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XERO feat. Jeff Waters (Annihilator) - Savior

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We wrote this song and recorded it with Jeff in June of 2017. We wrote and recorded our parts and sent it over to him in Canada where he wrote and recorded the guitar solos. The final cut was mastered by Rich Hinks (Bass player, Annihilator) in the UK.
The song was written and recorded in one day and sent over to Jeff in order to catch him at home when he had free time between tour dates. It's definitely one of the most fun tracks that we've worked on so far. Let us know what you guys think :)

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Sounds really ... tinny to me. Leaves lots of room for the vocals, but the drums are buried, particularly the snare. Also sounds almost sidechained which feels like a symptom of overcompression to me.

Basically, I would compress your drums a bit less. They sound very hot, especially those hats. I would also pan them a bit wider. Snare needs to come way up in the mix. Totally buried.

I'd cut a little more low out of those guitars. Bass could, ironically, use a little more mid and high end, a little less ... that sub range is thumping in and out, making it feel like a case of over-EQ.

Overall the mids in this mix feel just crushed to me, and the low-end is pretty muddy. Playing and technique sounds great though. And good songwriting. Kudos.

Note I do have ATHm40's so any warts in the mix are gonna naturally sound worse to me. It may sound better on typical commercial headphones. Those hats are really killing me though.

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Dec 19, 2017
8:22 AM EST
Heavy Metal
File Info
11.1 MB
4 min 52 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.