Top ten video games with rock soundtracks (part 2)

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 only featured a three-song soundtrack with Diplo and Skrillex having made a strong showing for the small amount of music in-game. Generally, nothing beats that burn down pot fields during a Skrillex drop.

Alan Wake

Bowie is surely the perfect song to end a thrilling survival horror video game. The Space Oddity of David Bowie plays ominously over the credits after completing Alan Wake, along with appearances of Roy Orbison and Depeche Mode at other points. Although the stellar music choices may have led to the game’s demise, it was pulled off shelves for a period of time after the expiration of their music licenses.

Doom

Doom is the only video game on this list that do not attach with an established musical artist. However, the soundtrack could be the strongest out there. That the music is all in MIDI form makes the quality and catchiness more impressive. This soundtrack is just downright metal.

Brütal Legend

Brütal Legend takes place in rock ‘n’ roll dystopia with a song that goes with the vibe perfectly. A wide range of rock icons including Motörhead, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne (who also sounds like a character in the play) sets the stage for some fun. Also, Jack Black portrays the protagonist of a video game while sharing some Tenacious D tracks, which is reason enough to try.

Queen: The eYe

Queen provided the full soundtrack for the game Queen: The eYe (in classic MIDI style), offering a stellar backdrop when you save rock ’n’ roll from the all-seeing “the eYe.”

Madden 04

The annual NFL video game franchise always has big names in music, making for strong songs year after year. With pop punk and other rock hits common in the early 2000s, the 2004 Madden program led to bands included such as blink-182, Yellowcard, Alien Ant Farm, Avenged Sevenfold and Jet, making for a solid system.

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The Most Famous Alternative Rock Bands of All Time (part 2)

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, Thirty Seconds to Mars (or 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band including members: Jared Leto (lead vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards), Shannon Leto (drums, percussion), and Tomo Miličević (lead guitar, violin, and some other instruments).

In 2002, Bob Ezrin produced Thirty Seconds to Mars’s debut album under the name 30 Seconds to Mars, which was released to positive reviews but only to limited commercial success. The band became widely famous for the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie in 2005. The album received various certifications all around the world, including platinum in the US. They released next album This Is War in 2009, showing a dramatic evolution in the band’s musical style.

The band then moved to Universal Music, which helped them release the fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in 2013 with both critical and commercial success. They had sold more than 15 million albums as of September 2014,

During their career, the band has received some awards and accolades such as a Guinness World Record, and has also been regarded as one of best artists of the 2000s.

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys was a hip-hop group formed in 1981 from New York City. The group includes Michael “Mike D” Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz (vocals, guitar), and Adam “MCA” Yauch (vocals, bass).

Originally formed as a four-member hardcore punk band, the Young Aborigines in 1978, the band appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash with two songs from their first recorded, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982.

After achieving local success with the hip hop 12-inch single Cooky Puss in 1983, the band made a full transition to hip-hop successfully. They made a tour with Madonna in 1985 and released their first album Licensed to Ill one year later. The group sold 50 million albums worldwide, making them the biggest-selling rap group since the Billboard started recording sales data in 1991.

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The Most Famous Alternative Rock Bands of All Time (part 1)

Emerged from the 1980s’ independent music underground, alternative rock became popular in the 1990s around the world. Let’s have a look at some of the most famous alternative rock bands of all time.

The Moon & Antarctica Modest Mouse

Formed in 1992 in Washington, Modest Mouse was currently based in Portland, Oregon, the US. The band’s founding members are lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, bassist Eric Judy, and drummer Jeremiah Green. Deeply influenced by groups XTC, Pavement, Talking Heads, and the Pixies, the band rearranged, rehearsed, and recorded demos for about two years before signing with small-town indie brand, K Records, and releasing singles. Since the group released their debut album in 1996 under the name This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, its lineup has centered on Brock and Green.

Before having departed in 2012, Judy performed on every Modest Mouse album. Guitarist Johnny Marr joined the group in 2006, shortly following multi-instrumentalist Tom Peloso and percussionist Joe Plummer to feature on the album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Later in 2009, guitarist Jim Fairchild joined the group. Their sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves, was released in 2015.

The group’s name is derived from the Virginia Woolf story The Mark on the Wall.

