That Which Fouls the Water Seeks the Sun: Stream “Other Album” by Metroid Metal

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In case our other videogame related posts weren’t evidence enough, we here at the Toilet like the vidya. Quite a bit. And that’s why I’m simultaneously excited to tell you about Metroid Metal and kicking myself for forgetting about it. Like the stoic, unyielding Samus Aran herself, Stemage has returned from the stratosphere to rain fiery Plasma-beam destruction upon us.

For those unfamiliar with Metroid Metal, it was a project started ten years ago by a musician named Stemage to pay metallic tribute to the power-armor clad bounty huntress Samus Aran and her impressive oeuvre of stellar action/adventure/shooter video games. At some point after its inception, though, Stemage gained enough of a following to put together a genuine band and play some of his songs live. The band now referred to as Metroid Metal has released three albums of instrumental metallic warfare against the enemies of the Galactic Federation, starting with the Varia Suite in 2009.

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The latest Metroid Metal release, Other Album, dropped in April of this year and is available for streaming and purchase on bandcamp. This album is composed of more covers of iconic Metroid tunes, even featuring some cuts from the oft-maligned Other M’s soundtrack (which I argue is a decent action game marred by atrocious storytelling and characterization). The album is a collection of songs the group had performed live prior to digital recording, and it shows in the organic feel of the album. Much like the monstrous Flaaghra from Metroid Prime, it looms with menace and acidic tendencies while maintaining the otherworldly draw of the previous releases. According to Stemage, it is more rhythmically-anchored than the previous guitar-laden albums, but fans of Nova-beam levels of precision in the lead lines should not fear; Stemage’s brilliant guitar compositional abilities shine throughout. My favorite track is “M2Q.” Without any vocals whatsoever, it manages to tell a gripping story of the harrowing battle between the most dangerous bounty hunter in existence and the deadly queen of the metroid alpha predators.

Stream Other Album below and pick it up if you can spare a few bucks. And if you’ve never played any of the Metroid games, a certain indomitable heroine would like to have a word with you.

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  • Stockhausen

    NEEEERD.

    • Stockhausen

      He says as he listens through the album.

    • Det. Flushin Bohl

      *nerding out*

    • BIIIIIRRRDDD (hawk). Lolz

      GL

      • W.

        You cut me real deep, GL.

        • That hawk cut you real deep – do not mistaken me for that bastard!

          GL

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          I got your back W

          • Scrimm

            I do too, if you’ll give me back my old Army weapon

          • Scrimm

            Son of a bitch, Replied to the wrong person. I’ll go flush myself immediately.

          • W.

            Granted.

          • Scrimm

            Awesome, I’ve missed it so. Bring it on, Hawks.

          • Cock of Steele

            http://1d4chan.org/images/f/fd/Up-the-irons-40k.jpg Hey W, was just reading some random stuffs online and found this, thought we might all get a kick out of it.

          • W.

            Is that Eddie as a Space Marine?

          • Cock of Steele

            Yep, Eddie as a member of the Legion of the Damned.

      • Owlswald
        • I am working a squirrel pelt hat btw. I have to get about 4 more pelts before I can put it all together. I am hoping that I can have it finished this fall. I will have to post proof once I am finished

          GL

      • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

        did someone say Hawk?

    • crazytaco_12

      I stay NERDED!

  • I’ve only ever played the original Metroid and Super Metroid. And I never came close to finishing either one. How much do I suck?

    • W.

      Quite a bit. The Metroid Prime trilogy is fantastic. Other M is mostly flushable.

      • Occams_Razor_Ramon

        Did you ever play Metroid Fusion for GBA? It was pretty incredible

        • W.

          I missed that one. I did have Metroid 2 on the original gameboy though.

          • Scrimm

            I loved that game.

