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The Black Mages calling it quits

August 8th, 2010 by Tony Garsow

tbmbannerSquare-Enix Music Online reports this morning that The Black Mages are disbanding. Nobuo Uematsu confirmed to NHK Radio in an interview that the band is splitting up largely due to their inability to get together to rehearse because of their busy schedules. The band performs neo-progressive rock arrangements of Final Fantasy songs, and is led by Nobuo Uematsu, who performed as a keyboardist and organist. Uematsu is joined with Kenichiro Fukui (keyboardist), Tsuyoshi Sekito (guitar), Michio Okamiya (guitar), Keiji Kawamori (bass guitar), and Arata Hanyuda (drummer). Since 2002, they’ve released three albums and have toured Japan on several different occasions.

The reason for the breakup seems to be scheduling conflicts, as per an earlier SEMO interview with Uematsu. In which Uematsu states that the band is having a hard time getting together for rehearsal due to individual endeavors and commitments. Many of the members of The Black Mages are composers for videogames not unlike Uematsu himself. Tsuyoshi Sekito, for example, has recently composed for Gyromancer (2009) and co-composed Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

Uematsu cites Sekito’s move to Osaka (where the Birth by Sleep team is currently headquartered), and Fukui’s commitments to the HAL College of Tokyo where he guides students interested in careers in composing music for TV, video games, and other media. SEMO also speculates that The Black Mages’ copyright issues with Square-Enix may also be a contributing factor but is not confirmed explicitly.

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The Black Mages’ third album: Darkness and Starlight.

Nobuo Uematsu, on the other hand, is still continuing with Distant Worlds as they swing back to Japan for a tour of their homeland. He is also committed to his newly assembled band named Earthbound Papas in which Uematsu performs as an organist.

Via: Square-Enix Music Online