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The Protomen

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The Protomen is an American band best known for composing original rock operas based on the popular video game series Mega Man. Because of the group’s insistence on wearing costumes and using code-names, even when being interviewed, The Protomen remain a mysterious entity within the video game music scene. Their costumes and general stage presence has been compared to that of Daft Punk. Despite often being classified as a niche, the Protomen have achieved a cult following thanks, in part, to frequent mentions in popular video game web sites as well as a dedicated fan base.

Little is known about the Protomen, other than the band is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Because the band often responds to interviews and questions in-character, their own descriptions of their history are delivered with the dramatic flair of their storyline concept and their comments can not always be taken at face value. Their code-names are largely references to pop culture films, song titles, and fictional characters.

The band is composed mostly of MTSU recording program graduates, and first came to be so they could meet class deadlines and the need to record for grades. They produced their first album over two years in various Murfreesboro studios, using analog rather than digital production. Most of the band had graduated and moved to Nashville by 2005.

Group member Commander has stated that their first album was deliberately designed to sound like “distorted pencil sharpeners about 90% of the time” and “was made specifically to go against everything our recording teachers and fellow students were trying to feed us about making everything sound pristine and ‘perfect.’. The tracks were mixed on analog tape.

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  • MilitaryTwoStep

    leaked preview of act 3

    11 Sep 5:02pm Reply
  • tanifilc

    ACT III PLS

    11 Sep 2:59pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    It's been five years since I listened to these guys and I can't get over No Act III.

    21 Aug 7:28pm Reply
  • Brockisdead

    It's been a year since I listened to these guys and I can still sing along to all of the songs

    20 Aug 11:06pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    cut me down or let me run

    14 Apr 7:23pm Reply
  • formlessness

    If anyone ever wants to sell their Father Of Death 7-inch or I Drove All Night tape, hit me up. Will trade mad dollars and cents for them.

    6 Mar 7:29am Reply
  • BlueShadow75

    ACT III WHEN?

    16 Feb 10:06pm Reply
  • DarthDie

    I believe we will get Act III the same day Half-Life 3 is released. [2]

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    still waiting for act 3

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bobo9390

    Warped Tour

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • NVNice

    I believe we will get Act III the same day Half-Life 3 is released.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • amagni

    Saw them in Sydney last night, the best live show I've ever been to! Our generation's "War of the Worlds"

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • thiriacho

    if i listen to this enough maybe i'll get out of the friendzone

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • acid_porno

    fedora-core

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • cLick1338

    Can The Protomen count to three?

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • PistolPeteMatty

    I'm hoping for a blend of the styles of the first 2 CD's for act 3. But judging from the fact that it'll be set after the first CD, hopefully that rough style makes a comeback!

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    if they stick with the clean ass production on the third album i'll cry ;~;

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Tnerehocni

    Got to see them in Indy last night... I love how ridiculous "The Stand" is on stage and I don't know how Panther keeps his shit together during that. "I want to see you make me a sandwich!" Awesome, awesome show. Also, thumbs up to Five Year Mission for kicking ass as the opening act. I was a happy nerd boy.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • paxilam

    the more I listen to this band, the better it gets.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • zjebBartek

    act II is amazing!

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
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