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Founded in London, the UK, in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and guitarist Steven Severin, Siouxsie and the Banshees was a band initially associating with the English punk rock scene. The group evolved to create a form of post-punk discord filled with sonic experimentation and daring rhythmic. In 1981, with the release of Juju, the band became a deep influence on the emerging gothic rock scene. After the group disbanded in 1996, Siouxsie and drummer Budgie continued to record music as the second band Creatures that they had formed in the early 1980s. Siouxsie began a solo career in 2004.

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Top ten video games with rock soundtracks (part 1)

A great soundtrack can help a decent video game become a classic. From hit songs to original scores, here are top ten video games with rock soundtracks that gave an extra buzz to your game play.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Avenged Sevenfold added some great tracks to Call Of Duty: Black Ops II and also contributed a cringe-worthy animated music video featuring game characters rocking out to a Sevenfold set that you can see after the campaign is finished.

Halo 2

Widely known for its choir-like introduction, the Halo 2 featured Breaking Benjamin as one of the many alien-blasting anthems. Although it is a little more upbeat than accustomed, it creates a great addition to a legendary video game version. That famous chorus is no less exciting than the actual game. Steve Vai is behind that guitar solo gives players goosebumps as warding off the evil flood.

Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the most critically acclaimed video game series that have brought great music to the table. That video game features a completely stacked library and nails it by including a wide variety of genres and bands, including famous names like Wavves, The Creator, Tyler, FIDLAR, and many more.

Quake

As you know, Quake doesn’t feature any tracks from Nine Inch Nails, but its dark, immersive soundtrack is hailed as some of the best work by Trent Reznor, which set him up for an Academy Award for his sound design in The Social Network.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater

In addition to being a kick-ass game that provided the uncoordinated way to kickflip and grind rails, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games provided many kids with an intro to punk. The video game showcased bands such as the Rage Against The Machine, Goldfinger, Offspring and Bad Religion in later titles with the first one setting a strict precedent for sequel soundtracks.

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Radiohead, One Of The Most Popular Bands In The History of Alternative Rock

Formed in 1985, Radiohead is an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, consisting of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, piano, guitar, keyboards), Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals), and Colin Greenwood (bass). They have cooperated with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.

After signing to EMI in 1991, the band released their debut single “Creep” in 1992. The single became a worldwide hit after their debut album Pablo Honey was released in 1993. Their popularity and critical standing increased in the United Kingdom with their second album The Bends released in 1995. Their third album OK Computer released in 1997 propelled them to international fame. Famous for its complex production and themes of modern alienation, it is considered as a landmark record of the 1990s and one of the best albums in popular music. Radiohead’s next albums Kid A released in 2000 and Amnesiac released in 2001, recorded simultaneously, marked a dramatic change in style, incorporating influences from experimental electronic music, krautrock, 20th-century classical music, and jazz. In spite of initially dividing listeners, Kid A was then named the decade’s best album by the Times, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork.

The band’s sixth album Hail to the Thief was released two years later, mixed rock and electronic music with lyrics that are inspired by the War on Terror, and was their final album for EMI. The band’s subsequent releases have pioneered alternative release platforms like pay-what-you-want and BitTorrent.

In 2007, the band self-released their seventh album In Rainbows as a download version for which customers could set their own price, to critical and chart success. In 2011, their eighth album, The King of Limbs was developed using extensive looping and sampling. Five years later, their ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool, prominently featured Jonny Greenwood’s orchestral arrangements.

Radiohead have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Their products places highly in both critics’ lists and listener polls of the best music of the 1990s and 2000s. In 2005, Radiohead was ranked 73rd in Rolling Stone‘s list of  The Greatest Artists of All Time and then in 2009, Rolling Stone readers voted Radiohead the second-best artist of the 2000s.

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Billboard Has Revamped Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart

Billboard has announced the revamped multi-metric Hot Rock Songs chart with new name Hot Rock & Alternative Songs survey.

The change from Hot Rock Songs to Hot Rock & Alternative Songs shows the rise of artists who make music that is often considered alternative, but doesn’t fit within the common boundaries of rock. This subset of music has been noticeable not only on the Alternative Songs airplay chart of Billboard, which tracks airplay on radio stations playing the alternative format, but also on the all-genre Hot 100 chart of Billboard, with such artists as Billie Eilish, Powfu, and Benee.

