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#1 evilsonic

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Posted 08 January 2021 - 09:10 AM

I'm going rogue and throwing this up here.
 
28 Entries, 3 alts!
 
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Posted 08 January 2021 - 09:42 AM

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Posted 08 January 2021 - 10:31 AM

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Posted 08 January 2021 - 11:49 AM

Thanks Shadow The Hedgeh- I mean evilsonic!

 

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Posted 09 January 2021 - 09:49 AM

Absolutely awesome month! Managed to actually get some reviews done for once :D 
 
 
Alien 3, Mega Man 3 - Immortal Love (Team Console)
When I saw the title I was really hoping this would be the Snes version of the Alien 3 soundtrack, that ost is criminally under remixed. Not sure what version of the game this track is from but its very optimistic sounding. I feel like I could fall alseep to this happily. Very relaxing overall. Drums have a nice groove to them. Dist guitar is so classic DOD lol. Could probably have gone for a crunchier tone and that would have fit better, this seems a bit overkill. Regardless playing is pretty good and the mix is well balanced as well. Nice punch to the kick and bass. Guitar playing has lots of feeling towards the end, great use of the whammy bar! Piano and synth is straight up late 90's trance. Nice track!
 
Chrono Cross - Another World (Team Console)
Emtional song! This could totally be a pop rock hit from the 90's! Male singing was excellent! Female was good too but something felt a bit off, I think the pitching and mixing on her voice could have been better. I think in reality some double tracking and pitch correction would have stepped up the game a lot but that's not to everyones taste. Instrumentally this is pretty good, drums sound a bit mechanical and could have done with more groove overall but there were parts that really worked. Guitar solo was fucking epic and guitars/bass on the whole worked well. All in all, a better mix/edit and more groove to the drums would have made this track shine but as it stands its still really enjoyable. Great effort!
 
Chrono Cross - Chronopolis - Part I: "The Fate and the Dreamer" (Team Console)
Ambitious track! I've never played the game so I'm not familiar with the source material but this was killer regardless! Transitions were well thought out and the tracks flowed pretty well. It was a bit slow to start with and I think some of the playing was possibly a bit too loose at times which muddied the mix and lessened the impact but nothing too drastic. I do think though that overall the execution felt a bit rushed, possibly just not enough time to iron out all the kinks. Drum parts were good but maybe a bit stiff at times but they were mixed really well and had some really good ideas! Guitars and bass gelled really well together and plenty of definition in the tone and playing. The orchestration was good but I think maybe could have had more time spent picking the right samples/articulation but that takes a lot of experience to get right!Would be super keen to hear this track polished up a bit more with a slightly better mix! All in all, very ambitious and possibly a bit out the comfort zone? but absolute fair fucks for the effort! 
 
Chrono Trigger - A Shot Through Time (Team Console)
DRAMATIC INTRO! Everyone loves a bit of Chrono Trigger, straight off the bat this is pretty heavy. Kick drums are possibly a bit too loud and they seem to be compressing the mix slightly. Snare has a lot of pop to it though! This track moves fast. Nice solo but something was a bit off, not sure what exactly. Not sure I recognise the theme in the middle but transitions seems pretty smooth. Guitar tone and bass tone are hefty, comedy pinchs! Lead guitar playing is pretty good but the pick attach is possibly a bit too much, sounds a bit scratchy at times.  Woooo disco outro! Love it! I won!! aaaaand fade out of course. 
 
Comix Zone - KYAAAAAAAA!!!! (Team Console)
Strong MIDI arrangement. Pretty overquantized/programmed but the mix is actually pretty good. Drums are being compressed by the kick a bit too much. Holy shit the guitar playing in the solo is RIDONK, like borderline guitar pro level tight. Some serious playing skills. Arrangementwise this track felt a bit stale and the instrument pallet wasn't too interesting either....also didn't really give me much feels, possibly the source material just wasn't that interesting and that's the source of my qualms? Still though, guitar playing was unreal so massive props for dem skilz. 
 
