February 27, 2015 – Powerful Female Voices C02 and a Silent Hill megapack!

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C3 releases for February 27, 2015:

New! Powerful Female Voices C02 3-pack (farottone)

  • Macy Gray – “I Try” (guitar and bass by ws54)
  • Madonna – “Like a Prayer”
  • Sade – “Nothing Can Come Between Us”

New! Silent Hill C02 9-pack

  • Akira Yamaoka – “Cradle of Forest” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “Hometown” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “I Want Love” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “I Want Love (Studio Mix)” (ghostbyob and Nightmare Lyra ft. Sideshow)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “Innocent Moon (Other Take)” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “Love Psalm” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “Promise” (ghostbyob and Nightmare Lyra)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “Promise (Reprise)” (Nightmare Lyra and ghostbyob)
  • Akira Yamaoka – “Waiting For You ~ LIVE AT Heaven’s Night” (ghostbyob and Nightmare Lyra ft. Sideshow)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


Almost 18 months after the first one, farottone is back with three more songs featuring, as the pack name suggests, powerful female vocals. Harmonix has done an okay job of pursuing female lead singers, but there’s always room for more, and we’ve got some real mega-hits! Nightmare Lyra delivers another big C02 punch this week with more Silent Hill tracks, fleshing out the discography she started with big themes in 2013 and 2014.

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • Silent Hill C02 – NL writes, “The Silent Hill series is something that has always fascinated me long before I even got to play the games themselves. The focus on story, the great use of horror and, of course, the amazing soundtrack have always been something I have admired and that have inspired me artistically, so to pay tribute to my favorite game series I decided to make this pack with the huge help of the charting of Ghostbyob and Sideshow, and the testing help of BravoGangUS. Beyond the fact that the music itself is amazing, there is fun to be had here across all instruments, with some songs being rocking full band numbers with great guitar solos while others are more downtempo with a bigger focus on Keys and Vocals, so I hope you will all enjoy it in some form or another!”
    • “Cradle of Forest” – Easy but fun song for the whole band that is also great for Pro Keys practice.
    • “Hometown” – A haunting remix of the original Silent Hill theme with a great new vocal performance.
    • “I Want Love” – The version of this song heard in the game, a melancholy and chill piece with a great piano riff.
    • “I Want Love (Studio Mix)” –  A passionate love song with amazing vocals and a really fun guitar solo.
    • “Innocent Moon (Other Take)” – A vocal remix of one of the most memorable songs from Silent Hill 3 with great Keys.
    • “Love Psalm” – Great jazz-infused rock track with a beautiful riff, great guitar solo, energetic drums and some great bass lines to round things out.
    • “Promise” – An iconic instrumental piece with great riffs and fun drum fills.
    • “Promise (Reprise)” – A mellow little tune for all of the Keys players out there.
    • “Waiting For You” – Great rock track for the full band, with 2 guitar solos and another brilliant vocal performance.

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Ian Dorsch – “Zero Punctuation Theme”: Now has full multitracks and new charts to match!

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February 20, 2015 – Eight tracks from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and 51(!) RBHP upgrades!

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C3 releases for February 20, 2015:

New! Michael Jackson C01 8-pack (farottone)

  • Michael Jackson – “Bad”
  • Michael Jackson – “The Way You Make Me Feel”
  • Michael Jackson – “Liberian Girl”
  • Michael Jackson – “Another Part of Me”
  • Michael Jackson – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
  • Michael Jackson – “Dirty Diana”
  • Michael Jackson – “Smooth Criminal”
  • Michael Jackson – “Leave Me Alone”

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


Rock Band is full of royalty. We’ve got Queen, the Kings of Leon, Prince, and even a death metal Emperor, but there’s only one King of Pop. Today we bring you eight songs from the master’s landmark album Bad, including the mega-hit title track and “Smooth Criminal”. Put your white gloves on and get ready for a thriller night!

Here’s the author, farottone, with more on this week’s content:

Bad is one of the best-selling albums of all time and it’s a long overdue addition to the game. It plays well on drums and has some very cool parts on guitar, bass and keys, though in some songs a few of those instruments will be a bit repetitive. Vocals are, as you might guess, just impressive. A note here: Michael Jackson used to add an insane amount of grunts and we had to pick a threshold of what to author and what not in order to avoid the singing being awkward. Finally, very sorry we could not do the full album but 8 songs is still a lot of sleep hours lost, we promise!

