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Angela Oct 30, 2011

Surprised more folks haven't been talking about this one.  I admit the album didn't leave a very good first impression on me, but after getting over the initial disappointment that this wasn't going to be a straight up rock arrangement, I ended up appreciating it a lot more.  There's a few hiccups here and there, but it's a mostly agreeable listen.

The album does end up being most effective when the rock arrangements are on display.  DARKMAN STAGE (SIDE-R) is the main jewel here, as are the the "X" related tracks.  Both MMX1 and MMX2 OPENING STAGES are terrific, combining some of the more effective blends of synth and live guitar the CD has to offer.  ARMOR ARMARGE STAGE and ZERO are easily the best of the X bunch, and the tracks I find myself coming back to the most.

Unlike others, I don't mind the oversaturation of CUTMAN, but this cover's pretty much a bust.  The backing riffs give the track potential, but the lead synth is tacky and overbearing -- this on top of an arrangement that's simply too short in both length and imagination.  Same goes for FLASHMAN, its funky toned merits overshadowed by a mundane and lazy representation of melody.

MM6 BOSS was a track I was looking forward to, but I'm disappointed they've opted for a decidedly prevalent techno sound rather than rock; the strains of live guitar in an otherwise rote and muddy arrangement puts this on the lower rung of faves.  On the plus side, MM3 ENDING boasts some of the cleanest, most pleasing guitar work I've heard all year, and MM3 STAGE SELECT's crisp and adrenaline-inducing trance galvanizes the listening senses in the best way possible.

I could've done without the Piano Version of Darkman, but while its melody is highly diluted, I'm loving the crunchiness and variable tempo changes of SIDE-D. 

And FLUTTER VS. GAZEL SHAFT is just balls out FUN. smile

Smeg Oct 30, 2011

I have to admit, I mostly just keep listening to Dark Man and wishing more of the album sounded like that smile

GoldfishX Nov 10, 2011

Got it and I thought it was pretty disappointing overall. Production is muddy, compressed and lackluster...It sounds like a doujin made on a shoestring budget. The leads in the guitar Darkman theme and MMX Opening were good, if a bit on the whiny side, but they are surrounded by a wall of pure bad that makes them hard to listen to. And that opening track? Forget it. Maybe if the rest of the album was great, I'd be more in on the joke, but alas...

The MM Legends track was the class of the album by far. Really nothing I would change about this one. Not crazy about the electronica side of this album, but MM3 Stage Select was groovy and fun. I liked this rendition of Cutsman's theme probably the most out of all the arranges I've heard thus far (not even sure why...it's just enjoyable, but short) and Zero's theme works pretty good for something where I've long grown tired of the original. The tracks where's there's not too much going on in the background are generally the best, I found.

It HURTS to say this, but I liked the Anniversary Rock album more. Ouch!

Smeg Nov 10, 2011

I dunno, I've been listening to this on a loop for a couple of weeks (minus the intro track which quickly wore out its welcome), and I really dig the Hell out of the whole shebang. A comparison to the 20th anniversary album is downright silly - the guitar on that was rarely even in tune!

GoldfishX Nov 10, 2011

Smeg wrote:

A comparison to the 20th anniversary album is downright silly - the guitar on that was rarely even in tune!

I know... sad It's bad, but the handful of tracks I enjoyed on that one are better than the handful of tracks I enjoyed on this one. If I were to combine both handfuls of tracks I enjoyed, I'd have nearly a half hour worth of music.

When I first heard the Darkman Theme played on the guitar, I liked it, but now it just seems thin and whiny.

That Rockman 10 Image album wasn't anything fancy, but that's probably the most agreeable style of rock I've heard yet for this type of material.

XLord007 Nov 11, 2011 (edited Nov 11, 2011)

I don't think it quite lived up to my lofty expectations, but I enjoyed it on the whole.  I'm not sure there needed to be THREE different version of Darkman's theme on there, and the album is a bit on the short side, but I'm looking forward to whatever their next album will be, and I'd love to see them tackle more MMX series material.

Judgment Day Nov 16, 2011 (edited Nov 16, 2011)

Yeah, Cutman (or arguably Wily Stage 1 of Mega Man 2) is like the 'Bloody Tears' of Mega Man. Good song, but it doesn't need to constantly be on every related soundtrack in the series. That being said, We Are Rock-Men - not bad I suppose. Just no 'wow' factors outside of Armor Armage to me. Looking at the other reviews, everyone seems to have a preference of one track or the other, but a consensus indicates that it lacks the total package.

It also doesn't help that it had some really good competition during it's release date, most notably SQ Chips which turned out WAY better than expected. As a result, I'm kind of ignoring the soundtrack a bit but will eventually come back to it.

Adam Corn Apr 7, 2012

~The audio was not very good because the equipment used in recording is not good~

Yes the constant loud static is hugely annoying.  I would wait to record a decent clip before promoting your band.

Also you might want to always keep the "Banda" in the title when referring to your VGM fan band since the name is extremely similar to an existing one.

Dartannian Apr 8, 2012 (edited Apr 8, 2012)

Adam Corn wrote:

~The audio was not very good because the equipment used in recording is not good~

Yes the constant loud static is hugely annoying.  I would wait to record a decent clip before promoting your band.

If you strategically placed those static scratches, or just electronically added record scratch sounds, it might actually add to the experience!
Awesome that you got that many people together, much less got a recording studio for the effort!

Adam Corn wrote:

Also you might want to always keep the "Banda" in the title when referring to your VGM fan band since the name is extremely similar to an existing one.

I can't stand those guys. They're so self-absorbed and egotistical, and their website shows it blatantly.
They're not even that great as musicians, not as much as they think they are.
They're also psychologically unable to handle any form of criticism with gravitas.

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