This entry has an engaging introduction, with the buildup of those synth arps and the piano melody presenting a pleasantly singable higher melody that conveys a large sense of scale. I think all the parts are in place - the piece has a good sense of structure, with the long, drawn out intro and the super intense second half. The transition from the first to second half was very effective and I love that three-note repeated pattern in the bass.
While I found myself enjoying particular elements, I felt that this piece didn't leave a lasting impression on me. It was engaging to listen to just enough to hold my attention, but after multiple listens, I didn't really find anything I could take away from it. Personally, I think a large part of it had to do with the composition and the chord progression, especially during the opening. Despite the melody in the piano complementing the undertones of the synth arps, I found the chord progression to be unsatisfying such that when the fast snares come in, I didn't feel like the composition, as a whole, was progressing. Yeah, it had the parts necessary for a distinguishable transition, but it didn't feel like that transition was satisfying. Not to mention that by the time the quick snares came and went, the arps were still playing at more or less the same manner and by that point, I felt quite sick of hearing them.
There is a great repeating section towards the end at around the 3:20 mark. I loved hearing that extra synth that interjects between the melody and the choices for the notes evoked a certain degree of emotion that I felt was missing when I first heard the melody.
Overall, I felt like the components were fine - the sound design was good, the structure was good - there were parts that I really liked, but nothing that really made a lasting impression on me. I do think a big part of it has to do with the composition and the way some layers were arranged. With a huge turnout at AIM comes the unfortunate cut to entries that would have probably made it in smaller compos. I think this would have been one of them.