Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.
Songs: Wicked Child, Stalker, Vampire Killer
Composer: The Minibosses (via Kinuyo Yamashita)
This week is all about real-life game bands, and without a doubt the first one that leaps to everyone's mind is the Arizona-based quartet known as The Minibosses. Active for more than 10 years (I bought their first CD in 2000, yikes), this team has become the default game band and, like yesterday's group, has fronted its share of massive conventions, PAX included. It's not outlandish to suggest that if these guys never bothered translating NES bleeps into guitar chords, the whole scene might not be as lively as it is today.
This particular song is likely the first I ever heard from them - it's a medley of the first three levels of NES Castlevania, each of which contains some of the most famous and memorable game music of all time. Castlevania has one of the richest music histories in all of games, and The Minibosses do a fantastic job adopting these songs into shredding metal. If Final Fantasy songs are more your speed, check the pre-Minibosses group Jenova Project, but be aware those files are super raw (as in recorded live in a club).
Above you'll find their equally long Castlevania III blend. Actually, that's another thing they're known for - taking 50 second NES songs and stringing them together to make a senses-shattering wall of sound that lasts several minutes, all without sounding artificially elongated. They're not as smooth as The OneUps, but The Minibosses are unquestionably excellent, and possibly the most important game band out there. Decide for yourself: their whole first album is totally free!
Game music of the day: The OneUps
A Metroid and Final Fantasy VI blend
Game music of the day: Chrono Cross
"Time's Scar" by Yasunori Mitsuda
Game music of the day: Advance Wars DS
"Black Hole Power" by Yoshito Hirano