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#41
Heavy Metal/Power Metal Riff

Sorry it's so late guys. Life gets in the way. If you want, I can put my reviews up too.
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#42
i tried my laptop, my extra webcam, and it gets muffled and sounds like crap i tried moving it around and always does the same... my phone was garbage as well HALP
#43
Does the sound kinda come in and out? I had the same problem. Only thing I could do was record with the amp clean and then add distortion in audacity.
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#44
interesting lol. I'll try that I guess, but yeah it's okay at first then all of a sudden it's muffled as hell like as if you were submerged in water or something lol ill try with another phone I guess. if not I'll provide a shitty recording and a tab lol
#45
It's the distortion that's the problem, I think. The mics in laptops and phones simply can't handle the battering of sound from the distortion so it starts to drop out. If you record with your amp clean through those devices, I guarantee it won't have that problem. But that's problematic since you need distortion for this, basically. That's why I had to add distortion later.
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#47
Well since half of the contestants have gone MIA you could probably jump in here. I'm thinking Abami might as well just make this an open house at this point.
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#48
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#49
I had watery sound while recording in Windows. Try this: Control Panel->Hardware and Sound->Sound->Manage audio devices->Recording (tab)->Select microphone or whatever recording device you're using->Properties->Enhancements (tab)->Turn off Noise Suppression or just Disable all sound effects->Profit. At least, that did the trick for me.

The default Windows microphone driver has a noise suppression feature and regards metal guitar as noise.
Last edited by UnarmedLad at Sep 7, 2013,
#52
Round 1 marks:

Group 1
The Wildchild 2.5/5
UltraAussie 0/5
RiffYourFaceOff 3/5
ctfod
RebelDawg13
TrippyGuitarist
Sanitarium91 3.5/5
rg_metal
Helloween4ever 3/5
donegan_zealot
UnarmedLad 3/5

Group 2
The Virtuoso 3/5
crazysam_23Atax 3/5
romencer17
SaintVitus 2.5/5
Kytokinesis 3.5/5
Elintasokas
NosferatuZodd09 3.5/5
Abomination94 3.5/5
Jehannum
palm_mute
BlueAltitudes


Round 2: My entry (thrash): http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/Jehannum/music/all/play1217949
#54
Since not everyone who signed up has bothered to play I think we should review everyone's entries and scrap the group idea. Once everyone has submitted reviews we'll move on to round 2. Anyone who hasn't contributed by now is out of the game.
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...In vacuo...
#55
HELLEDIT: Ok then.

Palm mute 4/5 (very 70's doomy sound, I like it).
UnarmedLad 3.5/5
Sanitarium91 4/5
The Wildchild 5/5
UltraAussie 0/5 (couldn't hear it)
RiffYourFaceOff 4/5
The Virtuoso 4/5
crazysam_23Atax 2.5/5
SaintVitus 3/5 (a bit too quiet for my likes, riff was nice though)
Kytokinesis 3/5
NosferatuZodd09 3/5
Abomination94 3.5/5
Jehannum 4/5 (tone reminds me a lot of Klootzak)
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Last edited by Helloween4Ever at Oct 8, 2013,
#56
My reviews:

UnarmedLad: 3/5
Helloween4Ever: 2/5
Sanitarium91: 4.5/5
TheWildchild: 3.5/5
Jehannum: 4/5
NosferatuZodd: 3/5
SaintVitus: 3/5
crazysam_23Atax: 1/5
TheVirtuoso: 2.5/5
UltraAussie: 0/5
Kytokinesis: 3/5
RiffYourFaceOff: 4/5

