== This is an NGAUC Knock-Out Round Review ==
Ah, more heavy metal!
Man, I have to say that the riff that you lead with is pretty great. You’re using some weird scale that I can’t even identify. I love this stuff. And then you lead into another riff, and that one is good too! The whole song segues through different heavy metal parts really well, and that leaves the song sounding very varied and interesting throughout.
However, I did find myself wishing you’d break away from the insane riffing just a little more than you did. A breakdown with, say, acoustic guitar, or maybe something crazy like piano, could really do wonders here to make the song even more varied and interesting.
Like other people mentioned, the drums in this track are lacking a lot of umph. The best way to fix this is going to sound so simple that you might not even believe me, but just bear with me: turn the volume of the drums UP, and turn the volume of every other channel DOWN. :P Yes, it will really work. Just don’t go overboard and make the drums too loud.
The other thing you should know is how to get that kick to come through. You can fix the kick in particular by high passing all your non-bass instruments, so that only the bass of your kick and your bass guitar are coming through in the low end. This will make the kick come through much better!
All in all, this is a pretty great song - it just needs the mix to be tidied up a little, and perhaps a breakdown or two, to be really solid. Keep it up!
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Mini-Scores (see here: http://johnfn.newgrounds.com/news/post/936953):
* Composition: 3/4
* Arrangement: 3/4
* Mixing: 2/4
Thanks for the in depth review :) glad to hear you enjoyed it! Nice idea trying to work some piano in, sounds like a challenge but it's worth thinking about.
Will definitely try upping the drums a little! If it's really as simple as volume levels and giving the kick a bit of a boost like you mentioned then that's great news lol
Hey there. Some general commentary on your song for NGAUC.
-If this was all recorded live, that's pretty good - particularly if it was a one-take recording.
-Badass theme to come in at first. I like it.
-Could use a bit more syncing between the drums and the guitars - the kick drum seems a bit out of time. Or the guitars do. Or something. It's not sync'd up properly.
-Kick and snare are definitely too quiet.
-Needs a bit more of a breakdown than what happens at 1:50.
-Nice ear candy after 2:10 with the chords.
-Tempo speeeeeeeeeeeeeeed! Impressive that this is a recording for certain here. Especially if the drums are too.
-And... it ends. Abruptly. Without conclusion. :(
Final score: 7.5/10
Thanks a lot for the feedback! Lots of good points, on reflection I'm definitely feeling more could be done with that half-hearted breakdown as you mentioned. I'm glad you're digging the tempo which is a little more varied in this round, but I will clarify the drums are programmed so it's not as flash as it might seem :) Unfortunately, I'm not in able to record a real kit at this time (especially at this speed!)
The guitars and bass are awesome, but the drums lack power, even though it sounds like the drummer is playing like his life depends on it :D
Thank you :) still figuring out how to get those drums sounding their best! Glad you liked it.
I love this!!!! THe drums couldve been a bit more powerful though!
Hey thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :)
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.