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Vangough - Game On
27 April 2010


01. Wily's Castle (MM2)
02. Marine Fortress (WR64)
03. Simon's Revenge (CVIV)
04. Your Darkest Hour (PO)
05. The Turtle King's Lair (SMW)
06. Green Hill Terror (StH)
07. Corneria (SF)
08. The Killer Instinct (KI)
09. Torvus Bog (MP2)
10. Coral Capers (DKC)


Geek/Nerd Metal
Label: Dissonance Rising Records
USA: 2010
Length: 50:21

Line-Up on the CD:
Vocals, guitars, bass: Clay Withrow
Drums: Brandon Lopez
Keyboards: Abe Hartley
Bass: Carlton Dorsey


What Clay Withrow does when he is not busy writing some new materials for his band Vangough ? Well he plays video games! And since that our dude apparently cannot leave his guitars alone, he decided to mix two of his passions, and wrote Game On, a cover album of video games music! Perfect for old school nostalgic gamers, this release features mega hits from Mega Man 2, Starfox or the legendary Castlevania IV among other excellent games. Sure this is just covers but they're extremely well done and it's just great to have metal versions of such standards. Ok you think that we're geeks? You're right, and so what? Fuck you! Those songs are better than any of your "necro - I'm the devil" uninspired music!

Mega Man 2, Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, Starfox, Sonic, Punch-Out, Super Mario Bros, Castlevania IV etc, I'm sure that you all know one of those games but do you know their music, or do you remember it? Gamers will not need more than 2 seconds to remember those fabulous songs if they were already born in the 80's or if they've found the time to check those games lately. And it's a real way to come back to the past listening to good music. More than a simple covers albums, Game On is a way to be nostalgic and remember good old times when we were sitting in front of TV screens whole days with good mates, sodas and cookies!
Clay added his own personal touches to the music, guitars solos for example or changed the tempos of some songs, added some ambiances, double bass drums etc. The most memorable tracks of the album are without any doubt the Castlevania IV medley, a song of 9 mins which featured five different songs of the game. Being one of my favourite games ever released, I was expecting a lot of this song and I cannot say that I'm disappointed; this metal version is really good. Starfox main theme "Corneria" is also really well done and I could say the same with "Wily's Castle" or the mellow "Coral Capers"… Game On truly kicks ass !!!

We could always regret that some songs are missing but the video games musical universe is so high that you should need a whole life to re-write the half of the best song but hey, maybe that we will have some other Game On in the future after all? Other than that, Vangough found the way to do some good covers, original and personal but which never transform the original songs into some heretical tracks. Well played, with a certain intelligence in the choice of the effect of the guitars and keyboards which give a little excellent "old (geek) school" aspect to the music, Game On is a great homage to classy games and compositors. The true fans will understand what I mean they just have to check the tracklist…

Don't take this album so seriously; this is just good fun and great music if you was already born in the 80's. I really hope that Vangough will do other Game On in the future between each new studio albums. It could become a real reference and a perfect funny way to wait the next releases. Video games music is just underrated and people are just missing some of the best songs ever written so, if this kind of CDs can help, then please guys do it again and again! Check this release asap, you'll just discover some pearls. I leave you now, I have a fucking clock tower to climb and some vampires to kill…


 


written by Jeff | 26.05.2010



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!J.O.O.E.! - 26.05.2010 at 21:13  
Sounds like it'll be awesome!
Darkside Momo - 26.05.2010 at 21:55  
I have to listen to it.
Uirapuru - 26.05.2010 at 22:12  
Oh man, that was made especially for me! Ill check it out in no time! o/

Most expected is Donkey Kong Country, absolutly.
Troy Killjoy - 26.05.2010 at 23:44  
At first glance I was like

But then I sat back and thought about the last time I listened to Powerglove.

I'll approach this with caution even though I'm a huge fan of original Nintendo/early PlayStation music; sometimes the songs don't translate well when "metalized".
Thryce - 27.05.2010 at 00:41  
Nerd metal... awesome. Bonus point for the ingenious album title too.

So who is to blame for this lame-ass gimmick anyway: Powerglove or Vangough?
Troy Killjoy - 27.05.2010 at 05:31  
Written by Thryce on 27.05.2010 at 00:41

So who is to blame for this lame-ass gimmick anyway: Powerglove or Vangough?

