Master Boot Record (MBR) is a chiptune- and classical-influenced avant-synth-metal project based out of Rome, Italy. Booting up in 2016, the group's ever-growing classic software- and video game-influenced discography has become known for housing cryptic puzzles and messages. The project stemmed from its unknown creator's work on the soundtrack to the cyberpunk point-and-click adventure game Virtuaverse, which was created by their development team Theta Division. The first album to be recorded under the Master Boot Record moniker, it wasn't released until 2019. MBR first appeared online in 2016 with the digital LP C​:​\​>FIXMBR, which initiated a string of nervy EPs and glitchy yet melody-driven full-length efforts like Virus.Dos (2018) and Internet Protocol (2019). MBR also steadily issues singles that cover music from gaming classics like DOOM, Castlevania, Dune, Zelda, Golden Axe, and Another World, among others. In keeping with the retro-cyberpunk theme, all of MBR's albums are available as 5.25" Floppy Disk Vinyls. In 2020 the self-described "486DX-33MHz-64MB processing" entity released Floppy Disk Overdrive, the first MBR release to feature vocals, all of which are delivered in a proprietary language called OX that was created by vocalist Öxxö Xöö from the avant-metal duo Igorrr & Rïcïnn. ~ James Christopher Monger

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