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Jul 31, 2013 | 10:23 PM EDT
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9.5 MB
4 min 8 sec
4.26 / 5.00

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Rated 4.26 / 5 stars
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Metal, Rock - Heavy Metal

Author Comments

So here's my submission for Round 1 of the NGADM. Used various ideas to tell one same story in this one. Expect various changes in genre (mixing various genres going from the usual metal to symphonic to progressive), tempo and time signature changes.

Gear used:
*Ibanez RG927
*Roland GR-55
*Roland A-500 Pro
*Reaper (DAW)



Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is fucking killer, brother.\m/

Braiton responds:

Thanks man! Means a lot coming from you! Rock on brother \m/


Rated 3 / 5 stars

I miss music telling a story. Been two decades of loops so proud of themselves they can't stop looking at them self.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

My NGADM review for Round 1:

Being a metal musician myself, I feel I can give you the greatest bank of knowledge regarding production, composition and playing. Some things I say may be fairly critical so please try to take it in a positive way that will help you become a better musician.

Orchestral: The cinematic prowess you hold at the start of the song is INCREDIBLY POWERFUL. The choice of chords are evil as fuck and builds into an incredibly filthy drop, beautiful. However, the compression used for these instruments is FAR too much. It takes out the dynamics of the instruments which is where orchestral music really shines. Let the instruments flow free and play more with the volume of these instruments to create a much more powerful feel.

Production: On the metal side, beautiful. You have an extremely heavy sound and it's nearing towards an incredible stadium filling sound. However being the harsh prick that I am, I have a few nitpicks I want to point out:

Cinematics - Beautifully mixed and stand perfect for backing the track, no flaws here

Rhythm guitars - Far too much low end for the guitars, it adds a lot of mud to the track and leaves it unclear and fighting against your bass. Try to EQ within the lower range between 80-300hz adding a notch in the area that adds mudd to your guitars so that they work in the midrange, allowing for more clarity throughout. They normally sit between 500-5000 to me, sometimes a little higher depending on how sharp you want them to sound

Lead guitars - Beautiful tone, don't change jack shit.

Bass - From what I can hear you have a KILLER bass tone and I love it. There is a noticeable twang I can hear however where the treble for your bass is too high and it takes away the rhythm guitars from the mix. Try knocking out some of the higher end so that the bass works in the lower register where it's designed to add pump and power to a mix.

Drums - Quality drums. I feel your kick could have a little more pump to it though, with a little boost around the 80-100hz for a natural feel. For the snare it sounds quality, just feels a tad quiet to me so you could probably push the volume up. Everything else is ACE.

Now onto composition. I feel this is where the track was slightly let down and was the reason as to why I gave a fairly low score and I'll explain why. There was a fair amount of repetitiveness in the track throughout. 1:15-1:42. You have a quality riff here but it runs on for far too long without any change, the lead guitar that runs a melody over it doesn't do it much justice either as (Not sure if correct) it seems like it's the same riff octaved (Maybe 2 octaves) higher? You could have definitely pulled in a different melody over the top and I DEFINITELY would have loved it.

I love your choice of harmonies. Sounds like a lot of Minor/Major 3rds? I'm always a sucker for harmonies so keep this up in your future productions.

Another notable thing is that parts of your playing feel out of time. Best example would be around 2:11. Get a metronome on your belt boy and get your playing tighter because you've got sweet potential!

As I said, I am fairly critical so don't take this to heart, take everything on board and better yourself. (Or say "You're a horrible asshole go die" either is fine ;) )

I loved listening to your track and definitely hope to see you next year for more!

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Braiton responds:

No way man this is gold. I'll surely keep this feedback in mind and use it for future productions!

As for the bit in 1:15-1:42 it's not really the same riff a couple of octaves higher but you're not far off either (I can send you guitar tabs if you want to look into it just hit me up with a pm). I also thought about doing a different kind of melody but decided to go for the weird bit.

As for the bit at 2:11, well you noticed :p It was my fault heh. I recorded that short riff once and noticed on the first seconds that I had made an accidental noise by not muting the strings properly, so I did a quick overdub of those seconds with the idea to finish it properly later. But I forgot becuase, well, shit :d

As for harmonies, yeah, I used a combination of 3rds and 4ths except for the "power" metal part which is strictly 3rds.

Cheers man!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

This is an NGADM Round 1 review.


Some more metal badassery from one of my favourite metal artists on Newgrounds, woo. This sounds particularly devastating and mighty, from the first second till the last. Your mix of metal and symphonic elements, like Lashmush's, is fantastic, and certainly highlights the 'unstoppable' vibe this track seems to portray. While I'm not a fan of how you set up certain melodies (making them short and then repeating them constantly), your composition is still interesting, and some of my favourite things were the 2:39 chords and the way you add harmonic layers to the lead melody at 2:56. The ending is super satisfying, with a sweet divebomb as the cherry on top of your delicious guitar sundae.

I'm not a massive fan of the production in this one, though. After a few listens I'm starting to like the mix a bit more than I did during my first few listens, since I've gotten used to it, but I still think there's far too much overcompression and even muddiness at points, which is already apparent in the intro. At times the song gets incredibly cluttered, especially when the bass drum starts playing rapidly. In addition to that, I'm really not much of a fan of your high end... the cymbals sound too thin and sharp, which do not do the meaty guitar any justice.

Other than the production, and the way you structured some of your melodies, this is an excellent track. Bravo.

Score: 8.2/10

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Braiton responds:

Thanks Step! I'll take that into account for future productions!

PS: Years later I found out that the overcompression was actually accidental. Unintentional limiter was slapped by default on the master. Genius. :d


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I really liked how the different genres came together as one, it reminded me a little bit of the tunes from metroid personally, really good song

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Braiton responds:

Thanks mate! Glad you liked it.