Atlas of Rock: Japan

For the last eight months or so I have been exploring the rock and metal music from various countries around the world here on Atlas of Rock, the ongoing series for my Metal Monday Column, and have discovered many bands and artists along the way. Today we arrive at one of TAY's favorite countries at long last! » 1/19/15 12:45pm 1/19/15 12:45pm

17-Minute Metal Epic Covers 40 Years Of Video Game History

The conclusion of three years of work, this is FamilyJules7x taking us on one hell of a musical journey, as he thrashes out metal versions of the theme songs to most of gaming's greatest games. » 5/29/14 11:30pm 5/29/14 11:30pm

Attack on Titan's Awesome Intro, Redone As A Rad Metal Song

Now, the opening to Attack on Titan is already fantastic—but that doesn't mean I can't get behind 331Erock shredding out a metal version of the song. » 8/29/13 8:00pm 8/29/13 8:00pm

The Most Metal BioShock Infinite Songbird, Ever

It's a shame that we don't get to see too much of Elizabeth's guardian, the Songbird, in BioShock Infinite. Thankfully, places like Geargoyle Metal Art commemorate the awesomeness of characters like Songbird through astonishing art like this. » 8/15/13 1:00pm 8/15/13 1:00pm

A Simple and Slimy Definition of Gamer Pain

Every now and then Speak Up on Kotaku eschews the long-winded for the shorter, sweeter things in life, like commenter Paradox Me's single sentence ode to the ones that get away. » 4/04/12 5:30pm 4/04/12 5:30pm

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Soundtrack's Descent Into Self-Parody is Audio…

Oh hey, there's a new Chocobo song in Final Fantasy XIII-2! I do so love hearing the new arrangements of Nobuo Uematsu's whimsical theme that arrive with each new iteration of the series. Let's give it a listen! Oh. Oh god. » 12/13/11 2:20pm 12/13/11 2:20pm

This Classic RPG Series Revels In Its Hair Metal Roots

In 1987 Japanese developer Falcom released a role-playing game so metal it needed its own in-house band to create the soundtrack. This February XSEED celebrates with the Ys I & II Chronicles Hair Metal Pack for the PSP. » 12/22/10 12:30pm 12/22/10 12:30pm

Rescue Iron Maiden's Crap From Space In This Game

Oh, dammit. Iron Maiden was flying to its first ever intergalactic gig when space pirates ambushed them, blew up their gear ship, and sent everything flying into space. Now they expect you, space roadie, to get it back. » 8/06/10 7:20pm 8/06/10 7:20pm

Megadeth Hints at Big Plans for Guitar Hero

Answering the fan mailbag on the band's official site, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he's had recent "high level meetings" with Activision and Neversoft to discuss an idea that is more attractive to the band than a dedicated box set. » 1/16/10 6:00pm 1/16/10 6:00pm

Headbang Hero: Rock Out with Your Locks Out


"For the first time in history," writes the creators of Headbang Hero, "a wireless motion-sensing wig is used as a game controller." God, I was wondering if I'd ever live to see that day. » 2/08/09 2:40pm 2/08/09 2:40pm

All Metal Music Game Being Forged

Not enough metal for you in Guitar Hero and Rock Band? How about a music game that is completely metal? Visual effect consultants EBT3 Creations and talent management company Indevent USA have formed a new multi-media company called Reign Productions, and their first project is said to be a multi-million dollar video… » 11/14/08 11:40am 11/14/08 11:40am