Fight! by Shadowbane
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So, this track differs from my normal stuff in that it is much more aggressive and and contains vocals.
If anyone is really interested in the vocals I can throw up the Ardour project somewhere, but there isn't anything really interesting about it, I just applied a compressor, a reverb, and a chours to the stuff and recorded in small pieces.
I really need to get some decent speakers to mix on, this sounds completely different on my $20 headset and my 30 year old speaker system, makes getting a good balance difficult.
This track was started on the Friday before the round ended and finished on the following Monday, except for the vocals which I redid a couple of hours before the round closed.
Hope you find something to enjoy in this,
Comment by organic_io on 2012-06-21 09:50:55
Hey ShadowBane! Nice to hear an entry from you. This is really interesting, and I think it has a lot of potential. I really like the message of the song (anti-war by taking the exaggerated opposite stance), well done lyrics and vocals. I think the fact that it is "whisper-yelling" is a bit strange, almost like you sang it in the middle of the night and didn't want anyone to hear you. But, I'm really hearing huge potential in this song, like with a heavier beat and more yelled, intense vocals. Could be a remix idea? :)
Comment by organic_io on 2012-06-21 09:52:15
P.S... Most of my composition and mixing these days is done on a modified pair of headphones that cost only about $20.. Based on Koss KSC-75 drivers, they sound fantastic - It's a really great value for the money. I could make you a pair if you want. I find that once I've gotten used to how a mix sounds on them, it usually translates pretty well to other systems too. :)
Comment by Shadowbane on 2012-06-21 11:20:55
I actually was doing this at night after everyone else went to bed, it is the only time that the house was quiet enough to record in :P
There is a decent chance that I will try to do the vocals again sometime when I have an empty house.
Comment by organic_io on 2012-06-21 11:38:23
:) Fascinating that I guessed correctly. I hope you do keep working on this one
Comment by Sallecta on 2012-06-21 13:45:03
First, I have to stress that vocals have too loud level according to other elements of track, this is really disturbs.
I found also that "whisper-yelling" style of singing/processing (thanks to organic io for giving term of it) is good finding, it creates really demonic atmosphere, and as you confirm, it is an ideal compromise of doing interesting vocals and do not disturbing the people around you)))
Finally, your work has story, meaning, clear message. It's always good to find such kind of creativity.
Comment by tenfour on 2012-06-22 03:35:41
I agree it's nice to see a focus on message. I like how you used the synths as effects. The snare, arp, and bass though I think are weak and need something to make them heavier, more forceful, bigger.
Comment by hexmode on 2012-06-22 16:20:16
Nice theme to this and yes while I agree the vocals are mixed loud, they do indeed have a disturbing quality to them, which given that "war is hell", fits pretty well i think.. :)
The kind of military tattoo drums fit well as well, as does the synth that sounds a bit like a siren.
That vocal sample is perfect :)
Comment by Sonicade on 2012-06-22 20:09:21
Nice work Shadowbane! Like the others I like the anti-war message. The vocals and vocal samples standout nicely in the track. I like how you recorded the vocals in a whisper, neat effect.
The synth sounds are a bit quite and could be brought up in volume. Some of them seem to be similar frequency so you might check your instruments to make sure they are spread across low, medium and high frequencies. If sounds are like Tetris blocks you don't want too many of the same size. Bass line sounds very good, turn it up too! Besides that the rhythm suits the song style very well. Great to hear a new entry from you!
Comment by Airmann on 2012-06-25 18:44:19
Really creepy voice man :), especially in contrast to the happy march music
Comment by chunter on 2012-06-26 20:33:38
Great song, strong chorus.
Isn't Black Metal the kind that goes for the raspy vocal? One of the dirty secrets of scream vocals (at least according to someone who talked about it) is that it isn't really screaming, but just a lot of practice listening to your own voice as put through the microphone, using the right angle and proximity and all that...
It may be possible to record yourself despite having the racket of others around you. I once read the recording suggestions where this first one read in small print, "point the microphone at the thing you want to pick up," and then in gigantic letters, it had the suggestion, "POINT THE MICROPHONE AWAY FROM THE THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO PICK UP." I keep that second suggestion in mind whenever I need to record acoustic guitar particularly, because it is impossible to make things completely quiet at my house. At this moment there are frogs in the rain-drain ditch from all the water that the tropical storm/depression thing put on us, and all kinds of cicadas and crickets, not to mention the wife typing... but it doesn't matter- if my lead source is loud enough to be heard without issue, compression, noise gate, and editing the sample will take care of the rest.
Comment by Shadowbane on 2012-06-27 09:22:03
part of the direction problem (most of it actually) is that I live in the basement and people walking around upstairs is loud, no pointing the mic away from the ceiling.. :P
And black metal is just one of the kinds of Metal with screaming stuff, but I was going for more of a Aggrotech feel (basically harsh industrial with a strong beat and distorted vocals)