Choosing the genre for his project -- called "The Ledjent of Zelda" -- is a bit of a dig at metal fads. Postlethwait, who plans to have the EP out in early 2013, said that, as metal bands caught up to what Meshuggah was doing, it's gotten slightly derivative and is a source of much derision.
"There's this weird trickle-down effect, this diluted thing where you can just listen to the new up-and-coming djent bands and tell they're part of this fad that's part of the underground metal scene. And it'll die out soon. I read a lot of metal blogs, and they all make fun of these new djent bands.
"That has me worried, in a way," he continued. "Probably about a year ago, people -- me included -- started getting sick of the whole djent thing. And when I came up with the idea of 'Ledjent of Zelda,' I was like, 'Man, people are going to see the name of the album and just laugh at it.'
But that might be a good thing, he said.
"I can take this and do it seriously enough to where it's not a complete parody, but it can be seen as a parody, in that I'm taking music that was made 25 years ago on this little chip that was placed into a plastic cartridge, and modernizing it and showing what it would sound like if some kid in his bedroom wanted to make this stuff as djent music."
Mega Beardo, Postlethwait said, is all about sharing the music from those games but with his unique spin. "To me, it's showing appreciation for the music, and since I'm a metal guy and like to have fun, it's a perfect blend of the two."
"And playing this stuff on a guitar made out of a Nintendo and having the video game footage playing behind me . . . in a weird way, especially for people who don't know much about Nintendo music, I'm trying to say, 'Hey man, back in the day, the games that were made had awesome music.'
"I'm just trying to keep it alive."
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