        • Randall Thor

          GUHHHH I only beat that game like 3829 times. That was my first metroid game

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          That game was amazing. I still have my copy of Metroid Prime. Also Scott, the show begins at 8 and I have to be there by 7, so I’ll come and get you around 6:30. There will be an open bar backstage and the arena is right next to a shopping mall with a ton of fast food. I called up Shawn and he will definitely be there. We at World Championship Quad Tearing are looking forward to see you Scott. I’ll have someone get a Gamecube backstage for Super Smash Bros Melee, Metroid Prime and NFL Blitz so I can own them at these games.

        • old_man_doom

          That game was very formative for me.

    • I’ve only played Metroid Fusion, so I’m even more of a fail, I’d say.

      • Sight Vnseen

        Nah dude. Fusion was rad. At least you both got through Symphony of the Night.

        Right?

        • Not until many, many years later. SoTN was too hard for child me.

        • Nope. I also never had an N64, so I never played through Ocarina of Time or any of that classic shit. Imma go kill myself, brb.

          • W.

            You have broken my heart, Mr. Burgundy. Ocarina is one of the greatest games ever made.

          • I’ve watched friends play a good 75% of it. The only Zelda games I’ve completed are Oracle of Seasons and Skyward Sword 🙁

          • W.

            You’re dead to me (I think I’m the resident Zelda nerd here).

          • My cousin is absolutely obsessed with Zelda, more than anyone I’ve ever met. He got me into it, but the only nintendo systems I ever really had were gameboys. I also had a Wii but only got it for Smash Bros.

          • W.

            I’m trying to figure out ways to get some extra cash so that I can buy a Wii U. My primary motivation is Sm4sh Bros.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I have a Wii U and I will be buying Smash Bros for it.

          • NDNOvHell

            Have you ever played Twilight Princess?

          • W.

            Yep. I actually got it for the Gamecube rather than the Wii.

          • NDNOvHell

            Sweet. That game is the bee’s knees. How about Skyward Sword? I still haven’t played that one.

          • W.

            Yup. I really liked the story, but the controls and linearity can be a bit frustrating. One great thing is that it is one of the longer games in the series, though.

          • NDNOvHell

            Cool, I’ll have to check it out for sure. At least I’ll have an idea what to expect. I’m in need of a good story and Zelda fix.

          • W.

            If you have a 3ds, A Link Between Worlds is really good.

          • NDNOvHell

            Unfortunately, I don’t. But that’s a good reason to get one.

        • Scrimm

          I still play Symphony of the Night all the time.

          • Sight Vnseen

            It really is timeless. I’ve been digging the metoidvania revival the past couple of years.

  • Link D. LeonhⒶrt V.

    The Brinstar theme from Super Metroid covered by Stemage is one of the best metal renditions of a music videogame! The OST of Metroid is very peculiar, very dark and atmospheric

    • W.

      Yes, totally agree!

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    Here’s an article for those looking for a car. These are cars you can afford oddly enough.

    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/03/01/five-cars-never-knew-could-afford/?intcmp=sem_outloud

  • Randall Thor

    Definitely putting this on play today. Guess my next power metal article will be a bit delayed.

    • W.

      Power metal can wait. It’s used to it.

      • Xan

        Sick burn.

      • Randall Thor

        July is kind of a weak month, unless I missed some releases (which, considering right now I’m only checking out what I find on Spotify to save time, is very possible.) No bands I would recommend to non-power fans, but power fans may enjoy them.

      • Stockhausen

        Hehehehehehe

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    seems like as good a time as any for an attempted pg 13 sexy girl on the toilet of the day.
    And something i am thinking of adding to my repetoire – vintage sexy bathroom based art featuring the only thing that matters – naked women of course – this is classy though.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      Where is it? I’d love to show the guys the photo at the arena before tonight’s live episode of Monday Night Quadtear.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      That’s where it is. I saw the post a while ago but did not see the pictures until now. They’re cool. Anyway, apparently today is Hulk Hogan’s birthday and I agreed to show up on Raw with Hogan and Scott Hall to celebrate his birthday with an nWo reunion. I’m lucky that Raw is 5 minutes away from the taping of Monday Night Quadtear because I have a title defense on that program as the main event of the show, which starts at 8 and ends at 11 so I can just go to both.