Check out Guile’s Theme remix, as a free follow-up to A_Rival’s HEADBANGERS, the Street Fighter Remix EP! Guile’s Theme is re-imagined as a metal / edm track featuring FamilyJules7X on guitar! If you’re a Game Chops subscriber, there’s a free download here. Listen to the whole EP, HEADBANGERS, and you can hit up FamilyJules7X’s channel here.
And now with that outta my way…
LORDS OF THUNDER TIME, BABY!!! 8) \m||m/
THAT’S RIGHT. A brand spankin’ new SUPER METUL, SUPER BADASS VGM band is coming to 2nd stage at MAGFest 11 to MELT *ALL* OF THE GORRAM FACES!!!
We’ll be covering the VERY METUL tracks from the Sega CD version of Lords of Thunder, along with some other fresh (AND DID I MENTION METUL?!?) video game music!!
BEHOLD!!! THE LORDLY LINEUP:
~Daniel “The Beast” Tidwell – METULASS GUITAR
PREPARE THYSELF FOR THE MUSICAL GLORY TO COME, AS THERE SHALL BE MUCH OF IT & MUCH REJOICING!!!
AND MUCH, MUCH MEAD.
-takes last swig of beer, downs a shot of Maker’s Mark- Yeaaaah, it’s gonna be one of those kinda reviews, people!! Just back the F*CK out now if you’re not ready for the excessively fierce, yet completely warranted hype-a-palooza that’s coming ‘atcha this time around!! And this freakout, not just ONE completely awesome album write-up, but TWO COMPLETELY AWESOME ALBUM WRITE-UPS!!!
…or rather one write-up about two albums. WUTTEHFUKEVAR!!! HERE GOES NOTHING~
The Fall of Bahamut by Those Who Fight
Gaia’s Bane by Knight of the Round
Yeah, this is absolutely a Friday Final Fantasy Freakout if ever there was one!! On one hand you’ve got the release of the long-awaited 4 track EP from the Final Fantasy inspired rock opera powergroup Those Who Fight, with members from mainstay VGM bands Armcannon, Descendants of Erdrick, & Year 200x. And then on the other is Knight of the Round, a wickedly brutal 4 piece FF metal band from bumf*ck Indiana blasting out of the gate with a full length debut album of epic proportions!!!
“Wutevar, Barndo! Ive herd finul fantasee bans befer. Dis has been dun.”
STFU & GTFO, DOLAN, BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT!!!
In all seriousness, both of these bands display an insane level of musicianship and extraordinary creativity with their arrangements that clearly sets them apart, even within the overly talented VGM scene! It is NOTHING LIKE any Final Fantasy OST re-imagining you’ve been exposed to before, and yet they both stand out in completely different ways! Those Who Fight have crafted an entirely new narrative to wrap their multi-vocalist lead re-imagining of FF tracks around, whereas Knights of the Round have bathed theirs so deeply in so much violently heavy molten metal that Nobuo Uematsu himself would have to listen twice to recognize!! In fact, aside from said FF inspirations there’s only one way in particular that these two bands are truly reminiscent of each other:
THEY BOTH KICK MEGAF*CKSHITTONS OF ASS!!! (okay, so the seriousness didn’t last… I CAN’T HELP IT!! I’M LISTENING TO THEIR MUSIC AS I WRITE!!!!!!111123456789KABOOMITY~).
And oh yeah, wanna chance to catch some of this Square action live?? THEN COME TO MAGFEST 11 IN JANUARY!!!! KotR will be DESTROYING 2nd stage, provided their folky, acoustic cohorts, The World Is Square, haven’t already WEIRDED IT UP BEYOND REPAIR (yup, they’re playing MAG too!!). No announcement about TWF yet (but there are more bands to announce after all…), but wow, if they show up there too??
IT’LL BE THE SQUAREST MAGFEST *EVAR*!!! BANGOVERS FOR ONE & ALL!!!
AHHH enough stupid wordy words already!! Quit reading this bullshit AND GO LISTEN, BUY, AND SHARE THE HELL OUTTA THESE ALBUMS ALREADY!!! Otherwise Bahamut is totally gonna fall ON YOUR ASS & Gaia will unleash it’s bane ON YOUR MOTHER!!! 8)
A lot of people tend to think that chiptunes are just a bunch of dancey dancey blipity bleep bloops. And to an extent it’s true (although some damn good dancey dancey blipity bleep bloops!!!). However, I know of at least two particular crazy German chiptuners who would reply to that line of linking with a solid, “F**K OFF!”, and they’d enforce it quite handily with their latest album:
by Stern Fucking Zeit
I’ve been a metalhand for at least a decade now,
long before I ever really got into chiptune. There’s something about the energy and the ferocity of metal that appeals to me even today (that and the badass guitar solos, of course ;). So to discover an album that deftly blends both metal/hardcore/screamo stylings and chiptune (chipcore? chipmetal?) so damn well fills me full of \m||m/. Even if the entirety of it is completely devoid of any metal guitar!!! :O Although the indescribably brutal LSDj riffage does the trick JUST as well, which is quite the claim, I know! The album itself is a fair mix of both instrumentals and punishingly metal vocally led tracks, all interwoven with the perfect mix of thrash and melodic work to really make it catch. Either way, there is nothing about this album that isn’t METUL AS FUCK; it hits me right in my wheelhouse with the power of 10,000 pixelated Henry Rollins. And man, what I’d give to catch one of SFZ’s undoubtedly extremely high energy live shows; a mosh pit at a chiptune concert just sounds AWESOME. At any rate, all that I’m really trying to say with this meandering write-up (TOO… MUCH… METAL!! CAN… NOT… FOCUS!!), if you dig both metal and chiptunes but haven’t found anything yet that scratches both of those itches at once, THIS ALBUM IS FOR YOU.