Hideki konno week ends with a futuristic metal F-Zero medley

Get pumped with music from the long dormant F-Zero series

Armcannon goes to town on this epic rendition of several series themes. F-Zero and F-Zero X will always hold a special place in my heart as far as VGM is concerned. 

Konno is merely listed as 'Supervisor' for the N64 entry of this series, but hey, every hand helps, and I am always guilty of looking for excuses to play music from F-Zero and/or Armcannon.

Here is a related question, with Konno's success with Mario Kart, would you like to see him give a new F-Zero a try? Considering how Mario Kart 8 has gone, I'd gladly shell out cash for a new F-Zero with futuristic characters like Samus and Fox McCloud as DLC.

Share your thoughts and F-Zero memories with us!

Listen to classic Armcannon metal cover Super Mario World - Castle

This song definitely takes me back to the early years of this site, and a lot of the incredible friends and musicians I have met along the way. Also, I absolutely love the keyboard that goes down on this track.

MAGFest announces full band roster for MAGFest 9 this January

Recently, the biggest convention of VG music fans and musicians in America, MAGFest, has announced their highly anticipated list of performing acts for next year. There isn't much to add to this, so just look below in awe at all the incredible talent performing. Not only brand new never before seen at MAGFest bands, but also the standard amazing acts, as well as several who haven't performed since MAGFests long since passed. Check out the bands below, and then head over to magfest.org and grab your tickets now!

Featured Game Music Bands: The Protomen (http://www.protomen.com/) The Minibosses (http://www.minibosses.com/) The OneUps (http://www.theoneups.com/) Metroid Metal (http://metroidmetal.com/) Armcannon (http://armcannon.com/) Bit Brigade (http://www.bitbrigade.com/) The Megas (http://themegas.com/) Year 200X (http://year200xband.com/) X-Hunters (http://www.myspace.com/thexhunters) Entertainment System (http://www.myspace.com/entertainmentsystem) This Place Is Haunted (http://thisplaceishaunted.com/)

Not only will these acts be performing every night of this fest, but the floors will also be home to a cavalcade of video game composers and special guests. Check out the still growing line up over at this link! Rare Candy (http://www.rarecandyband.com/)

Yes, Mayhem self titled album release

Yes, Mayhem
Yes, Mayhem

It's not often that I post music that is so far removed from video games, but there are always those few rare instances, of which I believe this is one. Considering that the musicians involved in this album were so heavily influenced by video games in their other endeavors, this site would be doing a disservice to readers and music lovers everywhere to not write about the debut self titled album by Yes, Mayhem.

Created by Dan 'Chunkstyle' Taylor and boasting all stars of VG Rock such as XoC, Danimal of Armcannon, Ryan8Bit, Stemage of Metroid Metal and several more, Yes, Mayhem definitely has it's roots firmly planted in the VG music culture. The album sounds like a love letter to the 90's rock radio that played during those sessions of Donkey Kong Country and Sonic The Hedgehog. Yes, Mayhem displays a mood of grunge metal rock stylings that tread across classic styles, borrowing the best of each in the process. Yes, Mayhem is a great listen for anyone that grew up listening to the music of that era like these folks and I did. That's not to say that the album doesn't cross new ground though, as Chunkstyle and friends incoporate synths, samples, and interesting lyrics to keep things fresh throughout.

Through out the album your ears will be assaulted by a ton of various genres and styles, starting with the slow heavy mood of Release, on through the laid back calm of Take 2. Not to mention pieces like the accordion tinged rock of Whore Shoes, with it's aged guitars and chanting vocals. I believe my favorite track on the album though, is the hard rocking synth infused sounds of Fevered Egos. This track kicks off hard, and only gets harder from there, throwing down an awesome to the point of almost absurd keyboard solo just to start the song. Not to mention the funky bass lines weaving into the song add a nice groove to the intense rocking.

As I have kept repeating through this short write up, this album is a fantastic debut, and I hope to hear more from Chunkstyle and friends in this vein in the future. I am sure you will as well once you grab the album, which is available to download free or for donation over at yesmayhem.com and I highly recommend giving it a listen. It may not be the VG music you know and love, but it comes from some of the most talented folks in the VG inspired music community, and will definitely satisfy that urge for a great new rock album.

