Master Boot Record’s Latest LP Is Sure To Be A “Personal” Favorite For Many Audiences

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Electronic music act Master Boot Record is scheduled to release its new album, Personal Computer Friday through Metal Blade Records.  The brainchild of Victor Love, the record will come less than two years after the release of the then latest MBR record, which was the soundtrack to the video game, Virtuaverse.  This latest offering from Love is another strong record from beginning to end.  Its two current singles, ‘80836’ and ‘80486DX’.  They are just two of the songs that serve to show what makes the album worth hearing.  ‘80386,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another example of the album’s strength and will be discussed shortly.  ‘80486,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another example of what audiences have to anticipate in hearing the album.  It will be examined a little later.  ‘80686,’ the album’s finale is yet another example of the album’s strength and will also be examined later.  Each song noted here does its own share to make Personal Computer worth hearing.  When they are considered along with the album’s singles and other entries, the whole of that content makes the album yet another of the best of this year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Personal Computer, the forthcoming latest album from Victor Love’s Master Boot Record project, is an enjoyable addition to his catalog under that moniker.  As noted, each of its singles does well to make that clear.  They are just part of what makes the album worth hearing.  ‘80386,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another notable addition to the record.  The composition stands out because while it bears all of the stylistic trademarks of the songs featured in the Virtuaverse soundtrack (and much of Love’s MBR catalog), there are some unique touches added to the song.  The unique touch to this composition comes in the more melodic approach that Love takes.  Instead of the heavier compositions that he uses at points throughout the album, this one incorporates more synthesized strings and general melody.  In all honestly, one could even argue that some of the chromatic runs that Love uses in the “verse” sections almost have a power metal style approach.  Yes, there is some heaviness in the bridge, but for the most part, this song boasts more of a melodic approach along with that almost power metal approach.  Taking that blend of styles into account, it makes the composition in whole its own unique addition to the album that is just one of the record’s notable entries.  ‘80486,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another of the record’s high points.

‘80486’ also boasts its own unique touch even with the familiar electronic approach.  In the case of this song, it opens with an approach with an almost goth type approach.  Listeners familiar with said genre can easily place the organ type arrangement in those opening bars, that are a perfect fit for any goth composition.  The chromatic run in the song’s bridge adds even more to that goth sense, what with it being played in minor key to boot.  That element, paired with Love’s familiar electronic leaning, makes the song in whole a work that is wholly unique of the album’s other entries and another example of what makes Personal Computer another engaging and entertaining offering from Master Boot Record.

‘80686,’ the album’s closer, is yet another composition that stands out in this record.  The song opens with what is meant to be a harpsichord, giving the song a distinct classical approach in its opening bars.  The simple, subdued approach, which leads into a much heavier sound as the song progresses.  The thing is that the classical influence continues throughout the song as it continues, building on what audiences get in the opening bars, making for even more engagement and entertainment.  What audiences get is a deeply moving finale for Love’s new album that gives it one last welcome accent on its way out.  When it is considered with the other songs examined here, as well as with the album’s singles and other songs, the whole of that content makes Personal Computer another successful outing for Love that metal fans and those of electronic music alike will appreciate.

Personal Computer, the latest studio recording from Master Boot Record, is another strong offering from its creator, Victor Love.  That is proven from beginning to end, as its singles have already shown.  The songs examined here do just as well to make that clear, too.  When all of that content is considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes Personal Computer a work that is sure to be a personal favorite for many audiences.

Personal Computer is available now. More information on the album is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/masterbootrecordmusic

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Master Boot Record Premieres New Album’s Second Single

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Victor Love, the mastermind behind the musical project that is Master Boot Record, is giving audiences another preview of the project’s new album.

Love premiered his new single, ‘80836‘ Thursday.’ The song is the second single from Master Boot Record’s forthcoming album, Personal Computer, which is scheduled for release May 13 through Metal Blade Records. Love debuted the album’s lead single, ‘80486DX‘ last month.

Love talked about the musical arrangement featured in the new single, saying the song is a hybrid type composition.

“In the new single “80386,” the melody of NWOBHM and the energy of bay area thrash metal are glued together by a demoscene and crack scene soul with added up neo classical influences,” he said.

The thrash elements are especially prominent in the song’s breakdown. That moment is a heavy, intense presence whereas the song’s main body does so well to present the noted demoscene influence. The whole of the arrangement is completely unlike that featured in the album’s lead single and just as engaging and entertaining in its own right.

