Under review is another of my favourite bands, The Megas, whose music is also available on Bandcamp.
This band's work primarily involves covers of video game music with added vocals and the like. This album under review is the first in a pair and I'll review the full pair by my next review over them.
This pair covers the events of the video game ``Mega Man 3''.
The album holds ten songs and, as with my last music review, what follows are the track names, their durations, their ordering within the album, and they're ordered according to my personal preference:
You've Sparked a War 05:01 6
> Walk Away from Light 04:21 7
> Can't Stop the Top 04:32 4
= Don't Mess with Magnetman 03:19 5
> History Repeating Pt.2 (One Last Time) 03:12 2
> History Repeating Pt.1 03:45 1
> Gamma Unchained 05:13 8
= I Want to be The One (To Watch You Die) 03:42 9
> Continue 04:41 10
> Steel Forged in Fate 00:09 3
The first three tracks should be enjoyed in order, as they form a single continuous song. The first track begins slowly, with relatively little complexity or variety in the chosen instruments, and, as it ends, the second track explodes with a much faster tempo and more instruments and the like. Both tracks are repetitive in their messaging of reluctance. They're unlike the album's other tracks and mostly serve as a mere means to begin the album; the third song is naught but an interlude, I think.
The fourth track is about Top Man and concerns itself with the dancing Top Man uses to avoid attack. The song is fast-paced and changes little throughout its run; the song is playful with its words, as are many of the songs in the album, and this is delightful. Nearly three quarters into its run, the song changes a tad by dropping one of its main instruments, before picking back up to a nice finish.
Next is the fifth track about Magnet Man and telling of a romance between him and Mega Man's sister, Roll. The song sounds nice, but the story to it is lacking, albeit amusing due to his observations. I find this song to be difficult to describe relative to the others, without being repetitive. It's fast-paced and uses instruments the others lack; the chorus is the most important part of this song, and pleasant to hear so repeatedly; still, I like this song without being able to write much for it.
My favourite track is the sixth, with a militaristic and rebellious tone, about Magnet Man or magnet men. It begins with the sounds of marching and trumpets, and picks up with speeches of might and of purity and of destiny, before reaching threats of eradication. The song keeps largely the same beat throughout, sans a stretch near the middle without any vocals and then few vocals. As with the song preceding this, the chorus of this one is particularly pleasant to hear chanted over and over again.
The seventh track concerns Snake Man and, appropriately, concerns his attempts to lure away Mega Man with his words of moral relativism and constant urgings of betrayal. He speaks almost continuously, from nearly the beginning of the song to the very end. That word play done with Dr. Light's name is nice. The chorus is at all times preceded by bouts of silence in the vocals, and these are the only points without his speech, except one. I again find the details of this song difficult to describe.
That eighth track brings a shift in tone, as no longer are the songs concerned purely with the robot masters, and this instead seems to concern the events preceding the game; all of the following songs have similarly disconnected topics from the whole. This song keeps nearly the same beat throughout. It has themes of confession, of regret, and of hope. This is another song dominated, by its chorus.
The ninth and penultimate track follows the eighth in story, and focusses on grief and revenge. The nature of this song can be unappealing to others, and I believe it may mainly exist to contrast with a similar song in that second album of the pair. It's a frantic song, and another hard to describe.
The final track is, I believe, based on the music which plays during the game over screen. It has a message of continuance; simple instruments; and a slow, predictable buildup; there's little to note.
I've not played ``Mega Man 3'' but know the games have nice music. The second album in the pair may be better overall, with more consistent undertones and story, but reviewing that first would've been inappropriate. I recommend listening to the pair in order, but the first isn't really complete sans the second, and the second is also better alone than the first. I mostly listen to the first purely because of the sixth track and otherwise prefer the second. This first album has better songs about the robot masters than the second, but the late songs not concerned with them are undoubtedly worse.