Rock Band Release Tuesday

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Today’s RB release Tuesday is quite special because this past Sunday, September 14th, Rock Band 2 was released! The new game is already getting phenomenal reviews, scoring 9/10 from IGN and Xbox Magazine, just to name a few. Check out a collusion of many reviews here: Rock Band 2 on Metacritic.com

As you might have guessed, it isn’t really a whole new entire game. The gameplay remains the same for the most part, and the interface looks almost identical, though admittedly it does look sharper and more polished up. The addition of new modes and the tweaking of gameplay aspects of the first game all add up to a respectable, and certainly purchasable sequel. One mode that will certainly be family (or drunk) friendly is the option of a “No Fail Mode.” So handing the drum sticks over to grandma won’t seem as questionable as bringning in troy Percival anymore. Plus, actually having your family play with you without the downer of failing the song is great, not to mention fun and a great family activity.

I also like the freestyle. I can guarantee that there are quite a few of us out there that have wanted to drum along with some of our favorite (legally downloaded) songs! The freestyle mode allows this, as you can drum over any MP3 file you have on your 360 or PS3!

The trainers I’ve read are pretty cool too, as you are taught some techniques and beats on drums which can aid in your own personal transformation from drum neophyte to the Joey Jordison of rubber pads and plastic foot pedals!

And of course, the soundtrack, all of master recordings, is pretty amazing- perhaps the best possible combination of classics and modern songs! If you want to check out the list of songs on Rock Band 2 out for your self, click here: Rock Band 2 Song List!.

Here at the heap. we don’t have an xbox 360, let alone any of those types of games. We’re just avid enthusiasts… and we love the friends that have the game and let us jam.

Along with Sunday’s release of RB2, there were a few new songs added as well. On September 11, TV personality Stephen Colbert’s “band” Stephen and the Colberts only known song called Charlene (I’m Right Behind You). Today, four songs from four bands on the “Rock Band Tour” concert released songs. A band called The Cab released One of Those Nights. Panic At The Disco released She’s A Hansdsome Woman from their new album Pretty Odd. Plain White T’s catchy song Natural Disaster (which I’ve seen live) is also available along side Dashboard Confessional’s classic Hands Down. If that isn’t enough, Megadeth’s entire album Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, guaranteed to be pretty darn hard! We’ll leave you with some Videos of the DLC and some highlights of RB2!

Any Way You Like It – Journey (RB2)

Drums of Natural Disaster – Plain White T’s

Guitar of Hands Down – Dashboard Confessional

Whole Band of One Step Closer – Linkin Park (RB2)

Vocals Drums and Guitar Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas (For Wade!)

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Rock Band Release Tuesday

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I love Rock Band. Throughout cyberspace, there are plenty of forums full of flame wars regarding how the game requires no talent, and perhaps serves as a way to reduce the value of actually playing an instrument. Let’s not lie to ourselves. Playing a real guitar versus playing 5 buttons and a strummer (with an occasional whammy) is much more difficult, and requires much more practice… Every time I go to a concert, I can only stand in awe and acknowledge the superior skill required to handle chords, hand positions, rhythm, and multiple strings. And don’t get me started on drumset. Quite more intimidating than the four-padded set which comes with the game.

In either case, playing Rock Band, is FUN, and I enjoy the game to no end. Every Tuesday, I’ll briefly give a run down of the newly released songs, and any pertinent information regarding them. I’ll probably enclose a youtube video of the note charts if that interests you.

This week, the Roadrunner pack was released. The six songs/artists are of the Roadrunner label, which specializes in Heavy Metal music. Some notable artists on the Roadrunner label are of course, Slipknot, Cradle of Filth, Poison the Well, Lamb of God, Nickelback, and Megadeth, just to name a few. Check out the list of artists here. Or visit the Official Website Here.

Anywho, the list for this week

Aesthetics of Hate – Machine Head
Clouds over California – Devildriver
Constant Motion – Dream Theatre
My Curse – Killswitch Engage
Runnin’ Wild – Airbourne
Sleepwalker – Megadeth

If you remember the GH2 days, Hangar 18 may have been a nemesis of yours, especially on Expert. Guaranteed to spike your heart rate. So is the case with Sleepwalker. It is easily the hardest song created to date, is it is a Tier 9 song for guitar, drums, and vocals (8 for bass… what a break!). Here’s a clip of the insanity.


Guitar… the solos are ridiculous


Drums… Just ridiculous in general

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