June 20, 2014 – Mr. Big full album and huge singles, including Pixies, The Smiths, The Verve, Slayer, and Men At Work!

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

C3 releases for June 20, 2014:

New! Mr. Big – Lean Into It (farottone)

  • “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)”
  • “Alive and Kickin'”
  • “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”
  • “CDFF-Lucky This Time”
  • “Voodoo Kiss”
  • “Never Say Never”
  • “Just Take My Heart”
  • “My Kinda Woman”
  • “A Little Too Loose”
  • “Road to Ruin”

New! Singles

  • Lawrence Leung – “Choose Your Own Adventure” (Lowlander)
  • Men At Work – “Who Can It Be Now?” (funkydunkleman feat. farottone)
  • Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” (Ollie)
  • Slayer – “Angel of Death” M 2x (Nightmare Lyra and thewinnerisgeeg)
  • The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now?” (Ollie)
  • The Verve – “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (Ollie)

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.

What defines a “good week” of Rock Band releases? Since 2007, this has been a hotly contested issue. Is it a week with your favorite songs? Is it a week with a lot of songs? Is it a week with famous songs? How about songs that are hard or fun to play? This week, we’d like to posit that the best weeks are all of the above. With (another!) full album from the artist that brought you “To Be with You” in official DLC and some colossally famous singles ranging from Pixies to Slayer, we’ve got it all. We take care of you here at C3. If this was Orange is the New Black, we would be your clique/gang leader. (I’m not actually going anywhere with that, I just wanted to reference Orange.)

Why should you download these songs?

  • Lean Into It – farottone, the hardest-working man in customs, says:“Mr. Big is an incredibly underrated but supremely skilled act, albeit famous mostly for the less technical song in their great catalogue (To Be With You). Paul Gilbert (also founder of Racer X) and Billy Sheehan are the main drive of the group, arguably two of the most talented and skilled guitar and bass player in rock music. Translation of their songs in Rock Band is amazing (sans keyboardist), with very original beats, magical bass parts, great riffs and awesome harmonies. I can guarantee that this is one of those albums that you discover through Rock Band, you love playing in game and then you also go to download and listen. In general, be prepared for fairly tough guitar charts and some very challenging bass spots. Also, if you sing, have an oxygen mask ready…Alive and Kickin’, CDFF-Lucky This Time (only the pre-MP3 crowd will fully get the title) and My Kinda Woman are great fun rock/blues tunes with catchy vocals. A Little Too Loose and Voodoo Kiss are wacky as they can be, really different than the usual mainstream rock people are used to. Just Take My Heart is a wonderful slow track, cheesy, yes, but with the most tasteful guitar ever. Never Say Never is flavoured like it was taken straight out of an old fashioned 007 movie, with a nice does of tough bass riffs. Road to Ruin is a fast paced, downhill rush of adrenaline and finally, well, the Driller song is just that, a great fast rock track that has a powertools fuelled guitar and bass solo (seriously, check the video).”

    Speaking of Driller, the official release includes tremolo lanes for the eponymous guitar sections, but if you want to break your hand against 25 notes per second, an alternate version without the tremolo lanes is available here.

  • “Choose Your Own Adventure” – Lowlander writes, “This was an Australian comedy miniseries that had lots of cool celebrity appearances from Aussie stars you’ve never heard of and flashes in the pan like Tiffany. It was all about the star, Lawrence Leung, looking back on what he wanted to do as a kid and getting around to those fantasies as an adult. Hence the happy chiptune synth in the theme song.”
  • “Who Can It Be Now?” – Another release from our fledgling “Show Floor” program, where authors are sponsored by C3 veterans to get more awesome songs out there at C3 quality! This song, conspicuously absent from the official Men At Work DLC releases, has a legendary sax hook on Keys and will stick in your head for days.
  • “Where Is My Mind?” – Widely popularized via Fight Club, this track from the famous Surfer Rosa (the album before Doolittle) is a haunting, chill masterpiece from some of alt-rock’s greatest. Nothing blisteringly difficult, but a great song to play with a full band where everyone can really get into it.
  • “Angel of Death” – SLAYERRRRRRRRR! Nightmare Lyra writes, “One of the must brutal thrash metal songs of all time, insane challenge and horrors awaits you!”
  • “How Soon Is Now?” – Arguably the most famous Smiths song, which you might know from the vocals hook “You shut your mouth / How can you say…” A huge hit for everyone who likes the (excellently) depressing refrains of Morrissey. Fun disco beat on drums and a varied bassline!
  • “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – And to close out the week, the song that is always playing on FM radio somewhere in the world at any given moment. This is about as ’90s as it gets, and will hopefully be a great karaoke hit with your group.

