2012 releases, continued:
Jonathan Coulton - Good Morning Tucson
Jonathan Coulton - The Stache
I'm sure you all know of JoCo but there's a lot more to him than just "that guy that did the Portal songs". His 2011 studio album "Artificial Heart" showcases a great progression in his songwriting and musicianship, and these songs makes for a great full band experience. Good Morning Tucson is heavily based around the keys and is a good song for practicing three-note chords, and The Stache has a fantastic drum track with lots of fills dotted around to keep your attention.
Codex Alimentarius - Baptised
At first glance you might be inclined to dismiss Baptised as just another death metal song, but there's a highly melodic and technical track hiding beneath the surface. The guitar chart is filled with classically influenced lead guitar lines that are great fun to play and the keys take a surprisingly important role in the song as well.
The Duel - What Do You Do When the Money Runs Out
Grungey British punk duo The Duel have a fresh and unique sound that makes for a great Rock Band experience. With highly varied and nuanced guitar track and catchy vocals, this track is a great offbeat alternative to most standard rock/metal songs.
Anarchy Club - Built to Grind
Anarchy Club are no strangers to Rock Band, and we'll be seeing more from them in the near future. Be prepared for gritty and aggressive music which will challenge both guitarists and drummers alike.
Lucy Seven - Liberation
There's a little bit of something for everyone in Liberation. The guitar switches often between heavy riffs and melodic lead lines, the drums feature lots of little variations that keep things interesting, the keys go through a wide range of patterns and even the bass chart has a nice amount of energy and movement. The vocals also have a nice range of dynamics; low, angry verses are counterbalanced by a bright and powerful chorus.