The Number Twelve Looks Like You – Civeta Dei
I remember listening to a song by this band, and going “I need to listen to more by them,” but then never doing so. Now I'm thinking I really need to listen to more by them. I'm gonna guess most other tierers would be turned off by how abrasive it is, but honestly I love it. Mathcore in general is really underrated in terms of musical complexity and instrumental skill (not to mention how experimental a lot of it is), and this song really highlights that.No-Man – Angel Gets Caught In the Beauty Trap
Perhaps a little longer than it needs to be, but it sounded pretty cool! It sure wasn't something I expected to hear from Steve Wilson, but overall I dig it. This is the sort of “chill” music I can get behind.Stone Temple Pilots – Sour Girl
I had previously heard “Down” from this album, and was actually going to put it in my Ohio: Rock Band setlist, since a Wikipedia article mentioned the lead singer grew up in Ohio. However, he wasn't actually born in Ohio, nor did he start his music career there, so I ended up not using it. So this is a radically different sound from that. Not entirely sure I'm as into it, sadly, though I get the appeal (or at least I think it's meant to be one of those catchy songs with creepy lyrics to add a bit of dissonance).Nightwish – Ghost Love Score
The studio version also sound great, and I don't mind tiering it. Since this was mostly to do with differences in tiers due to alt-charting, I'll go ahead and explain a bit about tiers this one time. Essentially, when it comes to a live version, I am not sure if Harmonix would chart synths and strings outside of something like Kansas where it's a violin solo or something. This is because with a live setup, stem separation works a little different, and I don't know if they'd always be able to make it sound feasible for the player to be playing a string section without modifying the live mix to the point where it starts to sound bad (usually they bring instruments they chart higher in the mix, so the player understands what they're playing). Whereas in a studio version, prominent synth leads would probably be charted more often, since they'd be fully separated.
So with that in mind, while I'm not sure there's anything that'd bring it to devil tier on guitar, a lot of the orchestral stuff seems HOPOcoaster-y enough to warrant a higher tier than the live version. Whereas in the live version, Bass actually had a bit more shredding going on, and in the studio version there isn't as much, so bass actually gets a lower tier. Drums and vocals get the same tiers, because drums are pretty much the same, and vocals are still ultra-hard.Village People – Manhattan Woman
I'm not very big into Village People; the songs I had heard from them, I found kind of annoying actually. This one, though, I kind of like; I still kinda got that annoying feeling at the end when the chorus repeated (there's just something about the structure of their vocal melodies I find kind of annoying; it could very well just be that I've heard YMCA a gajillion times and have grown annoyed with it, and the chorus sounds somewhat similar), but I like the instrumentation. I also wasn't expecting such high tiers for a Village People song. Oingo Boingo – No One Lives Forever
I've not heard a lot of Oingo Boingo, but I dig this. It sort of reminds me of the soundtrack to Nightmare Before Christmas; I can see why they hired Danny Elfman to do the soundtrack to that movie. I also like how weirdly metal the guitar riffs sound in this one; parts of it actually reminded me of 80's Ministry, weirdly enough (that could just be me having weird connections between things in my mind, though).allergonoise – Coldplay SHREDS an Encore
A very beautiful, moving performance. Truly, a work of art.
I mean that seriously, even if it's meant as a joke it actually sounds pretty brutal.Coldplay – Talk
Ooooooh this song! I had actually heard a lot of Coldplay songs, but didn't realize they were by Coldplay until the RB3 Coldplay pack was announced, and I had been linked to a lot of their songs, realizing I had heard pretty much all of them. This is another one of those cases, I actually knew this song quite well, but never realized it was by Coldplay. But yeah, in general there's actually a few older Coldplay songs I'd love to see in the game, this being one of them.
Also no the irony of tiering a Coldplay song right after Coldplay Shreds isn't lost on me...Prototype – Synthespian
This song's pretty cool; even knowing how proggy “The Way It Ends” was, wasn't expecting this to go full-on djent at parts. I should try listening to more by this band, been meaning to for years actually.Dir En Grey – Akatsuki
Due to the assumed lack of Japanese characters in the game's fonts (at least I assume that's why the RBN song “Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami” was typed like that rather than the Japanese text) I typed this title with English letters (Wikipedia has the song names in both forms). This is quite different from the two on RBN, or any of the other ones I've heard from this band for that matter. I really dig how groove metal-like this one is, as well as mixing in elements of traditional music and such. It'd be pretty fun to have on Rock Band, especially just to see how bonkers the vocals chart would be like.Neil Cicierega – AC/VC
Neil Cicierega is a mastermind at mashups. I've listened to all of them a lot, and they've even inspired me to do my own weird, genre-bending mashups. It's interesting doing a tier of one of his mashups, though, since for the most part they also act as a tier for the original backing track (at least in the case of something like this where the backing track isn't edited. Something like Bustin', Melt Everyone, The Sharpest Tool, or Wndrwll would be a different story). But yeah this was fun to tier, and outside of vocals also counts as a tier for “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton...Platinum Blonde – Crying Over You
Wasn't sure what to expect, but sure I can dig this. The chorus guitar riff sounds a bit similar to Yes' “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” and with Rush's Alex Lifeson doing the solo I wonder if it was an intentional reference or something. But yeah, this sounds pretty alright actually, also dat guitar solo.