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May 9, 2014 – A fully multitracked Queensrÿche album and challenging instrumental songs!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander. The preview video for “Narita” features a rhythm guitar part that is not present in the final version.

C3 releases for May 9, 2014:

New! Queensrÿche – Empire (farottone)

  • “Best I Can” M
  • “The Thin Line” M
  • “Jet City Woman” M
    Converted from GH:WoR
  • “Della Brown” M
  • “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” M
  • “Empire” M
  • “Resistance” M
  • “Hand on Heart” M
  • “One and Only” M
  • “Anybody Listening?” M

New! Instrumental Insanity C01 4-pack (DeathThreatUK)

  • Anvil – “March of the Crabs” 2x
  • Racer X – “Y.R.O.”
  • Riot – “Narita”
  • Steve Vai – “Speeding (Vault Edition)” M 2x
    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.

What’s better than one awesome album release? Two awesome album releases! With multitracks! And exclamation points! Wow! YOU PAID FOR THE WHOLE SEAT, BUT YOU’LL ONLY NEED THE EDGE! (Actually, you didn’t pay for-…you know, let’s just get to the blog post.)

This week our resident Queensrÿche fanatic (and customs authoring machine) farottone drops another multitrack Queensrÿche album on your head, accompanied by a blistering four-pack of instrumental songs from DeathThreatUK. The Empire songs join “Silent Lucidity” from official DLC, “March of the Crabs” joins an entire Anvil 3-pack from official DLC, and Steve Vai has all kinds of RBN songs. It’s a very heavy week, so strap on your arthritis-protection wristguards and get ready to shred!

Why should you download these songs?

  • Empire – farottone sez:

    Queensryche’s multiplatinum release that has made two appearances in the rhythm game franchises: Silent Lucidity in Rock Band and Jet City Woman in Guitar Hero. Great mix of metal and rock, it’s got amazing vocals, catchy riffs and great quality stems: for the band that can do without the keyboards. Did we mention that the whole thing features full multitracks?

  • Instrumental Insanity C01 – All four of these songs are labeled as Metal, but they run the gamut of difficult instrumentals. “March of the Crabs” is a classic-rock-y high energy rocker; “Y.R.O.” is a slightly prog-sounding number with crazy difficult “HOPOcoasters” on guitar; “Narita” (released in Japan by an American band) is heavy but upbeat rock with catchy riffs; and “Speeding” is, well, a Steve Vai song. There’s something here for the thrill-seeker on any (non-keys) instrument.

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May 2, 2014 – Blink-182’s “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” full album!

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 2, 2014:

New! Blink-182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (RyanHYK)

  • “Anthem Part Two”
  • “Online Songs”
  • “Happy Holidays, You Bastard”
  • “Story of a Lonely Guy”
  • “Roller Coaster”
  • “Reckless Abandon”
  • “Everytime I Look for You”
  • “Give Me One Good Reason”
  • “Shut Up”
  • “Please Take Me Home”

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.

Blink-182 is arguably the most influential pop-punk band of all time, and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket dropped right at the height of that sound. Perfecting the sound from Enema of the State but not yet as emo as their self-titled, this album is perfect for doing the five-finger shuffle. In Rock Band. Whip up some batter for stomach pancakes, rub out any thoughts of opposition, and listen to what author RyanHYK has to say about this week (if you don’t, you might make the bald man cry):

When we were all younger, I’m sure we only got albums for that one song featured on it. ‘Pulling Teeth’?, Screw that, we came for ‘Basket Case’! ‘My Friend of Misery’? That’s not ‘Enter Sandman’! Blink-182’s ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ was probably the first album I appreciated as a whole album rather than just a few songs I heard on the radio. It also saw the band bring more maturity to their sound. After hearing the especially emotional ‘Story of a Lonely Guy’, you’ll find it hard to believe these are the same guys who penned the lyrics, ‘Where’s my dog, ’cause girls are such a drag.’ Though you’ll still find stuff to piss off your parents. Heck, that’s the whole point of the 40-second ‘Happy Holidays, You Bastard’. But you don’t want to hear me talk about what makes each song special. With ‘The Rock Show’, ‘First Date’, and ‘Stay Together For the Kids’ already a part of the Rock Band library, ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ is now a full Rock Band experience!

