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Vomitron - 2011 No NES For The Wicked

ARTIST: Vomitron
ALBUM: No NES For The Wicked
LABEL: Metavania Music
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Joe Kurland (Metavania Music)


LINEUP: Peter Rutcho - all instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 Filtered Blow * 02 Contra * 03 Blaster Master * 04 Kalinka * 05 The Legend Of Zelda * 06 Ninja Gaiden Acts 1-3 * 07 Troika * 08 Double Dragon * 09 Bradinsky * 10 Ninja Gaiden Acts 4-6 * 11 The Soviet Mind Game * 12 Zelda 2 The Adventure Of Link * 13 Korobeyniki * 14 Castlevania



Cleverly titled album, but some of you are wondering, what the heck does NES mean? If you're a gaming addict, NES means Nintendo Entertainment Systems, and this album is dedicated to all those famous console games from the 80's, by one-man band Peter Rutcho, and his project called Vomitron. Rutcho is a member of Massachusetts based power metallers Armory, who we reviewed back in 2009. It is through this connection that Vomitron makes an appearance at GDAZE, courtesy of Metavania Music's Joe Kurland. This truly is an instrumental album worth hearing, as the console music and themes from some of Nintendo's more popular games are given a heavy metal wake up call, with guitars, keyboards and drums dashing out an amazing array of genres such as power metal, thrash, melodic rock and dare I say it AOR (but without any words or lyrics). If I was to compare notes, you could latch onto guys such as Ronnie Montrose (his solo material from the 80's), prog uber keyboardist Michael West, plus other proggies such as Derek Sherinian and Zeroesque, who were reviewed here at GD back in 2003. The Vomitron project sounds huge, with Rutcho given free license to convert the themes of these games into a rock backdrop, and it works a treat.

The Songs
OK, so there's no HM dedication to Super Mario, but other games such as Castlevania, Zelda, Double Dragon and Ninja Gaiden are adequately covered off. It's pretty difficult to actually review this album because of it's unusual nature. But I'll give it a go nonetheless. For starters, there's very little in the way of guitar solos. Most of it is theme driven, with guitar lines keeping true to the original game music. Also, half of these pieces are well over 8 minutes, while the other half are shorter interlude pieces. Typically every second song is a short piece followed by a longer piece. Peter's intro 'Filtered Blow' is a laugh, particularly if you've ever had a console play up on you, and you've cursed every swear word at it to make it go. There's a few choice expletives in the first opening 18 seconds of this CD. Excellent!! 'Contra' is the first serious slab to get us underway, with thick rhythm guitar parts and dynamic drum sections all the way through its 8 minute run time. 'Blaster Master' is another to tread the boards heavily, with nice multi-tracked guitar lines and a thumping bass. There is a change-up bit in the middle which obviously tracks close to the original theme music. 'The Legend Of Zelda' is a shorter piece at just under 4 minutes, and is slower dramatic affair, with Queensryche and Savatage influences, though the million-mile an hour drum part in the middle is neither of them.. lol! Perhaps one of the more popular NES games was 'Ninja Gaiden', which appeared in 1989, featuring the Japanese ninja warrior Ryu Hayabusa. The Vomitron music is in-depth, complex in parts and changes tempo and shape often. The keyboards on this sound great. 'Ninja Gaiden' is represented by two tracks: 'Acts 1-3' and 'Acts 4-6'. 'Double Dragon' is a fast moving action piece, the game itself based around two martial arts fighting brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee. The solo section in this features an incredible keyboard solo and some super fast double bass drumming. Then it changes shape and drops in a super cool funky/jazz part not unlike early 70's synth kings Stardrive, before normal transmission is resumed. 'Zelda 2 - The Adventure Of Link' is a slower but intense slice of metal, it has a regimented Armored Saint like quality to it, but mostly this rocks out in a big way. One of my favourite tracks is the last one 'Castlevania', which is a Japanese adaptation of Dracula's Castle which first appeared way back in 1986, back in the days when Bon Jovi was slippery and wet! The shorter interludes feature Tetris related pieces such as 'Bradinsky', 'Kalinka', 'Troika' and 'Soviet Mind Game', all of which can be seen and heard on YouTube.

In Summary
I'm thinking that perhaps some of the Nintendo design staff (especially the Music Department) must have been closet hard rock or metal fans, as all of the themes that Peter Rutcho has hand-picked for this album sound tailor-made for our favourite genres. Mind you, many of the games were deisgned for other platforms other than Nintendo too, including Atari, Game Boy, Amiga, Commodore 64, Amstrad, Spectrum, and of course in later years; Sega, Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo Wii. I've been playing this CD quite a bit over the last few weeks, not enough to go buy a used NES console on Ebay to test out some of those old games, but I'm certain over time this CD will have some novelty value, and may end up being a collectors piece in years to come. If you were a NES gamer from way back, then some of these game themes will be familiar to you, and you may even have some stories to share about your experiences. Refer the hyperlinks associated with some the songs in this review. Check out 'No NES For The Wicked' on our Top Ten Jukebox for the month of Nov 2011.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 05 2011 14:05:38
How about the babe on the cover! Wowza!
#2 | swazi on November 06 2011 16:05:53
LOL! Wowza ...! Smile
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