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Rock Band 2 Free Downloadable Tracks Coming 11/4

Harmonix announces titles and timeline for the 20 promised downloadable songs for Rock Band 2.

Lesley Roy, relaxing at home.
If you purchased Rock Band 2, don't forget to look at the back of your manual. That's where you'll find a code... that you can enter on a website... so that you can be sent a download token... for 20 additional tracks for use in Rock Band 2. Harmonix had been keeping quiet about what, exactly, these tracks were going to be and when they were coming.

Well, wonder no more. You'll be able to download these songs as of November 4 on the 360 and PS3. The Wii version will have these downloadables ready at launch.

  • The 88 - "Sons and Daughters" (myspace)
  • Authority Zero - "No Regrets" (video)
  • Between the Buried and Me - "Prequel To The Sequel" (video)
  • The Cab - "Bounce" (live video)
  • The Chevelles - "Get It On" (video)
  • The Cocktail Slippers - "Give It To Me" (You might need to be logged into Facebook to hear this song here)
  • Dealership - "Database Corrupted" (listen)
  • Endeverafter - "I Wanna Be Your Man" (video)
  • The Ghost Hounds - "Ashes To Fire" (!?!?!?)
  • Hollywood Undead - "Young" (song embedded in a youtube clip for no good reason)
  • Kutless - "The Feeling" (again with the song coupled with static shots for a reeeease!)
  • The Len Price 3 - "If I Ain't Got You" (video of a Southern Comfort commercial... classy)
  • Lesley Roy - "I'm Gone, I'm Going" (video featuring both excessive eyeliner and running away with a guitar)
  • Opiate for the Masses - "Burn You Down" (video - also, female bass player alert!)
  • Semi-Precious Weapons - "Magnetic Baby" (video - I bet these guys are fun to see live.)
  • Shaimus - "Like a Fool" (myspace)
  • Thenewno2  - Crazy Tuesday" (clip on official site)
  • Tickle Me Pink - "The Time Is Wrong" (live video)
  • Underoath - "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures" (video)
  • X Japan - "I.V." (video - yeah, sure, why not?)

I'm pretty sure that I'm only familiar with Dealership and The Chevelles. Actually, watching that clip from The Chevelles makes me think that I'm probably confusing them with a different band.
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Posted by Jeff
Lesley Roy, relaxing at home.
If you purchased Rock Band 2, don't forget to look at the back of your manual. That's where you'll find a code... that you can enter on a website... so that you can be sent a download token... for 20 additional tracks for use in Rock Band 2. Harmonix had been keeping quiet about what, exactly, these tracks were going to be and when they were coming.

Well, wonder no more. You'll be able to download these songs as of November 4 on the 360 and PS3. The Wii version will have these downloadables ready at launch.

  • The 88 - "Sons and Daughters" (myspace)
  • Authority Zero - "No Regrets" (video)
  • Between the Buried and Me - "Prequel To The Sequel" (video)
  • The Cab - "Bounce" (live video)
  • The Chevelles - "Get It On" (video)
  • The Cocktail Slippers - "Give It To Me" (You might need to be logged into Facebook to hear this song here)
  • Dealership - "Database Corrupted" (listen)
  • Endeverafter - "I Wanna Be Your Man" (video)
  • The Ghost Hounds - "Ashes To Fire" (!?!?!?)
  • Hollywood Undead - "Young" (song embedded in a youtube clip for no good reason)
  • Kutless - "The Feeling" (again with the song coupled with static shots for a reeeease!)
  • The Len Price 3 - "If I Ain't Got You" (video of a Southern Comfort commercial... classy)
  • Lesley Roy - "I'm Gone, I'm Going" (video featuring both excessive eyeliner and running away with a guitar)
  • Opiate for the Masses - "Burn You Down" (video - also, female bass player alert!)
  • Semi-Precious Weapons - "Magnetic Baby" (video - I bet these guys are fun to see live.)
  • Shaimus - "Like a Fool" (myspace)
  • Thenewno2  - Crazy Tuesday" (clip on official site)
  • Tickle Me Pink - "The Time Is Wrong" (live video)
  • Underoath - "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures" (video)
  • X Japan - "I.V." (video - yeah, sure, why not?)

