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Righteous Evil

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The universe must always be balanced in order to maintain stability. It's Karma's job to keep this balance. With his destructive axe at hand, he will punish all mortals for their transgressions and slay any spirits that try to get in his way.

Karma is an unrelenting and merciless force of power with an unquenchable thirst for justice. You can try to run from your transgressions and maintain your dark secrets for as long as you please, but the fact of the matter is, Karma will always find a way to make you suffer for it.

This will be the first track on my next album! This may also be the start of a story arc about powerful spirits of the universe and how they are deities silently managing humanity and nature. Basically a mythology of some sort.

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Not many comments on writing here. Tons of nice things to say about your lead writing and driving rhythm parts. Although I would possibly double the guitar in the right channel on a third about 1:33. It's naked there. You could even just delay it in the other channel.

Playing wise, sometimes the rhythm gets a little laggy or rushy, particularly the intro chorus and the section before 2:25. Good intonation on the notes, just not quite sure where to attack at points. It almost sounds like you wrote the drums after you wrote the guitars.

Speaking of, throw those samples in a lake. No offense intended :) Or mix them differently. They are hiding in the mix somehow, even though I can hear them clearly. I can't hear the kick much at all, the toms sound like I'm listening with a cochlear implant. That and they sound like they might be in a totally dead room.

Actually the rigidity of the drums might be what's making your rhythm guitars sound off, if they aren't somehow humanized, etc. Or possibly the straight 8ths bass. Something there is going on with our fills.

The drums are really the only sound I don't particularly like throughout. They're top heavy. The rest of the backing sounds very boxy -- I might cut some 250 hz and below off of your guitars, speaking of. I'd probably turn the bass up a bit and also the kick drum.

On the transitions between sections it sounds like we've just trimmed off a track, like at 47 seconds into 48. More than one section is like that. 1:12 I'd like to hear ring out -- not like we're limited to live performance here, or can't pretend it's a sustain pedal.

Mixing wise, I just find there's not a lot of low end to prop up even the rhythm. By 3:55 the various parts are crowding out the drums. Drop some individual tracks down a notch. It's not like we're going to not hear them -- and again we have another very sudden drop out of solos. 4:38, those thirds on the sides can come down some and probably be sent to a reverb to give the spacious feel you want.

I feel they come in a bit too late as we completely drop out by 4:52 for -- it sounds like just chopping the volume to zero to get rid of any line noise. Leave just a smidge, maybe, so I can hear the full mute and string noise.

I really find myself wanting the section from 3:52 to just bleed straight into a chorus with those thirds coming in right at about 4:15, or immediately as the next section comes. 4:40 is just so, so short!

Anyway, great track. Really enjoyed the listen. Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

This track is so much more lively than your previous work! What an improvement in sound. Glad I was able to help you out there.
The instruments sound good together, I like the synth solo.
This track has a very Iron Maiden vibe to it. Maybe consider adding variation to the rhythm guitar's rhythm.
@ 0:59 and during lead sections (solo around 3:00) Careful with timing. If you don't nail it, edit it or re record it.

Next step... Let's work on drums! I'll make a video on it soon to make them sound good.

This is a huge step in the right direction, congrats!

Catpocalypse responds:

Yes, your tutorials and assistance definitely helped improve my sound. Thanks for that!

This is epic as heck man.

Catpocalypse responds:

Awesome! I appreciate that!

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4.15 / 5.00

Jul 19, 2020
4:56 AM EDT
Heavy Metal
File Info
4.5 MB
4 min 53 sec

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