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Here is a thrashing metal piece that I wrote recently. It is sort of a blend between a mosh pit starter and a catchy melodic tune.
Let me know what you think.
I used an Ibanez RG120 running through the out-of-the-box amp sim in StudioOne 4. Bass guitar is a Washburn (I don't even know what model) ran through the same amp sim. (different settings) Drums are out-of-the-box virtual drums that come with StudioOne 4.

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I like the relaxed guitars at the beginning. The texture is really smooth, but the abrupt transition at :28 actually works well in this context. I like how the energy starts to pick up by around :45, and the production quality seems solid too despite a relatively quiet mix. The texture is still a tad thin at around the 1-minute mark, and I thought it was a bit jarring when you took the piece in a completely different direction after another stop-start transition at 1:18. The sense of phrasing between 1:40 and 2:00 is nice, although I was still waiting for some more dynamic melodic content at that point, and a lot of the piece is made up of some rhythmic filler stuff, like at 2:12. The riff at 2:27 sounds nice, and in general the second half of the piece has a stronger sense of flow than the first half. That said, there isn’t a ton of cohesion here harmonically. You definitely take the piece in more of a distinct direction by the end of the piece, but the choppy arrangement early on and stop-start transitions make it a little hard to follow the structure at times. Overall, nice work with the melodies, production, and rhythmic content. Some more gradual transitions, fuller textures, and careful phrasing would help out the composition here, though. Keep at it, RageKaje! :)

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?)
Composite score

Musically I think this is really cool. I feel like it could be mastered a bit better. But overall, sounds really cool. A little slower paced in some spots, but I'm guessing that's intentional. Great work!

Ragekaje responds:

Thank you so much for the feedback!
My mastering abilities have long way to go. Its only something I have recently been intentional about learning and practicing. This song really put the need for mastering in perspective. It just screams the need for great dynamics, but I was unable to pull off what I was hearing in my head.
You are right, the slower parts are intentional. I wanted this dichotomy between the screaming loud part, and the broken sounding quiet parts. Although the tempo was actually consistent throughout, it does sound like there is a slight change.
Thanks again for the feedback! :D

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3.82 / 5.00

Jun 17, 2019
3:44 PM EDT
Heavy Metal
File Info
2.4 MB
5 min 13 sec

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