I like the ominous mood at the beginning and the creative use of percussion. The mixing is pretty quiet, and I suspect the piece could use some more compression, or maybe just a more careful use of volume levels. The string melodies at :32 are really nice, and I like the flow of the piece thereafter. I think there could’ve been a bit more structural variety here, even if it is a relatively short track - a breakdown or bridge that strips away the percussion and focuses on phrasing. The part at 1:52 is kind of like that, except its position in the arrangement makes it feel more like a coda than a bridge. I also think you could’ve made better use of the treble end of the frequency spectrum throughout this piece. I think it would’ve helped heighten the drama towards the end of the piece to transpose the strings up an octave and have the percussion do double time. Instead, the emotional height of the piece is at around 1:35, which doesn’t do enough to dispel the pent-up tension inherent to the piece. That said, I’m really enjoying the sound design, flow, and melodies here overall. Also, I really like how the part at 1:52 is just a slower version of the harmonies for the previous sections - it’s a fun detail that also makes an otherwise pretty sudden change-of-pace work rather well. Keep it up, AriothXerril!
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?)