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Anamanaguchi

Latest Anamanaguchi music video sends pizza into space


Endless fantasy or endless pizza?
May 25
// Tony Ponce
You may have heard that chip rockers Anamanaguchi have a new album, Endless Fantasy, in the works. The musical neon riders previously uploaded a video for the song "Meow" off the album, and now they follow up with one for th...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Arc returns to their roots with Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-


I can't believe it's not buttery-smooth sprite animation
May 19
// Jonathan Holmes
When Arc Systems Works created BlazBlue, many assumed that Guilty Gear as we knew it was over. Guilty Gear 2: Overture certainly wasn't very encouraging. Well surprise surprise, Guilty Gear is back, with series co-creat...
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Chiptune metal

Pray at the altar of NES chiptune metal with Diad


Rock hard tasty abs
May 12
// Tony Ponce
Chiptunes are cool and all, but you know me -- I gotta have that little extra edge. When chip music emulates face-melting metal, it's one of the nine most beautiful things in the world (maybe some day I'll tell you what the o...
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WTFLOL

Chiptunes = WTFLOL!? Non-chip covers of chip jams


Six videogame music arrangers make rockin' covers of original chiptunes
May 06
// Tony Ponce
[Update: The album is live! Hit up the Bandcamp page to get your free jams!] If you are a big chiptune nut, you've probably heard me make mention of "Chiptunes = WIN," a chip appreciation group that has released three free co...
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World 1-2

Super game composer collab World 1-2 is out


A crossover jam of gaming's best musical talents
May 01
// Tony Ponce
A couple weeks ago, Jayson Napolitano buzzed a gusher about World 1-2, a landmark music project organized by Mohammed Taher's Koopa Soundworks and Dj CUTMAN's GameChops net labels. They gathered some of the best music talents...
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Zelda metal

Link goes metal in Ledjent of Zelda


Bonus points for the sick NES guitar!
Apr 19
// Tony Ponce
From Ryan "Mega Beardo" Postlethwait, the man who brought us the Castlevania concept album Belmont, comes a modern metal re-imagining of the original NES Zelda soundtrack. At a mere four tracks in length, Ledjent of Zelda ju...
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Kirby Super Star

Get milky with OC ReMix's Kirby Super Star album


KIRBY, KIRBY, KIRBY, HE'S THE STAR OF THE SHOW!
Mar 11
// Tony Ponce
How can I help you, King DeDeDe?I NEED A MONSTAH TO CLOBBER DAT DERE KIR-BEH! Game music arrangement repository OverClocked ReMix has released Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute, a project that has spent a dizzying...
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Chiptune rock

Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley


Psycho Crusher takes you on a musical tour of the best of the NES
Mar 09
// Tony Ponce
Guitarist Psycho Crusher, whose amazing rock arrangements I've shared numerous times in the past, originally composed this latest jam with the intent to play it live as a full band. Instead, he decided to turn it into a chip...

