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TAB   "Can't Turn Back"  -  8  COMMENTS  -  PAGE 1
Can't Turn Back      [GP4]   [112 hits]   [Version: 1]   [Id: 105805]
Artist: Open Competition April 2009
File Size: 15.7 KB     Number of Tracks: 5
Submitted by: Jason Vearing  (All tabs)  on 17 Apr 2009 19:33, commenting:
Sabbathy main riff, clean pre-chorus, power chord chorus and a eak!!
Validated by blackiel on 18 Apr 2009 08:28


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Jason Vearing – Can't Turn Back

Sabbath, you bet. The influence is all over the place. I don't mind, since Sabbath kicks ass. For starters – some markers wouldn't hurt. I have to refer to your song description under the tab itself and the lyrics placement to know “what's up” at any given moment. Now, for musical content – the way the main riff enters makes it sound really noobish and bad, and it's hard for it to regain worth even when drums come in and make it sound fuller. The tune never really gets to sound truly “full”, you may have been aiming for a Sabbath-style simplicity (wouldn't be surprised judging by the Sabbath influence all over the place), but the outcome is that the song feels somewhat hollow. Your transitions are not that great, whilst the parts themselves aren't bad, the jumps between them make me feel... uneasy. The soft pre-chorus, whilst not too shoddy itself, came out of nowhere, and the sudden 3/4 and 4/4 thing knocked the thus far very straightforward ditty way off track. I'm fond of the “sinister D octave” though, you know what I mean. Your Sabbathy harmonic approach continues in the chorus too, with a somewhat addicting chord progression... best part of the tune, even though it's so simple. You made a booper with the solo, why were all the dynamics set to non-existent? Pardon me for intruding into your mix, but I manually forted it up so I'd get to hear what's going on... the lead wasn't that great, it just doesn't feel like it's doing anything specific or going anywhere. Please try to improve on it, ok? Overall, it's a passable Sabbath style workout with jagged transitions and an underwhelming solo, but you're off the mark. There were some good things in this song, make your next offering have more. Will await it happily :]

Rate: 2 stars

Posted by RumpyTheRubbuhChikin  {{ 30 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 18 Apr 2009 12:03

Rated as: 
Can't Turn Back - Jason Vearing

Well, I have to say one thing first. That bass track needs to be BASS standard tuning, not guitar... well, that won't actually fix what you have there, everything needs to be an octave down imo. That would at least help the song sound more "full" - a sentiment I share with Rumpy.

Very minimalistic arrangement - I imagine that the song would sound quite good in reality with a vocalist. Also very simple.

This isn't bad by any means, it's a fine example of a rather stock standard Sabbathy metal song. The problem is that it really fails to make a real impact - it comes across as a meh song, nothing particularly memorable. Don't stop trying though, it certainly wasn't a bad listen by any means.

2 stars.

Posted by Quibokk  {{ 16 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 18 Apr 2009 19:37

Rated as: Unrated
I read your lyrics and tried to tie them to either the guitar or the bass, but neither fitted. The lyrics were pointless IMO. The melody was weird. The tempo was too slow and jsut didn't get going. This has no structure to me, no markers. Nothing memorable. The only bit which interested me slightly was what I guessed was the chorus at bar 29 and 51. The solo had greyed out notes, which can't be heard. What's the point of that? Sorry I didn't get this song at all.

Posted by blackiel  {{ 0 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 19 Apr 2009 13:03

Rated as: 
Not sure about the greyed out notes, that wasn't intentional.

Posted by Jason Vearing  {{ 2 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 19 Apr 2009 17:04

Rated as: Unrated
Okay, I'll tell you the 2 main things that this song needs. First is variations. Your song was basically made of one metal riff played in two different ways (18-25 and 30-37) and the acoustic bit on 26-29, alternating throughout, sounding always the same except for the guitar solo. When this happens, most likely the listener won't be paying attention to the song be the middle of it. You need to introduce different things into the music, normally while maintaining the "bulk" of the song (which would be what you have right now), to keep people really *listening* instead of just going through the song without noticing it.

The other thing is fills. As it is right now it just sounds too empty. Just try adding a little keys fill to the riffs (or an extra guitar, or anything else) and see the difference.

Finally, this isn't really a composition issue but I don't get why your bass had 6-string standard guitar tuning. :/

Don't get me wrong, it's not like I hated the song, the riffs are good, and the guitar solo is OK (though not really face-melting as you said), I just wouldn't call it finished as it is, it could use some work.


Posted by |_JR_|  {{ 13 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 21 Apr 2009 03:48

Rated as: Unrated
This is very hard to rate when it comes to guitar pro man and you should know that first off, because music like old Sabbath type doom isn't something that transmits well into midi. That being said...

This song severly lacks from having no vocals, you can't transmit music like this without the vocals very well... that being said though, the lyrics weren't very good.

This entire song is very very basic doom, and since it's been done 10 thousand times before, there's not much that can be said for originality. And although the first riff is decent on guitar, the bass should do something else at least... And I don't know if you listen to sabbath closely but the drumming is a lot more interesting than in this song.

The best stuff is the clean part at bar 13 in my opinion, it has a really cool dark mood, but then cuts off too quickly.

The worst part is the solo, man it's ridiculously useless - why would you put such fast passages in a doom song?

Overall, even for a doom song, this is mediocre at best... work on really achieving that mood, and remember doom is all about building up an atmosphere slowly and maintaining that - length of riffs should reflect that, and not cut off after four bars of being introduced....

2 stars.

Posted by JazzDeath  {{ 22 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 05 May 2009 03:16

Rated as: Unrated
The song is really empty sounding on guitar pro. You seem to be on right track with the riff- trying to make it have a distinct rhythm, and also using harmony in a more interesting way than most people do. You just seem to not hit the nail completely. This song as a gp is hard to rate as its very slow and empty sounding. You seem to show potential though.

Posted by Beckkill  {{ 11 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 15 May 2009 17:26

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Jason Vearing - Can't Turn Back
MIDI isn’t really good for some stuff, and this is the perfect example… This song is not bad, the only part I can really say it’s bad is the “solo”, but I suck at soloing too, so I won’t say anything about it…
Well, the starting riff is good, but you should try not to make the bass play the same thing that the guitar is playing, because it seems you just copy-pasted the guitar riff into the “bass” track. I liked the “proggy” part (with the 3/4 + 4/4) Overall this song feels really “weak” though it tries hard. Try to improve your drumming and your soloing.
Rating 2

Posted by Todo Winterwolf  {{ 11 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 15 May 2009 20:33

Rated as: Unrated
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