Hey all! SlitheryDee here, your resident AMKE Game Master. However, in addition to being a massive tabletop gamer, I also have a huge passion for music. Couple that with me being an elitist (hey, at least I admit it!), and also in the interest of drumming up some content on the forums, I've started this thread: my "Bands you Should Listen to!" thread.
I'll start off with one that most every nerd should know about. I know I talk about them personally to most everyone I know. They're one of the most epic bands in existence, and also one of the nerdiest. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am of course referring to THE PROTOMEN
The Protomen write epic rock operas about a dystopic future in which man is enslaved by an evil genius who enforces this 1984-esque City with an army of evil robots, until one man decides to fight back with his own creation, a robot built by his own hands to free The City from its darkness.
It's also based on Mega Man II.
I know, it sounds kinda kitschy, but it is honest-to-God 100% legit. If you didn't know that it was based on Mega Man (or aren't a huge Mega Man nerd) to begin with, you wouldn't guess it from its content. It's 100% pure rock. Their first album is a heavy-hitting, distortion heavy prog metal album that cranks the dial to 11 and never lets go. Their second album is much more operatic in nature. The first half is very outlaw country themed, a la 1960s country (with a quick trip to the brass section) before heading into the second half of the album, which is 1980s Kenny Loggins, Meatloaf, and 80s rock all the way. It makes for an interesting mix, but still just as potent.
These guys are straight up one of my favorite bands. I've seen them 4 times in concert now, and every time is just incredible. They're really down-to-earth guys (and girls), and are really big nerds like the rest of us, and just love putting on a fantastic live show for their incredibly loyal fanbase (self included). If you happen to live near a town when The Protomen come to fight Wily, do yourself a favor and come fight with them. These guys' live shows are a sight to behold.
I honestly cannot recommend them enough.
Recommended tracks: Hope Rides Alone
, The Sons of Fate
, The Hounds
, Light up the Night