Sunday, December 12, 2010

My top 5 favorite video game bands.

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.

Favorite songs:
Tetris Theme
Mortal Kombat Theme
Power Rangers Theme
Pokemon 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.

Favorite songs:
[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.

Favorite songs:
[Ducktales] The Moon
[Metroid] Kraid's Lair
[Zelda] Fortess

#2: Minibosses
Next on the list we have Minibosses, which I personally think is the best named out of them all. They perform instrumental rock versions of classic games, and like The Advantage, most of their songs are from the NES. Unlike the others, the Minibosses also create medleys of entire game sound tracks. That's about it, don't let my lack of words fool you. These guys are awesome. Apparently, the internet likes crediting the Minibosses for songs they haven't done, so searching for music from these guys was a bit difficult.

Favorite songs:
[Super Mario 2] Medley
[Megaman 2] Medley

#1: Djpretzel/OCremix
Okay so, I'm kind of cheating here. This list is supposed to be about video game bands but I made an exception. Djpretzel has remixed 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
[Lunar] SingingPretzel
[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.


honkhonkpt said... [Reply]

I haven't heard of any of these bands! I'll check some of them out.

Mr Bouchard said... [Reply]

I haven't heard of any of these too! Thanks for sharing it, I'll look it up!

Mister Sharaf said... [Reply]

nice choice

Lexi said... [Reply]

Me likey, I'll have to listen to a few of these.

You should do one on the ten best songs used in games next! I can make special requests, right? :p

Sinisa said... [Reply]


Buff Drinklots said... [Reply]

No anamanaguchi?

David Davidson said... [Reply]

The Black Mages are awesome

Smatchimo said... [Reply]

this is a great post. in the meantime, you should look up girl joy, here is one of her songs.

Rorschach Redemption said... [Reply]

Not a shabby list!

I would like to add the music from Katamari Damacy. "Soundtrack of the Year 2004"

RatsRunThisTown said... [Reply]

Minibosses are awesome! And congratulations on being our blog highlight of the week btw :) Hope it's given you some increased traffic!

Stay sexy Springy!

cupcakelady said... [Reply]

Ill have to check those out!

Ada said... [Reply]

I've heard of many of these bands, but the Powerglove poster is amazing haha

SuciƓ Sanchez said... [Reply]

I liked Ain't No Rest For The Wicked by Cage the Elephant in Borderlands.

Classically Trained Nub said... [Reply]

I love all of these bands...but where are the NESkimos? Their cover of the contra stages alone puts them slightly above the minibosses in my book. Also, Game Over has some pretty awesome stuff as well, like Heavy Mario.

Das Auto! said... [Reply]

i haven't heard of most of these, but i'm not much of a gamer. tetris ftw!

Smile said... [Reply]

Great section, interesting idea!

McSnitches said... [Reply]

Power Glove are badass

The Champ said... [Reply]

What about Horse the Band?

Freshman said... [Reply]

cool post bro :D

Wilson Berry said... [Reply]

Power gloveeee!!
Nintendo locked and loaded!

Geek song right here vvvv

nicktoons games said... [Reply]

amazing and nice choice. I so like it.

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