The Agonist + Arch Enemy + post-metalcore styling = pretty damn awesome. Good work.
From one metal artist to another, this is my review:
The actual structure of the song is good. I hear plenty of room for badass lyrics and shear power.
However, given all the excellent plugins you are using for the actual metal aspect (SD w/ MF expansion and Amplitube 3), you have some work to do on those sounds.
The kick was all treble, no bass, and had that boxy sound. The snare is alright, but needs more presence and low end. The cymbals are almost spot on, maybe push them back and to the sides some more.
The guitars had a LOT of buzz and had nowhere near enough dimension to them, and it sounds like you have the gain and distortion all the way up on it, which doesn't help. I couldn't really make out separate notes. If I may, I recommend you get Le456 and LeCab (free VSTs, Le465 is an incredible ENGL emulation, LeCab is a cab emulator) and get God's Cab 1.4 (free impulse files for LeCab, has many different mic/cab/placement/distance impulses). Both LePou and God's Cab team did an awesome job and I think you'd get a better sound from those.
The theme is good, but in MDM, the symphonic parts are usually in the background of the song while the actual metal sections are the focus. Expand the dimensions on those to push them to the outside and the rear a bit for more depth.
For a work in progress, it's coming along nicely. Put more work into the actual sound since you have the writing down for the most part (I'm guessing this isn't going to be a 2 minute song en totale). I'm interested to see what the lyrical and vocal theme of this piece ends up being.
If you need some help with SD, I have a few home-made presets you can use/play with. I think they'd give you a good basis for a solid drum sound. If you want them, send me a PM. I'm happy to help.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks for the lengthy review, much appreciated.
I generally have big mixing issues with the track as a whole and when I remaster the whole thing when it's done I shall take your advice and try my best to make it sound better.
I do have the screamer option on both the Lead and the Rythem in Shreddage, I can turn them off and make the guitars eligible.
thanks for offering me your SD presets. If I have any trouble, I'll know who to PM :)
4.5 stars, broken down:
-Tetris FTW, enjoyed that a bunch.
-Vocal chopping was nice and pieced together very smoothly.
-Bass was good, wobbles were tight and dirty like a hooker new to the biz
-Treble was a bit too piercing, even to my half-deaf ears
-The tempo change was really sudden
Turn the highs down a bit and, before the tempo change, maybe have the only the voice spinning up to the new speed, or whatever your creative mind tells you to try.
Overall, I liked this little sample. Keep the good stuff comin', and hopefully you'll grace us with the complete version (perhaps at a lower bitrate than the paid track?)
Badass for sure brother!
If I could change anything, at the end of the first verse, I would hold the 'hell' out longer with a higher scream. In my mind, that would give it an assload of evil emphasis. Also, consider dubbing with a high and low vocal section on some parts to give it a more chorused sound and overall brutality.
Overall, brutal viking skull f**king METUL! Id like to hear more from you. Perhaps something more sinister >:D
Experience: gigging musician in for what...5 years. 2 bands, both of which I do vocals in.
Ooo your right. I listened to it a couple times and that would've stretched out the emotion and made it seem more like a scream of pain, rather than just a scream. As far as the high and low, I disagree because it would've taken alot of frequency space and made the already wide vocals too big and took away from the drums and bass. Thanks for the review friend!
For whatever reason, this song sounds like it would roll the credits to a happy ending to a GameBoy Color game. Ah, the good ol' days.
You made me nostalgic. First time a song has done that.
Good stuff, I dig it. Feel free to check my tunes out if you feel so inclined.
Thank you haha! :) i will
It's a song with a lot of potential.
The song seemed to flow well, and I like when a song flows. Kinda sounds like I'm on a flight across a digital river :D
The synths sound nice, which is a total plus.
You stayed on key and played a bit with some pretty chords. High five for that.
I found it a little boring that it took almost 2 minutes to get a drumbeat, but that's just my tastes.
You are right, the mastering could use some work. Bring out the bass more, maybe add a little more depth to the backing synth parts, add another octave to the lead synth maybe, put in a bit more complex high hat patterns, and it should sound a lot better.
I felt that, even though the flow was great, it ended abruptly. Perhaps build a bit on the end, have a fade out, or add something to emphasize that HEY, THIS IS THE END, you know?
Again, what you have here shows good musicianship and talent. Tweak away at it and it will be a lot better. Feel free to listen to what I have made too.
Never have I bobbed my head and giggled at the same time. Only recommendation would be to use more than just one or two sounds for the breakdowns. Other than that, really awesome and entertaining.
I like it. Good transitions, good synths, but that last star is reserved for the full song. Good stuff, finish it. NOW!
Actual singing was good, nice and hard synth work, good flow, kept my full attention for almost 5 minutes. Only complaint was the drop didn't seem to be emphasized. Other than that, hell yeah, into the library it goes to play on my car.
It had most of the dubstep elements in it, but the track lacked intensity and seemed overly repetitive. Give it some more work and you could probably make a really good mix.
Give my stuff a listen and leave your thoughts man.
Hey, yeah i know it is fairly repetitive and shit, but i kinda noticed that... well, most dubstep songs are (bass canon, for example).
It did not take me TOO long to make and i am in dear need of some new sounds in FL -__-
Do you know where to get a bass that sounds like a voice (skrillex, flux pavillion shit) for free?
Thanks for the comment bud :D
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