Friday, May 22, 2015

"Basement Demos": A New Collection of Old Originals Now Available!

Download "Basement Demos" on bandcamp for free/name your price:

When you take a look at my discography and past music career, you will notice that I've been in a lot of bands over the years. Sometimes these bands go on for a long while, play live on occasion and release an album or two, and other bands never quite make it out of my basement.

That's what Basement Demos is. 

Dating back to 2009, I have stockpiled songs that I wrote for bands that I started and could never get off the ground. It happens. Life happens. People move away and people get busy. The band dissipates and you remain friends, but those songs just sit there and gather dust. I've tried re-purposing these songs for other projects with admittedly not so great results (this song in particular). So there they sit, collecting more dust and taking up space in my brain.

And then my wife and I decide to move out of my home state of West Virginia for work. I have lived here for every second of my 33 rotations around our sun, so transplanting ourselves into Pittsburgh is fun and scary and exciting and stressful. A move like this can be a catalyst for a much-needed recharge. It also gives you a chance to sort through the boxes of stuff in your basement. See where I'm going with this?

I bought my home in 2009, the same year I became a college teacher. It was a monumental year for me. "Hey, I'm an adult now!" This house also had a pretty cool partially finished basement area that I turned into my music and gaming space. 

This is where Mega Beardo was born.

Within two months of living at this house, I started tracking my Mega Man 2 Guitar Tribute album. I was also writing Belmont at the same time. The house was like an injection of adrenaline and creativity. I came to spend a lot of my time in that basement studio. I adorned it with all the nostalgic crap that made me feel like me. It was a home within a home. And now I'm moving out of it.

While packing up the stuff in this basement studio for the move, I began thinking "Man, I've written a lot of cool songs in this basement that nobody will ever really hear." It mirrored my current packing activities as "Well, do I hold onto these things that I keep boxed up and never look at, or do I sell them or give them to Goodwill?" While I'm clearing out this basement studio, why don't I go ahead and just release all of the unheard songs I wrote in this basement studio? So I'm clearing out my basement both literally and metaphorically. It's like when old Rocky Balboa says he can't stop thinking about fighting because he still has stuff "in the basement." Not only do I want people to hear these songs, but I just need to clear them out of my head and focus on the future.

So that brings us to Basement Demos. This is a collection of songs I wrote for the bands Last Level, Clobber, and Karate Balboa (aka Bulletproof Tiger, aka Gotham City - we never really did settle on a name). These are all instrumental tracks. Though I was the singer of Karate Balboa, I didn't think it would fit to have 7 instrumentals and 2 non-instrumentals on the same album. Some of these songs, like the Last Level ones, were already recorded and close to album ready. With the others, I had to go back and update the old demos from 2009-2010 to make them all match, sound quality-wise. What results is (what I hope) a collection of punk, hardcore, and southern metal songs that represents a fun part of my life with my good friends, and I want you guys to hear it too.

I didn't do this all alone. Some of these tracks were a collaborative effort, particularly the Clobber tracks. Everyone in that band had a part in writing those songs in one form or another, including the late, great Eric Kesner, who wrote the absolute cheesiest, catchiest, and best vocal/lyric verse hook I've ever heard for "Peace Pipe." I represented it by playing the melody on guitar, but it simply doesn't do it justice. I'll be singing that song in my head until the day I die. Thanks, Eric. 

I also got my buddy Tony Rohrbough (formerly of Byzantine) to lay down a solo on the Clobber track "Ice Wizard". I had an open spot for a fun solo, and I've always wanted to collaborate with Tony. I strongly feel he is the most under-appreciated guitarist in modern metal, and it blows my mind that he played a solo over one of my riffs.

Dunzo! It feels good to get these out. I have a few things heading your way later this year. Viking Guitar Live will do some more recording, and LonelyRollingStars is prepping our next album. I'm also finishing up a track for a Chrono Trigger album. All that leads up to me finally sitting down to write and record Belmont II. I don't have a timeline for that, but my preference would be to get out it by Halloween 2016, as it is an appropriate time of the year and would also mark the 5th anniversary of Belmont's release (holy crap).

Until next time!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

You Ready for Every Track I Released in 2014?

Now that 2014 is coming to a close, I feel it's time to compile all the music I released into one post, because there's A LOT. I said I was going to take it easy in 2014, and I ended up releasing 41 tracks on various projects, so I'm a big fat liar. Regardless, I'm super thankful that I get to work on so many great projects with so many awesome people around the globe. You guys are the best.

Ready? Here we go!