  • “Bad” – Prepare an oxygen mask because by the end of the song your lungs will be near collapsing trying to keep up with MJ. And if you play keys, the intertwined solos are very good stuff.
  • “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” – One of the most rock oriented songs, at least for drums and bass (no guitar in this one), this is a wonderful duet that almost made it in our Valentine’s pack. Fun fact: discerning who is singing which part has not always been easy. :)
  • “Dirty Diana” – Amazing song, wonderful guitar solos, great atmosphere! If you play guitar and only want one MJ song (what even are you?!), pick this one.
  • “Smooth Criminal” – If you are a rocker, if you like your pop to have more umph, you probably already have the Alien Ant Farm cover already available as official DLC (and if you don’t, go buy it, it’s awesome!). This however is the real deal and, daggone it baby, it’s awesome!
  • “Leave Me Alone” – A bonus song for this album, available only from the CD version on. A great energetic tune, with an awesome scat-like section in the middle and a very rare two handed drum beat with accents on the left hand (for those owning the 20 free tracks from the RB2 era, this will remind you of Like A Fool).

Make sure to search for Michael Jackson in our back catalog to download “Thriller”, “Somebody’s Watching Me”, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, and “Beat It”!

We’ve also got over 50 new Rock Band Harmonies Project upgrades from the hard-working espher and crew today, including 20 legacy harmony upgrades, a ton of RBN Pro Drums fixes, and even some additions to last month’s Harmonix DLC! This week’s harmony upgrades include Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Bonnaroo 01, and The Used 01. Check out the full list with author credits at the end of this post, and hit the RBHP website to download these upgrades.

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February 13, 2015 – Play the (music) game of love with another Valentine’s pack and four singles!

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C3 releases for February 13, 2015:

New! Customs for My Valentine 2015 (farottone)

  • Paul McCartney – “My Love”
  • Queen – “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy”
  • Sade – “Your Love is King”

New! Singles

  • Anika Nilles – “Alter Ego” (GreenPanda12 and I Have Friendzz)
  • Coldplay – “Don’t Panic” (Ruck Bogers 22 feat. Nyxyxylyth)
  • My Bloody Valentine – “Only Shallow” (BearzUnlimited)
  • Nightmare Lyre – “Memories (Boss)” M 2x (Nightmare Lyra)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


After last year’s Valentine’s pack and Anti-Valentine’s pack, I feel like I’m out of blog post ideas. Love, you know? It’s pretty cool, I guess. Hearts. Cupids. Crass commercialism. Fortunately, our authors have much more to say about it than I do, with three bona fide love songs in this year’s Valentine’s pack, and four more singles with varying degrees of Valentine-ness. As is often the case, there’s something for everyone, so pick your favorites and go to town!

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • “Only Shallow” – Bearz says, “This song has a riff that’s heavy and noisy, yet ethereal and dreamy. The instrument parts aren’t challenging but have enough variation to keep them interesting. The vocal part is also quite soothing.”
  • “Memories (Boss)” – NL says, “Ho/Po filled Guitar, crazy Drums, riffy Bass and orchestral Keys makes this a fun challenge to try and overcome.”

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February 6, 2015 – Six mixed singles!

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C3 releases for February 6, 2015:

New! Singles

  • Anarchy Club – “Hidden Secret Song” M (ThatAuthoringGroup and AddyMilldike)
  • Basshunter – “Beer in the Bar” (Arcanon)
  • Cheap Trick – “The Flame” (DoNotPassGo feat. farottone)
  • Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game” (farottone)
  • Haken – “Celestial Elixir” 2x (BearzUnlimited)
  • Tera Melos – “A Spoonful of Slurry” M (GanonMetroid feat. AddyMilldike)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


Been a while since we’ve had a purely singles week! These are some of the most exciting weeks, in my opinion; there’s almost always something for everyone. This week has a ton of genres from a ton of authors, including a fresh face in DoNotPassGo, whose name you might recognize from the forums. We expect great stuff from DNPG in the future! (No pressure.)

