I think crushing everything so much for the entire piece is a mistake. I would lighten that distortion up as the melody builds until about 1:20, then I'd blast it with a clear eq, plenty of compression, and heavy drums...sounds like you've got the drums ready, just take that distortion down over time and this is beautiful.
Hey man! Thanks for the feedback! I agree - I myself am growing a bit tired of the distortion. My reason for using it at all was because, without it, the samples themselves sounded so mediocre and weak (particularly the drums), and I'm not too good at finding a sweet spot for the EQ.
But you're right - I really should step out of my comfort zone. I've been using this same go-to for about a year now. Trying can't hurt. Hopefully you'll return in the future. That was a solid comment. Thanks again!