This week I bring to you, a pack of metal songs from Nuclear Blast Records, as well as a pack of songs from video games, both popular and slightly obscure. The metal pack includes a very large variety of subgenres, including folk metal, power metal, thrash metal, groove metal, heavy metal, and some symphonic death metal. The video game pack also provides further variety, including some jazz, alternative rock, hard rock, and chiptune-infused metal. There should be something for everyone here!
Note again that I do not represent any record label, and this is just a fun way to request some music for the Rock Band series. I plan on doing more packs like this with other labels, and not just metal labels either. Stay tuned...
Nuclear Blast Records 01
Accept - Stampede (Tier)
Blind Guardian - Ride Into Obsession (Tier)
Children of Bodom - Follow the Reaper (Tier)
Eluveitie - Inis Mona (Tier)
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Elegy (Tier)
Lamb of God - The Duke (Tier)
Machine Head - Eyes of the Dead (Tier)
Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake (Tier)
Video Game Music 01
Akira Yamaoka - You’re Not Here (ft. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) (Tier) (From "Silent Hill 3")
The Cromagnon Band - Lusitania (Tier) (From "Tiny & Big: Grandpa's Leftovers")
Crush 40 - Open Your Heart (Tier) (From "Sonic Adventure")
GLaDOS - Want You Gone (Tier) (From "Portal 2")
Machinae Supremacy - Ingame 2 (Machinae Supremacy Version) (Tier) (From "Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams")
Toby “Radiation” Fox - MEGALOVANIA (Tier) (From "Undertale")
This week's selection includes two packs, one from alt-metal band Alter Bridge, and another from Rock Band favorites Rush! Both should provide a good mixture of fun and challenge, with lots of varied guitar riffs, some tricky drums, and some especially tasty basslines in the Rush pack.
I also went and edited the tiers to "Assassin" and "Stockholm Syndrome," making the drums in Assassin devil-tier and the bass in Stockholm Syndrome four dots, after listening to these songs again.
Alter Bridge 01
Addicted to Pain (Tier)
La Villa Strangiato (Tier)
New World Man (Tier)
Time Stand Still (Tier)2
So a friend and I regularly watch garbage films to make fun of them and have a good time. We came across this film, from the studio that made such movies as Air Bud, expecting it to be hilarious garbage. Turns out... it's actually quite good and surprisingly deep...?
The movie is essentially about a singing competition, but with dogs. This sounds like a dreadful premise only throwaway straight-to-DVD movies would have, but then this movie throws a curveball and reveals that the dogs are made intelligent thanks to the help of mind-altering dog treats that give them the ability to speak. From there it throws around quite a lot of strangely philosophical and even dystopian questions, such as the ethics of dog pounds when dogs are intelligent and can communicate literally as humans do, and how these intelligent, literally-humanlike dogs are still treated as secondary to humans. None of this is intentional, mind, but it's certainly much more interesting than I expected it to be. Add on top a plot about a couple of dogs being chased by a dog catcher and the bounty hunter dog he hires, as well as a revenge subplot involving two dog musicians, and you've got one hell of a surprisingly interesting film.
Of course, it's got a lot of the same flaws as other talking dog movies. A lot of it is light fluff that would make even the youngest kids roll their eyes, most of the music is pretty bland (except for one hilariously bad rap song from a dog voiced by Juicy J of all people) and a lot of characters are straight-up archetypes (they have an Indian Hindu stereotype dog, for example). But the world built around the film is actually really fascinating (or at least to me, who is interested in weird family films with strangely complex or dark elements), and for that I have to give it credit for actually keeping me invested.
So if you're interested in some weird stuff, that actually raises interesting questions (even if by accident), then I highly recommend this film. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you don't mind sitting through some of the typical dog movie crap, there's some really interesting stuff here, and I can't help but feel pleasantly surprised by this.
Awesome to see that you re-used my "Reach Out of the Darkness" request from your last tier thread! I noticed that you bumped guitar up a dot, which I can agree with. In fact, when you first tiered it I thought the alt-strumming (albeit slow) might bump it up to a three, so I'm glad you took my feedback there.Yeah after another listen, I noticed a lot more going on with the guitar line, so I bumped it up a bit. Also worth noting, all of these tiers are actually relative to the main RB5 setlist as well; when i tier these specific songs, I actually have a document where I essentially "stack" songs against each other as I listen to these. It just feels a tiny bit more "authentic" to me doing this, if that makes any sense.1
To make up for my absence last week, I present a 20-song extravaganza, including packs from Asia, DragonForce, From Autumn to Ashes, and Muse, as well as additional singles! I realize Muse isn't at all realistic, but screw it it's my list I can put whatever I want
There's a whole lot of variety here, including some prog rock, power metal, emo with metalcore elements, spacey/proggy alt-rock, psychedelic 60's pop, 80's rock, and even swing jazz metal. Surely there should be something here for everybody. Hope y'all enjoy!
(PS don't expect this sort of thing every week, this took forever to get prepared).
Heat of the Moment (Tier)
Lay Down Your Arms (Tier)
Time Again (Tier)
The Game (ft. Matt Heafy) (Tier)
Heroes of Our Time (Tier)
Judgement Day (Tier)
From Autumn to Ashes 01
The After Dinner Payback (Tier)
Daylight Slaving (Tier)
Short Stories With Tragic Endings (ft. Melanie Wells) (Tier)
Butterflies and Hurricanes (Live at Wembley Stadium) (Tier)
Knights of Cyndonia (Tier)
Map of the Problematique (Tier)
New Born (Live at Wembley Stadium) (Tier)
Stockholm Syndrome (Tier)
Diablo Swing Orchestra - A Tap Dancer's Dilemma (Tier)
Friend & Lover - Reach Out of the Darkness (Tier)
Pat Benatar - Hell Is for Children (Tier)3