West Virginian guitarist, Ryan Postlethwait has programmed a genre of his own…”Nintendo Nerd Metal.” Mega Beardo is the solo project name for Postlethwait, in which he uses some of the best games from Nintendo’s earliest years to inspire metal-infused soundtracks! Mega Beardo is self recorded and all instruments are played by Postlehwait. To top all that off, he plays a guitar made from an NES console!!! This is truly amazing stuff. Mega Beardo’s discography includes a Mega Man 2 tribute, an original Castlevania concept album and a Zelda/Meshuggah masterpiece so appropriately titled “Ledjent of Zelda.”
“With this “Ledjent of Zelda” project, I was hoping to offer the listener a more unique way to hear the original soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda. The title is obviously a play on words and is meant to say: “This is what this music would sound like with a modern metal mindset.” This isn’t “djent.” It’s The Legend of Zelda played by Mega Beardo through a Meshuggah filter, creating a musical bridge between 1986 and 2013.” – Postlethwait
Mega Beardo accentuates the heavy metal of Mega Man 2 music here. Postlethwait says this about his work with Mega Man 2…“All in all, my goal was to allow the listener to experience playing the game from beginning to end with his or her ears alone….Every track progresses into the next as if the game is being played inside of your head. Naturally, these songs were not originally intended to transition into each other. So, I had to write and/or rearrange these progressions in order to make this seamless listening experience possible.”
After listening through Belmont I feel rather in-tune with the game despite having never played the original Castlevania, sadly. Although, I am anxious to pair the album with the game at some point in time. I have no doubt that Mega Beardo accurately depicts the adventures of Simon Belmont with precision. Belmont is a true metal ballad that can bring enjoyment to fans, no matter if they are familiar with Castlevania. Belmont surpasses the expectations a “video game concept album” may have (if such judgments exist) by conquering so many genres of metal…Heavy, Progressive, Power, Doom, Thrash and Black metal are the foundations for this vampire slaying adventure. The darkness of Belmont is incontestable. The vocals are haunting throughout, especially on track “Such is The Curse,” I receive vibes consistent with those shared by a graveyard. The solos are absolutely chilling. There is a dark magic to be discovered within the castle walls of Belmont.
– Tyler Dermitt