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'These are dark days, but perhaps there is yet a glimmer of hope left…'
As with my last few pieces, I tried to make this one more thematic as well. I had a story in mind when I wrote this, but it’s much more interesting to see what stories you can come up with!
Software used: Reaper 4
Tempo in bpm: 80-160
Time signature: 4/4
Key signature: Ab minor
I like the cinematic vibe it had, and the instruments really work well together. The brass, strings, and (guitar?) really add to the mood. This could be the soundtrack to an action movie! :D I like the apprehensive mood that starts coming in at around :58. You did a really nice job with the progression, and all the transitions are very effectively smooth. You did a great job of constantly shaking up the pace. It was very well varied, and always had an excellent sense of direction to it. Perhaps it could've used a bit more dynamic contrast, but the melodic development is simply superb. It felt pretty conclusive at the end, but perhaps it wasn't the big finish I expected given the drama of the previous 2.5 minutes. I think it needed a real stand-out conclusion to a stand-out piece, but this less show-y finish could also be ideal for a videogame in which it would be looping. I think the melodic and harmonic content in this piece are fantastic and very complex, and I see no problems with the mixing and mastering. Excellent work, EagleGuard!
Thanks for the review man, glad you liked it! That 'guitar' was actually a synth I used to make it sound more aggressive :) That said, this is an older piece, and I've definitely learend a lot more about dynamic contrast in the meantime, so hopefully I've improved enough for future songs.
I'm getting a very old-style feel, like stuff I hear in tokusatsu series and films e.g. Ultraman, Kamen Rider... you have good melodies, and good chords, but there is no change in loudness that it sounds like an 80s MIDI. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Perhaps it is bad, in the way that there's no climactic finish -- every section has the same amount of tension. It sounds almost stereotypical for a piece of this genre, too -- oppression can take many forms, but this song gives me an idea of a fight, or danger, or some sort of emergency, withoutmit necessarily reflecting oppresion.
You build up and resolve quite well, coming back to the theme you introduced this piece with. I can sing it in my head and remember it. Props to you for this.
I'd have appreciated a bit more volume control for each individual instrument -- it all sounds like it's blaring through the headphones throughout... it otherwise sounds bland.
Hey, thanks for the review. You are right: at the time I was aiming for a constant volume throughout, but I've come to realize that that isn't the best approach.
I couldn't really find any other negative points in your review, so it'd be great if you could provide some more feedback on the somewhat low score you've given this piece :)
I love how epic this song is. It all comes together in a awesome bad-ass song.
Really cool song! I love how the synth compliments the rest of the orchestra in such a col and unique sounding way. Awesome piece :)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
as always your songs are epic good job
Thank you very much!
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