This is an NGADM Round 3 Review.
You know how much of a fan I am of your music, but it seems like with each new track I hear from you, it feels less and less like I'm hearing music from a Newgrounds artist, and more like music from a Hollywood composer. Your competitive edge lies, without a doubt, in your absolutely faultless execution. This sounds enveloping, captivating, and gripping, partially because of your wonderful motif and partially because, once again, your sound design choices and mixing thereof is simply ON POINT, and leagues above what I aspire to hopefully be able to do myself in the future.
In both your Round 1 and this track, there's a point where the track opens up gloriously. In "Revelation", it was 3:05. Here, it's 2:55. These moments are, in my opinion, what really sell your pieces. Your masterful control over the sound and levelling of your instruments gives you the ability to create such jaw-dropping transitions like those, which can be appreciated in their entire grandeur and splendour at high volumes. My favourite aspect of that transition is actually how you nailed a balance between abruptness and smoothness. It sounds abrupt enough to really hit home with its sudden change, but still smooth to keep the listener enthralled by the experience. It was both understated and hard-hitting, whereas the standard route would be to have an obvious buildup to that section (which is what I would have done). Your approach, while fairly bold and daring, is an approach I personally love.
I have to also commend you on your excellent choice of instruments. There's a slight ethnic influence which isn't needlessly in-your-face but still present to give this a unique flavour compared to what you've made thus far. One aspect I think you excelled particularly in would be the percussion. All throughout the track, your percussion fits beautifully. It provides subtle rhythmic taps for the first half which give this track a good sense of forward motion, and then the percussion seamlessly morphs into a huge driving force, with mighty thumps and booms serving as the backbone of the emotional and uplifting climax. The only issue I have with the instruments is the vocal section that starts at 1:10... I don't know what exactly is annoying me about it, but I'm not feeling it. It sounds kind of artificial/synthy. Did you use Voices of Passion for it? Because that might explain it - I hate Voices of Passion with a passion (pun unintended)! I think the vocals sound more at home later on in the track, though.
I have one minor complaint with your otherwise flawless production. After many careful listens of the climax at 3:05, I think it slightly lacks mid frequencies. This might be because the brass is slightly too understated. Turning it up a little, and maybe boosting more of its mid range, will fill up that gap that I think I'm hearing in the frequency spectrum of that climax. On a more composition-related complaint, I felt like the first half of the track needs more complex composition to retain interest. Before I listened to this, some of the other judges had already told me that they preferred the second half to the first. Nevertheless, during my first listen I tried my hardest to enjoy the first half, but I have to agree it could be a bit more interesting. While I think the mood and atmosphere you portray over there is simply spectacular, I can't help but wish for more interesting compositional aspects beyond long, sustained notes and a consistent drumming rhythm.
The overall listening experience of this track, despite any flaws I might have mentioned, is simply glorious. Mind-blowing work, Peter. Plsteachme.