Hey man! I'm not judging your group, but I momentarily thought I was because I was on the wrong tab of the judges' scoresheet. Have a review anyway:
Really catchy riff at the beginning. The drums sound a tad dry, but are also crisp and loud. There are a lot of fun patterns and melodies here, like :27, :53, and others. I think the progression doesn’t have a clear sense of directionality sometimes, and instead flits back and forth between a few different themes. I also think that the mix, while quite clear, is pretty quiet. Still, my main complaint is that the track needs a stronger sense of ebb and flow over time. The breakdown at 2:37 was a good start, but overall this piece is largely categorized by sudden changes in energy (although the first 2.5 minutes have a relatively uniform level of intensity). I just think that the structure is not as digestible as it could be. The arrangement of the piece doesn’t really give it a sense of dynamism or direction like I want it to. Maybe it would’ve helped if the piece ended shortly after the big solo at 3:05; that felt like a point of resolve and catharsis more than anything else in the piece. I’ve been pretty tough on the compositional elements of this piece, but the production, sound design, and harmonies are all really admirable here. Keep at it, Metallica1136!