MAGFest VIII announces final bands; all out of gum

At only a month and a half away, MAGFest 8 is right around the corner, and with that the MAGFest dissemination campaign is a go! If you watched the video above you know about one of the special guests who will be there, but word from Nick at the MAGFest camp has given word about some more guests including famed game developer Sid Meier.

Alongside the new guests, the final four bands have been added to the all star roster of VG influenced performances. Let's just do the list thing here, featuring the 100% full roster of amazing artists. It should be noted that none of the bands will have any gum either, which we hope is indicative of something or other.

Final bands added
The OneUps
Select Start
Entertainment System
The Megas

Previously announced bands
Metroid Metal
Temp Sound Solutions
Rare Candy
The Smash Brothers
Armadillo Tank
This Place is Haunted

So if you are on the East Coast, nay, on Earth, head over to magfest.org and sign up for the fest right now. Unless of course you want The Duke ripping off your head, and..er..just go to MAGFest.

First MAGFest VIII bands announced!

We recently mentioned that MAGFest VIII was announced and registration is now open. But how about what those tickets get you? Well MAGFest crew member Nick 'The Newbie' Marinelli has let slip two of the sure to be many bands performing at this upcoming MAGFest! Read on to get the scoop right from Nick himself!

Good news MAGFans, we're revealing our first two musical guests that will be playing at MAGFest 8, January 1-4, 2010, in Alexandria, VA. They're both veteran bands to us, so they're well versed in the art of rocking out.

Metroid Metal: Originally a solo project by Grant Henry at metroidmetal.com, this metal tribute to Nintendo's Metroid series made its full live band debut at last year's MAGFest, and is playing at PAX 2009 in seattle. They just released their new album "Varia Suite" and you can get it through their website. They'll be returning this year to attach to your head and drain all your energy. Get your ice beam ready!

Arm Cannon: An internationally renowned 5 piece band from Buffalo NY, these guys have made their mark remixing video game classics. They skillfully reincarnate these classic melodies of yore into a progressive-metal triumph of nostalgia. An Armcannon show will reawaken your inner child with the unmatchable power of rock. They've been with MAGFest since our 5th fest in 2007, and are glad to return this year. They also just released their second, and you can get it at armcannon.com [ed. I also reviewed their new album READ IT!]

For fresh new videos of Metroid Metal with terrific remastered audio, and other great videos of bands and happenings from past MAGFests, check out our youtube channel at youtube.com/magfest

This is just the beginning, folks! We'll have plenty more bands and guests to announce in the coming weeks. Make sure to pre-register now to save $5, and get admission to our New Years Eve party! magfest.org/prereg

Also, MAGFest will be sponsoring the music at the upcoming GameX Industry Summit in Philadelphia this coming October. GameX is a national game consumer show designed to draw from national, regional and local audiences of game players, film and TV fans, comic book buffs and tech enthusiasts. High-value consumer content is being provided by exhibitors and sponsors, including major media and entertainment companies seeking to build their brands with the core games audience. MAGFest will be in charge of the music, so some see bands including The One-Ups and Arm Cannon. More info at gamexpo.us

Armcannon - Armcannon 2: The Return of the Attack of the Legend of Pizzor album review

What can be said about Armcannon that I haven't already tried to hammer into everyone's heads pretty much incessantly? A band that can be taken seriously as musicians and yet light hearted fun as performers (like the drummer playing in a Pizzor costume) at the same time, a group who has pushed the boundaries of VG rock with their high production quality, amazing arrangements and incredible performances. Their newest album Armcannon 2: The Return of the Attack of the Legend of Pizzor is their sophomore release after their debut work Leg Vacuum, which I also highly recommend. As with the last release from this band, I feel more than a little compelled to tell you just why I believe this album is so impressive.

The album kicks off with Power Rangers, which is just what you can imagine, but with the addition of double bass pedals and heavier guitars they take the song to another level. Unlike the mostly non vocal tracks of he first album, this one kicks right off with a cheesy but fun impersonation of Rita Repulsa. Along with the drums and guitar, the song kicks into high gear with more guitars, keyboard and of course the vocals that roll right along with the original song. The song starts hard, ends hard, and just rocks. The upbeat nostalgic tune kicks the album off in just the right way for all the other late 80s / early 90s classics to come.

