Scorcher - Suburbs (SEGA) (PRC434)
Flaming Trail: I kinda wished there was some more weight to the rhythm guitars and the violin (viola mahbe?) had some reverb on it to really make it stand out. As it is it is just a little low in the mix, but there were some nice guitar bits to help accent it. The synth sounds though are perhaps a bit one dimensional, and by that I mean they are really doing just one thing and do not have much inherent character to them. Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes it is bad thing. Take that resonant synth for a second. It is playing a supporting role around the rest of the instruments, but the problem is that this sound is actually more interesting to the ear than other sounds around it. So, it can be good or bad, just depends on context. I do like me some bells though. So, you got that going for you. The breakdown is quite pretty. I do like that late guitar solo a fair bit too. Hmmmm, now this late breaking breakdown, now that is kinda interesting. Almost sounds like a gated supersaw. Interesting... Overall rather interesting with a lot of interesting ideas.
Scorched Suburbs: I do like the heaviness of those motorcycle synths. Lots of reverb there too. Tubular bells too. Okay, lets see where this is going. Classic "Hey" chant. Bass is pretty good, if maybe slightly boomy or boxy. Kick is pretty good too. I dunno though I just don't like the kick lol. Now, I don't mind the overall spectral balance of the mix, but what I do not care for is that you generally keep your sounds fairly focused in the center and don't let really let them wander or expand out to the left & right. Instead you reserve that for things that need space and the background parts. Kind of makes it sound overall a bit narrow. Now, musically you've got some pretty interesting ideas in here. That breakdown was pretty solid. And that whiny synth at the end is right up my alley. Almost sounds like a cat. Try some LFO on the Osc pitch to give it some vibrato or since it has fairly high resonance, modulate the filter. Even better if the LFO has a ramp in. If the synth can't do that, often you can link it through the modwheel to make it so you can automate it :)
Suburbs (14 Minute Violent Repetitive Weirdness Mix): Before I go into this the reason I do not really consider it Trance is because really more of the style of the track rather than the inherent elements. I get why folks would consider it Trance, but really do go listen to some old school Trance from the 90s (stay away from the Dutch, and listen more to the Germans and English) and then go listen to some Progressive House from the same era and tell me which the source is more like ;) I could even make an argument to call it Melodic Techno! But hey it is a fun source!
I'm expecting some experimental hardcore Techno going into this. Kick is reminiscent of hardcore. Good ol' 909 open hat, never gets old. The use of the vocal samples too is totally a 90's thing too. Ooooo, breakbeat. Going for a bit of DnB, maybe? Hmmmm, pitching down the synths slowly, eh? That is an old trick too...Hmmm, I am not fan of the kick with the reverb. All right, now got some bass. Allllll righty. Getting some more melodic action now. Yeah, this is scratching that Hardcore/Experimental Techno itch for me. It really isn't that grating on the ears either. There is a pretty solid balance in the levels and spectrum going on here. Sure it is maybe lacking in the stereo width department, and even in the lack of the use of space, but I am okay with that. Trance gate action too. All right some polyrhythms building up into a more full part. I am seriously loving these vocals tidbits haha. Okay, some interesting hat work. Hmmm, not sure how I'd class that synth sound in this section. Not bad though. I think really the only major sound you're missing to really make this a 90s Rave classic is a hoover or reese. You can't be that bored either. That was actually pretty fun!
Velos-city: Heavy kick, though lacking that critical click on the transient. Hmmm, all right I like lead synth you've got in intro. I do like the subdued open hat with the sharp closed hat. Ahhh! Classic stereo delay trick on the guitar, I dig it! Also, the formants are a nice touch. Synth work in general is pretty solid. Perhaps sort of like Studionimbus where you really did not give them similar treatment that you would like a guitar in this track for instance. Sure there are some moments, but if you can do it to a guitar there is no reason why you can't do it to a synth too ;)
Scorcher tech wip ver 2: Digging that distorted kick with that reverb tail behind. Sounds like the kick is breathing! The hats are pretty interesting too. Not what I expected here. You've got some formant stuff too. Now, that drum break (I honestly don't even know what to call it) leading out the intro is really cool sounding! I mean really I don't know what you were going for here, but it sounds like the track is almost breathing. Sounds like some bells that have some pitch LFO on them, and then maybe an epiano type sound with copious amounts of distortion too. All right, now I do really like those synths that almost sound like they're gated on their attack. Never thought to try that myself. OH!!!!!!!! Now I see what you did. That is quite interesting!
APZX: Smooth and scintillating intro, fairly dreamy, nicely transitions to the second phase. Enjoyed the arp and the lead action. Real slick work.
Studionimbus: All those long rises gave me goosebumps. Love the touch the tubular bells add, and those melodic innovations were very pleasing. Some real good flourishes and touches here, nice work.
Wassup T: Liked the many new touches, good sounds.
Marcusg: Groovy vibe, very spacious (massive, even). Works well with the source.
TVG: Well, it was everything advertised as. Frenetic and full. Those gated synths were real nice.
AZPX - Love the style, it's catchy and the built-up is nice.
Marcusg - Nice kick in combination with this style.
Souperion - Liked the orchestral influences.
Studioimbus.org - Storming start. There's much variation in the song.
Wassup Thunder - Many energy in this song. Loved the guitar.
TheVideoGamer - It's long, but even though it's repetitive there's also enough variation to keep it interesting.
Great work all, another great round.
This is very close. I like all the remixes. Personally.
I preferably like apzx remix the most. I look the transitions and it was fun to listen to.
Studioinbus I like the sfx used in the tracks very creative.
Souperion and Wassup Thunder both did great job. I don't have much to offer in critiquing. My vote is just on preference.
I enjoyed the almost serene take you put on the source, gave it an almost cosmic vibe with the choir synths and trancey-plucks. Nice work blending so many of the unique parts together, each instrument was well balanced and avoided overpowering the others. Nice structure to the song as well.
That middle secction was a great innovation, it really made great use of those chords! Especially enjoyed the new melodies you introduced. Beautiful work!
Nice collection of sounds, I think the rock, symphonic, and synthetic vibes meshed pretty well. I really liked the repeating guitar fade in and out, sounded like a passing siren. The solo string instrument was nice, but sounded a little too faint. A little compression may help it.
The synthetic elements contributed a faithful touch to the piece, while the symphonic and rock elements made excellent variation and reinterpretation. Nice work.
Really fun story you told with this one! Really nailed a High-Octane Race vibe on this, that rising siren was killer. The track is big, a bit crunchy, and almost in your face in a gutsy way.
You really took the chords for a spin, and I loved it. That mid part was one of my favorites. Excellent work making new melodies for this!
Those church bells started to make me chuckle. Love the imagery of a super motercycle race buzzing past a lil' bell church repeatedly.
And that meowing synth was very fun.
I like the direction you were working this, the hard, crunchy style is a nice reinterpretation. Even if it wasn't where you wanted it, I always congratulate anyone who gets something submitted! I kinda liked the kick personally.
It's exactly what you warned it'd be. It's fun, loud, pounding, and boppin. Seeing how the source game is called "Scorcher," it's appropriate to declare that you are indeed "THE GOD OF HELLFIYAH"