RBN Community Spotlight : January 2012

ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
edited January 2012 in The Rock Band Network
Happy 2012! Hopefully the impending apocalypse hasn't hampered your holidays! We're doing our best to convince our new alien/demon/zombie overlords that Rock Band conforms to their new world order. So with any luck we'll still be able to get our Rock Band on after the world ends later this year.

Enough of that! We've still get a good twelve months before the sentient Toast Crunch monsters rise up, so let's get on with this month's spotlight thread!

Like last month we're going to be focusing on three different aspects of Rock Band Network.

The past, the present, and the future.

We'll pull some recomendations from the past for awesome songs you should take a look at if you haven't done so in the past. We'll highlight all the songs we released in the previous month for the present to shine the light on some songs you might have missed in all the releases. Finally we'll reveal songs that we BELIEVE should be hitting play testing during the current month of the thread. (As everyone knows things happen that can delay songs hitting play testing, but that's the plan).

So look for the RBN Past, RBN Present, and RBN Future headings to know what part we're focusing on. We're (TAG), are going to do Past in the morning, Present in the early afternoon, and focus on Future in the late afternoon/rest of the evening.

However some authors only have limited time so they might do it all at once, or at intermittent times of the day.

Or they might follow their own thing and do something completely unique. The only 'rules' here are that we're having a community day for Rock Band Network and interacting with the RB community as a whole.

So with that here's our first RBN Past choice :

I Am King Tony - Stereo Stereo :
http://youtu.be/6rIpxawYkUA

Not only was this our first track EVER released, it's still one of my favorites. Just a really catchy pop punk song that has a real habit of getting stuck in your head.

Don't let the fact that this is a RBN1.0 song deter you from picking up this kick ass track.

You can buy it here if you like what you see/hear!
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000675-0000-4000-8000-000045410869

Second up on our trip down memory lane is Rishloo - Downhill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXl1Bt21DI8

Probably my favorite of all the Rishloo tracks from the album. Just an overall fantastic song.

If you like what you see/hear you can pick it up here!
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000b93-0000-4000-8000-000045410914

We'll have two more past choices later this morning so stay tuned!

Comments

  • ArcanonArcanon Rising Star
    edited January 2012
    I've begun my uploading spree of new videos for this evening's announcements. Until then, since we covered Askari Nari's "A Tadg30 Song" in the last spotlight thread, I'll talk about our other release from December, "Ocaso Escarlata" by Nod 206.

    Nod 206 is the first band from Paraguay to come to Rock Band, and this is the first of two tracks to hit the platform. Pure hard rock, with multiple guitars, fast-paced kick-heavy drums, a varied bassline and clean Spanish vocals. I absolutely love this song, and authoring the vocals in my native language was something I've wanted to do since I started CTA.

    It's available in the store now for 160 MSP, and their second song for RBN, "[URL="www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVJlpM9R6bo"]En Donde Duermen Los Sue
  • SeymourDuncan17SeymourDuncan17 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    ASPKev;4594343 said:
    And kicking off the part that some people may or may not be most excited for, here's the first announcement of the day from us in regards to new music coming, and personally speaking, one I'm very excited for as they remind me a bit of one of my favorite bands (who's frequently requested on these forums).

    We're proud to announce that we're working with Las Vegas natives Amarionette to bring their song "Screaming is Serious Business", off their upcoming self titled EP due out later this year.

    "Like most bands that have weathered through multiple years together Amarionette has gone through a couple of line-up changes. The core of the band consist of Quin White (Lead Vocals) who has been with the band since it's inception in 2007. Quin's very distinct vocal style and intricate song writing crafted the sound of early Amarionette and released the bands first EP "Goodbye Explosions" in 2008. Between the EP and playing frequently the band made quite a name for themselves leaving fans eagerly awaiting new material and more shows.

    In 2010 Amarionette went through a major line-up change with the addition of Ron Wells (Bass), Nick Raya (Guitar), Brandon Jones (Guitar) and Justin Brooklyn (Drums). The regroup has brought a surge of new life and creativity to the band and they are picking things up right where they left off."

    You can hear the demo version of "Screaming is Serious Business" at the link below
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KPb0TZo8Ic

    If you like what you hear, make sure to check and follow these guys out on Facebook!
    http://www.facebook.com/Amarionettelv

    Holy hell that sounds [I]exactly[/I] like Coheed & Cambria. Love it!
  • Tykki-TemeTykki-Teme Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    SeymourDuncan17;4594588 said:
    Holy hell that sounds [I]exactly[/I] like Coheed & Cambria. Love it!

