With Gun & Crucifix


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Originally posted in 2008 and remade for trailer music purposes, here's a completely overproduced version of With Gun & Crucifix!

Thought it was a good idea to kick off my comeback with some nostalgia. People might know the old version of this track from Shellshock Live, as it was included in both the Flash, and Steam versions of the game.

The original idea behind this rock, electro, orchestral hybrid was a vampire slaying priest who travels through the land to free it from the undead. A proper remake of this track was almost inevitable since this track has always been highly demanded, so here's hoping this new makeover is enjoyable!

Produced in Samplitude Pro
VSTs: EWQL Hollywood Everything, Ministry of Rock, Stormdrum 2, EWQL Symphonic Choirs, The Dark Side, 8Dio Century Brass, Majestica, Requiem Pro, some custom synths

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Brilliant rework of an old favorite!


I can't even....

You just keep hitting home run after home run, my friend. The rhythmic work with the strings is really catchy, yet also makes the piece feel really accessible. Seamless transitions between the brass melodies, vocal credos, and prominent string sections. Even in a rather energetic piece, you still fit a breakdown in there at 1:50 that has a nice call-and-response substructure. Super tight production again. Yeah, I'm going to need to check out more than what you've posted on NG this year. Where can I buy your music, man?

Keep up the great work!

Danman87 responds:

Thanks so much man, really happy you enjoyed it! I currently got one album out, which is called "The First Five Years". It's available on most of the large music portals, but admittedly fairly old by now, which is why I'm planning to have another two out this year. One being a commercial video game OST, and the second one a trailer album that will feature this track. :)

Hey Denny, I'm glad to hear you're posting on here!

I really like the energy in this track. High violin staccatos, drumkit cymbals, electric guitars, and crazy flangers and effects! What's there not to like? I haven't heard the original so I'm not able to judge based on the previous version, but it definitely sounds like you went all in with this one.

Here's my take: I feel like some of the drums in there are... kind of out of place? Not sure how to better explain myself, but the main drums are really great for the main chorus section with all the big horns and ambiance going on in there, but when you start going into the breakdown, the part around 00:30 feels like the drums are slightly too present there - which then get toned down further around 00:49.

Another small issue I have is that the low-end feels kind of muddied. I don't know if it's the drums that have too much of a resonance in that area, or if perhaps it's the bit of reverb (is there any?) on them that give it almost too much presence to my taste - which is weird since they are actually quite quiet (yes I just did this pun) in your mix.

On that note, I absolutely love the drum work. The drumkit just feels right at home with all the other instruments and everything kind of just blends beautifuly. How do you do this? Teach me!

In any case, this is fantastic and you are definitely an artist I'll be looking out to hear more from. Thanks for the great track!

Danman87 responds:

Thanks so much for the in-depth review man! Some of the kicks were layered with super old GM samples, so maybe that's where the perceived muddiness is coming from. If anything, then I actually thought people would think of it as a little too snappy, so maybe I oversteered with the reverb there a bit! Super glad you liked it regardless on that!

Don't worry about the old version by the way, let's just pretend it always sounded like this track! :D

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4.91 / 5.00

Jun 4, 2018
11:05 AM EDT
File Info
4 MB
2 min 55 sec

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