The 50-position Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, which will go on to rank songs through a blend of streaming, radio airplay, and sales data as tracked by MRC Data/Nielsen Music (the same methodology that powers the Hot 100), will host songs deemed either rock or alternative, or both, since it expands beyond a listing of core rock titles, consisting of those with an alternative bent, to feature songs considered as a hybrid of rap and alternative, pop and alternative, and more.

Powfu’s hit “Death Bed,” featuring Beabadoobee, rules the first iteration of the christened Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart on June 13. The track, released on Columbia Records, has won much support on alternative radio, having reached the top 5 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart.

Rounding out the top five of the refurbished ranking are Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted”; Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey”; Benee’s “Supalonely,” featuring Gus Dapperton; and Twenty One Pilots’ “Level of Concern”.

In addition, Billboard has set up two new 25-position charts, employing the similar multi-metric methodology, as offshoots of Hot Rock & Alternative Songs: Hot Alternative Songs. This will include only songs categorized as alternative while Hot Hard Rock Songs will feature only guitar-based rock songs with a heavier edge.

Powfu’s “Death Bed” likewise leads the initial Hot Alternative Songs chart, while Falling in Reverse’s “Popular Monster,” a former No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally, is the maiden ruler on Hot Hard Rock Songs.

Billboard is also introducing the Alternative Streaming Songs and Hard Rock Streaming Songs charts, both 25 positions in length, to reflect the most-streamed songs in the U.S. in each genre. They join the existing 25-position Alternative Digital Song Sales and Hard Rock Digital Song Sales surveys.

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We Will Rock You – One of the greatest stadium anthems of all time

Although We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions are two separate tracks, Queen released them together as a single in October 1977. It is nearly impossible to think of one of these without the other. They are the ideal of what a stadium anthem should be: easy to sing, best when performed in unison, and no instruments are required.

We Will Rock You tells the story of a globalized future without any musical instrument. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians, fight against the powerful Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen; they fight for individuality, freedom, and the rebirth of rock. Scaramouche and Galileo, two young outsiders, can’t come to terms with the bleak conformist reality. They participate in the Bohemians and embark to find the unlimited power of freedom, love, and Rock music.

The idea came after a meeting between the actor Robert De Niro with musicians Roger Taylor and Brian May, in Venice in 1996. De Niro’s daughter was a fan of the Queen so he asked whether the legends of rock had ever thought of creating a musical based on their songs. That was the starting of everything.

Since 2002, more than 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production, based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton. Elton fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around above 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs, featuring We Are The Champions, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Another One Bites The Dus, Don’t Stop Me Now, Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, and certainly, We Will Rock You.

We Will Rock You reflects the scale and spectacle that symbolized Queen’s live performances and earned the band its outstanding position in the history of rock. With Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May as music supervisors, We Will Rock You has rocked as fiercely as the best of Queen’s concerts.

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New Release Alt-Rock Albums to Listen To Right Now

Alt-rock started as a rock subgenre to cover artists who were not signed commercially by major labels, creating a sound that is rock at the roots but limited only by the imagination of the artists. For fans of alt-rock, here are the latest albums to help you chill.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

The latest album of Fiona Apple is the currently best-selling across listening services. Listen as the songwriter, singer, and pianist delivers her best vocal and songwriting performance to date.

Listen to a full 13-track list which earned her universal acclaim from music outlets, with Clair Shaffer of Rolling Stone tips her hat off to the best work of her career.

Trust Fall (Side B) by Incubus

This sequel to the 2015 Side A album of Incubus was five years in the producing, and fans have noted listening to both sides of trust fall to appreciate this album better.

Update your slow jams mix with songs like “On Without Me” or “Karma, Come Back” or enjoy a bit more upbeat sounds with the new wave sounding “Into The Summer” and “Our Love.”

The New Abnormal by The Strokes

The sixth studio album from The Strokes features a weirdly satisfying artsy album cover. The 1981 “Bird on Money” of Jean-Michel Basquiat is not the most exciting thing about this album.

While their previous albums were met with a lukewarm response, this new one is often touted as the group’s return to form with earlier-released.

