One of the best moments to come out of the New York Comic Con was our moment with one of the best metal bands in all of geekdom. I’m talking about the band known as Powerglove.
They were at NYCC promoting their new album, Saturday Night Apocalypse. I was very excited to meet the band. It all started when I was walking through the Comic Con and heard music playing that sounded very familiar. Luring me in like a Siren song, I found a booth with four men wearing game-related battle armor, the likes of which I had never seen. It was Powerglove. I approached the group and, to my excitement, was greeted with open arms. The writer in me took a back seat as the fan in me went nerdtastic with questions about the band’s origins and inspiration.
Formerly known as Revengeance, Chris Marchiel & Alex Berkson (guitars), Nick Avila (bass) and Bassil Silver-Hajo (drums) were a band all about melodic death metal. That is, until Berkson started recording his own video game tracks. After a while, the band enjoyed creating video game covers so much that they shifted in that direction. It was former guitarist Ben Durgin that dubbed them “Powerglove”.
With two successful albums under their belts (Total Pwnage and Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man), they recently released a brand new album entitled Saturday Morning Apocalypse. The theme of this album is cartoon classics we all remember, like the intro to X-men, the theme from the Batman series, the intro to Pokemonand even “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare before Christmas. This album, if you haven’t heard it yet, is a must have. The nostalgia it brings me is something I haven’t had in a while. When I questioned bass player Nick when they will be returning to game-related music, he replied that the album is in works for 2011.
Now, if you would like to see Powerglove live, they have a show coming up on October 23 here in New York at the Fontana’s Bar at 8:15. On November 6, they will once again be here in New York at the Gramercy Theater, and on the November 14th they will be in Boston at the Berklee Performance Center. For more information, check out there page here.
Now, as a treat to everyone, I was lucky enough to be given a autographed copy of their latest album which we will be giving away here on Gamer Reaction. All you have to do is listen to the Powerglove track below and send us an email with the name of the game that the music comes from. A correct answer will enter you for a chance to win the signed album! Good luck to you all!