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Released: 2009, 20 Buck Spin
This is something of an oddity – a metal album released by video game developers. No doubt everyone reading this is familiar with the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, developed by Harmonix. Well, the four gents that comprise Megasus are all employed on those games. In fact, some of you may be familiar with “Red Lottery” and “Megasus” from the games. Regardless, the band managed to take enough time away from their day jobs to record their self-titled debut last year, and after giving it a limited vinyl run, get it properly released on 20 Buck Spin.
If you’ve heard the songs in the video games, you’ll know what to expect – traditional heavy metal, crossed with a liberal dose of doom metal, kinda like the mighty High On Fire if I have to make a comparison. They waste no time in getting down to business with the blistering duo of “Ten Kingdoms” and the title track. Both are powerful statements of intent propelled by Ryan Lesser’s strong riffs and Brian Gibson’s monolithic drums – this is one heavy album! As the music unfolds, the doomier nature of the songs begins to take over, as “Swords” and “Hexes/Szaadek” attest. Neither song is as immediately memorable as the first two, but they worm their way into your ear anyway. If nothing else, the labyrinthine song structures show that Megasus have the songwriting chops to pull off more difficult material along with the more “simple” attacks. Unfortunately things fall off the rails a bit with “Red Lottery” and “Iron Mountain”, neither of which are up to the standard of the preceding songs.
This album proves that Megasus are more than a simple gimmick band – these guys are for real. MEGASUS may be flawed, but it is heavy as hell and a blast to listen to besides.
1) Ten Kingdoms
5) Paladin vs. Berserker
6) Red Lottery
7) Iron Mountain
Jason Kendall: Vocals
Ryan Lesser: Guitar
Paul Lyons: Bass
Brian Gibson: Drums
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