I like the punchy synths at the beginning. The snares that come in at :09 sound a tad indistinct, but the progression is strong. The pause at 1:35 was a bit too long imo. It has a nice dramatic effect that fits well with the rest of the piece, but at the same time its excessive length ruined the flow of the piece a bit. One of my main concerns here is that the piece sounds a bit muddy in the lower end at times, especially during the busier sections. I like the more legato elements of the texture at 1:41, though. Sounds like more of the aftermath of the battle that ensued during the first 1.5 minutes. This piece has a really engrossing atmosphere and mood, and the instrumentation helps support that mood very well. That said, I think the ending was a bit rushed and, more importantly, the piece lacks a distinct emotional height or melodic sequence to hit it home. The first 1.5 minutes sound pretty transient, while the latter half of the piece functions largely to wind down the energy. What’s missing is an arrival point in the middle that offers the listener some climactic resolution to the first half’s tensions. Overall, though, this piece is well-served by its cinematic style, sound design, and (for the most part) progression. I commend you for going above and beyond with the bingo requirements, too. Keep at it, Lich!
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?)
Satisfies bingo requirement?