Song Info
Released July 5, 2011 for Rock Band

1820 users have this song ($2)    
246 users have the Pro upgrade
Genre: Nu-Metal
Album: Toxicity (2001)

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Full Band

Other Versions
Aerials (Rocksmith)
Aerials (Guitar Hero Live)
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Simple, yet effective m2cks
Aerials, one of the more popular songs off of System of a Down's Toxicity album, is certainly one of theirs that I have been waiting with bated breath to appear on Rock Band. I personally am an old fan of theirs, right down to the beginning with their first, self-titled, album (which explains why I am frustrated with Harmonix in not releasing their song "Sugar" and not simply making the band's newest release a three-pack, but I digress).

As with the charting of the song, it is noticably a step down with the variability and chaotic "jumpiness" of their previous songs released as both DLC and "on-disc". The first thing that vocalists will notice is the seemingly instantaneous beginning the vocals chart has, launching directly into the verse as soon as the song reaches its "heavy" instrumentation. It is nothing troubling, but it is an interesting observation. The verses themselves should not be too much trouble (especially since this is a well-known song and the fact that they do not go off of their main up-down-up-down pattern too often). However, one should watch out for the added sustain-pitch at the end of verse 2 that leads into the next chorus. It is not hard to line up your arrow, but it can catch you if you did not breathe in enough.

Another observation that this time could affect gameplay is how the harmonies are higher-pitched than the main vocals line and are somethimes even louder-sounding than it. This could prove a little distracting, but I will elaborate further towards the end.

This song features a common vocals cliche that somewhat irks me: the chorus is sometimes sung an octave below its main pitch. This is seen in many songs, in and outside of Rock Band, and frankly I am getting a little tired of seeing it repeated frequently; that, of course, is my personal opinion, however, and in this song I feel that Serj Tankian used it actually effectively this time around. The chorus is then extended as the song progresses, and soon leads to the next verse, the next (low) chorus, and the outro.

This is where I wanted to elaborate on the harmonies. Though the harmonies, upon listen, sound very nice and appropriately haunting on the outro, if you are simply singing solo, the harmonies can drown out the lower-pitched main line and could throw off your arrow if you are not careful enough. My advice is to simply sing louder in a higher octave so that you can clearly hear yourself over the backup singer.

Overall, this song is a mixed bag of simplicity and challenge, and thus has something to offer to vocalists of any difficulty. Thus, with that said, I can fully reccommend it and give it the highest score that I can offer it.
07.18.11 7:48pm 0 Replies | Reply +6 Relevance
Not as fun as it should be. Bront
Full Disclosure: I generally dislike SOAD and Serj's vocals. Personal taste. I snagged this song at a request for my RB Parties, as it's the first SOAD song I've heard that I didn't dislike on my first listen though.

The chart is most two separate parts. One part is a single note strum/HOPO section, with a note or two strummed and then 2-4 HOPOs, usually simply going up the neck. The other part is a pretty standard fair set of chords. The single note section would normally be a lot of fun, but there are just enough extra strums in there to make it awkward, and it's faster and more awkward in general than the HOPO into part in "Something Bigger, Something Brighter". The Chord part is pretty standard and doesn't really stand out. Since these parts make up 95% of the song, you don't get a lot of variation either.

Now, this song is apparently pretty popular and recent, so for parties it might be a good pickup, and it does have all 5 instruments, but for me, it felt like an average song that I didn't really enjoy playing that much. If you like SOAD, snag it. If you don't, it's not a bad chart, but I've played better. If you dislike SOAD, pass, as the chart isn't worth it by itself.
08.13.11 2:59pm 0 Replies | Reply +3 Relevance
Average, In the Sky Karmeleaux
A weak three-star I'd say, in that all of the rhythms are weak three-stars and nothing ends up taking away to negate that.

During the part of the verse with vocals, you're strumming blue. The strum pattern here is the focus, and it's varied enough to keep you engaged for how short this is each time it comes up.

After the vocals in the verse, you play four green eighth notes then hammer-on to an orange sustain, repeating three more times moving to a lower note for the sustain each time.

For the chorus, you play the root note of the guitar rhythm. Obviously not as difficult as the full guitar rhythm, but it moves around the fretboard nicely, slowly scaling around. The first chorus also chooses to do the notes staccato instead of sustained like later choruses.

All together, not a terribly impressive chart, made up of two alright rhythms. But nothing really ends up grating and it has enough sustenance for fans to get something out of it, I feel.

Bass Rating
1/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should not buy this song.
2/5 - Fans of the song/band should be wary if they focus on this instrument.
3/5 - Alright on this instrument, buy it if you're a fan.
4/5 - Fans of this instrument could benefit from checking out this song.
5/5 - If you focus on this instrument, you should buy this song.
06.17.13 7:05pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Instrument Played: Strings Dr Sardonicus
Aerials is one of the better keys charts I've seen in the warmup category. The song follows the same set-up as 20th Century Boy, where you only play in the verses when there's no singing, but there's more variety here, though it's only on 4 notes. There's also a chorus part, which is similar to the verse riff but with more variety. The song basically follows this pattern except for halfway through, where you get a slow snake between two notes until it goes up an octave, and near the end, where the chart moves up an octave. Overall,it's not fantastic, and I'm sure that it would bore better keys players, but for someone like me, I found it ok.
12.18.12 10:50pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
Pro Keys: Single-note sustains, empty space Madotsuki
The majority of this song is sustained single-notes based around the red and lower yellow sections, but there are a few times where you move over and play around the blue section for a bit.
Theres alot of empty space throughout numerous parts of the song, but when you are playing, its mostly just sustains that follow the bass notes of the guitar, but occasionally the keys do trail off on their own.
Overall, this isn't too great of a keys chart, mostly just empty space and sustains.
I obviously wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a good keys song.
06.30.12 8:39pm 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
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