Gently caress your guitar/microphone/drumsticks, and go faster and faster until you hit a one-man Unison Bonus. This week calls for nothing less! For real, though, this week’s high-energy hits are amazing for drummers, and great rock-out fun on guitar and bass as well.

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March 28, 2014 – Images and Words full album and five C3 retrospective songs!

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C3 releases for March 28, 2014:

New! C3 Retrospective C01 5-pack

  • Aerosmith – “Woman of the World” (ws54)
  • Culture Club – “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” (farottone)
  • iwrestledabearonce – “The Cat’s Pajamas” (Gigakoops)
  • Rammstein – “Links 2-3-4” (RyanHYK)
  • Simple Plan – “Grow Up” (RyanHYK)

New! Images and Words (full album) (farottone)

  • Dream Theater – “Pull Me Under” M
    Converted from GHWT, kind of
  • Dream Theater – “Another Day” M
  • Dream Theater – “Take the Time” M
  • Dream Theater – “Surrounded” M
  • Dream Theater – “Metropolis—Part I: “The Miracle and the Sleeper”” M
  • Dream Theater – “Under a Glass Moon” M
  • Dream Theater – “Wait for Sleep” M
  • Dream Theater – “Learning to Live” M

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass, a blue M denotes full multitracks, and a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals).

One of our driving goals at C3 is to author popular songs, even if they’re not necessarily our favorites, but our authors also have free rein to author whatever they like. Many of us have released packs by our favorite artists or sought out our all-time favorite singles, and there’s still plenty to go. (Can YOU imagine authoring every one of your favorite songs?) This week we revisit some of our authors’ previous “personal releases” by adding another song by each of those artists to our catalog. ws54 brings Aerosmith’s “Woman of the World” to follow his June 28 release of “Seasons of Wither” (and TrojanNemo’s 3-pack a few months later); farottone chose Culture Club’s “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” to beef up his previous 4-pack and two single releases; Gigakoops authored “The Cat’s Pajamas” as a sequel to October’s iwrestledabearonce 3-pack; and RyanHYK revives two artists, with “Links 2-3-4” for the collaboration-authored Rammstein song “Amerika” and “Grow Up” for his Simple Plan 3-pack from August.

This week’s bonus content is a real bonus. How does the phrase “the first ever fully multitracked full album of Rock Band customs” sound to you? Does it sound good? Is it the audible equivalent of a foot massage? Then check out Images and Words, Dream Theater’s second album, in its entirety. Dream Theater is pretty big in the RB community, and this multitrack release is simply colossal.

Week 1 (March 7): Great Covers C02
Week 2 (March 14): St. Patrick’s Day
Week 3 (March 21): FtV FTW!
Week 4 (March 28): C3 Retrospective C01
Week 5 (April 4): ???
The 1-Year Anniversary Week (April 11): ???

Why should you download these songs?

  • Images and Words – I’ll let farottone handle this one:

    Images & Words is a watershed album for metal and progressive music. It redefined two genres at once: heavy metal and progressive music. There’s a before I&W and an after, and boy am I glad I was smack in the middle of it. I caught Dream Theater 5 times in the Images & Words and in the Awake tour because I HAD to see how good they were. And man, did that leave an impression on a young farottone. Images & Words is perfect: you have the best prog-metal line up ever (with Kevin Moore, that is), you have a mindboggling influx of genres (funk, pop, soul, heavy metal, hard rock, pure progressive), you have flawless execution… I feel incredibly proud and honoured that I could deliver this album in all its multitrack glory and I sincerely hope I did it justice. Some notes..

    – All songs are multitracks from the same source. Pull Me Under has GHtoRB3 charts for the most part but completely new audio. (The original GHtoRB3 release has been removed from our database; this is effectively an upgrade.)
    – All songs that originally had a fadeout have been graciously remixed *with original material only* to have a proper ending. This means you’re gonna hear an original ending for Take the Time and Learning to Live that was never released before.
    – I want to thank a few people. First of all narutostarwars123456, whose charts provided a very convenient starting point for more than a few songs in the album. Then, Dorkmaster Flek, whose tempo map for Wait for Sleep I took and tweaked. Sageamagoo, who reviewed and fixed most of my pro keys charts with great knowledge. Finally, there was a point this week when I thought I had to delay the release because of reductions. TrojanNemo stepped in to help me like the badass that he is and here we are.  And, toops, yeah, we finally made it, the album is out. 🙂