Personal Computer will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONAL COMPUTER will be available on all digital streaming platforms, CD, and double gatefold LP in the following variants:
-180g black
-bloody red marble – limited to 300 copies (EU Exclusive)
-grey marble – limited to 200 copies (EU Exclusive)
-purple marble (US Exclusive)
-lime marble (US Exclusive)

PERSONAL COMPUTER Track Listing:
1. 8086 – 5:05
2. 80186 – 8:53
3. 80286 – 5:46
4. 80386 – 6:30
5. 80386SX – 6:28
6. 80486 – 5:08
7. 80486DX – 4:32
8. 80486SX – 7:14
9. 80586 – 7:16
10. 80686 – 7:29

More information on the album is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/masterbootrecordmusic

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Master Boot Record Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Lead Single

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Industrial metal act Master Boot Record is scheduled to release its latest album this spring.

Personal Computer is scheduled for release May 13 through Metal Blade Records. It will come more than two years after the release of the act’s then latest album, Floppy Disk Overdrive, which was also released through Metal Blade Records.

In anticipation of the record’s release, Master Boot Record, the brainchild of Victor Love, has released the new album’s lead single, ‘80486DX‘ Thursday. The fully instrumental composition is everything that audiences have come to expect from the mysterious electronic act. The 80s synth wave influences are just as evident as ever, as are the dark synth wave sounds and midi musical sound. Even with the familiar sound and stylistic approach, the single boasts its own identity separate from that of the act’s existing songs.

Personal Computer will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

PERSONAL COMPUTER will be available on all digital streaming platforms, CD, and double gatefold LP in the following variants:
-180g black
-bloody red marble – limited to 300 copies (EU Exclusive)
-grey marble – limited to 200 copies (EU Exclusive)
-purple marble (US Exclusive)
-lime marble (US Exclusive)

PERSONAL COMPUTER Track Listing:
1. 8086 – 5:05
2. 80186 – 8:53
3. 80286 – 5:46
4. 80386 – 6:30
5. 80386SX – 6:28
6. 80486 – 5:08
7. 80486DX – 4:32
8. 80486SX – 7:14
9. 80586 – 7:16
10. 80686 – 7:29

More information on the album is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/masterbootrecordmusic

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2020’s New Hard Rock, Metal Albums Prove The Grammys Got It Wrong Again

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Whatever committee or person makes the decision on who gets nominations and awards at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony needs a swift kick in the pants.  That is because that person or those people has/have never given much real respect to the hard rock and metal community.  This year’s list of nominees is the latest supporting proof for that argument.  Despite what certain parties might have audiences believe, 2020 produced a lot of albums that are far more worthy of awards.  Among those oh-so-notable new albums that have been released this far are new offerings from Lamb of God, Sons of Apollo, U.D.O., Sevendust, and even Firewind.  All of the noted albums are featured in this year’s Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.  Between thrash metal, groove metal, pure hard rock and even electronic rock, this list proves how much great material was released this year that is far more deserving of awards than the acts that were nominated (maybe save for Body Count’s song).

As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 new albums in the noted category and five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Sons of Apollo – MMXX
  2. U.D.O. – We Are One
  3. Sevendust – Blood & Stone
  4. Lamb of God – Lamb of God
  5. Mushroomhead – A Wonderful Life
  6. Testament – Titans of Creation
  7. Static X – Project: Re-Generation
  8. Firewind – Firewind
  9. Julien K – Harmonic Disruptor
  10. Master Boot Record – Floppy Disc Overdrive
  11. Clint Lowery – God Bless The Renegades
  12. Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic
  13. David Reece – Cacophony of Souls
  14. Biff Byford – School of Hard Knocks
  15. Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow

Next up from Phil’s Picks is one last musical category, the year’s top new overall albums.  Stay tuned for that, and then it’ll be on to the DVD and BD categories. 

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‘Virtuaverse’ Soundtrack Is Another Impressive Genre-Spanning Offering From Master Boot Record

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Electronic music artist Master Boot Record has been keeping himself rather busy lately.  The composer/musician, who will henceforth be referred to as MBR since his given name is unknown, released his latest album Floppy Disk Overdrive in March through Metal Blade Records.  Not long after its release, he released another collection of songs in the form of the Virtuaverse OST.  Virtuaverse is a point and click computer game whose plot centers on an artificial intelligence that controls the world, and the efforts of a group of people to change that.  The game’s graphics are a throwback to the look of computer and video games from the late 80s and early 90s while the soundtrack, again, crafted by MBR, is a full-on synthwave presentation.  The 13-song compilation is a surprisingly impressive work, too, thanks to its sound, which lends itself to comparisons to Daft Punk’s work on the Tron: Legacy OST.  In other words, this latest offering from MBR is a presentation that will greatly appeal to electronic music fans.  That is evidenced right from the soundtrack’s opener, the official theme song for the game.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Optimized User Experience,’ the soundtrack’s closer, is another example of what makes the soundtrack stand out.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘DDoS Attack,’ which comes just past the soundtrack’s midpoint, is one more positive point from the soundtrack.  It will be addressed later, too.  When it is considered along with the other noted songs and the rest of the soundtrack’s entries, the compilation in whole becomes a work that will appeal to any electronic music fan.

