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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?)
Composite score

MisledSatellite responds:

Thank you for such a detailed review. And thank you for inviting me to NGUAC 2018.)

The first version sounds better to me :(

MisledSatellite responds:

Thanks anyway!

That right there is top notch stuff. Personally I like synths so those are whatever and I like hearing stuff combined also.

MisledSatellite responds:

Thank you)

That was really quite enjoyable to listen to. Cool riffs, great tone and everything was exceptionally clear and vibrant. :)

I do think it would have ended up sounding better without the synths, but that's just me.

I loved the bit at 3:13 especially, nice change of atmosphere. The solo was great too!

MisledSatellite responds:

Thanks for your advice! I've made some changes to my track;)

Real quality man!

MisledSatellite responds:

Thank you!

Credits & Info

4.54 / 5.00

Oct 22, 2017
5:43 PM EDT
Heavy Metal
File Info
12.3 MB
5 min 23 sec

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