Normally news that Harmonix is releasing DLC tracks for Rock Band 4 would not be very exciting. Despite the popularity of the plastic instrument being a thing of the past, the game’s developers have regularly churned out new tracks to download every single week for years.
However, their next release is a pretty impressive one: Iron Butterfly’s 17+ minute long “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The most cromulent among you might remember this track as the basis for Bart Simpson’s fake church hymn that nearly kills the organ player.
According to the Harmonix blog post, the average Rock Band 4 song clocks in at just over four minutes. This makes “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” almost four times longer than the average in-game track. You can read their description of what to expect from the Iron Butterfly track below:
“Bass jamming isn’t marked as a solo, but the instrument has plenty of time in the spotlight. Guitar has FOUR solos in it, mixing guitar solos and some organ play throughout the song. Drums are where the song truly shines though, as the chart has no empty space for the entire 17 minutes. The drum solo is 75 measures long, and as drums are the only instrument to have no break during the song, it’s the definition of focus and endurance. It will take quite a bit of skill to get the full score bonus from the drum solo. Good luck all around.”
The song will be the second longest in Rock Band 4 history when it is released on Thursday, clocking in behind Rush’s “2112,” which lasts a ridiculous 20 minutes and 27 seconds. Due to its extreme length, it will cost $2.99 to download, as opposed to the standard $1.99 of most Rock Band 4 DLC.
If the Rock Band 4 DLC library is too daunting but you are looking for some good jams for your plastic guitar, check out our list of the top 10 available DLC tracks. Are you going to dust off the plastic instruments for the 17+ minute granddaddy of heavy metal? Let us know in the comments.