The Legend of Metal: A Link to the Blastbeats

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Hey you nerds. Occam’s Razor Ramon and I are just betting you like video game inspired metal. Know how we know? Because we like video games and you us are we us, so 69, dudes! But seriously, we’ve had a lot of fun rounding up video game related metal, so here’s another heapin’ helpin’ to hold you over.

 

Artificial Fear

First up is a little known one-man band by the name of Artificial Fear. This Georgia composer has been churning out albums of metal video game covers since at least 2010. Featured here is his Legend of Zelda album. What Doom did for chainsaws and all around demon ass kicking, The Legend of Zelda did for heroic quests and chicken assault. I’m pretty sure everyone here remembers their first Zelda game (Oracle of Seasons, COME AT ME NERDS) [W.: Link’s Awakening, you whippersnapper] and the sense of adventure and wonder that accompanied it. Except for the Water Temple. The Water Temple is the videogame equivalent of getting stabbed in the prostate.

I appreciate the fact that Artificial Fear integrated some of the in-game sounds and iconic songs from the beloved series directly into his compositions. Check out that cover of the perennial favorite “Gerudo Valley.” How awesome would it have been to charge Epona across the broken bridge in Ocarina of Time while this guitar-heavy tune blazes in the background? Really awesome, I know. Stream the LoZ Metal album anove. You can also check out a Final Fantasy inspired album at Artificial Fear’s Bandcamp. [W.&ORR]


 

Armcannon

Now why restrict yourself to the music of just one game when there are so many magical scores out there to be dipped into a vat of steel and shined up with some wicked shredding? Well motherflusher, Armcannon was apparently asked that question and said “I don’t know, so let’s do that awesome thing you just said with the steel and whatever” (Probably not an actual quote) and now I’m here to tell you about it.

Their first album, LegVacuum, may not have any of the super obscure videogame songs that you find yourself begging for (My dream of a Crash Bandicoot metal album continues to slowly fade) but what it has are some classics and they are done up in style. Everything from Super Metroid to Final Fantasy VII. They’re all given a nice little heavy metal kick in the pants while retaining some of the 8-bit parts that made us nerds fall in love in the first place. My personal favorite is Tecmo Super Bowl because come on! IT’S TECMO SUPER BOWL WITH GUITAR SOLOS. If you can’t appreciate that, then I don’t appreciate you or your existence. Check out ArmCannon’s LegVacuum here and jam it while trying to find your NES. [ORR]


 

Shinesparkers

Next we’ve got something that isn’t entirely metal. Back in 2011, Metroid fans were flummoxed over the fact that Nintendo seemingly overlooked the 25th anniversary of the Metroid series in favor of creating a massive fanfare for the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series. Unwilling to stand by while the stoic bounty hunter Samus Aran was left in the shadows of the Elfy McLongshanks, a number of musicians from disparate disciplines gathered together to release a fitting tribute to the excellent soundtracks that have enhanced Samus’ adventures throughout the cosmos. This Shinesparkers project is not specifically metal, but there are definitely some heavy tracks in the mix, alongside gentle piano ballads, stirring orchestral pieces, thrumming techno beats, and even some funk. So pleased was the Shinesparkers team with the first Harmony of a Hunter collaboration that they rejoined to release another collection in 2012, Harmony of a Hunter 101% Run. The music follows similar trends, but if you’re a fan of the Metroid series, you owe it to Samus to download these free compilations. The Shinesparkers team are currently hard at work on a Super Smash Bros. tribute album, so keep your eyes peeled for Harmony of Heroes. [W.]


 

Nothing But Zero

Doom holds a very special place in my tiny, blackened heart. It taught me reloading is for idiots. It taught me that chainsaws are every man’s go to weapon. It taught me to love… double barreled shotguns. It was the first game that let me kick copious amounts of demon ass while only having to worry about a horizontal plane. While all of those are amazing in their own right, there’s one very integral aspect of Doom that tends to get overlooked as we fondly reflect on frags gone by: The heaviest freaking 8-bit soundtrack you’ve ever heard in your life. Who hasn’t found themselves YouTubing E1M1 and jamming the hell out to the most metal videogame song to ever exist in 1993?