I'll keep score and post a leaderboard at the end of each round, once all reviews are in.
Pestilent winds
Rotting earth
Fire streaks the skies
Slow decay
Putrid stench
The Light chokes and dies
Ave finis!
Ave finis!
Ave finis!
...In vacuo...
#57
Kytokinesis 4/5 - very good and solid, traditional heavy metal type melodic progression. Well performed.
Jehannum 3/5
SaintVitus 3/5
crazysam23_Atax 2/5 - the rhythm of the riff was left a bit unclear to me, and I didn't really get the vibe of the round from this one, might work for the thrash round better.
The Virtuoso 3/5
NosferatuZodd09 3/5 - the out-of-tune-ness bothered me a bit, and the end of it made me feel like it could work as a melodeath type riff haha, but I could see it work for a heavy metal chorus or something
Abomination94 4.5/5 - a bit "mean" for the round maybe, but I can see it working since I got a bit of an Anvil-feel, which was good, nice job. I'm imagining a song in the spirit of Forged in Fire built on this, which brings much warmth to me.
The Wildchild 3/5 kind of a folkish vibe, not really my thing, but it's good nonetheless
UltraAussie 2/5 - I think I kinda hear what the riff is like, but I'm not sure haha! It sounds like a fairly menacing riff, but the recording doesn't do it any justice, hopefully you'll sort out better recordings for the future rounds.
RiffYourFaceOff 3.5/5
Helloween4ever 2.5/5
UnarmedLad 3.5/5 - old school shit right here, plain and simple
Last edited by Sanitarium91 at Sep 9, 2013,
#58
Damn, I would have been all over this had I seen it when it started. I don't venture into this forum that much though. This is a cool idea.
#59
The Wildchild-3.5
UltraAussie-0
RiffYourFaceOff-4.5
Sanitarium-4
Helloween4ever-2.5
UnarmedLad-3
Jehannum-4
Kytokinesis-3.5
Crazysam-2.5
The Virtuoso-4
NosferatuZodd-3
Abomination-3
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#60
Helloween4Ever: 3/5
UltraAussie: 2/5 - Could barely hear anything, but I hear some dun da da dun da da dun in there so it deserves at least a 2.
Sanitarium91: 4.5/5 - Absolutely immense. Great build-up and execution.
TheWildchild: 3/5 - Solid medieval-tinged heavy metal riffage straight outta' the NWOBHM gems of old.
RiffYourFaceOff: 3/5
UnarmedLad: 4.5/5 - Feels very reminiscent of s/t Iron Maiden. Awesome progression and execution, and catchy as hell.
Jehannum: 2.5/5 - Good execution but I don't really feel that it fits the heavy/power mood. It has more of a modern "numetalcore"ish sound. Great riff on it's own outside of this context, though.
SaintVitus: 3/5 - Solid.
crazysam_23Atax: 2.5/5
TheVirtuoso: 4/5 - Good up-beat, high-speed heavy metal riffing.
NosferatuZodd: 3/5
Abomination94: 3.5/5
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#62
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Same. I need to re-listen to stuff, when I don't have a shitload of homework. So, tomorrow afternoon, it is, guys.
#63
I'm certainly enjoying the competition thus far! I'm glad I decided to join. It's difficult to write something meaningful about such short pieces of music, but here is my attempt:

The Wildchild: 3.5 - Good riff; maybe a bit meat-and-potatoes.
Ultraussie: 1.5 - Hard to make out and hard to make out to; sounds a bit too chuggy for my tastes in this genre.
RiffYourFaceOff: 4.0 - Another pretty basic riff, but it reminds me of all the classics in the genre.
Sanitarium91: 5.0 - Awesome! If this were in a song, it would be one of those riffs that really stick with you; a real highlight!
Helloween4Ever: 3.5 - Didn't remind me of Helloween. Could have been a bit more melodically adventurous, but still a nice riff.
The Virtuoso: 3.5 - I really like the hammer-ons/pull-offs between the chords, along with the progression itself, but it sounds very chaotic rhythmically. If cleaned up, this could have been a 4.0 or 4.5.
crazysam23_Atax: 3.0 - Very basic. Not bad, but could have been more interesting.
SaintVitus: 3.5 - Nice progression. You could have taken it a bit further though.
Kytokinesis: 4.0 - Nice! Sounds like a classic power metal riff.
NosferatuZodd09: 4.5 - Sounds exciting and well-composed. Reminds me of Amon Amarth in the way that it uses lower notes as a rhythmic backdrop to a lead-like melody higher up.
Abomination94: 4.0 - Hits the right notes. Tightly played!
Jehannum: 4.0 - Good riff. Also reminds me of Amon Amarth (maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me something?). Takes me to the mood of songs like Runes to My Memory.

