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Metroid Metal

A celebration and interpretation of the Metroid soundtrack

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:00:07 +0000


Metroid Metal is 15 years old

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:08:10 +0000

Fifteen years ago today, I posted the first Metroid Metal track on the Gamecube IGNboards. Circa 2003: Woah dude. Back in 2003, there were no globalized social networking spaces like Myspace, so forums were king. “Metroid Metal” was a logical mp3 tag for that one song, and “Stemage” was simply my forum handle at the time. A lot has changed. Also, not a lot has changed? I won’t go through the history of the project since I did that with my ten year post, but I owe a lot to Metroid. Most everything in my life at this point can be traced back to Metroid. Where I live now, the most recent additions to my family, my friend base, my career, the way I perceive and create music – it all points back to morphy balls and fanged jellyfish. I’ve given Metroid Metal little attention over the past five years. The last arrangement I posted was for the ten year anniversary. The last show the band played was two MAGFests ago. What’s going on? Like most music makers, I’ve always directed my attention to whatever I find captivating at the time. Fifteen years ago, Metroid Metal was a vehicle for paying homage to my favorite game series and OSTs. Because of that project and events like MAGFest, I began meeting many musicians and wanted to explore other opportunities for collaboration. That led to my Marble Madness album. I became more comfortable with synths and finally tackled that impossible TRON tribute album. Later, I found the opportunity to start playing session guitar for television. I joined a few other groups like LONELYROLLINGSTARS and Viking Guitar Live and most recently Retro-Active Live. Now I have original music coming out in a Switch game next month (more on that soon). Things just continue moving forward. It isn’t that Metroid Metal fails to be interesting. It’s that my attention is divided by so many different interesting things. There are many video game music arrangers out there that set themselves up with a quota and do their best to meet it. I applaud their discipline. I could have assimilated into new media and continued covering Metroid every few weeks, but I just don’t find that appealing. I want to stay driven to make new music without feeling that pressure to create. If I am not 100% into a song or project, that will be reflected in the final product. You would all notice, and I don’t want that. Metroid Metal is not finished. It may never be finished. We don’t have gigs planned. I can’t speak to the next release. But I’m still here. We’re still here. We still love Metroid. I’d still like to see song and gig suggestions. And I hope that the other stuff that the band members work on will be of interest to all you lovely people in the meantime. Chunkstyle and Kevin are the kings of Yes, Mayhem. Danimal Cannon continues his quest for world domination. Kirby Pufocia is working on new stuff. I’ve heard it. It rocks and there is a guitar WHAAAAT. For updates on Stemage stuff, you can follow me on Twitter or at And yes, I have music in a Nintendo Switch game out next month. Follow the Stemage channels for more info on that as well in the coming weeks. Thank you all so much for the positivity, criticism, and encouragement over the years. It has shaped who I am. Lastly, I just want to give a big shout to the old Metroid Metal forum posse. Most of you guys don’t know this, but there is a core group of over a dozen Metroid Metal forum members that continue to keep in touch and room together at MAGFest every year. It’s the best crew, and I’m so thankful that this tight company was born from the forum wastelands and continues to carry on in fellowship. Y’all are awesome. <3 See you next mission, – Grant [...]

Headed to Mexico this November!

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 23:29:28 +0000

We are so proud to announce that we’ll be rockin’ Vconcert 2015 in Mexico City with a list of great acts:

  • Yoko Shimomura w/The OneUps (Composer of SF2. Kingdom Hearts, Xenoblade Chronicles, etc)
  • Royal Corneria Airforce (The music of Starfox)

It’s our first time playing out of the US! If you or anyone you know is outside Mexico City, help us spread the word! We’re stoked.

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For more information on VCONCERT 2015, head here: (ticket info will be posted soon)

Twitter: @vconmx

Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico
November 28, 2015


Dude, we’re going to Mexico.

‘Other Album’ from Metroid Metal – AVAILABLE NOW

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:38:46 +0000

surprise lol.

The hype surrounding new album releases can be a little much. So hey, if Beyoncé can do it, why not? WE MADE A NEW ALBUM, AND HERE IT IS. :)


And yes, it is titled ‘Other Album‘.

It has been a VERY long time since Expansion Pack, but we haven’t stopped playing shows. We tallied some songs that never made it onto a CD, and it’s about 40 minutes worth. How about that. So, here you go. :)

Each band album has been its own interesting exercise, because everyone gets to add their own stylings to songs originally built by two people. It’s a hell of a fun experiment.

