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  1. This week's theme is 90's deep cuts, more specifically several fantastic but lesser known tracks off some of the most celebrated albums of the 1990s. For those interested, here is a little tour through the albums in chronological order: 1991 - Ten is the debut studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam. Many of the songs on Ten were instrumental jams or reworked Mother Love Bone - former band of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard - songs for which vocalist/front man Eddie Vedder composed new melodies and lyrics. Despite its reputation as a quintessential grunge record, Ten is often noted for displaying a stronger classic rock influence than other contemporary grunge releases. Ten was not an immediate success, but by late 1992 it had reached number two on the Billboard 200. Beyond its role in consolidating the mainstream success of grunge rock in the early 1990s, Ten is generally considered to have been instrumental in the rise and dominance of alternative rock throughout the decade. The album has since been ranked by several publications as one of the greatest albums of all time. By February 2013, it had sold 13 million copies in the US, becoming the 22nd record to do so in the Nielsen SoundScan era and has been certified 13× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). "Porch" is the eighth track on the album and one of it's lesser-known songs behind "Evenflow", "Alive", "Black", and "Jeremy", but it's a raw, emotional, hard-hitting, and unpredictable song, and the only one on the album written solely by Vedder. 1992 - Rage Against the Machine is the debut studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine. Rage Against the Machine was a critical success upon release with several critics noting the album's politically motivated agenda as well as Zack de la Rocha's strong vocal delivery. Rated number 24 on the Rolling Stone's list of "100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time", the album peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart and number 45 on the US Billboard 200 and has gone on to achieve triple platinum sales certification in the US. "Fistful of Steel" is the 8th track on the album and like all other songs on the album, it's success is dwarfed by that of "Killing in the Name"...but also that of more modest hits "Bombtrack", "Know Your Enemy", and "Wake Up." It's no less incendiary or kickass, with Tom Morello's wizardry and Timmy C's aggressive bass licks. Be warned - you will need 24+ frets to play this properly on lead. 1993 - Siamese Dream is the second studio album by American alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins. The album has received widespread acclaim by audiences and critics alike, with the album's musical influences and lyrical material standing out compared to other alternative records released during its time. The album has since been considered "one of the finest alt-rock albums of all time". Despite recording sessions fraught with difficulties and tensions, Siamese Dream debuted at number ten on the Billboard charts, and eventually was certified 4x Platinum, with the album selling over six million copies worldwide, cementing the Smashing Pumpkins as an important group in alternative rock music. "Mayonaise" is the 9th track on the album and is not exactly unknown - it's one of the most stunningly beautiful songs to be released in the decade and is hard to overlook - but is overshadowed by the three enormously successful hits "Cherub Rock", "Today", and "Disarm" that precede it. "Mayonaise" is one of two songs on the album for which guitarist James Iha has co-writing credits with Billy Corgan. The other is "Soma", which is also a beautiful track. 1995 - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? is the second studio album by English rock band Oasis. The record propelled Oasis from being a crossover indie act to a worldwide rock phenomenon, and is seen by critics as a significant record in the timeline of British indie music. Morning Glory sold a record-breaking 345,000 copies in its first week in the UK, spent 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart. It was also the band's breakthrough in America, reaching number four on the US Billboard 200 and being certified 4× platinum there. Although a commercial success, the record initially received lukewarm reviews from mainstream critics; many reviewers deemed it inferior to Definitely Maybe, with the songwriting and production particular points of criticism. However, critical opinion towards the album completely reversed in the ensuing years, and it is now generally considered an important record of both the Britpop era and the 1990s in general, as well as appearing on several lists of the greatest albums in rock music. "Cast No Shadow" is the 8th track on the album and one of the lesser-known behind mega hits "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back in Anger", "Some Might Say", and "Champagne Supernova". It's one of my favorite from the album though and has a surprisingly active bass part for an Oasis song. 1997 - OK Computer is the third studio album by English rock band Radiohead. The album depicts a world fraught with rampant consumerism, social alienation, emotional isolation and political malaise; in this capacity, OK Computer has been said to have prescient insight into the mood of 21st-century life. The band used unconventional production techniques, including natural reverberation through recording on a staircase, and no audio separation. Despite lowered sales estimates by EMI, who deemed the record uncommercial and difficult to market, OK Computer reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200, Radiohead's highest album entry on the US charts at the time, and was soon certified 5× platinum in the UK and double platinum in the US. OK Computer received critical acclaim and has been cited by listeners, critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time. "Lucky" is the 11th track on the album and lags behind hits like "Paranoid Android" - a regular candidate for the best individual songs of all time - as well as "Karma Police" and "No Surprises", but in fact was the first song written and recorded by the band in 1995 (the other songs were all recorded in 1996-97). It's a gorgeous and surprisingly challenging song to play. 1999 - Californication is the seventh studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Californication marked the return of John Frusciante, who had previously appeared on Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik, to replace Dave Navarro as the band's guitarist. Frusciante's return was credited with changing the band's sound altogether, producing a notable shift in style from the music recorded with Navarro. Californication is the Chili Peppers' most commercially successful studio release internationally, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide, and more than 6 million in the United States alone. As of 2002, the album had sold over 4 million copies in Europe. The record marked a significant change in style for the band: Rolling Stone's Greg Tate noted that "while all previous Chili Peppers projects have been highly spirited, Californication dares to be spiritual and epiphanic". In the 2020 edition of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list Californication placed at 286. "Easily" is the seventh track on the album and a feisty challenge for Frusciante and Flea wannabes, but is often overlooked in favor of big hits like "Around the World", "Scar Tissue", "Otherside", and "Californication". You will get a workout playing this.
