Master Boot Record - C:\>CHKDSK /F
It's funny how well the metal scene has embraced synthwave considering there are a lot of metalheads who are entirely against electronic themed music; put them in a mosh and they're happy, but play even the slightest ounce of EDM and they're ready to kick the ever loving shit out of you and the ancestors who allowed you to exist. But when it comes to the retro sounds of synthwave I have seen many thrashers alike love and adore the tunes.
Quite recently Victor Love (Dope Stars Inc.) has started a new chiptune/synthwave/symphonic metal solo project called MASTER BOOT RECORD. There's a certain mythology behind MASTER BOOT RECORD, with a description on Band camp reading: I am a 486DX-33Mhz-64mb processing avant-garde chiptune, synthesized heavy metal & classical symphonic music. So, not much more explanation is needed.
Throughout the month of September MASTER BOOT RECORD pushed out four albums and while I haven't the time to check out all four in a matter of a week or two, I picked his most recent one to discuss. C:>CHKDSK /F is the name of this album and it contains ten tracks with Love's futuristic technology admiration set right in stone.
Each track is instrumental and the lyric text on MASTER BOOT RECORD's Bandcamp page aren't actually included in the song, They include glimpses into a bigger story filled with smart viruses and computer minds that are more intelligent than we could ever imagine. The retro aesthetic in the album is high and is pulled off extremely well with most of the electronic lines within the album similar to that of an electronic guitar.
Victor Love is doing this and he's doing it well. MASTER BOOT RECORD's sound is a hybrid of the mechanical and instrument alike, and it's fun. As of right now, MASTER BOOT RECORD has released a few covers including one for the System Shock into theme. Check it out!
Oct 11 2016
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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