Crusader of Centy - Tree stumps and inch worms (Team Console)
Ominous intro, loving the disonnance in the beginning of this track. Fuck yeah rock and roll riff. Nice FM synth, something about this track just feels nice. Sounds like a live performance and even though the mix isn't amazing its got good energy! The playing is pretty good overall, guitar solo was top notch. HNNNGGG dat synth solo, actually I really think the synths are taking this track above and beyond for me. Nice chord choices. Nice patch choices. Delicious. I think just overall everyone is holding their own and it just makes for a really cohesive listening experience. A++ would buy again.
 
Devil May Cry 3 - Demons Don't Cry (Team PC)
Whats that Timmy? There's an organ player down the well having an industrial rave party? Serious Amen Break in this track. Not mad on this style myself but it works well with the source material. Vocals fit really well! Main drums sound a bit....small overall, the programming is fine for the style they could have just done with stronger sample choices. Not really my cup of tea but it hits the mark for what it was going for!
 
Downwell - Downswell That Ends Well (Team PC)
Straight off the bat guitars are out of time with the drums which is really jarring to my ears. Guitar playing is actually spot on! Is that some chicken pickin I hear?!? Hmmm this track left me feeling confused inside...not entirely sure why, random transitions? The complete lack of any crash cymbals?? Odd choice of drum samples??? ANSWER ME!!
 
Dune - Spice Up Your Life (Team PC)
Nice intro! Love the swirling synths, not a huge fan of the bell chime on the lead synth it kind of sounds a bit cheap. Wooo sudden drums! I think the drums are slightly behind the beat which feels a bit uncomfortable. Or it could be the synths playing is slightly ahead of the beat. Either way at times something just isn't sitting right. The mix pretty solid over all though. Bass and kick could probably be more glued together. Maybe turning the bass up and using side chain compression would have worked better. Overall this has super nostalgic feel to it which I really like. Some of the synth sounds are reeeeally cool but others are a bit naff/cheap sounding (which I guess kind of sums up the 90's PC era lol) and the timing is a bit distracting but still really cool track! 
 
Final Fantasy 6 - Godspeed You! Mad Kefka (Team Console)
OH GOD 20 MINUTES, here we go. Real drums nice. Nice guitar tone at the beginning. Really pulls you in. This feels very 70's prog to me with that sitaresque intro which is a nice take on this theme. I could meditate to this intro. Booooom drums are in. Yeah this is super classic prog, the mixing has lots of headroom, everything sounds really big open and natural. Nice. Hmm not mad on the bells, they sound too christmasy or something, doesn't really suit the aesthetic. Nice wah guitar on kefkas theme, man this is so fucking primus I love it! I'm expecting les claypool to start babbling like a mad man on top of this! Ugh this groove is perfect. My head is thoroughly bobbing right now. Oooh nice classic sounding keys in the back, not sure what you'd call it but I like it. This track has tons of character which is really refreshing. Love all the effects on the guitars and the drums and bass sound mahusive.mmmmm nice dreamy effect here but again with the christmas bells, maybe I'll warm to them. god this is just so fucking christmasy. KEFKA GET THE FECKIN TURKEY IN THE OVEN!!! Oh my god tamborine, its official. This is like Slade covering Dancing Mad. Nice fade out...oh theres more. Of course theres more. I would say this is where I tap out but this IS dancing mad. DRAMATIC. Nice drumming on this section. Love the classic organ at the end, lovely tone. Man this track is a lot of work. I'll be curious to see whether it was a full band or just one lunatic. Nice snare sound on the droney section, really pops out nicely. Hahaha the *vocals* great impersonation A+ do you know what now that I hear the top end tone of the bass I kind of wished it was turned up for the whole track a bit more. The super lows kind of muddy it up a bit. And we're done. Well I'll say this wasn't entirely my cup of tea but I can definitely appreciate it and the execution was top notch....it was just very long which is of course the nature of the source material. Great job either way!
 
