You loved “Code Monkey”. Now check out “Chiron Beta Prime”, the next song from indie folk rock iconoclast Jonathan Coulton to be authored by Noisy Puppet. This is the Christmas song you want to play all year round.
Sung from the voice of an annual family newsletter, this track describes Christmastime with a family banished to an asteroid by a robot council of the future. Chugging guitars alternate with picking parts to keep your fingers entertained, while a snappy drum part sucks you into the catchy pop elegance. Stop playing Starcraft II and practice your rock star-craft with “Chiron Beta Prime”, available tomorrow on Xbox 360.
Today not one, but two songs, “Curse You All Men (Live)” and “Inno A Satana (Live)”, are available for download on Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360. Both tracks are from Emperor’s 2009 double CD album release “Live Inferno”, also sold with an accompanying DVD featuring video of the live performance.
These tracks will put you through the ringer on every instrument. It’s a struggle to survive, but once you master these tracks you have lived through one of the most intense, powerful, rock game-play ever seen. The guitar charts in both songs are a torture session that seems to never end. And the Expert drum chart in “Curse You…” is the most difficult challenge ever seen in a music video game. You may need a friend to play the kick drum pedal for you, just to play half the hits from the live performance.
Emperor are the Norwegian black metal of lore. When attention first focused on Norway’s almost cartoonishly violent black metal scene in the mid-’90s, most of the critical accolades were bestowed upon Emperor, whose musical innovations have had more impact on the genre than any other band. While their music can be furious and violent, the group is also influenced by the darkly majestic melodies of Norwegian folk and classical music, which very effectively supports their lyrical subject matter. Emperor evoke not only Satanic horror, but also the frigid loneliness of bleak Scandinavian winters; additionally, images of pagan nature worship recalled an ancient, idealized pre-Christian past in which Scandinavian culture was one of the world’s most dominant (resulting in the sound being tagged “Viking metal” by some).
Today, Norma Jean’s new alum, Meridional, hit the stores today, and is accompanied by a three pack of tracks on the Rock Band Network. “Deathbed Atheist”, “Leaderless and Self Enlisted”, and “The Anthem of the Angry Brides” are now available for download on Rock Band 2 for Xbox 360. All three of these tracks are heavy and intense to the point where it feels like something is about to break. It might be the strum bar on your guitar controller, so don’t get too carried away. Play these songs loud and warn the neighbors.
Xbox LIVE members, download free demos and try these songs now and try them out when you get home.
The song “Throughout”, by Done Lying Down is now available for download in Rock Band on Xbox 360.This may be the most fun track ever authored by Noisy Puppet. Click here to download a free demo to your Xbox and try it out. This catchy track will stay in your head for the rest of the night, and offers an even challenge on every instrument. The drum part makes you feel like hitting plastic with a stick is the best thing you’ve ever done. Guitar and bass parts will amuse your fingers with their cascading shapes in the chorus. The vocals are high-energy but still have enough melody to make you feel like part of your soul is leaking out. Watch the gameplay preview below.
You can buy this track here, or in the Rock Band Network store in Rock Band 2.