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Metroid Metal is the preeminent metal band that creates music exclusively based on the videogame tunes of the entire Metroid series. They continuously release new music on a pretty regular basis and have covered virtually all of the most popular songs from the long-running series.
Stemage (Grant Henry) is the founder of the band, which originated by just remixing tunes in a metal style with him alone on guitar, but it has since grown into a full-fledged metal band. The band doesn’t tour, but they have played shows and exploded in popularity after playing live at PAX and releasing two albums: Varia Suite and Expansion Pack. They will be playing live at PAX East in Boston on April 6th-8th 2012 during Easter Weekend.
In total, Metroid Metal has released 29 Songs, all of which are available to download for free at the Metroid Metal website, starting in 2003 with “The Theme” from the original Metroid.
Their newest songs are “The Brood” from Super Metroid (the Space Pirate theme that plays when you first pick up the Morph Ball then head back up to Mother Brain’s old lair) and M2Q from Metroid 2: Return of Samus.
Definitely download them and give them a listen! You will suredly be so impressed that you’ll want to go purchase both of their albums (Varia Suite and Expansion Pack) and you’ll definitely want to buy the very sweet Metroid Metal shirt that I myself wear at all times. :D Also check out the awesome Metroid Harmony of A Hunter 25th Anniversary Tribute album that features a compilation of indie videogame music artists giving their take on famous Metroid tunes across two discs; including Metroid Metal! Did I mention Harmony of A Hunter is free?!
Metroid Metal – Varia Suite Album ($6) Tracklist
1. Prelude (SM)
2. Lower Norfair (SM)
3. Brinstar (NES)
4. Item Room (NES)
5. Item Collect (NES)
6. Kraid (NES)
7. Ridley (NES)
8. Phendrana Drifts (MP)
9. Boss Medley (SM)
10. The Tunnel (M2)
11. Space Pirates (MP)
12. Maridia/Escape (SM/NES)
13. Ending (NES)
14. Theme (NES)
Metroid Metal – Expansion Pack Album ($4) Tracklist
1. Prime Theme (MP)
2. Brinstar (SM)
3. Norfair (NES)
4. Crateria (SM)
5. Tourain/Mother Brain (NES)
6. Prime 3 Theme/Bryyo (MP3)
Here’s a video of Metroid Metal in action, playing at PAX 2009!
Here is a list of every song Metroid Metal has released (sans a few from their actual albums, listed above); click on one to listen to it or right-click and “Save Target As/Save Link As” to download the song for free!
1. The Theme – Metroid 1
2. Kraid’s Theme – Metroid 1
3. Item Room - Metroid 1
4. Norfair – Metroid 1
5. Brinstar – Metroid 1
6. Intro – Metroid 1
7. Ridley’s Theme – Metroid 1
8. Tourian/Mother Brain – Metroid 1
9. Item Collect – Metroid 1
10. The Escape – Metroid 1
11. The Ending – Metroid 1
12. Lower Norfair – Super Metroid
13. Maridia – Super Metroid
14. Boss Medley – Super Metroid
15. Phendrana Drifts – Metroid Prime
16. Title/Menu Theme – Metroid Prime
17. Brinstar – Super Metroid
18. Space Pirate Theme – Metroid Prime
19. Prelude/Theme – Super Metroid
20. Crateria Surface – Super Metroid
21. The Tunnel – Metroid 2: Return of Samus
22. Theme/Bryyo – Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
23. Torvus Bog – Metroid 2: Echoes
24. Downed Frigate – Metroid Prime
25. Super Metroid Ending – Super Metroid
26. Sector 1 – Metroid Fusion
27. Tallon Overworld – Metroid Prime
28. M2Q – Metroid 2
29. The Brood – Super Metroid
Last but not least, Stemage will satisfy your metal cravings beyond Metroid as he has a stable of his own material! There’s a list of free Stemage non-Metroid videogame songs and then you have Stemage’s own albums!
Here’s more videos of Metroid Metal in action!
Metroid Metal Playing Kraid’s Hideout From Metroid 1, which then seamlessly transitions into Deliverance by Opeth!
Super Metroid Brinstar, Metroid Prime, and the ill-fated inflattable Metroid!