The Crystal Guillotine (Hyper Light Drifter cover)

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Post-metal medley of music from the western region in Hyper Light Drifter. Album art by Voidbug, original composition by Disasterpeace.

This was a fun piece to do. I love post-rock and metal, and Disasterpeace's music from HLD complements the style really well. I did all of the guitars (wait, how many guitars was it again?), drum programming, and mixing.


I like the dreamy guitar at the beginning. Sounds a little ominous with the chord progression. It’s really slow to develop, though. I think you should’ve thickened the texture way before 45 seconds in. Even then, it’s not a very rich texture. By around 2:15 when the melodic content seeps in, I really enjoy the soulful vibe it has. It’s like a long intro to an old western movie, with the camera panning around beautiful mountainous terrain. The pace of this piece is really slow. I think it doesn’t function great as a stand-alone piece until 3:45, when the energy picks up significantly. The mixing and mastering seem pretty good. I like the crash hits on every beat during the middle section of the piece, although they do get a bit distorted at times by the guitars. The mood of the piece is great - it’s very powerful and foreboding. The transition back into the tranquil section at 5:45 was a little sudden. Perhaps it’d be appropriate for a movie scene with a dramatic plot point, but without the accompanying visuals you need to foreshadow that transition a little more carefully. The distortion at 7:30 is enjoyable, but I didn’t quite understand the stops and starts. It didn’t turn out to be a very effective transition IMO. Overall, I think you need to think more carefully about the pacing of the piece and to gauge the textural depth that’s needed to keep your listener engaged. Several of the transitions in here also need work. That said, the guitar work is quite enjoyable, and the piece does have quite a unique mood and atmosphere. Keep at it, man!


Twone responds:

You've given me quite a bit to think about. Thanks for the review!

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4.26 / 5.00

May 28, 2017
4:59 PM EDT
Heavy Metal
File Info
11.8 MB
9 min 16 sec

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