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The Cardinal Star

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A new track, this one I worked on with my brother, we always have good collabs and this is no exception. Hope you like it, it's a little rushed but I think I'll end up adding more to it and uploading the new version later down the road.



Awesome song once again! I've got one question tough...
Is that guitar a synthesizer, MIDI program or something? Or is it a real guitar? It has a weird and original sound to it. It sounds pretty nice actually, so...
But if it is a synth guitar, what software did U use? I want to start making my own songs, but the only thing I can do is use MIDI drums ( e. drums - midi cable - PC )
And keyboard MIDI ( keyboard - midi - PC ) but what software could I use to synthesize the guitar? If anyone knows, please PM me, or if you ( Shadrock ) know what it is, plz help me out!
Thanks and keep on making these awesome songs.

Most definately epic.

Seriously, I love the songs you and your bro do, they've always been good, and they just continue to get better in different facets at a time. Also, quite honestly, I've liked the shorter stuff recently. You get to take one particularly good idea of yours, and then refine it better, as its own song instead of 'mashing' it with a whole bunch of others to make a long masterpiece-esque song.

Anyway, one of the things really getting me going is the groovy flow of the rhythm in this song, it just infected me as soon as the guitars were brought in. The piano was clear and beautifully toned too, but honestly, the guitars did the trick for me though lol.
I just dig so much the timing on the rhythm; it makes me want to bang my head so badly, it's impossible to keep myself from commencing to do so.

Anyway, the tone is Shadrock standard in my opinion. The grindy stuff, I always like that, but honeslty, I'd love to hear more of the pipe-scrapingly brutality that I used to hear years ago that made you feel abandoned in a warehouse or an asylum of sorts. I just digged that, but this is fantastic too though since the focus isn't completely on the tone of the guitar, which in my opinion is still completely good as it is.

I hear some well-placed lows and highs, personally, but the oscilloscope isn't agreeing with me, so maybe your songs need to be louder?

Anyway, the really cool elements that I loved were the bass fills that circulated all the lows, kind of like a mild sweep, I have a tough time explaining those. Sections such as 1:02.

Another was the tone of the keyboard at 1:22. That's friggin' cool. It's like a really glassy flange with a filter or something, but I just love it, the tone is just fantastic, I'm considering pestering you guys for a sample of that for me to use lol.

I like the bass having permission to the limelight at 1:51. The bass in the song that has a nice tone that allows it to please the whims of metal and slick jazz at the same time with the allotted highs as well as lows. Speaking of jazz, the solo involved was conveniently placed after the bass' quotient. After some scraping haha.

Ooh, that sound that you guys captured at 2:16, I love that sort of ambient noise, it's so celestial, yet powerfully unfamiliar. I've also been successful capturing a sound like that too. :D

The choir was good, too, ambient and evoking, blah, blah, blah lol. I kid, I like how it still stood in the mix, but was still allowed its own space, I need to figure out how to accomplish that!

But overall, a great team effort, thanks to Shadrock. ^_^

Shadrock responds:

Haha thanks again for a most excellent in-depth review. I agree I too miss my old "darker / industrial" metal. It's weird though, you get into a different groove and try new original ideas and you somehow forget your old ones. Although, I think It's time for another go at returning to my roots :)

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Credits & Info


Sep 20, 2010
1:17 PM EDT
File Info
3.8 MB
3 min 19 sec
4.10 / 5.00

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.