It's a little late for Halloween, but our thirteenth RBN Highlights article still serves up chills (of the musical kind, of course!) Here's another batch of recent Rock Band Network releases to watch for, as recommended by members of Harmonix and the RBN community.
A Day to Remember - "If It Means a Lot to You"
I love, love, love seeing more A Day to Remember in RBN. I started listening to ADTR because of HMXThrasher’s interview with them for RockBand.com and then went out and bought all their CDs and Rock Band tracks to date. I was so psyched to see “If It Means a Lot to You” come to RBN since it seems such an unlikely choice as it's one of their more mellow tunes. As a vocalist, this was an incredibly fun song. My husband even chimed in singing the “La. La la la.” parts while playing guitar. I’m hoping for more tracks from A Day to Remember, especially “NJ Legion Iced Tea” or “Homesick.” - HMXcj, Web Editor
New Nobility - "Galactic Love"
I'll start it simply: This is easily one of the best full-band RB tracks released in recent memory. Every single instrument has something fun to offer to this great spacey rock song reminiscent of the Kula Shaker tracks in both sound and charts. Guitar has no solos but a variety of strummy riffs with hopo licks thrown in-between. Bass is a varied chart that never gets boring, and drums are wonderfully syncopated. Keys play throughout the entire song, a mixture of padded chords and single-note leads on occasion. While not only balanced across instruments, this song also provides the perfect difficulty. Middle-tier on everything means all but the best will be at least challenged by the song, but nobody will feel completely overwhelmed. To reiterate: One of the most wonderfully balanced, across the board fun songs released to date. - machetemonkey, RBN Community
This is some of the spaciest, glammiest rock I've heard in a while that hasn't come from The Darkness. It doesn't matter what the song's actually about, it could've been about anything, and it'd still sound ridiculously epic and over-the-top and that's exactly what makes it so much fun. It's one of those songs that, it doesn't matter if you actually like it, you're still going to enjoy it. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community
Between the Buried and Me - "Selkies: The Endless Obsession"
If you have ever played a Between the Buried and Me song before, you probably know what to expect from "Selkies" gameplay-wise: intense riffs, insane drums, harsh vocals with the odd clean singing, and (most importantly) lots of fun. If you're a fan, you've probably already downloaded this song, but if you aren't there are two big reasons to give this one a shot. First, there is a breathtaking solo section at the end of the song that is a blast both to listen to and play without resorting to extreme difficulty. Second, and more unusually, is the stunning venue work that goes throughout the song. Normally I don't even notice what's going on in the background, but to say that the lighting and camerawork here are eye-catching simply doesn't do them justice. It's well worth the download, so check it out! - Xenigma, RBN Community
Powerman 5000 – “Show Me What You've Got”
This is not my favorite PM5K song, but I’m thrilled to have anything from them in the game. I spent most of my sophomore year of high school listening to Tonight the Stars Revolt! (and would love to see some of those songs in RBN), so getting to sing along with the band in any song was fun. This song is upbeat with driving guitars and could be a fun party song if your party guests are up for a challenge. Here’s hoping for more tracks from PM5K (particularly “Nobody’s Real” or “When Worlds Collide”)! - HMXcj, Web Editor
Christina Marie Magenta - "Battle"
Seeing a Dance/Pop/Electronica song with a tier-4 guitar chart intrigued me. Little did I know that it wouldn't just be an alternative synth stem like the Gaga tracks. This is an awesome dance track with some serious heavy guitar in it. While it may not have solos, the guitar track has a variety of riffs throughout the song, and the rest of the instruments shine as well. Drums have the typical electronic drumkit chart, interesting and fun but slightly repetitive. Bass is simple but prominent in the song, and keys are pretty crazy (legitimately final tier!). And with an awesome female vocal track over the top of it, this isn't a song to be missed! - machetemonkey, RBN Community
We Are Knuckle Dragger - "-20% for Being a Loser"
Some metal is aggressive by being really loud and really fast. It attacks your ears. "-20% for Being a Loser" attacks your sensibilities. It's erratic, jarring, unexpected, and best of all it doesn't care. It doesn't even have the conscious deviation of avant-garde, it just does whatever it wants. Accenting off-beats? Sure. Guitarist playing a totally different tempo or time signature? Why not. It's almost impossible to recommend this song, since it clearly has no interest in being recommended. But I do recommend the song as long as you know what you're getting into. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community
Glenn Case - "Sweet Canadian Mullet"
I'm not Canadian, but I live close enough to count, and I'd just like to state for the record that Canadian mullet quality and quantity is not that different from American numbers. That said, what we have here is sort of an earnest novelty song; it knows the subject matter is silly, but it still gives due respect. The low-fi pop sound just reinforces that maybe Glenn isn't being too serious, but it's not all a joke- he really does like that mullet. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community