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22 April 2007 @ 10:47 pm
Protomen, ending...  
After Avec finished its set, I had to pee something fierce. So I wandered myself down to the bathrooms. The women's was occupied, and the men's was filled strange people applying facepaint. Three men and a woman, clustered around the urinals and the toilet in the one-person bathroom.

I really had to pee.

They would not leave.

I was drunk.

So I motioned to the urinal, and they acquiesced. And it was awkward. Oh, God, was it awkward. I strained my eyes shit so hard my forehead ached. And I thought of rivers, and streams, waterfalls, and the gently swelling tide on a white sand beech. I followed the course of water, through the air, down into the sea, my hands clutched on my dong, the facepainters behind me, gossiping with one another.

And I peed. It was not until later that I learned who those men and that women were. We avoided eye contact as I left the room.

And then, Entertainment System began their set.

Three guitars and a dummer - classic speed metal. They played their first number, and my mind was tugged by a familiarity with the tune. As my soul was yanked by how goddamn awesome they were. The lead guitarist was the most metal man I had ever seen. A giant, fat as fuck, with a mod of curly black hair, he roared beautifully, headbanged with the ease of a true master, and wailed like a risen God.

And then I recnogized the song - a track theme from F-Zero.

They went on in this vein, playing wonderfully well-done speed metal covers of old console games. They hit an epiphanic note with their Ducktales cover, they roared with their Darkwing Duck cover, and their Castlevania 2 was simply magnificent. I had never been so thoroughly rocked. I was afraid, for a moment, for how could this be topped?

They ended, asking for a few extra second, eight they said, to play one last song. They urged us to punch the air was they did. And they played the Final Fantasy battle victory song. Wonderful.

How would the Protomen fare in a live venue, when so much of their album was predicated on studio perfection and sound overlay? I was disquieted as I purchased their album and congratulated them.

I was afraid.
I have no namesiltptr on April 23rd, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
omg game metal ftw!
 etomlef: GIGGLIE!!?!etomlef on April 23rd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
I have no namesiltptr on April 23rd, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Dude I wasn't being sarcastic. Game metal fucking pwns!? Omg Randy, have you ever heard of Bjorn Lynne? He does like these midi compositions for shitty old-school RPGs, and some of them are so good, like better than most MP3s etc.