    Holy hell, you're right. They really do sound like Coheed. And, it sounds really awesome!
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Here's the second part of our Present material that released in December :

    Nevermore - Without Morals (2x Bass Pedal)
    http://youtu.be/_zprtPPk4Cs
    It can be purchased here :
    http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000ce7-0000-4000-8000-000045410914

    Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy
    http://youtu.be/1nwL5POc-Ag
    It can be purchased here :
    http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000ce1-0000-4000-8000-000045410914

    Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy (2x Bass Pedal)
    http://youtu.be/udhWiOmSbbs
    It can be purchased here :
    http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000ce5-0000-4000-8000-000045410914

    Solution .45 - Lethean Tears
    http://youtu.be/lOS7x-WV4xE
    It can be purchased here :
    http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000d13-0000-4000-8000-000045410914

    Watain - Underneath the Cenotaph
    http://youtu.be/7KphDLzy9sU
    It can be purchased here :
    http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000d0d-0000-4000-8000-000045410914

    Halcyon Way - Icon of Resolution
    http://youtu.be/K9vl24FAJ6E
    it can be purchased here :
    http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/80000cf7-0000-4000-8000-000045410914

    One more present spotlight then it's on to the new stuff!
  • edited January 2012
    Anyone who reads these forums already knows about the old and newly released. Give us the new stuff already. And how about some info on the previously announced. I would love an update on the Random Encounter and Jukebox the Ghost tracks.
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Like I said some other authors wanted to do it this way, but if there's this much dissent about it, then we'll have no choice but to go back to the previous version.

    I don't mind either way, but this is about you guys today :)
  • SeymourDuncan17SeymourDuncan17 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    Granted, the past section is kinda good for those who may've forgotten about this or that track, but the present part is pretty worthless.

    I'm not trying to be snooty, just giving my thoughts.
  • ASPKevASPKev Opening Act
    edited January 2012
    MagicMurderBag7;4594668 said:
    Anyone who reads these forums already knows about the old and newly released. Give us the new stuff already. And how about some info on the previously announced. I would love an update on the Random Encounter and Jukebox the Ghost tracks.
    While some people may have been up to date with every song that has been released since the RBN's inception, not everybody has, hence the point of some studios wanting to try to inform about older songs that may have flown under the radar.

    That being said, if you want just an announcement, then we've got one for ya.

    I believe this may be a first for the RBN, but we're proud to announce we're teaming up with the Canadian based folk-metal act, Scythia, to bring two of their songs to the Rock Band Network.

    The two songs in question, "For the King" and "Dies Irae II", are from the bands 2011 release, Of Exile, which is described as
    "...a musical tale of betrayal and redemption set in Scythia's unique soundscape that borrows elements from folk, progressive rock and metal. This album features a dynamic blend of male and female voices (both harsh and sung), classical instruments including cello, oboe and trumpet as well as professional sound design to give the album a larger-than-life appeal."

    You can listen to these songs at the links below
    http://scythia.bandcamp.com/track/dies-irae-ii
    http://scythia.bandcamp.com/track/for-the-king-free-download

    Remember, if you like what you hear, check out and follow them on Facebook!
    And, at the soundcloud link below, you can listen to their album in its entirety and also download their song, "For the King", for free, and in a variety of formats including: MP3, FLAC, ALAC, MP3 VBR, and more, for all of your audiophile needs!
    http://www.facebook.com/scythiametal
    http://scythia.bandcamp.com/album/of-exile-out-september-23-2011
  • MegaIronDragonDethMegaIronDragonDeth Post Ratio > 3 a Day
    edited January 2012
    The Scythia songs sound great.
  • GigakoopsRBNGigakoopsRBN Opening Act
    edited January 2012
    Before I announce new videos and songs, I'd like to advertise a bit until my last video uploads. ;)

    Two songs have released from GigakoopsRBN since the last announcement thread. The first was Gigakoops' "Death In General." The song is so hard on guitar, non-authors debate whether the song is overcharted or not (I can tell you though that it's note-for-note). Don't believe it's nuts? Take a look at this solo. Reactions are priceless, too. So if you're into incredible difficulty, this should join your collection of RBN guitar songs.

