Harm.... I mean... hrmmm...
You don't sound to rusty in the least.
Now that lower background synth does. Tis for sure. I don't know how I feel about it, but I think it suites the song well enough.
I really like the synth choice you used for this. It definitely flows well together. Sounds almost like a half-life sound track in my opinion.
The drums were freaking awesome, I just wish they stood out a little more, to get a bit more presence from them. Course, I'm a drum freak... so. Haha. I think they worked awesomely. I especially loved all the hi-hat work you did. The dynamic changes and such sound great.
So, no, failure is not showing. New style? Maybe...
I think my mixing really messed up one of the synths, maybe that's the one you're talking about? Or perhaps its the bass you mean? Either way, I'm glad you like the synth choice.
Half-Life? Ah, I like that soundtrack. That's a compliment indeed :)
I think the drums were actually my favorite part, especially when they come in after the piano. I spent more time on those then anything else, and I'm glad it showed :D I'll work on giving the drums more presence, you're not the only one who likes them prominent-like.
This is a style I'll be experimenting in more, I think I'm teaching myself a lot. And thanks for the review, I've gotten a big morale boost from it :)
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.