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • “Beer in the Bar” – Arcanon writes, “Well, I’ve done it. Broke my multitrack streak. But this song is too awesome to not bring to you. The synth is catchy, and the lyrics are half party-song, half ‘I do music how I want to and how I like it, deal with it.’ A good reminder that sometimes songs can be fun and entertaining rather than deep and meaningful, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
  • “The Flame” – farottone writes, “Great power ballad, solid guitar, awesome to sing along, this is DoNotPassGo’s first custom going through C3 so yay! :)”
  • “Celestial Elixir” – Bearz writes, “This epic from recent prog band Haken goes from a soft vocal-driven ballad to demented circus metal. The guitar and keys parts will give players a real workout in some sections. Meanwhile, the bass and drums are technical, but not relentlessly difficult. The powerful, soaring vocals are great to sing as well.”
  • “Tera Melos” – GanonMetroid writes, “This is a fan favorite of a seminal math rock band, this particular song is from the band’s early instrumental period. The drum and guitar work on all of their releases has been insane, and this is no exception.”

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Closure in Moscow – “Kissing Cousins”: Fixed broken disco flip on drums, fixed drum animations and lip sync
  • Fort Minor – “Remember the Name”: Small changes to reductions (Easy/Hard) on Keys and Pro Keys
  • Mystakin – “Cherish”: Fixed broken disco flip on drums

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January 30, 2015 – Linkin Park multitracks, 51 RBHP upgrades, and more!

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C3 releases for January 30, 2015:

New! Linkin Park/Fort Minor C01

  • Fort Minor – “Remember the Name (ft. Styles of Beyond)” M (Arcanon and Pearlized Pistol)
  • Linkin Park – “A Light That Never Comes” M (Arcanon)
  • Linkin Park – “Bleed It Out” M (Arcanon)

New! Broken Equilibrium/Filtered by the Sky C01 (Arcanon)

  • Broken Equilibrium – “Devour” 2x M
  • Broken Equilibrium – “Etchings” 2x M
  • Broken Equilibrium – “Separation” 2x M
  • Filtered by the Sky – “Last Goodbye” 2x M
  • Filtered by the Sky – “Where You Are” M

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


Outside of last year’s anniversary blowout, it’s rare to see a week where every last song is a full multitrack, but here we are! Courtesy of RBN veteran Arcanon, this week sees us diving into collaborations and entries in Wikipedia’s “associated acts” table. You’ve probably heard of Linkin Park, but some might recognize Fort Minor as a side project of the band’s rapper, Mike Shinoda; and Broken Equilibrium and Filtered by the Sky are both…well, here, let’s let Arcanon explain it:

Good morning plastic rockers! It looks like I’ve got this week all to myself. (Well, almost. Thanks Pearlized Pistol for your help on one of this week’s tracks!) This is quite a new experience. This week I’ve got two packs of songs for you that are quite special to me for various reasons, and both feature bands with shared members.

First, I’ve got a Linkin Park/Fort Minor three-pack for you guys! Linkin Park may be no strangers to Rock Band, but Mike Shinoda’s side project Fort Minor is making its debut today! All three songs feature Shinoda’s excellent rapping, and are all songs I’ve personally wanted to see released on Rock Band for a long time. “Bleed It Out,” which you may recognize from Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, is one of the few songs off of Minutes to Midnight that kept the rap-rock style fans remembered from their previous albums, and is just filled to the top with pure energy. “A Light That Never Comes” off of Recharged, on the other hand, is a significant departure from that style that sees the band embracing a very electronic sound. In my opinion, they really pulled it off in this song, and by doing so they’ve given me a sweet dubstep bass solo to work with. It may be different from what I’m used to, but it does sound awesome. Finally, “Remember the Name” is the second single off of Fort Minor’s debut album The Rising Tied, which showcases Shinoda’s rapping skills alongside that of the guys from Styles of Beyond, who have collaborated frequently with Fort Minor. It’s the first Fort Minor song I ever heard, and it led to me buying the album, which I highly recommend. Lots of great talent on that record, and very meaningful songs too. All three songs are very well known, and if you haven’t somehow heard of them before, you’re in for a treat this week!

