Tuesday, 10 April 2012

DLC 4/10: Slayer

Watching the Harmonix livestream today, they announced the DLC early and we find out it's Slayer! Great music for Easter!

Slayer - "Raining Blood" - Pro Available
Slayer - "South of Heaven"
Slayer - "Seasons In The Abyss"

So did we like this DLC?

Raining Blood - Chart

First off, I'd like to say that THIS IS HARD! Well, maybe not on vocals, but on everything else. OK, there aren't any keys, but the other instruments are hard! Then again, I guess the bass isn't too difficult either. Guitar, however, IS very difficult. If you loved Raining Blood in GH3 and/or GH:SH because of it's difficulty then you're in luck! It keeps (almost) all of that challenge that you loved! If you stayed away from Raining Blood for that same reason then you're in luck too because it's significantly less overcharted than it was in Guitar Hero! The end (Flood for you Guitar Hero players) where it's filled with strum lanes instead of the blistering HOPO and trill filled outro of GH3 was a tad disappointing though because of just how easy it was compared to Guitar Hero. I'll admit, I like the bass more than the guitar. Yes, it wasn't as difficult as the guitar, but at the same time, it wasn't the note extravaganza that guitar was meaning you could actually have fun with it and not constantly have to concentrate on the notes to make sure you are hitting the right thing. Then again, I'm the sort of person that enjoys easier songs to hard songs. Give me Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 over Beast and the Harlot any day, and that has nothing to do with the fact that I love The Flaming Lips! If you are someone who has masochistic tendencies then you will love drumming this song. It's blistering fast bass drum pattern with complicated, and fast, tom and cymbal hits is sure to make every muscle in your body cramp up every time! Vocals are all talkies. The most enjoyable bit of the song is he beginning and the end where we have a cowbell section!

South of Heaven - Chart

The guitar on this song was nowhere near as hard as Raining Blood, but then again, it's also the only song of the week that's not Satan/goat tiered on guitar. That's not to say it wasn't hard, because it did have some hard solos, but everything outside of that was pretty easy. The solos were still very difficult though. The first solo requires some fast strumming and fast fingers to hit the HOPOs in between. The second solo features loads of trills, strum lanes and, like the first, quick HOPOs. Bass on this song was, like Raining Blood, more enjoyable than guitar, and for the same reasons too! It's challenging, don't get me wrong, but manageable for someone who isn't someone who can FC Through the Fire and the Flames blindfolded. It starts out simple enough then flows into a quicker series alt-strum notes. The drums here, unlike Raining Blood, resemble something somewhat manageable. It's still really hard, but that doesn't mean that someone won't one day be able to do it! The hard part about this drum pattern isn't the ridiculous bass pedal but the fact that it's filled with drum rolls. Vocals are fairly easy. It's all either talkies or a monotone pitch. There is a cowbell section though!

Seasons In The Abyss - Chart (EDIT: For some reason the video didn't upload. I'll try again on the weekend)

Another easy enough song. Like South of Heaven, the only real challenge here was the solo and while it was challenging, I don't feel the song should be Satan/goat tiered. It's sort of like We Built This City in that it's Satan/goat tiered only because of one section where as if that wasn't there it'd be 3 or 4 dots at best. Yes, that section does mean something but it shouldn't bring the whole tier up because of it. This song should only be a 5 dot song, in my opinion. The solo is still very hard though and features, like the solos in South of Heaven, lots of quick HOPOs and strumming. This bass part isn't too great. It's just not that interesting. There is some quick strums but it's just wasn't that strong of a bass part. Not bad, but not as fun as the guitar and not interesting enough to keep it great. The drums were also manageable. Not too many fills or fast bass pedal blasts. At the same time though, I didn't find it too fun to play. Vocals are like South of Heaven. Talkies or monotone. It does have harmonies though! That's nice.

Best instrument: Guitar if you like difficulty, bass if you're not a huge fan of hard stuff.
What should you buy: Get the pack if you like really hard stuff or Slayer. Otherwise, skip it.
Pick of the week: South of Heaven

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