Your NGADM Review for Round 1
So both you and InYourDreams did really well here. However I have marked you both down for the same score. This is quite simply because I feel like you have amazing melodies yet slightly lack in production and vice versa for IYD. As a metal producer myself I'm gonna try to give you some really useful tips to bring your production quality up! (There's no point focusing on the melodies because the whole song sounds fucking awesome haha)
Guitars: Now from the sounds of it you're using a VST guitar. *SLAP* LEARN THE INSTRUMENT! Nah I'm just kidding I ain't marking you down for that ;) However, with the tone on your guitar as meaty as it is, it's also fairly fizzy. It'll be worth EQ'ing out the top end of your guitar somewhat to remove that fizz. Rest is awesome.
Drums: This is what lacks, they fall weak to the rest of the track. Bring up the Snare and Kick a few DB's in volume, compress the snare with a hard and fast attack, fast release, do the same with your kick, add reverb to the whole kit, voila SEXY KIT!
Piano and cinematics: The Piano feels a little muddy to me. The reverb on it is sweet but the low end sorta pulls through too much and it doesn't have a brightness to contrast with the guitars so it sounds dull. Give it a bit of a high end boost on an eq! Your orchestral bits are awesome though, I have no quarrel with them!
Bass: Don't really have much to say haha. It's mixed fine and follows the root note, simple. I guess you could always expand it out and give it some freedom with a few extra notes!
Overall: You have a quality song and an alright mix. Definitely look at using all the headroom you can (Not necessarily brickwalling your music but using the potential headroom for your drums and so forth. Also have a look into brickwall mastering, it makes your tracks sound a lot thicker, you can hear examples in my work) Apart from that dude, you've got potential, hopefully we'll see you next year for the NGADM 2014 :)