October 2, 2015 – The end of C3, and the beginning of something new! (End of Days 4 of 4)

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for October 2, 2015:

New! The End

  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (Sygenysis, Nyxyxylyth, Nunchuck, and AddyMilldike)
  • Focus – “Hocus Pocus (Live)” (ghostbyob, mazegeek999, Jimi369, Sideshow, and AddyMilldike)
  • Steam – “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (farottone, Ultimate_Mang0, Ruck Bogers 22, GanonMetroid, Colonel 32dll, and 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.

“Since the invention of the kissRock Band, there have been five RB community projects that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The end.”
“Grandpa C3, maybe you could come over and read it again to me tomorrow?”
“As you wish.”

Hello, everyone! It’s finally here — the very last C3 release. The end of all things. Armageddon. Ragnarok. The Rapt-…wait, no, we did that one at the beginning, for some reason. Uh…well, you get the idea. It’s the end! But, like any good ending, it’s also the start of something new. More on that in a second. First, let’s look at our carefully selected and prepared songs for this week.

We knew last week was going to be The Big One, and for our final week we wanted to do something symbolic. We couldn’t settle on one song, so we went with three: the original Rock Band pack size. Many of our longtime authors have been busy, and our newer authors have been stepping up lately, so: these songs are a crowdsourced effort, which fits C3 perfectly. The three songs we chose represent the fans, the authors, and the future:

  • The Fans: Focus – “Hocus Pocus (Live ’73)”
    That’s right, it’s that live version of “Hocus Pocus”. At this point, this song is as much of a meme as “moar Muse”, and we’re happy to finally deliver it here in the finale. The studio version of this song is much slower; Focus famously had to play the song for a TV show with a very short time window, so rather than cut down the song, they just played it crazy fast. This one’s for you guys.
  • The Authors: Steam – “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”
    Also known as just “na na na na / hey hey hey / goodbye”. This is definitely the coolest release this week. For this song, 13 authors recorded themselves singing along. This recording can be heard in-game as the crowd singalong track, and the end of the actual song audio is just us. How cool is that?! It sounds really good, and you should go listen to it in the preview video if you haven’t yet. The mixing and preparation for this are thanks to MFX, who worked really hard to make it sound awesome. Authors in the singalong include:

    • AddyMilldike
    • clintilona
    • Dash Riprock
    • espher
    • farottone
    • GanonMetroid
    • ghostbyob
    • Kemiroch
    • MFX
    • Nyxyxylyth
    • pksage
    • Sygenysis
    • thomeval
    • TrojanNemo
  • The Future: Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”
    Okay, so, first, it’s BTO. Somehow, we went this whole time without BTO! How is that possible? (We actually had a three-pack planned at one point, but it never panned out.) This song really takes care of business! But mostly, it’s a perfect way to kick off the next phase of C3.

Wait, what? “The next phase of C3”? It’s true — our weekly releases were great, but you ain’t seen nothing yet.

We’re excited to announce that the C3 website (i.e. the new forum) now hosts a proper community customs database. Anyone can upload their own custom songs, browse others’ customs, leave feedback, easily follow songs for updates and fixes, and generally be more engaged with the community. The database includes all C3 releases, (non-downloadable) entries for all Harmonix and RBN songs, and is available starting RIGHT NOW.

Holy moly! This has been a long time coming, and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but the community database is C3’s new beginning. Now we’re truly a Collective, a place where everyone can share their customs with the world. It’s really exciting, really useful, and really…rushed, so please be patient with us as we iron out the bugs. (We’ve been planning this for a long time, but our existing plans fell through on Sunday, and I — pksage — stood this whole thing up from scratch over the last 5 days.) For more info, see this forum announcement.

So there you have it, everyone. C3 weekly “DLC” is over, but C3 as a whole is just getting started. We’ll be continually improving the new database, especially over the next few weeks, and we might join forces with other music games (FoF, the Rocksmith guys at CustomsForge, etc.) to expand even further. Rock Band 4 comes out in 4 days, and customs are no replacement for official DLC! Please support Harmonix by playing Rock Band 4. Customs are an excellent way to fill time between new DLC, though, and we hope our forums will be a hot spot for RB4 fans. This is a great time to check out our new Rock Band 4 Discussion forum!

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases (and from now on, you can find updates in the new database):

  • alt-J – “Breezeblocks”: Keys and venue fixes
  • Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”: Fixed an audio channel bug
  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini”: More venue fixes after last week and some lyrics fixes
  • Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”: New venue
  • Phoenix – “Entertainment”: Drums and keys fixes
  • Sum 41 – “Makes No Difference”: New venue, small vocals fixes
  • Tera Melos – “Sunburn”: Small vocals and drums fixes

Before we go, farottone and I wanted to say a few words. Unfortunately, as of this writing, I’m going to be up all night getting the database ready for release. I love you guys, and C3 has been a journey, but that journey’s not over! So, instead, I’m going to let farottone do all the talking for once.

farottone writes:

I’ve been going over what to say for days now and it all inevitably ended up being about the numbers, the changes we made to the world of customs, the releases… and it felt like a business document. And all of a sudden I realised this is not about that. This, C3 and the value in what we did, is about something else.

This is about the fans who made us feel like rock stars and lavished us with praises. This is about the guy who ended up playing Genesis with his dad. It’s about all those who had fun with their friends. Those who told us this is why they stuck around and are now buying Rock Band 4 and those who discovered a new band. It’s about the guy who lost his father but found Christmas again and about those who donated to charity because this is not about money.

This is about friendship. This is about making things right, and the man who will soon understand what this means. It’s about not giving up. It’s about the man who told us “I can’t do this for a while, my wife needs me, I can’t set aside much time for customs, I’m sorry”, did what a man is supposed to do and then came back and said “I’m ready now, let’s do this.” It’s about the girl who gave up on seeing her customs released through C3 and then on the last days of releases she hits the spotlights. It’s about all the people who helped us because they saw what we were doing and about the people we helped deal with life with our humble offerings.

