At 9/1/14 02:32 AM, daredevil424 wrote:
I mostly would like a review on the small amount of drums I have in this song. You may review the piece as a whole of course but I would like to know if I'm going in the right direction with the drums.
I'm going to try to stick to the musicality of the percussion instead of getting into the mixing etc here.
You are heading in the right direction! That's for sure. Another reviewer mentioned the usefulness of programs like ezdrummer, and I've seen progress since then in your track with added vocals. The drums stand out much better there :) a little compression can go a long way!
I might recommend something which might be of use... Low toms, to give a bit more variety to the percussion playing. The kick drum fill at 1:17 could be played with a low tom as opposed to double bass. It can be useful for adding more intricate fills. Also at :41, I could totally picture a blast beat to accompany the guitar riffage you have going on.
The breaks you have starting at around 1:05 are leaving a bit too much open space. *dugadundundidun* with an open high hat to hook back into the beat might work better. Try to be mindful of the skill level of an intermediate level drummer. If you think they might bet bored playing the parts, it might be time to change them up a little bit.
For vocals, I think you could even go with a layered scream to make it more intense. That's what the majority of screamers I'm familiar with do anyway, so you might want to give it a shot! Will make the vocals have a better punch. Just pan one hard left, the other hard right.
Hopefully this advice helped you out just a bit :D Keep it up man!