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TranceCrafter - Break Free TranceCrafter - Break Free

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Mix?

While this kicks the shit out of my song and laughs in its face, I have to comment on near total lack of low-end on almost the entire song. You've done insane kicks in the past, so this seems to be deliberate, but I question if it was necessarily a good idea.

The build-up here is the most insane thing I have ever heard, but I feel like the song should have had a bigger punch right afterwards. This is really just the song being victim to its own awesomeness, since the build-up is just *that good*. I am going to steal your build-up idea for my own song >D

My favorite part is the primary melody work with the synth in the middle of the song, which is just astounding. The entire song has an incredible atmosphere that few trance songs manage to capture. Your melodies are simply pure elegance captured in harmony.

9/10
5/5


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_-={An Angel Dies}=-_ _-={An Angel Dies}=-_

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Stunning

This is beautiful in so many ways I could not describe it with a book. This is a masterpiece beyond anything I have heard in a long, long time.


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Guitar Vs. Piano [ver. XCEED] (Goukisan Remix) Guitar Vs. Piano [ver. XCEED] (Goukisan Remix)

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Louder Piano

Other then that, this is a dream come true. Expressive drums, chords, dynamic instruments, everything this song should be. You are amazing and probably the only artist on this planet capable of consistently coming out with metal songs that I actually like.

9/10
5/5


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rtnario responds:

Wow, really? A review coming from someone like you, an already established artist means a lot to me. Thanks so much for the detailed review, and I hope that my future works reach expectation! =)


[HP] Shady Grove [HP] Shady Grove

Rated 4 / 5 stars

THIS IS AWESOME

YES IT IS

I'd write a big giant complicated review but i have finals so fuck that here's a stupid review that drools all over your shoes.

Ew.

8/10
5/5



SN | Obscene Amounts of Steam SN | Obscene Amounts of Steam

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Astounding

The melody and atmosphere created by the pads is just beautiful beyond words. The drum glitching is superb, even if it got a little excessive at times. By far your best track ever, I don't know if I could give any real criticism for this that's not stupendously nitpicky, so I won't bother.

10/10
5/5


SessileNomad responds:

why thank you, i agree this is def. one of my better ones


Reflections &amp;gt;Dubstep&amp;lt; Reflections >Dubstep<

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Bizzare bass

This song has a beautiful melody, but I feel that you sacrificed it for the purpose of having a psychotic bass just to make it a dubstep song. The intro is wonderful, and 2:45 is nothing short of divine; but these brief moments of melodic complexity are crushed by the overbearing power of the crazy bass synths, drums and effects that clearly only exist in an attempt to make the song sound more epic. While you succeeded at making an epic song, I feel like it went in the completely wrong direction. The atmosphere here has a hint of SessileNomad's work, and taking it in a more melodic fashion may have produced a result that was just as epic and maybe a little more appealing.

Honestly that bass just sounds corny.

8/10
4/5

The only two people in this competition who ever had mastering skills were bjra and xkore.


mr-jazzman responds:

Yes. This song was fully intended to be a dubstep song from the beginning. Never did I want it to be of any other genre except for dubstep, so I did my best to create a cool melody and weave it into the region of dubstep. Yes. The bass is overbearing because it is dubstep, which I like to think of as a slower version of intense DnB, meaning that a humongous emphasis on the bass will be required more so than in other genres, such as trance or techno, or even DnB for that matter (with DnB, the melody is usually faster-paced, so the bass just kinda molds in with it; here, the bass actually CREATES the melody, intensity, and drive all at the same time). Yes. The drums and effects were there to blow your mind; without them, the track would sound empty as hell and boring as balls, and I wouldn't want to waste your time with that. No. The song didn't go in the wrong direction; it was experimental, which was what I wanted and got in a genre that's not entirely developed and has a huge amount of experimental potential. I can see how SessileNomad sneaks in here, but my melodies aren't trance or techno, as his are; he's a little bit too happy for me lol. No. That bass is not corny. If you must hear a corny bass, check out most of the random dubstep songs here on NG and you'll discover it (a square bass that opens up with no power whatsoever is people's definition of the "dirty bass," which is not true; I highly recommend you check out Bar9's "Motion" and tell me it's a corny song, or Skream's "Filth" and tell me it's a corny song, or Nero's "Act Like You Know" and tell me it's a corny song, or Pendulum's "Set Me On Fire" and tell me it's a corny song...and corny because the bass is corny...no, sir, none of these tracks are corny). No. You're wrong about the mastering skills; you've got some, for starters (not to mention a boatload of EQing skills that I have yet to develop even though we're the same age, which is embarrassing for me because I really should be EQing like that because I'm a college student but still EQ like a middle-schooler), and Gravey has some as well...even though his current song has a lot of reverb on the instruments, but this is simply because it's an orchestral song and requires it (sounds good enough to me, and it would fit well in a video game). Sir, you need to learn how to "get into the shoes of the author" and understand what's up with the song before you discredit it to such proportions. I'll give you the fact that the bass sounds bad because of its loudness, but NOT because it sounds cheesy or corny; I worked with that bass to accomplish the opposite of your claim. It's supposed to be a grimy, filthy-ass dubstep bass, which is exactly what it is, and I have no shame in saying it. You just can't stand it because it's a dubstep tune...and well, it's loud as hell, but we both know that. Meh, I kinda expected this sort of feedback on NG, but that doesn't mean I like it. This is exactly why you're not judging for the NGADM: You can't get into the author's shoes, so it seems. You don't really think in terms of what somebody desires from the feedback, do you? Most people, when they get a review, want to hear something they can improve on. You seem to do this, usually, but you definitely didn't do it on this one. I don't know what you have against dubstep tunes (and this tune certainly sounds better than that metal song you reviewed that sparked controversy), but if you didn't like it because of its genre (which is what you're suggesting), then I can't credit this review much, sorry. =\ The only thing I can do is thank you for noticing the epicness, which is fair enough.


