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Beer for Your Horses (And Metal for Yo' Mama): Toby Keith, Black Tide, Bullet For My Valentine and The Shins

This week we at Rock Band have just one important question to ask: “Who’s Your Daddy?" Or to put it more specifically: What other game would give you a six-pack of Toby Keith hits, and release dark metal and alternative pop gems on the same day?

This week’s centerpiece is a stack of tracks by that honky-tonkin’, flag-wavin’, all-American superstar Toby Keith. You may have heard the political songs that topped the charts a few years back, or the softer ballads that appear on his albums. But we went with the most Rock Band-friendly side of Toby—namely, the rowdy and rocking side. So these six songs cover a run of hits from 1993 (“Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” the opening track on his debut album) to last year’s hit single “She’s a Hottie.” In between come a few tales of romantic misadventure and the classic drinking song “I Love This Bar”—Feel free to grab all your friends to do the chorus more accurately. The most political song here is “Beer for My Horses,” which marks the Rock Band debut of another American icon—Ladies and gentlemen, Willie Nelson.

For more info on Toby Keith, check out his website.

In no other universe will you find those songs alongside “Waking the Demon,” the biggest song by Bridgend, Wales’ main contribution to metal: Bullet For My Valentine. The song’s all about being bullied at school until you can’t take it anymore, then turning around and unleashing the f%^&ing fury. A sharp-eyed poster on our forums already pointed out a nifty coincidence regarding this song: In the video for “Waking the Demon,” the hero goes to his calendar and crosses off April 3—which was the very day we announced the DLC release. Ah, the prophetic power of metal.

“Warriors of Time” marks the second Rock Band appearance of teenaged metal sensations Black Tide, and we recommend this to all world-class RB players: Our playtesters have unanimously declared this one of the toughest songs to hit the game in months, with a guitar solo that’s definitely not for the fainthearted. That’s the last time we ever make light of a band with a 15-year-old guitarist.

On a much lighter side of things, Albuquerque’s Shins have long been a favorite of indie-rockers with a ‘60s fetish. You may recognize “New Slang” from the various ads it has appeared on, but it’s better to let the song’s rich melody carry you to a hazy, dayglo corner of the not-too-distant past.