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

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C3 releases for January 30, 2015:

New! Linkin Park/Fort Minor C01

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you next Friday!

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

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C3 releases for January 9, 2015:

New! Prog Metal C01 4-pack

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

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

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

New! Singles

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

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


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

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

Authors’ comments for this week’s songs:

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

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

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

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Rock Band Harmonies Project – November 2014

The Rock Band Harmonies Project (RBHP) has been releasing upgrades to official Rock Band songs and DLC since 2012, and has been a proud sister project to C3 since our inception. A RBHP package interacts only with official Rock Band content, does not require Title Update #4, and doesn’t disable online play. Check it out!

This announcement was supposed to go out with the last two weekly song releases, but I messed up and forgot it.

The two November RBHP releases include 48 harmonies and keys upgrades! Featured packs include Going Country 01, Peace Sells, Alice Cooper 01, Spinal Tap 01, Wolfmother 01, and more.

Check out the full list below for more info, or go directly to the Rock Band Harmonies Project site to download these upgrades!

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July 18, 2014 – Five French tracks, eight Internet songs, and 24 RBHP upgrades!

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C3 releases for July 18, 2014:

New! L’Hexagone C01 5-pack

  • Daft Punk – “Doin’ It Right (ft. Panda Bear)” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Indochine – “L’aventurier” (Ollie)
  • Kavinsky – “Nightcall (ft. Lovefoxxx)” (Ollie)
  • Stardust – “Music Sounds Better With You” (Ollie)
  • Steve Ouimette – “La Marseillaise” M (Neversoft, Nunchuck, and Lowlander)
    Converted from GH5 DLC

New! The Internet Then and Now C02 8-pack

  • Alex S. – “Melting Pot of Alcohol” 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Black Out Band – “Video Games” (Lowlander)
  • Erwin Beekveld – “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Rap Critic – “Douchebags, Baby (ft. Oancitizen)” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • SLACKCiRCUS – “Heyyeyaaeyaaaeyaeyaa (Fabulous Secret Powers)(BearzUnlimited)
  • Smosh – “Firetruck!” (drummerockband)
  • SunStroke Project & Olia Tira – “Run Away (Eurovision Mix Live)” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Swede Mason – “Masterchef Synesthesia (Buttery Biscuit Bass) [ft. Gregg Wallace & John Torrode]2x (AddyMilldike and GanonMetroid)

New! Single

  • Nightmare Lyre & Point Zero – “Spirits of the Everfree” M (Nightmare Lyra & Brony Authoring Group)

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.


First up this week is another country-centric pack, and this time it’s France! In addition to providing us with excellent fries, toast, dip, bulldogs, horns, swear words, braids, doors, kisses, and poodles, this western Europe country puts out plenty of awesome music. (Including many more genres than this week, which is why this isn’t “Music of France C01”.) If you like synthpop and electronica, or want to collect another Steve Ouimette national anthem with “La Marseillaise”, start a revolution and check out this pack!

We’ve also got a follow-up to The Internet Then and Now with eight more songs! Depending on who you ask, these might be described as “lulztastic”, “win”, “fail”, or even “‘; DROP TABLE Songlist”. Queue these up in a party setlist with “Never Gonna Give You Up” (from DLC), “Bed Intruder Song” (from RBN), and “Gangnam Style” or “Chocolate Rain” (from us), add some alcohol, and you’ve got a recipe for a good time.

To cap it off, we’ve got a single from C3 artist Nightmare Lyra and another scheduled Rock Band Harmonies Project release. This week’s storm of RBHP awesomeness includes The Best of The Who, Roy Orbison 01, Social Distortion 01, Tom Petty Live Anthology 02, and more! Thanks as usual to espher, KyleJCrb, and MarsPhoenix for another month of upgrades. Check the end of this post for the full list of tracks, and visit the Rock Band Harmonies Project site to download these upgrades.

Updates from the last week to previously released C3 tracks:

  • The Passions – “I’m in Love With a German Film Star”: Added Pro G/B, courtesy of columbo777
  • Rush – “Headlong Flight”: Revised guitar solo authoring

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June 27, 2014 – Celebrate Canada Day with 10 songs by 10 Canadian acts and 30 RBHP upgrades!