Speaking of which, from classic shows from our youth we head right into one of the classic games of the same era with an amazing rendition of the Castle Theme from Super Mario World. The song kicks off with the familiar and ominous boss fighting tones you remember. This leads into some deep bass to add more tension, along with amazing piano work that fits the game perfectly. That's when the guitar comes in to set a darker tone, and along with a maniacal laugh really sets the song off. The keyboards are the stand out instrument on this track, with the other instruments providing amazing back up and fill at the beginning of the song. This song is truly a showcase for the amazing keyboard work from Armcannon. About halfway through the song the keyboard drops off a bit to let the darker tones of the level take over and build into a great little fill where each instrument takes a round robin turn at a riff of the song. From here the music swells into a lush chant which builds and builds until it is killed off in the end of the song.

From here we take a few steps back in time to the cheery overworld sounds of Super Mario Bros 2. The instruments kick off with the recognizable and upbeat tune from the Mario Bros 2 overworld. With a danceable drum and bass section and the piano and guitars wrapping around one another in that familiar sound. The guitar give off an extremely catchy surf sound which brings the mood down a bit to a jazzy piano bit which leads into some fine guitar work on a nice solo along with some honky tonk style jazz piano. The overworld theme dies out to take us to a slower and grimier underground tune which collects some grittier guitar work along with some synthed up keyboards. The underground theme takes some liberty from the original piece at points which works really well, and builds into a baseball field style organ fronted character select song. At first with just the drums and keyboard taking a role upfront, and as the keyboard starts to do it's own thing the guitar takes over and they both get a chance to do their own thing before it closes out on the same upbeat feel we started out on.

Mega Man 2 Wily was the first leaked song from the new album, and has been one I have had on repeat for some time now. The song kicks off with a bang, using the guitar and drums to create that very familiar theme from Mega Man 2, and only proceeds to get more metal from there. Soon all the instruments kick in with a wall of sound, with guitars wailing and the drums and bass pounding. "I'll get you Mega Man!" Wily declares as we bust into a series of incredible guitar solos which give this 1989 released NES game the over the top metal sound it deserves. We break back into our regularly scheduled song now and partake in a small piano piece which leads into ever more amazing guitar work until we start bringing this song to a close the some metal way it started.

Now our nostalgia trip through time lands us in front of our TV, this time without our controller, to watch some people put the hurt on in real life (well sort of). We have here a medley of the WWF themes to Hulk Hogan & Shawn Michaels. We kick off with a dark mood, with the vocals of the Hulk Hogan theme seemingly chanted before the music kicks in. The song definitely has a bit of a cheesy metal sound but with certain additions and flourishes sets the song apart and remains ridiculously catchy, even for those (like me) who barely remember the original songs. The vocals are of course thoroughly manly and the center of this song. the drums seem to be working overtime as well, with the guitars, keyboard, and bass adding plenty of gusto to the levels of tough to this song. At about two minutes in we get our requisite and exquisite wailing guitar solo. This brings the vocals back on with some great backup singing as well, and the sound of one ecstatic woman transitions this medley seamlessly into the much different but equally manly themes of the Shawn Michaels theme. Just as with the Hulk Hogan theme, the fun and cheesiness of the vocals is on full display and tough to get out of your head. (I actually sang this song a few times at work to be honest). The medley continues on the same path of 1980's hair metal with the keyboard and guitar flourishes creating the perfect mood. the awesome back up vocals along with the aforementioned lyrics make this a standout track on the album, definitely the catchiest one by far in my opinion. We finish off this medley with another great guitar solo, hit the chorus and we are out.

And we come back in with the adventurous tones of one Rygar Medley. We kick off with some soaring instrumentation and down to earth sounding drums. This introduction dies down and comes back up with the darker, braver, and just as adventurous sounds as before. This is definitely the perfect kind of track you set out and fight monsters with. And what a fight it must be because this seems to be the longest track on the 51 minute album. Within the allotted seven minutes the medley is heard traversing a lot of ground in the game and musically as well. When we kick into the half way point things come to a halt as we get some grunged out guitar that gets you pumped up for the remainder of our journey. But this excitement slowly fades into the toned down jazzy sounds that hit right after, as if you just came to a saddening realization about your journey. No time for that though, you got monsters to fight and people to save! So the sadness fades away and we are off again, up that mountain to a glorious final battle as the music swells and we hit the final stride of this epic medley. "We shall fight!" Here we are, at the end of our journey with the most trying test yet, do we reach victory or do we return home broken and shunned. The music swells and circles around this fight hits hard and... cuts off.

