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Akira Yamaoka (born February 6, 1968) is a Japanese rock star and video game music composer who started out in the Konami Kukeiha Club (alongside the likes of Michiru Yamane) and achieved individual recognition for Silent Hill. After many Silent Hill titles, he eventually left Konami to join Suda51 at Grasshopper Manufacture. He frequently collaborates with singer Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and lyricist Joe Romersa. He cites Trent Reznor, Angelo Badalamenti, Metallica and Depeche Mode as his biggest musical influences.

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  • I Am the Band: Instead of hiring studio musicians, Akira recorded every part of every song on his Silent Hill projects himself. He then went a step further on "Silent Scream" from Silent Hill: Revelation; Romersa was in the middle of another project and didn't have time to work on the song, so Yamaoka wrote the lyrics himself.
  • Shout Out: One of Dead by Daylight's killers is The Spirit, real name Rin Yamaoka, who is named after Akira.
  • To the Tune of: The riff between verses in "Silent Scream" has the same rhythm and chord structure as those in Metallica's "The Thing That Should Not Be", although the chords used are different.

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