An eclectic selection this week.
This week’s downloadable content update for Rock Band 4 comprises three songs: a track by American alternative band Judah & the Lion, something from Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, and a song by the virtual instruments-equipped rock artist Paul Henry Smith & the Fauxharmonic Orchestra.
The following tracks will be released on 16th May:
- Arch Enemy – “Nemesis”
- Judah & the Lion – “Over My Head” *
- Paul Henry Smith & the Fauxharmonic Orchestra – “Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky)”
* Part of the Rock Band Rivals Season 11 Spotlight Pass.
Tracks can be bought individually.
The following descriptions are taken from this week’s release notes:
“Nemesis” is the full throttle, fiery single off Arch Enemy’s sixth studio album, Doomsday Machine. “Nemesis” embodies the intensity of the album, which ranked in the top 15 of Billboard’s Top Independent Albums and landed a spot in Rock Hard Magazine’s book The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time. This track is going to be tough to master on any instrument you pick up. Guitar parts shift between solid rhythmic patterns to shredding solos as rapid bass lines keep the track moving. Drums are a challenge of their own with blazing fast foot work and complex but precise fills. Finally, the iconic vocal sound in this song has a particular character, so experiment with matching it or create a sound all your own!
Judah & the Lion’s uninhibited single, “Over My Head”, joins the Rock Band catalog this week. This track was among the first singles from the band’s recent album Pep Talks, setting the bar for a great release. “Over My Head”, which hit the top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, is a track packed with energy – whether it’s coming from the heavy synth lines or passionate vocals. You can expect to have a blast playing huge dynamic drum and guitar parts under a chorus that’s hard not to sing along to.
Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra bring some distinct flair to DLC this week with “Night on Bald Mountain (Mussorgsky)”. This unique piece is an adaption of Modest Mussorgsky’s Romantic work and features a style all its own. Paul Henry Smith transforms the work with a wide range of electronic instruments. Synthesizers blast booming bass and melodic horn lines, while an entire orchestral percussion section is represented by a bold electronic drum set. Get your crew together and experience how fun this unique piece is to play in the Rock Band setting.
To get a better idea of the songs’ pacing and structure, watch the latest DLC trailer.
Developed and published by Harmonix, Rock Band 4 is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.