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Jul 22, 2015 | 6:55 AM EDT
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6.4 MB
2 min 49 sec
4.18 / 5.00

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Rated 4.18 / 5 stars
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Author Comments

OK, it's time to channel a little NIN for this bad boy! I've been doing a lot of nice, folky-type stuff lately, and it's time that I unleashed some demons.

This was accomplished using only a single microphone, a single guitar, and a single piece of cardboard.


You can all just stop your crying underdog cheer
'cause the all-star's coming up and dropping off your worst fears
and the reckoning shall be a thing of legend
and the pain of a second is arriving to start recking your existence.

I'm the demon that you mother said was hiding in your stereo
I'm coming to take all the dreams of victory and afterglow
because one man has to stand at the summit
of the contest and the rest are nothing but pests that I'mma swat down

I'll cry a single tear of remorse and longing for your passing
on the alter of Samulis after destroying your Etherealwinds
and your collapse is nothing if it isn't eminent

I'll try to contain my Ectisity

Yeah, what do you want from me?



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I love the organic guitar sound here. The rhythm of that very first riff from :03 - :06 was a little hard to follow, but I like the percussion you brought in at :11, and it had a haunting, mysterious, and apprehensive vibe to it, almost like an approaching storm. I think the chant-like, spoken lyrics really add to that mood, although they were just a bit too quiet IMO. I also liked the more electric elements you started incorporating at 1:36. The throaty, intense "what do you want from me?" seemed like a fittingly conclusive last line to the lyrics, too, perhaps ironically as, after all, it is a question. Overall, the lyrics are quite clever and topical, and I think it's exceedingly impressive that you made the percussive sounds using a piece of cardboard. I can picture a wandering minstrel with a guitar, seeking shelter under a boulder and looking out at the eye of the storm, asking "what do you want from me?" :D Despite the funky, energetic riffs at 1:50 and thereafter, I think you could've done a bit more with this piece. There's this sense of bottled-up intensity throughout, and I was waiting for almost 3 minutes for the sky to open up and explode with some thundering, punchy and powerful content, but the piece never quite got that far. It would've helped sell the drama and the tightly-wound energy of this track if you loosened it up more at one point. I also think the very ending was a bit lazy and inconclusive. Fade-outs generally are IMO. Still, this is a really cool, down-to-earth, and unique piece here, Ceevro, and the mixing and mastering are quite solid. Keep up the good work! :D


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Ceevro responds:

Hehe...well, I think I nailed the feeling I was going for here, judging by the review. A couple people have said that I should have gone over-the-top on this, but I never intended this to be a Satriani-style setup for an epic guitar solo...I wanted to brood for a bit. I wanted my eyebrows to cast shadows. I felt like glowering.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Really cool. Great vibe, aside from NiN do I also hear a bit of Korn influences in there? Depending on who's taking it that can come as either a compliment or insult, haha, but I used to really enjoy that band some time ago.

Great song with a great atmosphere.

Ceevro responds:

Nothin' wrong with Korn. At least they ain't Nickelback, amirite?


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I just want to show my respect and congrats to your song! It's great!

My favorite thing is the high pitch-bended guitar notes. Man, they have some black magic going on, like Voodoo or something! :D Very good idea
I felt like I'm playing Diablo 2 World 2

And I really respect the DIY people who are making their ways out of the technical problems that they may have because of the level of the equipment they might have. I'm in kind of the same boat with my oldish laptop so I know that could be a real headache sometimes when you're not in a so creative mood or something.

Anyhow, I wish you get in the best 4, or more!
and keep the good work and the creativity up!
and have a nice day! :)
~ Sound Galaxy

Ceevro responds:

The high-pitch bend was an artificial harmonic...I think 7(19) up a half and back on the high-E string. Nifty little trick I picked up from Erik Mongrain.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Yes! This is definitely what I want!
I want to rate 5; I want to favorite this.
I want to listen to this again.
I want to congratulate you on making something brilliant ;)

Ceevro responds:

I want to pretend I'm not'''sjustsomethinginmyeye!!!!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This is the best-produced song I've ever heard from you - great job! (Unless you count that stuff Step did for you lol)

Your guitar playing is, as usual, off the hook. Although the one thing I would nitpick about this song is that while your guitar is amazing as backing during the song, the distorted guitar solos were a little bit... simple? This kind of grungy, distorted atmosphere would be perfect for you to show off your guitar skills in a killer solo! At least, that's what I thought. :P

Everything else is so amazing though. Cardboard is my new favorite percussion instrument. :D This is, like, professional budget music. It's scary to think of the kind of things you could do with full access to other instruments! Good luck in the competition!

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Ceevro responds:

YAY! Someone noticed my cardboard playing!

Yeah, I thought about going for a massive-shred solo, but after playing a couple, I figured that simple and primal got the job done better, stylistically. This was a song based entirely on 2 chords, E and F, so it's actually quite minimalist in composition. I wanted to see what I could do the simplest progression I could play.

Don't worry, way more complex stuff shall come out in the next round...provided I survive!