This is an NGADM Round 4 review.
Aw man! I expected a lot more than this from you, considering each track of yours is improving over the last. It's a shame time restraints can be so restricting. So yes, what you've got here doesn't quite match up to the high bar you've raised for yourself, but it's still a solid piece of work with good ideas and a fair amount of potential. As you'd expect, I'm loving the mix between electronic, orchestral (strings) and metal!
This tempo is a lot slower than what I'm used to from you, but it works. This sounds exactly like something I'd hear in some arcade space game during a menu or level/character selection of sorts. It has a good way of setting expectations for something bigger, making it a pretty sweet song introduction. The production is great as always. Amazing guitar sound, crisp drums (which your opponent didn't have), and a highly well-balanced mix.
While your production value is great, I feel like no space was given to the arp synth thing at 1:21. It seemed to fit more at the beginning, and was covered up entirely in that section. You have an AWESOME riff at 1:00 but it's far too repetitive and doesn't go anywhere before leading to the premature and unsatisfying outro.
Apart from that, there's the obvious fact that this is pretty short, lacking in content, and a lot of the time there doesn't seem to be any kind of proper melody going on. Consequently, this sounds more like background fluff than a track one would listen to on its own. Because of this slow and directionless pace, this track falls short of being interesting.
You've got some impressive ideas here, like the mix between orchestral strings, techno synths and your trademark electric guitar, akin to what you did in New World. Sad to see you go out of the contest, but you had a very, very good run! Good luck with your future projects.