Short Metal/Djent-ish Tracks

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Synthoridity
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11 posts since 10 Sep, 2014 from Australia

Post Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:03 am

Hello. I have been making many short, somewhat Djent-like metal themes, three of which I will link below.

There is some variation in the instrument/mixing quality amongst them as I am still experimenting and learning how to create this style of music.


1. (from 5 months ago)

https://soundcloud.com/user-413819586/e ... -not-found

I intended for this one to be very "evil" and dark. I used choir pads over a wall of distortion. I don't really like the thin drum sounds I used on this...or the excessive compression.


2. (from 7 days ago)

https://soundcloud.com/user-413819586/deimos-gateway

This one uses heavy, distorted chords. I also switched to better drum samples.


3. (from 6 days ago)

https://soundcloud.com/user-413819586/showdown-in-dis

This one has more melodic, slightly less distorted riffs. Making extremely down-tuned bass sound good is one thing I have more trouble with; it tends to end up being overly boomy.


Thanks for listening. I am always looking for ways to improve. I will also mention that all amps and such are software--I use a DAW for writing and mixing these tracks (everything is written from scratch; I don't use pre-made loops).
Primary instrument: Keyboards

GearNostalgia
KVRist
255 posts since 28 Dec, 2017

Re: Short Metal/Djent-ish Tracks

Post Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:10 am

Nice. What guitar VTS's do you use here?

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wagtunes
KVRAF
13978 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Short Metal/Djent-ish Tracks

Post Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:20 am

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Comments: Listened to the last one since it's the most recent. Okay, so it's essentially a backing track. Would like to hear some vocals or a lead or something. As a backing track it's great. I could do something with this and turn it into a baby metal tune with some lyrics and Vocaloid. Anyway, well done for what it is. I am interested in the library too. I'm guessing Shreddage.

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Synthoridity
KVRer
11 posts since 10 Sep, 2014 from Australia

Re: Short Metal/Djent-ish Tracks

Post Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:50 am

First one in the OP (EPR State) is Shreddage Classic; newer stuff uses Heavier7Strings. H7S has a built-in amp sim, but I used a third-party sim (plus additional external processing) in the two H7S tracks I linked.

I tend to reference tracks with more traditional verse-chorus structure (which typically have lyrics), such as those by Amon Amarth, when writing these tracks. I can see that they can end up sounding a bit barebones as a result, however.
Primary instrument: Keyboards

Tbase2000
KVRist
206 posts since 23 Oct, 2017

Re: Short Metal/Djent-ish Tracks

Post Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:28 am

All three are sick man. I agree about the thinner drums on track 1 but the riffs are solid. Time for some lyrics. I know a few people over at Kompoz.com if your interested. You have a really solid formula there.

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