Final Fantasy - Getting the Shit Kicked Out of You for the Crystals (Team Console)
Ooooh real harp. Delicious. I mean this is absolutely done to death but I'll take real harp any day of the week. BATTLE theme on harp however this is something new. This is gorgeous. Excellent playing. I think my only comments are that it sounds a bit thin but I think to get a better recording would require a pretty expensive microphone setup as boosting the lows on this could sounds a bit boomy. The reverb also has a bit too much top end on it and could probably have done with a slightly longer tail. Excellent track though, well done!
 
Grand Prix Circuit - GPEGA.EXE (Team PC)
Woo this is a bass heavy mix. A bit overpowering. Playing is pretty solid if not a bit stale sounding. Vibrato on the guitar could do with some work. Fucking wiggle that son of a bitch!! Strong MIDI brass. Drums are actually pretty tastful too, some good programming. Yeah this was good but I wasn't too excited. I think with a bit more confidence on the lead instrument playing it would have gripped me. Think like Joe Satriani, his backing tracks are boring as fuck but his attitude pulls it all together. 
 
Hollow Knight - This is Holloween (Team PC)
Yeah this is my track, nothing to say here. Its amazing. I hired a fully orchestra and choir for this one. Cost me a bomb but no biggie. When I win you can all call me DOD Master 2000. In all seriousness though. This track is epic as fuck. I think the snare is a bit thwacky sounding for my liking, like too much bottom snare or the room mix hasn't been filtered. The cymbals in general seem to have a bit too much top end as well but I think in the context of the mix theres a fucking shit ton going on in the high mids so its justified. Nitpicking aside this fucking rocks. Loads of dynamics, nice song length, I was never bored and my pants are thoroughly creamed. WELL DONE. GOLD STAR.
 
King's Quest 5 - The House of the Sludge Witch (Team PC)
This is big sounding. Not mad on the snare, its seriously lack bottom end compared to the rest of the mix, could have done with a compressed room mic with the top end and sub freqs filtered out for more body. Real nice rhythm guitar tone and bass tone. Overall this works. Its not overly interesting though, I think in the context of a game/narrative it would hold a lot more weight. lel guitar noise GET A NOISE GATE YA BUM serious though apart from the Snare this sounded very finished. 
 
Kirby's Adventure - Orange Oceans (Team Console)
Nice delay. Guitar is out of tune though. The mix is pretty thin sounding. Sounds like the drums are literally just close mics and nothing else. Bass sounds nice. Guitar sounds a bit pokey and could do with more bottom end. Did you filter all the lows out or something? There's plenty of room for 150 - 200 Hz on the guitars. Yeah I think main port of call here is to invest in some better drum samples and practice mixing them. Or even better grab a premixed sample set like the GGD One Kit Wonder Libraries to skip the bullshit. I like the organ sound but again its weirdly thin sounding without the rest of the mix filling in the blanks. Nice arrangement though!
 
Mega Man 3 - Get A Weapon (Team Console)
Guitars sound weirdly dull. The playing is solid but theres no definition in the picking because theres like nothing past 3k to my ears. Is this a miced up amp? Possibly the mic position was to close to the edge or you're not using the right mic as I'm not even sure EQ could fix this. Apart from that though the playing was a delight I just wish I could hear it better!
 
Megazeux - Ascii Adventures (Team PC) 
Love the intro synth, really eerie and spacey. Bass playing is really nice, sitting in the pocket, nice muting with the fingers. Drums are a bit weak but its not a deal breaker. Man this weird synth is totally my jam. This is like them old dystopian 80's catalogue music but with a fucking metal twist. Think like Bruton Music Library - Music Machine. Hnngg Queen guitar harmonies are excellent. Guitar playing is super solid as well and nice tone, doesn't hurt the ears but still has a nice sharpness to it. This is pretty classic DOD if you ask me. Kick is compressing the mix a bit too much, could have dialed it back a couple of dB on the low end. Toms are also a bit flubby but they do have body. The synths on this track are doing it for me but they could have done with some vibrato and more pitch bending into notes to add a bit more of a human element. I get the feeling that they were just straight up programmed rather than played. All in all I digged this track. It had flavour and character and the mix was full and interesting. Nice work!
 