For my other pack, I am bringing you three songs from Broken Equilibrium’s debut self-titled album and two from Filtered by the Sky’s self-titled debut, all which very nearly made it onto RBN! Broken Equilibrium was the very first band that trusted Chart Toppers Authoring with releasing songs on Rock Band Network back when we were still getting our feet wet and I’ve always been forever thankful to them for that. We released “Epitome of Misery” and “November” on RBN, and later “Culling the Weak” after Rock Band 3 came out. They appear to have a bit of a reputation for releasing songs with easy double-bass charts to practice on, and I’m going to shatter that right now. “Devour” and “Etchings” are intense songs with heavy drum work and fast-paced instrumentation, much more difficult than anything seen by them before. “Etchings” has one of the sweetest bass solos I’ve ever heard, so bassists will LOVE that. (Two bass solos in one week? WHAT?) “Separation” is more similar to “November” in that it’s one of the slower songs off the album, but it is very fun to sing and the drums are no bore either!

Broken Equilibrium is long broken up, but two of their members (one of whom is still with the band) went on to form Filtered by the Sky, which boasts quite a different sound. Former vocalist and band founder Courtney has an enchanting voice that powers these two songs. On “Last Goodbye,” she is the driving force for the song, with former vocalist/cellist (and former Broken Equilibrium member) TJ making a short cameo. On “Where You Are,” the two perform a full-on duet. Vocalists will absolutely love these songs, and Rock Band could always do with more female fronted bands/songs.

Oh, and the best part? Everything has multitracks. Yay multitracks!

This week should have a little something for everyone. I hope you all enjoy these songs as much as I’ve enjoyed working on them.

We’ve also got a buttload of Rock Band Harmonies Project upgrades today, with 20 new harmony upgrades and 31 RBN1 Pro Drums fixes! Harmonies include ALL of the AC/DC Track Pack and the amazing Talking Heads 01, along with several others, so check it out! The full list of upgrades is at the end of this post, and you can download them at the RBHP website.

Also, as a side note, Dailymotion embeds work again! Yay.

See you next Friday!

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January 23, 2015 – Celebrate Australia Day with AC/DC, INXS, and more!

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C3 releases for January 23, 2015:

New! Australia Day 2015 6-pack

  • AC/DC – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (funkydunkleman)
  • AC/DC – “T.N.T.” (funkydunkleman)
  • AC/DC – “Touch Too Much” (funkydunkleman)
  • The Angels – “Take a Long Line” (Lowlander)
  • Closure in Moscow – “Kissing Cousins” (GreenPanda12)
  • INXS – “Suicide Blonde” (farottone)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


Put another shellfish on the Ken!

C3 loves to celebrate holidays when it gives us an excuse to do themed packs! This upcoming Monday is Australia Day, a celebration of all kinds of Australiaishness, and we’ve got the songs to match. Enjoy this mini-AC/DC pack, along with three other great Australian bands, and rock out with your horrible venomous wildlife out!

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Tool – “Eulogy”: Fixed quantization in an off-beat drum fill, raised vocals difficulty rating to devil tier

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January 16, 2015 – Paul McCartney megapack and Winter Crescent!

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C3 releases for January 16, 2015:

New! Paul McCartney C01 10-pack (farottone)

  • Paul McCartney – “Beautiful Night”
  • Paul McCartney – “Biker Like an Icon”
  • Paul McCartney – “Hope of Deliverance”
  • Paul McCartney – “If You Wanna”
  • Paul McCartney – “My Brave Face”
  • Paul McCartney – “Put It There”
  • Paul McCartney – “Rough Ride”
  • Paul McCartney – “Souvenir”
  • Paul McCartney – “The Song We Were Singing”
  • Paul McCartney – “We Got Married”

New! Battle of Egos Album Completion 4-pack (Arcanon)

  • Winter Crescent – “Furrow” 2x M
  • Winter Crescent – “Lost in Dreams” 2x M
  • Winter Crescent – “My Last Will” 2x M
  • Winter Crescent – “Winter Crescent” 2x M

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


Sir James Paul McCartney, one of music’s most influential figures, is probably a safe bet for a megapack release, right? Right. I mean, we could do a ten-pack of Hatebeak, but I think you’d prefer this. Wouldn’t you? Wait, really? There’s no accounting for taste, I suppose.

