Tuesday, 8 May 2012

DLC 5/8: Rage Against the Machine



This week's DLC comes courtesy of Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine - "Killing in the Name"
Rage Against the Machine - "Bombtrack" - Pro Available
Rage Against the Machine - "Sleep Now In the Fire"



Finally! I can play Bombtrack and not have to play the abomination that is PowerGig!


Killing in the Name

Killing in the Name, on Guitar Hero Smash Hits, was the first (and only) song that my mother seemed to not like me singing. The fact that I filled in the swearing wasn't the problem. The fact that it was really loud wasn't the problem either. Come to think of it, there wasn't much of a problem. There was however, an explanation about cross burning, the KKK and various other things that had been mentioned or alluded to in the song. She claims she doesn't remember this when I bring it up. Anyway, the guitar part is very hard. Not Visions hard but hard none the less. It's solo starts out with a slew of strum lanes that can easily break your combo and then it goes in to a bunch of HOPOs that are equally challenging! The actual riff isn't too bad though. There are some very fast alt-strum chords in a few parts as well. The bass part was to the guitar part what PowerGig is to a legitimate music game. A disappointing impersonation. The whole time it just felt like I was playing a dumbed down version of the guitar. It's disappointing, really. This drum part is ridiculously hard. It's bass pedal comes in at the most awkward of times with the most awkward patterns. It's pretty damn hard. The vocals on this one are all talkies so not much can be said about them. I did appreciate the way the censorship was handled in this one though. Rather than omit just "f*ck" from the end of the song they omitted the whole "f*ck you" so that it became "I won't do what you tell me!" as opposed to "you I won't do what you tell me!" Although it's kind of odd to hear him just shout "MOTHER!" at the end.

Bombtrack

The first solo is the easiest part of the guitar track. The second solo is, however, probably the hardest. That or the intro. I honestly thought that the intro was just bass and that the reason it was charted on the guitar part in PowerGig was because, let's face it, it's not a very good game (and there isn't any bass in the game). But I digress. The whole song was actually rather fun to play. The intro had a few trill lanes in it but they weren't too bad. Definitely not a hard song, in fact, if it wasn't for Bulls on Parade I'd say this was the easiest Rage song in the game. If you're the sort of person that prefers their songs to be ├╝ber difficult then I wouldn't get this one. If, however, you don't necessarily need a song that will destroy every bone in your hands then I recommend picking this one up. It has a fair amount of challenge while still remaining approachable for most players. Bass on this song was just amazingly great! The intro is almost the same as guitar except for the fact that is does away with those stupid trill lanes. During the first solo on guitar, the bass does a nifty little HOPO section. The verses/chorus of the song are also very similar to the guitar part, just with less chords. The drums on this song are difficult too. It has an awkward bass pedal pattern combined with an awkward drum pattern. It makes the whole thing hard. Once again, the vocals are just talkies so not much can be said for them.

Sleep Now In the Fire

This is my least favourite guitar part of the week. Not because it's not good, but because it's just not AS good as Killing and Bombtrack. The riff feels a bit... awkward. You constantly need to shift your hand up and down the buttons to hit all the notes. The solo is fairly easy and has that Tom Morello signature sound on it but there's just not much of a challenge with it. This bass part is hard. Simple as that. Luckily though, it's hard in an enjoyable way. Unlike the other two, the bass doesn't mirror the guitar for the entire thing. In fact, the bass and the guitar rarely play significant parts together! Like the other two, this song has hard drums. Unlike the other two though, the difficulty doesn't come from it having an awkward bass drum part. Instead it comes from a difficult snare/cymbal pattern that's constantly playing during the verses. Like all the others, the vocals are just talkies so there's not much to review for them.

Pick of the week: Bombtrack

What should you buy: Get it all.

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