Hey, I don't know if you remember me, but I decided to come back to the NGAP, went looking for some good metal, waded through shitty Dream Theater and Evanescence emulations and then stumbled across a familiar name. I then was treated to 7 minutes of solid, old-school riffage. So I decided to leave a review!
Well, pretty much every metal band I know (this is not saying much) poked its head around the corner here: Melvins, Slayer, Napalm Death, Helmet, even Meshuggah somewhat. That's not to imply the riffs are formulaic, more that they are in-your-face, immediately dominating. They show technical prowess without slipping into wank. Very tasteful.
For what is essentially a bunch of ideas taped together, the only part where it really felt disjointed for me was around 4:00 when the 12/8 riff kicks in. Otherwise it flows rather nicely and the build-ups within the parts are great.
The drums sound okay but seem a bit too much in the front of the mix. Your guitar sounds yummy.
This ended up somewhat longer than I expected... To sum up, great work, I enjoyed very much!
Wow man, thanks for the awesome words! I'll definitely spew more shit out as soon as I can!
How you doing nowadays?
Tune is awesome. Awesome.
Funny this is called apple because with that oriental lick, it's like a Beatles outtake remixed by Aphex Twin (or rather, Brandon MacNeil).
At first I wasn't sure about that silly sine part (1:25), but the way it segues back into the main section is pure gold. On repeated listens things make more and more sense. The whole rhythm section is more than tasty. This review is just as herky-jerky as the song :)
Good to see you still have that knack to make organic and exciting tunes without resorting to overproduction! Hope you're still at it.
No headache here! 10/10
You're being overly hard on this track mate, it's really lovely tho I agree that the drums don't seem to serve their purpose optimally. As it stands this is one of the better examples of adding-layer-upon-layer-composing this site has to offer and the result is very enticing, think you could've easily doubled the length of the final part.
Vocals on this, dunno, I'd let it segue into, or follow up a somewhat similar track that does have vocals.
Got a new track up as well, Crystalline (rough version). Love to hear what u think.
Take care xx
Lovely lovely resigned tune here, as more people told u it's a shame this will never be finished because the coda with the triplets and all leaves me craving for another minute of goodness.
Scary thing is that the first 20 seconds remind me of Tori Amos. At least she doesnt get to sing eh? Looped a few times and it's really good.
To sum up, u still got it. Fuck your soundcard!
thanks man. I think I liked the cornflake girl for some reason...
Bassline is handsome
so are you
This stood at a whoppin 0.33/5.00 so figured it would be good
Intro reminds of Spruance's dickery on that first SC3 album. Best part is 1:37-2:14! The rhythm change from sorta tribal to sorta old-skool hiphop is ace.
If you ever finish this I think some sudden dropouts to the intro noise wouldnt go amiss.
Got a new one up as well, Crystalline. Unfinished of course cos thats what we do
is 6am here, just finished work, i'll check out your unfinished ting when i wake up,
Hey man, I've been away from NG for a long time for several reasons but I think it's time I return, so I had to pay you a visit (as I saw you were still leaving reviews for pretty much all my songs long after I stopped responding...). I'm glad to see this has just been here a week, so you're still around.
You've got yourself a highly infectious track here! It even loops! It's like an industrial remix of an early Gameboy game (like Bubble Bobble or something) with some hi-tech lasers thrown in for good measure. I gotta say the last part after that breakdown in the middle could use a bit more of the glitchy stuff, it just seemed more exciting in the first half. But overall it's got the qualities I recognize from your other work, goofiness combined with intelligent and exciting grooves, performed with a good sense of humor.
I got a new track up as well btw, Crystalline II, I hope you'll check it out.
See you around hopefully,
Whoa dude you scored a hit! Was long overdue if you ask me.
It's a quality tune too, resigned and upbeat at the same time. Reminds me a bit of Eels, obviously because of backward samples, but also because of its overall transparency and the solid simplicity of the main groove.
I love the drums, they pack a good punch and hold everything together.
How's that EP coming along? Sounds like a solid project and a great way to draw attention to your work.
See you around!
hey man, sorry about the delayed reply. Yes i do seem to have finally made a little drop on this ocean with this track, i think getting featured in that game helped massively. Now i have to maintain this standard thats the downside. It's a simple arrangement as you can appreiciate, simple chords simple pick simple riffs, but as this has maybe been a downfall for me sometimes i try to over complicate a bit, when i should go with what my heart says rather than the head musically. This track embodies me as a musician and i think that reflects me as a person too..
The drums are from ezdrummer and have been a genuine life saver for me and my approach to making music, drums are just not my thing so a programme that provides me grooves is excellant. The EP is coming along slowly, currently working on chapter two and have a wip posted up atm. i'd love to know your views on it.
take it easy
Hello good mister pitters, I was just wondering if you might have uploaded something new.
Very nice track indeed. Always good to get some of your trademarks like the widely panned drums and lo-fi one-bar synth chords.
The vibes are a liiittle bit off-key, not sure if there's something you can do about that but if you could make them a bit higher, I'd do so.
The whole atmosphere is very classy, I love the phaser too (which indeed isn't for everyone but then again, your music never was).
I think you could stretch it a little bit longer, since we've been waiting so long for the drum groove it'd be nice to spend a little more time in its company.
That's all the criticism I have, I really like it a lot. Coming out of your composer's block a little?
Got a new track up as well by the way, I think you might like it. It's called Mutzi Schnutzi (bloody good title innit).
alreet tang, sorry for the delay in replying.
haha i have trademarks now? cool! Yea the vibes are a setting on rhino, bass and vibes, and it the lowest setting before bass kicked in so maybe that why they sound a little off key, i love em tho lol.
i tend to develop atmospheres well, you've always said that, just struggle to take em anywhere else. Phaser is a flanger gald you like it tho, it's really hard to tame them tho and without maming sound really gimmicky is a struggle to. glad you liked it tho.
Length wise, i personally think it's bang on, i can understand what you're sayin, seeing as you've been waiting for it you want more, but mabe thats why i don't gve you more XD
thanks very much for the words, buzz me when you have anything new up.
Are triple quotation marks the new cool? I keep missing out on the trendy stuff...
After this looped a few times it grew on me, I guess it's meant as background music mostly, it doesn't really stand out anywhere but also doesn't get on the nerves. Sophisticated muzak :)
I think it loops very well actually, and there are some good subtle touches, like the reversed samples in the middle part and the stutters in the drums. Good job!
By the way, I got a nice new track up, Mutzi Schnutzi, AND I finally got around to reviewing Countenance. So off you go!
Thanks for the review! Yeah, I'm actually not very pleased with this one, upon further inspection... kinda just a throw-away experiment. Glad it didn't get on your nerves though :p
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