We have to leave that adventure at the most inopportune time unfortunately. Why you ask? Because there is an alien invasion happening as we speak! So we assemble the Contra force and hit the alien lair hard, and what music is blaring? Why it's the Contra Alien Lair, and Base music of course. The song starts with a thumping bass line and busts into a rightfully metal rendition. This builds and builds and is promptly cut off by the sudden insertion of some jazzy piano and guitar. But forget that, back we are with a fusion of the two styles. with the swirling keyboard creating a slightly alien tinge to the overall tone of the song. The song builds up again in the last minute to lead into the pseudo 3D mayhem of the Base theme. the thumping bass line returns and we are lead seamlessly into the toe tapping beats of another classic.

Yep, we are now in the upbeat egg plant territory of a Kid Icarus Medley. The opening definitely gives you a sky high up in the clouds feel to the proceedings. The guitar brings in an adventurous tone to the mix as well. With a screaming solo near the center. The song seems to continuously switch off between a dark cave like adventure and the wide open expanses of the sky. It makes for a great juxtaposition of sounds that is great to listen to but tough to describe. The song finally chooses sides and comes to a close with the tone of upbeat success.

This is where we kick into Mega Man again. This time with Mega Man 2 - Crash Man. A laid back somber mood starts off this track. As if more of a reflection on Crash Man rather than an impending fight with him. This shifts into one hell of a danceable beat though. With a pulsing rhythm and catchy musicianship this is a kind of Crash Man you have not heard before. This leads us into one amazing and catchy bass solo and some of the best vocal work ever. I don't even want to explain as this funky styling has to be heard to be enjoyed. This is another track that definitely stand out as a surprisingly clever and extremely catchy arrangement.

From the robot fueled future we take a trip into the Transylvanian past with Castlevania 3 - Intro, Clock Tower. The tune starts off slow as if kicking off in a desolate and dreary rainstorm. The track gives off that feel of being in a creaky poorly lit mansion housing who knows what abominations. Who cares though, you find a nice piano in one room and you'll be damned if any monsters are going to keep you from having a good time! What I mean is that the foreboding track gives way to some swinging piano which itself drops away for an exchange of epic metal riffage. As if Death himself challenged you to a duel, and you have been looking for trouble all night. This leads to another foreboding piece as if ascending the final stairs before facing the master of the mansion himself, but as with our adventure in Rygar we are cut off a little too soon.

But hell, maybe we don't even have to fight Dracula, maybe all we need to do is make a simple phone call to some folks well versed in handling the supernatural. Some people that are not afraid of any ghosts. The Ghost Busters Bhost Gusters! Damn right! We kick into this extra metal version of the Ghost Busters theme with double drum pedals, blistering guitar solos and in your face vocals. We of course can't forget the driving bass and intense keyboard work. Backing cheers of "Ghost Busters" and the barbershop ending to the track all lend a lot to the mood of the song as well. Definitely a brilliant closer to the album, which sends us off on that same nostalgic beat we came in on.

Oh, but wait, there is one more track, the Danimal created chiptune Black Hole Enlightenment. A vibrant six and a half minute journey through the musician that is Danimal Cannon. It starts off simple enough creating a space like atmosphere which turns into some rough low ends as if journeying into the dank caverns of an alien planet. The song doesn't stay in one place for long, as it seems you have made the most of your situation. Finding some handy weapons, you set off to explore the strange terrain. You start your slow, ominous trek along the alien surface. You befriend the locals, learn of this worlds ancient past, and at the same time your own future. You reflect upon why it is you ended up on this planet and how it may not have been such an accident after all. You have to focus on the task at hand though, traversing enemy terrain, taking down monsters and bosses in your harrowing adventure across the planet. Taking you through ruins, forests, deserts, and even the requisite ice level. We are now five minutes into the song and what was that? Did I beat the final boss, saving the planet and becoming the hero of an entire world? Well it's the credits music so it sure seems like it! You return to the adulation of the crowds as the credits scroll past. You input your initials into the high score screen, and what is that? A second mission!? Oh, never mind, I have the album on repeat.

That final track brings this incredible album to a close. Much like my review of the Armcannon debut album Leg Vacuum it is tough to nail down just what makes this band and this album so amazing. I can only hope I did them some justice in my assessment of the album and of course convinced you to investigate it for yourself. Head over to armcannon.com right now and drop some dough for this incredible album. You will not be disappointed in the least. Even if you are unfamiliar with the tracks they recreate here, the music is so well done and enduring that you will be more than happy to enjoy them devoid of even the nostalgia factor. The music here doesn't need that factor to be listened to, enjoyed, and appreciated. The talent on display here is all you need to be honest.