This week’s release covers some of the legend’s greatest solo hits from the midpoint of his career, after Wings but before today. These ten songs from Flowers in the Dirt, Off the Ground, and Flaming Pie span eight years and all five instruments, and are sure hits for Beatles fans, solo McCartney fans, and everyone else. We’ve also got four songs from RBN artist Winter Crescent, to finish off the Battle of Egos album (whose first three songs are still available in the 360’s Music Store). Prog-alicious!

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • Paul McCartney C01 – farottone writes, “This pack is composed of songs from 3 McCartney albums that are very dear to me and my wife, the 3 studio album released between 1989 and 1997.Flowers in the Dirt is in fact the first album I ever owned on CD, my dad bought it for me on a business trip. It’s a great album with very diverse tracks, including the light jazz/fusion infused Rough Ride and the most popular hit My Brave Face. There’s plenty of reasons to play songs off this album, including a good sax part in Rough Ride and solid guitar in We Got Married.Off the Ground offers Hope of Deliverance and Biker Like an Icon. The former is a cool song to sing along, and Biker Like an Icon is actually a very good song for guitar players who want not necessarily a challenge but a great part to play. The 170 BPM drums should prove compelling for people who like a fast pace.Flaming Pie is a very organic album with a great sound and very, very diverse songs. If You Wanna is just great for guitar players with a lot of mini solos. Souvenir is a great song to sing, reminiscent in some way of She’s So Heavy. The Song We Were Singing is a cool “campfire” song that makes for easy singalongs. Beautiful Night features a very good guitar solo and some engaging drums when the song switches pace.

    Considering that these albums didn’t carry many of the classic songs that made McCartney famous it wouldn’t surprise me if not many people knew them but they make for a good Rock Band experience and they also remind us that there are great McCartney songs in the Rock Band music store that just received new life from Harmonix

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  • Battle of Egos tracks – Arcanon writes, “There will be a waning crescent moon tonight and this weekend, and it’s winter, so this is the perfect album to play! Winter Crescent is one of the heaviest prog metal bands to come from Greece. They love their music as much as they love their fans. They really wanted to share their entire album through RBN, so they were more than happy to let the songs that didn’t make it come out through C3! If you like these songs and you have an Xbox 360, go to the RBN store and buy ‘Battle of Egos Intro,’ ‘Battle of Egos Part I’ and ‘Battle of Egos Part II’ to complete the album!

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Harmonix releases official DLC for the first time in 21 months!

Welcome back, Miss American Pie! In a move from out of left field, Harmonix announced yesterday that three new tracks would be coming to the Rock Band music store today, January 13. In case you somehow haven’t seen this news exploding all over the Internet, those tracks are:

  • Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”
  • Avenged Sevenfold – “Shepherd of Fire”
  • Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing” (Buy for Xbox 360)

Go buy these songs and play them! Our mission at C3 has always been to keep players’ interest in the Rock Band franchise alive, and buying brand-new RB3 DLC is the best possible way to do this. By buying these songs, you’re directly demonstrating your interest in the game to Harmonix, and increasing the odds of future Rock Band content.

Can I buy these new songs and still play customs?
Absolutely! You have two options. For most people, the easiest way is simply to buy the songs from the Xbox Marketplace via your 360’s dashboard, then load up RB3 for customs as normal. It will recognize and load the songs with no issues. If you maintain a TU5 environment on a flash drive or similar (in order to play online, for example), you can also load up RB3 in TU5 and download the songs in-game. The only thing you can’t do is buy them in-game in TU4, because it won’t connect you to Xbox Live.

What does this mean for C3 releases?
Harmonix confirmed on yesterday’s livestream that restoring weekly DLC is not yet in the works, so C3 will continue our weekly customs releases for the foreseeable future. Any C3 songs officially released by Harmonix will immediately be removed from our database, and we’ll be requiring that community customs on our forums follow the same rule.

Will you stop releasing songs through C3 if weekly DLC ramps back up?
We’re discussing this, but it seems unlikely right now. We’ll make a decision if and when we get several weeks of Harmonix DLC in a row.

