New Guitar Hero 3 DLC Packs Deftones and Thrice; Free Dropkick Murphys Songs in Mid-March

By Chris Faylor, Mar 06, 2008 9:56am PST Publisher Activision today announced the release of a downloadable Modern Metal Track Pack for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Neversoft's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Priced at 500 Microsoft Points ($6.25) and featuring master recordings of Deftones' "Hole in the Earth," Avenged Sevefold's "Almost Easy" and Thrice's "The Arsonist," the Modern Metal Pack is now available for purchase from the Xbox Live Marketplace. It should arrive in the online PlayStation Store later this afternoon.

The company also revealed its plans for a free trio of Dropkick Murphys tracks, slated for release in mid-March. Containing master recordings of "Famous for Nothing," "(F)lannigan's Ball" and "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya," the pack is intended to help celebrate of St. Patrick's Day.

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    Deftones "Hole in the Earth": Predictably the most enjoyable song in this pack, it is also the easiest. I don't mean easy in a bad way, however, as it's ease is due to it being melodic and keep a brisk pace, but never throttling you. The note chart is spot on and actually quite enjoyable. While it won't challenge you, you won't be bored with it either, as it is a quality offering, probably amongst the best so far for GH3.

    First Runthrough Score: 5 Stars, 99%, 267,648 points

    Avenged Sevenfold "Almost Easy": The original song itself pales to the much better "Beast and the Harlot" from GH2, but the note chart is actually pretty decent. I had more fun than I thought with this song, despite me not really liking the source material. It will give your fingers a workout, much like your mom after her second glass of wine, and overall, not a bad addition. This suprised me.

    First Runthrough Score: 4 Stars, 91 %, 191,345 points

    Thrice "The Arsonist": Not too familiar with the song or band, but it's not that bad, but it's not great either. I probably like the song itself better than the Avenged Sevenfold song, but the note chart is a little more scatterbrained. I didn't mind it, but it may be one of those songs that people don't like because they can't keep up with the seemingly random note changes and three note finger switching. It's not anywhere near as hard as a tier 8 song though, and would probably fit in at about tier 6-7.

    First Runthrough Score: 4 stars, 94%, 185,549 points.

    OVERALL Worth downloading, even if the only good song was the Deftones' entry. Luckily, despite themselves, the other 2 songs are actually pretty fun, despite how you may feel about the source material. For Expert Players, Enough to keep you busy, but won't get you past Lou if you are still stuck and trying to get better. The Velvet Revolver Pack and the Pack that had Mastodon are a bit tougher, if you are in it just for the challenge.