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Jan 10, 2010 | 7:07 AM EST
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6.4 MB
6 min 59 sec
3.72 / 5.00

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Rated 3.72 / 5 stars
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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very very good!

Nice work! It was flowing, good, kind of "Insomnium-ish", if you know what I mean. The good things were all the time - there was nothing "bad", you made great usage of the chord progression and the instruments all the time. The accordion at the end was really great, I liked it :)

Now for points of improvement -
However, the singer was off by a few cents all the time, most people won't notice such a thing but it really bothered me, and you just did it too long. I have nothing against long songs ("Echoes" by Pink Floyd is one of my favorite songs, and it's about 20 minutes long) but it was getting really monotonic at some point, I just stopped listening... For example, the guitar solo was good, but nothing special - we heard these licks and riffs before. Get out of scale, think outside the box.

Also, the song had practically the same energy all the time, because the drums were really just there as a metronome, not an instrument. You can use them much better.

Hope to hear more of you!

Arnaki responds:

Hey, thanks a lot for the constructive criticism, we don't get that often :) Sorry for taking so long to answer but we kinda neglected the whole band thing a bit in the past months due to university, work etc.

The backing vocals are definitely a bit off, but that's because they're all falsetto and the singer (me :P) isn't what you'd call an expert, heh. I'm taking lessons though and they've helped enormously. I can't hear the main vocals being off, but you probably have a more trained ear. Our guitarist also told me to ask you what you would have played as an "outside the box" solo over this pop-like harmony (it's just major and minor chors, no 7th or 9th chords etc), just as an example. As far as the drums are concerned, I think you noticed that it's a drum machine as we couldn't record drums due to certain circumstances. We don't like it either, but it's the best we could do.

Thanks again for taking the time to listen and write your review!