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Audio File Friday 'Metroid Metal'

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Greetings audiophiles!

With Audio File Friday it's always been important to me to feature as wide a variety of genres I could find. There is something for everyone out there and it's my goal to show it all.

So far we've done dubstep, we've done hip-hop, we've done jazz, we've done chiptune; we've done a lot. Something we haven't done yet is metal. There have got to be some metal head gaymers lurking around here right?

The realization that I had yet to feature any kind of metal made me want to hunt down some game-centric metal. Not a difficult thing to find, turns out, thanks to a hardcore band of hardcore Metroid fans known as Metroid Metal.


Metroid Metal began as a one-man effort in 2003 by group leader Grant Henry aka Stemage. As he continued metal-izing the music of Metroid he was joined in 2005 by bassist Dan Taylor aka chunkstyle. After transitioning from recording on 8-track no that's not a typo to a desktop recording environment and seeing that there were other musicians out there interested in what he was doing Stemage had the idea to turn this effort into something a little bit bigger. In 2008 he and chunkstyle were joined by drummer Kevin Lawrence, Dan Behrens aka danimal, and Micheal Molnar aka Kirby.

And thus, Metroid Metal Live was born. reborn?

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Their work speaks for itself. Metroid is already known for its powerful, in your face music and Metroid Metal injects each song with an unnecessary, but more than appreciated, steroid dose.

Stemage began with the just the original NES Metroid but couldn't resist touching the rest of the series. In particular Super Metroid's Lower Norfair which, as he puts it:

WAS JUST TOO GOOD TO NOT DESTROY! So yeah, I didn't move on to other games and decided to stick with the Metroid franchise instead.

brb cleaning myself That one happens to be my personal favorite but their entire catalog is just as breathtaking.

Each song goes completely balls to the wall; even the Item Room will get you head banging. I normally associate Item Room with creepy and unsettling but with this all I can think of is jumping into a mosh pit.

For a guy like me who loves metal but is far from a metal-head, songs like Item Room and Downed Frigate provide some much needed air with the ambient downtime they provide.

And of course they haven't stayed away from the modern Metroid games whatsoever. Metroid Prime's Phendrana Drifts has never sounded better!

You can take a listen to the two albums they've released, Varia Suite and Expansion pack right here via their Bandcamp:


And you can download ALL of Metroid Metal's songs, including the ones not included on these two albums like Tallon Overworld:

The best part is that all of their music is 100% absolutely free to download! Can't get any better than that!

Get their music, updates on the group, performance dates and much much more at their official website.

If you want to see them live you can catch them tomorrow, July 30th, in Baltimore at the Bit Gen Gamer Fest and in August at PAX 2011 in Seattle. More details here.

And as always, ever unchanging, be sure to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter.


I'll see you all right here next week. Until then let Metal Metroid blow out your eardrums all weekend long.

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3 Comments

Bill said:

Damn good find!! Phendrana Drifts is amazing!

Thanks for the heads up gogoedward

Hey, gay metal head gamer here! I have a playlist in youtube w/ Metal remixes for game music, its url is: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD411696483F7A2AC

Also, there's a brazillian band called Megadriver spacialized in making Metal game covers, you should check it out!

And thanks for sharing this!

Volferam said:

Another band that is notorious for metal game covers would be Power Glove, they've only recently commercially released an album, however.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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