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Deth Muncher
2011-12-08, 02:22 PM
So, you MIGHT be able to tell from my avatar one of the fandoms I follow rather heavily - and it seems like it's not just me, because there have been more than a few bands over the last few years which seem to be paying tribute to the Mega Man (or Rock Man, if you prefer) series appropriately - with rock 'n roll, of course! The Protomen and The Megas are some of the bigger ones I know of and listen to, as well as DJ Cutman on a less Megaman-specific but still inspired theme.

What I want to know is, are there any other Mega Man music dorks like me out there?

Further question, Protomen specific: I have a copy of their Act 1 record, which I have been too afraid to open and listen to as of yet. Has anyone listened to theirs and can attest to how the songs sound different? I know they were supposed to have extended tracks.

Reejis
2011-12-08, 08:43 PM
I've been interested in checking The Protomen out, I've heard good things. I'm a big fan of the original series, but there's several iterations I missed out on (Legends, Battle Network, etc.) One day I'll have to go on a huge Megaman archive binge.

Tebryn
2011-12-08, 08:47 PM
Further question, Protomen specific: I have a copy of their Act 1 record, which I have been too afraid to open and listen to as of yet. Has anyone listened to theirs and can attest to how the songs sound different? I know they were supposed to have extended tracks.

Their songs sound nothing like Mega Mane unless you count the electonic parts. Act 2 sounds nothing at all like Act 1. Totally worth it still. The story does not follow the games either. Much more dark and mature.

Raistlin1040
2011-12-08, 09:40 PM
The Protomen are excellent, especially Act 2, but they don't sound very Mega-Man like. That said, their story fits very well into the Mega-Man universe and I've adopted a fair amount of it into my own personal Mega-Man canon.

The Megas are pretty good, but I think they missed a lot of good opportunities by sticking too much to the game soundtracks.

Marillion
2011-12-08, 10:19 PM
Ahem. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU7JqewM40Q)Tencharacters

Comrade
2011-12-09, 01:36 AM
Ahem. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU7JqewM40Q)Tencharacters

That was ridiculously epic.

Mikeavelli
2011-12-09, 03:31 AM
Relevant to this discussion...


http://www.gamesetwatch.com/tumblr_ltydr6t2in1qizbpto1_1280.gif


That said, The Protomen are an amazing band, they're not remixed video game tunes at all - but their talent for making unique, new music surpasses the nostalgia factor of old games.

Also, the lyrics provide plenty of nostalgia.

If you want to preview the album, some of the best tracks are available on youtube:

Of particular note during Act 1:

Hope Rides Alone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cnYvMC2fCo&feature=related)

The Stand (Man or Machine) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUpIg9ZFsd4&feature=related)

The Sons of Fate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh2rPGBSamE&feature=fvst)

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Act 2 is different from Act 1, but... Still similar? The protomen as a band like to experiment with new things, they don't fall into the trap of all of their music sounding pretty much identical.

Check out

The Good Doctor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP2NePWJ2pQ), which sets the tone for the whole of Act 2.

The Hounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBcDoZnN8ac&feature=related) is a delicious Villain song. It's like if the whole album were the soundtrack of a musical, and this is Dr. Wily's chance to steal the show.

chiasaur11
2011-12-09, 03:42 AM
Protomen are great.

We live in a world where the phrase "So, there's this really good Megaman Rock Opera..." is a true one.

And they're apparently utterly heartstoppingly good live. Whole big production, complete with sets and costumes. All the good of musical theater without the suck.

And I've always liked Breaking Out and Light Up the Night. Joe's stuff has an optimism none of the other characters pull.

And you have to love a guy who, when driving out of town on a motorbike, grabs the first pretty girl he sees, the line "Leave a light on, I'll be back for you", like they've known each other their whole lives.

Deth Muncher
2011-12-09, 05:43 PM
Their songs sound nothing like Mega Man unless you count the electonic parts.

Not what I meant, though good to summarize for the unacquainted.

I mean, there's Act 1 - the CD, and Act 1 - The Vinyl. The Vinyl has extended cuts of all of the songs. But I have't heard them yet. I was wondering if someone had.

TheSummoner
2011-12-10, 12:00 PM
I've heard a bit of the Protomen, but I never really got into them.

I really like the Megas though specifically because they stick to the game soundtrack. There's a lot of nostalgia there for me... Megaman X was one of my favorite games as a kid and because of that I went back and played the entire classic series and loved every second of it.

It's pretty insane that they could take this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HdCs1dvQ7M), one of the happiest sounding themes in any of the Megaman games and make this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOY3O_d3GbQ).

Kneenibble
2011-12-11, 04:26 PM
Protomen are great.

We live in a world where the phrase "So, there's this really good Megaman Rock Opera..." is a true one.

And they're apparently utterly heartstoppingly good live. Whole big production, complete with sets and costumes. All the good of musical theater without the suck.

They are SO GOOD live. It took all my personal restraint not to leap on stage and suck Turbo's uvula out of his mouth. The Hounds is pure sex sublimed into sounds.

KILROY speaks a little French, too.

I had no idea that the vinyl had some extended tracks on it. Are you afraid to open it, Meth Duncher, out of fear of damaging its collector's value? Or what? Lay it down already and tell us about it!

Lord.Sorasen
2011-12-11, 04:34 PM
They are SO GOOD live. It took all my personal restraint not to leap on stage and suck Turbo's uvula out of his mouth. The Hounds is pure sex sublimed into sounds.

KILROY speaks a little French, too.

I had no idea that the vinyl had some extended tracks on it. Are you afraid to open it, Meth Duncher, out of fear of damaging its collector's value? Or what? Lay it down already and tell us about it!

I bought the vinyl myself, but unfortunately it partially warped on the way home (to put it lightly, a couple friends and I road tripped 400 miles to see them, and there was no way to keep it safe from the heat.) However it's still really neat.

The Protomen are one of my favorite bands. I really have to say it's a mistake to group them with other Megaman bands, though. They don't play remixes of the OST. Rather, they've created their own Megaman mythos. 1/3 Megaman, 1/3 arena-rock, 1/3 1984 ("We are the dead" is in fact stated heavily). One thing a lot of people do is listen to the albums without the lyrics with them. Anyone who wants to listen to the albums absolutely needs to get the lyrics at the same time. There is an entire story told in the post script and it is completely mind blowing.

Deth Muncher
2011-12-12, 06:10 AM
I had no idea that the vinyl had some extended tracks on it. Are you afraid to open it, Meth Duncher, out of fear of damaging its collector's value? Or what? Lay it down already and tell us about it!

Actually, no, Kneensy, it's that my record player is currently not hooked up. And I haven't had the room to set it up since I moved, so I've not yet had the pleasure of listening to this album. I may rip the tracks to my computer, though, since I ALSO have one of THOSE turntables. But no, it's not because I'm some kind of insane collector-type (though I am, kinda - just not in this instance).