This is about the passion, about setting a goal almost 3 years ago and working hard every single day to make it a reality. It’s about that guy who wept playing Supper’s Ready and those who took the time to make us feel special. It’s about music but it’s about life. It’s tracking down a piece of footage just to understand what the drummer plays as much as it is re-recording preview videos on short notice without ever saying a word about it. It’s about giving 100% until Friday hits and then starting all over again because no one can go home without a smile on their face.

Finally, this is about you. You are the reason why this has existed. It’s about the players who took the stage to play their songs but only to find an audience who kept coming back for more. And it’s about us, about every single author who said “I understand what we’re trying to build here, how can I help and when do I start?” It’s about those who were here from the start and those who just got in. It’s about those who said, in April 2013, “Is this all we’re planning? Just one more big day of customs?” Yes, dear friends, it really did start as a single release. And then it became about something else entirely.

It’s about the future, and it starts now.

And, as our final encore, we want to tell a brief story:

This is a story of dreams and ultimate success. It can be told as “We got together as a bunch of guys and created songs people liked, and then we stopped”, or it can be told this way. We like this way better.

Today I stand at the top of the mountain and after years I look back and I see everything. I see the beginnings, far away, with the dreams of making it. I see the passion of those times and I see how foolish I was to think this could be done. And I see the path I took, never straight, always hard. I see all the times where I chose to do the difficult things and all the times I stumbled and fell. My body is bruised, every step is a battle but I see how I’ve picked myself up every time.

And I see the people who cheered for me. I see them in the distance, so few, so beautiful. I see them coming together from every road, because they believe, more and more as things get near. I see myself believing it can be done, I recognize the moment it happened, because I see those who came just to witness.

My eyes move to things closer and I am humbled by the people who stood at my side as days, weeks, months passed. I see those times where I thought I was alone and doubted myself. I see the corners where I sat and wondered “Do I turn around?” And then I see the people right around those corners. They are too many to count, too many to let down. And I see that I never looked back once. I see yesterday as I see years ago, they are alive on my skin, in the wounds I suffered, in the days I spent with people giving me shelter. I see the landmarks, I recognize each of them by the sacrifices they required, by the awesome power of the people that visited them.

And I see those who climbed with me. I see those I had to leave behind: I do not weep for them, I carry them with me, they are in my bones. I see those who chose the path I could not follow: I do not miss them, I carry them with me, they are in my bones. I see those who started with me and those who knew of me and joined me, I see them tired, angry, spent and battered: I do not feel for them, I carried them with me, they are my bones.

I see myself, far away, alone. I see my friends, one by one, helping me, pushing me, carrying me. I now see how my path becomes steady and I know this is what I was meant to be. I see I was not foolish to think this could be done. I see I was, even alone, everything I needed to be. Yet I see I was, alone, nothing.

No more looking back. I hug my friends, I am what they made me. My journey had a beginning and my journey has an end, I am whole. I am the impossible, never alone, always strong, my purpose is clear. I lived a life within a life: I hated and I loved, I cheered and I suffered, I failed and I triumphed. I have done for others what others have done for me. I gave and received, I cried and smiled, I fought and I helped.

I look at the sky: it’s not the same I was born under. I feel I am part of it, I feel I have touched it with my fingers and changed it. I feel presumptous and I feel right. I look at everyone who stand with me. I feel I touched them with my fingers and they changed me. I am better because of them. I feel like the sky: not the same, touched by those who wanted more.

A breeze pulls me back from my thoughts: it’s tomorrow, it’s already here. I am scared: will my friends still be with me? Will I be what they need me to be? My legs are uneasy but a realization sets in: the climb has not weakened me, it has made me stronger. My body is healed, my wounds are gone. My people has been there for best and worst, they are telling me it’s time. I have drawn on them, now I need to lead. This path is not for me to follow, every inch I walked on rough terrain is now a trail that leads everywhere. I am not scared, I am alive and I now know my place. This is where I’m supposed to rest, everywhere else is where my friends belong, ripe with possibilities.

Today I stand at the top of the mountain that is all that was done and all who experienced it. Today I know friendship, loyalty, courage, sacrifice, love and success. I was nothing, now I am. I am C3.

See you, space cowboys. Not next Friday, but in some ethereal “next Friday”, in a different place and time. Be excellent to each other.

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September 25, 2015 – The Great Flood (of songs)! 50+ tracks to keep playing after our releases end! (End of Days 3 of 4)

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for September 25, 2015:

New! Dream Theater – Awake (farottone, mazegeek999, Nunchuck, Parama, Metalhead911)

  1. “6:00” M 2x
  2. “Caught in a Web” M 2x
  3. “Innocence Faded” M 2x
  4. A Mind Beside Itself: I. Erotomania” M 2x
  5. A Mind Beside Itself: II. Voices” M 2x
  6. A Mind Beside Itself: III. The Silent Man” M
  7. “The Mirror” M 2x
  8. “Lie” M 2x
  9. “Lifting Shadows Off a Dream” M
  10. “Scarred” M 2x
  11. “Space-Dye Vest” M

Bonus A Mind Beside ItselfM 2x

New! Final Fantasy C01 3-pack

  • Bill Muir – “Otherworld” (FFX) (AddyMilldike)
  • The Black Mages – “Those Who Fight Further” (FFVII) 2x (pksage)
  • Masayoshi Soken – “Electricity – Alexander” (FFXIV) (pksage)

New! Grease C01 3-pack (Ultimate_MANG0, Dash Riprock, Ruck Bogers 22, GanonMetroid, and pksage ft. farottone)

