Games Meet Metal: Powerglove's Saturday Morning Apocalypse: The Very Early Riff Review

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Powerglove's Saturday Morning Apocalypse: The Very Early Riff Review

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So, the guys who run E1 Music let a few people get early dibs on the next Powerglove cd, Saturday Morning Apocalypse, due out on September 28th, 2010. The record is so early in it's birth, that we don't even have cover art to show you yet. However, what we do have are 11 tracks of early childhood cartoon goodness.

The cd starts off with a ripping cover of the X-men cartoon theme that shows Powerglove's trademark add-on's: double bass, blast beats, acoustic interludes, and finger-cramping guitar solos. The trend continues into the second track, Pokemon's "Gotta Catch 'Em All." Yes, Powerglove covered the Pokemon theme. Hey, keeps with the video game theme, right? Pokemon does add in a few more piano effects, but it just adds to the flavor of the whole song.

Next up is a Johnny Quest theme. Sadly, my knowledge of anything Quest-like is pretty much non-existent,but the song itself is quite proggy. Next up is "This is Halloween." A much slower and creepy vibe here, but a bigger problem was present. I had absolutely no idea where this tune came from! A quick Google search says it was for A Nightmare Before Christmas, thus confirming the fact that I don't shop at Hot Topic enough.

"Batman" is next, and it is the bomb! If only The Caped Crusader truly did have a theme song this heavy. Double bass just suits Batman just fine. The next cover, the Transformers theme, seems to be almost  a heartbeat away from bursting into an 80's hair metal theme. Makes sense, since that's when the original show aired.

The next, and final, three covers feel a little out of place with the rest of the songs. Not because they're bad, because they so aren't. It's more because they're originally written to be super happy. When compared to the ominous tone of Batman and X-men, the difference is pretty glaring. How happy? First off the list is Heffalumps and Woozles from Winnie The Pooh. Yep, Pooh with double bass. Wow, that could be taken pretty bad contextually. Next is The Simpsons, which has been given a skater punk vibe, which I'm sure Bart would lobe if he were real. Finally is The Flinstones, which makes me ponder the idea of a mosh pit in a quarry pit.

Saturday Morning Apocalypse ends on a surprise note with a redux of the Pokemon cover, but with vocals! Guest singer Tony Kakko takes the mike, and the dude nails it!

If there's one thing that Powerglove does real good, and better, and probably best out of any band trying to re-enjoy their childhood heyday, it's hitting that nostalgia button. All their previous efforts, and now with Saturday Morning Apocalypse, show that the  boys can still rock out to their childhood and still add modern-day elements into the mix. While there were a few obvious exclusions to Apocalypse (no G.I. Joe or Thundercats? C'mon!), then that leaves plenty of room for a sequel that I will gladly welcome.

So long as they keep the Gobots theme off of it, that is.

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