I like the hard-hitting guitar riffs at the beginning. The progression is very slow for a while, but I enjoyed all the distortion and gritty texture. I like how the guitars find a new niche in the back of the mix as the vocals come in. The injection of passion at 1:32 was really nice, too. The vocal editing isn’t perfect. Don’t be afraid to use pitch correction, even if you’re going for a more organic vibe. Talented producers can mask autotune effects pretty well with slow correction times and more humanized pitch tweaks. I think my main complaint with this piece is that it has very little harmonic variety. I think the track needs some kind of breakdown or other dynamism in the refrain to keep it engaging. The solo at 2:03 was definitely a great start towards that goal, but I can’t help but feel that you really beat the listener over the head with that main riff at :04. In general, the mix is pretty clear and loud, but it also felt like there was some sort of panning effect that made it feel a little too wide. It just sounded harsh at times, regardless of the edgy texture. Still, overall this is strong work. There’s a lot of intensity in both the vocals and in the guitars. It’s catchy and engaging throughout. Well done!
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?)