THE SOUND OF CRUSHING DEMON BALLS [UNDER VIDEO COMMENT]

Now what the hell does me rambling about the granddaddy of First Person Shooters have to do with you, metal blog aficionado and porcelain throne enthusiast? Well I’m glad you asked you wonderful weirdo! A fine gentleman going by the alias Nothing but Zero has decided that Doom’s metal as fuck soundtrack NEEDS MORE METAL, so he has taken it upon himself to record some excellent covers of music featured in both Doom and Doom II. The crunch of a real guitar and the addition of some real ball pounding double bass take some great music and make it greater. Here’s a compilation of all of his Doom covers in one convenient YouTube link (Be sure to check out the Black Metal version of Halls of the Damned at 21:43). [ORR]


 

Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain

This last item is an oldy but a goody. Younger toilet dwellers may be unaware that before World of Warcraft, Blizzard released three (plus several expansions) excellent real-time strategy games in the Warcraft universe. The last of these, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, had a fantastic ending credits sequence where a fictional band called Tenth Level Tauren Chieftain hammered out a traditional metal song about slaying the enemies of the orcs called Power of the Horde. With the popularity of WoW, Blizzard rebooted TLTC into Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain and made a music video using in-game footage from Wow. The song in question isn’t exactly great, but for anyone who fondly recalls Warcraft III before neckbeards ruined the Warcraft franchise, cherish the memory of Power of the Horde. [W.]

 

(h/t Occam’s Razor Ramon)

(Photos VIA, VIA, VIA, VIA, and VIA)

  • I haven’t played Warcraft in 4 years or so, but FOR THE HORDE!

    • HORDE FOR LIFE.

      GL

      • I have over 1000 hours of skyrim….

        • Dang Bro! I think I only got to 36 hours or something. I have been running Linux on all my home PC’s so I have not played it in quite sometime. I am sure you have played the beta online version?

          GL

        • I probably have about the same between all of the Fallout games.

          • Fuckers didn’t announce fallout4 at e3 :/

          • I know. I get to play maaaybe an hour a month now. Fallout 4 is the only game I care about getting in the future.

          • Wow an hour a month? That must be torture!

          • It sucks dude. Nowadays I like the idea of video games better than actually playing them.

          • Xan

            I hope that they aren’t making another MMO. The Elder Scrolls Online was the most disappointing game of all time for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdEQmpVIE4A

          • Ikr fallout and elder scrolls are single player experiences and should stay that way.

          • Sight Vnseen

            Have you played Planescape: Torment? It’s possibly the most Metal game ever made. Scored the four disk big-box version for $80 a few years back. Most expensive game I’ve bought but totally worth it. I really miss Black Isle.

          • I’ve heard amazing things about it but never played. ONE DAY!

          • Xan

            There’s a game right now on Kickstarter (that may have ended) that looks pretty metal. Here’s a video if you have 20 minutes to burn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wYqYgPLXxQ&list=UUCbfB3cQtkEAiKfdRQnfQvw

          • W.

            Joe, we just became best friends again. I almost named my FF team the “Washington Greenskins.”

        • The Black Dahlia Burger

          I have about 700 hours in Modern Warfare 2 :/

      • Xan

        It’s disturbing how many games I have with over 60 hours in them. 1000 hours in Skyrim. 1200 in Civilization V. 120 in Far Cry 3. 180 in Borderlands 2.

    • Warcraft 3 forever. That will forever be one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite game.

      • W.

        Played so much Dota/battleships.

      • Negrodamus

        I picked up that BF4 Premium yesterday. Had to do it.

        • BOOYA. You gonna play this weekend?

          • Negrodamus

            This is my on weekend at my second job but I may sneak in some playing later Saturday night…

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I have Battlefield 3 for Xbox 360 but I don’t want to have to use an origin account to play online.

          • Negrodamus

            That was one thing that was a little off putting about getting a PS4 but so far the system, gameplay, graphics, etc is pretty stellar. I can’t wait for the trve next gen crop of games to be released in 2015.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I refuse to use origin, so I don’t have neither of the new battlefield games on my pc.

    • YOUR SOUNDCARD WORKS PERFECTLY.

      IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS.

    • Randall Thor

      LOK’TAR OGAR

      • W.

        Zug zug!

        • Mr. Poturdlehead

          Huh? Zah!

    • The Satan Ov Nuclear Hell

      I only stopped playing recently, and I’m still planning on coming back. But that is related to me being an RP nerd.

      • The Satan Ov Nuclear Hell

        Never stopped playing the RTS though.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I have never played any of the LoZ games. Come and hit me, I want you to hit me!

      • Metaphysical Anus

        What’s wrong?

        • Did u see the dude’s head? Probably a headache.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I have to give him some of my aspirin.

          • Tyree

            I could use some of that.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Take as much as you need.

          • Unless he uses a special Klingon brand of Aspirin, his headache just gets worse.

          • Tyree

            What I need is some coal roll.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Would this being shoved up his ass help?

          • Tyree

            Now we are talking.

        • W.

          Not playing Zelda, dude.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I’m just not interested by it.

          • KJM

            I wasted enough time playing Doom I-III and all the extra levels, same with Quake I-IV. The only game I play these days is Rocksmith and I have done that in a week at least.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Aw man, I loved Quake III! Best multiplayer ever, no contest. Even Timesplitters’ multiplayer wasn’t that good and I loved the multiplayer in Timesplitters.

