To complement Askari Nari's posts, here's some preview videos of his tracks we authored.
Cluster #2 (RB2 Version) (credited to Jacob Chaney)
On our end, we're gonna do a write-up of our past and present songs. We're gonna pick four songs from our past and we'll highlight all of our November releases. Then, if all goes well with a few videos I'm preparing, I may make some announcements about what we have coming soon. If not, or if I have too few of those, I'll highlight the stuff that's in the pipeline right now and coming out soon.
This post will be about our past tracks. I've gone back and picked out two RBN1 and two RBN2 songs from our catalog to highlight. All of these are 80 MSP and available only on the Xbox 360 (though we continue to hope the RBN2 tracks hit PS3 one day).
Shylo Elliott - Bittersweet Melancholy (Note: Remixed version was used for final release)
Shylo Elliottís first ever composition (though the second one he ever finished) starts off with a steady kick-powered intro that continues where Alpha Strike left off. Unlike Alpha Strike, though, this song isnít as challenging. Still, it provides a fun time for guitarists and drummers. Guitar is made mostly of repeating chords and lead lines, but features an ending solo with some diverse and moving patterns. Drum patterns are simple but challenging; the chart isnít insane, but requires a fair amount of stamina and will definitely get you warmed up in no time. This song is one of his most underrated tracks, and yet one of the more enjoyable songs from his album.
Kylie D. Hart - Firehouse Bar
Kylie D. Hartís first RBN offering is a rowdy, upbeat country track. The song was added to RBN1 near the end of its days to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a charity dedicated to wiping out the disease Kylie suffers from. Despite that, she continues to create amazing music and clearly knows how to have a good time doing it. Firehouse Bar features Kylieís high-energy vocals, a consistently fun guitar chart, and some swinging drums. This is a must-have for Rock Band players who are looking for some active charts to play, some great music to listen to, and a great cause to support while doing it.
Kurodust - Doll in the Dust
Australian band Kurodust is a DIY force of nature. Their entire Containment Failure album, available for free download on their website, was made in a home studio and yet sounds like it was professionally produced. Doll in the Dust is a song about child abuse with a strong message (strong enough to earn a recommendation from HMXLachesis), but itís no slow ballad. The song features a fun guitar solo in the middle and vocal harmonies throughout. This was our first RBN2 song to release, and one of my favorite releases.
Winter Crescent Ė Battle of Egos Part I (also available in 2x Bass Pedal)
Greek progressive metal band Winter Crescent has enjoyed great success in their country, and want to spread their music far beyond those borders. The band has always been about their fans and making them happy. Theyíre also about heavy, technically brilliant progressive metal, and it shows with their first RBN offering, Battle of Egos Part I. Fast and varied on guitar, unpredictable and diverse on bass, powerful and heavy on vocals, and technical as all get-out on drums, the song is a perfect fit for Rock Band. The band wants their music on PS3, so they devised a contest to give away free MSP and free copies of their debut ďBattle of EgosĒ album to Rock Band players with the chops to handle the song on Expert. The contest is still ongoing and free stuff is still available to give out. The band is also committed to release the entirety of ďBattle of EgosĒ on RBN, and are currently hard at work on their second studio album, which is planned to be released on RBN as well! The band has stated a desire to release every song they ever make on the Network, which is good news for progressive metal fans!
Iíll post later with write-ups on our releases from this month.