ReMix:Mega Man 3 "Harder Than Steel" 6:19

By The Megas

Arranging the music of one song...

"Hard Man Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man 3 (Capcom , 1990, NES), music by Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita

Posted 2015-06-11, evaluated by the judges panel

The Megas (Brian DiDomenico, Eric von Doymi, Greg Herschleb, Greg Schneider, Josh Breeding) return to OCR with their third featured ReMix, an epic rock/vocal take on "Hard Man":

"This is one of the tracks from our 2-part interpretation of the Mega Man 3 soundtrack - History Repeating. History Repeating: Blue was released in 2012, and the second half, History Repeating: Red (which includes this track) was released in May of 2014. If you like it, there's a lot more where that came from!"

At 6'19", this is a generous helping of meaty 80's-era rock beats, crunchy guitars, perky synths, and of course spot-on contextual lyrics & anthemic vocals, from an album well worth checking out. Liontamer opines:

"Despite my source usage timestamps, if you're not ultra familiar with the source tune, you might think the arrangement goes too liberal after 3:29. It's still referencing the Hard Man theme a lot, but in more subtle ways while focusing primarily on original lyrics and instrumentation. It's definitely still there though.

The Megas are also known for smart lyrics that tell a cool story, and this one doesn't disappoint either with the boxing motif. Really creative, transformative approach per The Megas' usual!"

Flexstyle adds:

"I like basically everything about this mix. The vocal harmonies, the instrumental performances, the mix is clean, the attitude is there in spades....oh, and I guess it's a pretty good arrangement, too."

If for whatever reason you're unfamiliar with The Megas, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out 'The Annihilation of Monsteropolis' as well as the acoustic jam 'The Quick and the Blue' - both excellent & representative examples that serve as good jumping-off points for their larger body of work. They're consistently good in an enjoyable way that's easy to take for granted but which requires thought, talent, & planning to pull off so well. I love the backing choir and climactic build towards the conclusion, here - really good job at building the drama. What else can I say? The mix title makes me think of a hypothetical 80's Van Damme movie that never got made... in a good way. Great stuff from The Megas, who never cease to amaze!



Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-21 02:39:46

Wow, I wasn't expecting vocals -- they're cool. The arrangement is great. It's a super nice rock/hard rock cover, with plenty of new ideas. The chorus is very catchy. The breakdown was a nice section too. The solo work is excellent. Very nice job from The Megas! :)

on 2015-06-28 15:27:33

It's almost like Mega Man meets Punch-out with the 80's style boxing anthem mixed with Hard Man's theme, and I totally dig it. I've really loved the Mega's music ever since I heard their take on Air Man, and they do not disappoint with this mix. The song not only builds on Hard Man's theme in the way that a ReMix should, the lyrics and the way the theme swells and builds with the chorus near the end also tells a pretty good story, which is a plus. This is an incredible ReMix and an instant download for sure.

on 2015-06-13 23:41:35

I'm new to the Megas, so perhaps I'm late to the game, but WOW this is an impressively engaging and agressive vision - lyrical rock to Mega Man. And damned if the lyrics aren't REALLY good - these aren't just words for the sake of words. I see what people are talking about with the 80's power rock - it's actually perfect. I can't imagine that's an accident. Congrats to this entire group - pretty amazing.

I will be checking out more from these artists.

Brandon Strader
on 2015-06-12 15:32:27

Sounds like an 80s remix with less reverb on it. Very well done!

I agree with that, but I wonder if it was done on purpose or a result of the iffy mixing / mastering. Granted not all "rock" mixes need to be mixed with high energy and impact, but I personally would have dug it more with a more balanced mix. It's an awesome arrangement though and it's cool to finally see a vocal mix posted on youtube not get absolutely slaughtered.

on 2015-06-12 09:33:35

Sounds like an 80s remix with less reverb on it. Very well done!

on 2015-06-11 22:50:55

The Megas' album History Repeating: Blue is I think some of the best use of Mega Man source material I have heard in the VGM remix community, at least for it's cohesiveness in one album. Similar to what MindWanderer said, it was money well spent. I bought the album and decided to listen to it when I need to drive my motorbike across the city in crazy traffic to run an absurd bureaucratic task, and I think the album looped around four or five times before I got back home. The first half builds incredibly well. History Repeating: Red, where this track comes from is also worth a listen. Like djpretzel said, the stories they tell in the songs warrant a close listen.

on 2015-06-11 18:47:45

With OCR around, I hardly ever feel the need to buy music. I pre-ordered History Repeating. Money damn well spent. Their lyrics are cheesy but often clever, their arrangements are a lot of fun, and their playing is fantastic (listen closely to the guitar solo in Annihilation of Monsteropolis--most guitarists just sort of smush their fingers all over the strings at that part, but they hit every note. I finally understood "hammer-on/pull-off" outside of Guitar Hero once I saw this live).

If only they'd write faster.. I believe they all have full-time non-music jobs, so I get it, but man it's hard to wait years between each of their albums.

on 2015-06-11 13:15:32

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Mega Man 3 (Capcom , 1990, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita,Yasuaki Fujita
"Hard Man Stage"

Tags (8)

Electric Guitar,Singing,Synth,Vocals: Male
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Time > Duration: Long

File Information

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An old fighter's gloves
hanging on the wall
It's been too long
A challenger has called

Now you stand to lose
everything you see
Unless you stand up
for what you believe

You've got fists for hands
An iron jaw
But now they say
the Hard Man's gotten soft

You've got the steel
You've got the might
Get back your edge
You will win this fight

Steel of the champion
Your legend will live on
Our sons will sing your song
Harder than steel

Harder than steel

You're coming back
Word travels fast
You will not be
a relic from the past

You see the crowd
You hear the cheers
They're still with you
all through these years

This is your chance
This is your town
You don't just break the mold
You beat it down

You've got back the touch
You've got back the power
You've trained so hard
This is your finest hour


The bell rings out
There's no turning back now
They're on your side
Just fight like you know how
He throws a jab
You land a hook
He's on the ropes
That's when you see the look

The tide has turned
You've got nothing left
They say throw in the towel
But that, you won't accept
You're going down
It's the final swing
As the lights go out
the crowd begins to sing
Crowd begins to sing

Harder than steel
Harder than steel
Harder than steel
Harder than steel

Steel of the champion (Harder than steel)
Your legend will live on
Our sons will sing your song (Harder than steel)
Harder than steel

Harder than steel


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