Blog Review Archives

Archive of blogger reviews from 2005-2010. Want newer reviews? Go to the current review page.

2004

Nashville Zine: "The Protomen…are the change of music in Murfreesboro forever."

2005

Captain Thorns: "Yes. That's right. A Mega Man rock opera. Am I the only one that thinks this was long due for the making? If you like Dream Theater or The Who, you'll like this."
Ad Terras Peras Pera: "Really great music, and really great lyrics, and I can’t wait until they release their album."
Radio Free Internet: "…please e-mail, message, call, stalk or skywrite to the Protomen and beg them to start selling their work to a wider audience."
I'm a Human Inbox: "The Protomen are not only completely serious about creating a Rock Opera describing the story of Mega Man and his creator, but they're actually quite good."

2006

Emotionally Exhausted and Morally Bankrupt: "Using the mythology from the Megaman series they have created a surprisingly good album."
Alternative Magazine Issue 220, November 2006 "So epic Mr. Roboto would blush."

2007

Roaring Shark: "Poignant and elegant, and even relevant with a nice injection of social commentary and powerful moral concepts"
Paper Stereo: "A well made homage to a much-loved series."
The Triangle: "Their Tennessee hard rock style has become harder to find and brings a fresh breath to the musical community."

2008

Penny Arcade: "So incredibly high concept that it should collapse: Mega Man as viewed through the lens of Rock Americana? How could they possibly have succeeded in this? And, having succeeded, what task could possibly thwart them?"
The Rock Blogger: "One of the most electric and exciting albums of its kind in quite some time"
Not Unlike the Waves: "Probably the greatest rock opera I’ve ever heard. It’s unique, extremely emotional, and musically brilliant."
Lucid Media "i wish i could get the feeling from relationships with people that this album gives me every day."
Nashville Cream "all epic and shit—like "St. Elmo's Fire," but with robots."
Nerve.com "All overblown in that lovable style of The Protomen, but it's just so danged cool at the same time."
The Deli Nashville "With ten or eleven members on stage at once, The Protomen deliver an 8-bit hardcore rock opera that will send shivers down your spine."

2009

Nashville Scene "The Protomen Become a Big Deal"
A.V Club "The group isn't a one-trick pony, either: It just released sophomore album, Act II: The Father Of Death, which serves as a prequel to its self-titled debut. That may be a bit too intense for some people."
Destructoid: "You're doing yourself a horrible disservice if you haven't listened to their music yet."
Leet Games Blog: "A visceral masterpiece, in every sense of the word."
Roaring Shark: "Far from being in a sophomore slump, it feels to me like Protomen are really hitting their stride with Act II."
Nine Bullets: "I know I’ve had a hard time not listening to them since first checking them out."
Wing Damage: "Skip going to see the next crappy movie that comes out in theaters and buy this album with the money instead. Then bask in the glory of your wise decision."
NerdLust: "To be honest, I’m a little disappointed with the direction they took musically."
Nerd Lust: "My initial reluctance to embrace Act II has been fully reversed … I am so sold on the new album at this point that I want everyone to hear it. If you like robots. If you like the hero’s journey. If you like music. If you have hearing. If you have partial hearing. Or even just a pulse."
Out The Other:"Even though Megaman plays a large part in the Protomen catalog, don't count the band out as 'geek rock'."
U-Tsi-B: "Easily one of the most unique bands in the world, if not in sound than easily in concept."
Yew Knee: "An incredibly in-depth Bladerunner-esque world complete with additional notes as to the setting of each song. The whole thing really is a Rock Opera - in the truest sense of the phrase."
Catchy Name News "They’ve made some decent albums. I just can’t say anything positive about them outside of that."
Curious Adventures of Inkhat: "I think the main point is that, try as I might to tear apart this CD for its pedantic narrative, or the moments where a chorus line seems cheesy or cliché, I have to love it."
Fresh Air: "None of it is really exemplary: there are no mind blowing guitar solos, no incredibly intense drum sequences, the music doesn’t get very loud, but all of it works together well. While it’s simple, it’s the sum of all the individual parts that comes together and paints a masterful apocalyptic drama."
Blast-o-Rama: "For the sheer balls of being willing to alienate their audience with a new sound, when an easy rehash would do, The Protomen get a nod as one of 2009′s best."
Sputnik Music "The Protomen top themselves in style. A catchy, smart, and diverse collection of songs from a promising young band."
Dex Dynamo: "Act II demonstrates that the Protomen not only know what notes to play, but why they need to be played."
Mercurial "Both of The Protomen's albums are equally passionate–they are holy beasts, laid upon the world for nerds, musicians and art lovers of all kinds to enjoy."
Hey, Look at This!: "The storytelling is goosebump-worthy and the 8-bit synths are much more hook-laden than they should be, and, slowly-but-surely, you learn that the lead-singer's got pipes that would make World 7 blush"
Level 42: "The passion they have for this project is palpable, and this can be seen in their huge stage performances."
Nashville Scene: "The Protomen's second album, Act II: The Father of Death, is in stores now, and it is awesome. I say this not as a fan or a friend, but as the very first person to talk shit about this band. I get it now, and damn, it's badass."

