Act II: The Father Of Death
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Act II: The Father Of Death

September 8, 2009

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Song Title
The Good Doctor
Father Of Death
The Hounds
The State Vs. Thomas Light
Give Us The Rope
How The World Fell Under Darkness
Breaking Out
Keep Quiet
Light Up The Night
The Fall
Here Comes The Arm

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Label: SoundMachine
  • Copyright: 2009 SoundMachine
  • Total Length: 57:15
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  • ASIN: B002LW06AO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,798 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't turn your back on this CD September 28, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
The Protomen's sophomore entry into their Megaman-inspired Rock Opera is somewhat misleading in its title. Act II: The Father of Death is in fact Act 0-- a prequel to the story told in their self-titled first album, which is destined to be spoken of as Act I from here on out. But closer examination shows the truth in the title: rather than a forward evolution of the story told in Act I, Act II is the evolution of the band itself, and in that department it's a quantum leap.

Pretense aside, just about everything in Act II is a staggering improvement over Act I. The musicianship, writing, storytelling and the raw emotion poured into it exceeds their first effort, which in and of itself was of a far better quality than a video game rock opera has any right to be. Central to this seems to be the musical philosophy of the group itself. In comparison to other VG inspired groups like the Minibosses, Powerglove of the NESkimos, the Protomen do not bind themselves to the music of the games. Not that this would normally be a bad thing; the Megaman series has some of the best VG music this side of Sonic and Castlevania. In Act I, they instead took to sprinkling their songs with accents from the source material-- most notably in the track "The Will of One"--, using it sparingly in concert with their stellar original work to remind the listener just what they're hearing. In Act II, though, a more confident band eschews this approach, and in fact were it not for the supplemental material provided with the album's notes along with the knowledge of their fanbase, it would be easy for Act II to stand alone as a rock opera without its ties to the Megaman franchise.

And originality is key to the success of Act II.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first. I SAID IT! September 10, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
While the majority of the songs aren't as memorable as those in (what is now being called) Act 1, Act 2 benefits greatly from expert composition and a bit more polish than its predecessor.

Now I had expected the majority of this album to be a kind of slow, irritating love-triangle-cliche, with Light proclaiming his ideals and Wily scheming in the background. The Protomen dispense with this almost immediately, showing the schism between the two as early as "The Good Doctor", the album's second track. Instead, what we get is an intense exploration of the character of Dr. Light; we find out why he does the things he does, and then we watch his reaction as, in the words of love-interest Emily, 'it all goes to hell'. The lyrics are lovingly-rendered poetry, balanced precipitously *just* over the top, without verging into melodrama. The singing varies the full range between sorrowful whispers (growl, in Dr. Light's case) and full-on hair-metal screaming ala Act 1, but at no point ceases to bring a smile of awed joy to my face.

If the singing is good, then the musical composition is great. The CD begins with something akin to a Morricone soundtrack; lots of slow guitar, etc. An organ(synth?) and brass are added for "The Hounds"; a full chorus comes in around "Give Us The Rope". The full orchestra and all the modern trimmings are built up to slowly, so that by the end of the album (when the city has become, I presume, completely robot-i-cized and wily-nated) the sound has completely changed. One could segue straight from "Here Comes The Arm", the album's final track, into the beginning of Act 1 (which I will do probably no less than sixty times in the next week).

So there you have it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING record, but beware what this edition is missing February 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first saw this band last year live and playing random songs from this album. I thought they were really rockin' good; but it wasn't until we listened to the CD my friend bought at the show that I realized how utterly brilliant it was in its entirety!

On the surface, it is the origin story of two men named Light & Wily spliting ways (before the events of the video game series that I won't name because I'm not sure where the band stands on certain copyright/trademark issues with Capcom). But in execution, this is a powerful and touching rock opera conveying the torments of the mens' shared vision to better the world--but by what means and at what cost? I surely can't do justice through my words (I'm not much of a "critic") to the emotional strength of this album.

To elevate the story to even greater heights, the band devised an elaborate narrative. This narrative, along with the lyrics, are written out in the liner insert of some editions of the album--like the one I first experienced. After reading the narrative it became impossible for me to listen to the album (and I certainly mean "album" because I just can't bring myself to skip around to select tracks) without envisioning in my mind the whole tale as though it were an opera, theatre production, movie, or dream weaving silently throughout the songs, adding layers of depth to the music and lyricism.

And this brings me to my cautionary review title above. This specific form of the product I am reviewing is a made to order CD-R. Of that, I have no problem--it's 2012 and that's a fantastic way to keep costs down AND offer products from lesser known artists. However, the "artwork" that is included in the jewel case is not that of the original release of the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The music if astounding...
There's no doubt that the music is absolutely amazing. My issue isn't with the music, I LOVE IT! My issue is with the physical CD they're selling. Now... Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Chapin
2.0 out of 5 stars Damaged product, and not entirely up-front about it...
I love the album, but I paid a lot of money to get a jacked up CD case and an album that didn't even include the lyric booklet published by the band. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Never seen such an improvement between albums.
I tried to like The Protomen's first album, but something about it never clicked with me I suppose. "The Father of Death" is a vast improvement in every way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon H.
4.0 out of 5 stars :3
Great album, the story arc of the album was amazing. and, I just love the 80's feels to the album that come from the original game
Published 7 months ago by Nicholas Chapin
4.0 out of 5 stars So good
Just saw them live. So, so good. You should buy this book. you will enjoy it, I double extra promise.
Published 12 months ago by M. Innes
5.0 out of 5 stars Light Up The Night!
I've been listening to them for years now and they never seem to get boring. I've yet to find anything quite like them. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joe Ream
4.0 out of 5 stars More Varied
This album is a departure from the ballad rock of Act I. With the first album I was able to follow the rock opera easily, with this album reading the liner notes is essential to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by David P
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely satisfied
I'd already listened to their tracks online, but the album was STILL worth the purchase! The lyric booklet contains narrative sequences between the actual lyrics, so you can read... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Avoidy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
The second in the series and though musically diverse I didn't like it as much as the first. The story telling is still quite good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Corey Alcorn
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy from the Protomen site! Inferior Chintzy product!

Seriously? I bought this album from here and they sent me this bush league looking CD with no liner notes or lyrics or artwork besides the cover. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Eugene
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