  • “Woman of the World” – From Aerosmith’s second album that also gave us the earlier C3 release “Seasons of Wither”, and therefore a little harder rock than some of their later stuff. ws54 says that at this rate he’ll have the album done  in six years.
  • “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” – Another catchy, poppy, new-wave-y Culture Club song to flesh out your songlist. Fun bass line and straightforward vocals.
  • “The Cat’s Pajamas” – From this unique band’s first album (which also gave us the C3 release “Danger in the Manger” and RBN releases “You Ain’t No Family” and “Tastes Like Kevin Bacon”), this is just the song for Keys and Vocals players. Did you feel shafted on those releases? Have fun on this one!
  • “Links 2-3-4” – If “Amerika” wasn’t enough Rammstein for you, and you desperately need an injection of Neue Deutsche Härte, this song will satisfy your urges. For a few weeks, at least. Let this riff-driven song carry you away on a gruff German trip, but watch out for the solo.
  • “Grow Up” – RyanHYK +1’s his Simple Plan 3-pack with this hidden track from their debut album, a perfect song for warming up and dropping names.

Recent fixes to previous C3 releases:

  • Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”: Corrected broken Spanish lyrics in the outro.
  • The Cranberries – “Zombie”: Switched vocalist gender to female and some small guitar tweaks.

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March 21, 2014 – From the Vault FTW! Eighteen FtV tracks and three new ones!

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 21, 2014:

From the Vault: Cracked Rear View (full album) (farottone)

  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Hannah Jane”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Hold My Hand”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Let Her Cry”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Only Wanna Be with You”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Running from an Angel” (+drummerockband)
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “I’m Goin’ Home” (+drummerockband)
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Drowning”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Time”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Look Away”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Not Even the Trees”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Goodbye”
  • Hootie and the Blowfish – “Sometimes I Feel”

From the Vault: Singles

  • Adele – “Rolling in the Deep” (espher)
  • Daniel Ingram – “Winter Wrap Up” (Nightmare Lyra and TrotPilgrim)
  • Martin Solveig – “Hello (ft. Dragonette)” (espher)
  • Muse – “New Born” (BearzUnlimited)
  • My Chemical Romance – “Dead!” G* (pksage and TrojanNemo)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants – “Electric Zoo” M (Lowlander2)

* Partial multitrack (guitar + everything else)

New! Singles

  • Modest Mouse – “Dashboard” (pksage)
  • Modest Mouse – “Trailer Trash” (Ollie)
  • OK Go – “Get Over It” M (Neversoft and pksage)
    Converted from GH5 DLC

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass, a blue M denotes full multitracks, and a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals).

This week is the halfway point of our C3 Anniversary special, and we’ve got twenty-one songs to celebrate it! This week we recognize our From the Vault feature, which debuted as part of our second week with “Stairway to Heaven” (an excellent way to debut anything). Custom songs have existed longer than C3 has, and C3 authors aren’t the only people working hard on UGC. Whenever one of our authors wants to polish up and re-release an older song, or when a new author joins the fold and wants to bring in their back catalog, it’s FtV time. Normally we have just a handful of FtV tracks in a given release, but this week you get a full album and six singles! And hey, the usual rule applies — if you haven’t downloaded them before, they’re new to you. (And speaking of new songs, we’re not breaking our Harmonix-until-August-2012 tradition of at least three never-before-seen tracks every week, even with the FtV focus. Check out the three new songs this week too!)

Cracked Rear View is a special bonus C3 tie-in, as we’ve released several full albums in the past. If you missed them, check out Queensrÿche’s Promised Land and The Warning, Ministry’s Psalm 69, and Alanis’s Jagged Little Pill, and select the album header in-game to play them in track order. Look, I don’t want to hear it, you no-good playlist makers and Shuffle users. Album track order for life. You will listen to those B-sides and you will like it.

Week 1 (March 7): Great Covers C02
Week 2 (March 14): St. Patrick’s Day
Week 3 (March 21): FtV FTW!
Week 4 (March 28): ???
Week 5 (April 4): ???
The 1-Year Anniversary Week (April 11): ???

Why should you download these songs?