Mega Beardo - “Black Ice”
Viking Guitar Live - “Legion”
Logan Venderlic - “Heart Heavy” (not available online)
3-Hole Face - “CPU Up Your Ass” (I did lead vocals for this)
Black Hole Zion - “Reflection Nebula”

And now for all the awesome compilations I was a part of:

Shell-Shocked (OCRemix)
“Oroku Like a TurtleCane” (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist)
“Live at the Big Apple Bluesfest” - guest solo

Chiptunes = Win! Volume 3
“Across the Chipth Dimension” (as Masikus X Mega Beardo)

Danse Macabre III
“You and Your Friends Are Dead” - Friday the 13th - NES
Viking Guitar Live - “Year Zero” (Ghost cover) - I did lead vocals here
“1881” - Phantom of the Opera - I also did lead vocals, along with Amanda Lepre

DKC Mix’t Ape ‘94
“The Apes Made Banana Splits in the Crocodile’s Skull” - Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

Super VG Christmas Party
“Tusks of Ice in the Rising Fire” - Mega Man X4

And some other random tracks I released:

Zelda 2 Town Theme ukulele cover

Dwelling of Duels (
Door Door (NES) - “The Penguin Is Stupid, You Have to Exploit it
Gremlins 2 (NES) - “The Uke Batch”
Alien 3 (NES) - “Giger? I Don’t Even Know Her”

Monday, June 16, 2014

New EP "Black Ice" Now Available!

Before I begin, holy CRAP am I terrible at updating this website. Between facebook, twitter, youtube, instagram and blah blah whatever else, I sometimes forget I have an actual website! Though I mainly use this as a central hub to include everything I'm a part of (there's only so much you can do on crappy facebook). I will be including an official discography soon, because I released a lot of stuff last year, and I'm releasing A LOT of stuff this year.

Speaking of which...


1. World 666 (Super Mario Bros. 3)
2. Ov Ice and Sloth (The Goonies II)
3. Serpent on a Mountain Cold (Snake Rattle 'n' Roll)
4. Blue Burrr ft. Stemage and Viking Guitar (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)

So what is Black Ice? It's a short, four-song EP of video game ice level music fused with black metal flavorings. You see, this past winter was coooold. It sucked. It was miserable, and it put me in a weird mood. One day, I started messing around with the Super Mario Bros. 3 World 6 theme in a sort of Behemoth-style snippet to test some new guitar tones, and it all clicked. Within a couple of months, I had the thing arranged and recorded.

My past three albums (Mega Man 2, Belmont, and Ledjent of Zelda) had their ups and downs while writing and recording them. Broken fingers, ripped vocal chords, writer's block (I had major writer's block on Ledjent). For some reason, Black Ice was smooth sailing from the beginning. I think part of that was knowing exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. With Ledjent, it was like "oh, I've got this great pun and a few riffs! This'll be great! --- 6 months later --- uhhhhhh crap what was I doing?"

Really the hardest part was picking the tunes. I can say that there were some Zelda and Mega Man tunes that were on the short list, as well as a Metroid Prime 2 track. But I felt what I chose was a solid slate of classic themes and deeper cuts (how fuckin' rad is that Snake Rattle 'n' Roll tune?). Also, a huge thanks to Brian Pickens for the amazing artwork, as always -- to Stemage and Viking Guitar for laying down such slick, beautiful solos on Blue Burrr -- and to Terry Smith for mastering the hell out of it. 

Stream the album below.
Download Black Ice right here!

Friday, September 20, 2013

UPDATE: MAGFest, New Tunes, and Other Great Things

Nearly three months without an update on my own website?! What the hell's my problem? Though it may seem things have been quiet here in Mega Beardo Land, I can assure you that is not the case. I've been sort of secretly working on a few tracks for compilations all set to be released between August 28 and October 31. But more importantly, HOLY CRAP I'M PLAYING AT MAGFEST.

At MAGFest, I will be joining the mighty Viking Guitar's live band along with Stemage, Adam Henry, and Travis Morgan. We'll be hitting the second stage. It's going to be awesome, and you should be there. Here's a taste of what's to come:

Oh yeah, new tunes. So what compilations are they?

1. Spectrum of Mana
You may have heard about this little, tiny project that has been in development for quite some time now. It is a tribute album with a ridiculous amount of people involved, and I feel lucky to be a part of it. I did an interview for the project that explains a little about my music background and my involvement with "Spectrum of Mana."

2. Vampire Variations II
This year's "Vampire Variations" album is two discs worth of Castlevania remixes. The first disc is all "Rondo of Blood," while the second disc is "Bloodlines." I'll be contributing a Rondo track, and you can hear a little bit of it in this trailer below (second song in):

And what's the third album, you ask? We'll just keep that one a secret for now :) Let's just say I'm not remixing a video game song on it.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A New, Non-Djenty Zelda Remix for Free Download!

This is a leftover idea from the "Ledjent of Zelda" writing sessions. I originally planned to end the album with this song, but I felt it would ultimately mess with the overall tone and cohesive statement of the other tracks. Hence, I never recorded this idea.


As a 'thank you' to all you awesome people who have supported me all the way through my "Ledjent of Zelda" EP, I wanted to give you guys a little something in return. So, THANK YOU and ENJOY! This one's on the house (free free free).

Download link

You'll also notice that this melody did make it onto the album as a solo for "Triforsphere." It's around the 2:34 mark:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I Randomly Recorded a Journey to Silius Track!

