I'm sure by now many of you are aware of my Megaman conspiracy theories. If you're just tuning in: Megaman has been noticeably absent from recent Capcom crossover titles like Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, and following his creator Keiji Inafune's departure from the company both of his upcoming titles, Megaman Universe and Megaman Legends 3, have been canceled.
But Audio File Friday is not the time for conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy Theory Thursdays!? Thoughts?
That being said Megaman has been on my mind a lot lately, I've even managed to bring him up in pieces that have nothing to do with him. Why not kill two birds with one stone with a band that is as fascinated with the Blue Bomber as I currently am?
A band like The Megas.
From their official site:
Since the year 200X (4), The Megas have strived to bring a message from Dr. Light to the people. They have chosen to transmit that message, the tale of a small blue robot named Megaman, directly into the eardrums of the general populace through the power of rock.
Composed of four mere humans with no known robot powers, The Megas previously used their face melting abilities in other rock projects including the popular punk act Agent 51, who signed with BIllie Joe Armstrong's Adeline Records and enjoyed some tour success before disbanding. However, it was not until they rallied behind Megaman that they found a true purpose for their rock: the righteous cause of justice.
Not a bad cause to get behind. But how's the music?
Pretty darn great.
The Megas take the original music of the Megaman series, mostly Megaman 2, and reimagine each as a high energy rock track. But more than just rock covers, these guys take each song and add their own original lyrics that tell the game's tale. They delve into the heads of everyone from Megaman to Metalman, and even explore the motivations of Dr. Light; Megaman's creator and father.
Their first album Get Equipped feels more like a rock opera than a simple album. Not unlike former Audio File Friday-ers Man Factory. If you were a fan of Man Factory's rock n' roll story telling then The Megas are sure to be right up your alley.
Megaman 2 is known for having some of the most iconic songs in gaming history, like the legendary Dr. Wily theme which The Megas do justice.
My personal favorite is undoubtedly the Dr. Wily-infused 'I Want to be the One'. In particular, the acoustic version off of their aptly titled Get Acoustic; the entire first album redone acoustically with the help of the Monsteropolis Orchestra. In fact this beautifully done acoustic album is my favorite of their offerings. There's an added layer of drama to it all that grabs me more than the standard album.
The penultimate song of the first album, Programmed to Fight, which centers on Crashman is another stand out track that shows off the band's musical and storytelling abilities.
Their most recent release Sparked a War is the first taste of their next album, centered around the music of Megaman 3, and will leave you salivating for more.
Listening to the Megas is just the thing a jaded Megaman fan like me needs to take my mind off of his mysterious disappearances of late. If you're in the same boat, or just enjoy what you hear, you can stream and then purchase their albums via the group's Bandcamp.
And of course hit up their official website, twitter, and facebook for all the latest. These guys really know how to interact with their fans so why not shoot 'em a message and let the guys that you're digging what they're doing.
Like many Audio File Friday-ers these guys are fans, just like us, and are doing what they do for no other reason than love. That's worth more than a little support don't you think?
It's dedicated fans like The Megas that prove just how special that blue-helmed lad really is, and hopefully he won't be away from us gamers for too much longer. Until we find out what's going on with him at least we've got some great music to listen to while we wait.