Join date: Jun 2008
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This is a track I have been working on for about a week now. I've put probably 40-50 hours into this GP file, and I feel it is ready for some critical review. The style is metal, think old Metallica, as that is probably the main influence at work here. This is my first time trying to arrange a song completely in guitar pro before recording it. My hope is that it will turn out to be a great instrumental, and that all the work I've put into it will show.

The music itself is very chord based, as well as rhythm guitar based. There are several solos and lead parts, but the song is driven by the rhythm guitars. Most of the chord progressions in here are ones that I wrote on the guitar, and a lot of parts I've even used in other songs already. The solos are kept simple because I want to be able to play them well, and I'm not a very technical lead player. The bass is in there to be in there, I didn't spend any real time on it. I also didn't use RSE, so I'm not sure how it will sound there, I've only heard it in midi.

The song is about 8.5 minutes long, 320 bars or so. The inspiration came from a speech by Ronald Reagan in 1984, about a group of rangers on D-Day, excerpt is below.

I appreciate any and all feedback on this. I want to start recording it soon, so getting as good of a blueprint as I can is very important to me. I realize this style of metal isn't for everyone, and to some listeners it may seem overly drawn out or simplistic, but that's ok. I welcome all opinions, and I will give feedback to your work in return.

Thanks for listening!

"At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers -- the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machineguns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After 2 days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms."
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Join date: Aug 2009
289 IQ
Ok lets see what's in here.
Start is pretty happy. Lead guitar fitted pretty well here. Pretty basic solo. I laughed for "guns" part. But it worked . I liked your guitar riff, it wasn't any boring. Pretty heavy solo after it. "Pinned, No way out" riff was awesome. But drums are boring as hell.. Try to revive drums alive . "Death Toll Rising" had some nice classical influence. Tempo slowing worked. Again nice melody boosting solo. "Scale the riff" was quite odd part. By the way your tabbing way is odd . I would play some of your riffs little bit diffrent way. Main solo was quite basic solo with nice feeling in it.

Overall your song contained many good riffs and nice solos. However I found drums pretty boring. You've been listening too much metallica, no doubt drums are boring ! I think your song is very good as it is. It fully fits its meaning as instrumental track. Congrats !

Crit mine?
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2007
1,556 IQ
I couldn't get to listen to it yet with RSE, I don't have guitarpro lol. I did however listen to the midi, it sounds very videogamey. Zelda-ish almost. Nice leads too, I'm interested into hearing an actual recording, it's a pretty good song. It sounds like mine a bit too haha.

Cheers and thanks for checking me out!
UG Freak
Join date: Oct 2007
2,096 IQ
Intro sounds very happy me, very different to alot of the metal I hear these days. But that isn't by any means a bad thing. It's nice to hear something a little different like that. I find lots of solo's boring, so do or die was a bit boring my taste, but some people like that stuff, so whatever.

I liked the riff at 57, the drums aren't quite to my taste though. Again, the leads were a little boring. 95, this is the kind of thing imagine when I hear the word 'metal'. Quite generic, wasn't bad musically though.

The next few sections didn't do much for me really, alot of the riffs are quite samey (8th note, 4 16th notes, 8th note, 4 16th's, 8th note, 16th, and such). I was a bit dissapointed towards the end, it just got a bit boring for me. I'm not sure.

Overall, not bad. Not quite to my taste though, 7/10
I deeply regret the 6661 in my username. Siiiigh. Damn you, 14 year old me, you edgy little bastard.