The top ten Contra songs OF ALL TIME

Feb 24 // Tony Ponce
10. "Venus" - Contra: Shattered Soldier (PS2) [embed]246547:47171:0[/embed] Shattered Soldier's soundtrack blends pulse-pounding techno, produced by Konami musician Sota Fujimori, with face-melting metal, done by none other than the legendary Akira Yamaoka. Contra gave Yamaoka a chance to let his inner metalhead out, which would surprise those who only know him for his much more atmospheric work on the Silent Hill series. The intro theme, "Venus," sets the tone for the rest the game -- a much darker, grimier Contra then you've ever played before. That intensity comes at a price: the soundtrack as a whole is very repetitive and doesn't lend itself well to standalone listens. But as the backdrop to your alien-murdering rampage, it will make you feel like a god. 9. "Alien Hive" - Contra 4 (DS) [embed]246547:47172:0[/embed] WayForward knocked the ball way out of the park with Contra 4. It is the most consistent game in the entire series, enhanced even further by Jake "virt" Kaufman's stellar soundtrack, which heavily re-interprets classic Contra tunes while adding plenty of amazing original numbers. "Alien Hive" may be the penultimate level, but its music makes it sound like heroes Bill Rizer and Lance Bean's final assault. It is intense and furious, made all the more haunting with sound bites of people shrieking in despair. And if you want to hear an even more amazing version of this track, check out "Let's Attack Aggressively!" off the Contra 4 rock arrange album Rocked 'n' Loaded. 8. "Area 2" - Operation C (GB) [embed]246547:47173:0[/embed] I'll never stop praising the incredible sound quality of the original Game Boy, so you better get used to my bringing up Game Boy music whenever I find an opportunity. The soundtrack for Operation C, the portable side story between Super C and Contra III, consists almost entirely of re-arrangements from the two NES games. With one notable exception. And like the amazing tunes in Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, it is so heavy on the bass that you could drown in it -- more proof that, if you are playing Game Boy without wearing headphones, you are doing it wrong. 7. "Ruins" - Hard Corps: Uprising (PSN / XBLA) [embed]246547:47174:0[/embed] Hard Corps: Uprising may not be the most curious entry in the Contra series -- that distinction goes to Contra Force, which technically isn't even a Contra game at all -- but it is easily the most unique. Uprising takes the franchise in a whole different direction, fueled by a soundtrack composed by Daisuke Ishiwatari of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fame. Uprising features the same deft guitar work found in the venerable Arc System Works fighters, but the music that plays during the "Ruins" level is a little extra special. With the melodious incorporation of organ and piano sections, "Ruins" at first sounds like it could have been pulled out of a post-Symphony of the Night-era Castlevania. But then the crazy guitars come back and simply DO. NOT. QUIT. 6. "Boss" - Contra (NES) [embed]246547:47175:0[/embed] Easily the most badass boss theme of any NES game, this piece of music lets you know that shit just got real. Even though it only lasts 35 seconds before looping, I could seriously listen to it on repeat all day. I wish I could replace other games' boss music with this one. So why is it only played at the end of the two "Base" levels and nowhere else? I love the original Contra to death, but I can't forgive Konami for such a gross oversight. For shame! 5. "The Showdown" - Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES) [embed]246547:47176:0[/embed] If you ask me, I find the soundtrack to Contra III to be on the weak side when stacked against the rest of the series. Whereas Contra music is typically loud and rhythmic, Contra III's is a lot slower and more ominous, which I admit fits the game's apocalyptic tone. Some people swear by the music, but it simply doesn't feel like Contra to me personally. Which is probably why I don't remember Contra III as fondly as I do the other entries. That said, the final battle music is insanely cool. You have to test you might against against a gauntlet of progressively more aggressive bosses, including a few familiar faces from the NES days. To reflect the multiple phases, "The Showdown" is split apart into three movements, each more intense than the last -- the Contra equivalent of Final Fantasy VI's "Dancing Mad." Nice. 4. "GTR Attack!" - Contra: Hard Corps (GEN) [embed]246547:47177:0[/embed] I'm in the "Hard Corps > Contra III" camp. Furthermore, I believe that Hard Corps is the best Contra game period. I'm sorry if you disagree with me, but I couldn't give less of a damn. Among its many triumphs over Contra III is its hard rock-dance soundtrack that puts the Genesis' FM synth sound chip through its paces. And among the game's many different boss themes, "GTR Attack!" stands head and shoulders above the rest. Like the NES Contra "Boss" music, it unfortunately only plays twice -- but one of those fights is against an incredibly cool endlessly transforming mechanical chimera, so I'll let this particular musical oversight slide. 3. "Jungle Normal" - Contra 4 (DS) [embed]246547:47178:0[/embed] Paying homage to the original Contra "Jungle" theme is not an easy feat, but Jake Kaufman is not some bum off the street banging on a keyboard. He wanted to recapture that same feeling you got when you hopped off the chopper that first time back in 1988 (or 1987 for you arcade jockies) and felt empowered by the music. I'd like to think that he succeeded and more. Fun bit of trivia: Did you know that the "Jungle Normal" theme is actually a shortened version of a Contra-inspired chiptune that virt released way back in 2002 called "Vile Red Falcon"? "Jungle Exploder," the "Jungle Normal" arrangement found on Rocked 'n' Loaded, is actually more based on the original chiptune than the Contra 4 version. 2. "Jungle" - Contra (NES) [embed]246547:47179:0[/embed] It's one of the most iconic pieces of videogame music ever. Naturally, the classic "Jungle" theme would worm its way near the top of the list. No matter how many times I hear it, no matter how many times it's re-worked or remixed, it never gets old. I'm certain you all feel the same way too. Trying to describe Contra's "Jungle" music is like trying to describe perfection. It simply can't be done. You just hear it and go, "Oh, totally! Yes! Yes! That's right!" The memories all come flooding back: the exploding bridge that sent you into the drink, the glory of the spread gun, the wall. Boys became men and the Konami Code became a playground mantra. So why did I give it the #2 spot and not top honors? 1. "The Hard Corps" - Contra: Hard Corps (GEN) [embed]246547:47180:0[/embed] This is why. You begin with a shot of a city street overrun by robots, the skyline ablaze. Out of nowhere, you come barreling through in your armored truck, mowing the bastards down like weeds, until you collide into a broken-down car and fly through the windshield. You land unscathed, of course, and you proceed to blow everyone away. You rip apart a giant spider before an earthquake cracks the ground. A flame-throwing robot blocks your path, but you send it crashing into a building, knocking the structure over and giving you an incline to climb to the rooftops. Miles in the distance, you see a towering cyclops razing the city with its eye beams. It spots you and immediately jumps to your location. The sheer power emanating from its body causes debris to levitate, and you must flying cars and laser beams. And that's just a mid-boss! Meanwhile, the music is going BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! And you wonder why I'm calling it the best Contra song of all time!? It's read "hardcore" for a reason. BONUS! "Simon 1994RD" - Contra: Hard Corps (GEN) [embed]246547:47181:0[/embed] Even though "Simon 1994RD" is not in my top ten, there's no way I couldn't not mention it in an article about Contra music. In Hard Corps' third stage, there is an alternate exit that takes you to a secret tournament. Your first opponent is a strange afro-headed man who is a cross between Castlevania's Simon Belmont and Japanese vocalist Masato Shimon; he tosses a fish cracker boomerang while a dance remix of "Vampire Killer" plays in the background. Afterwards, you fight an alien baby in a carriage, then a tear in the fabric of space-time sends you into the distant past where you marry a monkey. God, I love this game. [embed]246547:47185:0[/embed]
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Sound Card 012: Rocked and loaded!
Castlevania. Mega Man. And finally, Contra. With this, my holy trinity is complete. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the greatest run and gun videogame series ever, Allistair Pinsof ranked the top five Contra games. ...

