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MJS71
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Joined: Sun May 24, 2015 10:39 pm
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 1:05 pm 
 

Nocturnal_Evil wrote:
Hey everyone,

I've posted here before, but since then my group's made some progress in our musical journey. More specifically, my band released an EP a couple days back, which I was hoping you'd give a listen and some feedback to. The work is a mix of folk-tinged melodeath and atmospheric black metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDSIez6mE6g

Timestamps are in the description. Thanks!


I just listened through it and I am a fan. My one main piece of criticism (as a bassist) is that turning the bass up a bit would make the music feel a little more full and would add some meat to the guitars (which do have a good tone and production on their own). Also vocals would add to the atmosphere. But great songwriting and playing overall!

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Arkhane
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Joined: Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:39 pm
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Location: South Texas
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2021 4:31 pm 
 

Hollowmusic wrote:
Hey everyone, recently i released a single "Praise the Sun" under the name Astora. Its Melodic Death Metal but also slightly influenced by Harakiri For The Sky. I would like some honest critical feedback on the song, and on the actual mix, since im getting closer and closer to finishing recording the whole 2nd LP album.

Here are the links:
Lyrics video:

Bandcamp:
https://astora-metal.bandcamp.com/

Hope you enjoy it, and leave feedback.
Thanks!

The mix really didn't sound bad at all, but I did hear a couple of sour notes created by a possibly out of tune guitar. One of them was specifically at 1:47. I would check your intonation and tuning, and possibly go over those parts again.

Also, kudos for using a Dark Souls theme in your material. I loved that series.
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Meditari
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Joined: Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:12 pm
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:03 pm 
 

This is my first time trying to make black metal and is the first song I've created in a long time, think there's any potential here? Btw I suck at vocals so there aren't any.
https://soundcloud.com/jcambient/frostscythe

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Bluesyboy
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Joined: Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:38 pm
Posts: 42
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:59 am 
 

Meditari wrote:
This is my first time trying to make black metal and is the first song I've created in a long time, think there's any potential here? Btw I suck at vocals so there aren't any.
https://soundcloud.com/jcambient/frostscythe

The riff that starts at 1:08 is kind of irritating so the fact that it keeps coming up kind of ruins the song. Maybe its just me or try cutting it out? I do like the main riff though, the part at 3:11, and the last riff is pretty cool. It reminds me of Taake.

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Meditari
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2021 6:10 am 
 

Thanks for the criticism! I changed things up a bit, maybe it's less irritating this time around.
https://soundcloud.com/jcambient/frostscythe-ii?si=cd963c28d3bd4b8b9bb935351c4a40e6

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Bluesyboy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:43 am 
 

Nice I enjoyed that a lot. Definitely has a lot of potential. I'd suggest adding another element and vocals to make it stand out though.

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DHM3434
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Joined: Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:46 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2021 10:13 am 
 

Hello all,

I just released a new EP with my project Dionysus Zagreus and am looking for some feedback on the production (and on the music in general). I've been having a hard time figuring out what subgenre to label this project as, if anyone can point me in the right direction!


https://open.spotify.com/album/4EAxEhkg ... bHdoBULz5w

https://dionysuszagreus.bandcamp.com/album/aqua-regia

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ShaolinLambKiller
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2021 12:59 pm 
 

it's pretty much instrumentally power metal.

very clean, i think the programmed drums could actually be pulled back further in the mix. i like what you got for tone on the guitars and bass.

i have to admit I really hate the vocals. They def need far more work. untrained, no range, offkey, and slightly off time. I get what you are going for but it just doesn't work. and as much as I hate saying it I think these work better as instrumentals.
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baconboom
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Joined: Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:33 pm
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Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2022 5:48 pm 
 

My project Hollow Lives has just released a remixed and remastered version of a track which first appeared on our debut album. It's DSBM with a slight death and doom influence, for fans of the likes of Shining and Lifelover. Currently working on a second full length, with more of an alt rock/post-punk/goth influence. Feedback and constructive criticism welcome.
https://hollowlives.bandcamp.com/track/ ... ason-remix
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bluwarguy
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Joined: Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:43 pm
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Location: Iowa, United States
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2022 2:40 pm 
 

I've been working on 4 songs for a project I'm trying to start. Unfortunately I am more of a vocalist than a guitarist so the playing may be sloppy. Anyways I'm looking on feedback for what I have done before I start writing lyrics and laying down vocals. Until I can find an actual guitarist near me there won't be any solos lol. My main two influences have been death metal and nu metal (sue me)

here is what I have (shittily) recorded:
Listen to Demo Instrumentals, a playlist by Gavin Nichols on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/8SfaZ
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anti islam
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Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:03 am
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Location: Austria
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2022 8:57 am 
 

Hey Guys,

a very close friend of mine released an Black Metal EP album yesterday 17.03.2022, check it out and let me know your thought about it.

Bandcamp: https://gabr.bandcamp.com

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ShaolinLambKiller
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 6:20 pm 
 

anti islam wrote:
Hey Guys,

a very close friend of mine released an Black Metal EP album yesterday 17.03.2022, check it out and let me know your thought about it.

Bandcamp: https://gabr.bandcamp.com


very good shit.
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MakeFenrisGreatAgain
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Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:24 am
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:22 pm 
 

Never posted here before, but I'm looking for some criticism on music I've been working on. These recordings are all from about 6 months ago, but we've slowly been trickling them out for production slowdown reasons. I'm mostly looking for input as to whether this sound seems like something viable or if I should scrap and start over. Right now it's just myself doing guitars and bass, and writing all music, and a drummer who is also doing the vocals.

https://soundcloud.com/user-938190961

Any criticism is helpful, thanks in advance.

