#1
This piece is my brand of melodic metal - featuring an Agile 828 pro (8-string) it has ample extended-range chunk while still holding true to my melodic "80s" trademark. I hope this can add to your musical diet... enjoy,

Andy Scott (AndyRooJ)

https://youtu.be/fpawl9w5-QI
#2
The intro with the clock ticking was cool, nice idea and execution. I'm generally very interested in 8 string stuff, it's cool to see what people come up with, and I have to say I really enjoy this song. It's refreshing as an 8 string idea and I like the overall feel a lot. You also have some nice chops on all of the instruments, I was certainly impressed by this song.
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The intro with the clock ticking was cool, nice idea and execution. I'm generally very interested in 8 string stuff, it's cool to see what people come up with, and I have to say I really enjoy this song. It's refreshing as an 8 string idea and I like the overall feel a lot. You also have some nice chops on all of the instruments, I was certainly impressed by this song.


Cheers for the comment. The 70's wall clock is always ticking in my music room so I figured I'd record it. I only bought the Agile 828 this year... previously I thought 8-string guitars made no sense from when I was playing them in music shops... however after a wide exposure to them on YouTube, I learned their purpose and that they are an instrument unto themselves... I just wanted to write something a little different to straight djent.

Andrew (AndyrooJ)
Last edited by andyrooj at Jan 1, 2016,
#4
Hey brother, thanks heaps for your crit

I like the start, its different to much proggy stuff, especially the beginning. The song is cool, very clean, very nicely done, absent of any mistakes, I like it. The mix is good, clean, the tones are nice. The soloing is very Satch-esque, nice job.

If I had to criticise, Id say it is a bit clinical. I would say go a bit more crazy. Its quite tame, in my opinion a bit of extra energy would really vitalise the track

Good job though, keep writing!
#6
I'm not usually a fan of metal but I like the melodic interplay in this, I enjoyed it would listen to it again. I think that the guitars are a little overpowering at times (though that might just be characteristic of the genre) and drown out the rest - I think the clock ticking would be cool if it was audible the whole way through to underpin the theme of the track. I love the way the guitar melodies and strings in the background interact, but I think the strings could do with being more audible too to seal the deal.

Great work overall though.
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I'm not usually a fan of metal but I like the melodic interplay in this, I enjoyed it would listen to it again. I think that the guitars are a little overpowering at times (though that might just be characteristic of the genre) and drown out the rest - I think the clock ticking would be cool if it was audible the whole way through to underpin the theme of the track. I love the way the guitar melodies and strings in the background interact, but I think the strings could do with being more audible too to seal the deal.

Great work overall though.

Cheers Serotonite that's helpful input... I actually wanted to bump up the strings (as they took quite a while to construct from natural - single note samples) they do actually cloud the mix unfortunately.

Thanks again
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Hey brother, thanks heaps for your crit

I like the start, its different to much proggy stuff, especially the beginning. The song is cool, very clean, very nicely done, absent of any mistakes, I like it. The mix is good, clean, the tones are nice. The soloing is very Satch-esque, nice job.

If I had to criticise, Id say it is a bit clinical. I would say go a bit more crazy. Its quite tame, in my opinion a bit of extra energy would really vitalise the track

Good job though, keep writing!


thanks TommyGunUk. I do tend to focus more the strive for perfection which does restrain my enthusiasm... When I do get more excitable some awesome sounds were achieved but then I'd stuff a note and I'd re-take the track.

Cheers for the input.
#9
Hello.

This is a seriously fat sounding track. That 8 string gives a nice fat sound. Taste wise, the leads are a bit too classic rock for me - but I certainly cant fault the composition or playing. It's pretty much flawless and very polished.

I wish I could make my mixes sounded clean and crisp like that.

Cheers
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Hello.

This is a seriously fat sounding track. That 8 string gives a nice fat sound. Taste wise, the leads are a bit too classic rock for me - but I certainly cant fault the composition or playing. It's pretty much flawless and very polished.

I wish I could make my mixes sounded clean and crisp like that.

Cheers

Cheers Mr Badger. The agile with it's EMG 808s and neck-through construction gives a particularly crisp tone to its chunk.. I also used no effects on the backing guitars for the accuracy.

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my mixes.

Thanks again
#11
Well damn man this was a refreshing song to listen to. Glad to see someone making use of an 8-string than the usual djent mediocrity.

I dig the string parts, but of course I like using a lot of strings myself. Catchy and uplifting and the transition riffs were complimentary and flowed nicely.

I did notice on some of your leads you move your mouth a lot. I had the same problem and probably do to some extent, I know this was from not practicing correctly or trying to force myself to play fast when I wasn't able to yet. Some of the faces seem intentional though.

However you are really a clean player and I really love that lead tone. Reminds me of Vai and Satch mixed together, but you also have a lot of other influences that I don't know as well. I can honestly say I have never heard a song like this before but again I also do not listen to 'happy' genres much lol.

As an instrumental it was nice and pleasant to listen to the whole way through. I suppose I can piggyback on some of the comments here and say put some more "UMPH" into your lead work. That is one of the main reasons I like to improvise my solos as I feel a guitar solo should be an extension of everything you worked on and just letting the flow and feel of the guitar take over. You can really tell when a solo has been constructed note by note or when it was played without restrictions.

I look forward to hearing more of your stuff.
#12
great song ... played amazingly well ... very clean and precise ... had to go to youtube and like your video ! keep on rocking man!!
i love the sound of the 8 strings ... has that little something that the 6 string doesn't have

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Well damn man this was a refreshing song to listen to. Glad to see someone making use of an 8-string than the usual djent mediocrity.

I dig the string parts, but of course I like using a lot of strings myself. Catchy and uplifting and the transition riffs were complimentary and flowed nicely.

I did notice on some of your leads you move your mouth a lot. I had the same problem and probably do to some extent, I know this was from not practicing correctly or trying to force myself to play fast when I wasn't able to yet. Some of the faces seem intentional though.

However you are really a clean player and I really love that lead tone. Reminds me of Vai and Satch mixed together, but you also have a lot of other influences that I don't know as well. I can honestly say I have never heard a song like this before but again I also do not listen to 'happy' genres much lol.

As an instrumental it was nice and pleasant to listen to the whole way through. I suppose I can piggyback on some of the comments here and say put some more "UMPH" into your lead work. That is one of the main reasons I like to improvise my solos as I feel a guitar solo should be an extension of everything you worked on and just letting the flow and feel of the guitar take over. You can really tell when a solo has been constructed note by note or when it was played without restrictions.

I look forward to hearing more of your stuff.


Thanks for the detailed and useful critique. I am a bit of a stickler for perfection to the determent of organic or impromptu grit (or even personality).

You know I only noticed my ridiculous facial expressions once I started videoing my recordings a year ago. I understand your point exactly about pulling faces while pushing boundaries... Unfortunately these faces have stuck with me... I deliberately under-play my solos so I don't make mistakes in the final cut.

Thanks again.