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Welp, I'm pretty disappointed in this song. I just couldn't come up with anything creative or interesting and times up for this year.

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I like the gritty texture at the beginning and the catchy strummed riffs at :28. The melodic content might’ve sounded a bit more impactful during the first minute if all of the notes weren’t so short and staccato, though. The production quality and harmonies are both enjoyable here. I still think transitions are what you need some more work on. The changes in the texture at 1:07 comes on a little suddenly, although I like what you did with the shifts in the rhythmic emphasis at 1:22 and again at 1:40. The ominous top line at 2:35 added a nice sense of variety after a while, and I appreciated how you broke up the intensity of the piece with the breakdown at 2:51. I think the composition feels pretty drawn-out at times, especially with the added repetitions of the riff at 3:27. Still, I liked the new melodic material at 4:03, and overall I thought you did a good job of hitting this piece home. I don’t think the piece is nearly as bad as you think it is. It has a good sense of shape, and the sound design and mixing are both really strong. Keep at it, JDawg00100! ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.5/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.75/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.75/1
Composite score
8.75/10

JDawg00100 responds:

Thank ya for the review! :)

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You should collaborate with LunyAlex and get his vocals on top of this. The section from 2:35-3:35 is very enjoyable. My only gripe with this is the timbre remains the same throughout, and that is perhaps why I enjoy the section I just mentioned besides the great guitar playing of course. Hence I think having some vocals would complete the thing.
However in regards to the timbre, this is more or less my first impression, but when I go back to listen over it again, I really enjoy the progression of your guitar playing. I wonder if I would appreciate a darker tone in the mix as opposed to the higher frequencies in the distortion being so prominent. But hey it's Heavy Metal, and this is better than what I could do with the style.

JDawg00100 responds:

That is exactly why I felt a little disappointed in the song. I really wanted to add some variation to it, but I just couldn't quite fit anything in other than that section. And I think that section is great but I could have done more. As for vocals I would absolutely love that! And I appreciate the review :)

YES! Nice one! Really happy to see a metal piece competing on this contest, really like the song!
Best of luck JDawg :)

JDawg00100 responds:

Thank you :)

Production and textures remind me of Machine Head's The Blackening in the best of ways.
Composition is slightly more progressive and groovie than that.
Great song!

JDawg00100 responds:

You've said that to me before, I really need to check it out. Thanks for the review :)

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Uploaded
Aug 15, 2019
1:09 AM EDT
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Heavy Metal
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5 min 1 sec
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