Anyone who's played a variety of games knows that there are some amazing songs and sound tracks that go along with them. A lot of the times the track is used in the game and then forgotten, wasting a ton of musical talent. So today I'd like to share some bands that dedicate their careers to recreating and playing video game sound tracks. This is my top 5 favorite video game bands.
#5: Power Glove
Everyone who's familiar with Nintendo knows the Powerglove and how it's so bad. So it shouldn't be a surprise that this power metal band chose to name themselves after it. They're best known for playing classic Nintendo themes, but they also have branched out into cartoon theme songs such as The Simpons and Pokemon. To promote their band, the members created a video game of their own. You can find that here. Be warned though, the creators are a big fan of Nintendo Hard.
Mortal Kombat Theme
Power Rangers Theme
#4: The Black Mages
Probably the most well known of the list are The Black Mages. The Japanese instrumental rock band formed by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for a majority of the Final Fantasy games. The band performed rock versions of popular Final Fantasy themes, including songs for the movie Advent Children. Their style is unique and I can't find a label for it. It sounds a lot like exactly what you'd expect a rock band and a live orchestra to sound like, except good. They sound amazing, and the only reason it isn't number one on this list is because they had no variety, they only played songs from Final Fantasy. Uematsu officially announced the band had disbanded on On August 7, 2010, which was a sad day for Uematsu fans.
[FF6] Dancing Mad
[FF10] Fight with Seymour.
[Advent Children] One-winged Angel.
#3: The Advantage
Another band named after a NES accessory. Less known than the previous two, this band only plays covers of old NES music but has done a wide range of games. Unlike the others, the mostly focus on replaying the song instead of remaking or restyling it. Their style of music changes with what song they're playing and stays as true to the theme of the original as possible. If you didn't know better, you'd think they wrote the songs and then they were later ported into the games. Their cover of the Ducktales moon theme is awesome. If you only listen to one song posted in this entry, make it that one.
[Ducktales] The Moon
[Metroid] Kraid's Lair
[Super Mario 2] Medley
[Megaman 2] Medley
over 70 video game songs, which is impressive on it's own. But he also created the web site OCremix, where countless people upload their own remixes of video game music, people that would most likely be nameless or uncredited musicians on the internet. The range of games covered just by Djprezel is enough to make the list, but when you add in the community he's created, it really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone he takes number 1.
If you're a gamer and for some reason you've never heard of this site, well consider this entry my personal Christmas gift to you. Also, another cool thing is I get to link directly to the download instead of youtube links! Just follow the link, click the download tab and pick a mirror.
Favorite songs: (by Djpretzel)
[F-zero] Mure Radiology
[Lufia II] MysteryInRed
[Bubble Bobble] Hillbilly Rodeo
[Chrono Trigger] Revival Day Impoetus
So there you have it! I hope you discovered something interesting, all the musicians listed are extremely talented and deserve more fame than they get. I plan on doing more personal top # list entries in the future depending on how well this one is received. Let me know what you think, and if you listened to the songs, what your favorite one is.
See you guys after the weekend.