This is real heavy metal
Imagine if General Grievous wasn't part of a lame prequel trilogy, but was instead a heavy-metal drummer. Suddenly his design makes sense, right? Meet Compressorhead, a robot heavy metal band based in Berlin.
Let's meet the band...
- Fingers, the guitarist: Picture AC/DC's Angus Young, only with 78 fingers. It's like Young meets Robot Devil from Futurama.
- Bones, the Bassist: Compressor's creators Kernschrott liken him to Charles Mingus and Metallica's Robert Trujillo, formerly of Suicidal Tendencies.
- Stickboy: The aforementioned General Grievous meets Tool's Danny Carey (and several classic drum machines).
... And, yes, they're designed and built to headbang.
I'll be back... in black
Currently Compressorhead is a covers band (and they need a vocalist, if you know any robots, cyborgs, or replicants looking for a gig*). However, maybe they'll get to showcase original content soon. Hey, if the world accepts the artifice of American Idol and Rock Star, why not actual mechanical musicians?
We will soon find out: Compressorhead will be featured in Australia's 2013 Big Day Out lineup.
Here you can see Compressorhead nail a version of Motörhead's "Ace of Spades".
How do three robots scare up the cash to hire a dingy rehearsal space? You ponder that for a while, while I picture a "Walk This Way"-style meetup between Compressorhead and hologram-Tupac.
(* Roy Batty would have been absolutely perfect. Shame what happened to him. Too young. Too young.)