I guess I liked the melodic riffs the best. The more supportive/rhythm type of riffs did less for me, and I guess that's mostly because we're hearing them in isolation here. Still, I applaud everyone that decided to come through with participating.
#64
Helloween4Ever: 3.5
Ultraussie: 2
Sanitarium91: 4.5
The Wildchild: 4
UnarmedLad: 3.5
Jehannum: 3.5
Kytokinesis: 4
SaintVitus: 3
crazysam23_Atax: 2.5
The Virtuoso: 3.5
NosferatuZodd09: 3
Abomination94: 4


I'll hopefully append this post with a sentence of criticism for each riff within a day or so.
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#65
The Wildchild: 4.5/5
RiffYourFaceOff: 4.0/5
Helloween4ever: 3/5
Ultraussie: (Couldn't hear anything)
Sanitarium91: 4.5/5
UnarmedLad: 3.5/5
Jehannum: 3/5
Kytokinesis: 4/5
SaintVitus: 3/5
The Virtuoso: 3.5/5
NosferatuZodd09: 3.5/5
Abomination94: 4/5
#66
Will try to be as non generic with my review of the riffs lol which might fail (caught myself using too many buzzwords but I think I righted the ship)

Also thanks Lad! I wasn't going for anything Amon Amarth (never have or will) but haha I think in a way the melody's actually carried by the rhythm note given it progresses and develops different intervals in conjuction with the lead notes; whereas the lead line is a static pattern glad you caught that. As for Sanitarium haha whoops I'll tune my guitar well for the next round :P I confess I wasn't trying to go typical heavy metal with that but perhaps what my take on a genre riff would be were I to write a song lol

here are my reviews


Helloween4Ever - 3.5/5 - Actually really liked this one, I love riffs that are more than just a few powerchords haha. and I liked the note choices.

Ultraussie - 1.5/5 - sadly it's incredibly hard to hear although I think I finally figured out what it is,

Sanitarium91 - 5/5 - hell this is as good a heavy metal riff as I've heard; l think I might just as well just give it a five lol. I love the progression and the interval usage, I WANT A TAB DAMNIT

Da Wile Chile - 4/5 - pretty awesome riff, also classick as **** haha. not much else to say. just classic.

RiffYourFaceOff - 3.5/5 - strong entry for sure, also a very traditional tone to it. classy stuff. gotta love the groove of those triplets hah

UnarmedLad - 3.5/5 - it's great how you develop the riff with those few fills upon the repeat it really takes it to another level.

Jehannum - 4/5 - I quite like the intervals you picked and everything about it seemed more elaborate than your average heavy metal riff. all in a sweet entry, would definitely like to see a tab for it haha. Although the ending feels a tad awkward lol

Kytokinesis - 3.5/5 - I was gonna give it a four or maybe a 4.5 at first.. but it just ended so damn suddenly it didn't feel like it concluded what so ever, otherwise I think it was fantastic, great note progression/choice. I really liked where it was going

SaintVitus - 3/5 - as heavy metal as it gets haha

crazysam23_atax - 2.5/5 - for some reason it didn't do much for me and it didn't seem... to go anywhere, it was just liking something to stand out I guess?

TakenBR - 3/5 - while I think it was a fresh idea it wasn't executed in the best of ways, it seems to randomly go into that harmonics section for no reason. I think had that been developed better it would of had a higher score.

The Virtuoso - 3.5/5 - just like above I think it was a good and refreshing idea however I think in execution it fell a bit short. the extra hammer ons and what not just felt a bit forced or a tad.. off and it gave the song awkward timing. although perhaps you were trying to get some prog elements in your heavy metal. As for me though it felt a bit awkward even with such foresight

Abomination94 - 4/5 - sounds pretty legit. very much emboding the spirit of heavy metal but as Sanitarium said with a more "menacing" vibe, yet not something I'd call truly menacing.. (heavier than standard flare heavy metal perhaps? more oriented towards war themes maybe or stuff of the sort)

it seems that is all, personally for me Sanitarium won the round, but there were some great riffs all in all. I think I'm going to tune my guitar better and reupload mine even if the judgings over haha. and will get the next round's riff ready, HMMM.
Last edited by NosferatuZodd09 at Sep 10, 2013,
#67
Helloween4Ever - 3.5/5 - I don't know why, but this makes me think of a bass riff as a backing to a guitar rhythm. Not bad.