  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “Greased Lightnin'”
  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “Summer Nights”
  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – “You’re the One That I Want”

New! Michael Jackson C02 (Thriller) 3-pack (farottone)

  • Michael Jackson – “Baby Be Mine”
  • Michael Jackson – “Human Nature”
  • Michael Jackson – “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” M

New! Singles

  • 1960s
    • The Animals – “House of the Rising Sun” M (Nyxyxylyth, bsbloom, cr1ckt, and Maxton)
  • 1970s
    • Big Star – “O My Soul” (ws54 and CrazyCanuck)
    • Lou Reed – “Walk on the Wild Side” (Ollie)
  • 1990s
    • Alice in Chains – “Nutshell” X (Drihscol)
    • Bon Jovi – “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” (DVDSmith)
    • Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence” (Ollie)
    • Failure – “Saturday Saviour” X (Drihscol)
    • Fool’s Garden – “Lemon Tree” (Ollie)
    • George Andreas and Chris Sutherland – “DK Rap” (DVDSmith)
    • Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah” (Ollie)
    • Megadeth – “Train of Consequences” M (clintilona)
    • Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn” (Ollie, Sygenysis ft. Nunchuck)
    • Neutral Milk Hotel – “The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One”* (Ollie ft. MiltoniusPrime, missingn042128 and Sideshow)
    • Neutral Milk Hotel – “The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two & Three”* (Ollie ft. MiltoniusPrime, missingn042128 and Sideshow)
    • Radiohead – “Maquiladora” (Drihscol)
    • Robbie Williams – “Angels” M (DVDSmith)
    • Toadies – “Backslider” (Colonel 32dll)
    • Ween – “Push th’ Little Daisies” (Drihscol)
  • 2000s
    • The Airborne Toxic Event – “Sometime Around Midnight” M (DVDSmith)
    • Jane’s Addiction – “Whores” M (Drihscol)
    • Sum 41 – “Makes No Difference” (Gigakoops and GreenPanda12 ft. pksage)
    • The Temper Trap – “Sweet Disposition” X M (GanonMetroid and unicyclone)
  • 2010s
    • alt-J – “Breezeblocks” M (GanonMetroid)
    • Echosmith – “March Into the Sun” (ws54)
    • Glen Check – “60’s Cardin” (AddyMilldike)
    • Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her” (Drihscol)
    • Nem – “Dream-Eating Monochrome Baku (ft. Kagamine Len)” K (AddyMilldike)
    • Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks” (Gigakoops and GreenPanda12 ft. pksage)
    • Penrose – “Life of Mud” (Drihscol)
    • Phoenix – “Entertainment” M (GanonMetroid)
    • Rush – “Clockwork Angels” 2x (ejthedj and DoNotPassGo)
    • Steven Wilson – “Drive Home” K (Drihscol)
    • Thousand Leaves – “Reve of Mirrors” 2x (ghostbyob)

* All parts of “The King of Carrot Flowers” are also available as a single, uninterrupted track.

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.

Something told him that something was coming to an end. Not the world, exactly. Just the summer. There would be other summers, but there would never be one like this. Ever again.
– Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, “Good Omens”

Did you know I’ve been writing these blog posts for 128 weeks? Almost two and a half years. That’s a lot of writing! Luckily, this week we have so much music that a blog post couldn’t do it justice, so I don’t have to try! Don’t worry; you’ll get plenty of blog posts this week, leading up to our very last weekly release on October 2. For now, please go find a male and female player of every Rock Band instrument and prepare for 40 days and nights of nonstop rocking. This week has everything our authors could scrounge together before we shut the doors! (And no, we didn’t plan on there being so many songs from the ’90s. Happy coincidence!)

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • “Lifting Shadows Off a Dream” – farottone writes, “On guitar, this song was recorded with an amazing use of the delay technique, so while it may sound undercharted, the notes authored are actually what is played on guitar.”
  • “Electricity – Alexander” – This is an interesting case! Both the title and the lyrics of this song are up in the air, since the FF14:Heavensward OST hasn’t been released yet (and the lyrics are…well, you’ll see). This song, ripped directly from the game data, plays while you fight three of the four bosses in FF14’s newest raid, Alexander. It’s a departure from most of the FF14 OST, and is often described as being “vaguely Persona-y”. Enjoy the iconic keys part, super-singable vocals, and simple but satisfying instrumentation! And no, before you ask, my raid group hasn’t cleared A3 Savage yet.
  • “Those Who Fight Further” – It’s The Black Mages, it’s the FF7 boss theme, it’s got a 32-measure guitar solo, and it owns exactly as hard as you think it does.
  • “Sometime Around Midnight” – DVDSmith writes, “One of my favourite songs of all time, this haunting track tells the tale of a man at a bar who sees his ex, realizes he still loves her, then has to watch as she leaves with another, breaking his heart all over again. Starting off slow and quiet, it builds to a great crescendo with a full string section as the tale unfolds. With difficult low vocals, this song is for anyone who’s ever been in love with someone they couldn’t have.”
  • “O My Soul” – ws54 writes, “This song is crunchy 70’s power pop at its best with the late Alex Chilton belting out the vocals. Every instrument is fun, but Guitar and especially Drums are outstanding and should not be missed.”
  • “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” – DVDSmith writes, “Another one of Bon Jovi’s hits from their 1992 album Keep the Faith, this song has been a live staple of every Bon Jovi gig since. Featuring a funky (and surprisingly challenging) piano part and a great clap-along drum riff – along with some relentless vocals that don’t give you much room to breathe!”
  • “March Into the Sun” – ws54 writes, “I don’t usually delve into Indie music much but this song is so catchy I had to do it. Reminds me of Rilo Kiley’s Portions for Foxes so if you like that one then I think you’ll like this one too.”
  • “DK Rap” – DVDSmith writes, “Here it is, the stuff of legends, the song called both the best and worst rap song ever made – the one and only DK Rap. Serving as the intro to Donkey Kong 64, this Run DMC-inspired song introduces the five characters of DK64 and is performed by two members of Rareware, the developers of the game, and written by famed musical composer Grant Kirkhope. Each verse gets its own solo spread across guitar, keys and drums, so plenty of variety for RB players. Grab yourself a piece of (in)famous Nintendo history today…and take it to the fridge!”
  • “60’s Cardin” – Addy writes, “When you think of Korean music, your minds may think about PSY or other K-pop. However, it turns out Korea has a pretty thriving indie scene. This band gets most of their influence from American 80’s New Wave bands and this is one of their big hits over there.”
  • “Little Talks” – This is an oh, THAT song kind of song. Also known as “though the truth may vary this / ship will carry our / bodies safe to shore”.
  • “Angels” – DVDSmith writes, “A modern pop classic, voted by the UK public at the 2005 BRIT Awards as the best British song of the past 25 years. With its soaring chorus and upbeat lyrics, it’s not hard to see why this song has dominated British karaoke bars and pub singalongs for nearly two decades. A must-have for your Rock Band collection.”