Pilotwings, Gradius 3 - Certified Wings (Team Console)
I'm somewhat digging this, the snare is weirdly distant though. Is there just one guitar? I think it sounds a bit weirdly thin. Like the whole mix is lacking wideness. Maybe this is a live full band mix? That might explain it. Oh there's some wrong notes with the vocals and guitars. Something clashed really hard somewhere. I actually think this could be a killer remix. Its lacking attention to detail, guitars are out of tune, vocals need more work, the mixing is thin, I think the drums probably needed more oomph but as they're live this is a good effort. Yeah I dunno, let more to be desired but the idea was totally there. Synths worked a treat though. 
 
Revival Xanadu 2 - Revival Xanadu 2 (Electric Boogaloo) (Team PC)
YES great mix. Synths and drums are perfectly balanced. The top end on the pulse wave is really smooth. Classic CP700 or whatever it is keyboard sound. Love the pop corn synth in the background. Bass has a nice beverly hills cop thump to it. I think the hihats could have done with more of a 1/16th note groove they're a bit boring at times when the track could have done with more excitement. I actually think if the hihats were played live it would add a ton of depth to the track. Think like Yellow Magic Orchestra - Rydeen played live, it adds a lot of push and pull with a human behind the electric kit. Anyway, I enjoyed this track a lot. It probably just need a bit more syncopation in parts for flavour and excitement.  
 
Sesame Street: Search and Learn Adventures - Probe_and_Unearth (Team PC)
ALL YOU FUCKING PUPPETS I WANNA SEE YOU FORM A FUCKING GAP RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE NOW WHEN I SAY CHARGE I WANT YOU TO FUCKING RUN AT EACH OTHER LIKE THERES A MAN STICKING HIS HAND UP YOUR ASS AND GO FUCKING CRAZY....ahem sorry I don't know what came over me, this is hilarious, in line with Bert and Ernie Go Brutal, look it up and thank me later. 10/10 for comedy. 
 
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 - Specialist (Team Console)
Fuck yeah get yer dance on. Classic DOD mixing heavy metal with house beats. This track is pretty fun, kick and bass are probably a bit much but its all good fun. Not entirely my jam, its a bit repetitive and not the most interesting source material. Guitar playing is decent but it just feels out of place overall. Decent. 
 
Spiderman & Venom: Maximum Carnage - Bring on the CARNAGE! (Team Console) My Song
This sounds like some Command and Conquer shit right here. This is hefty, real drums? If so they're recorded really well. Maybe its played with an electric kit? Bit too much boom on the kick for my liking though. Guitars are also a bit too on top of each other. Sounds like they're both down the middle which is weird. Love the wah on the guitars. I think the bass could do with more top end and is generally just a bit muddy sounding. I feel like maybe the mastering on this track messed with the bottom end and turned it up too much then smashed it with the limiter, possibly scooped the mid range too much as well which has thined the guitars out a lot. Cool arrangement though! 
 
Stardew Valley - Fall (Ghost Synth) (Team PC)
Nice synth, woah hefty kick drum. Love the top end slap on it. Weird pairing it with electronic hihats though. Yeah the rest of the drums are very meh. The guitar tone is pretty nice. Something is left to be desired with the arrangement. It all just feels a bit disjointed. Nice toms! yeah something very off with the drum programming, guitars needed double tracking and generally just a bit more confidence in the structure and playing I think. Its not terrible though its just very repetitive. Like it was building up to something but never got there. Things just kind of came in randomally, there was no definition between sections, in fact I'm not sure there was more than one section...
 
The Elder Scrolls Online - Beauty of Dawn (Team PC)
Nice harp, really nice strings. Yeah this sounds great. Lovely articulation in the strings. This sounds very professional. Not much else to say but really enjoying this. I don't know the source material but I imagine this isn't too much of a change from the original just a lovely recreation with tons of emotion. The only thing that would have really been nice to hear was some percussion, maybe just a bass drum to give it some movement but that's clutching at straws really. Excellent track. 
 