2010

I've Got Music In Nerdy Places: "Rally your friends, maybe even a couple of NES controllers, turn up the volume, and enjoy one of the greatest hidden gems nerds have bestowed upon music!"
Thoughts and Acquisitions: "A rollicking good listen."
Blogcritics: "If you're a Mega Man fan and you like music with an intelligent story, your band has just arrived."
Georgia Gamer: "Megaman would be proud."
A Boy Named Ring: "So, does the idea of a rock opera based on Mega Man sound awesome? That’s because it fucking is. Holy shit, it is."
TVTropes reviewer ienjoypaste: "There's a reason that this group has such a rabid fanbase, and it's not just because of the spiffy helmets."
Meandering Entertainer: "The songs flow together perfectly, the story is well crafted and the whole thing has a very satisfying feel to it."
Silent Uproar: "The band has also delved into some 80's Rock Ballad territory that I'm not entirely comfortable with and, ultimately, detracts from my enjoyment of the record."
Roar E-Zine Dutch-language; via Babelfish : "The harsh mix of rock and Nintendo electronica is enormously groovy!"
Epic Proportions: "I really enjoy this little album, but to enjoy it, you have to see it for what it is. It’s no masterpiece. It’s not the big epic story it wants to be. It’s half an hour of a little bit of fun."
The Set List : "Don't bother with researching the old video game that inspired all their songs. It's better to just enjoy the synthy symphonic greatness of The Protomen's music."
The Devil May Rant: "So if you actually read all the lyrics and notes for The Protomen's rock opera, and then think about them, it turns out that it's an Objectivist tragedy."
Willamette Week: "It’s like fan fiction with guitars. The band’s sound is equally high concept—a pastiche of synth pop, New Wave, country, glam and industrial—but the songs are varied enough to keep you engaged through the entire elaborate saga."
Portland Mercury "Videogame music can be a tricky thing, often relying more on nostalgia for retro-style bleeps and bloops than genuine talent and inventiveness, but the Protomen manage to have it both ways." (Sept 2 issue)
Something Awful: "The music is neither particularly good nor especially terrible, but it really doesn't matter…I don't want to single out The Protomen, though. Not because they're not terrible, but because there's a lot more terrible to get into."
GA Daily: "The Protomen have come up with a rock-and-roll tale that examines heroism, self-sacrifice, idealism and technology hrough the lens of Orwell and Rand, and all by way of a pair of robots that have a lot to tell us about being human."
PunkNews "The Father of Death is a fun album to say the least. It's certainly not for everyone- that's a given- and, of course, it has its share of flaws (count the amount of times "this city" is said throughout the album. Play a drinking game with it and you'll be dead.). The rest of us, though, who enjoy a little fiction and can look past the hilariously cheesy concept will find one thoroughly enticing album."
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