Sounds good to me that it sounds good to you!
I rather like that you rather like this!
There was no inspiration. I just wrote the track and afterward, when I was trying to come up with a name for it, I thought it kinda sounded like the start to some great adventure. Maybe an RPG game like Fire Emblem.
I posted a link to it in the video description. I think it's just a digital painting someone made, possibly inspired by Shogun: Total War?
I do like your style, Cmac.
Geez - last time I heard the name Death Adder was on a then-old arcade machine about 15 years ago. Never did have enough quarters to actually fight him though...
You have great sound with the guitars - definitely good metal going on here. However:
Everything is jammed in the center - panning / reverb needed all around.
Bass sounds un-good; it sounds a bit 'flubby' and (to me) sounds like it has no depth at all.
Most percussion seems buried behind the guitars - except the double-kick, which sounds a bit weak to me.
Transitions to slower parts sounds a bit clumsy, particularly around 1:34 and 1:49; some dynamics or a bit of a lead-in (like @ 2:20, but this sounds a bit clumsy too) would really help with flow.
Needs fills everywhere - lots of heavy rhythm guitar, no lead work! I hear light touches from orchestral instruments here and there - good start, work on this!
You definitely got the main sound of your track down pat here, but it needs more support from the lighter parts of the track, more lead guitar, and more of those orchestral touches. Can't let big rhythm guitar sections rule the piece!
I'd like to suggest you give the Black Mages a listen, if you haven't already, particularly this track. The way they combine the full orchestra with the epic metal might give you some ideas and scale on what the arrangement and mix could sound like. Maybe.
Hope this helps. I enjoyed, thanks for posting!