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • The Mars Volta – “Cassandra Gemini”: New venue, significant animations fixes, minor chart fixes
  • The Zombies – “Time of the Season”: Now fully multitracked, courtesy of Maxton

And, one final time: See you next Friday!

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September 4, 2015 – “OK Computer” full album and a Rolling Stones 6-pack!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for September 4, 2015:

New! Radiohead – OK Computer (BearzUnlimited)

  1. “Airbag”
  2. “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (+sageamagoo)
  3. “Exit Music (For a Film)” (+sageamagoo)
  4. “Let Down” (+sageamagoo)
  5. “Karma Police” (+sageamagoo)
  6. “Fitter Happier”
  7. “Electioneering”
  8. “Climbing Up the Walls”
  9. “No Surprises” (+sageamagoo)
  10. “Lucky”
  11. “The Tourist”

Track 2, “Paranoid Android”, is already available in the C3 database.

New! The Rolling Stones C01 6-pack (farottone and Kemiroch)

  • The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Let’s Spend the Night Together”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Ruby Tuesday”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Time is On My Side”
  • The Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

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.

I told you that our last weeks before End of Days were good ones, right? Our authors have been pulling out all the stops to deliver the big hits, and this week packs a serious punch. Other than “Paranoid Android” and two songs from In Rainbows, this is our first big injection of post-Bends Radiohead. If you’re gonna pick a famous album for Rock Band, you can’t do much better than OK Computer! And the Stones need no introduction, except our regret that more of these songs weren’t released sooner. It’s a proper British invasion week!

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

  • OK Computer – Bearz writes, “OK Computer – one of the cornerstones of alternative rock music and a definitive album of the 90’s. This album saw Radiohead progressing further from the more grungy, guitar-based sound of their first two records and adopting a more experimental, somewhat progressive approach. All of these songs are fun to sing and many of them have great guitar parts and fun drum rhythms. I’m really excited to have this album in the game – it’s my second favorite of all time (I’ve already done my #1) and I’m sure many others will enjoy it as well. If you haven’t heard it, I strongly recommend you give it a listen. Also, make sure that you check out ‘Paranoid Android’, the 2nd song from this album which I already charted and released a year and a half ago – if you’ve already got it, it’s recently been updated with a new venue and some chart fixes.”
    • “Airbag”: The album opens up with this distorted rock track with a fun, upbeat drum part, a unique and sporadic bassline, and interesting, noisy guitars.
    • “Subterranean Homesick Alien”: This relaxed, psychedelic-sounding song  has a great, challenging keyboard part, a cool bassline, and great drums with lots of fills.
    • “Exit Music (For a Film)”: This slow, suspenseful song starts mellow but builds into a huge, dramatic climax with soaring vocals.
    • “Let Down”: This fan-favorite features some great vocal harmonies, and an interesting polyrhythm on guitar and keys.
    • “Karma Police”: The biggest ‘pop’ single of the album, this iconic Radiohead song is known for its central piano part and its unconventional ‘anti-chorus.’
    • “Fitter Happier”: This eerie interlude track features off-kilter piano playing and a computer voice. Probably didn’t expect to be playing this one in Rock Band, huh?
    • “Electioneering”: Kind of an ‘oddball’ on the album, this is a swinging hard rocker with raw guitar riffs and soloing, urgent vocals, a cool bassline, and fun triplet drum fills.
    • “Climbing Up the Walls”: This slow, creeping song has a very haunting atmosphere, a great vocal part and a huge, climactic ending.
    • “No Surprises”: This single sounds nice and mellow with it’s lullaby-like guitars and bells but actually has really sad lyrics. The instrumental parts are fun to play even though they’re not really challenging.
    • “Lucky”: This spaced-out alt-rocker has a fun and varied guitar part and some interesting bass licks.
    • “The Tourist”: The album is closed out by this slow, mellow song with a moving chorus, a great guitar lead, and a fun, sort-of-jazzy drum part.

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previously released C3 customs:

  • Sonic Adventure 2 – “Escape from the City”: Now features full multitracks by Maxton
  • Crush 40 – “Open Your Heart”: Now features full multitracks by Maxton
  • Rush C02 (all 17 songs): Updated song ID
  • Rush – “By-Tor and the Snow Dog”: Added missing guitar animation marker
  • Rush – “Freewill”: Added missing count-in

See you next Friday!

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May 15, 2015 – The B-side of Rush’s “2112”, including “A Passage to Bangkok”!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for May 15, 2015:

New! Rush C02 (2112 B-sides) 5-pack 

  1. Rush – “A Passage to Bangkok” (farottone and narutostarwars123456)
  2. Rush – “The Twilight Zone” (farottone and narutostarwars123456)
  3. Rush – “Lessons” (farottone and Oscarj08)
  4. Rush – “Tears” (Lowlander2, farottone, and Oscarj08)
  5. Rush – “Something for Nothing” (farottone and narutostarwars123456)

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.

