Although the Guitar Hero franchise -- as well as MTV’s rival Rock Band games) are dead -- the music keeps playing. Activision has released three new downloadable Track Packs for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and the Guitar Hero music library. Available now and featuring music from artists such as GRAMMY Award nominees Paramore, alternative rock staples Middle Class Rut and Madina Lake, and melodic death metal legends Darkest Hour, these new downloadable offerings are sure to satisfy fans’ musical appetites. Gene Simmons, who serves as the narrator of the last Guitar Hero game, talks about video games and rock in this exclusive video interview.
Guitar Hero veterans and three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pop punk rockers Paramore join alternative rock band Madina Lake in their downloadable content debut with the four-song Emo Edge Track Pack. “Ignorance,” the first single off of Paramore’s 2009 record Brand New Eyes and “That’s What You Get” the second single from the band’s sophomore album Riot! coupled with “Hey Superstar” from Madina Lake’s second EP The Dresden Codex and “Across 5 Oceans” from their upcoming record World War III, round out the offering.
Hailing from Sacramento, California and having taken the stage with some of the biggest acts in the world, alternative rock band Middle Class Rut make their Guitar Hero debut today with the Middle Class Rut Track Pack. Featuring their breakout single “New Low,” “Sad to Know” and “Lifelong Dayshift” from their 2010 album No Name No Color, Middle Class Rut make a great addition to the Guitar Hero music library.
Epic melodic death metal legends Darkest Hour return to Guitar Hero with searing vocals, fast riffing guitar lines and intense double-bass drum beats in a three-song track pack. The Darkest Hour Track Pack features singles “Savor the Kill” and “Beyond the Life You Know” from the band’s seventh and most recent albumThe Human Romance as well as “Doomsayer (The Beginning of the End),” the hit single off of their 2007 record, Deliver Us.
The Middle Class Rut and Emo Edge track packs will be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation Store for $5.49 and for Wii for 550 Wii Points. The songs in the Middle Class Rut and Emo Edge track pack will also be released as downloadable singles on Xbox 360 for 160 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each. The Darkest Hour Track Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 440 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation Store for $5.49, and released as downloadable singles for Xbox 360 for 160 Microsoft Points and PlayStation 3 for $1.99.
In addition to the in-game music store and Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners can expand their Guitar Hero music library using the Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE online entertainment network.
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