Well now that I am done showering this band with all the synonyms for amazing my brain can muster, I should also mention that there is a bit of craziness after the final track, but I would hate to give it away, lest I ruin the experiment...

Armcannon - Armcannon 2: The Return of the Attack of the Legend of Pizzor abum release

Oh dear God Pizzor has returned for revenge! I think. Umm, well, he has returned at least. What for I am not actually sure. But with his return also comes a new release from the amazing, the incredible, and unstoppable Armcannon! After their incredible debut album, the band returns with Armcannon 2: The Return of the Attack of the Legend of Pizzor, which is available right now for the unbeatable price of $12 via paypal at armcannon.com.

The album is 12 tracks of incredible music from not just video games, but even TV and movies, not to mention an original tune thrown in for good measure! I am listening to the album now (review coming soon) and have to say this is just an incredible release which easily keeps up with their incredible debut album. I can not stress enough how much every VG inspired music fan needs this amazing album in their collections!

Check out some of the amazing themes they rearrange in the track listing below!
[01] = TV - power rangers - season1 tv theme
[02] = SNES - super mario world - castle
[03] = NES - super mario bros 2 - overworld, underworld, character select
[04] = NES - mega man 2 - dr wily
[05] = TV - wwf - hulk hogan & shawn michaels themes
[06] = NES - rygar - medley
[07] = NES - contra - alien lair, base
[08] = NES - kid icarus - medley
[09] = NES - mega man 2 - crash man
[10] = NES - castlevania 3 - intro, clock tower
[11] = TV - ghostbusters - theme
[12] = original chiptune by danimal + black hole enlightenment

Bad Dudes - Chronotorious album available for preview and pre-order

Watch out! The Bad Dudes are back! And badder than ever! No that's ridiculous, they are already the baddest dudes. Anyway, they have very recently announced that their upcoming tribute to the amazing classic Chrono Trigger, awesomely titles Chronotorious is available for pre-order. Not only that, but if you click on "albums/eps" and then click on the Chronotorious album, then hit tracks, you can preview all the songs from the album! Bt you can only get five of those tracks on the official pressed album release. Danimal cannon of the Bad Dudes and Armcannon fame personally describes these songs as "bad-fucking-ass" and you don't argue with a bad dude who's last name is Cannon.

Also if you pre-order the album now, the album will only cost you $10, this will rise to $12 come August 18th, not to mention that the album also comes with a sweet poster. Oh, and did I mention they are only making 1000 albums! So don't drag your feet, I already pre-ordered my copy, so realistically there are only 999 left at most!

And finally, for the artistic types in the crowd, Bad Dudes are also holding a music video contest. So for any would be directors out there, you can try your hand at making a video for the Dhsu vs. Mustin - B.A.M.F. (Radio Edit) track. And for anyone else, you can just download the radio edit track and wait in anticipation of this sure to be amazing album!

Armcannon - Legvacuum album review

I have no idea where to even begin with this album. You pretty much have to head over to Armcannon's website yourself and put in your own order for this album. I've taken forever to write this article just because every time I sit down to think about what to say, I have nothing but praise for this album, but can't put that praise into just the right words. That isn't exactly critiquing the album is it? But what is there to critique? The production value is incredible. Each of the musicians in Armcannon is inhumanly talented at what they do. Even the packaging of the album is dangerously awesome (owners of the album know what I mean). This really isn't a review anymore, now it's just praise for an album that has been a long time in the making, and every note is drenched in hard work and amazing musicianship. All I can do now is go over this album track by track, pointing out the awesome along the way.

The first song is Kraid (Metroid) or Cranial Syphon [Kay-Raid] and kicks off the album with the ominous sounds that the Metroid series is famous for. These sounds build strength until the guitars really come in. once the guitars come in, any metal loving fellow can't avoid rocking this song! About a minute and a half into the song, things quiet down again to bring the keyboards to the foreground of the piece, along with some impressive guitar work. All the intricate piano and guitar play just set you up to love the song more as it hits the next section of metal which includes an epic guitar solo, which feels right at home in any Metroid game, an amazing feat no doubt. The song drops you out of this piece you calm down a tad with some more intensive drum and keyboard work, and finally letting you off this first section of their epic ride with more keyboards and some nice effects.

