Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Fucking Champs - The Legend of Zelda (Overworld Theme)

For whatever reason, I've never been particularly impressed by The Minibosses and their renditions of 8-bit NES tunes. They may have been one of the first bands to cover video game music, but their style to me always sounded like it was intended for dirtbags and headbangers. Maybe I'm not being completely fair to them, however, because there are certain Nintendo songs that do actually lend themselves quite well to metal riffage. Just take The Fucking Champs' version of The Legend of Zelda Overworld Theme for example. It's probably a bit tamer and more faithful to the original than you might expect, but the instrumentation and layering of guitar melodies are flawless. This song appears on the compilation Power Up! Mutations and Mutilations of 8-Bit Hits from Dwell Records. I'm not really familiar with any of the other bands but I'm pretty sure they're all metal acts as well. If you're a sucker for 8-bit covers like I am, you can preview more of the songs over at the album's MySpace page.

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