NGAP 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONTEST REVIEW
This started off fairly badly, but got so much better later on that you still got a fairly high score in my books!
Right, let me start by saying that making an orchestral cover of a metal song is NOT easy, I'm sure. Of course, it depends on the song, but in general metal tracks have a lot of repeating riffs and chug rhythms that are hard to interpret with an orchestra. The one you chose is fairly melodic which of course works in favour of you, but I still commend you on making a great orchestral track out of a metal track. The large amount of orchestral instruments give this a somewhat generic but still appreciated "epic" feeling. Some parts like 1:08 are awesome, and the ending when everything comes together is pure brilliance. Great choice of chords too by the way! Lastly, the ending was quite good, even if it was similar to the original's, and I like how you ended it with a melodic phrase that was repeated various times prior to the ending.
Having said all that, the mix over here needs to be reworked entirely. I'm not sure what sounds you're using, but while some of them sound fine (like some of the percussion and the choir), others sound bad. This seems to be mostly the result of lacklustre mixing. Some of the instruments here are incredibly dry, and this is especially notable when the piano does its solo and throughout a lot of the percussive section. Some reverb would work wonders. The levels and EQing need work too. Nothing - not even the foreground instruments - stands out from the mix most of the time, and this is very clear with the brass especially.
Overall, despite this having some shortcomings, I enjoyed it! Great work.