Video game music has come a long way since the days of the Atari 2600 and NES, but if you’re like me then you still hold a nostalgic place in your heart for those old-school video game tunes. If you’re also a fan of rock and metal, I would like to introduce you to a few of my favorite bands.
First is Powerglove, a speed metal group from Boston that focuses on covers of old and new(ish) games. Their rendition of Storm Eagle from Mega Man X is one of my favorite tracks of all time. They play up and down the East Coast fairly regularly, and you can check out more from them at www.vgmetal.com.
Second are The Protomen. They perform a rock opera based on the original Mega Man series that is one of the best floor shows I’ve ever seen. From their description of Protoman’s fall to Mega Man’s ascension as mankind’s only hope, they’ll leave you staring at the stage with rapt attention. They tend to tour around the Southeastern U.S. a good bit and you can find them online at www.theprotomen.com.
Lastly, I present two bands local to my current hometown, Baltimore. Entertainment System and Rare Candy both play video game cover rock, with the former having more emphasis on metal and the latter more on synth/electonica. There’s more to their repertoire than just video games, as evident in Entertainment System’s cover of three Disney Afternoon songs. If you’ve never heard a metal cover of the DuckTales theme song, then you have never truly lived. The bands play a lot around the Baltimore area and will both be appearing at 32 Bit Genocide, and awesome annual video game rock and art festival put on by a couple of the guys in both bands. Also, you can check out their sites at www.myspace.com/entertainmentsystem and www.myspace.com/rarecandyband.
There’re plenty more bands I could recommend, but these guys are my favorites. Give them a listen, and while you’re at it try perusing Google and MySpace for some more. There’s a little something out there for everyone.