This is an NGADM Round 1 Review
Another atmospheric and emotional masterpiece from one of the inarguable underdogs of the contest! Solid composition with tons of emotion poured into it and masterfully captivating mood are just two of the many wonderful things this piece has to offer. On top of that, I very much enjoyed the somewhat Celtic vibes you've got going during certain sections, and would have liked you to push them even further with some woodwinds (as a reviewer below mentioned), but that's just me and my soft spot for anything Celtic! This is masterfully composed.
My main issue with this track is actually a mixing nitpick. I don't usually put much importance in mixing quirks that could easily be fixed, but I feel like this particular one detracted quite significantly from the listening experience; the drums are too quiet. I can feel a slight thump from the bassier drums, but for the most part the percussion sits too far back in the mix, even, unfortunately, during sections where a stronger rhythmic force could really add to the overall experience. On another note, I personally would have preferred more dynamic sections. After the comparatively low-key intro, the track remains mostly at a single dynamic, and I would've loved to hear some emotional, soft solo sections, or maybe even a busier/climactic section. The ending in particular could have benefited from a stronger buildup, for example. This is more of a personal complaint than one that I believe is untouched by bias though, haha. I do love me some dynamics.
You've got a really wonderful track here, despite the few issues I mentioned. The realism, composition, instrumentation, flow, structure... it's all there. Brilliant work.