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Reptile Master NGUAC 2020

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My entry for NGUAC 2020 knock out round!

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this is pretty sick dude. i like the composition choices you've made both musically and electronically. and honestly, you could be even more aggressive with panning and effects that catch me off guard. you've got good songs, i think some more effort dedicated to taming that mix could bring them to professional level. nothing wrong with electro-drums but they are a little dead sounding, especially against your lively guitar (this is hard to overcome); if you intend to take this to the next level with them.

Banana-head responds:

Thanks for the review! Im still learning how to mix stuff, im aiming to get better at it on the future! About the drums, i rly need a better drum vst, im aware that, i was thinking of getting a paid drum vst soon.

I’m not a fan of heavy metal, although I do like this song. The VST drums and the guitar give me that metal vibe. But I usually listen to music with headphones, and starting at 0:33, I only hear the guitar in my left ear and not both. Same thing at 2:52. Overall, the music is pretty good and the beginning is nice. I do like the ending as well. I just don’t think you should have added that other guitar note after the ending started.

All in all, great song. Just don’t like those parts during it.

Banana-head responds:

Thanks for the review! The guitars being at the left side is intentional, its a common thing in metal:record 2 guitars playing the same thing, pan one to the left and the other to the right.

That guitar tone is very Matt Pike-esque, which i adore, plus that guitar solo was fuckin sweet. Hell yea, dude. If this had vocals or maybe some additional textural elements to vary things up slightly this would be prefect. But then again with stoner/sludge/doom, repetition can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

An interesting direction you took here. You don't typically hear metal this barren, although that might not be a great thing here. I feel like you need more kinetic parts added to this. It almost feels like a bit of a death march? That would be really cool in theory, but this particular instance just comes off as really needlessly halted and almost uneasy. I wish you had more solos! That shit was super baller and it only happens like, once! Makes me think that this was rushed/left unfinished for the contest, but oh well. If that is the case, then you'll have plenty of room to add shit like that. Your guitar work for that section is pretty clean so it shouldn't;t be a problem.

I think this song is in need of some proper bass, as well as more of a prominent melody? I know this genre might be different, but you want to still make it interesting at the end of the day. This almost feels like an instrumental backing to a more polished/interesting song.

I don't think this song had to be 6 minutes long? It almost feels as if you're playing with one riff or a few power chords over and over again and not really doing anything with it, especially when you don't really have a clear melody to grab onto. The parts don't really seem that discernable from each other, and the weird quieter parts with morse code(?) seem rather pointless, just to break the flow you might have tried to maintain.

I guess I can sonically and mixing wise, it sounds pretty solid? Although that might be a result of it just being so minimal in general. With a bit more time and intricacies, I think you could really kick this song into high gear.

Banana-head responds:

Thanks for the review! Now that i think about it, it was a mistake choosing a subgenre that is commonly slow and repetitive for the contest, it was pretty much all intentional, the lack of melody, the 6minutes lenght, the death march feel, etc. Well except for the morse code, which is not morse code, is my bass pickup fucking up which i could have easily removed from the song wasnt it for the rush for the contest, its funny that someone thought it was intentional rather than a score lowering mistake. And thanks for the compliment on the solo! I rly should've added more of them since its also one of the highlights of the subgenre. I was expecting a more harsher critique on the mixing because, well, i cant mix for shit and im still learning it.

nice solo my dude. got some skills i see. Did you play the drums for this song?

Banana-head responds:

Thanks! The drums are a VST, i wish i could play drums lel.

Credits & Info


3.83 / 5.00

Aug 18, 2020
11:57 PM EDT
Heavy Metal
File Info
13.4 MB
5 min 52 sec

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