As a band, we are a little more used to this cross-country engineering thing, and we’ve all gotten a little better at production over the years. In so many words, this album is heavy as hell. It’s by far the most visceral, pounding, and dark album we’ve done. The best part? It’s all live takes. If you would ever consider our old albums “guitar” albums, this is certainly a rhythm section record. Kevin’s drums are unedited with no replacements, and Dan bought a frickin’ 5-string. It’s a little ridiculous. They’re a little ridiculous. Cheers, boys. <3

We also made digipacks this time. They’re pretty.

Several more shows are lined up for this year, and I have frameworks for a few new MM songs. I just haven’t found time to finish them. Last year was twice as busy for songwriting as the year prior, and that may not change any time soon. I have to make some time for Metroid though. Making time is easier than finding time.

Thanks for the support guys! We hope you enjoy ‘Other Album‘!

>>teaser trailer<<


Two shows coming up!

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:34:08 +0000

We’re playing San Fran in March and Boston in April.

We’ve never been to California! WHAT is up with that.

We’re proud to be on the roster for Band Saga, a show at San Fran’s DNA Lounge on March 21st this year – the Friday of GDC. Here’s the event with more details.

And oh my, WE’RE AT PAX EAST! We’re honored. And we will bring surprises. Unfortunately, PAX East is sold out, but if you’re going… let’s rock.

And yes.. more shows to come. :) As well as other new goodies.

The MM crew at MAGfest 12!

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:23:01 +0000

We have quite the list of goodies lined up. LET’S DO THIS.

Metroid Metal isn’t playing MAGfest year, but we’ll all be there. That fact points back to me (Stemage). I’m playing in two other bands this year – neither of which have played together before, so I convinced the other guys to sit this one out for my own sanity. <3 Only Danimal Cannon can realistically tackle 3 acts in a single show. The rest of the band are regular ole humans.

THAT SAID, we’ll all be there. :) And we have quite the todo list. Here’s a rundown of what the MM boys have going on at MAGfest 12 in order of happenings:

Thursday 6:00-7:00 (Panels 3)
Stemage and Chunkstyle will be joining the Metroid Database panel. Come celebrate some ‘troid with us!

Friday 12:00-12:40 (Stage 2)
Stemage and his lil brother are playing with Viking Guitar Live. There will be a surprise or two in this set. Be there. ‘Twill be heavy.

Friday 2:00-2:30 (Chiptune Stage)
Danimal Cannon mauls the chiptune stage.

Friday 5:00-5:50 (Stage 2)
Danimal will own all of MAG as usual with  the mighty Arm Cannon.

Saturday 3:00-3:40pm (Stage 2)
Stemage plays with his new group, LONELYROLLINGSTARS with some VGM vets – along with a new album.

Saturday 9:20-10:10 (Main Stage)
Maybe you didn’t know this, but Kevin is the official drummer for Those Who Fight! They will rock main stage Sat night. OMG can’t wait.

Kirby has several cameos lined up. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to post lol. Come find us!

Here’s the full schedule. You can always download the Guidebook app and search for MAGfest – very helpful.

See you guys there!!! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Come see MM Live – Durham, NC – Oct 4th, 2013… Game Over dude!

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:07:53 +0000

MAGFest‘s touring concert series comes to North Carolina! Come enjoy an evening of arcade games, chiptune acts, and video game music cover bands. $10 cover

Game Over has been selling out all over the east coast. If you want tickets early, you can get them from Ticketfly.

>>Here’s the Facebook Event page<<

Performers Include:

Metroid Metal
Danimal Cannon
Bit Brigade
D&D Sluggers
Eight Bit Disaster
D20 Burlesque

Good luck Durham.

Metroid Metal is TEN YEARS OLD (new song and ramblings to celebrate)

