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And Life Goes On...

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This song was written about 2 week ago, during when I had my wisdom teeth pulled. I have decided to share it as I believe it to be my best work to date. It starts off as a strong DnB song, but the more you progress, the electric guitars get more somber, until finally ending with a lament from a lone guitar accompanied by soft voices.


All in all, this song is about life; about how all good times disappear into melancholy; about how the red seeps into your blurry vision as you drift out of consciousness; about how you're own insignificance in the world weighs down on you..


And yet, life goes on...

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I like the frantic bass riffs at the beginning. The texture sounds a bit muddy starting at :15, and the drums could come through the mix a bit cleaner. I like the melodies at :36, but the guitars sound a tad inauthentic. The kick drum also sounds like it has a lot of mid-tones in it, which makes it pretty conspicuous at the breakdown at 1:36. After that, the piece gets a tad repetitive, and I would’ve liked to see some more variation on the melodies in particular. The tempo change towards the end of the last melodic section was a nice touch, and the mellow solo at 2:40 helped give the piece a sense of closure. Overall, the composition of this piece is pretty strong, although the sound design is a bit cheesy, and the mix could be sharper in places. In particular, I’d recommend some stricter equalizing and more compression on the drums to make them pop a bit more. That said, you clearly have a good sense of harmony, progression, and melody. Keep at it, SkullyHop! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.25/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.5/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.25/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.5/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.75/1
Composite score
6.75/10

bit of a journey, this one. the gradual transition from hard hitting industrial rock to the funeral march is an interesting idea! i think a lot of the instruments, especially the voices, lack the necessary weight and sometimes quality, that you need to achieve the big emotional impact you're going for. the drums definitely lack a lot of punch until the end, and then the kick keeps on punching way too hard compared to what's going on around it. the very fast snare roll sounds a little bit goofy tbh. the guitars are really nice though, but could use some doubletracking to widen them out, at least for the lower heavy parts. cool track though!

important notes on my NGUAC review process: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1476427/18#bbspost26965604_post_text

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Score
3.38 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 5, 2021
10:36 AM EDT
Genre
General Rock
File Info
Song
5.9 MB
3 min 15 sec
Software
  • Garage Band

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