Two classic black metal tracks from Emperor released in Rock Band

Emperor's Inferno Live albumToday 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.

Free demos of “Curse You All Men (Live)” and “Inno A Satana (Live)” are available to Xbox LIVE members. See how tame the rest of your library feels after you attempt these songs.

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).

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