    This week, A Talking Fish's second RBN song, "(I Want to Go to) Space," was released on Rock Band. A short, sweet song about intergalactic adventures, this song is nothing short of fun. ATF even uploaded a new preview for you guys! So if you enjoyed "Cheesy Pop Song," you'll enjoy this, too.

    So that's it until the last video uploads. And boy do I have some awesome videos for you!
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    You know me. I'm a man of the people. So if you want me to shut up about current songs and just stick with the new stuff, then who am I to argue?

    I'm moving on to the 'future' stuff now, but the rest of you authors feel free to do your own thing :)

    First up if you've been following our Facebook you probably noticed me mention that I've been chasing a band for a while and finally landed them. I also mentioned that I feel this yet undiscovered band is going to be our next Rishloo or Halcyon Way. Meaning that once these guys hit Rock Band Network everyone is going to be clamoring for more from them. Like Rishloo and Halcyon Way these guys are damn good musicians, and put together some amazing songs. We're working on the first track now, and it should go into testing in the next week or so.

    Enough of me blabbering on. The band is RIBS and the name of the song is Brains Out.

    A little about the band from Exploding In Sound:

    There are far too few bands these days aiming to take over the world, but Boston’s RIBS seem to be up for the task. With a sound built for stadium audiences, their blend of epic alternative rock is already larger than life, and the young band has a stage show to match. Blistering space rock with anthemic choruses and mercilessly beaten drums¸ RIBS sound is primed with optimism, under thick layers of distorted guitars of course. The quartet’s range is truly special, as the band seamlessly moves from hook filled radio hits to slow burning post-rock rich in atmosphere and aggressive grunge to dark new wave inspired electro pop. Patience is a mandatory requirement for RIBS fans, as their carefully plotted moves and attention to detail can keep them away for extended periods of time, just making it all the more crucial when you get to see them live in action. Already earning comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, and Radiohead throughout the press, RIBS are only getting started.

    LINK: http://www.explodinginsound.com/2011/09/until-my-head-explodes-

    Here's a link to their facebook page where you can purchase a digital copy of their EP British Brains for just $5!
    http://www.facebook.com/ribstheband?sk=app_204974879526524

    And here's the song in question :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j1-RGKlrAM

    We'll have an in game preview for next month's thread. Hope you guys come to love them as much as I have!

    More to come shortly!
  • TubaDude49TubaDude49 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    ThatAuthoringGroup;4594681 said:
    Like I said some other authors wanted to do it this way, but if there's this much dissent about it, then we'll have no choice but to go back to the previous version.

    I don't mind either way, but this is about you guys today :)

    Personally I liked it as an announcement thread much better; it wasn't cluttered with all the past and present that was readily available in other threads.

    I also think it served us better. Our purpose was to build RBN hype. With the old thread, instead of constantly announcing songs, we were able to build up hype for a whole month and have a day where RBN was constantly on people's minds as they waited for each new announcment to spring out.

    Plus, they're less likely to miss announcements if that's all we post here.

    Well, those were my two cents.
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Next up is a song we announced a few months back, but now with game play footage!

    This song is Oh My! with their single Twenty One.

    It's in review now at creators and should be available for purchase soon!
    http://youtu.be/d8UB7rUAbfE

    More to come!
  • DragoonXDDragoonXD Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    ThatAuthoringGroup;4594874 said:
    Here's a link to their facebook page where you can purchase a digital copy of their EP British Brains for just $5!
    http://www.facebook.com/ribstheband?sk=app_204974879526524

    And here's the song in question :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j1-RGKlrAM
    EP bought! Amazing stuff!
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    DragoonXD;4594929 said:
    EP bought! Amazing stuff!

    One of our authors told me to go after these guys and try to get them into the game.

    Soon as I heard them it became my #1 priority to convince them to let us work with them.

    Really, REALLY solid stuff.

    I can't wait to play it in game :D
  • ASPKevASPKev Opening Act
    edited January 2012
    Last ASP announcement of the day, and due to seemingly popular request, we're giving you 100% new artist announcement, with no filler or other by products.

    This artist marks a first for us here at Alt-Strum, as we've never brought a chiptunes artist before.
    We're ecstatic to announce that we're working with Superpowerless, to bring some of their self described "Gameboy-fueled Adventure Core" songs to the RBN! The first song of theirs we'll be bringing is their single, "We Throw Shapes".