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Lord_Of_Diamonds
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 5:23 pm 
 

The music sounds perfectly competent, but I'd suggest getting some recording quality that's not phone-like.
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MakeFenrisGreatAgain
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:26 pm 
 

Lord_Of_Diamonds wrote:
The music sounds perfectly competent, but I'd suggest getting some recording quality that's not phone-like.

Sadly, rhythm guitar and drums were literally recorded on a phone. I appreciate the compliment though.

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Korpgud
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Joined: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:09 pm
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Location: Sweden
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2022 2:18 pm 
 

Looking for feedback/ tips regarding the mix for my album, which was released last year: https://botgorelsen.bandcamp.com/album/att-kuva-det-upproriska-k-ttet-2

I did the whole thing myself without any previous experience. The drums are programmed, bass and guitar recorded via line-in. I did as much as I could by following various guides on youtube (and other sites) to get basics like compression, EQ etc. All things considered I'm pretty happy with the results, but I definitely think there's room for improvement for future releases. Seems like something's missing, but I don't know what. The bass guitar could sound better, but I don't know how to get there. Better EQ? Better plugin?

Any and all pointers are welcome.
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soul_schizm
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Joined: Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:55 am
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2022 12:38 pm 
 

Korpgud wrote:
Looking for feedback/ tips regarding the mix for my album, which was released last year: https://botgorelsen.bandcamp.com/album/att-kuva-det-upproriska-k-ttet-2

I did the whole thing myself without any previous experience. The drums are programmed, bass and guitar recorded via line-in. I did as much as I could by following various guides on youtube (and other sites) to get basics like compression, EQ etc. All things considered I'm pretty happy with the results, but I definitely think there's room for improvement for future releases. Seems like something's missing, but I don't know what. The bass guitar could sound better, but I don't know how to get there. Better EQ? Better plugin?

Any and all pointers are welcome.

I don't know, you are probably being a little harsh on yourself. It's black metal so I don't think the production is all that out-of-line with other releases in the genre. I assume you aren't going for a ton of polish or clarity? If I had to call out anything for next time, I'd vote for more boost on the higher-frequencies of the snare to make it pop through a little more (3k? 4k?), and maybe a little emphasis on the click of the bass drum (typically 4k, 8k). But when I hear this I feel like it's fine production-wise for the type of music. It sounds like you started to add the click on the bass drum more on the later songs, and less on the first song or two.

Most people are putting a little distortion on the bass guitar. You can add a plugin like the BOD (free), which lets you add a little distortion. Also a good compressor plugin that lets you pump and crush the bass can make it drive more. There are few out there that specialize in doing that, or a quality compressor from Waves for example, set it to slow attack to let the transient through and super quick release, with quite a bit of gain reduction so it grabs super hard and releases ultra-fast. But again, I don't necessarily hear this in the black metal stuff and I don't know if that's really going to fit well in this style.

There's good stereo separation, I can hear everything good. Parts are played well. Some cool vox parts beyond just reciting the lyrics.

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Korpgud
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:54 am 
 

soul_schizm wrote:
Korpgud wrote:
Looking for feedback/ tips regarding the mix for my album, which was released last year: https://botgorelsen.bandcamp.com/album/att-kuva-det-upproriska-k-ttet-2

I did the whole thing myself without any previous experience. The drums are programmed, bass and guitar recorded via line-in. I did as much as I could by following various guides on youtube (and other sites) to get basics like compression, EQ etc. All things considered I'm pretty happy with the results, but I definitely think there's room for improvement for future releases. Seems like something's missing, but I don't know what. The bass guitar could sound better, but I don't know how to get there. Better EQ? Better plugin?

Any and all pointers are welcome.

I don't know, you are probably being a little harsh on yourself. It's black metal so I don't think the production is all that out-of-line with other releases in the genre. I assume you aren't going for a ton of polish or clarity? If I had to call out anything for next time, I'd vote for more boost on the higher-frequencies of the snare to make it pop through a little more (3k? 4k?), and maybe a little emphasis on the click of the bass drum (typically 4k, 8k). But when I hear this I feel like it's fine production-wise for the type of music. It sounds like you started to add the click on the bass drum more on the later songs, and less on the first song or two.

Most people are putting a little distortion on the bass guitar. You can add a plugin like the BOD (free), which lets you add a little distortion. Also a good compressor plugin that lets you pump and crush the bass can make it drive more. There are few out there that specialize in doing that, or a quality compressor from Waves for example, set it to slow attack to let the transient through and super quick release, with quite a bit of gain reduction so it grabs super hard and releases ultra-fast. But again, I don't necessarily hear this in the black metal stuff and I don't know if that's really going to fit well in this style.

There's good stereo separation, I can hear everything good. Parts are played well. Some cool vox parts beyond just reciting the lyrics.


Thanks for the feedback, and I appreciate the kind words regarding the vocals. I put a lot of effort into those.

You're absolutely right, I'm not going for clarity or polish. I'd like for it to sound bigger, badder, and more raw, with more crunch in the bass. I already did try to add some distortion to the bass, but I found it hard to strike a balance between the distortion and the lower frequencies. I will try the bass plugin you mentioned.

I will also explore the snare and bass drum frequencies you mentioned. Thanks!
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