Absolutely stunning quality!
If I could find the words to express how much I enjoy the Ultima Eternus suite, I would let you know. However, unfortunately, I lack the vocabulary to proper describe the talents that you continually display.
As always, excellent, excellent work my friend!
Heheh, ironically the second most worded review on this submission. :3
Mother of God..
This is the epitome of sonic excellence, my ears are in a state of grimey bliss right now. Oozing with love juices and an insatiable hunger for MOAR.
I don't review often, but with you I feel I have to because what you have here is great, honestly.
I do however have complaints about the overall production, I'll start with guitars since I'm a guitarist myself. (:
Your biggest problem here is the volume, it's much, much to low. For someone who wanted the guitars to be the main point of the song, you've mixed the guitars far too quietly and far back in the mix.
I'm not even sure if you have one, if you do it's non-existent here.
The kick is weak, also nearly non-existent. The snare is the loudest thing in the song, it's almost as if you mixed and mastered the song in the high-mid frequencies. If there were any toms used, I couldn't hear them at all.
The synths actually were probably mixed the best, the volume is great, and because they're a pad, the high frequency actually benefits them.
You seem to have tightened the mix around the high-mid frequencies and everything else was pushed to the back. When mixing and mastering, everything should have its own frequency. Drums, guitars, everything should have its own frequency. It gives everything room to breathe, it's all kept to itself and heard perfectly by listeners. Another big issue was over-compression and/or limiting, you have a huge amount of compression it's overwhelming and it really killed the mix.
The musicality of the track is fantastic. I couldn't hear enough of the lead guitar to catch any mistakes, but what I did hear was clean, thought out and well organized, same goes for the rhythm. The drums, are just there to fill space nothing fantastic so I won't judge anything on you, just know that there was enough variety to keep the listener from getting bored.
The only thing I can recommend is reading about mixing and mastering. It will benefit you greatly, I promise.
I'm giving you an 8/10 solely because of your mix, which honestly deserves a 6. But because of the amount of effort in the music alone, I feel you earned a couple extra stars.
wow thanks! and yeah i didnt have time to mix it all well enough, i wrote out and recorded everything then just said call it quits cuz it was 4 in the morn when i was done lolol but i may redo the mixing and replace this version.
and i do have a mastering over everything so it might have govern the whole song to sound compressed, I'm not used to Logics mastering lol
thanks for the review! it should help greatly!
God damn it! [Review +1]
That sweeping is absolutely ridiculous!
I'm just starting to master five and six string sweeps, but not like you, yours are just absolutely insane and they're so precise.
You need to start doing videos of you playing so I can actually grasp the insanity that is Metaljonus.
I have listened to hundreds of songs, maybe thousands in my life, some have made a bigger impact than others. There are some that you can really connect with and experience, and others that are just alright for bobbing your head and enjoying.
For me though, this track provides true sonic bliss, for seven minutes, thirty-eight seconds you achieve what every trance producer is attempting to do, you have me entranced, entirely entranced.
For the first minute and thirty seconds, it's just another trance track, it makes you bob your head and move with the beat. However, at around 1:35, it becomes a whole new experience it grabs a hold of you, it breathes you in and just holds you and starting at two minutes, thirteen seconds it breathes you out. And every positive memory, every single moment that has ever brought out a smile is produced in the mind and the body. And from then on there is a full body connection with the music, the soul becomes one with the melody and the beat, there is no other feeling but intense from that point on and at six minutes thirty-three seconds it only gets more powerful.
In my own humble opinion, you have created one of the most beautiful and captivating trance tracks I have ever heard, and I thank you for that.
I understand you've probably not been playing guitar for too long, I only say that because of the lack of dynamics and fluidity in your playing.
But, first off, your tone needs some serious work, your sound is much more bluesy than metal. First thing you need to work on is getting some more gain in there to take up some of that space that you leave hangin' around.
Second, some reverb and delay and just a touch of chorus would really help out your solo's tone. A hall reverb at 3.6ms and a delay at 400ms would do you a lot of good and the little bit of chorus will really tie your notes together.
Third, your rhythm guitar needs some serious work. It's boring, it's the same thing over and over and over, when you came in with the tremolo picking it wasn't bad but you still had the same two notes over and over.
You solo really isn't bad, but you have too many rests and in a few spots you went sharp or you went flat and it really hurt you. I think what's really hurting you is the rhythm guitar, it's just too bland and boring.
If you were a bit more specific with your rig I could give you a lot more help.
