I like the retro-sounding pads at the beginning, even if they sounded a tad generic. The mix is VERY loud, and the guitars really take over the texture by :31. I guess I would’ve liked to see a little more room in the mix for the drums there. I was a little confused by the role of the panning at :51, especially since not much is going on besides the guitar riff there. After that, the energy is nice, and the guitar riffs are quite catchy, but the progression is much slower. The texture is oscillating between the guitar-heavy section and the more synth-based refrain for quite some time, but within that paradigm there’s not much structural variety. At some point, I would’ve liked to see the piece get some more shape and contrast. The section at 3:13 is a good start, and I really liked the solo at 3:35, but the intensity of this piece is near-constant throughout. I feel like you may have needed a more tranquil section to refocus the energy earlier in the piece. Overall, the composition sounds much more dynamic by the end, which is a huge plus. The octave transposition with the synths for the final refrain was also a smart move. It really sold the emotional climax as the piece wrapped up. Overall, this is undeniably strong work. My detail-oriented compositional complaints amount to little in the midst of some strong instrumentation, production quality, and passion. Keep up the good work, Denza91!
Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)