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3:00 AM on 09.30.2013

Duane & BrandO's remastered LP is ready for yo' bawls

It's been almost a year since the comedy rock-rap duo of "8-Bit Duane " Zuwala and "The Amazing BrandO" Lackey made peace with each other following a very intense falling out. Back in the studio as The Adventures of Duane &a...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 09.15.2013

World 1-2: Encore offers more world-class game arranges

World 1-2 was pretty amazing. If you didn't snatch it up when it was first released, do realize that you have been missing out on a masterful collaboration of professional game composers and enthusiast arrangers, with contrib...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 09.07.2013

Rock and piano covers of the Mighty No. 9 theme

Is anyone else playing and replaying the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter video and jamming out to the theme song? Because that is totally what I'm doing. It's so great to hear Mega Man 1 composer Manami Matsumae hard at work again,...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 08.10.2013

SICK NASTY! Check this rockin' Mega Man X fan medley

Self-taught Chilean guitarist Satou Brainchild was inspired by Video Games Live in Santiago to spend several months assembling a medley of tunes from the first five Mega Man X games, i.e. the PROPER series before Capcom f*ck...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 05.25.2013

Latest Anamanaguchi music video sends pizza into space

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...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 05.19.2013

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

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...

Jonathan Holmes

12:00 PM on 05.12.2013

Pray at the altar of NES chiptune metal with Diad

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...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 05.06.2013

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

[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...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 05.01.2013

Super game composer collab World 1-2 is out

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...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 04.19.2013

Link goes metal in Ledjent of Zelda

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...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 03.11.2013

Get milky with OC ReMix's Kirby Super Star album

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...

Tony Ponce

6:00 AM on 03.09.2013

Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley

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...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 02.24.2013

The top ten Contra songs OF ALL TIME

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. ...

Tony Ponce

7:45 PM on 01.29.2013

Mini-MAGFest! Game Over Austin on February 3

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...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 01.08.2013

Armcannon 3: LegVacuum 2 is out, is so money

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...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 01.02.2013

Last year's chiptune album Preschtale gets remixed, baby

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...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 12.21.2012

New VGM supergroup Lords of Thunder to debut at MAGFest

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...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 12.21.2012

The Megas tease second MM3 album with a new single

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...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 12.20.2012

Mega Man music fans, We are ROCK-MEN! 2 is now available

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...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 12.09.2012

Goku is Cut Man! Cut Man is Goku!

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...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 12.01.2012

Pew pew pew! VGdrum busts through Mega Man X3

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...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 11.20.2012

Armcannon's third album coming in 2013, brother!

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 ...

Tony Ponce

3:30 PM on 11.03.2012

Torzelan opens hell's gate with Demon's Crest death metal

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...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 10.26.2012

ROCKMAN HOLIC promo has a kickass X vs. Zero battle

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...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 10.25.2012

The 'muskethawk' is born! Assassin's Creed III rock cover

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...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 10.20.2012

There's always room for Final Fantasy cover music!

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...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 10.07.2012

MM2 rock medley featuring the Plants vs. Zombies composer

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 ...

Tony Ponce

7:30 PM on 09.12.2012

Psycho Crusher tears it up with Mass Effect's map theme

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...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 08.11.2012

Great music acts rocked Nerdapalooza 2012 so damn hard

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...

Tony Ponce

3:30 PM on 06.19.2012

The Megas return with MM3-themed History Repeating: Blue

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...

Tony Ponce





11:15 AM on 06.14.2012

Crack the whip in Belmont, the Castlevania concept album

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 ...

Tony Ponce

6:00 PM on 06.11.2012

All hail Ken Masters with Psycho Crusher's rock cover

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 ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 06.10.2012

VGdrumming to Solar Inferno, the most metal Mega Man song

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...

Tony Ponce

2:00 AM on 06.03.2012

Marble Madness remix album by Grant 'Stemage' Henry rocks

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...

Jayson Napolitano

6:30 PM on 05.25.2012

Bullet For My Valentine headed to Rock Band this Tuesday

When I first saw that Bullet For My Valentine was coming to Rock Band 3, I somehow managed to confuse them with My Bloody Valentine (alt-rock darlings from the very early 90's). But then I saw the tracklist and thought, "Wait...

Brett Zeidler

11:30 AM on 05.14.2012

Cory Johnson's post-rock Zelda album is complete

Back in December, I shared a demo of an upcoming Zelda tribute album by Cory Johnson. Several months later, the album is complete and ready to occupy your music library. The finished album consists of 23 tracks spanning the e...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 05.12.2012

Psycho Crusher's Lavender Town jam will forever haunt you

[Header image by AzakaChi-RD-17] Pokémon, like many children's properties, seems all sugary and innocent on the surface. But dig a little bit deeper and you'll find a wealth of freaky sh*t that was best left untouched...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 04.18.2012

Got 9 minutes? Enjoy the Video Game Rock Medley!

The above full sequence of awesomeness comes courtesy of Swedish musician Fredrik Larsson, better known as FreddeGredde. Even if you don't know him by name, I guarantee you've heard this man's handiwork before. For one, he m...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 04.10.2012

How come no one told me the Minibosses had a new album!?

If you are a fan of videogame cover bands, you damn well better know who the Minibosses are. These guys are pioneers, going an tour with a set list of NES rock arrangements before pretty much anyone else. Hell, I was listenin...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 03.17.2012

You do not f**k with Goldeen

Goldeen -- just above Metapod and Magikarp on the list of Pokémon that are better off dead. "But they evolve into much more powerful creatures!" Yeah, they're still turds. But when you get between a Goldeen and its lo...

Tony Ponce