Will C3 releases continue to support Keys and Pro Keys?
This batch of Harmonix DLC does not include Keys/PK parts for at least one song with a keyboard stem, but we will continue to include Keys/PK in C3 releases whenever possible.

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January 9, 2015 – Prog metal 4-pack, CKY, The Offspring, and more, including 20 RBHP upgrades!

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C3 releases for January 9, 2015:

New! Prog Metal C01 4-pack

  • Between the Buried and Me – “Sun of Nothing” 2x (BearzUnlimited)
  • Fates Warning – “Monument” 2x (farottone) (incl. rhythm version)
  • Opeth – “Bleak” 2x (BearzUnlimited)
  • Tool – “Lateralus” 2x (BearzUnlimited)

New! Quest for Purpose 3-pack (Mystakin and Arcanon)

  • Mystakin – “Cherish” M
  • Mystakin – “Closure” M 2x
  • Mystakin – “Prowler” M

New! Singles

  • CKY – “96 Quite Bitter Beings” (Nightmare Lyra, thespike, and MiltoniusPrime)
  • The Offspring – “Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?” (RyanHYK)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


Welcome to 2015! We decided to start this year off with a bang — well, let’s say lots of bangs, backed by layered instrumentation in unusual time signatures. It’s a prog metal 4-pack! We’ve also got the often-requested CKY single “96 Quite Bitter Beings”, more Offspring, and RBN/ScoreHero darling Mystakin.

We’ve also got 20 brand-new Rock Band Harmonies Project upgrades from the incredibly hard-working espher, including the PAX pack, MTV2 01, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, and Judas Priest. espher marches ever forward towards the bright future of a fully harmonized back catalog! Check the full list of songs at the end of this post, and visit the RBHP website to download these upgrades.

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • “Sun of Nothing” – Bearz says, “This song features both technical metal sections and beautiful melodic parts. Guitar, bass, and drums all have very challenging parts and rarely play the same riff/rhythm for long.”
  • “Monument” – farottone says, “A great prog metal composition with the usual entertaining Mark Zonder’s drumming, with a very complex bass riff and one electric guitar and one acoustic guitar solo. The rhythm version not only adds rhythm guitar to keys but shift the overlapping acoustic guitar solo to keys too for a full experience. In my mind, the best way to introduce Fates Warning to the Rock Band platform.”
  • “Bleak” – Bearz says, “This song features a heavy contrast between loud, growling metal and soft acoustic breaks with harmonizing vocals. Guitar, bass, and drums all have varied and interesting parts.”
  • “Lateralus” – Bearz says, “This Tool fan-favorite will take drummers all over their kit with lots of fills and shifting time signatures. Guitarists and bassists both get some cool riffs throughout the song, and vocalists have a unique and challenging part as well.”
  • Quest for Purpose – Arcanon writes, “Mystakin is a one-man band who makes guitar-driven prog instrumentals. He’s also a former RBN author, having worked on many songs for the authoring group Rhythm Authors. He has also authored his own music, making five of his songs (including his The End of Progress EP) available for sale in the Rock Band store. He has co-hosted the Rhythm Authors, Heel Turn and Echo Chamber podcasts as well, with Echo Chamber being his current regular hangout. These three songs, off of his latest EP Quest for Purpose, were meant to come to RBN but did not make it in time. Mystakin has graciously handed them over to me in their near-finished state to complete and release through C3. Grab them and enjoy some instrumental goodness.”
  • “96 Quite Bitter Beings” – NL says, “A Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater classic with possibly the greatest riff ever recorded, great full band fun.”

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • The Breeders – “Cannonball”: Updated vocal gender to female
  • Disturbed – “The Infection”: Fixed drum fill placement during guitar solo, drum and guitar tweaks
  • Hoobastank – “The Reason”: Restored missing Easy/Medium/Hard charts on Pro Keys, guitar tweaks (important update)
  • Scratch21 – “Butterflies”: Added missing harmony phrases during outro
  • Scratch21 – “Untitled/Strangers”: Properly aligned backing tracks in second half of the “Strangers” portion; does not affect the single download of “Strangers”
  • Set Your Sails – “I’ll Drink to That”: Adjusted mix volume

See you next Friday!

