Posts Tagged ‘NESMETAL’

Office Hours – NESMetal ‘Dead Lights and Dark Towers’

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Welcome to the April edition of Office Hours! This month’s review was a no-brainer for me – I am a huge Stephen King fan, and when NESMetal’s ‘Dead Lights and Dark Towers’ dropped at the end of March, I knew I had found my target. You may recognize NESMetal (nee Johnathan D. Godbolt) from his contribution to Volume 3 & CeltWIN, or many other releases on Pterodactyl Squad. His style typically pulls no punches, delivering high-energy music that is uncompromising in its complexity and scope. This approach often focuses on several extremes – high/low registers and musical density being commonly explored – and his style definitely shines through on ‘Dead Lights and Dark Towers’.

Interestingly enough, the album is not directly based off of King’s work, but of NESMetal’s own self-reflection and expression of negative feelings. Make sure to read the description of the concept album and the accompanying lyrics for each track to get the full album experience. Because of the intensely negative and isolating emotions explored, this album will not be the easiest listening you may do this week, nor will every track be immediately digestable. Before you embark on this journey, make sure you have your affairs in order and don’t forget to bring along a few silver dollars and a slingshot in case you discover an unpleasant creature lurking around the next corner.

DLADT album cover
album art by NESMetal
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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 3 [Tracks 22 – 26]

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Howdy folks! You know the deal – we’re running down all the songs from the latest release (as if you hadn’t already downloaded it and put it on repeat for the last week), giving credit where credit is due to the amazing folks who dedicated their free time to make something fantastic. I must say, I truly appreciate all the people who freely give their time to this group – people who just made music for the love of making music and to keep the scene hyped up. It’s refreshing, lemme tell you. So let’s jump in!

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Jredd’s Hidden Gems #1

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Hello and welcome to the return of “Jredd’s Hidden Gems”! This is the first in a series of articles for ChipWIN where we take a look at some lesser known chip musicians. Now obviously, who counts as “under-rated” differs from person to person, however I tend to go by the following guidelines:

  • It needs to be someone who does not have a whole ton of followers on Soundcloud.
  • They rarely, if ever, top the charts at various chiptune sites.
  • Or, they have yet to release an album with a well known chip-based netlabel.

With that said, let’s get started with our first pick:

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