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Old 08-13-2007, 11:07 AM
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Wow fantastic guitar rhythm! Overall song: 8.5/10. I would love to hear more heavy instrumental stuff on OCR :D
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:52 PM
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Plucked guitar sounds fine to me, the off-tunedness makes it sound more authentic given the ethnic source.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:58 PM
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The ethnic part is great, and the rock one is pretty good, too. However, I don't think that they mix well. To me, this basically seems like two pieces glued together with a rather lackluster transition.

It's not a bad song, not at all. I would love to hear more from XMark, especially if it were made in the same fashion the intro here was done.
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Old 08-25-2007, 03:24 AM
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nummy. love the intro. love the transition. love the metal. Guitar Hero has gotten to me, i wanna play this song. =)
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Old 09-02-2007, 01:50 PM
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What is the wind instrument in the intro, anyway? And is it real? It certainly sounds real.

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Old 09-03-2007, 04:32 PM
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:56 PM
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Very strong in a lot of sections, though some of the transitions could have been a little stronger. Specifically the one between the intro and the heavy part, some sustained strings or something would have helped ease it a bit.
Some of the drums fills also could have been more interesting, but the drums totally fit with the 'Sad but true' feel, so it's a stylistic descision I can respect.

The guitar tone was excellent, I was rocking the hell out to the rhythm guitar playing. The wah solo stuff was also very solid. Some of the timing on the bass/drums seemed to get off here and there, but not enough to ruin the track for me.

Arrangement-wise it almost seemed like 2 seperate songs, so I kindof wish (ok, really wish) you'd have brought back some of the ethnic elements throughout the song to help tie them together better. Maybe an extended version where the ending isn't so abrupt.

Great track, I really got into it.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:01 AM
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In case anyone's interested, last year I remade this song with a somewhat different arrangement. I took out the whole asian intro section and expanded the metal part, and redid it from scratch with much improved production values. Y'all can check it out here:
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:21 PM
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I really enjoy the ethnic, beautiful part that leads in at the beginning. I also enjoy the heavier rock section that shows up around the 1:15 mark. But they really don't feel to me as if they belong in the same song together - it doesn't feel like a whole. Whether that could be fixed with different transitions, or inclusion of some of the instruments from the original part in the rock part, I can't say, but as it stands now I would've actually liked to have seen it split into two separate songs along that break line. Would've been two excellent, stand-out songs that I would listen to on a daily basis; as it is, I feel like it's just a good track.

But I'm sure that others would disagree with me.

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:43 AM
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Quite an unpredictable mix. The double-sided aspect of the track should complement itself at every opportunity, and this just doesn't. On the one hand, I really love the Crouching Tiger, acoustic style section and when I heard the mix sharply veering from that direction, I felt some remorse. It didn't help that the transition into the new direction was unsupportive of the new elements being introduced.
However, the second part is ALSO quite good. The guitar wasn't as rich as I like, but it's still a wonderfully chuggy treatment.
I like both sides of this coin, but its such a shame they seem so incompatible with each other. There's a real 'oil on water' effect here that probably should have been addressed long before it got to be judged, but if it's being judged on technical merits alone, there is far less things to find fault with.
If nothing else, it's proof that smooshing together genres is a risk.
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