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Cloaked In Crimson

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This is one of those pieces that wrote itself. Personally, it makes me feel really great so I hope it has the same affect on you.
You can hear the alternative "slow" version here: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/563247

Please ask permission before you use this song in any projects. Please. I visit Newgrounds every day so I WILL see your message.

Tools and various information:
Evolve Mutations 1 and 2 (some percussion/fx and the music box).
Native Instruments Studio Drummer.
EWQL Pianos Gold.
EWQL Hollywood Strings Gold.
EWQL RA for the woodwinds and alternative strings at the end.
EWQL Symphonic Choirs.
EWQL Symphonic Orchestra (mallets, some percussion).
QL Spaces (reverb).
Native Instruments Guitar Rig and Reflektor (reverb).
Izotope Alloy 2 and Ozone 5 for mixing and mastering.

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I really like this man. Reminds me of an area theme for an epic RPG, having a sense of curiosity in the beginning but opening up as you further proceed into the world, seeing the massive fields and cliffs to explore. Either that or it could be the emotional insert music that plays during an important story event as you head to an important boss that you don't want to fight but have to, something like that. I can interpret the sense of regret and wishful thinking that would portray the second scenario.

The mixing is really good and the track is mastered well. I enjoy the drums and percussion a lot, it's sequenced very well, but I wished the drums cut through just a tiny bit more, as they can get drowned out a bit by the strings when they crescendo towards the middle, making it hard to hear the great drum fills you have in there. Seeing all the EWQL just makes me jealous, because it's really good and I want it.

Another tiny gripe I have, would be that I wished it went further. The motif you have is great as well as the other melodies that pop up here and there harmonizing that motif, but I feel it ended a bit too soon for me to be satisfied. Maybe it's just the way I've interpreted the track, but I want more from it. I'd like to hear a sudden mood change, fitting my emotional insert music in the RPG theory, for when you walk into the boss' area and you realize there's no hope of them changing, to convey a feeling of acceptance in a way.

My music interpreter self aside, this is really, really good. The fact that I got invested in the track enough to make up a story to fit it, wanting more from the track to fit said story, just testifies how good the track is.

Great job on this

MetalRenard responds:

Thanks for the detailed comment, I appreciate the time and thought put into it.
I agree - I didn't take this one far enough. It was written quite quickly, something I made just to capture a feeling or mood I had at the time and I couldn't find a way to change it without changing what I originally made the song for. For the sake of the music, I probably should have, but ended up not taking the plunge.

Again, thanks for that!

beautiful work yet again, gotta love that piano melody, the core melody has a epic feel to it, love it.
- Pandasticality

i love the composition and that motif :) but the strings kinda sticks out too much on my left ear

MetalRenard responds:

Hey thanks for the review! I agree, I've actually updated it since (last night!) but the audio won't update... No idea why it won't work! I tweaked the strings and brought the woodwinds forward a bit to make it softer.
Thanks for pointing out what you like and giving constructive feedback too, I appreciate it!

Really cool piece! I love when you bring in the strings. Halfway through the song I realized my head was bobbing, and I couldn't stop it, song's too groovy.

MetalRenard responds:

Thanks! I don't know why but when I made this it put me in a kind of trance. @_@
I was hoping people would get into that zone too when they heard it so I'm glad it worked.
Thanks for taking the time to review my track!

Credits & Info


4.91 / 5.00

Jan 11, 2014
6:01 PM EST
File Info
5 MB
2 min 13 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.