The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight is the third album of The Black Mages. It was released on March 19, 2008.
The only vocal arrangement in the album is the operatic feature of Darkness and Starlight, which is a rock arrangement of the opera Maria and Draco, from Final Fantasy VI. The Black Mages themselves perform the backing vocals on the track.
The last track was written by Nobuo Uematsu as a tribute to a fan of his who died of leukemia in 2008.
"LIFE ~ In memory of KEITEN ~" is the tenth track in this album. It was written by Nobuo Uematsu and dedicated to Yoshitaka Tagawa, a fifteen-year-old fan of the series who suffered from acute myeloid leukemia. After Uematsu presented him with the song, he became an active attendant to many of the famed composer's performances, while seemingly indicating that he was overcoming the disease. Tagawa passed away suddenly on January 25th, 2008, at age 22, two months before the release of Darkness and Starlight. As a tribute to him, the Mages decided to include the track as the closing act of their album.
"LIFE" is a simple and mellow piano composition, as opposed to the relatively complex and heavy arrangements of the other tracks on the album. It is the second original piece performed by the Mages not to appear in any entry of the series, the first being "Blue Blast - Winning the Rainbow".
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