Not great, not bad
This is catchy. It reminds me of many a game soundtrack battle theme. Effectively named, that. It's a bit short, the 303-ish bass lacks diversity (a changeup every now and then wouldn't hurt), the lead synth is outright annoying (of course, what game OST lead synth isn't?), but taken with a grain of salt and the right application, this may come in handy for a flash artist. It doesn't really hold its own as a complete song; as a loop it may, but then the problem is that it doesn't perfectly loop. The mixing is okay, but not particularly sharp. The cymbals (especially hi-hats) could be a bit louder, a 3-6dB boost (Q=3) to 12k on them may make a significant difference. I may be mistaking, but it sounds like you mastered it with the Reason multiband.. that's all well and good, but it doesn't tend to give much and in this case I can hear it pumping. This would probably fit reasonably well in an action/adventure game, but I'm not optomistic about its musical merit standalone. Then again, perhaps it isn't intended to be standalone in the first place. In short: not great, but not bad either.
hey, thanks for the review!
yeah, about that lead synth...it's WAYY too loud. made this song on my crappy headphones...i guess the extended version doesn't help too much either, eh?
hi-hats...hmm. i like to have hi-hats alot quieter than most people; most techno artists LOVE to pump their hi-hats up as loud as can be <- pet peeve of mine.
as for the mastering, the Reason Vocoder was soooo yesterday (am i sounding like a valley girl?). with version 3.0, they've integrated a whole new Mastering Suite which includes some crazy EQ'ing tools. i can't hear any of the pumping you're talking about. perhaps it's the "sound optimization" settings on your sound card? (turn those things off! they're usually nothing more than a crappy compressor ^_-). check out Reason 3.0 and the new Mastering Suite, it works wonders.
overall, your review is pretty fair. i didn't intend this to be a masterpiece in any way, and i guess its actually accomplished its purpose.
thanks for reviewing! cheers an g'day.