    Be sure to check out the video for "We Throw Shapes" at the link below! And remember, if you like what you hear, check out the facebook page for Superpowerless, linked below as well!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0awk_mV9rU
    http://www.facebook.com/superpowerlessmusic
  • SeymourDuncan17SeymourDuncan17 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    ThatAuthoringGroup;4594874 said:
    I also mentioned that I feel this yet undiscovered band is going to be our next Rishloo or Halcyon Way. Meaning that once these guys hit Rock Band Network everyone is going to be clamoring for more from them. Like Rishloo and Halcyon Way these guys are damn good musicians, and put together some amazing songs.

    Er..... I don't see it. The instrumentation, structure, everything is far more generic than Rishloo or Halcyon Way.

    Good song I suppose though.
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Here's another new band from our partners at Season of Mist!

    French metal band ETHS!

    We're working on two tracks from their upcoming album III that are so new...that the songs in question haven't even hit the internet yet.

    You can check out the band's page here :
    http://www.season-of-mist.com/bands/eths

    We're currently working on track 3 and 4 from the album. Adona
  • FairwoodStudiosFairwoodStudios Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    ThatAuthoringGroup;4594926 said:
    Next up is a song we announced a few months back, but now with game play footage!

    This song is Oh My! with their single Twenty One.

    More to come!

    I was both disappointed and glad that I misread when I first saw them as Oh No! Oh My!. I want that band in the game but... I want that band in the game. Y'know? :P

    Anyway. Things! This should nicely group together the whole conceit in one, since all our announcements this round are returning efforts from our existing bands.

    We've already mentioned, though it may have slipped under the radar, that Bright Midnight will be bringing another of their tracks to RBN through us, this time "La Minuit". This one's a bit shoegaze-y, and hopefully will be showing up in previews and playtest pretty soon.

    Also returning for another round is techno-metal-pop favorites His Statue Falls! Redfield has given us the go-ahead for "Jasmin W. Knows How to Mosh", which is more on the metal side but if you play keys just go ahead and jump to 2:10. :)

    And last, a new name from an old name. The third of John Brandon's (BSM, Those Among Us) projects to come to the game will be Distant Autumn, with the track "Edge of Town". Distant Autumn is pretty much BSM with a different vocalist, so the track's a fairly similar straightforward rock track. It's also not released anywhere yet, though that's just temporary. Don't think they would give us the exclusive just like that!

    We are talking with a few of our other clients, but no selections are finalized or anything, so those we'll hold off on.

    ---

    It's a bit too early to get into details on our bigger future project, since at best it's a month out. That and I can't let anyone get a jump on us. But, rest assured that if it works- and every day it's looking more like it will- it'll be a huge new thing for independent musicians, including a bunch of RBN artists. By huge I mean, on the scale of RBN itself. Quit-my-day-job huge. I'm almost scared that it's coming together.
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Awesome Rob!

    Can't wait to hear what you've got cooking up. Sounds like it's going to be totally killer.

    It's great that in these days of groups disappearing and just quitting, that you're still just as excited as when RBN first started.

    Here's to the future, and I hope your project works out for you!
  • ArcanonArcanon Rising Star
    edited January 2012
    Well, I got this all done before I went to go out to eat with the family today. I feel content.

    We have a bunch of new stuff to show you. First off, updates from previous announcements. New videos!

    Active Knowledge - Your New Time Spiral
    Fist of the North Star - Voices, Waiting for the End, Burning Out (link contains all 3 videos, Roaches video coming soon)

    We might also be getting more stuff from Stik Man Records soon! Check out their site and tell me which artists you'd love to see from the label, and I'll pass the word along, see what I can do.

    Now for new, previously unannounced stuff! We have 3 new artists to reveal today.

    First off, I'm proud to announce that we've partnered with Holy War Entertainment to bring Orangevale, CA band SIMPL3JACK to RBN! The link contains the full news post and 3 preview videos. In short, this is a band of 15-year olds who play awesome punk music, and we've got their full debut album for RBN!

    Next, another partnership, this time with thatCitymusic, to bring you some hip-hop tracks from Bikey! We've got our hands on some pretty diverse songs. Again, the link has more info and both preview videos for the two songs we're doing, and we're looking to get more from him in the near future!

    Finally, you guitarists will love this. We've signed two songs from virtuoso guitarist Jim Morris to bring to RBN, and the word "insane" is not enough to describe them. They are amazing. Link has news and preview video for the song "Level 8," and we'll have a video of "River of Blood" out as soon as we can decipher the insanity in that track.

