The angst-ridden lyrics and powerful guitar lines punk rock band Rise Against are famous for mesh perfectly in the Guitar Hero library of tracks.‚  Heavy, head-banging choruses, yet in an oddly melodious nature are the staple of Rise Against’s work and are hella fun to play along to.

If the multi-dozen list of tracks we revealed earlier this week didn’t do it for you, Activision announced today three more tunes from Rise Against available for Guitar Hero World Tour March 12th.

The Rise Against Track Pack will include:

  • “Death Blossoms,” a previously unreleased single composed and recorded exclusively for World Tour.
  • “Audience of One,” the hit single off the band’s new album Appeal to Reason.
  • “Ready to Fall,” from their 2006 album The Sufferer & The Witness.

Rise Against in no stranger to the Guitar Hero family of titles.‚  “Prayer of the Refugee” was featured on Guitar Hero 3, and “Re-education through labor” is available on World Tour.‚  Both of which are high energy, fast paced, finger bleeding songs that are very fun to play.

Furthermore, as part of Xbox Live’s “Game with Fame” promotion, virtual rockers have the chance to shred alongside Tim Mcllrath, lead vocalist for Rise Against March 14th from 11:00AM-1:00PM PST.‚  All you have to do is send a friend request to GHRiseAgainst1, download the new tracks, and hope for the best!

Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Activision Blizzard had this say regarding Rise Against’s involvement with the title:

“Guitar Hero continues to be a platform for artists to deliver new music while gaining invaluable exposure, we are thrilled that Rise Against was willing to compose and record ‘Death Blossoms’ exclusively for our audience offering fans an opportunity to download music heard nowhere else.”

The Rise Against track pack will be available March 14th on Xbox Live for 440 MS points or through the PlayStation store for $5.49.‚  If you don’t want all three, each song will be available individually for 160MS points / $1.99 and 200 Wii Points.

About Activision:

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 6, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — On March 12th, Rise Against will join the growing roster of artists to debut exclusively created music to Guitar Hero fans with the debut of “Death Blossoms” as downloadable content for Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero(R) World Tour.

The Guitar Hero alums, with “Prayer of the Refuge” and “Re-Education (Through Labor)” appearing in previous versions of Guitar Hero, complete the Rise Against Track Pack with “Audience of One,” the hit single off the band’s new album Appeal to Reason and “Ready to Fall,” from their 2006 album The Sufferer & The Witness.

Commemorating the release of the highly anticipated Rise Against Track Pack, virtual rockstars will have the unique opportunity to join Tim McIlrath on the digital stage for performances of Rise Against smash hits. For a chance to rock with the Chicago native in the Game with Fame on March 14th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Central (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific) in Guitar Hero World Tour on the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, send a friend request to the gamertag GHRiseAgainst1.

“Guitar Hero continues to be a platform for artists to deliver new music while gaining invaluable exposure,” says Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs for Activision Blizzard. “We are thrilled that Rise Against was willing to compose and record ‘Death Blossoms’ exclusively for our audience offering fans an opportunity to download music heard nowhere else.”

Rise Against is vocalist Tim McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, drummer Brandon Barnes and guitarist Zach Blair. In spring 2001, the band released their debut CD “The Unraveling” on Fat Wreck Chords. After two years of solid touring, Rise Against recorded “Revolutions Per Minute” (2002), followed by “Siren Song Of The Counter-Culture” (2004). “The Sufferer & the Witness” was released in 2006 and debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Rise Against released their fifth studio album, Appeal To Reason, on DGC/Interscope Records last fall and it debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart as well as spending one week at #1 on the iTunes album chart. First single, “Re-Education (Through Labor),” was a top 2 hit at modern rock radio and new single “Audience Of One” is poised to top the charts as well. Rise Against will embark on a summer headlining tour with special guest Rancid.

The Rise Against Track Pack will be available March 12th on Xbox LIVE(R) Marketplace for Xbox 360(R) for 440 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation(R)Store for the PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system for $5.49. “Death Blossoms,” “Audience of One” and “Ready to Fall” will be released individually as downloadable singles for Xbox 360 for 160 Microsoft Points, PLAYSTATION 3 system for $1.99 and Wii(TM) for 200 Wii Points each.

Guitar Hero World Tour transforms music gaming by expanding Guitar Hero’s signature guitar gameplay into a cooperative band experience that combines the most advanced wireless controllers with new revolutionary online* and offline gameplay modes including Band Career and 8-player “Battle of the Bands,” which allows two full bands to compete head-to-head online. The game features a slick newly redesigned guitar controller, drum kit controller and a wired microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own rock ‘n’ roll anthems. Music creators are also able to share their recordings with their friends online through GHTunes(SM) where other gamers can download and play an endless supply of unique creations.

Guitar Hero World Tour is now available for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, the Wii home video game system from Nintendo and the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. For more information on Guitar Hero World Tour, please visit worldtour.guitarhero.com.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

About The Author

Eddie Makuch is a Blast staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch.

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