Rushy Rushy Rush! I love Rush. Here it goes down. Down into my belly.

…man, two years of blog posts really drains the ol’ creative juices. But anyway, this week we have more tracks from fan favorites Rush! The B-side of 2112 has all kinds of goodies, and all of them are here in their full glory for your rocking pleasure.

farottone says, “We already have 2112, the suite, as official DLC, now we’re releasing the original B side of that album, with some great songs. This is arguably one of the 2 unmissable Rush albums (the other being Moving Pictures) and it’s a great hard rock experience.”

Author comments for this week’s releases:

  • “A Passage to Bangkok” – farottone says, “One of the anthems for stoners the world over! Guitar, bass and drums by narutostarwars123456”
  • “The Twilight Zone” – farottone says, “A song inspired by the amazing classic Sci Fi TV series has a swingy feel, approachable guitar and fun lyrics. Guitar, bass and drums by narutostarwars123456”
  • “Lessons” – farottone says, “The most fun song on drums by Rush of this era. Not too hard, definitely varied, great fun all around. Expect a few volume issues at the end due to the quality of the original recording.”
  • “Something for Nothing” – farottone says, “One of the 2/3 most Ayn Rand influenced songs from Rush and most importantly a very challenging song on all instruments. Expect a few minor volume issues at the end because of the quality of the original recording. Guitar, bass and drums by narutostarwars123456”

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March 27, 2015 – Nine TV show theme songs!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for March 27, 2015:

New! TV Themes C01 9-pack

  • Alabama 3 – “Woke Up This Morning” (farottone and Meander)
    from The Sopranos
  • Barenaked Ladies – “The History of Everything” (DoNotPassGo and ejthedj)
    from The Big Bang Theory
  • Daniel Ingram – “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Theme” K (Nightmare Lyra)
    from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Elliott, Ferguson, Berghofer – “Barney Miller” (Nyxyxylyth)
    from Barney Miller
  • Jonathan Wolff – “Seinfeld” (BearzUnlimited)
    from Seinfeld
  • Ragtime Revolutionaries – “Chicks Dig Giant Robots” (RyanHYK)
    from Megas XLR
  • The Refreshments – “Yahoos and Triangles” (BearzUnlimited)
    from King of the Hill
  • The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There for You” K (pksage and farottone)
    from Friends
  • The Ventures – “Hawaii Five-O” (BearzUnlimited)
    from Hawaii Five-O

New! The L-Train (and friends) – Moonrise (Linos Melendi ft. Nightmare Lyra)

  1. Moonrise Pt.1: Prelude, Harmony M 2x
  2. Moonrise Pt.2: Nightfall M 2x
  3. Moonrise Pt.3: Lunar March, Battle of Sun and Moon M 2x
  4. Moonrise Pt.4: Daybreak, Harmony Restored M 2x

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.

OK, this is from the bad season, and what’s-his-name is in there, and we didn’t actually do the Parks and Rec theme. But it has Rock Band in it!

This week’s pack has been a long time coming! TV theme songs are some of the catchiest tunes around, and their fame/popularity makes them perfect choices for every Rock Band party. We’ve got old shows, new shows, live-action shows, animated shows, comedies, dramas… Our only regret is that we only had time for nine songs! Cue up the laugh track, greet your friend Norm, and prepare to rock (or at least pantomime your rocking, depending on your show’s budget).

And if you somehow don’t like any of these awesome theme songs, or you just happen to like epic metal operas — a very reasonable position — we’ve got that, too!

Authors’ comments for this week’s releases:

  • “Seinfeld” – A classic! Bearz says, “Funky bass line and brass on keys.”
  • “Yahoos and Triangles” – Bearz says, “This short but sweet tune from ‘King of the Hill’ has some great guitar leads and fun, if somewhat repetitive, bass and drum parts.”
  • “I’ll Be There for You” – We simply couldn’t have released this pack without this song, and it ended up being really Rock Band-appropriate! This full 3+ minute version includes a guitar solo, bass riffs that almost never repeat themselves, and of course the iconic vocals. Also, uh…something something Chanandler Bong.
  • “Hawaii Five-O” – Bearz says, “This classic instrumental has a fun, fairly challenging drum part. The guitar and keys mostly follow the main melody, but the keys have some additional interesting flourishes.”
  • Moonrise – NL says, “Linos Melendi bring you this fully multitracked 25 minute long grand epic Rock Opera for Rock Band, which sadly had to be split up into 4 parts due to game engine limitations. Even so, this is still a blast to play with majestic operatic vocals, varied and challenging guitar parts, orchestral and active keys, fast and heavy drums and good riffy bass parts. This song was previously available elsewhere, though this new version have improved charts and audio mixing so even if you already have the first version we still recommend you pick this up. Play all parts in order for the best effect of how it’s meant to be experienced!”

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Sleeping with Sirens – “Fuck You”: Minor lyrics fixes

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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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November 14, 2014 – Genesis Chronicles!

Videos for this week’s songs can be found on the Genesis Chronicles website linked below.

