== This is an NGAUC Knock-Out Round Review ==
Whoa, heavy metal! I always thought that metal was fairly niche, but it’s having a pretty darn large showing in the Underdogs group - and I have to say, your song is one of the strongest metal contenders. It's long, but varied, and it’s an excellent showcase of excellent riffs interspersed with acoustic soloing.
The mixing in this track is pretty darn excellent. You do a really excellent job with utilizing the entire stereo width, which makes the gigantic metal sounds even larger, and the drums are precisely as loud as I’d expect them to be, which is awesome. The only thing that seems a little off is the bass sound - it seems like it could be just a tad louder.
I have to say, this reminds me a lot of Opeth. If you haven’t heard of them before, you should definitely check them out. They seem like they’re right up your alley.
The chord progressions in this song are all great, but if there’s one thing I’m missing from it (well, I admit I’m also missing a vocalist, but I can understand that) is a bit more melodic development. With such nice chord progressions and choice, I really find myself wanting some sort of melodic line on top of them that I can really grab onto. The heavy metal riffing sections come close, but during the acoustic sections I really find myself feeling like the song is just a tad incomplete. It’s still a dang good song, though.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Mini-Scores (see here: http://johnfn.newgrounds.com/news/post/936953):
* Composition: 4/4
* Arrangement: 3/4
* Mixing: 4/4
Hey there. Some general commentary on your song for NGAUC.
-Very nice guitar to begin. Very pretty, excellent move to stereo and a decent transition to rock.
-Only thing I don't like about the intro is that the distorted guitar really buries the acoustic playing behind it - might want to see about editing that a bit, as I could see it causing some mixing problems if there were any more detail than chords.
-I do really like how the drums go along with the rest of the piece, and the transition at 2 minutes in is very well done, especially with how it progresses to 2:20, though the snare drum is very buried.
-Whoah shit, when 3:07 hit my jaw simultaneously hit the floor. This is a fantastic blend. It reminds me a lot of Bajo el sol, sobre las rocas, by InYourDreams. You should look that up on here.
-Overall excellent blending of acoustic and rock - only things I can comment on are that a little bit more melody would be great, and the snare shouldn't be buried the way it was earlier.
Final score: 9.2 + download. Needs more flamenco.
Thanks for pointing me to that track, it rules! I don't think I'm anywhere near IYD's level yet, but I'll be working on it. Cheers dude, thanks for the review and mix advice!
Wow, this is amazing! I totally agree with the timing of the drums and the overall progression of the song.
I love it!!!!!!!!! The acoustic was done really well, and I love the electric guitar in this as well!
I'm not even going to forget the drums, 8ecause they were very well timed!
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