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Thursday Throwback – “No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne
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Thursday Throwback – “No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne

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Hello everyone! We here at RockBandAide are relaunching an old weekly feature that we call the Thursday Throwback, which is where we examine some classic or underappreciated older tracks from the Rock Band library every Thursday. To start us off with this feature and my first post on this site, I figured that we could celebrate this week’s amazing pack Ozzfest Meets Knotfest with an Ozzy Osbourne hit from the first Ozzy pack: “No More Tears.”

First recorded in 1991, “No More Tears” is the title track from the album of the same name, from which this week’s “Road to Nowhere” also first appeared. The song is the longest recording in Osbourne’s solo history, clocking in at just over seven minutes of metal. This track opens with a lonely, bone-rumbling bass riff that carries the song forward through several sound changes. The verses are sparse with guitar, but do contain some tricky HOPO chord patterns leading into the chorus. Drums are a simple pattern throughout the opening section which, like bass, help to propel the song forward. Vocalists can rejoice because just like most of the other Ozzy tracks in the series, this one can be comfortably performed in any octave. Rock Band 4’s added harmonies kick in during the chorus, and are simple pitch variations that are not too difficult to find by ear.

About halfway through the song, players will find a quiet keys breakdown section (sadly, this is pre-RB3, so no keys are charted in that game) with nothing but a few talkies and cymbal crashes on drums; this gives way to a solo that will give even the most experienced plastic guitar players a run for their money. Completing this solo in a group and snapping back into the original bass riff afterwards is guaranteed to induce one of those coveted “rockstar moments”- this is what I call that feeling that all Rock Band fans have experienced at some point, but can hardly explain. If you are looking for a dramatic metal anthem that can throw unique parts at the entire band, this might be your track!

See below for a playthrough video of the track courtesy of Team Aftermath! Note that because of copyright, the audio in the video has been pitched down.

 

We are hoping to make this a regular feature on this site once again, so if you have any forgotten gems or favorite tracks you would like to see us dig up with a throwback, feel free to drop us a message in the comments section below!

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