  • Cracked Rear View – Where to begin? “Let Her Cry”, “Only Wanna Be with You”, and “Hold My Hand” are all huge ’90s radio hits. Frontman Darius Rucker has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music, and one of his solo country songs (“Alright”) is also available as official DLC, a connection that I had somehow never made until today. This album doesn’t have any insane guitar licks or leg-crushing blast beats, but it’s custom-made for singing, and especially for guitar + vocals, if that’s your thing. Bust out some of these tracks at your next RB party, or play through the whole thing on the instrument of your choice for 43 minutes of legendary music. (FtV changes: Heavy changes to guitar, bass, and vocals across the board, new Pro Keys for a few songs, and some drums animation fixes.)
  • “Rolling in the Deep” – One of the most recognizable songs from modern soul star Adele, also known as “I hope you like hearing these songs during bar karaoke because they’re basically the new Hotel California”. Another huge win for vocalists, who will have to work hard to keep up with Adele’s powerful singing.  (FtV changes: Cleaned up vocals and keys.)
  • “Winter Wrap Up” – A My Little Pony song, but if MLP‘s not your thing, this song should be your one take-away. Show composer Daniel Ingram knocks it out of the park with a song that achieves new levels of catchiness with its vocal line, but has fun drums and keys, too. And it’s seasonally appropriate, since winter wrapped up just a few days ago! (FtV changes: New vocals chart, medium-sized changes to all instruments, improved reductions, and a new venue.)
  • “Hello” – Another perfect song for parties. High energy, very familiar, stupidly catchy…ideal for an upbeat pop playlist. (FtV changes: Cleaned up vocals.)
  • “New Born” – MOAR MUSE! Like several other songs this week, “New Born” has a good vocals line, but it’s got plenty going on in the bassline, too, and the other instruments aren’t slacking off either. (FtV changes: Vocals fixes, drums fixes, removed a strum lane from guitar.)
  • “Dead!” – Arguably the most rocking song in MCR’s discography returns from GH2, kind of. We’re not labeling this one as a GH@ conversion because almost nothing remains of the original, but every effort has been made to pay homage to that classic chart (including the GBO chords!) while fixing up its problems. Super fun on guitar! (FtV changes: New drum chart, many changes to guitar and bass, tube placement and pitch fixes on vocals, added Keys/PK.)
  • “Electric Zoo” – Before you protest about SpongeBob vocals, know that this song is only keys and drums! “Electric Zoo” is an instrumental from the cartoon that plays over Mr. Krabs’s amazing robot dance. Beep boop. This may be pushing the limits of what qualifies as a “song” for Rock Band purposes, but we’re not going to let that stop us. (FtV changes: Multitrack stems, the addition of reductions, and more accurate Pro Keys.)
  • “Dashboard” – The biggest single from Modest Mouse’s 2007 album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. This song’s amazing guitar hooks by Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr have been begging for the plastic guitar treatment for years — GH: On Tour doesn’t count — and it’s every bit as satisfying as you can imagine. The bass hook is super satisfying, too, and the drums are fast-paced and varied.
  • “Trailer Trash” – With “Float On” capturing the middle of Modest Mouse’s career and “Dashboard” covering their more recent releases, “Trailer Trash” steps in to represent their early work. This melancholy song from their second album is a fan favorite for its intertwined guitars and strange drum beat (reflected quite well by its RB chart). You can hear the band talk about this song in a Pitchfork interview about The Lonesome Crowded West.
  • “Get Over It” – Hey! OK Go is a textbook example of rock band evolution, going from pop hits like this one to entrepreneurial indie rock like “White Knuckles” (available on RBN) or “This Too Shall Pass”. Their first album, though, remains one of the best pop-rock records of all time, and “Get Over It” is a shining example. Best for vocalists, but fun and simple without being boring on the instrument parts.

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October 25, 2013 – Jagged Little Pill, Default 3-pack, and video game themes!

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C3 releases for October 25, 2013:

New! Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (farottone)

  • “All I Really Want”
  • “Hand in My Pocket”
  • “Forgiven”
  • “You Learn”
  • “Mary Jane”
  • “Not the Doctor”
  • “Wake Up”
  • “Your House”
  • (All other songs from this album are available as official DLC or previous C3 releases.)

New! Default Pack C01 (ws54)

  • Default – “Deny”
  • Default – “Sick and Tired”
  • Default – “Wasting My Time”

Video Game Classics Pack C01

  • New! Koji Kondo – “Wind Waker Title Theme” X (PikminGuts92)
  • FtV: Akira Yamaoka – “Silent Hill” (Nightmare Lyre and TrojanNemo)
  • FtV: Kärtsy Hatakka & Kimmo Kajasto – “Max Payne Theme” (TrojanNemo)
  • FtV: Koji Kondo – “Super Mario Bros. Medley” M (TrojanNemo and Nightmare Lyre)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass, a blue M denotes full multitracks, and a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals).

Big week this week! If you ever wondered why Harmonix would sometimes have crazy huge weeks followed by, like, a 4-pack, let me tell you. There are reasons. Not that next week is a 4-pack, or anything. It’s just a pain to schedule songs.

