Nice bass :3
I like this song a lot. It has meaning to it, and sounds really well done. I can definitely picture this in a scene in a Flash movie where there's a suspenseful and daring atmosphere. I think I prefer this instrumental more than the version with vocals, IMO, since I think that while the vocals are extremely well written, they seem to ruin the cool atmosphere you've set in this version, although maybe that's a biased opinion since I never really liked songs with vocals. Whatever, great job on this!
The melodies are just great. As Shellac said, these definitely sound sloppy, but sloppy in a good way. I'd hate it if this song had everything perfectly the right time, since it would definitely take away from the smooth and natural sound of the track. This song is actually really relaxing, with a variety of different melodies. I usually don't like songs like this; played by a guitar without any fixed melody, but I'll have to make an exception over here. In addition, as the review summary might lead you to believe, I really like the bass. It sounds so catchy and fits really well in the song. I'm starting to wish I didn't have to use my old crappy subwoofer instead of my new one which decided to break out of nowhere. Every sound comes out thin on this subwoofer and I can't hear that bass to its full extent X(. Oh well...
I think I'll have to agree with Shellac again on the fact that this could do with some repetitions to give the track a more solid structure. You should add some sort of climax since the song never seems to reach a new level. Don't make some epic climax beyond proportions, but some part where the song gets a bit faster and the drums get a bit stronger would really help, since I can't really say 'Oh, this is my favourite part!' in this song, if you get what I mean. Sure, the song has a few small parts where the song becomes a bit more powerful, but maybe somewhere towards the end you can add some climax.
The instruments all sound awesome. The bass was very deep, and the guitar sounded great. 1:46 also has some sort of instrument that I can't seem to make out, which sounds really cool too. I also like the delay/echo effects you put on some guitar notes, that was a nice and interesting touch. Excellent use of the static as well, it DID add some overall warmth to the track.
Regarding the transitions, I can't say I didn't like them. The song flowed really smoothly from one melody to another. I like how you introduced the guitar, although you had a whole intro played by the bass and drums, and then after around 40 seconds you finally introduce the guitar. Not saying you should introduce it earlier, but perhaps you should play a few really subtle and quiet notes with the guitar here and there in the intro as an indication that the song is about to add a guitar eventually.
The structure, well, as I said, this doesn't have some sort of fixed structure, which works excellently in this song, but I strongly agree with the fact that you could repeat a few melodies with the guitar. On the other hand, the fact that you kept the bass playing roughly the same rhythm and notes throughout the song really kept the song in place and gave it a good structure, so while you didn't repeat any of the melodies at all, you added repetition with the bass line to stop the song from getting random. Intro was very good, the only thing that could help it is what I said above; adding some subtle guitar notes. The ending was awesome, but maybe some splash or ride cymbal accompanying the ending note would help it a bit.
The drums are absolutely brilliant. Loved the use of snaps, and the drums fit really well in the song. Maybe you could add a bit more of the snare, but heck, this is fine as it is. Fantastic job with the drums!
To summarize, I was impressed by this. Relaxing and suspenseful at the same time. Just work on some of the nitpicks I mentioned and this'll be perfect in my opinion. Keep up the amazing work and good luck with your future submissions!
5/5 - Ouch, this got 0-bombed badly :(.
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