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December 31, 2014 – Groove into 2015 with more New Year’s Eve dance hits!

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C3 releases for December 31, 2014:

New! New Year’s Eve Dance Party C02 5-pack

  • Ace of Base – “All That She Wants” (farottone)
  • Dead or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” 2x (farottone)
  • Fischerspooner – “Just Let Go” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • Michael Jackson – “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (farottone)
  • Michael Sembello – “Maniac” (Nightmare Lyra)

New! Scratch21 – Scratch21 (Arcanon)

  1. “Sorry Jack” M
  2. “The Rhyme” X M
  3. “Butterflies” M
  4. “Untitled” M
  5. “Strangers (ft. EileMonty)” M
  6. “Untitled/Strangers” M

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. FtV denotes a song previously released by a C3 author outside of C3.


What’s your favorite kind of New Year’s Eve party? Is it one where you do a little dance, or make a little love? Do you tell the DJ to play your favorite tune, and you know it’s okay? Or is it SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHSDJHWKEJWsdfdfsd? Whatever your party, we hope you’ll find time for a little Rock Band, with five more dance hits to build on last year’s hot pack. And if you’re still running high on energy from those, try some pop-punk hits from Scratch21, previously of RBN vocals fame!

It’s been a wonderful year, and we look forward to seeing all of your bright, smiling faces (that only sometimes post horrible vitriolic things on our forums) in 2015. It’s your downloads that keep us going — thanks for a great 2014!

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • “All That She Wants” – farottone writes, “A classic from the 90s, this reggae fueled pop hit is definitely fun to sing!”
  • “You Spin Me Round” – farottone writes, “One of the most iconic songs of the 80s has very entertaining bass and pro keys charts, and obviously is made for party singing.”
  • “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” – farottone writes, “The dance hit from Off The Wall will pose a challenge to singers while keeping it doable on all other instruments.”
  • “Maniac” – NL writes, “An 80’s classic that should go perfect for parties, as well as sporting great Keys, Vocals and a face melting Guitar solo.”
  • Scratch21 EP – Arcanon writes, “Scratch21 is the new pop punk project from Blake Swift (ShadyVox) and is one of the most diverse EPs of its kind, evoking a late 90s pop punk feel reminiscent of Blink-182 and similar bands.I’ve been working with Blake since the RBN days, and he’s a big supporter of the customs scene. We were originally going to release “Sorry Jack” on RBN, but when that didn’t work, I approached him to clear a C3 release. Not only was he on board with that, but he gave me full multitracks to the entirety of the EP, sometimes as soon as a song was fully recorded! He even provided instructional videos on how to play “The Rhyme” so we could offer you Pro Guitar and Bass charts on that song!

    This is a project that has been in the works for months, and we tried to time this as close as possible to the actual release of the EP, which was December 23, 2014. If you would like to support Blake and his project, the album’s out on Bandcamp and many other digital music stores now! Also make sure to check out “Wha-Chow Theme” on the RBN store and “I’ll Drink to That” in the C3 database, both featuring Blake’s (credited as ShadyVox) vocals!

    I hope you all enjoy this release. Please make sure to send your thanks to Blake for allowing this to be a thing (and for making the music!), and also send thanks to PikminGuts92 for authoring “The Rhyme” on Pro Guitar and Bass!

    Happy New Year!”

  • “Sorry Jack” – Arcanon writes, “The first single and most well-known song from the EP about a loser who just can’t win at love. It missed out on the RBN boat, but you now get it here on C3!”
  • “The Rhyme” – Arcanon writes, “This is a very personal song that anyone who’s ever been bullied can relate to. Features a spoken word section written and performed by Shane Koyczan.”
  • “Butterflies” – Arcanon writes, “A very fast, very pop punk, very Blink-like track that will give drummers and vocalists a hell of a time.”
  • “Untitled” – Arcanon writes, “This song needs no title. Its rebellious lyrics, powerful guitar, active bass and intense drums are enough to get the point across.”
  • “Strangers” – Arcanon writes, “An amazing duet featuring the talented voice actress and singer Eileen Montgomery, this is a great choice to sing with the significant other and an excellent closer to the EP.”

See you next year (and next Friday!)

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