Syntrus is a bad ass electro thug
He likes to innovate rock influenced ideas with newer aged instrumental ideas (a la synth). Seriously, great track here man. It's got the gritty rock ideas with a pimpalicious hip-hop groove.
I don't think a real guitar would augment this track too much, if that would happen to be an idea proposed for this clip, the synthesized guitars add a distinct character that organic instruments may just not be able to bring.
My only qualms (minor ones) with this track are some recognizable sounds and not enough variations of teh drum patterns. (I would also have liked this to be a bit longer personally, but the ideas went through their course quite well through the two and a half minutes). I can hear some FL pack hip hop drums, and perhaps a bass, but really its all good with me because they mesh exceptionally fine with the track's premise. Perhaps if you sampled a hip hop track or grabbed some more of this style's oriented samples and put them together you would obtain a more unique sound in this department. I will say that the hats got pretty thick tho. Also, I think the snare would work good with some reverb, in the second half of the song.
I also feel the drums could use more than 1 or 2 patterns, I would like to hear more work with the snare hits, and perhaps some messing with 16th notes and maybe a light crash hit too more flowingly move throughout the transitions.
Now that the critiques are out of the way I tell you what I like about this track:
-Delicious synth ideas. You've always impressed me in this department. I love some of the light vibrato synths and the LFO filtered arp synths are fantastic. That sound around the 00:55 mark was also sweet.
-Guitars work and sound great. The maintain some of the characteristics of a real guitar, while including some clever synthesized effects. Such as the subtle panning on the rhythm guitar. And the lead worked great as well.
-The melodies work fucking great, I especially like the catchy bass and rhythm guitar chemistry.
-Also, no complaints on the mixing. Sounds are clear, the bass is well defined with the kick.
-I think you've made some strides in making your tracks a little less repetitive. Not saying that was a problem with some of your previous tracks, but you've included some intracies within this piece which IMO keeps the track interesting for a longer # of track loops.
btw, I made a post on your blog last night only to find out you deleted it when I hit submit LMAO. basically, I was just trying to say find solace in the group of people who DO enjoy your music, as it's common knowledge that you cannot please everybody, that will always result in failure. I'm not sure how many fans you have on NG but that should be enough consolation for you to keep submitting here. Assholes will be assholes. And people who try to turn music into some type of competition need to realize at the end of the day, there are no winners in music. Just packing up gear at the end of a gig. Saving project files and closing programs. Re-charging Ipods and shutting off speakers. There are no losers, either. Anyone who says otherwise has a tiny penis. I'm done.