I got The Megas' CD. It's a mixed bag.
On one hand, everything's flat-out good. Guitar and drums and rythm guitar are all really well done. I'm a whore for video game music (And hey, I'm a Mega Man fan), so this was a nice little niche for me.
I do have some criticisms, though.
Sometimes - Annihlation of Monsteropolis, for example - the vocals are great. Vocals are crucial. But not always. Never always.
Really this is one of the reasons I don't like vocals in garage-band work, and video game music especially. Almost all of the time the vocals end up being cheesy and corny, and the lead singer really doesn't know what to do with it.
I don't know why it is that all amateur singers have to do the "aaaaAAAAAAaaaaa" warble. It bugs the crap out of me because it's honestly embarrassing to be listening to a CD with a singer whom you know is bad. It makes an aura of uncomfortable, as though the Love of Your Life is going to walk in the door just once in your life, hear the music, and go, "Bleurgh," quickly running away before you have a chance to talk.
I mean, I don't know why I have this, but it's something like that.
Simon of American Idol is totally right - Warbling makes your voice sound like you're trying just too damn hard, as if the warble is a big sign above your head saying "Look at how cool and awesome and huge dicked I am, cause I'm terrified you won't notice!"
Sure it's extreme, but that's how I see it.
The point is that The Megas have some passable, some good vocals sometimes. Then there's other times - Just the use of the word "Mega Man" in the lyrics alone - just makes me cringe and turn red. The very first song's very first lyric almost made me skip it;
Name is Meg-aaAAAaaa Maaan"
But other than that, the CD is surprisingly good. Recommended for video game music fans. Cheap as hell too.