Tintin in Tibet - Kathmandu (Team Console)
Cheeky. Nice bass tone. Fuck yeah this is a great mix. Really grooving. Is that a brass instrument of some sorts? Man I'm super digging this. So quirky and silly. I'm side bobbing like mad. Love the theramin. Infact all the instrumentation is top notch. So much character. Shakers could possibly have had a bit more body they were a bit thin sounding. This is an absolutely stand out track of execution. Top notch. 
 
Tower of Heaven - The Lonely Tower (Team PC)
Nice synth sound. Could with a tiny bit more modulation in the pulse wave I think. Nice drum sound. Guitars slightly out of tune. Also needs a slightly different tone for the lead guitar, they're kind of fighting for space. Hnnngg nice groove in the chorus. Really gets the head moving. Ugh nice drum fill, dats my jam. Oh fuck yeah sax!! Dis some good shit right here. Man this sax is killing it, absolutely incredible tone. Guitar playing in the later half is top notch. Great drum fills man. Could maybe have used some more flams on the snare to add some realism. I also think the kick sounds great but was maybe a bit to 'metal' for the overall sound. 
 
Ultimate Chicken Horse - You'll Always Find Me Waiting (For the Train to Come Through) (Team PC)
Amazing game title. 10 points to griffendore. This is pretty smooth sounding. Drums are leaving a little to be desired though. Nice keys. Great pop in the bass. Love it. This is a real head bobber. I think maybe theres a bit too much low end in the bass compared to the rest of the mix. The drums just aren't cutting through at all despite how clean the mix is. Its still good though, its not suffereing as much because the playing is tight and the source sounds interesting enough. The vocal is pretty quirky! Guitar sounded quite dry but was played well. Nice tune!
 
Unreal - Prisoner 849 Rides Again (Team PC)
Ominous intro. Really cool sound. Fuck yeah butt rock. Mad compression on the drums. Bass is a bit dull sounding and the guitars are quite top end heavy so theres a bit of a void in the mids. It does sound pretty clean but maybe....too clean. Playing is great though! I think the lead could really have done with some reverb and delay to push it back into the mix, both leads just sound too on top and harsh. Also could have done with some vibrato on certain notes. Nice clean playing! Cleans could do with a bit of sparkle on the top end. Nice track all in all! 

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Posted 09 January 2021 - 10:39 AM

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Posted 09 January 2021 - 02:08 PM

Comments soon, but this month is fucking legendary. I feel like 75% of these tracks could and should place in a "normal" month. I love you crazy bastards. Never stop filling my playlist with this.


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Posted 09 January 2021 - 03:39 PM

Double post, sorry, not sorry. Here's the thing... I have a running DoD playlist of my favorite tracks. I put songs on there like I'm handing out candy to trick or treaters. But there's usually something of a bell curve for each month, and whenever there are at least 12 or more tracks, I can confidently say that there are no more than 3 or 4 bangers that make the cut, 5 to 7 that are good but need work, and a few that I could take or leave.

 

This month is not like those months. This month is fucking lit. It's dope. It's off the hook. Whatever the kids are saying these days... this month is that. I just checked... there are 28 entries and 3 alts... I have on gut impression added 24 tracks from this month to my DoD playlist. THAT IS INSANE. I would have to make some crazy ass spreadsheet to figure out what the next most favorited month would look like, and it wouldn't be 24/31.

 

Anyway... thank you, you crazy beautiful monsters. I wish I had this talent. I missed this month, but I've got some thoughts kicking around the brain pan. Here are my comments:

 

Another World - Really like the instrumental opening – the vocals are pretty solid, they don’t blow the roof off, but they are pretty good and fit the tone.

 

Ascii Adventures - Not sure what I’m in for with the opening, it sounds lo-fi at the start and has something of an 80s feel (Take on Me, almost?) that I think I like. It picks the hell up. Damn, this is good stuff, and some sick guitar playing

 

Beauty of the Dawn - Elder Scrolls times harp plus strings… this song was constructed in a lab to make me love it.

