PAX East's Friday night concerts featured Supercommuter, Minibosses, Metroid Metal and the Protomen, in that order. I went to see the middle two bands.
The show floor with video game demos closes at 6 PM, and even the jamspace closes around 7 PM, so there's not much to do at PAX during the night-time besides get drunk with your gaming group at City Bar or rock the fuck out to nerdcore rock music. (Or, a little of column A and a little of column B.) So, the concerts are ... densely populated. But this very short nerd did her best to get some decent video footage for you all, in spite of being in a packed house of way-taller folks.
For Minibosses, I FlipCam'd the screen so you could see the band, but I couldn't do the same thing with Metroid Metal, because they put footage of Samus shooting up enemies on the video screens. This was expertly spliced live by video wizard Foxdragon, who would synch up gameplay footage with the music's progressions (e.g., Samus blowing up Mother Brain during the climax of an epic guitar solo).
The use of Metroid video game footage to supplement the band's metal covers of Metroid songs made the experience night impossible to capture on a mere FlipCam screen, but at least you'll be able to hear how awesome the band sounded. You'll definitely want to see Metroid Metal live someday before you die. (This is, of course, coming from a person with the Twitter handle @samusclone, so it should come as no surprise that this was my favorite act of the night.)
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