Let’s start with the 17th-best selling album of all time: Alanis Morissette’s blockbuster Jagged Little Pill! Alanis has been a cornerstone of Rock Band’s female presence since RB2, and with this release she adds a second lady-fronted album to the catalog (after No Doubt’s The Singles, though we never got “Trapped in a Box”, so this is kind of the first!) Each of these songs is a big deal simply because the album is a big deal, but many of you will especially remember “All I Really Want”, “Hand in My Pocket”, and “You Learn” from the radio. According to mega-author farottone, few of the songs are engaging on drums, but the album is loaded with challenging guitar patterns and Alanis’s unique vocal style. This release also includes “Your House”, the a cappella bonus track from most versions of the album. No half measures! Demand only the best! If you’re not very familiar with Alanis but enjoy this album, listen to her earlier music for a real trip. Jagged Little Pill is just…something else, man. (“You Oughta Know” is exportable from RB2’s on-disc setlist. “Head Over Feet” and “Ironic” are available as official pre-RB3 DLC. “Perfect” and “Right Through You” were featured in previous C3 packs: Powerful Female Voices and The Right Pack, respectively.)

We continue our apparent Canadian theme with the Canadian post-grunge band Default, who are brand new to the RB franchise! ws54 has authored three of their biggest singles for your tortured post-grunge vocals pleasure. The biggest of the songs is possibly “Wasting My Time” from the band’s debut album The Fallout; it hit #1 on the Canada charts and reached #13 in the US. “Deny”, from the same album, was also a big hit, though, and is a little more upbeat and hard-rock-y than “Wasting My Time”. “Sick and Tired”, the final single from that album, rounds out the pack. If you’re into bands like Nickelback or Shinedown (for whom ws54 has also authored a pack), these songs will be right up your alley.

Finally, we’ve got some songs that only customs could provide. If you’re nerdy enough to read this post, odds are good that video games other than Rock Band are a large part of your life. Video game scores can resonate with us even more powerfully than regular music because of our positive associations with the game in question, and now you can bring that feeling to Rock Band! The brand-new song in this pack is the title theme from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, recently re-released in HD for the Wii U. It’s a beautiful arrangement of acoustic guitar, natural percussion, and flute. Thanks, PikminGuts92!

We’ve also got three From the Vault releases by the prolific TrojanNemo and Nightmare Lyre. The theme from the Silent Hill franchise has some crazy strumming going on in the guitar chart, and may or may not cause Pyramid Head to kill you if you don’t FC it. The Max Payne theme is a little more traditional: cymbal swells, piano, ominous bells and stuff in the background. But hey, there’s electric guitar in there! It works. Most novel of the tracks is a pure 8-bit medley of themes from the original Super Mario Bros. — that’s right, the actual 1985 square-wave “chiptune”. If you are so inclined (and you’re an idiot like me), I have to recommend singing along to the underwater theme.

Did we leave out your favorite video game songs? Do you hate post-grunge? Do you hate people who hate post-grunge? Check out our forums for information on authoring songs yourself!

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September 13, 2013 – Queensrÿche’s “The Warning”, Aerosmith, Naked Eyes, and a Wii announcement!

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New! Queensrÿche – The Warning (farottone)

  • “Warning” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “En Force” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “Deliverance” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “No Sanctuary” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “N M 156” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “Take Hold of the Flame” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “Before the Storm” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “Child of Fire” (incl. rhythm guitar version)
  • “Roads to Madness” (incl. rhythm guitar version)

New! Singles

  • Aerosmith – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” K (TrojanNemo)
  • Naked Eyes – “When the Lights Go Out” (Nyxyxylyth)

From the Vault: Singles

  • Aerosmith – “Cryin'” M (TrojanNemo)
    Converted from Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
  • Aerosmith – “Dream On” M (TrojanNemo)
    Converted from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass, a blue M denotes full multitracks, and a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals).

Normally we use this paragraph to do a flippant little spiel about something or other, but this week is serious business time. We want YOU to join C3! The momentum of the early days of C3 is wearing off, and we have fewer new authors coming in. You could be our breath of fresh air! If you’ve always wanted to author your favorite Rock Band songs, there’s no better time than now. Check out our forums and the RBN documentation and see if authoring is for you.

