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7 Dying Trees
08-10-2019, 09:22 PM
Here we go, season 3. The spirit again is to write a song a week. However, I'm changing the format a little. Effectively, we'll do 2 weeks for this first one, to see who turns up and allow for summer holidays

Instead of eliminations, we will work like thus:

We'll attempt to submit one song a week.

- The first scores you 10 points.
- The second in a week scores you 7 points
- The third, 5 points
- The fourth 2 point, and 1 point for every further song.

If you miss a week, you score 0 points, but, it allows everyone to keep playing until the end. It means people falling ill or ending up with heavy workloads don't get eliminated due to bad luck, and it also means people can start and join in whenever, and play a bit of catch up if they want. 10 points is an incentive to submit weekly, but if something happens, and it's late, you can still play a little catch up.

We'll keep a rolling tally all the way through to week 8, at which point someone will be rewarded with the coveted season 3 crown(*)

Rules:
1) All Submissions by end of play 23rd of August
2) Even if noone can check, the spirit is writing a song a week
3) No rules on genre, you don't even need to do the same style next week
4) Must be a song, unless you have a very (and I mean the kind that is beyond the ability of mere mortals) good argument for playing the same riff for 3+ minutes it won't fly
5) Entries composed on a tascam or without drums, whatever, also welcome, this is about writing a song, not dressing it up in lipstick and a short skirt
6) If you don't submit, you're don't score points.
7) Remember that quality outstrips quantity, don't just post up tons of rubbish to try and win, we're doing this to get writing, someone winning the coveted season 3 crown is a bonus(*)
8) Mixtests don't count, there's another forum for that (ss.org)
9) Submissions to be posted as soundcloud links

We will not:
1) Make people feel bad about mixing skills by turning this into a mixtest competition, it's about getting a load of us writing to a deadline, this is about writing, not about how awesome your headless kiesel sounds through an axe fx with superior drummer
2) Make people feel bad about how well it's recorded
3) Spam thread with songs we've had lying around for ages or anything non relevant to this competition and it's rules
4) Discourage anyone from participating
5) Tell anyone they suck. Songwriting is a skill, you learn it, some people will be better, others worse, this isn't a pissing competition
6) Steal others work or ideas.


(*) crown does not exist. Like the cake, it is a lie

Iron1
08-13-2019, 02:58 PM
Ok, this may or may not count as I started working on it last week when I thought we were starting then. No worries if it doesn't count.

What I'd really love is some mixing feedback.

What do y'all think? Do the two guitars and bass sit well with one another? Is there something I'm not doing I should be? Something I am I should stop? Please load me down with constructive criticism:

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/ancient-unknown-4-0-2aa

Bohmer
08-17-2019, 01:38 AM
No lipstick, no skirt, lol! I'm very new to the whole recording thing, but what the hell, here ya go!
https://soundcloud.com/user-761557660/dying-alone

7 Dying Trees
08-17-2019, 10:58 AM
Ok, this may or may not count as I started working on it last week when I thought we were starting then. No worries if it doesn't count.

What I'd really love is some mixing feedback.

What do y'all think? Do the two guitars and bass sit well with one another? Is there something I'm not doing I should be? Something I am I should stop? Please load me down with constructive criticism:

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/ancient-unknown-4-0-2aa
don't quote me on it, but i think the bass can come up a bit, also, as kicks aren't dominating the low end, you could probably give the bass more room there by bumpoing up the 70hz? The tip i got off Lozek was to bump 70hz and cut 120 for one, cut 70 and bump 120 for the other. Basdically, choose if weight comes from kick or bass, and then the other one provides accents as it were?

But it's sounding good dude!

No lipstick, no skirt, lol! I'm very new to the whole recording thing, but what the hell, here ya go!
https://soundcloud.com/user-761557660/dying-alone
I absolutely love the feel and drag of this! For some who's new to this recording thing this is awesome!

Rocka_Rollas
08-17-2019, 11:07 AM
I don't understand the rules but I wanna participate this time around :)

Iron1
08-17-2019, 12:05 PM
No lipstick, no skirt, lol! I'm very new to the whole recording thing, but what the hell, here ya go!


Dig it. :flex:
Glad you stepped out and put this together. It comes across on my end a tiny bit too hot, so maybe drop the master track volume a teeny bit before uploading to Sounccloud. Love the guitar tone and there's some really cool riffs going on. Looking forward to what else you come up with this season.


don't quote me on it, but i think the bass can come up a bit, also, as kicks aren't dominating the low end, you could probably give the bass more room there by bumpoing up the 70hz? The tip i got off Lozek was to bump 70hz and cut 120 for one, cut 70 and bump 120 for the other. Basdically, choose if weight comes from kick or bass, and then the other one provides accents as it were?

But it's sounding good dude!


