Epicness at its, well, epicest...
This is purely amazing. I'm a huge fan of epic classical, so I've heard quite a number of epic classical songs, but seriously, this beats a good bunch of them. Great job!
The melodies over here are just excellent. Wow, those strings' melodies are just awesome. They were really fast paced, and fit really well with the chaotic feel you were going for. My only complaint was that the strings need more alternate melodies to them. Although the counter-melody at 2:04 was pure awesomeness, seriously, it actually gave me goosebumps, other than that melody, there was nothing to take away the repetitiveness of the main melody. I was expecting a new melody to come in at 1:14, or maybe a new instrument like some brass playing more notes in the background. Oh, and at 2:37, the brass hits were generic and sounded like Pirates of the Carribean :P.
The instruments are such great quality, especially those strings. I use Squidfont Orchestral for strings (yea, more soundfonts) and I thought THEY sounded good, but seriously, I can imagine the musicians in the strings section sweating like hell playing this song in my mind, they just sound so real. Piano was nice quality too, but I wish I saw the piano somewhere in the middle of the song, other than the beginning. Choir voices were perfect, though, they gave an epic feel to the song, and made it even more mighty than it already was. Oh, and since it's my tradition to start nitpicking at the end of paragraphs, that's what I'll do; anyway, I think you should try making the strings at 1:19 tremolo, maybe they could sound better.
Transitions were so awesome. I really liked the transition from calm to epic at around 0:40, and the transition from the main melody to the alternate melody at 2:01 was just amazing. It's good that you added those few seconds of silence around the song, it made the listener think "Now it's going to become calmer, eh?" but it ends up quickly moving on to the chaotic and crazy rythm this song has, leaving the listener speechless.
The structure is interesting, and not the usual Intro - Chorus - Melody 1 - Chorus - Melody 2 - Chorus - Ending. I usually have that problem when I compose songs; that my song structure is always bland and simple, but yours was well structured. Problem was, it did get repetitive, as I said before. Invent more alternate melodies, and maybe take away some unnecessary repetitive string parts in the song, since I'd imagine this song to have loads of variety (hence the name Descending Into Chaos). Oh, and speaking of the name, you typo'd 'descending' :P.
The intro was an interesting way to start the song. Usually, epic classical songs start all mighty and epic straight away, but you gave that more calm intro, which started the song up nicely IMO. Ending wasn't too good though, IMO. I expected it to end really epic-like, since I heard such powerful brass hits before. Play the brass hit you played at around 2:47 one more time at the ending, along with a gong/booming bass drum/timpani/crash cymbal. Ending was quite a bummer :(
The drums, well, wow. They were so awesome. I expected timpanis, bass drums, cymbals and orchestral snares, but I got more than that. The drum beats were so varied, and had such great samples. Loved the snare and timpani rolls you did around here too. What was a little wierd though, was that at 1:14, there was a drum beat, and it played for just one bar, and I expected it to keep playing until 1:28, until the real drum beat kicks in.
Also, another problem regarding the drums. I think they were a bit too quiet at times, especially at 1:26. I think they should be a little louder. Not loud enough to drown out all the other melodies, but loud enough to be heard clearly. Still, good news was that they had really great drum rolls when they were introduced, and were varied extremely well. Loved the timpanis at the end.
Overall, excellent job. Keep up the good work and great job, I enjoyed it a lot.
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