Get recommendations on the recent Rock Band Network releases from the RBN community. This week was a great week for guitar players with solos and HOPOs galore. Plus, a song written from the point of view of a whiskey bottle.
The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Farewell, Mona Lisa"
One of the most savage bands in the world finally makes their Rock Band debut. Both guitar and bass have lots of spastic strumming with some crazy fast HOPOs on guitar. Oh, and the drums. Drummers, welcome to die. The first half of this song has one of the most technically complex drum parts I've seen in game. You think you're good? Give it a go. The song itself is a great representation of everything Dillinger is about. Basically, if you want a song that will punch you right in the chest, this is it. - JTHomeslice, RBN Community
Bumblefoot - "Turn Around"
Two words: guitar solo. Insane solos are a dime a dozen on Rock Band Network, but it's rare to see one as melodic and downright cool as here. The challenge on Expert is undeniable, but it's just as worthwhile to play it on a lower difficulty. Bumblefoot's virtuosity shines, and by the time the song ends you will feel like a hero. If you're not a guitar fan, you're still covered: the drums feature a fun pattern that goes all over the kit, while vocals has plenty of cool moments, including during the aforementioned solo. It's classic Rock Band fun that shouldn't be missed! - Xenigma, RBN Community
White Wizzard - "Over the Top"
Look out, Rock Band! Classic heavy metal is here, combining challenging guitar with unapologetically optimistic lyrics to produce a song that's just plain fun. I freely admit that my opinion is influenced by the music video (which is hysterically funny) but in Rock Band you live or die by the music alone, and this is a definite success. - HMXLachesis, RBN Associate Producer
Karla Davis - "Whiskey's Got a Job to Do"
I'm not normally a fan of country but this track caught me as soon as I heard it. Clever lyrics (how many songs are written from the point of view of a bottle of whiskey?) and a catchy, almost anthemic chorus make this song really enjoyable to sing. The guitar chart looks like a simple chord-strumming affair at first glance but there are a lot of interesting nuances throughout, as well as some nice HOPO chains, and the drums are interesting and creative and lots of fun to play. - Oscarvarium, RBN Community
The Kid Fantastic's first RBN song "Buy You A House" was a down and dirty slice of slide-guitar laden American blues, and "Preacher & Devil" is no different. Faster and crazier, with all the passion and even more fury, this isn't your average clean-cut electric blues. Where Buy You A House was a little slow and repetitive, Preacher & Devil showcases a blues guitarist/vocalist at the top of his game, and a hammering rhythm section that gives Noah Engh all the powerful backbone his playing deserves. Overall, a short and barely contained explosion of deep blues that brings even more fantastic diversity to the RBN. - machetemonkey, RBN Community
My Wooden LeG - "A Circus"
I actually think a good comparison for this song is "Silver" by Pixies. They're both this sort of slow, freak-folk type of composition, with a vocal style that was never meant to be for everyone and a certain affinity for the low end of the mix. They're not hard songs, though guitar has its moments, and they're definitely not predictable, polished pop. But that's what makes "A Circus" so enjoyable; it doesn't want to be normal, so it doesn't try, but at the same time it doesn't try to be weird. That just comes naturally. You've gotta respect a band that revels in their oddity the way My Wooden LeG does. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community
This was basically the exact paragraph I was going to write. So I'm just +1'ing Fairwood here. - machetemonkey, RBN Community
Neonfly - "Ship with No Sails"
It's fairly rare for me to miss my entrance on a song because I'm distracted by the lights and camera work. This song is the exception. The venue artist put some serious passion into this song, and I can definitely understand why. "Ship with No Sails" combines rock showmanship with soaring vocals and prog complexity. It's not too hard on bass, but the guitar and keys parts will definitely give you a run for your money, and drummers with expanded kits can snag the 2x bass pedal version of the song for an extra challenge. - HMXLachesis, RBN Associate Producer