Nintendo Music Goes Metal: This Thrash Band Recorded Music To Be Played On A Nintendo 64!

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There is an incredible array of video game music in the world, with some of the most memorable being Nintendo music. You can listen to such music nowadays in a plethora of ways; streaming, CDs, vinyl, cassette, Nintendo 64 cartridge. There’s just so many options to enjoy your favorite video game tracks nowadays!

Wait, what was that last one? “Nintendo 64 cartridge?” How can you listen to music on a Nintendo 64 cartridge?

Well one band figured it out! Louisville, KY based thrash metal outfit Belushi Speed Ball figured it out. The band’s latest single, “Tattletale Strangler,” will be officially released on April 8th, but, the band are sharing the song a tad early with listeners via a YouTube video. The video for “Tattletale Strangler,” which you can find below, features a plush monster placing a game cartridge into a Nintendo 64; once the monster gets the cartridge in, it sits back with a controller in hand and basks in some awesome sounding thrash metal!

Regarding the song, the band shared the following statement:

“So here’s a thing… we’ve all seen those cattle mutilations leaving Chester steakhouse looking like Swiss cheese and wondered: what are those aliens looking for? Well, BELUSHI SPEED BALL has the answer, Sherlock Hansen! They wanted to get their sweet green tentacle fingers on a hot 64 bit cartridge with their favorite tunes on it. But you don’t have to travel light years or wait until Independence Day like the Martians. You can get that sweet salvation for Nintendo 64 today.”

The song is part of the band’s new album What us, Worry?, which will be released on May 13th.

At this point you might be wondering – so will I actually get to hear this record on a Nintendo 64 cartridge? Well dear reader… you can apparently listen to it on Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance!

Per the single’s press release:

May 13th, 2022 will see the release of the new album What us, Worry?  via sonaBLAST! Records on multiple media options, including CD, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo 64. The upcoming record also contains an entire grindcore album on it; 7 songs in 2 minutes written by Louisville Hardcore legend Blake Herbert. What us, Worry? includes a myriad of talented people behind the scenes. It is mastered by Joel Grind (TOXIC HOLOCAUST), recorded and mixed by Chase Bensing, and spotlights artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (MUNICIPAL WASTE: Art of Partying). It also features guest guitar solos from Jamison Land (Former GWAR BEEFCAKE THE MIGHTY, THE BURIAL), Tony Barhoum (CONDITION CRITICAL), and Nicholas Burks (SAVAGE MASTER, WARCLOUD).

You can check out the video for “Tattletale Strangler” below. What are some of your favorite Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance games? What kind of video game music do you enjoy as well?

In other metal video game related news, the TV adaptation of Twisted Metal will be arriving via Peacock!


Words by: Michael Pementel