    12 points
  2. It's Halloween season! I hope everyone is doing well as I've known from personal experience the last couple years have been difficult. I just wanted to provide a recap and give everyone some updates: Rocksmith+ has been delayed Donations are no more, Patreon is the only current method to support CustomsForge If you're unable to support us via Patreon - disabling ad-blocker is another method of providing support to CustomsForge. Announcements Server Move With your help via Patreon we've successfully migrated our server to a new location with NVMe drives. Additionally we've split our servers to improve performance. This may take a few weeks to fully optimize but so far it feels better already. Newsletter The newsletter has found multiple delays due to trying to find a replacement method of viewing/displaying it without requiring an advanced editing software and the use of PDF. I've found a solution that I am currently testing and I am hoping to have the newsletter revived before the year is over. YouTube Our YT hasn't launched yet but it is currently on indefinite hiatus until we can find the best way to approach it. For now we highly recommend Chainbrain's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgeE4uJZqmsQBURNPKs9Haw Ignition5 Cancelled, Ignition4.5 is now planned. As of now, ignition5 has been officially cancelled. Migrating our current setup and moving the current features to i5 is too difficult with the lack of developers we have for that project. I plan on working on future improvements and creating the roadmap for Ignition 4.5 as previously planned. I would like to take some current features and rewrite them with the current setup we have now. We still want to release features such as: Ignition4 Profiles This would allow you to see how many CDLC's are in a user's collection, how many cdlcs they've created, etc An area to manage artist and creators you've hidden Notify on new EOF/RSTK releases Updated CDLC page (show what songs have been updated since you've added it to your collection) Email Settings and more features that have been requested by you! Merch With the demand of our shirts we decided to move our limited shirt into a permanent item. You can pick up any merch here: https://merch.customsforge.com/ Knowledgebase I've launched our official knowledgebase which I plan on expanding. You can find these current articles: How to use CDLC Getting started with Ignition4 Discord We're trying to hit the goal of 7 server boosts so we can incorporate discord's new Role Icons. If you would like to support us you can do so via https://discord.gg/cf and select "Server Boost" up top on the drop-down for the server. This is entirely optional and worst case I'll grab all 7 boosts myself, but just in case people want to help MAGFEST We currently plan on attending MAGFEST 2022! I'm still unsure if I am going but I need to decide soon. However our main team will be there with changes due to COVID. More details will come out later as we need to have meetings to figure things out. Wrapping up... I Just want to thank every single person here at CustomsForge. From the staff, the developers, our creators, and members. Thank everyone for supporting us! Keep rocking.