 

Bring on the CARNAGE! - I’m usually not a fan of the chugga chugga, but this feels tempered and I dig the tone. I feel like this is a song that could have come out way worse if it wasn’t careful, and the fact it is what it is makes me want to reward it. This month is so damn good. Even the styles that aren’t my cuppa rock and work.

 

Certified Wings - It’s got this lo-fi feel, but it fits together and feels fun and bright. Not sure about these vocals. I think the song starts out strong, and I’d like this as an instrumental. I always feel like a villain critiquing vocals, because I know I’m not a strong singer, but it feels like the weak point here

 

Chronopolis - This is one my favorites for this month. I have nothing to add for this, but the only critique I have is damn you for making such a glorious 10-minute track. It has to go on my favorites playlist, but every time it comes on, I have to ask myself if I can give 10 minutes. I’m always going to say yes. Damn you, I’ll always say yes.

 

Demons Don’t Cry - I’m conflicted about this track. I heard the instrumental version first and LOVED it. That won me over. I’m not a fan of the metal growl, so the vocals diminish it for me. I know I have to vote on the official entry and not the alt, but I like the alt a lot more. The instruments have a lot going on, there’s a range, there’s fun stuff happening throughout, and hot take – this is not a track that needs vocals. I’m going to vote on the Alt and deduct something, but I feel conflicted.

 

Downswell That Ends Well - This is pretty good – it’s not overly daring, but it’s solid. This is a hard month to put something like this out there. I like it a lot. I’m going to take back what I said, it really picks up as it progresses. Damn, this is engaging. THIS MONTH.

 

Fall (Ghost Synth) - This stands out right out of the gate. I really enjoy it, but I do NOT like the abrupt cut at the end. Only thing I have against it.

 

Get A Weapon - Oh hell yes. Simple styles, but damn so good. I feel like this is what I want to be able to do. This is the style I want to be known for.

 

Getting the Shit Kicked Out of You for the Crystals - I just have to say… really love that there’s been this harp infusion at DoD. And this track fucking rocks – I know I’ve heard this source before, but there’s just something so fresh about how it’s played here. This fucking month… this is legend. I should have entered so there could be a dud in here somewhere.

 

Godspeed You! Mad Kefka - This came up a few months ago – always wary about the 20+ minute entry, but when it pays off, it pays off. This track fucking rocks. I am 12 tracks in, and everything is bringing something to the table.

 

GPEGA.EXE - I always feel like the track after an epic entry is working at a disadvantage, but this hits the spot. Fun, smooth, and a little surprise around each corner. I’ve got no criticism for this. I have a spot for these fun little 2 and a half minute songs, it just knows exactly what it needs to be and it delivers.

 

The House of the Sludge Witch - Nice build, this opening gives a good atmosphere. Very deliberate, it’s taking its time, but nothing feels wasted, so I really like it. That’s another entry that felt cut short at the very end, it’s going to fade, but then abrupt into the next track.

 

Immortal Love - I like what this is throwing down. This is a really solid track, but I feel like with the competition, it’s overshadowed. I don’t want it to be though. This is a fun track. Guitar entry at around 1:45, there’s something about the tone that makes it feel a little too sudden and in my face. It fits once I adjust, but the entry could have been smoother. Ooh, 2:40, and I LOVE it. THIS MONTH.

 

Kathmandu - This is my favorite track of the month. There are a lot of bangers, and I will always remember December 2020 as the inflection point of democracy and one of the tightest most jammingest months of DoD ever. I want my life to be scored to this track and directed/edited by Edgar Wright. I’d like to think I deserve that, but if I don’t, I’ll do what I have to.

 

KYAAAAAAA - With that title, I wasn’t expecting this open, but I like it. Damn, nice guitar entry around 15 seconds in. Shit, this started out as like a fun little 4-minute, but then it said, “no you dumb son of a bitch, I’m glorious.” I LOVE IT. Really abrupt ending, but works maybe? Maybe I’m just disappointed it’s over.

