In the Demon's Lair

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An intense boss-enemy game loop with a Trans-Siberian orchestra style. (If you like this song, check out "Gothic Groove" ... another game loop I made in a similar style.)

Made with Finale 2009c, Studio Drummer, instruments from Kontakt 5 and the Vienna Symphony Library. Edited in Audacity.

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This is pretty cool! There's some nice composition in here as well as some great drum rolls. It does have that nostalgic boss fight essence that you would hear in a lot of older games (particularly the final fantasy series).

There are a few issues with this track that really hold its potential back.

My main gripe would be that the guitar is extremely underwhelming. It sounds as though you've used some kind of weak pre-set or sound font and left them with very little tweaking. They sound really clean and this makes the chords sounds really light, which is the opposite of what you want in a metal track. I'd suggest adding/using more distortion on the guitars to give them a more vibrant sound. I mean they are mixed correctly so no problems there, they just need a little improvement/replacement.

My next complaint would be the drums.. well only the kick and snare really (Personally I think the toms are kick ass and sound awesome when rolled together. I feel the kick and snare should have more punch and presence. Like the guitars they sound really underwhelming when they shouldn't in something that should sound powerful. Perhaps you could layer them with some other samples that could make them pop a little more.

I mean that's it really.. aside from that and maybe some awkward transitions this is a really cool track that could suit any boss fight :D nice work! keep it up!

LeoMDK responds:

Hey, thanks for the review. :) Always appreciated. Also, thanks for the details thoughts about the sound. Always nice when someone takes the time to give honest feedback. I think my mistake was in using the word "metal" to describe the music, when really what I should have said was more of a "Trans-Siberian Orchestra" or "SNES Castlevania" kind of sound, which isn't really metal, by most peoples' definition. "Metal" has, over the years, become a really vague term ("Born to Be Wild" was, once upon a time, described as "heavy metal", hard as that may be to imagine. In fact, the phrase "heavy metal thunder" is right in one of the verses to that song.) In the context of a true metal song by a modern standard, I would agree that the guitar isn't heavy/distorted enough and the kick/snare should be punchier and more aggressive -- so I think you would be right, looking at it from that POV. Thanks again for the detailed thoughts. :)

It's a great song, brings back memories of old boss fights, definitely belong in a game as a boss theme, 4.5 is because I thought the guitar could've been a little heavier, great song and perfect loop nonetheless.

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4.66 / 5.00

May 3, 2013
9:52 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
3.7 MB
1 min 37 sec

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