C3 releases for November 14, 2014:

New! Genesis Chronicles

  • From Genesis to Revelation (1969)
    • “Where the Sour Turns to Sweet” (farottone)
    • “In the Beginning/Fireside Song” (farottone)
    • “The Serpent” (farottone)
    • “In the Wilderness” (farottone)
    • “The Conqueror” (farottone)
    • “One Day” (farottone)
  • Trespass (1970)
    • “The Knife” (Gigakoops)
  • Nursery Cryme (1971)
    • “The Musical Box” (farottone)
    • “For Absent Friends” (farottone)
  • Foxtrot (1972)
    • “Watcher of the Skies” (Gigakoops and BearzUnlimited)
    • “Supper’s Ready” (farottone, narutostarwars123456 [“NSW”], and sageamagoo)
  • Selling England by the Pound (1973)
    1. “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” (farottone and NSW)
    2. “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” (farottone and NSW)
    3. “Firth of Fifth” (farottone and Sean)
    4. “More Fool Me” (farottone)
    5. “The Battle of Epping Forest” (AddyMilldike and farottone)
    6. “After the Ordeal” (BearzUnlimited and Sean)
    7. “The Cinema Show/Aisle of Plenty” (BearzUnlimited)
  • The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
    1. “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” (farottone)
    2. “Fly on a Windshield” (farottone)
    3. “Broadway Melody of 1974” (farottone and NSW)
    4. “Cuckoo Cocoon” (farottone and NSW)
    5. “In the Cage” (farottone)
    6. “The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging” (farottone and NSW)
    7. “Back in N.Y.C.” (farottone)
    8. “Hairless Heart” (farottone)
    9. “Counting Out Time” (farottone)
    10. “The Carpet Crawlers” (farottone)
    11. “The Chamber of 32 Doors” (farottone)
    12. “Lilywhite Lilith” (farottone)
    13. “The Waiting Room” (farottone)
    14. “Anyway” (farottone)
    15. “Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist” (farottone)
    16. “The Lamia” (farottone)
    17. “Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats” (farottone)
    18. “The Colony of Slippermen” (BearzUnlimited and farottone)
    19. “Ravine” (farottone)
    20. “The Light Dies Down on Broadway” (farottone)
    21. “Riding the Scree” (AddyMilldike)
    22. “In the Rapids/it(Gigakoops and BearzUnlimited)
  • A Trick of the Tail (1976)
    • “Dance on a Volcano” (farottone and NSW)
    • “Entangled” (farottone)
    • “Squonk” (farottone)
    • “Ripples” (farottone)
    • “A Trick of the Tail” (farottone and NSW)
  • Wind & Wuthering (1976)
    • “Eleventh Earl of Mar” (BearzUnlimited)
    • “Your Own Special Way” (farottone)
  • …And Then There Were Three… (1978)
    • “Many Too Many” (farottone)
    • “Follow You Follow Me” (farottone and NSW)
  • Duke (1980)
    • “Behind the Lines” (Nyxyxylyth)
    • “Misunderstanding” (farottone)
    • “Turn It On Again” (farottone and NSW)
  • Abacab (1981)
    • “Abacab” (farottone)
    • “No Reply at All” (Nyxyxylyth)
    • “Keep It Dark” (Colonel 32dll and farottone)
    • “Man on the Corner” (farottone)
  • 3X3 (1982)
    • “Paperlate” (pksage and farottone)
  • Genesis (1983)
    • “Mama” (farottone and RUSHEE)
    • “That’s All” (farottone and RUSHEE)
    • “Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea” (farottone and RUSHEE)
    • “Illegal Alien” (farottone)
    • “Taking It All Too Hard” (farottone)
  • Invisible Touch (1986)
    1. “Invisible Touch” (farottone and RUSHEE)
    2. “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (farottone and Nightmare Lyra)
    3. “Land of Confusion” (farottone and Nightmare Lyra)
    4. “In Too Deep” (farottone and pksage)
    5. “Anything She Does” (farottone)
    6. “Domino” (farottone)
    7. “Throwing It All Away” (farottone)
    8. “The Brazilian” (Ollie and farottone)
  • We Can’t Dance (1991)
    • “No Son of Mine” (farottone)
    • “Jesus He Knows Me” (farottone)
    • “Driving the Last Spike” (farottone and Ollie)
    • “I Can’t Dance” (farottone and RUSHEE)
    • “Dreaming While You Sleep” (farottone)
    • “Hold on My Heart” (farottone)
    • “Fading Lights” (farottone)

There are releases, and there are releases. We’ve done some big stuff in the past. At least ten full albums, too many ten- and twelve-packs to count; last week’s full Dream Theater album with multitracks, plus Octavarium (and Images & Words as one of those ten albums!); and even a bunch of single songs over ten minutes long. All of these are noteworthy, and potentially deserving of the hallowed Internet descriptor “epic”, but none so much as this week’s release. This one is epic even by the standards of the Internet Epic Police.

Genesis Chronicles is here, with 81 new songs and over 36 HOURS of Rock Band gameplay. (Sorry that we failed to get exactly 80 songs.) farottone has worked his ass off, with help from many other C3 authors, to bring you a true chronicle of the British prog group’s history from 1969 to 1991. Do you like to skim weekly releases for big party hits? We’ve got it all — “Follow You Follow Me”, “Misunderstanding”, “That’s All”, “Invisible Touch”, “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”, “Land of Confusion”, “I Can’t Dance”, and tons more. Do you play Rock Band for the true rock experience on guitar, bass, drums, or keys? Check out the literally dozens of prog epics from the first half of the Genesis discography, with plenty of challenging parts on every instrument.

The scope of this release is so staggeringly huge that a simple blog post can’t do it justice, so farottone has prepared a special Genesis Chronicles website below. It’s chock full of information, including videos and special info blurbs for every song, and it’s super cool. You can even download CON packages of each full album! The songs are also available in our database as usual, but I highly recommend using the Chronicles site for everything. It’s the ideal medium for a release of this magnitude.

Genesis Chronicles

Play through your old favorites, discover some new ones, and give farottone a high-five if you see him. He would make Genesis proud.

See you next Friday!