    So, a full punk album, 3 hip-hop songs, two insane guitar instrumentals and potential new artists from Stik Man Records in addition to the FOTNS stuff. I'd say that's a good way to start off 2012.

    A handful of these songs are in playtest now, with a couple hitting Peer Review soon. I'll update our thread and our website later tonight with info on where each song is.

    As far as I know, that's it from us for the day!
  • MegaIronDragonDethMegaIronDragonDeth Post Ratio > 3 a Day
    edited January 2012
    The Jim Morris songs will most likely be lots of fun from what I've seen.
  • GigakoopsRBNGigakoopsRBN Opening Act
    edited January 2012
    OK, videos are uploaded, and I can get to work on announcing things!

    First, some videos for songs that I've announced.

    A few months back I said that forum member TylerFG was putting music on Rock Band. And now I have some videos up for his songs!

    First up is Truism, which is less of a song and more of an experiment with music creation software. Doesn't mean I'm not releasing it, though :D Here's a preview.

    Second up is Regeneration. A simple keyboard solo, this is the kind of music I'd imagine hearing on a loading screen. But it's fun to play! Here, take a look.

    And last, we have Arc Words. A simple jam, this song offers a few fun riffs on everything. Here's a preview.


    Also, I, Gigakoops, still have most of an album to release. First off is "Levels," a four-part melody inspired by different video games. Level 1 is furious, insane opening, with tons of notes crammed into 2 minutes. Level 2 calms down a bit, but is still a little tough on keys and drums. Level 3 is a drum and bass driven piece that includes some tough drum fills. And Level 4 is the easiest Gigakoops song to date, with an extremely laid-back style of play. And the song itself is rather relaxing.

    On the other side of the coin, The Final Boss is the most insane Gigakoops song yet. If you thought the guitar on Death In General, the Drums and Keys on the earlier versions of Night, and the Bass on Project Unknown look hard, you gotta take a look at this! GigakoopsRBn does not take responsibility for broken instruments from fits of rage after failing this song.

    And now, the moment you've been waiting for, A Talking Fish's "I Love GNF." With plenty of forum jokes and fun instrumentation and vocals, this song was built to satisfy everyone. I bet GNF and the Opening Acts are proud.

    But wait, there's more! Later...

    Tiers in this announcement:

    Tyler Green - Truism:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - *****
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    Tyler Green - Regeneration:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - None
    Bass - None
    Drums - None
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    Tyler Green - Arc Words:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - *****
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    Gigakoops - Level 1 - Fire Mountain:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - *****
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    Gigakoops - Level 2 - High Clouds:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - *****
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    Gigakoops - Level 3 - Jungle:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - None
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    Gigakoops - Level 4 - Village:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - *****
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    Gigakoops - The Final Boss:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - *****
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals - None

    A Talking Fish - I Love GNF:

    Band - *****
    Guitar - *****
    Bass - *****
    Drums - *****
    Keys - *****
    Pro Keys - *****
    Vocals (3-Part) - *****
  • GigakoopsRBNGigakoopsRBN Opening Act
    edited January 2012
    So, you ready for the new song announcement? OK!

    GigakoopsRBN is proud to announce the first metal song from the company:

    Hagroth's "[URL=""]Prey of the Dragon (Laszlol
  • SeymourDuncan17SeymourDuncan17 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    SIMPL3JACK is certainly a million times better than that other kid band from Ozone. Might buy that first track. Other tracks are kinda "eh".

    Might also buy that first Bikey track given I'm in the right mood. Though, that second one is pretty poor.

    And those Scythia tracks sound pretty damn awesome. That and the Amarionette track are the best so far.
  • SeymourDuncan17SeymourDuncan17 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    I see TAG uploaded the first Sunny Side Up track. Awesome!

    You guys are still bringing Welcome to the Skalocaust right? Really want that one.
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Yep. We're working on three songs from them. Skalocaust, Corporate Control, and She's Rad. You'll get preview vids later tonight for them.
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Here's another band we announced a few months back. We Are the Storm with their track Galileo.

    Now with game play footage!

    http://youtu.be/PH5XrTi1eIA
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited January 2012
    Speaking of Sunny Side up, here's the game play vid for Corporate Control!
    http://youtu.be/elr1Wm9KnCU
  • edited January 2012
    Cant wait for the GNF song. Those keys!!!!! Also that bass solo!
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