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MAGFest Presents...

Mini-MAGFest! Game Over Austin on February 3


Five acts perform in Texas for one night only
Jan 29
// Tony Ponce
MAGFest 11 has come and gone, but as James Hetfield once said, the memory remains. Why should we have to wait a whole year for the next event, though? Why can't MAGFest be every day, or at least every few weeks? MAGFest organ...
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Armcannon

Armcannon 3: LegVacuum 2 is out, is so money


Thunder, THUNDER, THUNDERCATS! HOOOOO!!!
Jan 08
// Tony Ponce
Videogame / television cover band -- and real sexy American boys -- Armcannon announced back in November the impending release of their third full-length album. If you attended MAGFest this past weekend, you had a chance to p...
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Remix

Last year's chiptune album Preschtale gets remixed, baby


New mixes cover chiptune, electronica, metal, and more
Jan 02
// Tony Ponce
A year ago, chiptune artist C-jeff produced a very spiffy chip album entitled Preschtale. The seven-track release was inspired by several progressive rock bands, and the result was very "space-y," for lack of a better word. T...
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Lords of Thunder

New VGM supergroup Lords of Thunder to debut at MAGFest


Inspired the face-melting shmup on TurboGrafx-CD
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
You won't just find old faves performing at MAGFest. Sometimes, new bands will take to the stage! Lords of Thunder is a supergroup that consists of Mike Villalobos and John Pike from Descendants of Erdrick, Mateo Marshall fr...
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The Megas

The Megas tease second MM3 album with a new single


"Fly on a Dog" off of the upcoming History Repeating: Red
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
This past June, after a four-year spell, Mega Man cover band The Megas finally unleashed the official follow-up to their debut album. Whereas Get Equipped was based on Mega Man 2, History Repeating: Blue was naturally based o...
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Mega Man music fans, We are ROCK-MEN! 2 is now available


Snake Man's theme is the Guile's theme of Mega Man
Dec 20
// Chris Carter
Mega Man junkies out there probably remember the release of the original We are ROCK-MEN! CD, featuring arranged rock songs across the Mega Man and Mega Man X series (plus one Mega Man Legends song). Well, it seems as if the...
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Goku = Cut Man

Goku is Cut Man! Cut Man is Goku!


15-minute preview of the arrange album ROCKMAN HOLIC
Dec 09
// Tony Ponce
On December 19, yet another Mega Man tribute album will be dropping in Japan. Entitled ROCKMAN HOLIC, it is a 16-track collection of vocal arrangements that spans the entire Classic series plus a couple of X numbers. I recen...
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Pew pew pew! VGdrum busts through Mega Man X3


Our buddy Patrick Kulikowski covers the opening stage theme
Dec 01
// Tony Ponce
Pixelitis' Patrick Kulikowski, who moonlights as the elusive yet ever-vigilant VGdrummer, is excited for Mega's 25th anniversary just like the rest of us. With his mad skills, he celebrates with another incredible drum cover...
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Armcannon's third album coming in 2013, brother!


