Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Advantage - Mega Man II Stage Select + Metal Man

They may not be the only Nintendo cover band out there, but they are definitely the best I've ever heard. The Advantage return with a second album of 8-bit renditions done strictly with guitars and drums (the drums are played by Hella's Spencer Seim). The album is called "Elf-Titled" and was supposed to be out last month but for some reason got delayed until January. There aren't as many iconic songs this time around, but the production quality finally sounds slightly better than ass. To paraphrase Christian Bale in "American Psycho": it's hard to choose a favourite among so many great tracks but "Megaman II Stage Select + Metal Man" is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation, dignity. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it's not too late to better ourselves. It's an important message, crucial really, and it's beautifully stated on the album.

» Bonus Track: Castlevania II - Woods

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