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Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Ladies and Gentlemen... The Megas! If video game cover bands could be called "concept" bands, then The Megas are a concept WITHIN a concept (METACONCEPT!), as they focus specifically on Mega Man themes with original (kickass) lyrics + vocals. I suppose in Japan they'd be "The Rocks," which is equally appropriate, because... they do. Sayeth their website:

"Since the year 200X (4), The Megas have strived to bring a message from Dr. Light to the people. They have chosen to transmit that message, the tale of a small blue robot named Megaman, directly into the eardrums of the general populace through the power of rock."
So, I suppose a more accurate label would be, "Evangelizing Disseminators of the Good Word of Dr. Light through the Power of Rock," but that's a bit unwieldy. The group released their first album, Get Equipped, back in January, and actually subbed this mix a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It was 96Kbps/22Khz though, and both our standards and our consciences dictated a better quality version be posted. When spreading the Gospel of the Church of Capcom, you gotta go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere... and that requires fidelity. Larry was about to mail them since their album had come out, but Greg Schneider of the band actually got back to him first after all that time had passed and sent in this newer, shinier, far more Mega version of a truly kickass track. The lyrics here by themselves are a draw: if "I will fly high above Monsteropolis / and I'll rain terror down on the general populace" isn't the anthem of a new generation of disenfranchised, angst-ridden supervillains, I don't know what is. Plus, you know... it rhymes good. Ala Ginsberg w/ The Clash on Ghetto Defendant. These heroic messengers were actually interviewed on the same episode of Game Music Radio that Jill and Andy were back when they were doing VGDJ; small world. For me, this definitely conjured memories of Game Over's breakthrough track in terms of context-relevant original lyrics and vocal style. On the latter point, specifically you've got call-and-answer tradeoffs, some spoken material, and harmonies that reminded me of that mix. This is equally as epic, and the Mega-phone effected sermon of pure awesome that begins at 2'19" is a fantastic add that builds with intensity, leading up to the afforementioned Monsteropolis mantra.

VGM bands seem to be popping up all over the place, and getting a good deal of exposure while they're at it, but it's cool to see that trend resulting in some diversification. The Megas may not play from a very diverse setlist, given their Mega Man focus, but they're doing something different in terms of emphasizing original vocals and lyrics and taking on a sort of LARP persona as agents of Dr. Light, spreading the oral history of a beloved and popular franchise. There also seems to be something about Mega Man's whole universe, including its music, that lends itself well to this sort of focus; recall Project X, for example. I'm not sure whether the same concept would work with other games, but it's definitely working here for The Megas. Check out this ReMix, then check out http://themegas.com for more. - OCRemix.org


It's not really a secret that from the moment I first heard the Megas that I fell in love with them. I was a BIG Megaman fanboy growing up, and when I heard this "rock opera" (excuse the pun) version of my favorite blue android, it was love at first listen.

The basic premise of Get Equipped! is that as a tribute to Megaman 2, each villainous theme is turned to that particular rogue's ballad: his story, his pain, his motive for fighting Megaman. As a fanboy of the Megas, I had frequented their website, their myspace, and their Purevolume account, hunting down as much of their music as possible. As many of the nerdcore community members listened to the MegaRan album heard Metal Dance for the first time, I was listening to a new version of an already beloved song.

However, nothing could really prepare me for Get Equipped!. They re-recorded and remastered each song, so it was a brand new listening experience. While there were some personal choices, for example I liked the vocals in the original Airman song more, that is more out of personal preference than quality. You also get some songs that had previously been unreleased.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is a MUST have if you have ever liked the Megaman franchise. Get Equipped! is a masterful tribute to Mega, and as their first release, the Megas are showing amazing promise and accomplishment as musicians. Will their next release continue redefining Megaman 2? Will they move on to Megaman 3 or back to the original? All that is certain is if these guys keep on rocking, they'll not only continue to help establish a new standard for video game inspired music, they'll be doing the franchise proud. GO BUY THIS. - Nerdapalooza


Ladies and Gentlemen... The Megas! If video game cover bands could be called "concept" bands, then The Megas are a concept WITHIN a concept (METACONCEPT!), as they focus specifically on Mega Man themes with original (kickass) lyrics + vocals. I suppose in Japan they'd be "The Rocks," which is equally appropriate, because... they do. Sayeth their website:

"Since the year 200X (4), The Megas have strived to bring a message from Dr. Light to the people. They have chosen to transmit that message, the tale of a small blue robot named Megaman, directly into the eardrums of the general populace through the power of rock."
So, I suppose a more accurate label would be, "Evangelizing Disseminators of the Good Word of Dr. Light through the Power of Rock," but that's a bit unwieldy. The group released their first album, Get Equipped, back in January, and actually subbed this mix a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It was 96Kbps/22Khz though, and both our standards and our consciences dictated a better quality version be posted. When spreading the Gospel of the Church of Capcom, you gotta go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere... and that requires fidelity. Larry was about to mail them since their album had come out, but Greg Schneider of the band actually got back to him first after all that time had passed and sent in this newer, shinier, far more Mega version of a truly kickass track. The lyrics here by themselves are a draw: if "I will fly high above Monsteropolis / and I'll rain terror down on the general populace" isn't the anthem of a new generation of disenfranchised, angst-ridden supervillains, I don't know what is. Plus, you know... it rhymes good. Ala Ginsberg w/ The Clash on Ghetto Defendant. These heroic messengers were actually interviewed on the same episode of Game Music Radio that Jill and Andy were back when they were doing VGDJ; small world. For me, this definitely conjured memories of Game Over's breakthrough track in terms of context-relevant original lyrics and vocal style. On the latter point, specifically you've got call-and-answer tradeoffs, some spoken material, and harmonies that reminded me of that mix. This is equally as epic, and the Mega-phone effected sermon of pure awesome that begins at 2'19" is a fantastic add that builds with intensity, leading up to the afforementioned Monsteropolis mantra.

VGM bands seem to be popping up all over the place, and getting a good deal of exposure while they're at it, but it's cool to see that trend resulting in some diversification. The Megas may not play from a very diverse setlist, given their Mega Man focus, but they're doing something different in terms of emphasizing original vocals and lyrics and taking on a sort of LARP persona as agents of Dr. Light, spreading the oral history of a beloved and popular franchise. There also seems to be something about Mega Man's whole universe, including its music, that lends itself well to this sort of focus; recall Project X, for example. I'm not sure whether the same concept would work with other games, but it's definitely working here for The Megas. Check out this ReMix, then check out http://themegas.com for more. - OCRemix.org


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Get Equipped (2008)

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Since the year 200X (4), The Megas have strived to bring a message from Dr. Light to the people. They have chosen to transmit that message, the tale of a small blue robot named Megaman, directly into the eardrums of the general populace through the power of rock.

Composed of four mere humans with no known robot powers, The Megas previously used their face melting abilities in other rock projects including Agent 51 and Apathy. However, it was not until they rallied behind Megaman that they found a true purpose for their rock: the righteous cause of justice.

The Megas’ quest is just beginning - thus far they have unleashed the rock assault in their hometown of Los Angeles and throughout the Southern California area. They hope to begin touring the rest of the state, the country, and ultimately the origin of Megaman himself: Japan.

Video game music may seem a bit laughable, but it's actually turning into a pretty cool little scene... one of the first video game music cover bands, the Minibosses, have toured with Jimmy Eat World, another band called Powerglove is opening a few dates for Dragonforce, and the Video Games Live orchestral tour has been selling out or coming close to selling out performances all over the world. The Megas' debut album was released in January of this year and has already sold out of its first pressing, with copies sold in almost every state of the US as well as many more internationally!