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Review: Vomitron - No NES for the Wicked
No NES for the Wicked

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 67:19
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: November 20, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.54/5 (70.77%) (13 Votes)

No NES for the Wicked is the second full-length album from Massachusetts' oddly named one-man project Vomitron. As the title may or may not make obvious, No NES for the Wicked is comprised of Heavy Metal versions of classic video game music. With the exception of the spoken word intro (which will make anyone who has used the original NES game console laugh out loud) the album is entirely instrumental. Lone band member Peter Rutcho handles all the instruments and one thing is clear, the man is a talented musician.

Musically, No NES for the Wicked has an unsurprisingly 80s feel. It resembles the early guitar albums from Joe Satriani, specifically Surfing With the Alien, given the upbeat game music (who wants to save the princess in a minor key?) There are a lot of keyboards as well, which makes sense since much of the original music was synthesized and the guitar simply can't recreate all the sounds. This gives the album some similarities with Rush's 2112 and Pagan's Mind's Infinity Divine.

While the music is well played, I can't say it does much for me personally. I was never much of a gamer to begin with and instrumental albums don't hold my attention. No NES for the Wicked clocks in at over an hour and I found it hard to sit through the whole thing in one go. None of that should be taken to mean the album isn't well done, because it is. I see this appealing to niche Heavy Metal fans, specifically gamers, shred guitarists, Progressive Metal fans, fans of classic Nintendo games, etc. I would recommend it to anyone who places their tastes in those categories.

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