    8 points
  3. Welcome to the CF Rocksmith 2014 Championship! -= Week 415 =- Theme Week: 90s Deep Cuts FAQ: => How and Why join the Championships? => Rocksmith 2014 Championships rules Last week's winners Lead: Beginner: @ kayteck Intermediate: @ GeoAbraxas Advanced: @ Mikson Masterclass: @ nlbsmglsk Rhythm: Beginner: @ LacrimaLuna Intermediate: @ Banjoclan Advanced: @ Mikson Masterclass: @ nlbsmglsk Bass: Beginner: @ LacrimaLuna Intermediate: @ ShankD Advanced: @ jellisjenius Masterclass: @ nlbsmglsk Congrats to all winners. Well done! Rocksmith Championship Leaderboard This week's songs are: Lead Path: Beginner: Oasis - Cast No Shadow (3.5) Intermediate: The Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise (5) NOTE: please use the linked version by top-notch charter arrov, it's the only one with all three tracks Advanced: Radiohead - Lucky (6.5) Advanced Bonus: Rage Against the Machine - Fistful of Steel (6.5) Masterclass: Pearl Jam - Porch (7) Masterclass Bonus: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Easily (7.5) . Rhythm Path: Beginner: Oasis - Cast No Shadow (3.5) Intermediate: The Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise (5) NOTE: please use the linked version by top-notch charter arrov, it's the only one with all three tracks Advanced: Rage Against the Machine - Fistful of Steel (6) Masterclass: Pearl Jam - Porch (7) . Bass Path: Beginner: The Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise (4) NOTE: please use the linked version by top-notch charter arrov, it's the only one with all three tracks Intermediate: Oasis - Cast No Shadow (5) Intermediate Bonus: Rage Against the Machine - Fistful of Steel (6) Advanced: Radiohead - Lucky (6.5) Advanced Bonus: Pearl Jam - Porch (7.5) Masterclass: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Easily (8) . You can submit your song suggestions for the championship here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HzgY90kLwyGqzJ-R64v8lmpeQMMhhxwGwUlenepIgms/edit#gid=6 . Share with us your opinion on this weeks songs difficulty scores (1-10). . Classless, Fearless FreeBird Members in their endless battle with the fb police: 2groggy Let us know your opinions on the accuracy of the difficulty scores (1-10) for this weeks songs.
    7 points
  4. First entry! Hope everyone had as much fun as I did with this one.
    6 points
  5. Hi guys! I started university last week so i dont rly got much time to play the championship but i really enjoyed watching the tight battles last week sight reads this week: felt more than a 2, maybe its just me my GF kept playing this song over and over so it grew on me, played it a few times before. honesly i love this song, might be my favorite from all the songs this week this is really hard for me, maybe can get gud if I RR the shit out of that string skipping riff oof, rly hard song didn't expect the arrpegios i never learned how to tap, maybe its time lol Thanks @ GeoAbraxas , great week idk if i will have more time this week. the time I do get to play i prefer to learn songs that i like. Hope everybody has an amazing week!
    5 points
  6. Testing out my finished DIY Bass for a week now. WOW. Playing real Bass is a perfect workout for my hands and forearm areas. Quite fun anyways...a good way for me to discharge my frustration..LOL Gouge away has some sensitive slide parts I need to practice some more. Will look at the lead path later this week. Pitty there is no beginner rythm this time.
    5 points
  7. Welcome to the CF Rocksmith 2014 Championship! -= Week 414 =- FAQ: => How and Why join the Championships? => Rocksmith 2014 Championships rules Last week's winners Lead: Beginner: @ kayteck Intermediate: @ TarpMada Advanced: @ Mikson Masterclass: @ nlbsmglsk Rhythm: Beginner: @ Mattscall Intermediate: @ kayteck Advanced: @ diceslinger Masterclass: @ nlbsmglsk Bass: Beginner: @ illuminaughty Intermediate: @ ShankD Advanced: @ cmclicker Masterclass: @ Hyphema Congrats to all winners. Well done! Rocksmith Championship Leaderboard This week's songs are: Lead Path: Beginner: Elan by Nightwish (3) by @ Mikson Intermediate: Back Pocket by Vulfpeck (5) by @ jellisjenius Advanced: My Will by Dream (8) by @ Snakewizard Masterclass: Echoless Chamber (9) by @ Snakewizard . Rhythm Path: Beginner: Elan by Nightwish (3) Intermediate: My Will by Dream (5) Advanced: Back Pocket by Vulfpeck (6) Masterclass: Echoless Chamber (9) . Bass Path: Beginner: Elan by Nightwish (3) Intermediate: My Will by Dream (4) Advanced: Back Pocket by Vulfpeck (5.5) Masterclass: Echoless Chamber (8) . You can submit your song suggestions for the championship here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HzgY90kLwyGqzJ-R64v8lmpeQMMhhxwGwUlenepIgms/edit#gid=6 . Share with us your opinion on this weeks songs difficulty scores (1-10). . Classless, Fearless FreeBird Members in their endless battle with the fb police: 2groggy Let us know your opinions on the accuracy of the difficulty scores (1-10) for this weeks songs. (Sorry for the late post, it's been a weird day!)