Master Boot Record’s official soundtrack to the video game Virtuaverse is a welcome offering from the electronic music composer/musician.  Having come shortly after the release of his latest album Floppy Disk Overdrive, the 13-song record will find a wide appeal among fans of electronic music.  That is proven in part through the compilation’s opener and the game’s theme song.  The use of the keyboard and electronics in this song leads to a comparison to works from Daft Punk on the soundtrack to Disney’s Tron: Legacy.  The incorporation of the guitar and drums into the mix adds even more impact to its presentation, as that element is used sparingly and is well-balanced with the song’s other elements. It likens itself to the material presented in Floppy Disk Overdrive.  The balance of those more 80s’ new wave style elements and the harder-edged sounds throughout the song adds even more to the composition’s appeal.  The overall dark, yet driving sound of the song in whole makes it a powerful opener for the soundtrack.  The use of the visuals in the game’s “trailer” — on its website — along with the song makes for even more impact.  By its end, the song leaves audiences wanting more in the best way possible, and audiences get more throughout the record, including the soundtrack’s equally notable closer, ‘Optimized User Experience.’

‘Optimized User Experience’ is another work that fits just as well in this compilation as it would in Floppy Disk Overdrive with its combination of electronics and guitars.  The song’s opening bars are grounded in a steady, single-note beat from the keyboards.  That beat is accompanied by what is meant to be a very “digital,” “computerized” sound.  Eventually, an actual melody joins the mix along with a steady, driving bass drum beat and guitars.  The whole of that sound creates what can only be described as a very industrial/electronic metal sound.  It is a sound that will appeal to fans of acts, such as Julien-K, Orgy and to a lesser extent, Gravity Kills.  The most notable aspect of the arrangement in whole is how is starts so subdued but gradually builds over the course of its four-minute-plus run time until eventually coming to a shattering finale that closes out the album on a truly powerful note.  The fact that the song builds so steadily and manages to keep listeners engaged and entertained throughout shows that the time and thought that went into the song’s composition paid off quite well.  The result is a work that closes out this soundtrack just as well as the game’s theme song opens the soundtrack.  It still is just one more of the soundtrack’s most notable works.  ‘DDoS Attack’ is one more example of what makes the Virtuaverse OST such an impressive new offering from MBR.

‘DDoS Attack’ is another very Daft Punk-eque work in its opening bars, with the keyboards and electronics creating a very brooding, melancholy and mysterious opening.  The sense that this approach creates in listeners ensures listeners’ engagement right off the bat.  The eventual addition of the guitar (effects?) and the melody to the arrangement builds on the foundation formed early on in the song, continuing the entertainment.  As the song progresses, that addition of the guitars to the mix (and the drums) makes for even more of a comparison to works from Orgy than that of any of the collection’s other songs.  The general effect of the composition is wholly engaging and entertaining.  It shows once more why this compilation, despite being a soundtrack, is still another impressive collection of original works from Master Boot Record that will appeal not just to gamers but to rock and metal fans and to those of electronic music and EDM even.  Keeping that in mind, this song, along with the other arrangements noted here and the rest of the collection’s featured works, make this soundtrack one of the biggest and best surprises of the year.

Master Boot Record’s soundtrack to the video game Virtuaverse is a surprisingly enjoyable new offering from the electronic/rock composer/musician Master Boot Record.  It takes the successes of each of his past recordings (of which there are many) and builds on them with even more new material and sounds.  From the soundtrack’s opener to its finale, the compilation’s synthwave sounds and arrangements change things up constantly while also keeping things interesting.  The result, as noted through the trio of songs examined here, is a work that despite being a soundtrack, a quite pleasant surprise for so many audiences.  It is available now through his official bandcamp page.

More information on the Virtuaverse OST is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Websitehttp://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/masterbootrecordmusic

 

 

 

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‘Floppy Disk Overdrive’ Is One Of The Biggest Hard Rock/Metal Surprises Of 2020

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Rock and electronic are perfect strangers.  While the two genres are polar opposites of one another when presented by themselves, their pairing results in what have become some of the most memorable songs in music’s modern history.  Case in point are songs from the likes of Duran Duran, Nine Inch Nails and Powerglove.  Another act, going by the name of Master Boot Record, added itself (the composer does not list his real name anywhere – clearly his marketing gimmick) to that mix of acts to make memorable hybrid electronic and rock sounds this week with the release of its new album Floppy Disk Overdrive.  Released Friday through Metal Blade Records, the 12-song, 68-minute record is a work that will especially appeal to fans of Zardonic with its use of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) – the music that sounds like it was composed strictly for 8-bit video games – and more modern metal elements in one setting.  Throughout the course of the album’s hour-plus run time, MBR takes those elements and creates compositions that are in themselves unique from one another.  In the bigger picture of the album, they are equally unlike other similar songs past and present from MBR’s counterparts in the electronic rock world.  That is proven in part through the album’s opener ‘ANSI.SYS.’  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘RAMDRIVE.SYS,’ which comes a little later in the album’s run, is another example of how that hybrid sound makes this record stand out.  It will be addressed a little later.  EMM386.EXE is yet another example of what makes this album stand out.  It certainly is not the last of the songs that serves to show how the crossing of electronic and rock elements in this album makes it stand out from so much similar music out there.  All things considered in this album, proves to be one of this year’s most unique hard rock/metal offerings and potentially one of the year’s most standout records in general.

