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Vomitron - 2016 NESessary Evil

ARTIST: Vomitron
ALBUM: NESessary Evil
LABEL: Metavania Music
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Joe Kurland (Metavania Music)


LINEUP: All music performed by Vomitron

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wizards & Warriors * 02 Metroid (1 of 2) * 03 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1 of 2) * 04 Castlevania II - Simon's Quest * 05 Bionic Commando (1 of 2) * 06 Metroid (2 of 2) * 07 Marble Madness * 08 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2 of 2) * 09 Bionic Commando (2 of 2) * 10 Mega Man



It was without doubt, the most unusual reviewing assignment during the 2011 year. And that was: reviewing the debut album from Vomitron. A project associated with the Massachusetts metal band Armory (who we've reviewed here before) but Vomitron focus solely on music sourced from Nintendo Entertainment Systems games, or NES for short. That 2011 album was 'No NES For The Wicked' (review in the Tags section underneath). Five years on, and Vomitron deliver Part II, 'NESessary Evil', and it's as rampant as its predecessor. The cover art might not be as striking as the hot tattooed brunette on the 2011 edition, but the Armory team led by Peter Rutcho and Joe Kurland, have obviously spent far too much time in front of a monitor with an NES console in hand.. lol! This time, we have more games where the music has been re-interpreted in heavy metal style. As far as I'm aware, they are the only band doing this sort of thing, so they have the market cornered.

The Songs
Love the tinkly synths which leads off 'Wizards And Warriors', and the chop/change nature of the music. It's quite a long piece at a touch on 8 minutes, and you can hear some game-play sound effects through this one too. The game was originally released back in 1987. Wikipedia entry.

Second track is 'Metroid (Part 1)'. At 6 minutes, this track is very cool, the music melding crunching metal with a science fiction back-story to this game. It was the first in a multi-series of Metroid games over the years, this one came out in 1986. Vomitron also play a second 'Metroid' track further on the album (Part 2) which has a regimented militaristic feel. Wikipedia entry.

Third track is 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'. The music here is on the money; fast paced, and hard driving. There are some neat tempo and arrangement changes too. The game originally came out in 1989, and was the first gaming system to be based off the animated TV series from 1987. Like Metroid', there is a second track further on down the track order, that interpretation is a slower moodier piece initially, though does pick up the pace. Wikipedia entry.

'Castlevania' was featured on the first Vomitron CD, this time they set their sights on 'Castlevania II - Simon's Quest', which is the second installment of a game featuring vampire hunter Simon Belmont. NES' version of Abraham Van Helsing perhaps? There's no escaping the fate of vampires judging by this knockout piece of metal. I have to add, the keyboard parts are excellent. Nice! Wikipedia entry.

'Bionic Commando' was an NES game from 1988, featuring a character called Ladd Spencer, who was equipped with a robotic arm. The music here is quite dramatic, and would seem to mirror some of the action sequences. It does phase in and out of very dreamy synth parts and some bullet like double-bass drum work. One of my favourite tracks so far, though overall, I'm enjoying all of it so far. There is a second installment at track 9, which is a galloping affair, again mirroring action sequences more than likely. Wikipedia entry.

'Marble Madness' was a game originally developed for the Atari platform back in 1984. It was a video arcade styled design, using a trackball to guide a marble around the environment. Vomitron's musical interpretation sounds amazing, I would love to hear the original sounds from this game. The track picks up speed throughout, the drum work is off the scale! Amazing. Wikipedia entry.

Finishing off the album is 'Mega Man', described as one of the best NES games ever created, though it was commercial disappointment. Sounds like many melodic rock/AOR albums from the 80's huh? Released just before Christmas 1987, this game seemed to have all the right elements, and you can hear this in the metallized interpretation developed by Vomitron. It's got everything really. Fast and slow passages, bullet-like drums, thick and furious guitar parts and dazzling synth work. Wikipedia entry.

In Summary
So there we have it. Some incredible musicianship on offer here. If you were an NES gamer back in the day (go on, admit it!), then checking out Vomitron's versions of the game-play music should be a task to be undertaken over the remainder of the Christmas holidays. I was never a gamer, mainly because I could never commit the time, but if the originals are anything near to the interpretations created by the Vomitron team, then it would make for a fun exercise. Vomitron have outdone themselves here, 'NESessary Evil', not so much evil, but absolutely necessary! Check them out, and buy what is a essential CD from 2016.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 29 2016 23:39:46
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