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Co-composed with my good friend, Josh Gawaldo.
Bass solo/vocals were me, as well as the original melodic/chordal theme. Josh is on guitar and did the mixing/mastering. We both developed the structure.
Also, I should note: Labbaik is an Arabic word meaning "We are here" that is used as a war cry for a regiment in the Pakistani army. We wanted a title that reflected the song well.
Fantastic! I get why this is on the front page. In my review of the other song "Deus Vult" I said the metal and orchestral instruments should be more balanced out (and with metal instruments I meant the guitar(s) and drums as in the style metal, not the material). In this song the two styles complement each other much better. Neither overbears. Perfect balance. Great job the two of you.
Another review, thank you! I'm happy you liked this piece. We've got some pretty neat stuff coming up soon, too. :)
It's rare I find something this good in the Newgrounds Audio Portal. Now hopefully you'll stick around for a while.
Thank you! :) We're planning on it. We've got some even more awesome stuff on the way.
I'll leave you to figure out where this should go. The music itself, is outstanding. It reminds me of two tribes in the dessert beginning their war between each other, each man with weapon and mask or one without the other. Both tribes would hold their ground evenly, so as not to let up slack. That is how I visualize your music. It's perfect in the sense that on your part, this is the finished product, so I don't feel any need to ask for revisions. It's reall great, so keep it up please. ;)
Thank you. :) I know my music is done right when it tells a story. Cheers for the review.
I don't know if you've ever heard of/played Dear Esther, but from 0:00 to 0:44 it is very reminiscent of that soundtrack, from then on it gets epic and not quite like anything I've heard before. Well done, the Arabic and Western influences work perfectly, bringing the piece together as for an amazing 3 minutes and 26 seconds.
:) I'm checking out the soundtrack - it's pretty fantastic! I can see how it's a bit reminiscent in ways. Thanks for the feedback, happy you liked it! :D
Now that NGADM is over and the judges are finally done with complaining about my songs, I was looking forward to writing tons of scathing reviews on your guys' songs, so that I could FINALLY HAVE MY REVENGE!! But instead I found this amazing song which is practically perfect. Way to ruin my fun, you JERK.
No but really this piece is amazing. Those brass blasts are just so tasty. My only complaint is that repetitive string melody that plays on top of them. I also love that soaring vocal and the decidedly arabic feel of the melodies, which works without feeling cliche.
And at electric guitar too... just really well done all around.
JUDGEMENT ALL AROUND!
Thanks for the kind review johnfn. I'd probably do this a little differently now if we were to compose it today, and change some of our generic approaches. We wrote this nearly three years ago now that I think about it... man! Time flies.
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