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The Protomen

by The Protomen

Post Apocalyptic Fury
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. I: Hope Rides Alone
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2. II a: Funeral for a Son
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3. II b: Unrest in the House of Light
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4. III: The Will of One
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5. IV: Vengeance
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6. V: The Stand (Man or Machine)
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7. VI: Sons of Fate
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8. EPILOGUE: Due Vendetta
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The fury of 250,000 Million Volts of power.


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Sharky

Now I really want to see them live
"Rock opera" is not an inaccurate term for this album. Each song is just one piece of a longer, robot-filled post-apocalyptic angstfest concerning Megaman and his brother Protoman from the popular Capcom series. The songs flow well together, but have enough variety in pacing and themes that it's not repetitive. They also throw in some of the MM melodies and themes, which is a fast way to my heart. Only wish there was more of it!

Barebones

Simply Amazing
I was always a fan of megaman when I was young and simply the artwork for this album and the name of the band struck a note with me before I even had a chance to listen to it. Thankfully, the music lived up to my first impressions. Every song has a sense of care and effort that only garage bands put into their music, but the album still has the polish comparable to major studio albums. This album is amazing and shouldn't be missed.

Drew

Protoman's life in a high octane Rock Opera
The Protomen really know how to melt your face. Even if you've never heard of Protoman or Mega Man or anything of the Super Nintendo sort, this CD is for anyone who likes to rock. Fast paced rock songs, some slow piano melodies, and superb lyrical and story writing. It's a Rock Opera for everyone.

Dean Datre

One of the best records I've had the joy of listening to
I had actually not heard this record when I went to go see them live, I had only heard Act II: Father of Death (which is also a phenomenal record). Their live show is not to be missed, one of the greatest performing bands that has ever set foot on the stage. Their live show really brings the whole "rock-opera" concept together. Anyway, so when I saw them live, they played a lot of songs from this record, which I liked, so I bought it. This record has a completely different sound from Act II, a more gritty and raw sound. It begins with the fall of Protoman and the creation of Mega Man by Dr. Light and continues to build in suspense from there. I know, it sounds funny, but the concept is dead serious, and dark, and really makes sense. In fact, if you didn't know that it was a rock opera about Mega Man, you'd probably not be able to tell. The lyrics on this record are some of the best. "Unrest in the House of Light" are definitely the high point as far as lyrics go in my opinion. It is Dr. Light telling Mega Man of his brother, Protoman, who has died fighting against Wily's robots and how Dr. Light will not allow Mega Man to make the same mistake as Protoman. When Dr. Light declares "You will stay here, you will obey me and I'll keep grieving for the son I sent to death. You are all I have left" I get goosebumps every time. Also, the fact that every song on this record has a different style is enjoyable and shows the range of The Protomen. "Unrest..." has a sense of country mixed with rock, "Vengeance" reeks of a punk rock anthem, "Sons of Fate" is synth rock at its best, and so on and so forth. For anyone who has never heard The Protomen or this record, I highly recommend it.

Douglas Jansen

Beautifully haunting
Out of the many indie, underground CDs I buy offline, this was the one I most wanted. I was not dissappointed when it came. The music is beautifully told and interweaves with an amazing story. I was equally surprised and pleased with the booklet that comes with the CD. If you love great rock music then do yourself a favor and get this CD. You don\'t have to be a Mega Man fan to enjoy this one, but if you are then that makes it even better. You won\'t be dissappointed by this one!


Good, but it reads better than it listens
The concept behind the album (and the performance) is amazing. A (relatively) serious rock opera based on Mega Man? Who would have thought it could be as good as it is. That said, it isn't as good as it could be. Lyrically, this is about as good as it gets. Bleak and moving, the story of Mega Man and his brother is incredibly well concieved and full of messianic imagery turned slightly on its head. However, much of the time the story is held back by uninspired music (this is especially the case in the verses of Vengance), poor mixing (the dialogue between Proto and Megaman in Sons of Fate is nearly indiscernable for example), or long chunks of overly ambitious instrumentals (though I understand these as necessary for the live show).

That said, though, this is a more than worthy purchase. When everything comes together, the Protomen's opus is incredibly powerful and an enjoyable listen. I know that I'd love to someday hear something more from these kids out of Murfeesboro.