I'm pretty sure that I'm only familiar with Dealership and The Chevelles. Actually, watching that clip from The Chevelles makes me think that I'm probably confusing them with a different band.
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Posted by Ouroboros

Let me be the first to say that I'm happy that these are free because I dont know many people who would pay actual money for this group of songs.  I dont know why they are releasing all indie'ish bands on the heels of World Tour, I would've figured one or two big bands would be included.  I will accept the gracious 20 free songs but I will not be asking for more of them.

Posted by ImperiousRix

...I don't recognize ANY of these...
Thanks, Harmonix... I guess

Posted by scurrybot

i like this tracklist. its cool that they arent just putting songs from big established bands into the game. maybe theyll even put something i like in there eventually.

Posted by LifeByDegrees

I recognize the same two bands- and I also could be wrong about The Chevelles. These tracks will probably be hit and miss- much like all the bonus tracks offered in the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games.
I'm a big Indie listener- but I don't think that was really what they were going for- because if they were- there might be a few more of the better known Indie artists/groups/bands on this list.

Posted by Player1

I really can't decide if this is worth the space on my HD. 

Cool that Harmonix is giving out some free sounds though. 
Posted by TheHBK

i dont think i will be cluttering up my Hard drive with this.

Posted by Badam
Posted by GHOSTKILLA

Thanks for the info Jeff.

Posted by padrino

I am sure there is a gem or two in there. Still, not many well know bands (for me anyway). Thats cool though. Seems like there is too much metal in RB lately. I am just not a fan.

Posted by killzeek

between the buried and me,Authority Zero and X Japan thats so awesome !!!

Posted by Kaido

What the hell, right?

It's free.

Posted by JuMP

Prequel to the Sequel? Hell yes, now all they need to do is add the rest of Colors and I'll be so happy.

Posted by LinuxScouser

X-Japan!? Hell yes!! Ok, they have way better songs, but never thought I would be getting an X Japan song...well...I won't. No idea when it's coming out in the UK, but soon right!?

Posted by destruktive

Underoath is pretty cool :)  

Posted by jarryd

i think this will be alot like the guitar hero one and two bonus tracks where there will be alot of awesome songs from bands people just havent heard of yet

Posted by GeneralBison
Oh my god, X Japan. Finally. I've waited for this for a long long time. Hopefully we get more, or whole albums in the future. I will totally sing I.V.
Posted by ShadowDoGG

UK get the same treatment? I hope so

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

I guess since it's free I can't complain but if they were going the indie route then I would've liked to see another Bang Camaro track.

Posted by RHCPfan24

I don't know anything here.  Maybe thats why they are free. Hopefully they are actually good.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

Don't know any of these.
Thanks Harmonix.

Posted by lordofultima

X JAPAN! YEAH.

Posted by sloppyjoe

"The Chevelles"???  What about Chevelle?

Posted by killawogg

BTBAM hell yeah i love this band,  they need more BTBAM

Posted by MagusMaleficus

*sees list*
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Shit.

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Posted by Superspiritgun

There are some indy gems in there, but a lot of stuff i've never heard of...

it's free, no one is allowed to complain

Posted by fresh2deafbill

thnewno2 is pretty cool. it is a two person band consiting of george harrsion's son dhani

Posted by mordecaix7

Besides Between The Buried And Me and Underoath.....yeah this kinda sucks.  I was hoping for some more popular stuff....Just maybe one Opeth song?  No?  FIne.

Superspiritgun is right.  It's free so we shouldn't complain.  But I can still be kinda pissed.

Posted by jmic75

Yeah....I didn't really expect much from the bonus tracks, I only know one of them, but this really feels like they went out and found the cheapest songs to license just to fulfill their commitment of 20 songs.