Orchestral Theme 2 Orchestral Theme 2

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Generic

While a lot of people are mistakenly saying this song sounds like Gears of War, the only reason it does is because Gears of War music happens to be the most recent very popular generic soundtrack. This song is very good - however, it is not particularly original. For me, the beginning reminds me of a Babylon 5 soundtrack. I'm sure to others it will sound like any song that happens to use this extremely popular tension motif. Thus, while the production in this song is very good, and the atmospherics and transitions superbly crafted, the melody is not a strong point.

Also, as Nick said below me, the amount of reverb used in this is extremely excessive and goes so far as to blur the mix. It might work better to remove some of the reverb and try to bring out the instruments in a stronger performance. FL studio 9.1 just came out and it FINALLY has some good convolution reverb, which helps create nice sounding reverb without requiring abhorrent amounts of it, so you might want to give that a shot.

7/10
4/5

But hey, at least I didn't give you a zero like that guy trying so desperately hard to sound intelligent (and failing miserably).


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Gravey responds:

It's what the client asked for. As for being unoriginal, this was a sound I came up with all on my own. I've never even played the games this has been associated with, so to say I simply went out and tried to emulate someone else's sound is faulty.

Maybe this sound isn't unique to the rest of the world. But for myself its something I came up with without outside intervention. Therefore its unique to me, and people are paying me to make it. So I think it stands to say that its obviously not just another Newgrounds hack job.

-Gravey-


SN | Shift | SN SN | Shift | SN

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Missing melody

The effects and drum processing are, as usual, astounding, but this song's melody is very decoherent, and nowhere near at unbelievably awesome as your previous songs. The atmosphere is all there, but the melody itself just isn't. The song also feels very short. I would recommend coming up with an alternate melody and then doing an A B A song structure by going back to the drums + melody after you hit the ambiance at the end, and then finishing off with more of a climax. Production quality is top notch though.

7/10
5/5 cuz your awesome


SessileNomad responds:

oh how nice xD

yeah the melody is a bit lacking on this one due to deadlines

the atmosphere was a big one on this, sincei was actually planning to go full blown ambient, but yeah, drums came in and whats done is done


[SxHx] TheSkyBegins - Windows [SxHx] TheSkyBegins - Windows

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Superb intro

And then i stopped listening when someone started screaming guttural shit into the mic, thereby ruining the entire song permanently. The lyrics in general do not improve the song since the instrumental backing is of such incredible quality. I would recommend doing something like this and ripping out all the lyrics, because then it would be amazing instead of something I can't bear to listen to.


shesmackshard responds:

thats because you cant appreciate music ;-)

you're not the only pair of ears in the world man, never forget that. And your review is opinionated. Not helpful. (-)


A Piano's Testimony A Piano's Testimony

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Superb

I keep coming back to this song over and over and every time the melody seems just that much more brilliant. The rolling feel of the instruments and how everything comes together is extremely well done, but I think it could use just a small boost on the higher frequencies, and the middle of the song might have benefited from some very subtle hihat hits and possibly some very low and quiet drums to keep the percussion going. It'd have to be pretty delicate to maintain the superb atmosphere you have going here, but if you could pull it off this would be the essence of perfection.

9/10
5/5


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Gravey responds:

Interesting, I'm boosting the high frequencies between 5-8 db (It's on a curve) because it is so lo-fi sounding if I didn't. If I raised them anymore the song just wouldn't sound natural. So I really can't bring the high end up anymore than I already have.

I thought about adding a studio kit to this song, but when I did it just sounded ridiculously out of place. So you are on the same track with the high hats comment as I was when I was in the middle of composing this. But you will just have to trust me when I say the studio kit simply sounded odd in the mix. ;-)

Thanks for the review.

-Gravey-