So Today I went to the PS3 RBN Song, and what I found there is truley Dissapointing. Doing some Number Crunching/Counting, I came up with this:
Of the 135 Rock Band Network Songs Available on the PS3:
-51 Of them Are Metal Songs, By far most of any genre. Unofficially, 53 Metal songs, as in my honest opinion, Drowning Pool and Five Finger Death Punch are mislabeled genres
-35 of them are Rock Songs, Which is the 2nd Highest. However, 8 of these Rock songs should be relabeled as Comedy/Novelty/Other. They are the SIX Jonathan Coulton songs, Lemon Demon's Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, and Driveshaft's You All Everybody. Also, Five Finger Death Punch is mislabeled rock, and have songs available in the Metal Genre. So Really, 26 Rock Songs. A full half of whats available in the Metal Genre.
-With those EIGHT Mislabeled Novelty songs as rock, plus the actual Novelty and Other songs, and ANOTHER JoCo Song (Betty and Me) labeled under Country, thats 15 Novely Songs. Which would make it the 3rd Most songs by Genre.
-The rest is as follows: 13 Indie songs (A good number. Keep it coming), 6 Pop-Rock, 4 Prog, 4 Punk, 2 Emo, and 1 for New Wave and Urban. There's also 1 for Nu-Metal (Bodies) which could technicly be considered a 53red metal song...
-20 Bands have more than 1 song per band.
-Of those Bands, 6 are Metal Bands, and 3 are Novelty Bands.
-All 3 of those Novelty Bands have atleast 3 songs available.
-The Most songs by Artist is SEVEN Jonathan Coulton Songs and FIVE Amberian Dawn songs. The Next is 4 songs by Bang Camaro and Steve Vai, and then a number of bands with 3 songs
-In the Metal Genre 8 Bands have more than 1 song, with 3 of them having more than 2 (Amberian Dawn, Askng Alexandria and All that Remains)
-The other bands with more than 3 songs are only Band of Horses, Parry Gripp, Flight of the Choncords and Thrid Eye Blind.
The point is, that while I know we ALL HAVE DIFFERENT MUSIC TASTES, Its incredibly disappointing that a FULL HALF the PS3's Rock Band Network Store is Devoted to Metal, and of THAT OTHER HALF, a full 3rd of it is dedicated to Novelty and Comedy songs. Which only leaves about 50 songs available to users who have no interest or VERY little interest in Novelty and metal songs. Also, while I didnt count them, of those metal song, OVER HALF of them are of the Death, Core, or Speed Metal. generally the Gravely Deep Voice Gargled variety, honestly the one that has the least ammount of marketability and fanbase.
Please Harmonix, now, and in the future, while this limit of only 5 songs a week is still in place on the Playstation 3, and from what I can tell will be in effect of only 10 songs on the wii, please do what you can to limit the amount of Metal and Novelty songs, and let some other genres please get a chance to make their way over. Those of us who have no interest in Jonathan Coulton, Amberdien Dawn, and Comedy songs are consistently, week by week, getting nothing or at best, very little to choose from. There are plenty of bands with only 1 song available on the PS3 but have 3 or 4 available on the 360. Give some of these bands a chance. and even more so, there are dozens and dozens of bands who have yet to be featured in the PS3's RBN store.