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C3 releases for June 27, 2014:

Mostly New! Songs of Canada C01 10-pack

  • Crash Test Dummies – “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (farottone)
  • deadmau5 – “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff (ft. Bob Swire)” (Gigakoops)
  • Len – “Steal My Sunshine” K (drummerockband)
  • Peaches – “Kick It (ft. Iggy Pop)” (Lowlander) [FtV]
  • Prozzäk – “Sucks to Be You” (Gigakoops)
  • Rush – “Time Stand Still” (farottone) [FtV]
  • Serena Ryder – “What I Wouldn’t Do” (drummerockband)
  • Sum 41 – “Pain for Pleasure” K (pksage)
  • Tegan and Sara – “Walking With a Ghost” (drummerockband)
  • Unicron – “Broken Vessels” 2x (Nightmare Lyra)

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


O Canada
Our source for awesome bands

Truly baller songs and tons of kickin’ jams
With inst’rments held our drumsticks rise
The True North rocking free
From Rush to Len
O Canada, we download songs for thee
Ten songs this week (did I mention Geddy Lee?)
O Canada, we download songs for thee
O Canada, we download songs for thee

Aw yeah. (credit to worth1000.com)

Happy birthday, Canada! Each year, July 1 marks the anniversary of modern-day Canada being properly formed out of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada. Since that day almost 150 years ago, Canada has produced Tom Thomson, public healthcare, tons of zinc and uranium, and a million jokes about maple syrup and hockey, but today we celebrate Canada’s storied musical legacy with ten new songs for your Rock Band library!

It’s also a very special birthday for the Rock Band Harmonies Project, started and maintained by one of our favorite Canadians, espher! This release marks the two-year anniversary of RBHP fleshing out the back catalog of official DLC. In that time, various contributors have put together 825 upgrades for you to enjoy. Holy shit! Here’s to two years, espher & co., and that the rest of it doesn’t take as long as espher projects it will. This week’s big release includes Alice in Chains 01 & 02, the Taking Back Sunday pack, the Toby Keith pack, and “The Perfect Drug”, along with five(!) new Keys/Pro Keys charts! Thanks to Drihscol, espher, StackOverflow0x, sageamagoo, KyleJCrb, and non_zero for this week’s work. To download these upgrades, visit the RBHP website.


Why should you download these songs?

  • “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” – Almost certainly the most famous song by Crash Test Dummies, an iconic Canadian rock band. A great karaoke number, and a famous-song staple for anyone’s library.
  • “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” – deadmau5 has exploded in popularity in recent years, and like “Mmm”, this is probably his most famous single. It peaked at #1 on the US Dance chart, and it’ll top the charts at your next party with its high-energy house beats!
  • “Steal My Sunshine” – Just sit back and let the ’90s wash over you. drummerockband says, “Awesome one hit wonder song that most people will probably recognize. Great duet between the brother and sister.”
  • “Kick It” – I’ll take “unlikely duets” for 400, Alex! Peaches and Iggy Pop trade banter in this piece of avant garde electroclash. (FtV fixes/additions to this song include reductions, a new tempo map, and vocals fixes.)
  • “Time Stand Still” – farottone keeps whittling down the list of big Rush songs we don’t already have with this single from Hold Your Fire. (FtV fixes/additions to this song include reductions, Pro Keys, new harmony vocals, venue animations, and touch-ups to all instruments.)
  • “Sucks to Be You” – Another biggest-single hit from the pop group Prozzäk. If you like groups like Aqua, this will be right up your alley!
  • “What I Wouldn’t Do” – drummerockband says, “Fun vocals and harmonies. Most Canadians have probably heard this song on the radio cause its catchy as hell. I also just recently saw Serena Ryder and took notes for charting this while she performed it, so that’s what I call commitment!”
  • “Pain for Pleasure” – The final track from the iconic pop-punk album All Killer, No Filler. Sum 41 pretended to be a metal band with this tongue-in-cheek song, and they were so good at it that their next album was much more metal-y. Pain for Pleasure, best band eever!
  • “Walking With a Ghost” – Tegan and Sara’s most famous song finally comes to C3 after almost being in our Halloween pack. drummerockband says, “If there’s one song Tegan and Sara fans want in Rock Band, it’s most likely this one. September 14th marks the 10th anniversary of ‘So Jealous’ album as well, so that’s cool. My favourite band returns!”
  • “Broken Vessels” – Man, check out that blistering guitar line! NL says, “A blast to play on everything and a very unique song musically. Great song to do VoxKeys on as well.”

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April 25, 2014 – The polar opposites week! John Lennon, Dethklok, Amon Amarth, chiptunes, and more, with 23 RBHP upgrades!