Posted by F1

Great way to discourage voters from showing up.
Nah, but seriously, I hope we can vouch to download only a few of them because I have almost no space on my 20GB 360.

Posted by BusinessCasual

Courtesy of Alex Navarro no doubt. Only a crazy music snob would know all these songs lol.

Posted by SoyBob

It's just a shame that us UK folk won't be able to download these FREE songs...

Posted by jmic75

ok well after listening to a bunch of these they all kinda sound like more famous artists....Lesley Roy is paramour jr. lol. As for it being free....there is no such thing as a free lunch and that applies here as well. It's not as if you bought the game then 3 months later it was announced that you'd be getting 20 free tracks, the game shipped with the promise of the tracks so these tracks were probably calculated into the original retail price. In addition you have to factor in the advertising qualitiy of the offer of 20 mystery bonus tracks (I'll take the mystery box!) they might have convinced you to think "hey free stuff these guys are cool look they're giving away songs for free!" , or "Hey a total of n+20 tracks thats alot of value to be had, I am so there!" and then purchasing the game. 

When a product says 30% more free are you really getting 30% free? Of course not you pay for, it in that they're already overcharging you for the original product or they build up brand recognition and next time you go to the store you'll buy that product even if they stop offering the extra "free" amount. 

I do however think I got my 60 bucks worth of gaming content out of the core rock band 2 material as to not be upset at the fact that the bonus content is....um not that great....seriously Lesley Roy? (I always feel bad for the band members in outfits like this that are never mentioned but thats another story.) I just think it's kind of naive to say that it's free so you can't be irked that you don't like the new songs.

Posted by vinull

It's not free - free would be after we bought rock band an announcement comes that says "we are giving you 20 more songs for free!"  These songs were included so they could put, in big letters, "OVER 100 SONGS!" to try and look better than GH:WT I guess.

Since we didn't know these songs until today though, you can't say you bought the game based on these songs.  It would have been nice if they said "20 more hand select indie songs to come" - at least expectations would be set correctly.  It this what's killing the stock today? lol (Seriously, I think it's Spyro killing the stock...).

Overall, I'm okay with the list - I'm sure there will be a few in here I end up tracking down a CD of the artist.  I just cringe at the thought of the random set lists picking these tracks, and being on vocals...

Posted by HatKing

Well I do really like indie music but most of these aren't that great still...I would have appreciated something rather than Between the Buried and Me...*shudders*

Posted by dtran1212

damn, that chick is HOT

Posted by DukeTogo

Not worth the space on my hard drive, maybe I can sell the code to somebody else.

Posted by Vigorousjammer

jeff, here's a link to The Ghost Hounds myspace page:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=282714360

really good song, too.

Posted by Swick

Thank you? I think...

Posted by HiImMikeCruz

BTBAM will be sweet. I hope the UnderOath song is the screaming and the singing parts.

Posted by Milkman

Good god, this is just an absolutely terrible list. I don't even think it's worth the time of putting in the code.

Posted by Milkman

@BussinessCasual

Alex Navarro is not a music snob. He just knows good music, which none of this is. A better question would be how he allowed this to happen.

Posted by Caddy

Wow, I really don't know much of any of them. I am disappointed.

Posted by fryedrycestyle

*start singing I.V.*

X Japan makes this list amazing. Even if I don't end up liking the rest that one song makes me have so much more respect for Harmonix.

Posted by TechnicallyProficient

I was under the impression that 20 free tracks meant 20 free RECOGNIZABLE tracks. Hella lame.

Posted by dabada
Posted by CheeseFanatic

Burn you down is pretty good

Posted by OlDrtyBstrd

These bands fucking suck...waste of HD memory

Posted by Afroman269

Had a feeling it was gonna be just a bunch of unknown bonus shit

Posted by erinfizz

Bleh, too much metal, but I guess some will be fun to play even if I wouldn't usually listen to them.

Btw Jeff, you are probably thinking of Chevelle.

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