 

The Lonely Tower - Solid, clean tones, I’m digging this. I’m running out of ways to say “I like this song, you know what you’re doing, and there’s no insight I can add other than yesmorekplzthx.” I have to parse the difference between really great and amazing

 

Orange Oceans - Next to these tracks, this feels lo-fi, but damn it all if it’s not well-executed. It’s got character. I really like this a lot, it’s got a fun surf vibe going on, it’s another track that I feel like this is what I want to be doing. It’s a little bit on the simple side, so I feel like I have to ding it a little bit, but it hurts me to do that, so I won’t. I love it

 

Prisoner 849 Rides Again - This has a really interesting open. The guitars come in and step things up a bit. This song started out and I was like, maybe this will be good and not great and I can ding it a little bit. But then it went and was amazing

 

Probe_and_Unearth - This isn’t bad, but it’s a little simplistic, and it feels like there’s some mixing that is incomplete. And gotta hit the 2 minute mark.

 

Revival Xanadu 2 - This is fun, kinda straightforward, but I like it. I’m about 1:30 in and looking for it to kick it up to the next level. I like this track a lot, but it’s a bit repetitive; if this was shorter, it would be this tight, fun entry, but I feel like it goes on just a little long.

 

A Shot Through Time - Ooh, this starts out with something mysterious sounding. This is some familiar source material, but it has a pretty fresh take on it. This is another one of those tracks where there are no missteps, it knows what it’s trying to do, and I enjoy the execution. I can’t find fault. Points off for the fade out, but aside from that, it’s a banger.

 

Specialist - Kind of a busy mix right at the start. It’s fun and peppy, but there’s a lot happening, and it’s a little tricky to track. It settles down and it feels like it’s working. Overall, I like this, but I feel like there are parts that are not quite meshing together, it feels like really excellent pieces from distinct songs that are happening at once. I really like what it’s going for, and I dig it. It can be tighter, but it’s still really excellent.

 

Spice Up Your Life - The title wins points for me. I LOVE referential titles, even if this doesn’t end up being a Brit-pop 90s girl power mix (I mean… you’d be first place for the next 4 months if it was, but c’est la vie). I’m interested to know how much of the synth is sequenced or played live. I am going to guess most (if not all?) is played live, which wins some points. This is a solid entry.

 

This is Holloween - I mean…. What else can I say? This is cinematic to the core, which I am all about. Pretty please let me know what is live and what’s not. This is more an opinion than a criticism; it’s done well here, but it’s not my bag. Whenever there’s the rapid kick drum, like what happens around 2:40, it always takes me out of it. It feels just like slightly more than what’s needed. I’ll never achieve anything close to this, so I feel like an asshole for saying it, but that’s my take. Do not get me wrong, this is way the fuck up there legendary fantastic, and it’s going on my playlist and I will be very happy every single time it comes on. Thank you for making this track and sharing it.

 

Tree stumps and inch worms - This is a fun, real solid track. It feels a little busy, but I like all the elements, I don’t know if there’s a way to make them more cohesive. In any event, we have another banger.

 

You’ll Always Find Me Waiting - What a chill motherfucker. Ooh, the vocals have a crazy twist on them. I think I love the hell out of this. Another example of a track that knows what it wants and GETS IT. THIS. FUCKING. MONTH.


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Posted 10 January 2021 - 12:35 AM

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#12 angry_polar_bear

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Posted 10 January 2021 - 12:57 AM

Cory, for the record I love your stuff. I wish I could sustain interest in an arrangement for that long without resorting to medleying
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Posted 10 January 2021 - 12:59 AM

Thanks for an awesome turnout everyone! I cant even fall asleep cus im still so pumped from today. The results are in the DoD discord somewhere in the #bonus-duels channel but ill actually post them for real sometime tomorrow. Brevity month again for January (you already knew it)


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Posted 10 January 2021 - 01:04 AM

I can’t sleep either, I just wanna ride that wave of excitement and awe and community spirit
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Posted 10 January 2021 - 01:07 AM

Alright. Well. It was fun breaking my 8 year DOD hiatus. See you all again in 2029. 
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