Powerglove - Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man (2007)

Powerglove - Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man (2007)Self-released

What a fantastic cover and absolute freaks inside! Of course, I mean four American musicians who recorded this debut work: Chris Marchiel (guitar), Alex Berkson (guitar), Nick Avila (bass) and Bassil Silver-Hajo (drums). Apart from this foursome, there were also a saxophonist Simon Jeker and a man responsible for a guitar solo and synth programming Matt Pigott.

All aforesaid big kids are strongly influenced by video games, so they decided to join well-known excerpts from soundtracks with instrumental metal music. They chose many famous themes derived from such video games like: Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario World, Killer Instinct, Castlevania 2 and 3, Mega Man 2 and 3, Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy IV and VII, Guilty Gear X and Mortal Kombat Movie. It was an ambitious task and challenge for them, so we'll check if they passed an exam.

First of all, I must mention they are jokers who break all established musical conventions despising the authority of metal music, haha. They are technically excellent, mentally intelligent and infantile in performing, however the latter feature is in their advantage. Let's imagine yourself a childish Antonio Vivaldi covering contemporary video game soundtracks in order to get a poor substitute for funny Powerglove's music. We can only take a delight in their fluent licks, sweep-picking tornados, fast fingering, infantile decelerations, solemn mood, coarse saxophone and finally - their insolent gambits, haha. What descriptions can I use as for their music: rhythmical, dynamic, progressive, powerful, cinematic, complex enough, perfectly arranged and executed. They smash up everyyhing on their track. They come from Massachusetts, so I think some promo CDs should be sent to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am sure their scientists and future engineers would be able to take a break from figures listening to Powerglove!

Associating with Powerglove is like playing our very favorite video games with some innovative ideas. I am convinced they should get subsidies from their government for the development of all these cosmic concepts, haha. I think so, since they are mentally shreded! But caution! This music can't be played to children under 18! Their Mario is really sexy, haha!

To be totally serious, I can only speak highly of them as they are a real revelation! A duo Marchiel-Berkson's technical level remins me of Herman Li-Sam Totman's of DragonForce, and their guitar manners make me think of Andre Olbrich and Markus Siepen of Blind Guardian. As some of you can remember, Thorbjorn Englund expressed his fondness for video game themes on his solo album "Influences". Some initiated hearers can also know that one of the greatest interpreters of video game soundtracks is an Asian guitarist Kurikinton Fox, so his music can be compared to Powerglove's "Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man". Summing up, our world without such freaks like these Americans would be horribly boring. If you want to curb an infuriated brats, just play this stuff, and results will come in a moment. Recording the video game instrumental virtuosic music, they deserved considering "Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man" one of the best albums of the year 2007!

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