Contact Us

Metal Songs Get Digitized, Eight-Bit Style

Retro anything has always been paradoxically in style, and you need to look no further than Youtube to discover a point at which retro intersects with metal. In particular, that point involves the late-’80s generation home video game consoles. Enter eight-bit metal!

“I’ve always loved video games and music,” said Youtube user maximushyrule to Noisecreep. “So one night I decided to see what would my favorite metal songs would sound like eight-bit style.” Maximushyrule has been playing video games since the age of three and has been a musician for four years.

“My favorite song has got to be ‘Pestilence’ [by the Faceless],” Maximushyrule said, “because it’s really fast and it took me a week to figure out the whole song.”

Eight-bit versions, much like the tried-and-true acoustic versions of songs, strip much of the overt human stylizations from songs into the bare notes and rhythms. It’s another way for an emotional artistic expression to assume a simplistic form. Much of what you would hear from a metal band in eight-bit format is indistinguishable from the music you would hear playing a normal Nintendo game.

“I don’t really have a method,” maximushyrule explained further. “I just have to have a song stuck in my head. My gear consists of two programs and my guitar. First I tab the song out in GuitarPro … then I export the midi file to another program called GXSCC.”

Another user, xTwilightxxPrincessx, like many other creators, use GXSCC by Gashisoft, a nearly-decade old program for PCs that assists in rendering MIDI files into an eight-bit format. Her reasons for going into the eight-bit renderings of metal songs is perhaps the reason why many people have: “I started doing eight-bit songs because I was bored.”

Recommended For You

Around the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Noisecreep quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!