Released: 2007, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
What does an old fuck like me myself know about video games? Nothing at all, I´m afraid as I have never played them... ever (yes, I´m THAT old fuck!). So, what could I know about "Video Game Metal" then if I have never even played those games? Well, at at least I happen to know that I prefer listening to music to playing any silly video games (yes, they are silly and stupid. I am entitled to say so because I´m that old fuck, remember?).
Massachusett´s Powerglove are specialized for playing theme music for several known video games - and thus they call their music logically as ´Video Game Metal´, which I have nothing against at all. Namely we also have ´Skullcrushing Necro Anti-poser Metal´, we have ´Christ-slandering, icon-smashing satanic Death Metal´, we have ´No-Mosh-No-Fun Metal´, we have ´Neo-classical Power Metal´ - not to talk about all ´nu-this-core-that´ -categories that people have loved to give to metal bands over the years. Therefore it´s even more appropriate from Powerglove to name their stuff as ´Video Game Metal´, although I do admit it has a relatively cheesy tone to it. But let´s not care for it this time and allow their music to do all the talking for us. Sounds fair enough, doesn´t it?
Like I told in the previous lines, I have never played any video games, so I´m not familiar with any of these theme songs Powerglove have ripped from the video games for this record - well, excluding the title "Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man (Mortal Kombat Movie, Mega Man 2)", which everyone has surely heard at some point of life. But that´s all, I´m afraid. So, to me, this is like any instrumental album out there that I enjoy to listen to from time to time, for a change. To be honest, the members of Powerglove are all awesome musicians. When one listens to the album, it´s easy see everyone giving a fair nod for these guys´ achievements as far as these theme songs on METAL KOMBAT... are concerned. The band members work together like a well-oiled machine in which every part should click with each other smoothly and flawlessly - resulting in a relatively breath-taking and respectable wholeness that surely rewards its listeners during a long run. Powerglove indeed is blessed by a great musicianship and the idea about collecting some of these video games´ theme songs together, is of course a pretty unique and original thing to do. This probably isn´t any gold mine for them that kids (and even many adults, of course!) who have been born with game consoles in their asses, would immediately start buying Powerglove´s stuff for themselves and going to their concerts. But obviously at least some of them will find Powerglove worth checking out for them. And why not, the band´s playing skills are pretty unquestionable anyway.
Instrumental songs like "Fight on", "The Duck Grinder", "Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man" and "Red Wings over Baron" are the ones for me at least that encourage both my hands and legs for a rhythmic movement, even succeeding in that pretty darn well. Overall, just as an instrumental album, the album offers a decent listening experience. Plus, Powerglove absolutely deserves a fair handshake for this achievement. "Video Game Metal" has probably never sounded any better than this... ;o)