In our RBN Highlights series, Harmonixers and members of the RBN community recommend their favorite recently-released songs. Can you face down Van Friscia's epic keys work, survive expert mode on Leet Street Boys' "Expert Mode", or twist your tongue around fifty-plus video games deaths in "Dead Again"? We did, and we think you should too.
Reform the Resistance - "Tonight We Ride"
This was one of my favorite songs this week. I rarely miss notes due to staring at the lights and camera, but this song was an exception. In addition to the positively gorgeous venue work, "Tonight We Ride" features suitably challenging drums and playable yet enjoyable guitar. Inspiration, loneliness, and hope play tag throughout both the lyrics and the music, creating a hard rock anthem with distinct alternative influences. I hope we'll hear more from this band in the future. - HMXLachesis, RBN Associate Producer
Ultra Saturday - "Zombies!! (Coming Out Tonight)"
Like pirates, ninjas, and bacon, zombies have become a bit overdone in geek culture - but this song deserves attention anyway. Like the other Ultra Saturday songs on the RBN, this song is great fun backed with legitimate musical skill (including two keys solos, a guitar solo, and some absolutely sweet harmonies). I'm already planning to bring this out at my next full-band Rock Band night. - HMXLachesis, RBN Associate Producer
Possible Oscar - "Dead Again"
How many ways can you die in video games? Getting through this lightning-fast lyrics of this song will remind you of "It's the End of The World As We Know It" by R.E.M. or "The Ultimate Showdown (RBN Mix)" by Lemon Demon, but with an extra geeky twist. (I've personally died at least 17 cited ways.) Five out of five stars from me for sheer fun and playability. - HMXLachesis, RBN Associate Producer
What better way to reminisce all the ways we've repeatedly reached the end before reaching The End than with this breathtaking -- literally, vocalists, you better take a deep breath before you start to sing it -- homage to the history of videogames? How many references can you identify? Even if it's a tenth, that's still plenty to bring a nostalgic smile to your face. If you don't care about the lyrics, this upbeat rock track also has a couple guitar solos. No one in the band will complain. - 402NoteStreak, RBN Community
Don Tetto - "Adicto al Dolor (Lágrimas)"
What's Spanish for "seamless execution of an intuitive knack for a powerful delivery of well-structured and highly-energetic music"? Because that is what Don Tetto have. Somewhere between the first and last second of this song, don't be surprised when they become your new favorite band, no matter what instrument you play or language you speak. - 402NoteStreak, RBN Community
Van Friscia - "Epic Symphony in A Flat Minor, Third Movement: Zero Hour"
Allow me to put it simply. If you loved the first two movements, you will love the third and final part of the epic. If you didn't love the first two, try this one anyway. With the addition of keys, all those subtle symphonic moments, and the not-so-subtle blasts of orchestration, all come out even more strongly to provide a huge atmosphere. It's still a great work and a great playable challenge, but with keys and a 2x Bass Pedal option, there's even more of it to go around. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community
Robotmakers - "Rocket Car"
The band who already brought "Building a Robot" are back with another zany song. I had an absolute blast with their first song, so I was curious how they would take advantage of the RBN2 features here, and they did not disappoint. The song includes fun keys and simple harmonies that anyone should be able to pick up and sing along to. That is, if they aren't laughing at the ridiculous lead vocals singing about why you should ride in a highly unsafe rocket car because... well, it's a rocket car! - OzoneEntertainment, RBN Community
LeetStreet Boys - "Expert Mode"
Guitar and Keys players, the LeetStreet Boys are here and they have a simple question for you: can you play this song on Expert mode? I personally can't, but this song rocks so hard that I don't care if I need no-fail to limp through the insane guitar solos and lightning fast keyboard. It's a love letter to everyone who has ever picked up a plastic instrument and dared to rock, and the perfect addition to your Rock Band 3 library. - Xenigma, RBN Community
Stretford End - "Stay Awake"
Vocalists really get a lung and diaphragm workout here, all while delivering a positive message. It's one of those songs that you can sing along with having only heard it once. There is also a very catchy guitar lick that you can't deny. - 402NoteStreak, RBN Community