November 7, 2014 – Dream Theater extravaganza and “Gold on the Ceiling”!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for November 7, 2014:

New! Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory (mazegeek999 and Lowlander)

  • “Regression” M
  • “Overture 1928” M 2x
  • “Strange Deja Vu” M 2x
  • “Through My Words” M
  • “Fatal Tragedy” M 2x
  • “Beyond This Life” M 2x
  • “Through Her Eyes” M
  • “Home” M 2x
  • “The Dance of Eternity” M 2x
  • “One Last Time” M
  • “The Spirit Carries On” M 2x
  • “Finally Free” M 2x

New! Singles

  • The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling” (HankScorpio)
  • Dream Theater – “Octavarium” M 2x(mazegeek999 and Lowlander)

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.

Holy moley! Ranking among our most ambitious album endeavors ever, this week we’ve got the entirety of Dream Theater’s landmark prog album Scenes from a Memory, a concept album sequel to a song from Images and WordsAnd it’s all multitracks! If those 77 minutes of prog goodness aren’t enough, try out the epic “Octavarium”, one of the longest RB releases ever. Dream Theater has long been a Rock Band fan favorite, and we’re super stoked to bring you these tracks. Stretch out your fingers / kick pedal leg(s) / soul, and strap yourself in for the ride of your life. Or, if that’s not your thing, try out a modern rock hit by modern rock icons The Black Keys.

Author comments for this week’s songs:

• Scenes from a Memory – mazegeek says:

Scenes from a Memory is widely regarded as some of Dream Theater’s best work, and is my personal favorite album from them. This was quite a learning experience for me to chart; besides the few songs I released some time ago for C3, this is my first major project. This is the second full Dream Theater album to be released (the first being Images and Words from farottone). You can be assured that these charts are accurate; I put over 350 hours of work into this album and have thoroughly tested these charts.

There’s an added bonus: multitracks! I think multitracks are particularly useful in this case because of many tough Dream Theater sections that are good for practice mode, and simply for the realism of hitting/missing notes.

There’s a bonus to this release. This album was actually delayed two weeks due to unexpected file-loading time conflicts. So I decided, I’ll make that up with a little something extra. Octavarium. C3’s longest song, and widely regarded as Dream Theater’s most impressive feat. It’s quite a song that has many cool conceptual themes and musical passages. If you like progressive music and you don’t know about this song, I can assure you’ll enjoy it.

I do have some people to thank for helping me out with this. Lowlander2 created the very awesome venues (due to personal events I had to postpone it this week, but they are in development – Lowlander) and answered my many questions about creating customs. He also contributed the vocal chart for “Strange Deja Vu.” GHFreak46 contributed the guitar and bass parts to “Through Her Eyes.” Finally, I’d like to thank Pikachu Bzzz and Hobo111 for helping me with the playtesting/editing process.

One more note – I am in the process of getting this album to work as one entire 76-minute mega song in Rock Band. I’ve payed it myself, so it does work, but not consistently. So for now, this album-song will go in the Other Customs thread, and may be released officially when it is thoroughly tested.

As mazegeek mentioned, we’ve previously released Images and Words, home of the aforementioned Metropolis prequel, in its entirety. Yeah, man. Put that in your pipe alongside the three disc/DLC songs (“Constant Motion”, “Panic Attack”, “On the Backs of Angels”) and smoke all 23 of ’em! Well, don’t actually do that. It’s probably bad for you. (Hit our song database to download all of these tracks.)

Fixes/updates uploaded in the last week to previously released C3 songs:

  • The Specials – “Ghost Town”: Added Pro G/B courtesy of columbo777

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October 3, 2014 – Queensrÿche’s “Operation: Mindcrime”, plus Silversun Pickups, The Raconteurs, Attila, and Cold!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for October 3, 2014:

New! Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime (farottone and xlxAvaricexlx)

  1. “I Remember Now”
  2. “Anarchy—X”
  3. “Revolution Calling”
  4. “Operation: Mindcrime”
  5. “Speak”
  6. “Spreading the Disease”
  7. “The Mission”
  8. “Suite Sister Mary”
  9. “The Needle Lies”
  10. “Electric Requiem”
  11. “Breaking the Silence”
  12. “I Don’t Believe in Love”
  13. “Waiting for 22”
  14. “My Empty Room”
  15. “Eyes of a Stranger”

New! Singles

  • Attila – “About That Life” 2x (uSound)
  • Cold – “Remedy” (RyanHYK)
  • The Raconteurs – “Consoler of the Lonely” M (Neversoft and pksage)
  • The Raconteurs – “Hold Up” M (Neversoft and pksage)
    Both converted from GH:WT DLC
  • Silversun Pickups – “There’s No Secrets This Year” M (Neversoft and GreenPanda12)
    Converted from GH:WoR

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.

Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook? Why, us, of course! Take a break from your mind-control-serum-induced assassination spree to play another full Queensrÿche album! In a C3 first, you can download the whole album at once to join Nikki on lead guitar, Dr. X on bass, and Sister Mary on drums for a legendary rock opera experience. Or pass on the drama and intrigue entirely, and rock out to some awesome mixed singles.

What do this week’s authors have to say about the release? First, here’s farottone on Operation: Mindcrime:

Operation: Mindcrime is arguably the best and more appreciated metal concept album, certified platinum and repeatedly ranking in the top 50 albums ever released by numerous magazines. It’s got a compelling story and in Rock Band it plays just beautifully. All instruments range from easy and enjoyable to hard and challenging, though never getting frustrating. And the vocals are stunning: Geoff Tate is one of the purest voices in rock history and keeping up with him will just leave you breathless. If you like discovering new music that plays well in the game, do yourself a favour and play just once the whole album on any instrument: you’re gonna be hooked. :)

So, play through the story of Nikki, a junkie who is recruited by an enigmatic Doctor X with the intent of having him kill political leaders and subvert society’s order. Ideology slowly gives way to reality when, at the climax of the album, in a 10 minute epic with an amazing duet and latin choirs, Nikki is asked to kill the only beacon of hope in his life. Nikki’s life unravels and the inevitable ending of the album leads to him realising what he’s done.