Love in the Midst of Mayhem by Joe Ely

Joe Ely returns to soothe the weary souls thanks to the quarantine with “Love in the Midst of Mayhem.” Most of the songs in his latest album tell a story or an aspect of life amid the global pandemic.

Ely works with longtime collaborators Texans to deliver a more intimate audio session with songs spanning a long time from the 1974 “Soon All Your Sorrows Be Gone” to the more recent “You Can Rely On Me.”

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Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne dies of Covid-19 at 52

Fountains of Wayne co-founder and Emmy and Grammy award-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger, 52 years old, died of Covid-19 on Wednesday morning, EW has confirmed.

Schlesinger had been cared for in an upstate New York Hospital for more than one week. On Tuesday, his Fountains of Wayne bandmate Chris Collingwood shared a family status updating Schlesinger’s health and thanked fans for their love and support. According to the statement, Schlesinger was on a ventilator and was receiving excellent care. His condition got improvement and they were optimistic.

Schlesinger is most famous for his contributions to Fountains of Wayne, a Grammy-nominated alternative rock band that was behind the 2003 hit song Stacy’s Mom. The name Fountains of Wayne was taken after a New Jersey fountain shop. The group broke through with their first single Radiation Vibe in 1996. With five critically-acclaimed albums, Fountains of Wayne got a devoted following of fans who admired the way Schlesinger and Collingwood wove story songs into perfect pop packaging. Schlesinger, who sang harmony vocals and played bass, was also a member of the supergroup Tinted Windows with Taylor Hanson of Hanson, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, and James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins.

In addition, Schlesinger successfully used his musical talents in film, theater, and television on projects such as 1996’s That Thing You Do!, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for the title track and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. He also coached Hugh Grant for starring the movie Music and Lyrics. Recently, he found acclaim as a music producer on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend of Rachel Bloom, winning three during his run on the series, and earning five Emmy nominations.

In 2010, he earned a Grammy award for his cooperation with Javerbaum on A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! by Steven Colbert.

Throughout his music career, Schlesinger worked with a lot of notable names, including The Monkees, Robert Plant, Fastball, and Dashboard Confessional.

He is survived by his ex-wife and their two daughters.

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Alternative-Rock Legend Stephen Malkmus on His New Folk Album

Singer and guitarist Stephen Malkmus became one of the most reputable voices in modern-day rock whilst his band Pavement arrived at the scene 30 years ago. Whilst Malkmus is hesitant to speak approximately his legacy these days, his impact may be heard throughout the modern-day crop of indie rock artists, whether or not it is the frantic pop-punk of musicians which include Jeff Rosenstock or the groove-orientated, swaggering indie rock of a band like Wolf Parade.

After Pavement went on hiatus in 1999, Malkmus entered the second one phase in his career as the leader of the Jicks, who have recorded seven well-acquired albums. Of overdue, he has branched out of the indie rock style, sans the Jicks, beginning with 2019’s electronic-ruled Groove Denied. Now he is making some other stylistic and radical musical departure with conventional techniques, a ’60s-styled folks album due out on March 6. conventional strategies invokes both the simplicity of storytelling troubadours like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, however veers into psychedelia reminiscent of The doorways. though, this is a record for a 2020 target audience.

Malkmus, 53, will of direction excursion to assist traditional techniques in North america, starting on March 31 in Minneapolis. but right here’s some big news: he will also reunite with Pavement in June on the Primavera Sound festival in Spain and Portugal. Malkmus talked all approximately it with Newsweek. Edited Excerpts:

What inspired you to make a this folk album?
i was form of curious to see what my songs put thru that prism could be. That desire blended with the possibility to do it, because Chris Funk [of indie rock band The Decemberists], who helped organize it, provided me the relative[ly] clean capacity to throw collectively a band to make it occur in my fatherland. i would say those two things: possibility and choice.

What artists prompted this album?

I pictured myself as kind of a Gordon Lightfoot-style existential troubadour—a bit bit depression and making a song in a decrease sign up with a piece greater gravitas than some matters I do and quieter. sure voices or kinds of singing could pop up in my head. i might sound like Lou Reed for a 2nd, or folky such things as Bert Jansch—Bob Dylan even. a whole lot of ’60s guys.

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