Beautiful and Brutal: DLC Singles from The Used, Serj Tankian, and Smash Mouth

It’s another week of singles here at Rock Central – and the mix is truly varied. First we’ve got a three-pack from Utah’s The Used. This is a good mix of old and new tracks so fans of the band’s canon should be pleased. My personal favorite this week is the song “The Taste of Ink” off the band’s self-titled debut.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been putting this particular track into since I started working here. (Protip – put this on a mix CD for the guy or gal you’re courting and they’ll think you’re deep, mysterious, and worth smooching.)

There are also two tracks from the band’s latest release, Artwork. Both “Born to Quit” and “Blood on my Hands” will be ready to invade your living room. All three tracks will be a nice challenge for vocalists as they’re full of the band’s trademark brutal but lyric melodies.  The rhythm section of your plastic band will also get a nice work out from “Blood on my Hands.” This track has a nice anthemic chorus so be sure that you’ve got company to shout along with you (Rock Band Night at Improv Boston anyone?).  Better yet, go see the band live – they’re touring right now and are worth the tinitus and bruises. 

Continuing on with the theme of beautiful and brutal wrapped up in one little package, we’ve got two tracks from Serj Tankian’s Elect the Dead. This is a pretty amazing solo project from the System of a Down frontman. If you listen to this week’s podcast, you’ll notice that HMXTheBestSteph has some additional trivia about the tracks too. We’re bringing you “Sky is Over” and “Empty Walls.”

Finally we’ve got a single that needs no introduction or fanfare, Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” You know it, you love it (even if you won’t admit it), and reading this sentence just got that song stuck in your head. Spread the catchy pop goodness and play this song in our game.


These tracks will be available as individual tracks on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. Tracks are $1.99 each on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and $2 each on the Wii. Tracks are available on Xbox 360 and Wii on April 13, and on PlayStation 3 on April 15. 

To discuss this DLC, check out the official discussion thread in the Rock Band forums.