This week’s DLC features three tracks from emo group My Chemical Romance! Included below are the review, as well as playthrough videos of the DLC from the always awesome thenewnoelisoncruz. Definitely check out and subscribe to his YouTube channel!
All tracks are 160 MSP ($1.99). Pro Guitar/Bass charts are noted below where applicable, and can be purchased for an additional 80 MSP ($0.99).
My Chemical Romance – Helena
I really disliked the guitar on this song. It was really alt-strummy, and really annoying to play. Some moments, were also a tad boring, like during the chorus. Shame, really. I wanted to like it, I really did.
For the same reason I dislike the guitar, I dislike the bass. It’s all that alt-strumming that, while not Edge of Seventeen bad, is still not fun in the slightest. I don’t really recommend it.
Drums start out with a little pattern between the hi-hat and crash. The rest of the song is a fairly tricky beat, due to the fact that the bass pedal is in odd places. There are also a couple fills in there too. More adept drummers will probably love this!
There are a grand total of 80 notes on keys. Save for the very end, and a little slide here and there, all the notes are just sustained chords. It’s super boring, and I can’t recommend it and still sleep well at night.
Vocals were fairly difficult for me, especially given that I’m not to familiar with the song. It starts out REALLY low, with some talkies mixed in. Then it goes up to a more mid-range pitch. The harmonies aren’t that great, so if you’re a harmonizer only, this isn’t really for you.
In Blitz, the song plays fairly well. It’s got that note pattern that’s fun to play in Blitz, but sometimes isn’t great for Rock Band, where it’s pretty alt-strummy. Keys, however, can be a pain to level. The best super instrument is super guitar.
My Chemical Romance – Sing
Guitar is very atmospheric. Because of this, it’s just filled with long, drawn out sustains. There is a solo that consists mostly of strum lanes, but outside of that, there isn’t much that’s interesting about the guitar part.
Like guitar, bass is very atmospheric. Sadly, this also makes it boring. The only fun part comes during the bridge, where the part is littered with fast strums and HOPOs. That section is a blast to play, but sadly, that doesn’t last too long and it’s certainly not enough to save this part.
Drums are very difficult. It’s all over the snare and crash, and then you combine that with some odd bass pedal, you’ve got one difficult drum pattern!
Keys isn’t the first thing I think of when I hear My Chemical Romance (although an RB3 version of Welcome to the Black Parade would not be turned down!), so I wasn’t expecting much from this keys part. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised. It starts out with some G/O chords, with the occasional red, yellow, or blue key thrown in to the chord. Then the chorus is full of sustained chords. It’s not the best part, but there are WAY worse parts in the game.
Now, with a song called Sing, you’d expect it to gave a good vocal part. It most certainly does! Not particularly hard, but fun none the less. It’s harmonies are tight as well, and I’d recommend this for vocalists.
Once again, we have a song featured originally on Rock Band Blitz. As far as how it plays in that game, it’s OK, I guess. There are moments where either the bass or the keys are hard to level, but outside of that, it’s not bad. Super drums is the best super instrument.
My Chemical Romance – Teenagers (Pro)
Guitar was pretty fun to play. The part wasn’t too hard, but there were some little HOPO sections that could throw you off. The solo, unfortunately, was filled with those trill lanes that are really short. I normally don’t mind them, WHEN THAT’S WHAT IS THE MOST NATURAL, but for some reason, they just felt… out of place here. Still though, it was pretty enjoyable to play, and I recommend it.
I wasn’t really fond of the bass part here. It was just really… empty. The chorus/solo parts were enjoyable, albeit simple, but the rest of the part was just one sustained note, plus a pull-off on to the green.
Drums were fairly simple, just following a standard beat for the most part. There were some fills though, and those were pretty fun to play. I recommend it if you’re a drummer.
I’ve heard this song a lot, but up until Friday, when the song was announced for Rock Band, I had no idea there were keys in it. That said, the part was surprisingly fun. There are a few moments of difficulty during the solo, and toward the end. Otherwise, it’s not too hard. Still though, I enjoyed playing it.
I really love this song. The Black Parade and Danger Days are a sort of guilty pleasure of mine, depending on the song. Because of the fact that I love this song, I was expecting to do really well on the vocals. For the most part, I did. However, I had to get used to how low the verses were. Harmonies aren’t that present, only coming in during the chorus (and I haven’t tried it out, but I think if I sand in to 3 mics, I could get all triple awesomes).
In Blitz, this song plays really well. The only time where there is any sort of difficulty leveling is with the bass in the very first section, and even that can be done if you use your powerups well. The best super instrument for this song is super guitar.
Pick of the week: Teenagers
This week is great for: Blitz players, drummers
What should you buy: Teenagers