Alright, from the tip of the iceberg:
The first 30 seconds didn't really do much for me. The strings sound pretty MIDI and cheesy at first, as if imitating the generic horror feel. Thankfully, it turned out to just be a decent prelude to the melodic brilliance that ensued. The shakers from 0:30 to 1:00 work well in conjunction with the bass, really interesting strings, and reverb-laden (although a bit unchanging) creepy noise in the back. It doesn't really remind me so much here of going insane as an old movie score for a scene where some sort of evil force is preparing to launch an assault and... etc. Hence the pseudo, I guess.
Not sure how I initially felt about the break at 1:02 (80s/90s drum break? Heh) or the part that followed it for a a few measures, but it worked well as a transition in retrospect and flowed flawlessly into the amazing strings again. Like the additions of what sounds like the ham radio-beeps in my native DAW.
Proper transition at 1:51, you could tell that shit was about to go down. The pitchbending is fantastic here - creepy but dark and rockin'! Then comes the solo - a drastic change, I mean, whoa. You could of even made it last a few measures longer to make the listener panic a bit (dem strings :D), it seems to fade away too quickly.
Here comes the transition to ultra-flanged, high-quality piano laden trippyness. Its good. Reminds me a lot of The Flashbulb - Color Tree in that overly flanged, trippy sorta way. Well, it is maybe just a bit overly flanged to the point that it doesn't transition all that well to the part at the end (or calming down bit). The silence could've dragged on for a bar or two to emphasize the end - which was properly executed with more happy instruments/(rides? I don't know instrument names by heart!) and an amazing string section that helped make it feel more satisfying/happy.
So yeah, your description pretty much nails what I would've thought this was trying to convey, save for some bits. Minor quality flubs aside: great song, amazing melody (!!!), and one of the best vibe-creators on Newgrounds. Hell yes, two thumbs up, and rock on.
5/5, 9/10 -
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I am so ashamed of my string collection lol -- you got me there.
They're not radio beeps -- it's some crazy-ass pad I've got in my keyboard!
Glad you liked the pitch bending stuff.
You have no idea how flanged the rumbling bass at 2:50 was (too much perhaps haha).
And finally, yes, that is a ride right at the end there!
Really glad you liked it overall, but there are an infinite number of people better than me on this site for sure. I still appreciate the two thumbs up :D lol
Thanks for the super-awesome review!
80s DRUM BREAKS CANNOT BE BEATEN MWAHAHAHA