What kind of amp are you using? Any pedals? What kind of guitar? What kind of pickups? How do you record? Etcetera.
It's really not horrible, you just need some work with your tone and structure.
In all honesty, this is one of the tracks I threw together in a matter of an hour. I just wanted to have a song to solo on, so I just made this outta nowhere. The solo was improvised, and I know what you're talking about when I went sharp or flat so I know what to fix. I use a blues scale to solo so that could explain the blues-y sound lol.
To record I just plug my guitar straight up to my comp and use software amps.
If you have any info or anything you can PM me, I'd appreciate it.
Sorry about your Nana..
..I'm sure she's feeling great about herself now. And I'm sure your family, after listening to this, will be able to look back and remember all the good times and smile instead of looking back with a tear.
This is a really great song man, and you really put a lot of heart into it. Something I've been waiting for you to do for awhile, something with an indescribable amount of energy and soul.
It wasn't a shitload of soloing and shredding, and I'm glad you didn't do it that way. Ridiculous job on the tones and overall feel of it, awesome.
Had a Satch feel to it in a few places, and Dream Theater/Liquid Tension Experiment in others.
I reviewed the old version,
And now I believe the new one deserves some attention as well. (:
As I mentioned in the other one, the lyrics need work. But that can be excused since A: You're in the pop genre, and B: With your musical talent you don't need to be a great lyricist.
Everything about this new version is much higher quality and that's great, however your voice is just a tad below some of the instruments. If you listen to radio pop, the vocals soar above the rest of the mix and actually act as another instrument.
Now, I know you probably won't want to record another version. But just for fun (I hope I don't insult you by doing this) I'm gonna rewrite the lyrics so they're not so repetitive.
Every mother, every father, every daughter and son,
We all fall once, before sinking yet again.
Everybody who loves somebody, everyone falls hard
Like every little rain drop.
Every shooting star falls somewhere
Before a wish comes true.
Every shooting star falls somewhere,
A shooting star just like you.
When you feel the weightlessness of falling down,
Don't give up, just turn around.
Look upon the faces of friends and take their hands.
With all the strength inside you, there's no doubt you'll make it to the end.
If you find a shooting star, please show it to me.
All I ever wanted was to believe.
That anybody can help somebody,
And somebody can help me.
When the sun falls down on the horizon,
That's when the moon appears, and everything glows.
If the rain didn't fall,
The plants would never grow.
And if the sun didn't fall,
The moon would never show.
So if you find that shooting star,
Let me know where you are.
I just want to believe it's true,
Cause I already believe in you.
Minor changes, but it would help with how repetitive it can get at times. It might interfere with how you've written it, sorry.
Great song though, honestly. (:
Thanks for being really devoted to the lyrics. :P I will definitely keep these changes in mind if I ever do make another version of this song. ^_^
You're composition abilities are ridiculous.. Everything you touch musically turns to gold.. I might be able to keep up with you on guitar if you don't sweep, but as far as writing out music and getting all creative and shit. I'm screwed.
What the hell is the secret to your tracks?!
This is such a bad ass track, got the haunting Egyptian style shit in the beginning followed by dissonance and then you stay true to the Metaljonus name by going on a total shred fest. There is so much LTE and Dream Theater in your tone in some parts though it's hilarious, it's like you brought Petrucci over to your place and he just sat and jammed with you.
Fucking brutal man!
Thanks man! No secrets here guy haha just some kind of inspiration that comes from everyday life I guess. I love LTE and DT but Petrucci is a robot lol. Thanks for listening.
You know Jon,
Any other person and I would have told them that this song was one of those songs that should never be played around with. This is Metallica's second best, in my opinion, instrumental they have ever pulled together in their career. The first for me is "To Live is to Die." There's just something about it that I can't help but love; maybe that it was written for the greatest metal bassist that ever lived?
Now to actually review the song,
The drums in the intro could have been brought it a little slower, but it's alright, not a big deal. The meat of the song; That first bit of riffage that comes in and makes the song what it is was done immaculately, absolutely perfect. The tone was outstanding, the drums were beautiful, the bass, everything was just awesome.
You know, I can't even finish reviewing now.
Mind = Blown.
That's all I've got to say Jon. When that main solo kicked in, and I heard all the little bits and pieces where you added your own life to it. I was just, "I can not review anymore..."
Perfect in every sense of the word.
I do plan on doing "to live is do die" I must admit this song is a little bit faster but I am going to rerecord all of the rhythm and make them alot tighter and just rework this cover. I feel I did'nt give it enough justice. But that's just me.
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