First of all, huge thanks to Mattayus for his brilliant Evergrey tone-clone tutorial, which was massively helpful in getting this to sound halfway decent.
What was supposed to be a sort of modernized homage to power/shred metal (and a hack one at that, since I suck at guitar) eventually morphed into a non-specific metal song of sorts. Some parts sound very power/prog, but the chorus and other sections ended up rather Gothenburg sounding, which is totally fine by me.
Also, it's worth noting that the blast beat section at the end is a total joke, and will not be in the song when I go in to record the real thing. The song will end before that in the final version, but it sounded so hilarious when I had the idea that I had to leave it in for shits 'n gigs.
I heard nothing that sounded like suck to me,this is deadly great job.