The Black Mages?
Raiden - 27.05.2010 at 06:27  
I must say Coral Capers is a weird choice of music from Donkey Kong Country. Anyway, I think this would be great to listen to. Sounds like a good theme to me
Fat & Sassy! - 27.05.2010 at 08:55  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.05.2010 at 23:44

At first glance I was like

But then I sat back and thought about the last time I listened to Powerglove.


WTF is that supposed to mean? Metal Combat for the Mortal Man was fantastic. D:<

Edit: *Just remembers that you don't like power metal.*

Written by Raiden on 27.05.2010 at 06:27

I must say Coral Capers is a weird choice of music from Donkey Kong Country.


That is the song that gave me a nerd-fit when I read the track-listing. It's my second favorite DK song... right next to the pirate ship theme. :O!!! I am SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOO getting this shit.
Kwis - 27.05.2010 at 10:03  
Awesome! I'm totally getting this shit!
silenius - 27.05.2010 at 11:19  
Getting iiiiiit, just fucking awesome xD
Crazy Booduh - 27.05.2010 at 18:48  
Great, fun album to hold us over until their next release.

For anyone who hasn't checked out their first album "Manikin Parade," do so now! Hands down my favorite album of 2009.
Winterthrone - 27.05.2010 at 19:28  
You guys are a bunch of crazy nerds... That's funny cause I HATE videogames, but being born in 1983 in a developped country I know some of these titles because I played Nitendo when I went to some of my friends house (my parents were strictly opposed to videogames) and that review got me....interested...Oh no, why did I say that,..damn!
GT - 27.05.2010 at 21:38  
I at least intend to give it a try...I'm not a big gamer, actually I haven't even tried most of the games mentioned, but it sounds like fun
Fane - 28.05.2010 at 21:04  
There are evil mages with shrooms and hentai in the realm of badass metal? This is too awesome. The Black Mages are awesome. Oh well, Vangough didn't convince me, but maybe new bands arise or Van goes forth?
Fat & Sassy! - 03.06.2010 at 01:58  
Written by Winterthrone on 27.05.2010 at 19:28

You guys are a bunch of crazy nerds... That's funny cause I HATE videogames, but being born in 1983 in a developped country I know some of these titles because I played Nitendo when I went to some of my friends house (my parents were strictly opposed to videogames) and that review got me....interested...Oh no, why did I say that,..damn!


Good thing your parents didn't instill a hatred for music in ya, huh? XD
Winterthrone - 03.06.2010 at 17:05  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 03.06.2010 at 01:58

Written by Winterthrone on 27.05.2010 at 19:28

You guys are a bunch of crazy nerds... That's funny cause I HATE videogames, but being born in 1983 in a developped country I know some of these titles because I played Nitendo when I went to some of my friends house (my parents were strictly opposed to videogames) and that review got me....interested...Oh no, why did I say that,..damn!


Good thing your parents didn't instill a hatred for music in ya, huh? XD

It's quite the contrary, my parents encouraged me to listen to music, read books, do sports and search for good movies. Honestly I think that's better than play videogames....But anyway I was just joking videogames can be fun, if you don't become an obsessive, fat, lazy nerd...:o
Fat & Sassy! - 03.06.2010 at 20:15  
Written by Winterthrone on 03.06.2010 at 17:05

It's quite the contrary, my parents encouraged me to listen to music, read books, do sports and search for good movies. Honestly I think that's better than play videogames....But anyway I was just joking videogames can be fun, if you don't become an obsessive, fat, lazy nerd...:o


Well, I consider myself an obsessive nerd when it comes to artforms like music, literature, films, and videogames... Just not a fat and lazy one. XD It's cool that your parents tried to get you into hobbies like that though.
Winterthrone - 03.06.2010 at 20:35  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 03.06.2010 at 20:15

Written by Winterthrone on 03.06.2010 at 17:05

It's quite the contrary, my parents encouraged me to listen to music, read books, do sports and search for good movies. Honestly I think that's better than play videogames....But anyway I was just joking videogames can be fun, if you don't become an obsessive, fat, lazy nerd...:o


Well, I consider myself an obsessive nerd when it comes to artforms like music, literature, films, and videogames... Just not a fat and lazy one. XD It's cool that your parents tried to get you into hobbies like that though.

Yeah! I was a difficult teenager and I always argued with my parents thinking they were so uncool, but as soon as I reached 20 years old I realized they were good parents after all. Like Mark Twain said: " When I was 15 years old I thought my father was an idiot. When I reached 20 years old he suddently became less stupid. That's crazy how he evolved in 5 years..."

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