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This is the fifth track from the album 'Light of the Diamond' by Shadow Mantra available now.

If you like the track please help me by sharing it around!

If you would like the full album contact info@shadowmantra.com and I'd be happy to send you a link to either a 320kbps MP3 version or a lossless WAV

A full stream can also be found on my website, where it can also be purchased if you would like to:

It is also on Spotify if you search Shadow Mantra, and also on youtube here:

I hope you enjoy!

Gear used;
Dean Cadillac Select
LTD B-254
Cakewalk UA-25EX
Se X-1 - Yup, that's the actual model name of the microphone
Slate Drums
LePou plugins

If you want to know any more just comment below and I'll do my best to answer.

© Shadow Mantra 2015

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Song is cool. The mix needs some work though.
The cymbals and toms are way in the background, and the rolls sound really fake. Some dynamic adjustments during the rolls would help.
The guitars are a little too midrangey (try manipulating the 600-1.5kHz range).
I like the position the bass has in relation to the kick, snare, and guitars. It's actually there, and not buried like in most metal mixes.
The vocals are a little rough in some spots; it almost sounds like the vocalist is straining while trying to growl quietly. The ends of words are just as important as the beginning and middle.
Great work; let me know when the album comes out, and I'll give the whole thing a thorough critique.

SMJ responds:

Thanks for the response! Some useful stuff to try on the next mixes. I'd agree with it all really. The drums were played on an electric kit then the midi sent through slate drums and i think it picked up the velocities of the hits as basically the same which would explain the rolls, so I'll bare that in mind with sampled kits.

Guitars i'll have a play around with as well next time. This is pretty much my first attempt at going for a more professional mix so still a lot to learn. Just if you were curious the guitars are DI then run through the Le456 LePou head and then Gods cab impulses with a tube screamer emulated pedal up front to tighten things up.

Glad you like the bass, I know exactly what you mean with it getting buried often.

And you're spot on with the vocals as well. Is the first time I've tried vocals so went in a little blind on the whole and just went for it. Did end up blowing my voice a few times so I agree it's an area I need to work on. Especially getting the end of words to not fade and die out sounding too weak.

Really appreciate the feed back though, is very helpful getting a fresh set of ears on it. Will be up on my website, spotify and youtube on the 11th Dec.

Credits & Info



4.64 / 5.00

Nov 17, 2015
7:44 AM EST
Heavy Metal
File Info
15.7 MB
6 min 37 sec

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