That outro sets you up very well for the introduction to Smegaman III [He Enter Magma] which you should guess is a tune from classic NES title Mega Man III. The intro is some nice solo piano work, but that is quickly replaced by a full on assault by the entire band. Up next is an amazing piece, where the band stops abruptly letting the keyboards slide through and continue from where they left off in the intro. This time after the brief piano solo, you are eased more carefully into the rock mayhem, which stops again, for a brief and famous riff, to remind you exactly where this song got it's inspiration. The song takes a slight turn after this riff, but continues to rock, of course. Now we are about four minutes into this six minute piece, and we are treated so another excellent solo. Like I said with the last song, it can be tough to work a solo into an already made arrangement without it sounding out of place or cheesy, but these guys pull it off amazingly. Right at the last minute of this song, they strike out in another new direction, and just rock out until the very end with Mega Man's death.

Mega's unfortunate demise also kicks off the third track Techno [For Some Reason] which is the most metal techno song I've ever heard. Lots of distortion and effects in this song, also a lot of techno style game sounds. Don't let all that fool you though, because there is still plenty of rock to go around on this track. In the last minute of the song, all the techno rock insanity gives way to some ambient and creepy sounds, but brings you back with what I can only describe as a video game solo.

Song number four starts you off with more of that amazing Metroid ambiance you love, this time from one of the greatest games ever made with one of the best endings ever to be in a video game, of course I am speaking of Super Metroid, or as this song likes to be called Super Cranial Syphon [Drum Poetries]. They really bring out the entire feel of Super Metroid incredibly well in this piece, and as the title says, there is much drum poetries to be had in this song. Very strong drums surround this entire song, and give it the alien world vibe that is ever present in the Metroid series. This song, is also able to convey the feelings of being all alone on an entire planet, as well as the feeling of an extremely tough fight with larger than life enemies. How a group can fit all these thoughts into a six minute song is incredible to say the least. Now at the four minute mark we get the classic Metroid percentage complete theme as an impressive bass solo. After this the song pulls you back down into the depths of Zebes with the ambient tune which plays as you fight the Spore Spawn, the first major boss in Super Metroid. The theme finally ends with a final strong sound of Super Metroid's main theme.

From one amazing SNES sequel to another, we enter the stage Boomer Kuwanger (Mega Man X) or as the fellows from Armcannon refer to it, Borrow Mega Nuke [Eureka Bong Worm]. Well whatever you decide to call it, it's another amazing song, that puts you right back in touch with your memories of playing the game. This is also the shortest song on this album, clocking in at about two and a half minutes. By no means does it's length mean it doesn't have depth though and even includes some of this albums only lyrics. This song will easily remind you of all the scaffolding you dashed across and every buster shot you charged. And in the last 30 seconds this song hits an amazing breakdown. This song is fast, and incredible. Sometimes there is something to be said for brevity eh?

Next up, we are going to the Tecmo Superbowl i.e. Dutch Town [Elbow Computers]. This song starts calmly enough, but no time for that. The announcer quickly tells you where you are and why you're there. After which Armcannon hits you with another blistering solo for your troubles. This is another track that is on the short side, but this song is pretty much all about rocking your face off, so it's definitely not a bad thing. After some more talk from the announcer, this song hits it's second half with another impressive solo. Finally we end with what I assume to be the game winning touchdown, and game over.

Now this song, one of the first songs that made me really know how awesome, and how serious Armcannon was about the music they made. It's Still More Fighting (Final Fantasy VII) or the more awesomely titled Bigger Boards [With Bigger Nails [With Bees in Their Mouths]]. This song is pretty much PURE fight. This is probably the most amazing rendition of this song I have ever heard, better than any other band, and even better than the remakes Square and Nobuo Uematsu himself have made! This will remind you of the possibly hundreds of hours you have poured into this game, and how fun all those hours were. Within the final half minute of this thrilling song, you are treated to a very amazing rendition of the opening title screen music. The music that you are always so happy to hear every time you've ever fired up a Final Fantasy title. It brings this song to a brilliant and beautiful close.