Assorted tidbits:

– The album is available in singles and, for the first time ever in C3 history, as a whole album package (expect more in this format). Plus, the album is also available in a single package with all the medleys intact, so that you can play it with no intended interruptions.
– Spreading the Disease has an amazing drum line achieved by assigning snare to green: try it and love it. :)
– In Suite Sister Mary the latin choirs have not been charted and are treated as backing. The reason is that while we know what should be sung, and even if we have people somewhat familiar with latin, not all lyrics are clear. Also, the choirs sometimes overlap with the 3 “natural” harmonies.
– Throughout the album, whenever there are spoken bits, H1 is Nikki, H2 is Mary, H3 is Dr. X.
– Finally, this album couldn’t have been done without xlxAvaricexlx’s impressive guitar and drums work, plus more instruments on some songs. In fact, Queensrÿche haters please consider one thing: him authoring Empire was one of the main reasons I got into customs, so if you ever downloaded a song of mine that you loved, make sure to thank Queensrÿche! :D And xlxAvaricexlx, we finally got this one out, thanks for all the stuff you did!

And here’s are other authors on their singles:

  • The Raconteurs – Finally! Long overdue GH ports, by my estimation. Both of these tracks from Consolers of the Lonely are great on guitar, but none of the instruments are ever boring. For best effect, play an album-order setlist with “Salute Your Solution” and “Many Shades of Black”.
  • “There’s No Secrets This Year” – GreenPanda12 (who is celebrating his first C3 release today!) says, “Opening number from SP’s Swoon album, lots of chords to keep your fingers moving. Great song to play on all parts.

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Steppenwolf – “Born to Be Wild”: Important fix. Was accidentally released in mono with one audio channel missing, now correctly stereo again.

If you liked this album, farottone has released several other full Queensrÿche albums, including Promised Land, The Warning, and Empire, the last of which includes full multitracks for all songs! And if you’re a Silversun Pickups fan, check out “Substitution“. All song downloads are also available in our database.

See you next Friday!

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August 22, 2014 – King Crimson and mixed singles!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.

C3 releases for August 22, 2014:

New! King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (BearzUnlimited)

  • “21st Century Schizoid Man” M 2x
  • “I Talk to the Wind”
  • “Epitaph” 2x
  • “Moonchild” 2x
  • “The Court of the Crimson King” 2x

New! Singles

  • Enter Shikari – “Mothership” 2x (Gigakoops)
  • Gigakoops – “Trumpy the Acid Trumpet in Space Adventure 9: The Chronicles of Life and Death (ft. Nightmare Lyre and Squiggle Glitz)” M 2x (Gigakoops and Nightmare Lyra)
  • Martin Garrix – “Animals” (ShadowOfTheServer feat. espher)
  • Seether – “Driven Under” (Colonel 32dll and Lowlander)
  • WoodenToaster – “Rainbow Factory” K (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 as a non-C3 custom.

Prog rock has close ties to the plastic-instrument family of games; how could it not, when high-level play of games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band thrive on complex and challenging instrumentation? As such, prog rock icons King Crimson and their debut album In the Court of the Crimson King have been requested by rhythm gamers for years and years. Guitar Hero gave a tiny taste with “21st Century Schizoid Man” in GH5, but we’re proud to bring the full album to Rock Band this week in all its complex glory.

But, as usual, there’s more for you if prog rock isn’t your cup of tea — we’ve got a post-hardcore track from Enter Shikari, a popular dance song from Martin Garrix, post-grunge from Seether, and two community-made electronica numbers. Check out the preview video to see if any of it is right for you.

And don’t take my word for it! Here’s what the authors have to say about this week’s songs:

  • “21st Century Schizoid Man” – BearzUnlimited says, “The album is kicked off by ’21st Century Schizoid Man’, a chaotic hard rocker than can be described as ‘jazz metal’. One of the band’s most famous songs, it starts off with heavy guitar riffs and distorted vocals before building up to a frantic, saxophone-driven, 6/8 jazz interlude. The song has a highly varied and melodic bass part, insanely fast drums, and a ridiculous sax solo on keys.” (Also, please note that the charts are not the same as GH5’s.)
  • “I Talk to the Wind” – BearzUnlimited says, “Things then cool down with ‘I Talk to the Wind’, a mellow ballad. Despite being softer and slower, it has some interesting drum rhythms and a variety of wind instruments including two flute solos on keys, as well as a great two-part vocal harmony.”
  • “Epitaph” – BearzUnlimited says, “Next is the symphonic, mellotron-driven ‘Epitaph’, which has an epic, atmospheric sound and a great, emotional vocal performance. Drums have a unique double bass rhythm and some tricky fills building up to the song’s end. There’s also a fun acoustic arpeggio pattern on guitar.”
  • “Moonchild” – BearzUnlimited says, “‘Moonchild’ begins as a dreamy ballad but then drifts off into a free-time improvisation. This section is one of the most unique Rock Band experiences available, due to the unpredictability and complete lack of structure. Guitar, drums, and vibraphone (charted to keys) all have highly varied and challenging parts.”
  • “The Court of the Crimson King” – BearzUnlimited says, “The album is then brought to a close by ‘The Court of the Crimson King’, the band’s signature piece. The song alternates between quiet, poetic verses and grand choruses, with some instrumental interludes in-between. It features a great drum rhythm with lots of big fills, a long flute solo on keys, and fun guitar patterns similar to ‘Epitaph’.”
  • “Rainbow Factory” – NL says, “A unique sounding song with loads of catchy melodies all around the instruments that makes it a fun play without being blisteringly difficult.”

See you next Friday!

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