Powerglove
Total Pwnage


3.0
good

Review

by DoctorNurse USER (6 Reviews)
February 12th, 2009 | 23 replies


Release Date: | Tracklist

Review Summary: Video games + metal = Win.

The Power Glove: a controller accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1989 that recreated human hand movement on your television screen. Powerglove: four heavy metal musicians who transpose their favourite video game themes into swift bouts of guitar wankery and furious riffage. Sound gimmicky? You bet. Is it fun? Hell yes!

The key to Total Pwnage’s success rests firmly in nostalgia. Hearing some of your favourite video game themes in thrash metal guise is sure to raise a smile, and anyone who isn’t filled with glee when they first hear Tetris (themes B and C) either didn’t play the game to death when they were a kid or is an emotionless android. The problem for many listeners of Total Pwnage will be familiarity, or lack thereof, with the respective games that Powerglove perform their songs from; if you aren’t familiar with the particular theme that each song is based on then it is unlikely you will derive too much enjoyment.

Each track does, to some degree at least, hold up on its own merits. The instrumentation is flawless and, as previously stated, extensive guitar wankery abounds. For a self produced EP the production values are high, with each respective instrument achieving admirable levels of clarity. It’s the guitar that is most prominent in the mix, which is to be expected as they are the primary component of Powerglove’s sound. The drums and bass are perfectly audible, if a little unspectacular; they simply provide a rhythmic base for the guitarists to cut loose.

There really isn’t much to say about Total Pwnage. If you are a fan of video games and have experience with the games to which the tunes are interpreted from, you will most likely get a kick out of it, but that is pretty much all you will get; Total Pwnage wont stay with you forever and after a couple of listens you will probably be done with it, save from sharing some favourite passages with friends (the previously mentioned Tetris (themes B and C) is one you will definitely want to show others). If you aren’t familiar with the themes then it is probably best to skip Total Pwnage, as it will undoubtedly come across as a fairly mediocre twenty-five minute noodle-fest.



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DoctorNurse
February 12th 2009


475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just did this for a bit of fun, really...had some spare time.
I tried to add the album artwork, but it wont seem to register.This Message Edited On 02.12.09

lauriej
February 12th 2009


1712 Comments


hang on, am i reading the album title right?

gaslightanthem
February 12th 2009


5209 Comments


ya u r

DoctorNurse
February 12th 2009


475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album title is correct, it is completely ridiculous.

Their Myspace - http://www.myspace.com/vgmetal

BallsToTheWall
February 12th 2009


44714 Comments


You want to fix the tracklisting and artwork. It's hurting my eyes and incredibly tacky.

Digging: Reverend Bizarre - Return to the Rectory

chewytapeworm
February 12th 2009


492 Comments


That album title really did bring on the lulz. Kudos to them for covering the Final Fantasy VII Boss Theme to be fair, that song was made for a thrashy cover.

fireaboveicebelow
February 12th 2009


6837 Comments


their second album is a lot better

DoctorNurse
February 12th 2009


475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

EDIT: Added the tracklist, but artwork still wont upload.
And yeh, the second album has Mario Minor, which is awesome.This Message Edited On 02.12.09

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2009


7377 Comments


try a smaller image for the artwork. I think the maximum is 200 by 200.

DoctorNurse
February 12th 2009


475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Right done, cheers Ali. Album cover states is rated M for 'Metal' - gave me a laugh.

fireaboveicebelow
February 12th 2009


6837 Comments


you should review the other record and not do a track by track

DoctorNurse
February 12th 2009


475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've never done a track by track....
Edit - just got what you meant fire, never noticed the other review was a tbt.This Message Edited On 02.12.09

any14doomsday
February 12th 2009


679 Comments


The minibosses are so much better then these guys. That is videogame music done right !

Acre
February 12th 2009


847 Comments


Saw these guys live. Man, they're so ridiculous.

DoctorNurse
February 12th 2009


475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeh I saw a video on youtube, they had ridiculous outfits on

Rugter32
February 12th 2009


754 Comments


TOTAL PWNAGE

**** YEAH

Epilogue
February 12th 2009


1591 Comments


they threw out Starburst candy instead of picks at the show
and ballon swords

iamthenightmare
February 12th 2009


754 Comments


OVER 9000!!!!

Psychotruck
February 13th 2009


99 Comments


I think Powerglove are pretty cool guys. Htey pervert music and don't afraid of anything.

I want to hear this now. ._.

Essence
February 13th 2009


3586 Comments


The powerglove may have been one of the biggest failures ever created



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