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Harmonix Editor Brett Milano Talks to Dream Theater Drummer Mike Portnoy

Dream TheaterIf ever a band was tailor-made for Rock Band, it’s the progressive metal outfit Dream Theater. And if ever a Dream Theater song was made for us, it’s their current single “Constant Motion” — a full seven minutes’ worth of monster riffs and tricky changeups, representing this hyper-proficient band at its most aggressive.

Turns out that Dream Theater’s drummer Mike Portnoy (who wrote “Constant Motion” about his experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder) is a Rock Band player himself, and was looking forward to giving the song a runthrough. The genial Portnoy also talked to us about the band’s formation at Berklee, their evolution over the years, and the current status of Portnoy’s second band Transatlantic (a particular favorite of your interviewer’s). And since the cat’s out of the bag by now, we also talked a bit about the earlier DT classic “Panic Attack,” which will be hittng as an in-game track for Rock Band 2.

“Constant Motion’ hits this week as part of a Roadrunner package, including new music by Megadeth, Kilswitch Engage, Devil Driver, Airbourne and Machine Head. Those of you who’ve been frequenting our chat boards and demanding more metal—prepare to go wild!

 

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“I Want My, I Want My DLC!”

 

The songs in Rock Band are only the beginning. Each week we’ll be rolling out more downloadable songs, essential tracks (and sometimes whole albums) from every era of rock history. Check the Rock Band website to find out what’s new.

Tracks will usually sell for $1.99 each; with three-pack specials costing $5.49. (On the Xbox 360, that’s 160 Microsoft Points per track and 440 per three-pack). Occasional special or discounted tracks may cost a dollar more or less.

Downloadable content for the Xbox 360 is available through the XBOX LIVE marketplace. Downloads for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band are available through the PLAYSTATION Network Store. In each case, the songs are downloaded onto your hard drive.

If you’re playing solo, you can start rocking right away. For head-to-head or multi-player online, all players will need to download the song.