Everyone’s got that band. You know the one — the band you grew up to, or the band you fell in love with. The band you can’t stop listening to. The band, in short, that totally deserves to have every single one of their songs in Rock Band. For farottone, that band is Queensrÿche. Back in May, farottone brought you the entirety of their 1994 album Promised Land, and this week you get another one: Queensrÿche’s 1984 debut album The Warning. This first LP was released after a very classic story about the rise of a rock band. The band that would eventually be Queensrÿche played metal covers in their parents’ garage. They changed their name, but that name was taken, and their lead singer had ties to another band…their rise was the quintessential rock band success story. The Warning, which they performed while touring with Kiss, marked the beginning of an illustrious career. Here’s what farottone has to say:

The early days of Queensrÿche are like Iron Maiden meets Judas Priest with a proggy flavour. Highlights of the album include “Roads to Madness”, a 10-minute suite with one of the best vocal displays in prog metal history. Falsetto, spoken, recited, all-out high notes, chants…plus a Lovecraftian theme! “Child of Fire” is an inspired metal album with a slow break. The intro to “Take Hold of the Flame” spans three vocals octaves (FC it in the correct octaves at the correct volume and then see if the neighbours have called the police on you), and it’s a classic metal song all around. Queensrÿche had two guitarists, so it was natural to include rhythm guitar versions for all of these songs. They’ve been reconstructed as best as possible using full score books and the good ol’ ears.

Nyxyxylyth is back this week with a single from the ’80s New Wave group Naked Eyes, perhaps best known for “Always Something There to Remind Me” (which is actually a cover!) “When the Lights Go Out”, a later track from the same album, showcases the band’s sound and will overwhelm you with its perfect ’80s synths. Naked Eyes is still around; their keyboardist died in 1999, but its lead singer has rebooted the band, and a new album is set to come out later this year.

TrojanNemo closes us out with both new and FtV tracks from Aerosmith, a band that the GHtoRB3 project mostly didn’t reach before their current hiatus. This week’s new single, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”, will make you feel like you’re in either Armageddon or Saints Row, and will definitely have the whole bar singing along with you. The sweetest dream will never do, but hopefully the track’s separated vocals stem will! “Cryin'”, a port from GH6, comes from Get a Grip, one of the band’s later albums but hardly one of the least successful. If it’s still not classic-Aerosmith enough for you, though, Nemo has also provided “Dream On”, a GH:A port with vocals and drums audio-magic’d onto their own tracks. Harmonix released a live version as RB3 DLC was winding down, but sometimes you need the definitive classic version. (This FtV version of Cryin’ now has new stems, harmonies, keys, tons of changes to all instruments, a better tempo map, and many small changes. Dream On now has new stems, a crowd singalong, guitar fixes, and several small changes.)

We also have a very cool announcement to make. Starting very soon, all Xbox 360 C3 releases will also be available as Wii-compatible versions! Because of the nature of the conversion process, Wii versions will not be available at 10:00 EST on Fridays like the 360 versions, but they’ll be uploaded soon after each release. Links will be available in our song database (not the blog post) when they’re ready. Over the next week or two, we’ll also be converting our entire back catalog to Wii format. Good stuff! Major thanks to StackOverflow0x for making it possible.

See you next Friday!

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July 19, 2013 – Arena Rock 3-pack and Ministry’s full “Psalm 69” album!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only.

New! Arena Rock 3-pack (farottone)

  • AC/DC – “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) (rhythm guitar version also available)
  • Journey – “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” X
  • REO Speedwagon – “Can’t Fight This Feeling” M

New! Ministry – Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs (DeathThreatUK)

  • “N.W.O.” (2x Bass Pedal version also available)
  • “Just One Fix”
  • “TV II”
  • “Hero”
  • “Scare Crow”
  • “Psalm 69”
  • “Corrosion”

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass, a blue M denotes full multitracks, and a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals).

Scene: A starry night, high above the clouds. The camera pans quickly through cumulus and cumulonimbus, revealing a massive domed structure. Thousands of cars are parked outside, and bright spotlights pierce the night sky. The camera swoops in…

The venue is packed with bodies. The seats sold out almost immediately, and the standing-room area is a traffic jam of humanity. No one seems to mind, though; it’ll all be worth it. The lights dim, and the noise of the crowd swiftly fades. This is it. This is what they’ve been waiting for.

A man enters from offstage, wielding a plastic guitar with two sets of five buttons. A spotlight clicks on and follows his path to center stage. The crowd is utterly quiet. Somewhere, someone coughs.

Behind the huge curtain, drum sticks click a muffled count-in. One…two…one, two, three, four-

The man’s arm windmills down onto the plastic strum bar. The curtain rises. The music explodes. The crowd goes wild.