Ultraussie - 1.5/5 - I think you can be more creative with the rhythm instead of how straightforward you were. It is hard to hear though.

Sanitarium91 - 5/5 - You're just an asshole! That was a great riff man. I really like the nice twangy feel you have; it reminds me of the really old school rock/heavy metal era.

The Wildchild - 3/5 - Good start. I'd like to hear where else you would take this riff.

RiffYourFaceOff - 3/5 - Not bad. Maybe start throwing in some nice, chunky chords to vary up the rhythm later on.

UnarmedLad - 3/5 - Good classic feel, although I get more a doomy feel than I do power or heavy metal. Good job nonetheless.

Jehannum - 5/5 -I can totally hear some badass falsettos over that intro. Great riff man.

Kytokinesis - 4/5 - I am totally getting an Iron Maiden feel from this, and I'd definitely like to hear where you're going to take it. Nice.

SaintVitus - 3/5 - Solid riff. Just get some nicer, heavier distortion with some drums and you're good to go.

crazysam23_atax - 2/5 -I was waiting for this to go somewhere, but it went exactly where I thought it would go. A little too tame and basic for my tastes.

NosferatuZodd09 -4/5 - I like this riff a lot, although I get more a melodic death metal feel than heavy metal. I'm still giving it a four.

The Virtuoso - 6/5- This is clearly the best riff ever written. Yeah, the rhythm is off, because I took like 5 minutes to record and didn't bother to clean it up, but you get the basic idea.

Abomination94 - 4/5 - Very nice riff. I can picture tanks driving over skulls with a standard of two snakes facing each other.

Onward brothers!
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#68
rofl a standard of two snakes

and haha dang it, I figured that riff could fit either of these three genres enough lol :P [heavy metal or power metal since it does use similar intervals here and there and well melodeath] but I think if it was melodeath it'd be the very heavy metal-ey/power metal-ey side of it.. later in the same song there's a variation that's IMO a lot better but it's a lot darker and I think it wouldn't've fit this round ;c
#69
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Helloween4Ever - 3.5/5 - I don't know why, but this makes me think of a bass riff as a backing to a guitar rhythm. Not bad.

Probably because I've been a bassist for longer than I have been playing guitar I wasn't going for the traditional heavy metal sound, I wanted more of a Tad Morose esque sound which might explain that.
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#70
Alright, we might as well kick off round 2, Wildchild and Ultraussie can still join the game as long as they post their reviews. We obviously want as many of us to continue as possible, but at some point we have to move on if we don't hear from them. I'm hoping that the sooner we start this round, the sooner everyone has posted their riff.

Anyways, here's my round 2 riff. I think someone already uploaded their thrash riff, too, but please post them here again so they'll be easier to find.
#72
Will try to upload my riff tonight.

Edit:
Thrash/Speed Metal Riff

There's my upload. Just a note: I will probably not have any reviews up until Tuesday. I will be gone as of tomorrow night and won't be back until Monday night late.
Last edited by crazysam23_Atax at Sep 18, 2013,
#73
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#75
Please pick one of those 3 riffs and record it.
Pestilent winds
Rotting earth
Fire streaks the skies
Slow decay
Putrid stench
The Light chokes and dies
Ave finis!
Ave finis!
Ave finis!
...In vacuo...
#76
Well it was meant to be its own little movement, but it is a little long ha. I'll re-record one of them and upload it tomorrow or Saturday. But I don't think we ever formally decided on this:
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Valid point. We could do it like this; instead of just a riff, contestants create a short piece that fits the round/tournaments theme, it can be as complex as you want but pieces have to be under, say, a minute and half max.

Or we could stick to the original idea and just do a single riff. If everyone posts how they'd prefer to do it, we'll go with the most popular option.
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#77
Yeah true, but no one really made their opinion clear so we just went with the original idea. If we do this again I think we should try making a short piece rather than a single riff. It's probably be more interesting.
Pestilent winds
Rotting earth
Fire streaks the skies
Slow decay
Putrid stench
The Light chokes and dies
Ave finis!
Ave finis!
Ave finis!
...In vacuo...
Last edited by Abomination94 at Sep 20, 2013,
#78
I don't know what all the fuss was about anyway, since the riff I uploaded was clearly just a single riff. I don't know, maybe you guys should check again RIFF
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