Master Boot Record’s new album Floppy Disk Overdrive is a presentation that for those who might be new to MBR’s work, will want to hear.  That is especially the case for those rock and metal fans who are especially fans of the industrial metal realm. The album’s opener, ‘ANSI.SYS’ is just one of the songs that serves to show why those noted audiences will appreciate this record.  The song’s arrangement takes the noted keyboard and MIDI elements and crosses them seamlessly with an upbeat, guitar-driven composition for a whole that boasts its own unique identity.  The sound crafted through the song’s electronic elements immediately lends itself to comparisons to the work that Daft Punk did for the Tron: Legacy soundtrack.  The addition of the metal elements to the song gives the arrangement a whole new identity.  There are some moments, thanks to the metal elements, that sound like death metal, thanks to the guitars.  At other elements, listeners will get thoughts of music for some anime-based RPG video game.  On yet another level, the whole of the song’s elements lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Powerglove, who themselves have crafted music based on video games and cartoons, much  like Master Boot Record.  The whole of those noted elements sounds like a presentation that might not work, what with so much going on, but MBR makes it work, and with full expertise, too.  As already noted, it is a unique work that, because of the expert fashion in which way everything was crossed, stands strong on its own merits.  It develops its own identity within the album and in general, which so many listeners will appreciate.  It is just one of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘RAMDRIVE.SYS’ is another example of what makes MBR’s new album stand out .

‘RAMDRIVE.SYS’ opens its nearly nine-minute run with what is best described as a symphonic metal approach.  It has soaring keyboard runs that a little more than a minute in, are joined by some very heavy, crunching guitars that are certain to appeal to plenty of rock and metal fans.  As the song progresses, things move back to the more symphonic, keyboard-driven side before eventually going all out again with the heavy crunching guitars.  One could almost argue that, from a music theory standpoint, it’s a bit of an ABC setup.  The addition of the MIDI element, again, to the mix adds a touch that is rare to any well-known counterparts of Master Boot Record past or present.  In other words, what this digital composer has done with this song is crafted a work that is unique in and of itself and in the bigger picture of the rock and metal community.  It is just another way in which this album proves itself such a notable new entry in this year’s field of new hard rock and metal offerings.  It is hardly the last of the album’s most key entries.  ‘EMM386.EXE’ is yet another example of the strength of Floppy Disk Overdrive.

‘EMM386.EXE’ is important to address because it is unlike the other songs noted here and also unlike many of the other songs featured in MBR’s new album.  The song, which clocks in at a little more than five-and-a-half-minutes, opens with a decidedly introspective sounding MIDI keyboard line meant to sound like a guitar that in its simplicity, grabs listeners’ attention with ease.  That brooding opening section eventually gives way to something a bit more upbeat.  That more upbeat work does eventually go back to a more contemplative moment roughly three –and-a-half-minutes in, but is very brief to say the least.  It is just enough time for listeners to catch their collective breaths before the heaviness returns.  The whole thing eventually builds to a heavy, crunching finale in the song’s final minute or so.  By the time this opus ends, listeners will look back and know that they have heard something that is rarely if ever heard from any other hard rock and metal acts out there.  Those listeners will also know that they have heard a work that is another example of what makes Floppy Disk Overdrive one of this year’s most unique hard rock and metal albums. When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole of the album proves itself a work that every hard rock and metal purist is recommended to hear at least once this year.

Master Book Record’s latest full-length studio recording is a presentation that rock and metal fans alike are certain to appreciate.  That is because it is more than just another industrial metal album.  It is more than just some kind of power metal album.  It is a hybrid of both and more.  Clearly each arrangement featured in the album was well-thought-out, too.  Each composition ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment through those arrangements and the elements that compose each work.  That is evidenced in all three of the songs discussed here.  Those songs, considered with the rest of the record’s works, make the album in whole one of the biggest surprises so far this year for the hard rock and metal community.  The album is available now through Metal Blade Records.  More information on the album is available online along with all of Master Boot Record’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://masterbootrecord.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/masterbootrecordmusic

 

 

 

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