Master Sword The Legend of Zelda Metal Band

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As a 5-piece American progressive power metal band inspired by music from "The Legend of Zelda" series, Master Sword celebrates Nintendo's series in a way no one else ever has. Taking influence from an array of hard rock to progressive metal favorites, Master Sword has crafted tracks which uniquely capture the spirit of the games and molded that spirit into impressively rockin' heavy metal tunes.

Master Sword was formed in Maryland in 2013 with the goal of writing original music that draws heavily from 70's/80's progressive rock and heavy metal, with Zelda-inspired lyrics and melodies woven fluidly throughout. The influence of Koji Kondo shines through Master Sword's top-tier musicians with influences from classic bands such as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Rainbow, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and Helloween.

Shadow and Steel is Master Sword's long awaited full-length album, featuring 10 songs inspired by Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. These original tracks expand fan favorite motifs and thematic concepts into original arrangements - with screaming guitars, pounding bass, expressive keyboards, innovative drumming and the siren vocals of Lily Taylor serenading you with the lost stories of Hyrule.

"Shadow and Steel", released January 2nd 2018.


  • Master Sword has performed at many high-profile metal and video game music events, including Dragon Con, MAGFest, MAGLabs, Flight of the Valkyries and Bit Gen Gamer Fest.
  • The release of the "Shadow and Steel" album resulted in the 2018 Game Audio Network Guild awarding Master Sword "Best Rock/Metal Remix" for the track "Hyrule Field".
  • Following the release of their 2015 EP "Epoch", Master Sword successfully campaigned in 2016 to crowd-fund their first full-length album, raising over $6,000 for the production of "Shadow and Steel".
  • Master Sword has shared the stage with national and regional favorite heavy metal and VGM acts such as Galactic Empire, Powerglove, A Sound of Thunder, Bit Brigade, and MindMaze.


All photos courtesy of Aretesophist Photography, except #2 (Joe Prostredny)


Master Sword is currently seeking performance opportunities at nerdy conventions and festivals, as well as metal and video game music events. Contact Master Sword for booking!

Upcoming and past shows are listed on the Master Sword Bandsintown page.

Press Coverage

"It’s a love letter to Zelda devotees that does right by the series as well as passing the litmus test for traditional/progressive metal fans."

- Kyle McGinn, Dead Rhetoric (Jan 04, 2018)

"The quintet filled the room with their epic trad/prog romps, providing some supremely badass road music for anyone traveling the length and breadth of an ever-changing kingdom."

- Daniel Lake, Decibel Magazine (Aug 01, 2017)

"If you like power metal you owe it to yourself to get down with the Master Sword."

- Neil Pretorius, Metal Observer (Jul 09, 2015)

BAnd Members

Lily Taylor, Vocalist

Photo by Aretesophist Photography

Matt Farkas, Rhythm Guitar & Keyboards

Photo by Joe Prostredny

Corey Garst, Lead Guitar

Photo by Aretesophist Photography

Shawn Staub, Bass Guitar

Photo by Kassandra Leigh

Andy Stark, Drums

Photo by Kassandra Leigh


Master Sword's 2018 release "Shadow and Steel", and 2015 release "Epoch", are available for free streaming on SoundCloud and Bandcamp, as well as all major music streaming platforms. Please contact us to arrange review and/or radio use promo copies.


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Band Shots

Photos by Devyn Hoy and Steve Vansickle.

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