ALBUM REVIEW - Rage, LTD "Of Steel"

Well, December is here, making one reflect upon this past year. Musically, it's been pretty phenomenal, and, in my opinion, one of the more amazing groups to be born and produce time and time again this year would have to be Rage, LTD. Three robots divided by hate and armed with beats, Rage, LTD. released their introductory and self-titled EP back in late January. A collection of great beats covered with glitchy goodness, it showed a lot of promise. Only a month later, they released their second EP (These Machines Will Now March), much to the delight of the chiptunes community. By April, they had released their third album (Chronicles) just in time to enjoy some herbal ecstasy while listening to the EP. Four months, and three astounding albums, I know I was feeling some excitement over these guys. And then silence. These guys fell off the radar for a while.

Until this week, when they released their new EP, Of Steel. Four for four, these bots are way on target with their releases. Showing a growth in depth, maturity, and production, Rage, LTD. obviously have not been napping in their seven month torpor. Blending an industrial feel with the occasional drum and bass backing, a good portion of the tracks have the ambiance of a dungeon from a Super Nintendo game, and that's definitely meant as a compliment. The nostalgia element kicks in listening to any of the tracks, as I often find chiptunes doing for me, dragging me in to listen closer. Doing so, one can easily be impressed with the tightness of the production value, the head-bobbing beats, and jaw-dropping breadth you get from this EP.

As with all their releases, Of Steel is a free release from their website, so if you're a fan of chiptunes, a dedicated Rage, LTD. nerd, or interested in seeing what the whole glitchy hub bub is about, there is no reason for you to NOT download this album. Peep it out right now for yourself!

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These Machines Will Now March

"Upgraded bots are in town. Equip your headphones and embark on a journey that will mechanize your mind and carbonize your soul."

In other words, the three hate filled robots collectively known as Rage LTD. have released their second EP known as These Machines Will Now March. The 12 track EP is available for free download along with their debut self titled EP in the releases section of their website. They also ask that if you download the album to let them know what you think of it in their guestbook.

ShroomPlayer ShroomTool

Cool new programs here coming from Strobe and Setrodox with website creation by Rage LTD. It's a site for the programs ShroomTool and ShroomPlayer. These programs extract and play Mario Paint music files in their own .sho format.

ShroomTool to extract the song from ZSNES savestate files...


ShroomPlayer to hear the extracted song...


..and also ShroomTracker coming soon...


You can check out all this awesome stuff at http://shroom.powerhuhn.net/.