Speaking of opening music that you can always rely on, the final and longest track on the album, the medley of The Legend of Zelda & The Adventure of Link or Dozen Elf Death Gel [Unearthed Knife Volt]. The introduction is a very somber and classical approach to the most famous of all Zelda tunes. Building from this, the piano takes us into the nearest dungeon, where the music, just like the game, gets much more action packed. From here we head straight into a side-scrolling dungeon courtesy of Zelda II, the music continues to be just as intense here as well, at least until link dies. But dying is no reason to lament, as the cheerful game over music here indicates. Just when you think the song is over, Armcannon comes back with a quicker, more rockin' version of that famous Zelda music they showed us at the beginning of the track. The track builds a lot of strength in the final stretch and finally ends with one very memorable riff for any and every Zelda fan. Or so you think. The keyboards come in for one final and elegant piece only to fade out.

There is one final piece to this album which is a cool informative piece, with a voice thing. Buy the album and you'll be in the know about it.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, it's tough to basically stretch out the sentence ALBUM AWESOME! BUY BUY BUY! but this is my attempt at it. The band is simply amazing and has impressed me every step of the way while I have been working on this website. This album may have been the most anticipated release in the VGIM community for a long time, and with good reason. Once again, you can purchase this album at Armcannon's website, or the band's myspace page, and do pick it up.

There are a lot of bands and artists, who take the theme from original games, and arrange them in new and interesting ways, ways we never imagined hearing these arrangements before. Armcannon does this, but somehow, unlike many musicians who simply remix songs, they retain the pure essence of the song. That very particular soul of the song, where you remember perfectly the scenes from these games they cover. Armcannon reminds you of how much you loved these games, how much time and effort you out into them, and how much fun and satisfaction you got back in return. I know a few bands who want to be considered amazing musicians and not ride on the coattails of the nostalgia factor alone when recreating the songs they know and love. Armcannon does stand out without the use of this nostalgia factor, yet at the same time, they do have it. It's difficult to explain, but Armcannon is one of very few bands that pulls off both the nostalgia factor, and the plain fact that they are incredible musicians.

2008 JAN 4 - MAGfest VI - source photos by Mustin

Hex announces top ten of 100 Biggest Nerd Artists in 2007, nerds collectively leave edge of seat.

Hex Warrior has finally put an end to his list of greatest nerd artists of 2007, lucky for him I have been too entrenched in Advance Wars Days of Ruin to argue with this final list of his. If you still have the strength to argue though, head over to his myspace blog and read the final top ten nerd acts of 2007!

Prime cuts in the top ten in my opinion, The OneUps, who are always awesome, and did have one insanely stellar year in 2007, finally getting recognized for the musical geniuses they are. Not to mention Armcannon, who have been tearing everything up in the hard rocking way that only they could, as well as their insanely most awesome new album Legvacuum. If you feel the need to be mad about more than ten bands though, always remember to check out the other three installments of Hex's 100 artist countdown.

Armcannon - Legvacuum album release

Fantastic friends Armcannon just released their new album Legvacuum to everyone online, of course this is a must buy from the strongest growing band in VG Rockin'. Here they are to tell you all about it!

Hey guys, a bunch of you already picked up the album at MAGfest, but I'm happy to tell you that Armcannon's debut album Legvacuum is now available for sale online. We've been working on this one since June or so, I (Dan) did almost all the recording and mixing and Chris our keyboardist did all the artwork. I'm pretty proud of how it came out. We wanted to keep the cost low, so it's $8 plus shipping.

Anyways the tracklisting is....

- Kraid
- Megaman 3
- Techno (originalish)
- Super Metroid
- Boomer Kuwanger
- Tecmo Superbowl
- Final Fantasy 7 boss
- Zelda

Just click on the BUY NOW button on our myspace page to purchase. You can use your paypal account or just use a credit card. Huzzah!

For more Armcannonness, check out our very very old interview with them. We need an up to date interview don't we? I'm on it!

MAGFest VI wrap up

So MAGFest is over, and everyone who attended (which did not include me, sadly) can die happy, or more likely could go into hibernation until the build up to MAGFest VII starts heating up. Anyway, There is a ton of footage from the festival, I'm only posting a mere sampler of the smorgasbord of amazing things that went down this year. There are of course tons of stories, and anecdotes from this year that will come out in due time as people slowly recover.

One of my favorite anecdotes currently is from Paragon from theshizz forums.

Lots of great memories from this year.

Watching Hale and Pongball step out of the elevator and have such an amusingly puzzled look on their faces as this complete stranger smiles and waves at them like they're old friends.

