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TAB   "Nystagmus"  -  1  COMMENTS  -  PAGE 1
Nystagmus      [GP5]   [112 hits]   [Version: 1]   [Id: 106154]
Artist: Skeleton Competition July/August 2009
File Size: 169.9 KB     Number of Tracks: 12
Submitted by: Quibokk  (All tabs)  on 31 Aug 2009 22:06, commenting:
One sentence - a complete mess of ideas and sketchy transitions. GP5 is preferable.
Validated by Generis Humani on 01 Sep 2009 08:30

Rating:  Unrated

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Well, what can I say? Plenty of good material to choose from in this song, but sometimes poorly connected and messy in transitions, which makes this hard to analyse as a "song", and is in fact the only real flaw of your entry. But you know that already, won't stress the point further.

[Intro] The rhodes reminds me a bit of music-box songs... so pretty... but without being too cheesy, good job xD

[Main Riff] When the comp started I thought it would be near impossible for anyone to devise a non-prog metal main riff, but this actually works quite well, no complaints... although I'd probably have used Rhythm Dist in the whole riff. But nevermind that

[Verse 1] Damn I love this theme. Music-box feel all over again, but I liked it even better than the intro.

[Chorus] Sounds distinctively "un-chorusy" to me, lacks the "power" you'd expect in a chorus. Things pick up when the lead enters, but there's a bit too much "progression", which might be a poor choice of words, but the point is that this sounds more like a bridge to guitar solo 1 than a real chorus. Sounds good nevertheless :P

[Guitar Solo] Ahem, this is your chorus 1... xD At least it sounds like it. Well, I liked this part a lot. Solo is tasty and the little piano fills are great.

[Main Riff/Variations] Now in a heavier context... nothing wrong with that, doesn't break the flow, and it's a good riff. Shredding in Variation sounds positively mental :p

[Chipmunk Invasion] Would be an ok part if it didn't "fall of the sky" completely, definitely causing a WTF moment there. But it does transition to Verse 2 ok. Actually, the song was flowing rather decently until this point, but after this is where it begins to get confusing...

[Verse 2] Another fun "minimalistic" theme - bars 102-104 sound kinda cheesy, but ok. Should have gained a little more power to prepare to the chorus, though.

[Chorus 2/Intro Glimpse] Sounds more like a chorus this time. The intro glimpse bars really shine, even if the intro glimpse itself is somewhat... too subtle? It takes a 2nd listen for listeners to recognize the intro in that little rhodes bit. Bar 119 is distinctively dissonant - it's not usual to use dissonance in basslines, and a B instead of C in that bar would have been more "conventional". Can't say it sounds bad though.

[Jam/Groove] Very nice lead in "getting into the jam". The percussions give it a South American feel, unexpected but cool. It would be fine for the Groove part to be just a variation of this... but you wanted to put in that almost "samba" stuff in Groove... fine. Too bad the transition between those parts was always going to be hard, and even if your "boom" solution is not too bad, it's still sketchy.

As a side note, your drumwork definitely gets the job done without being too complicated, but the bass... meh. Falls too often in the cliché of "strumming the same note over and over". Groove part escapes that logic though, fortunately, good bass work here.

[Sax/Clarinet Solos] Well executed, nothing to say here.

[Heavy Riff 1/Guitar Solo 2] Doing a heavy riff as *that* Groove Variant was always going to come out cheesy... xD but you did a good job though (although some powerchords wouldn't have hurt, you could have used the "other" track to add this). Guitar Solo 2 fits perfectly, but once again transition into heavy riff 2 is not great.

[Heavy Riff 2] Man I love that piano stuff. This whole part sounds epic. Bar 191 gave me the feeling that you'd need 2 or 3 more bars of progression to make the transition back into main riff work, so it gets sketchy.. again... :/

[Main Riff] Didn't fall in love with the main melody here, it seemed a bit handicapped by the time-sigs and stuff... I'd have preferred a riff booster here (as in, powerful chords). You did work it well to the final chorus, sounds good.

[Chorus 3] Best of them all. Again, piano... me likes.. xD

[Slow Solo/Outro] Back to the pretty stuff. Great interplay between lead guitar and flute. Outro begins surprisignly grim, but turns out to finish in a lighter mood.. actually resembling a happier version of Waking Sculptures' outro :D (you do remember that song right? xD)

Overall: loads of musical technique displayed here, but hampered by your somewhat surprising difficulty in making a truly coherent song out of the skeleton. I expected you to do better, but still, this managed to be pretty enjoyable, and you respected all the rules, so...

Rating: 3.5

Posted by |_JR_|  {{ 13 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 02 Sep 2009 13:42

Rated as: Unrated
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