    • Tyree

      Don’t worry, I don’t even play video games.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        That’s understandable.

    • more like LOLZ games! amirite

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I don’t know if you’re right, I haven’t played them.

    • The Black Dahlia Burger

      Neither have I 🙁

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    DOOM is great…I’m pretty sure THORNS sample the sound of a door opening…I’d link a tune, but I’m at work. *shifts balls*

  • Tyree
    • Cock of Steele

      Blast Beats? Sounds like Terrorizer time to me.

      • Tyree

        One of my favorites.

        • Cock of Steele

          Hell yeah dude, I also like Oscar’s other band Nausea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qajr3YhBfNk

          • Tyree

            YES!!! Super underrated band. Their newest album ruled!

          • MoshOff

            Actually half of the material on Terrorizer’s World Downfall was stuff that Oscar Garcia had written for Nausea #snapplefacts

          • Cock of Steele

            I think I liked the original Corporation Pull-In though. Although the Nausea treatment made it somewhat “louder”

    • Xan

      Repulsion is great. Probably my favorite grind band.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I’m gonna start a Pokemon metal band.

  • I too, dream of a Crash Bandicoot cover band. There is so much ground no one has touched! WHERE IS THE EARTHWORM JIM BAND.

    • Shit I just dream of a solid crash bandicoot sequel. I would buy a ps4 for that. Cortex strikes back is still fun.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        A good new Banjo Kazooie would be nice too..

        • W.

          Agreed!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Nuts and bolts game of the life 10/10 – IGN

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I loved the third Crash Bandicoot game. That and the first two racing games.

      • Occams_Razor_Ramon

        Warped will always be number one for me

        • Warped was the shit, loved that bazooka

      • Xan

        My Aunt bought me Wrath of Cortex when I was a kid and I remember playing that thing through about twenty times. My PS2 was pretty crappy and it kept freezing but I could eventually beat it. I’d like a sequel.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I want there to be a Bubsy cover band. Do you remember Bubsy? If not here’s a review of his PS1 game.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojeQ52EooKE

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I remember Bubsy. It was fucking terrible,

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          You haven’t played the 3D one then. That game is proof that Jesus died in vain and changed his middle name to Fucking. It’s so bad that I would rather be shot in the face with a rocket launcher than play it again.

          • Simon Phoenix

            Bubsy, along with Awesome Possum, was the worst of the furry mascot game characters that followed in Sonic’s wake back in the early to mid 90’s.

            At least games like Punky Skunk and Aero the Acrobat were somewhat playable. But I had the misfortune of wasting $40 on Possum when I was younger. Easily one of the worst fucking games ever.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I loved Aero the Acrobat, at least the first one. I never speak of Awesome Possum because I have repressed my hatred of that game in the back of my mind.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I have.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m so sorry. I lit my copy on fire after I played it once.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I don’t remember what I did to it.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I lit that fucker up with my copy of this terrible 360 band game called Power Gig. The guitar controller and the copy of Bubsy burned like Hendrix’s guitar.

        • Well… it did inspire this which is frankly amazing.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2eDwMpNH04

      • Fart Johnson

        Aw man you can’t mention Bubsy 3D without mentioning ulillillia:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bjSoyXlw0

        • I have never heard of this but… it’s oddly fascinating? Who is this weird kid?? How does he know this game so well???

          • Xan

            There’s an old Quake clone called Saints of Virtue that I played a lot when I was younger. It was a game that tried to teach Christian values but it was fun as hell. I know that game backwards and forwards. I’m convinced I’m the only person who has played it other than one dude who did a walkthrough on YouTube.

          • Fart Johnson

            Ulillillia’s a part of internet folklore. Dude’s got some serious problems in the Wesley Willis sense, but his story is oddly fascinating.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9crDjdIqZo

    • Simon Phoenix

      A new Earthworm Jim game that doesn’t suck would be nice too. (I refuse to acknowledge EJ3d’s existence.).

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I couldn’t agree more. The first two were amazing and the TV series was a favorite of mine in childhood. The first video game I ever got was the first Earthworm Jim.

    • Occams_Razor_Ramon

      I spent a solid 30 minutes checking around for an Earthworm Jim band before it became apparent that nobody was man enough to pay tribute to Earth’s greatest hero.

  • Also, thank you for posting Armcannon. That Tecmo Super Bowl cover is out-friggin-standing.