Rock Band means a lot of things to a lot of people, and this week we explore two of the biggest: gloriously epic rock shows and intense metal sessions. Which do you prefer? You like both of them, you say? (No, shut up. You totally like both things.) Now download all of our songs and sink into the bliss of awesome music.

farottone comes out swinging with three famous pieces of classic “arena rock”, the kind that gets your blood pumping and your lighters swaying. AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” features the first-ever Rock Band charting of bagpipes, as far as we can tell, and is a welcome addition to RB’s live AC/DC songs. REO Speedwagon brings it down a bit with “Can’t Fight This Feeling”, one of the world’s most iconic power ballads. For maximum effect, travel back to 1985 and listen to this song with your significant other on the hood of a car. Finally, we’ve got one of the most stirring pieces of rock music of all time: Journey’s “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”. If you can listen to this song without “getting into it” at least a little bit, you may be a robot. Be warned.

On the other side of the coin is a FULL ALBUM(!) from DeathThreatUK, by industrial band Ministry. ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, perhaps better known as Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, is Ministry’s fifth studio album and the one that propelled them to fame. Its most famous song, “Jesus Built My Hotrod”, is already available for Rock Band, and this download completes the album. (The final song, “Grace”, is omitted because it doesn’t exactly suit Rock Band.) Psalm 69 is the quintessential industrial album — sharp machine-gun guitar riffs, thumping blast sections on the drums, raspy vocals…the whole vaguely Satan-y shebang. Make the peace sign with your fingers, waggle your tongue through them inappropriately, and prepare to thrash the night away with these 44 minutes of metal.

As usual, we encourage you to check out our forums to get involved with the RB customs scene. If you don’t see your favorite songs, you can author them yourself!

See you next Friday!

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May 3, 2013 – Queensrÿche’s “Promised Land” full album and a Guns N’ Roses 4-pack!

Note: Videos contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only.

The Customs Creators Collective has an interesting dichotomy. On one hand, we want to honor the players’ requests and release stuff like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. On the other, we’re not a multi-million dollar company — we’re just some people who like Rock Band, and we want to author songs that we like! Sometimes, these two halves line up naturally, like April 19’s Led Zeppelin 6-pack, and sometimes we make them line up.

This week’s release is one of the latter, including both songs that WE like and songs we know YOU’LL like. C3 author farottone, who authored all of this week’s songs, has this to say about the first half:

I wanted to write a short note about this week’s release personally. Me and my wife are huge DeGarmo-era Queensryche fans and so I did a lot, and I mean a lot, of Queensryche material. I’m going to release full albums and they’re gonna have rhythm versions and possibly other bells and whistles. Now, I know Queesryche are not that mainstream so every Friday that features Queensryche material I’ll also try to have something of a broader appeal from my old catalogue upgraded with new content, as in this week’s case. With that said, give these albums a shot, the music is really good, every album has a different feel, Tate is/was (time takes its toll) one of the 4-5 best voices ever in rock/metal history and the songs are done with the utmost care.

Credits for this album must be shared with xlxAvaricexlx, who did half of this album song’s guitar, bass and drums charts and did the Bridge regular version. Without him this album could not have been completed so fast, so thanks bud!

Pursuing our personal passions (and achieving awesome alliteration) is important to us, and we hope that you’ll come to love our favorite bands as much as we do. (And, of course, if you’re already a Queensrÿche fan, go nuts!) Without further walls of text, this week’s songs:

New! Queensrÿche – Promised Land full album (farottone)

  • “I Am I”
  • “Damaged”
  • “Out of Mind”
  • “Bridge”
  • “Promised Land”
  • “Dis Con Nec Ted”
  • “Lady Jane”
  • “My Global Mind”
  • “One More Time”
  • “Someone Else?”

New! Promised Land bonus releases (farottone)

  • Queensrÿche – “I Am I/Damaged” (same as individual tracks but uninterrupted, as on the album)
  • Queensrÿche – “Damaged (Rhythm Version)” (rhythm guitar on Keys)
  • Queensrÿche – “Bridge (Rhythm Version)” (rhythm guitar on Keys)
  • Queensrÿche – “Lady Jane (Rhythm Version)” (rhythm guitar on Bass)
  • Queensrÿche – “One More Time (Rhythm Version)” (rhythm guitar on Keys)

From the Vault: Guns N’ Roses C01 4-pack (farottone)

  • Guns N’ Roses – “It’s So Easy”
  • Guns N’ Roses – “Mr. Brownstone”
  • Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City”
  • Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

And check out the end of this article for the first two entries in our new Community Spotlight feature!
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