    5 points
  8. Thanks for another great week of songs! Here is my class entry.
    5 points
  9. Start this week! Easy Obviously not my style, but this is fun Oh yeah, I rated it 7 and now I'm having problem achieving 80%. Even so, I think this is somewhere between 7 and 8 and I think I had a lot of misses from bad recognition. Solo is beyond ability, but I think 90% is nice
    4 points
  10. I'll start, first 2 tries on the lead song
    4 points
  11. Bass advanced. 7. Love this one had to run through rr on a couple of parts. And an update in sa. Still alot I keep missing . But really neglecting the guitars lately, damnn you great bass lines.lol
    4 points
  12. Of course!!! Here is a post you should already know: See 2) ... randomly selecting songs is the only only way to serve a fair competition. If the organizer goes through the list and just picks songs he/she would like for the next week he is open for being accused of at least 2 biases. Firstly he will choose genres and bands of his likings and secondly and even heavier he will even likely select files he has been playing and practicing - hell of an advantage. I am superaware that over the last years the championship is all friendly and everyone is having fun even finishing the week on 2nd or 3rd place, but 5 or 6 years ago there has been most intense battling and even the random selection of the same players suggestion has led to a lot of heat and altering of the rules (see 2.2). Selecting randomly still brings up the issue that the organizer has the advantage of having testplayed the song and knowing it in advance but i never wil let that count because the orga on the other hand has the vast disadvantage of using 3-6 hours of his RS time in the week before to set up the next week. Of course from time to time e.g. for special occasions hand-selections can be done (see X)), and like last week we have sensationale special themed hand selections!!! but for the regular weeks rng is the best way, and it´s fun cause you get to test songs you would have never touched. Rod. P.S: "Is that why sometimes a selection does not match the difficulty rating of assigned to a specific class, like this week's Auctioned Rhythm?" No and yes - the RNG is based on lead difficulty - so we end up with 4 perfect siff matches in lead. the rhy and bass are assigned by ascending diffs and if something is really missing (like bass mc often of course) there is either the fundus of 400 gone weeks to chose one or the spare arrangement arrangements or test another one from in that case bass only songs... i personally have not a big problem with the one or the other arrangement being a bit too hard from time to time as it might push players, not a fan of selecting new complete songs for individual missing arrangements for bonus arrangements are often left a bit alone snd on the other hand spare unused arrangements leave a bit of a mess with a lot of extra work if they shall not be forgotten. However the fundus of played arrangements is huge and those are already tested and rated and ready to be used to fill gaps.
    4 points
  13. Hey there, I can not resist Powerwolf. Saarland Metal makes me reappear from the mists, unfortunately still not any better at guitar. First try: Score attack:
    4 points
  14. you really had to pick every song in different tuning see my results this week... this one is so rhythm... cannot get my head around that solo at the end though... This one is way above my abilities... Bass is completely different story... i kind of like that kind of rhythm few other class songs too... i had a little bit of an issue with recognition here here was always that note that i missed... i can't really remember playing this one
    4 points
  15. Try bass: I felt this was out of sync, I was having a hard time playing... Nice, but this is not 5.5, more like 6.5 and yes advanced. Trying to play fingers, not easy!
    4 points
  16. Ok, finally I can show the scores. This is not really hard for me, that's why I rated it 5 but looking at other results I could have been wrong And this, as I wrote earlier, is a pure masterclass, now it's time to fight for 80% Close to the GoG level, way too fast for me, I had trouble keeping up so this score surprised me.
    4 points
  17. Thanks for doing the new week! link to Dream - My will is broken sight reads: alot of nightwish recently, good begginer song to me this felt more advanced than INT but maybe its just because its not i normally play so I find this really hard way way way beyond my level, nice song tho never really listened to Vektor almost the same as lead, equally hard for me also in the 'yeah maybe in a few years' zone, too hard for me Nice picks idk how much i will be particaping this week since the only song i like is too hard for me but i hope you guys have fun and have a good week everybody!
    4 points
  18. I'm getting my scores in early this week. I'll need to practice Echoless Chamber by Vektor. I was about 3/4's through with no strikes thinking, "this isn't too bad," and then the song got chaotic and I got 3 strikes pretty quickly. As usual, most of these songs I haven't heard before. The only one I have heard previously is My Will - Dream. Being introduced to music I otherwise wouldn't have found is one reason I've enjoyed stopping in to join these weekly competitions. Thank you
    4 points
  19. First! Lol. Also a good reminder for me to set a reminder, as I constantly forget to submit week after week due to timezones etc.
