo Uematsu is one of our top influences.
"I love how this band finally exposed Nobuo Uematsu's 70s prog rock roots to the world. Those influences were always in his music, but it wasn't until the Mages that we got to hear something akin to Yes or ELP from him. Knowing that, my admiration for Uematsu grew tenfold." Well, I'd say the original Dancing Mad already made his prog rock roots pretty obvious, but yeah, the Black Mages made it even more so. This stuff is for the most part great. I just wish it wasn't mastered so horribly. The third album isn't as bad as the first two but there are all these awesome drums and they're just... ruined with compression.
Nobuo Uematsu's Earthbound Papas will be performing live this October 19th in Galveston, TX at Oni-Con and October 21st in Honolulu, HI at HEXXP. Ticket info can be found at www.oni-con.net for Galveston and www.hexxp.com for Hawaii. Hope to see you there rock'n out to some of our favorite Final Fantasy songs!
I love how this band finally exposed Nobuo Uematsu's 70s prog rock roots to the world. Those influences were always in his music, but it wasn't until the Mages that we got to hear something akin to Yes or ELP from him. Knowing that, my admiration for Uematsu grew tenfold.
Oh shit, they disbanded? Awww... but I guess it was bound to happen eventually. Especially since Nobuo didn't do the music for 11, 12, or 13 (idk about 14). At least we got three awesome albums out of it.