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Released May 22, 2012 for Rock Band
Maiden Epics
1091 users have this song ($2)    
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Genre: Metal
Album: Powerslave (1984)

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Bass of the Year? Maybe! Poinkish
Those of you who are avid listeners of this song probably saw this coming, but the bass part of "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" easily ranks up there with Rock Band's best to date. This songs shares that great sense of synchronicity between Bass and Guitar that many Maiden songs are famous for, but at the same time offers more than enough variety scattered throughout to make it stand out on it's own.

The first 4 minutes of "RotAM's" bass shares much in common with the Guitar, laying on three note gallops throughout, with riff changes almost identical to the Guitar. It's a good warmup for the next 9 minutes of insanity ahead.

What comes up next can only be described as a relentless assault on the senses. Quick alt-strumming that as you flailing up and down the fretboard, quick bursts of triplets linked together by breif hammer-on switches.

Then, at 4:30 something amazing happens. One HUGE string of hammer-ons in a bass solo comes down at you thick and fast, it has you moving up and down the guitar neck in so many different ways throughout. It's quite frankly one of the best solos in the game by far, and easily ranks up with "Caravan"'s two solos as the best bass solos the game has to offer.

No time to rest after this though, as the song throws you straight back into the fast alt-strumming from before, albeit not as complex as before, and a bit more manageable. This goes on for a short amount of time before leading off into the narrative part of the song.

For this part you'll be playing an ambient bassline that has you ascending up the neck at a slow pace, then back down. Much like the like the Guitar part it's a good place to wind down and get ready to jump back into the action. After the narration ends, you're thrown into a tricky little riff that has you holding down the green note while moving back and forth between the yellow and orange notes, it's like a much slower version of "Panic Attack"'s bass riff, but without anywhere near the amount of frustration to consistently hit.

Then the build-up the the main riff begins, giving you a much more manageable alt-strumming section, with more readable switches up and down the fretboard, the timing and pattern does change a fair bit though so don't let down your guard!

After a few more minutes of this, the songs puts you right into the main riff again to end the song. This is easily the most satisfying bass chart since Caravan last year, and easily my bass pick of the pack, and one of the best in Rock Band so far.
05.22.12 4:20pm 0 Replies | Reply +9 Relevance
Well, here's the one you've all been waiting for! Poinkish
So, the big one, the Maiden song that got the most hype when the pack was announced last week, does it live up to the hype? Honestly, I'd have to say yes! While this is clearly overtiered on Guitar by about 1 tier, this is still a blast to play, and quite an accessible song for most expert players.

The first quarter of this song eases the player into the song with series of single note gallops, with some occasional hammer-ons throw in every now and then. The main thing to look out for here is a series of 4 note hammer-ons that repeat over and over twice during this part, but apart from that, it's not too taxing on the hands.

The next section is where the song starts to heat up, with a series of steady alt-strummed single notes that have you ascending up the fretboard and back down again, with some slow note strumming and chord sustains in between to help you cool off, rinse and repeat. It flows together quite nicely, and it'll easily keep you entertain until the next part of the song kicks in at about the 5 minute mark.

The next section, the iconic narrative part gives Guitar players a chance to relax and wind down after the last part, giving you a series of laid-back hammer-ons that end with something not seen that often in Rock Band, three note chord hammer-ons. This part has a great atmosphere and feel to it, and the break gives you time to appreciate it.

After that there's a bit of downtime, giving the Bassist time to shine with a tricky bass riff that shares a remarkable resemblance to the intro riff in "The Clairvoyent" from one of Maiden's later albums. A nice little tid-bit for those of you who played that song in the first Maiden pack!

What follows after this is another alt-strumming section followed by a Guitar solo that makes heavy use of trills, and long hammer-on snaking. This is where most players are likely the slip up on their first try, but for the most part, the solo's fun to play.

After a bit more snaking back and forth across the fretboard the main riff from the start of the song kicks in, and finishes the song off. Probably my second favorite Guitar song in the pack and a definite purchase for all you Guitarists out there.
05.22.12 4:20pm 0 Replies | Reply +6 Relevance
GET THIS. moopuns
Ok, first off, the bass is MUCH more varied than guitar. Stops that EASILY prevent you from FCing it on Sightread.
BASS SOLO. Easy sweeping, it was REALLY fun, and I almost sightread FC'd it. I wasn't expecting it originally, since I never heard it myself.
The triplets blasted me out of the water. The bass is VERY challenging in triplet mode.
05.23.12 12:17am 0 Replies | Reply 0 Relevance
It's OK. moopuns
Not exactly devil tiered at all, given for the solo's trill lanes and the back-and-forth after the solo with red and blue...
However, the majority keeps you strumming and over the fretboard. Good addition, but the bass solo part drags on when you're on guitar.
05.23.12 12:08am 0 Replies | Reply -1 Relevance
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