Howdy, BeardHeads! It may seem like things have been quiet around Mega Beardo Land since the release of Ledjent of Zelda, but I can assure you this isn't the case. I've got a couple non-Mega Beardo related projects in the works right now, which I plan to update you all on very soon. But in the middle of all that, I randomly picked up my acoustic guitar and starting jamming on one of my all-time favorite VGM tracks, and this happened...

I've always felt like tackling some of (if not all of) the Journey to Silius soundtrack, and this seemed like a cool way to do just that. I may revisit this soundtrack in the future, but I can tell you I have a bunch of other ideas I'd like to tackle too, and that includes more original material. We'll just see what I feel like doing first.

Anyway, enough rambling. If you want to download this track, head on over to my bandcamp page! I've made it part of my ever-growing Extra Lives album of random B-sides.

Journey to Silius - Stage 2 (download)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Footage of My Old Band 3-Hole Face Emerges!

You may have seen through facebook or twitter that I'll be recording vocals for a project called 3-Hole Face. Well, 3-Hole Face was an industrial metal band that lasted from 2000-2004, during which I was the lead guitarist. Terry Smith, the mastermind behind 3-Hole Face and the dude the masters all the Mega Beardo stuff, has stockpiled a bunch of new tunes that he wants me to sing on. So that's happening this year.

BUT check this out! I was doing some spring cleaning and happened upon a pile of VHS and cassette tapes that I squirreled away for some reason or another. On one of those VHS tapes was a 3-Hole Face show from 2002 that had no audio. And on one of those audio cassettes was the soundboard audio from that very show! So through the wonders of cheap modern technology, I was able to sync them up and post a couple of the tracks on Youtube for your viewing pleasure. This is a good chance to get a good idea where I got my start. In case you don't recognize me, I'm the dude with the long hair, the black SG, and the Dimebag Darrell beard.

"Synthetic Skin"

"Dollars For Blood"

As far as I know, we were pretty much the only industrial metal band in West Virginia at the time aside from another awesome band called Screw-Worm (and I haven't heard of any since). Needless to say, coming to a show and seeing some small-town boys all painted up with highlighters and playing crazy industrial metal was something quite different for the Morgantown scene. Unfortunately, we had to call it quits after 2004, although we played a one-off reunion show in 2010 to help raise money for cancer research. But you'll get new 3-Hole Face tunes hopefully by the end of the year! So there's that.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ledjent of Zelda is Finally Here!

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. My new E.P. Ledjent of Zelda is finally available! Along with the usual bandcamp download options, I also have CD copies available for pre-order. I hope to start shipping those out by the end of April.

Four tracks, clocking in at 25 minutes. 25 minutes of condensed Zelda zaniness.

Enough blabbing. Here's the bandcamp link!:

And here is the amazing cover art by the incomparable Brian Pickens. He really keeps outdoing himself.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ledjent of Zelda Release Date! It's Real Soon!


"Ledjent of Zelda" will (finally) be released on Tuesday, March 19. It will be available for download (pay what you want!) at

The 25-minute E.P. consists of four tracks with these goofy titles:

1. Triforsphere
2. Labyrinths of Fragmented Wisdom
3. Ganon Lives!
4. The obzEnd

Pre-orders for the CD version of the E.P. will be available on the same date. They come with an instant download of the album, per usual.

Album cover art coming soon! Keep dem eyeballs peeled!

P.S. If you want to hear the E.P. one day early, come on over to the listening party at at Monday, March 18, at 8PM Eastern. Here's the facebook event page!:

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A "Ledjent of Zelda" Super-Update Post!

Judging by how infrequently I have updated my own website, you can sense that things have been quite busy here in Mega Beardo Land. Not only have I been working on my soon-to-be-released Ledjent of Zelda (a modern, proggy metal take on the original LoZ OST), but I am working on contributions to some really awesome compilations coming out this year. PLUS, I am getting a couple of new projects off the ground.

With that said, let us get a quick rundown of the status of Ledjent of Zelda, shall we?
  • The writing part is completely finished. That was the hard part, of course. Now it's just a matter of re-recording most of the guitar parts to make them sound better than the demos, pretty much.
  • Rhythm guitars are completely finished. The only thing left is to do lead guitars, clean guitars, and bass. Lead stuff is next on the list!
  • There will be 4 tracks all adding up to be 25 minutes in length (this is an EP). 
  • The EP is still projected to be out to you, at least in downloadable form at, by March. Physical copies in the form of those archaic music depositories known as compact discs are also in the works.
  • The artwork will be handled by the ever-incredible Brian Pickens, who did the artwork for all of my albums up to this point.
  • Last, but certainly not least, there will be REAL drums on this album! I've programmed drums for everything in the past, so this is a real treat. Drums are being handled by fellow VGM remixer Angel Hernandez (Another Black Day). You can check out his amazing remix work at!
So I think that brings us up to speed. Of course, always check back for more updates. I'm also on Twitter (@megabeardo) quite a bit, tweeting updates on music and just talking video games/music/movies/randomness in general. That's a good way to keep up with what's going on in my little world. With that, I shall leave you with the final two video updates for Ledjent of Zelda. Enjoy!