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C3 releases for April 25, 2014:

New! John Lennon C01 3-pack (Ollie)

  • John Lennon – “Instant Karma!”
  • John Lennon – “Woman”
  • John Lennon – “Working Class Hero”

New! Extreme Metal C01 4-pack (Nightmare Lyra)

  • Amon Amarth – “Asator” 2x
  • Amon Amarth – “Twilight of the Thunder God” M 2x
    Converted from GH5 DLC
  • Dethklok – “Deththeme/Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle” 2x
  • Dethklok – “Murmaider” 2x

New! Game Boy Advance 4-pack

  • Jun Ishikawa – “Green Greens” (Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land) M (Gigakoops)
  • Junichi Masuda – “Final Battle! (Rival)” (Pokémon FR/LG) M 2x (AddyMilldike)
  • Kaori Ohkashi – “Undefeated Heart” (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance) M (Gigakoops)
  • Sotaro Tojima – “Awake” (Castlevania: Circle of the Moon) M (Gigakoops)

New! Singles

  • M_80! – “Hat” M (FiG Freelance)
  • The Thunderlords – “I Like Dirt” (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.


Dang! If you thought Cyndi Lauper / iwrestledabearonce wasn’t enough disparity within a single week, take a good look at today’s releases. We’ve got peace and love next to the murderous hatred of mermaids and Thor, overseen by GBA chiptunes, joke-metal, and the mystery genre that is “Hat”. If this week were a drink, it would be a suicide. If this week were an ice cream flavor, it would be “the machine wasn’t cleaned after switching flavors”. If this week were a color, it would be…uh…jazz? Freeform jazz is its color. It’s that kind of week.

John Lennon C01 offers three tracks from the beginning and end of Lennon’s solo discography, joining all of the tracks from Imagine in the RB library. Extreme Metal C01 introduces the Swedish Amon Amarth to Rock Band, and helps flesh out the representation of the fictional Dethklok (we have “Laser Cannon Deth Sentence” from GH5). The Game Boy Advance pack is a bit unusual for Rock Band, but lets you jam to four classic GBA-synthesized tunes ranging from FFTA to Nightmare in Dream Land“I Like Dirt” by the parody metal band The Thunderlords is probably best known for its appearance in Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, and “Hat” is another RBN song that never quite made it getting its chance at last.

We’ve also got 23 new Rock Band Harmonies Project upgrades this week, including all of Doolittle and high energy favorites like “B.Y.O.B.”, “Why Do You Love Me?”, and “Hammerhead”, along with many others. This week’s contributors include espher, GreenPanda12, thomeval, non_zero, and sageamagoo. You can download all RBHP upgrades on the RBHP page, and hit the end of this post for the full list of this week’s tracks.


Why should you download these songs?

  • John Lennon C01 — Aside from Lennon being a member of the Beatles and a musical legend, these songs are excellent soft/psychedelic rock numbers in their own right. At the very least, you’ve probably heard “Instant Karma!” on the radio.
  • Amon Amarth — Brutal black metal that still manages to be catchy, with fantastic guitar and challenging drums charts.
  • Dethklok — Youse guys hads better downloads this songs! If the double feature of the Dethklok theme and the heaviest coffee jingle of all time don’t kill you, the many murderous mermaids will.
  • GBA tracks — These arrangements of these tracks never had to be performed live, so get ready for a wild ride! With plenty of 5-dot and devil-tier charts to be had, these nostalgic songs will blister your fingers as they invoke happy gaming memories.
  • “Hat” — Fun instrumentation and the soothing sounds of an alternative/hip-hop/whale singing fusion song.
  • “I Like Dirt” — Nice and short, with a repetitive but very satisfying guitar riff. Even if you didn’t play American Wasteland, this song is sure to be a party hit.

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Rock Band Harmonies Project – March 2014

The Rock Band Harmonies Project (RBHP) has been releasing upgrades to official Rock Band songs and DLC since 2012, and has been a proud sister project to C3 since our inception. A RBHP package interacts only with official Rock Band content, does not require Title Update #4, and doesn’t disable online play. Check it out!

This announcement was supposed to go out with the March 14 C3 release, but pksage messed up and forgot it two weeks in a row. This just means that the next RBHP release will be even sooner! Totally intentional. Yep.

The RBHP release from March 14 includes harmonies and keys upgrades to 22 songs, with content from espher, GreenPanda12, thomeval, and StackOverflow0x. Harmonies have been added to Nine Inch Nails 02, Warped Tour 02, and tons of singles, along with a Blink-182 keys chart.

Check out the full list below for more info, or go directly to the Rock Band Harmonies Project site to download these upgrades!

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