Thursday Throwback – “Hysteria” by Muse

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It’s about time the lone offering from Muse in the Rock Band store was given some attention. And this week’s crew challenge gives you the opportunity to enjoy what was one of the highlights of May 2008’s DLC releases. Or the original Rock Band disc if you’re European! And of all the songs we could have got, Harmonix picked one of their best, or at least, suited for a rhythm game.

For those of the community who’ve been around since the dawn and/or are Muse fans, you’ll be well versed in the history of “MOAR Muse”. At its peak, it spawned over a thousand forum pages of comments asking for their return. And for the entire time the app was live (save for 20 minutes) were the most requested band on the Facebook Rock Band World App. Yet no more content. The Musers have died down and crept back in to the shadows. And after almost 9 years of waiting, we continue to wait, hoping for literally anything at this point.

So why are Muse fans so crazy for new DLC? Aside from the obvious fanboyism, Hysteria’s note charts are some of the most fun charts out there. There isn’t a dull part of this track. At all.

Let’s start with the Vocals. Muse are a bad that aren’t exactly renowned for their expansive or deep lyric craft. Almost the opposite, but what they are good at is penning lyrics that, at their soul, get you to stand up and chant them out. Look at Uprising for example. Not complex at all but a perfect example of protest and enough to make you punch the air. The lyrics for Hysteria don’t really do Matt Bellamy’s vocal range justice (That guy can sing!) but it changes up enough to challenge you for those gold stars on Expert.

As for the drums, it’s not your typical chart. While there are maybe three or four different patterns throughout, those beats are tricky and awkward. It’s a rhythm that’s tough to get the hang of but mightily satisfying once you get the hang of it.

The guitar and bass charts are the real reason to play this song. Easily some of the best charts in the entire game, the guitar switches it up on the regular, switching between relatively quick chords and HOPOS. The bass on the other hand is a total HOPO fest throughout and, while it doesn’t differentiate from its’s base patterns too much, it’s incredibly fast.

Give it a try, go buy it and pray for the Moar Musers in the community.

DLC Playthrough for 3/2 (Lit & Staind)

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We’ve got two Y2K-era tracks coming to Rock Band this week courtesy of Staind and a rewind song from Lit! Be sure to take a look at these full band playthrough videos courtesy of the totally awesome Spectro’s Rock Hero! Definitely check out and subscribe to their YouTube channel!

Links to purchase DLC songs online at Xbox.com and Playstation.com are included below for each track. All tracks are $1.99.

Lit – My Own Worst Enemy (XB1/PS4)

Staind – Outside (XB1/PS4)

11 more free songs coming to Rivals owners!

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Well this is a nice surprise! It was announced today that Harmonix is partnering with non-profit music incubator The Record Co. to bring 11 brand new free songs to Rock Band Rivals as part of the March update. This brings the total number of Rivals songs to 24, and Rock Band 4’s base setlist can now be argued to have 89 songs!

Here is the full list of tracks coming as part of the March update to Rivals:

  • Animal Flag – Sink
  • Bent Knee – These Hands
  • Black Beach – No Place for Me
  • Creaturos – History Repeats
  • Dutch ReBelle – RudeBoys
  • Julie Rhodes – Hurry Up (& Wait for You)
  • Littlefoot – Casablanca
  • Michael Christmas – Cross That Line
  • Ruby Rose Fox – Skydiver
  • STL GLD – Good
  • Tigerman WOAH – Alone Time

Just like before, these songs are ONLY available to Rock Band Rivals owners, but if you are, they’ll come included in the update so no need to search the storefronts!

[Official announcement]

DLC for 3/1: Staind and Lit

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Hey gang. A little earlier than normal, but Harmonix have announced this weeks DLC. And by the sounds of it, we have a lot more info and news dropping this week! Tracks coming to the store next week:

  • Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
  • Staind – “Outside”

We’d previously speculated that the Staind track would be coming soon when its audio preview leaked on the Rock Band store last month. And those that missed out on Lit in the Rock Band 2 export now have the opportunity to grab the track too! Any of these tracks suit you? Let us know!

All songs are $1.99.

[Official announcement]

More music leaving the Rock Band and Dance Central music stores.

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It’s been a while since we’ve had any news like this, but one song is going to be leaving the music store at the end of the month. On or before March 31st, the song Starting to Appreciate by Tutankamon will be removed from the music store, so if you don’t have it already, be sure to grab it before it’s too late!

The following songs will be removed from the Rock Band music store on March 31st:

  • Tutankamon – Starting to Appreciate

In addition, Dance Central will also be losing another song at the end of March. Girls and Boys by Blur will be removed from the Dance Central store on March 31st, so if you don’t want to miss out on that song, be sure to grab it while you still can.

The following songs will be removed from the Dance Central music store on March 31st:

  • Blur – Girls and Boys

[Official Rock Band announcement]

[Official Dance Central announcement]

DLC Playthrough for 2/23 (Ram Jam & Motörhead)

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This week’s DLC sees a rewind track from metal masters Motörhead and a long awaited Ram Jam classic! Be sure to take a look at these full band playthrough videos courtesy of the totally awesome Spectro’s Rock Hero! Definitely check out and subscribe to their YouTube channel!

Links to purchase DLC songs online at Xbox.com and Playstation.com are included below for each track. All tracks are $1.99.

Motörhead – Ace of Spades ’08Previously available as part of Rock Band 2 (XB1/PS4)

Ram Jam – Black Betty (XB1/PS4)