    4 points
  20. Willst du bis der Tod euch scheidet Treu ihr sein für alle Tage Nein
    4 points
  21. First post ever. Let's see how this goes. Hope I'm doing this right. Beginner - Bass
    4 points
  22. Gave my bass a try this morning. I might have hit 99% of the notes in Du Hast but it certainly didn't sound a damn thing like the song. Guess it's a good thing that's not what we're judged on. 3/4 of the way through I just kind of fell apart for a bit on Rewrite, it's like I completely forgot what a guitar was for like 15 seconds, managed to recover at least.
    4 points
  23. The forum has been offline since yesterday so I couldn't post screen scores. But I played the songs My Will and Echoless Chamber for the first time. And this songs are really difficult. My Will looks like a Masterclass and Echoless Chamber is on the verge of the God of Guitar level. This is a really hard week for everyone except beginners
    3 points
  24. There was not much difference between the rhythm and lead path exept for that outro I could not do I do not enjoy the singing in this song, but the lyrics are quite interesting
    3 points
  25. hangover sightread: lead: Not really my jam. Vulfpeck is cool, but this is the wrong song. Yay for Vector! I really liked the terminal redux record, but never heard this song before. Big plus for no arpeggios and no down tuning. I'll most def play this a lot during the week. Rhythm: Bass: My right hand is hurting, I'll need a couple days break from bass playing.
    3 points
  26. Vulfpeck always has some nice bass, can't stand the singing on this one tho. I still need to get round to listening to some more of these guys SA time. Thought I'd get at least one strike, guess not. Few bits I need to work on.
    3 points
  27. Missed one bloody note right toward the end Really gotta go back in the lab with this one. I was not prepared lol
    3 points
  28. My Will by Dream - wrong link? should this be this one? CustomsForge Ignition4 Search
    3 points
  29. Here's the Joy Division track: https://ignition4.customsforge.com/cdlc/62507 There was already a reasonably good tab for it, so I only had to make a few minor corrections.
    3 points
  30. @ Anitomer @ nlbsmglsk First of all, gentlemen - great competition! It's even good that this week didn't end sooner! Second - everything is explained in the rules, you just need to read Quote: 16. If you play LAS (Learn a Song), you percentage will be always, xx.00%(example %99.00), if you prefer SA (Score Attack), your percentage will always be xx.xx%(example 99.02%). So in the case of LAS, we enter accuracy score into the table, not the overall result/mastery (recently someone is constantly doing it, and I am changing it)
    3 points
  31. definitely a detection difference - feel like i played sloppier
    3 points
  32. Hi All I never thought I would enjoy playing a Japanese band's song on guitar so much. This song is really cool. Intermediate lead: Beginner rhythm: Br.: Balage
    3 points
  33. Had to play this masterpiece on bass also.
    3 points
  34. Good songs; thank you! I have heard and played Du Hast prior to this week but the others are new to me. I'll definitely be keeping Stargazer in my collection. I'm gonna attempt the Mastodon song but unsure if I can get my strings that low and still have proper note detection.
    3 points
  35. Hi ! Beginner : Intermediate : Advanced : See you next week !
    3 points
  36. Props on Stargazer, man. My fingers can't seem to figure out the little walkdown riff even at about 80% speed. I've been practicing and practicing but it just eludes me
    3 points
  37. Wow 3 Notes and I can't seem to get this guys style! Game Is to forgiving on this one. .pdf .pdf Different
    3 points
  38. Here is my class entry this week. And Du Hast because its an awesome song!
    3 points
  39. 3 points
  40. I swear the band put it on loop and went off for a pint without the singer knowing.
    3 points
  41. Upgrades for the guitar research laboratory i hate mess - it does consume so much time magnetism... what would we be without.... yay... my oscillating spindlesander arrived let´s test it to improve that headstock it´s noisy and it´s great approaching the target i couldn´t decide between 15 and 14mm... so i left it with 15 for now, and it doesn´t look bad you can barely see the glueing line on the side of the head, with finish on even less then what i didn´t have on my bill is the rather hard glueing-line transition on the back of the head... it does look worse than in reality on the pic... i´m positive that it will look cool when properly sanded and finished a lil more rounding there i think... ... lil more .. and more better... on to handtools... make sure you use one really rusty file! yes! way better than expected now that the other side is sanded the Batend looks so unfinished some lines to help create symmetry filing - thats rather symmetrical now already and better now - the sharpened wingends make quite a difference decided to quickly sand it up (or down) to 240 to have a look the same up there - that penciltechnique i came up with works great cannot believe i designed that - i am usuassly very sucky at designing things Ah... that wood structure. i really like that already. what will be next.... we will see
    3 points
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