Seeing spamtron, shouting "SPAMTRON!" and he shouts back "I LOVE YOU!" and hugs me and then asks me who I am. And then later, talking to him (or maybe more like being talked to by him).

Check out this handy thread for a ton of footage from MAGFest VI. I will probably be making another post like this one, when some more cool footage comes rolling in, so if you have some awesome MAGFest VI footage, hit up theshizz thread or send it my way!

Thanks to Kareshi from theshizz for gathering all the MAGFest media all in one place. Thanks to Sunny, Hale-Bopp and Pongball's photographs which I stole for this post. Shawn Phase for linking me to some cool footage, and all the folks who took some awesome footage and tossed it up on youtube! Here is that sampler of footage I spoke of earlier!

Armcannon rockin'
Liontamer and Hale-Bopp of OCRemix fame handling the beautiful OCRemix guitar.Hale-Bopp showing off the guitar.

Temp Sound Solutions Concert Clip

Select Start performing FF7 track

Sam, Mustin, Shawn Phase @ Jamspace

OCR doing "Carmen Sandiego" @ Jamspace

Arm Cannon - "Tecmo Super Bowl" from stage


It's happening right now! If you are anywhere near Alexandria, VA then why are you not there RIGHT NOW? GO, DO IT!

Who's playing? Advantage, Armcannon, Planet Skill (Wave Theory), Powerglove, Select Start, Smash Brothers, Shawn Phase/Temp Sound Solutions, and This Place Is Haunted.

Danimal Cannon releases song on OCRemix

Danimal Cannon, from the amazing group Armcannon, has gotten a song through the rigorous jungle that is the peer review process of OCRemix. It's a fantastic cover of the music from Blaster Master entitled Fear My Lowering Coefficient of Friction. You can check out the song by clicking on this link

But not only can you hear Danimal's new song, but it seems that DJ Pretzel has written an excellent accompaniment to the song about his and by relation OCRemix' views on VG Rock bands. Give it a good read, and definitely download the song!

Video Armageddon III goes down tonight!

The final Video Armageddon is happening this very night in State College, PA. The show will be kicking off with Temp Sound Solutions, followed by Armcannon, Picnic Casket, Entertainment System, and finally Year 200X. The show is five bucks, and if you aren't there, you might as well not be alive ever.

Music EXP Compilation Update 5. This one's HUGE!

Alright, so we now have EVERY SINGLE band on the upcoming Music EXP album confirmed. We have a whopping SIX more bands to announce for the compilation. Thus bringing the final compilation song total to 24 tracks! Can you believe it? 24 incredible tracks by 24 incredible artists. Many of which are exclusive to this compilation!

Let's announce the final six incredible bands for the compilation now shall we? First off is one of the most amazing bands I have ever heard, these folks take their musicianship very seriously and it shows with their incredible solo's and musical prowess. I am glad to announce The Kode is now on the compilation! The next group also has some amazing musicianship going on, and are actually contributing their very first studio recorded track to our album, (of which you can also get a sneak peak at their website). I am very happy to introduce our good pals Armcannon! Next is a group who is very close to our little website, the rockingest band in a very non-rock genre, Push Start is now confirmed for the compilation!

That's three down and three more to go! Alright, next up is the ever impressive Animal Style, who is helping hold down the chiptune side of this compilation. Another band holding down the chiptune fort is Sacramento, CA based duo Two Playa Game! Finally, the last band to be confirmed, the amazing mash up of chiptunes and hip hop, Super Barrio Brothers!

Now, finally, I am very excited to announce the entire line-up of bands and artists on Game Music 4 All's very first compilation, Music EXP.

8 Bit Bandit
Alex Mauer
Animal Style
The Game Genies
The Kode
The Lost Levels
The Megas
The OneUps
Player Two
Push Start
Select Start
Spheres of Chaos
Super Barrio Brothers
Super Nintechno
Temp Sound Solutions
Two Playa Game
Videogame Orchestra
Year 200X

Now we are excited right? You know it!

Armcannon's Pick of the Week

Armcannon has announced that every week they will be releasing some free extras to download on their site. Things such as demo recordings, live recordings, unreleased tracks, and even some video footage of them. These cool freebies can be found on Armcannon's myspace page under the big "Armcannon's Pick of the Week" banner. Their first selection is a demo recording of their song Kraid from Metroid. Do give it a listen, you shan't be disappointed.