    • Occams_Razor_Ramon

      I saw that and skipped over everything just to listen to it. I was not disappointed

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    There needs to be Team Fortress 2 metal.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      We should make it happen.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I agree. I used to love the first one. I discovered metal for the first time while playing Team Fortress at a LAN party in 2000. I think the metal was either Taproot, Methods of Mayhem, Staind, Apartment 26 or American Head Charge. I hate Staind though. I saw them at a concert in 2005 with Taproot and POD. I met Staind and they were all nice guys but I hated the album they were touring. I enjoyed POD and Taproot’s performances though and I met them too after the concert was over. They couldn’t have been nicer.

  • Simon Phoenix

    Doom gave me my love for sawed offs as well.

    Why the fuck couldn’t I get a BFG9000? I could’ve wasted that bitch ass supercop Spartan easily.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Doom was the game for LAN parties. That and Quake III. I would own people in those games in those LAN parties in 2001 while listening to POD and Staind’s Break The Cycle once that came out in May.

  • JWG

    If I my last few mentions of Nylithia haven’t quite hit home, try this one on for size:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98ew0VtHmik

    Yes I’ve posted it before, on That Other Blog, but not yet here.

    • W.

      This was the thing that sold me on them.

  • Randall Thor

    Any Cave Story fans in here? Found this guy by luck on Spotify, and he perfectly captures the wonderful music of Cave Story and mutates it into powerful riffs and passionate shred. Prepare your faces http://youtu.be/b6OqYRkoEC4

    • Xan

      I enjoyed that game quite a bit.

  • Scrimm

    I wrote a song for my bands album that is loosely based on Silent Hill.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      That’s cool, friendo. I’m too much of a pussy to play Silent Hill.

      • Xan

        I can’t play through Outlast or Doom 3 for the same reason. Doom 3 isn’t even a good game but I just want to beat it. My hands shake so much that I can’t steady the mouse to fire.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I had to go to threapy as a child because of this fucker beind in a children’s show. It may not seem scary now, but when you’re small and this fucker comes out of the dark with his fucking voice, you’ll shit yourself.

          • You’ve posted this guy a couple of times. Who is he/what’s it from? He reminds me of Grimmace (a purple McDonalds corporation monster).

          • Metaphysical Anus

            He is Mörkö (the groke in english). He’s from the moomin, a finnish book series by tove janson. Japanese people animated them to make couple of different series of them. This is from one of the cartoons that is the most popular here in Finland. Mörkö turns everything around himself into ice and makes this fucking terrible sound. That fucker traumatized so many children. Plus the music that plays when he is about to appear.

          • Xan

            There were two episodes of Rugrats which scared me when I was a kid. The first was an episode with a monster under the bed and the second was one involving dust bunnies.

        • The Black Dahlia Burger

          Outlast is creepy for sure, but once you figure out the patterns that the monster people take, it’s not bad.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I used to like the series but it turned crappy with the ones on Xbox 360. I heard they’re making a new one for the PS4 and the other consoles with Norman Reedus voicing the main character. I might get it as the Resident Evil guy is working on it.

      • Scrimm

        Bah they’re all good. Not the Resident Evil creator but the man behind Metal Gear.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          That’s even better! I’m sure he’ll make it good. It will probably be better than when I went to Ozzfest in 2005. There were quite a few good bands but these two bands that were there named A Dozen Furies and Gizmachi were there and they ruined it for me. They were drunk and their performance was terrible and they were very rude to my ex girlfriend. On a more positive note our first kiss happened there during In Flames’ set and then we danced during Iron Maiden’s set and made out during Black Sabbath’s set.

        • Xan

          I’ve enjoyed all the one’s I played too. Despite some people’s bitching, I hardily enjoyed Silent Hill: Downpour. I need to do another run through it on the hardest difficulty.

          • Scrimm

            I loved Downpour. Some of the complaints are valid but I still had a great time with it. I really hope for the new one they get away from scripting when the world changes though.

      • The Black Dahlia Burger

        The demo (playable teaser actually) for it is fucking terrifying. If you have a ps4 definitely download it

  • JWG

    Local dude Ryan Boc, a.k.a. Sequester, also does a lot of video game inspired metal in his own folky, proggy, power metal style. Note these aren’t covers of game themes though, just repurposing the subject matter. See, for instance:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlZodHahBo4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5iDSEBLHwE

    Apart from video games, if you look at his Channel you’ll see a lot of Game of Thrones, Dungeons & Dragons, and even Firefly references.

    • W.

      I’m intrigued.

    • Xan

      I approve of Icewind Dale. Excellent game.

  • Gorgasm
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      This song is a ripping good time. I love it.

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    I must admit the Harmony of heroes track made me want to jump of the couch this morning, fire up the Ford 500 and peel out of my driveway on the way to Dunkin donuts! The Doom track made me want to put on my war vest , mirrored sunglasses and find somewhere cool to hang out for a while.