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Edit 4/20/16: Oh snap, frontpaged. One year after Unsustainable was frontpaged as well. Such a magical day and I love you guys.
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After about a month of sitting on this, I've finally decided to release this. You can get the track over here on Bandcamp: https://dylnmatrix.bandcamp.com/track/zenith
Download on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1104010390?ls=1&app=itunes
Google Play: http://bit.ly/ZenGooglePlay

(Please contact me if you wish to use this in a video on Youtube )
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Words can not explain how proud I am of and how dope I find this track. This came out of nowhere when I was having an extremely hard time letting my great ideas flow. Turns out that all I needed was a temporary change in environment and some guitar riffs to get my ideas to continue.

While the riffs sound nothing alike, when writing the guitar riffs, I was was inspired by the main riff in Metallica's Orion and I rolled with it. Everything else...well your guess is as good as mine as to where that all came from.

I also experimented in layering a full drum kit from Shreddage Drums over an electronic Kick and Snare. Even did some panning work in the drum mixing, which I never do. Panning the toms was a pain in the ass, but only because I had the bright idea to automate the pan of the whole toms channel in the FL Mixer instead of each individual tom in Shreddage Drums.

This is also the first solo track with my new arp lead, which I designed myself in Serum. I still love Sandstorm but it is time for me to step away. The syncopated signature melody of mine still has its trademark synth due to it fitting the mood, but I'm hoping to change that in future tracks (like the new Equilibria remix of one of my classics that is becoming a thing).
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In other news, in case you missed it: Ionic Force is on Newgrounds now and we finally got the remaining tracks from Infinite Realms by him uploaded to Newgrounds!

His profile can be found here (he's not as active as I am and all-in-all, I basically manage the account for him when I'm at his house, but still): http://ionicforce.newgrounds.com/

And you can find the Infinite Realms playlist on either of our profiles:
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http://www.newgrounds.com/playlists/view/3ead04f910ac112be78c42f966679a4f

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I thought you could’ve left yourself a little more space for contrast at the beginning. The song kind of just throws you into the middle of these heavy breaks without much introductory material. It’s a little hard to get an overarching sense of climax, as the structure ebbs and flows a lot before any kind of emotional height, and then the real climax comes almost 2 minutes into the piece (1:51). The distorted guitar sounds there added a lot to the piece, but I still feel that some huge chunks of the preceding 2 minutes were unnecessary (the build-up from :52 to 1:21, for example, basically leads nowhere). The instrumentation here is great, however. You did a nice job of offering some structural relief at 2:36, and then transitioning back into a more energetic section by 3:05. The drums during that breakdown section are also quite creative. The piece is very smooth-flowing in general. You did a nice job with the panning, which I especially noticed at around 4:15. The transition into the final chorus at 4:33 was smooth yet weak. It almost seemed like you were playing this live and decided to cross-fade the prior melody and the chorus at the last minute. I was also a little disappointed that you failed to vary the melody sufficiently during the last chorus. For the casual listener, it may have even been difficult to identify that as the chorus because a large portion of this piece shares an energetic sense of continuity. I liked the ending, though. In general, the mixing is very clear and the mastering is loud and pleasant. Despite my mostly structure-related complaints, this is solid work! Keep at it, DM. ;D

8.5/10

Dylnmatrix responds:

Holy shit I never responded to this.

All your structure complaints are well placed. I believe this track mainly emulates a jam session that a band could have during a show, similar to the ones Muse has in their shows. Jams usually don't have concrete or even good structures as they're mainly improv, like this one in the sense I wrote it subconsciously in two nights.

Doesn't excuse the issues but it might explain why it's so.

I like both synths and melody harsh. Drum sample could be better and more in your face though. Nice composition skills. I bet you are liek a guitar player

that was a great one! well done! half a star gone because you used too many "out of tune"s

There's some pretty cool ideas in here, i like the use of guitar and the darker breakdowns. The kick is too loud though and is overpowering pretty much everything to the point where i cant hear the nice melodic bits very well. Also i think you could work with the velocities on the kick, i know its trance but it sounds very mechanical and ridgid which doesnt compliment the guitar work so much. Snare could also use some more presence in the higher freqs as it sounds a little distant. Overall though i like your arrangement and thinking outside the box with your choice of sounds so just a little more effort on the mix and bingo!

Dylnmatrix responds:

I personally can't hear the overpowering kick problems on my sound systems, but that could just be composer's ear talking. The velocity issue is mainly due to the layering of a live kick with an electronic one, the electronic one being prominent in the mix, and it has the sound I personally wanted for the kick, which may not be to everyone's taste due to the rigidness. Thanks for the review man!

Well done!
I like the song overall and you have nice guitar parts. I personally prefer more reverb but I can understand not having it on.
That said, as a piano focused person myself, your piano's sounded very thin and unrealistic. I would suggest emulating use of the pedal by dragging out the notes to fill the measures. Also adding a very subtle quarter beat timed delay can help.
Keep it up~!

~Phyrnna ^_^

Dylnmatrix responds:

Thanks Phyrnna!

The piano was actually a purposeful design choice this time :) Hence the use being very limited compared to previous works. My focus was more on the guitar riffs and drums when I was writing. But those tips are very helpful for the project I'm working on now, so thanks for that!

It didn't even occur to me to put reverb on the guitar the whole time. There's a lot of reverb at the end, but it's turned off during the track. I'll try that out!

I love when tracks I post now end up being catalysts for making the tracks I happen to be working on now even better.

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Apr 9, 2016
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