Are you a real sexy American boy?
Nov 20
// Tony Ponce
Ahhhhh... the elusive videogame cover band Armcannon! For years, I have tried to see these cats perform live, and time and time again, events transpire to prevent me from achieving my goal. I will not be denied by the cruel ...
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Torzelan opens hell's gate with Demon's Crest death metal


Arrangement of the Demon's Crest final boss theme
Nov 03
// Tony Ponce
What would Halloween be like without a little underworld summoning? Thanks to one of Dtoid's most talented shredders, Torzelan, we all can jam out to the sweet sounds of unquenchable hellfire! "Red Retaliation" is a death me...
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ROCKMAN HOLIC promo has a kickass X vs. Zero battle


Also, HOLY F*CK IT'S GOKU!!!
Oct 26
// Tony Ponce
A few weeks ago, I shared news of five upcoming Mega Man albums. Among those is ROCKMAN HOLIC, a 16-track vocal arrange album by the Japanese music label SOUND HOLIC. I really enjoyed the previous Mega Man-themed arrange alb...
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The 'muskethawk' is born! Assassin's Creed III rock cover


Forget Squall and his candy-ass gunblade
Oct 25
// Tony Ponce
Hot on the heels of Corridor Digital's Assassin's Creed III short film is this rock arrangement by Warialasky -- consider it a spiritual follow-up to the Skyrim cover from earlier this year. With all this Ass Creed love late...
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There's always room for Final Fantasy cover music!


New albums by The World is Square, Those Who Fight, and Knight of the Round
Oct 20
// Tony Ponce
In the span of a couple of months, three very different Final Fantasy cover bands released their first full albums. Is that too much? Well, if you had read the headline of this article, you would already know the answer to th...
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MM2 rock medley featuring the Plants vs. Zombies composer


Oct 07
// Tony Ponce
Just the other day, this nifty little Mega Man 2 medley popped up. It's a rock arrangement with keyboard accompaniment of the Metal Man and Heat Man themes. On guitar is Ferdk, a videogame cover artist with a couple of free ...
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Psycho Crusher tears it up with Mass Effect's map theme


Sep 12
// Tony Ponce
Cristián "Psycho Crusher" Escobar, fresh off his Ken Masters arrangement, has left the past behind and entered the world of contemporary software, where a blue-skinned lady / man / thinger will have sex with you if yo...
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Great music acts rocked Nerdapalooza 2012 so damn hard


Aug 11
// Tony Ponce
Last weekend, August 3-5, a bunch of nerds made Central Florida our b*tch. I'm talking about Nerdapalooza, an annual celebration of geek music spanning nerdcore, hard rock, chiptunes, and other genres. Think MAGFest, only sma...
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The Megas return with MM3-themed History Repeating: Blue


Jun 19
// Tony Ponce
During the four years since The Megas re-imagined Mega Man 2's soundtrack through the incredible Get Equipped, the band has been working on new material (as well as earning a very special reference in the Archie Mega Man comi...
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Crack the whip in Belmont, the Castlevania concept album


Jun 14
// Tony Ponce
You like Castlevania, don't you? In November of last year, guitarist Ryan "Mega Beardo" Postlethwait released a concept album, Belmont, based on the original Castlevania. Similar to the works of The Protomen or The Megas, it ...
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All hail Ken Masters with Psycho Crusher's rock cover


Jun 11
// Tony Ponce
HOW Y'DO, KEN!? SURE YOU'RE KEN! I'D LIKE SOME POUND CAKE! Psycho Crusher has pumped out a new rock arrangement based on, of course, Ken's theme from Street Fighter II. Ken is clearly superior to Ryu in every way, while Ryu ...
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VGdrumming to Solar Inferno, the most metal Mega Man song


Jun 10
// Tony Ponce
The music from Mega Man 10 is the strangest creature ever. On one hand, it assembles composers from each Classic Mega Man entry in an all-star jamboree. On the other hand, their contributions are perhaps some of the most bor...
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Marble Madness remix album by Grant 'Stemage' Henry rocks


Jun 03
// Jayson Napolitano
Okay, I never got through the second stage of Marble Madness. I think the NES/arcade classic is universally regarded as a hard ass game, but from what little I did experience, I loved the music. Grant "Stemage" Henry of Metro...

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