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:33:28 +0000

It has been a year since the last track posting. How about that! I would consider it a sad fact if it wasn’t for the wealth of projects and collaborations as of late. It’s been a damn good year. As I always say, thank you guys for the interest and support over the last forever. Strangely, I received many emails in the last few months asking about more Fusion, so hello irony:  ————> Metroid Fusion Metal – Sector 4 <———— Moving on… So yeah, Metroid Metal is ten years old. That is almost a third of my life. Some 14-year-old kid who saw the first track on the IGNboards is likely married now. Six Metroid games (with spinoffs) have been released since the project started. …ugh… old… ANYWAY, I owe a lot to Metroids, as obnoxious as they may be. If it wasn’t for the Metroid series, I have no idea where I’d be musically at this stage in my life. Every song has been a tiny boot camp experience. It has caused me (us) to get more experimental, play with new technology, fight with sonics, and attempt some different styles. It’s possible that Chunk and myself would have ended up in the VGM scene in some way, but I’m not sure in what capacity. Back when this project started, the VGM scene was way more niche. Things have changed so much in ten years. The rock/metal VGM stuff has thrived, and the scene has spilled over into every genre imaginable. If you own a computer and have an instrument, you can join in and pay homage in your own way. But yeah, we owe a lot to Metroid. The intention was never to create a “project”. I just thought it would be fun to rock out the NES theme song and dust off the 8-track and drum machine.  – my babies OCR and The Minibosses were already well known in ’03, but there weren’t a ton of experimental prog arrangements at the time. Why not give it a shot? I completed the NES Theme and Kraid and bought the domain that made the most sense. That was before Myspace, so I had the artist from Silent Uproar whip up a messageboard (lol “messageboard”). YouTube wasn’t around yet obviously. Facebook hah! The closest thing to Soundcloud we had was Ah, them was the days. Back then – due to hardware limitations – once an idea was together, it was down and then out. I didn’t over think everything, and most songs were less than three minutes. It was simple. It had to be. I recorded on a frickin’ 8-track. I met Chunkstyle back in college when he played in a band called Milkface (’98?). Years later, Chunk and a friend showed up at my house one night and said I was required to pack gear and join a band that night, so I did. That band was Blue Dot. Kevin (MM drummer) was also in Blue Dot. We performed a few of the MM songs live for fun, but that wasn’t the point of Blue Dot. Then MAGfest happened to us. Then Danimal and Kirby and Kevin. Then what… PAX? And a band CD? Oh ok. SO TEN YEARS NOW WHAT? Everyone in the band is busy on their own projects. I don’t plan on waiting another year to put out another song, FYI. Re: Metroid Metal, we have something coming. We wanted it to hit this date, but that did not happen by a mile. I’ll post more about it when it makes sense. Let’s just say that we are not playing shows all over the world, right? And when I get an email from some dudette in Brazil that wants us to come to frickin’ Brazil, it makes me sad. Let’s just say that this project is related to that. Also, a big shout to Nate for offering artwork like madman. All I did was ask him years ago to use a sketch-a-day slot and make a single Metroid Metal banner, and LOOK WHAT HAPPENED. Cheers, FoxDragon. … If I could tell the me of ten years ago that things would go this long, eventually I’d tackle the Marble Ma[...]

Asheville Show! Oct 13th with Minibosses and Danimal Cannon

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:25:13 +0000

Almost last minute?

Fanaticon has been Asheville, NC’s only comic convention in years past, but it is no more. NOW COMES the Asheville Comic Expo.

Along with the day’s events, there’s an after party at the Emerald Lounge, and we’re playing along with The Minibosses and Danimal Cannon. If you’re attending the day’s events, the show is only $3. Otherwise, it’s a measly $5.

Show Saturday, Oct 13th 2012, 9:00pm

Hope to see you locals (and regionals) there! Here are some helpful links:


Shows and Music and Etc

Sat, 12 May 2012 19:48:10 +0000

2 new shows – new music – newness

Yay concerts! We’re playing two shows this summer (so far).

Bit Gen Gamerfest is June 30th in Baltimore, MD. Bit Gen is comprised of wall to wall video game music on a single day – with other fun stuff thrown in. CRAZY list of bands this year! For the full band list and details, check out http://www.bitgengamerfest.comFollow:  FacebookTwitter

Nerdapalooza is a weekend of video game music, art, and antics across the full range of genres and archetypes. It’s a blast. Nerdapalooza lives in Orlando, FL Aug 3-5. Last year was our first Nerdapalooza, and there is nothing quite like it. We are PUMPED. Follow: Facebook Twitter

In other neeeewwws,

Chunkstyle just released the new Yes Mayhem album, HH2. It features several members of MM and is an incredible follow up to the album from last year. Check it out on BandcampFollow: FacebookTwitter

Stemage is almost done with the Marble Madness album. A tracklist and guestlist has just been posted on, and the album should be out in a few weeks. (this is why you don’t have a new MM song yet. ;) ). Follow: FacebookTwitter

Danimal Cannon is going on tour!! He’s cranking out mondo tunes and has new shirts available for the tour as well. Shows are listed on BandcampFollow:  FacebookTwitter

Re: ‘Troid Metal, there is a new track (and a half) in the works, but it’s been put behind the new Marble Madness album and a few other projects. The cloning project isn’t going so well. Pseudo-Stemage has an attitude problem and can’t figure out how to use basic tools. More MM as soon as possible! That’s it for now – love you guys!

New YES MAYHEM album! – HH2

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:48:32 +0000

Chunk and Stem and Kevin and others make lots of racket… again.

Chunkstyle just released the second Yes Mayhem album, HH2! Stemage plays guitar on it along with Kevin (MM) on drums, James Moats on vocals, and a pile of other guests. It’s a crazy mashup of rock influences. If you want to hear what the MM guys do when we’re not doing… Metroid stuff, name your price for HH2 on Bandcamp – it’s awesome!