Last Chance To Reason are a Progressive Metal band from Augusta Maine and to say that they are ambitious and creative is a bit of an understatement. They worked with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Human Abstract, For Today) to record their second full-length album which they are calling Level 2, and as if that wasn’t enough, they are also simultaneously developing a video game with the help of indie video game designer Tom Vine. Both the album and the game will share the same name and concept with each other and from what I have seen/heard this multifaceted project is something worth keeping tabs on.
We know that this isn’t the first time that a band has released a video game, (Iron Maiden, Journey) but we can still expect a unique experience from LCTR’s Level 2. You can find two of their songs from Level 2, “Temp Files'” and “Upload Complete” on their myspace page and I am very impressed with both of them. The music makes me think of Periphery or Speak Of The Devil, both of which are very good things. Here is an excerpt from their myspace page so you can get a feel for what LCTR are about:
“Level 2 is a new take on both the concept album and the videogame. It is a melding of both arts into a unified experience. In Level 2 you will battle through fully interactive interpretations of Last Chance to Reason’s futuristic progressive metal. The game/album’s story unfolds through thematic riffs, stirring vocal hooks and progressive virtuosity while the player blasts his way through viscous gameplay inspired by classics such as R-Type, Contra, and Super Metroid. Level 2, a collaboration between LCTR and indie game developer Tom Vine is slated for release in 2010”
I consider Super Metroid to be one of the best video games of all time so it excites me that they cite the game as an inspiration. They also have a pretty sweet teaser video for the album/game:
Pretty awesome stuff. Another thing I like about the band is that on their youtube channel, they like to upload videos explaining sections of their songs, and this proves to be very interesting due to the complex and intricate nature of their music. They also have a blog that they update frequently following the development of the project so that is nice.
Level 2 is set to be released sometime in 2010.