From an arcade cult classic to a modern Internet meme, from crazy pounding metal to heart-on-sleeve alternative to cheesy-but-glorious dance pop, and more: here are the RBN community's top recommended buys from the last two weeks.
an Unkindness - "Foundation"
This song is awesome. There's a lot to talk about with this one. I could talk about the guitar with its acoustic chords and sweet solo at the end. I could talk about the hellish keys that cramped my hand but that more experienced keys players could have some fun with. I could mention the marching band snares in every chorus that made me fail a Tier 2 drum chart for the first time since I first learned Expert but sound awesomer than hell. Could also mention the bass, which starts off easy and mellow but gets harder as you go along, and compliments the song well. But I'm not recommending this song for any of that, as sweet as it all may be. No, for me, the vocals is what sold the song. These vocals, while nothing challenging, fit my range and were so much fun to sing that I kept coming back again and again long after my first FC. This is one of those songs you can sing uncaringly, a song that makes you relax and forget you're singing for a score. Nothing in this song's vocals are difficult at all, but I enjoy singing this song more than most of the other songs I've played on vocals so far (which is a lot), and I have a feeling that you will, too. Plus, it's only a dollar! - Arcanon, RBN Community
Very rarely do you stumble across an artist that leaves such an initial impression that you feel compelled to immediately hunt down and purchase all of their music. In the case of an Unkindness, the hunt is rather simple; his sole release is an EP titled 4 Songs, and is not a misnomer. "Wait, did you say 'his', as in 'one guy'?" Yes, an Unkindness, a piano-driven rocker in the vein of Ben Folds, is one guy. One guy who is as aptly adept at playing piano, guitar, bass and drums as he is at singing his heart all the way out on his sleeve. The chorus is a case in point: "You're putting on your foundation to match your tone. That's what you told me, but if it were a match, you wouldn't need it at all. You're saying that a mask is better than your pretty face. It's such a waste, but I'm not gonna try to change what you know." This track steadily builds into a beautiful instrumental crescendo that will make you happier than the horse pictured on the cover. With the right exposure (read: you Rock Band Network faithfuls), an Unkindness may just get the recognition he deserves. - 402NoteStreak, RBN Community
Amberian Dawn - "Ghostly Echoes"
It's fitting to recommend an Amberian Dawn song after they've been named the Artist of the Month, but that's not the only reason to endorse this song. The guitar, bass, and drums might be more mellow than most of AD's catalog, but that doesn't make them any less fun. The real highlight is the insane keys that I couldn't even claim to be able to master. - NoThru22, RBN Community
Buckner & Garcia - "Pac-Man Fever"
"I've got some quarters in my pocket and I'm heading for the arcade...." This is the 1982 hit "Pac-Man Fever," #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its day and now back nineteen years later to rock a whole new video game. Basically, it sounds like nostalgia, and there was no way I could skip picking this one up. - HMXLachesis, RBN Associate Producer
Antoine Dodson & The Gregory Brothers - "Bed Intruder Song (feat. Kelly Dodson)"
...Oh, you need details about this one? Really? Okay. Announced what memes-- er, seems-- like ages ago, this insta-classic is finally made available to play at all your parties. The song is novelty at its core, making light of rather touchy subject matter, but that doesn't make the music any less enjoyable. Great keys, grandiose vocals (considering the source material), grooving drums and gr... pretty fun bass, too! So find your kids, find your wife and find your husband and let them join in on the fun! - 402NoteStreak, RBN Community
I Am Cassettes - "The Exit"
I make a point of listening to every song that comes out on Rock Band because you never know when you might stumble upon a real gem. Case in point: I Am Cassettes. I normally stick to metal and prog, but after hearing the lush soundscape present in the preview I knew I had to check this alternative song one out. Thankfully, the preview was not misleading in the slightest, because the entire song has the same epic feel to it. Everything is also really fun to play, save for the simple bass part. Don't let this diamond in the rough slip by! - Xenigma, RBN Community
B.et.a and The Neon Panthers - "Queendom"
As a metalhead, I feel like I should be ashamed to like this cheesy pop-dance song. As a Rock Band player and music lover, I don't care! A really cool vocal line is backed up by simple but enjoyable instrument parts and fun backing vocals (how many songs do you get to sing the words "that's what she said" in?) Top it off with an epic chorus and some really awesome block harmonies towards the end and you have a great party song that fits really well in the game. - Oscarvarium, RBN Community
dB Soundworks - "Betus Blues (Retro Remix)"
After "The Battle of Lil' Slugger", you probably know what to expect from the Super Meat Boy tracks, and "Betus Blues" continues in fine form. It might not be quite as brutally challenging as "Lil' Slugger," but "Betus Blues" definitely still has a lot to offer. The keys in particular are nicely challenging without being ridiculous. - Oscarvarium, RBN Community
Bring Me The Horizon - "Pray for Plagues"
A personal favorite of mine. I remember years ago, when this song was released, I hated this style of music - but a random metalhead told me to listen, and that it would grow on me. Well, it's the song that turned me into a metalhead. From a crazy guitar riff that walks up and dances on the line between difficult (but loads of fun) and difficult to the point where most people can't play it, to the pounding of the constantly changing drum beats, this song has something for everyone! - zemanator1, RBN Community
Suicide Silence - "You Only Live Once"
What a great song on drums, especially later on when more toms get thrown into the mix. I also must admit that the bass freak-out in the middle thoroughly kicked me in my backside. Highly recommended. - NoThru22, RBN Community