Thanks 7DT, I'l play around with that, probably put the kicks at the 70 mark and the bass at the 120. I'm loving the way the Nazgul and custom Pegasus are blending. For the first time in a long time I'm not GAS'ing for any new equipment, just the ability to get more out of what I have. And, the SAW pushes me to do that.


I don't understand the rules but I wanna participate this time around :)

Simple: Write a song a week. Post it here. Most importantly, have fun jamming out while doing it.

I've been bummed you haven't been in on the previous seasons - especially with stuff like you did for the Metal Archives contest. :james:

Bohmer
08-17-2019, 02:51 PM
Ok, this may or may not count as I started working on it last week when I thought we were starting then. No worries if it doesn't count.

What I'd really love is some mixing feedback.

What do y'all think? Do the two guitars and bass sit well with one another? Is there something I'm not doing I should be? Something I am I should stop? Please load me down with constructive criticism:


To me, the bass is hard to hear during the heavy part. When I can hear the bass (mainly at the beginning) I love the tone, would just like more of it:metal: The guitar tone is crushing, love it:scream2: I really like the dynamics in your writing, never boring and tight as fuck, definitely leaves me wanting to hear more:metal:

Thanks for the kind words and feedback guys, I'm having a blast with this, the hardest part for me is getting over being a chicken-shit and just jumping in, lol!

Bohmer
08-17-2019, 03:03 PM
Just a thought, but maybe a separate thread for posting up signal chain, etc on how participants achieved their end result. It could be very useful in helping smooth out workflow, process, etc.

7 Dying Trees
08-17-2019, 05:42 PM
I don't understand the rules but I wanna participate this time around :)

Easy! write one song a week, then post it up! Doesn't need to be complete with vocals and everything, but if it is, boinus! The aim is to have fun and get jamming/writing without anyone ragging on stuff and to encourage everyone to get new iddeas down! I've found it very useful, not everything *by a long shot) i've done i still like, but some things I can work with and are keepers. Plus i had a blast :)

I've found it helps having a bit of pressure to just get it done, even if i do revisit it latrer, and change bits i don't like, i still have something to work with rather than nothing!

Would be really cool if you joined in, love your stuff and you're a killer player and an all round good dude!

rules wise, it's just a points total, for those who want to be competetive and to get everyone to keep it up, no eliminations, and after 8 weeks we'll see who has the highest score, and they win a kudos crown :)

7 Dying Trees
08-17-2019, 05:43 PM
Just a thought, but maybe a separate thread for posting up signal chain, etc on how participants achieved their end result. It could be very useful in helping smooth out workflow, process, etc.

Sure thing, just start a thread in this forum!

Rocka_Rollas
08-17-2019, 08:02 PM
Oh well I will join in and see what the fuck I can come up with.

I'm in a song writing mood anyway, so this will be perfect to challenge myself a little

7 Dying Trees
08-18-2019, 12:15 AM
Oh well I will join in and see what the fuck I can come up with.

I'm in a song writing mood anyway, so this will be perfect to challenge myself a little

Awesome! It'll be great to have you join in :)

Iron1
08-18-2019, 03:17 PM
To me, the bass is hard to hear during the heavy part. When I can hear the bass (mainly at the beginning) I love the tone, would just like more of it:metal: The guitar tone is crushing, love it:scream2: I really like the dynamics in your writing, never boring and tight as fuck, definitely leaves me wanting to hear more:metal:

Thanks for the kind words and feedback guys, I'm having a blast with this, the hardest part for me is getting over being a chicken-shit and just jumping in, lol!

Thanks for the feedback & encouraging words.

How does this sound to y'all? Pushed the kicks at 70 and the bass at 120, then added a little more overall low end.

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/ancient-unknown-4-1-0

TheKindred
08-18-2019, 11:12 PM
forgot to upload this last night so sneaking it in for week 1 submission.

something a little different ... didn't have time to get the drums in there or polish up but it is what it is. Feedback welcome.

https://soundcloud.com/the_kindred/momento-mori-git-bass

7 Dying Trees
08-19-2019, 12:39 AM
Thanks for the feedback & encouraging words.

How does this sound to y'all? Pushed the kicks at 70 and the bass at 120, then added a little more overall low end.

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/ancient-unknown-4-1-0
Lots more definition and everything is sitting better and gels together, you can hear bass, guitars and drums, sounding good!

Bohmer
08-19-2019, 02:59 AM
Thanks for the feedback & encouraging words.

How does this sound to y'all? Pushed the kicks at 70 and the bass at 120, then added a little more overall low end.

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/ancient-unknown-4-1-0

Fuck yes, fuck yes, and fuck yes!!:scream::james::windmill:

That's a huge improvement, well done!

Bohmer
08-19-2019, 03:06 AM
forgot to upload this last night so sneaking it in for week 1 submission.

something a little different ... didn't have time to get the drums in there or polish up but it is what it is. Feedback welcome.

https://soundcloud.com/the_kindred/momento-mori-git-bass

I'm digging that! Cool, relaxed, and crushing at once, I really want to hear this with drums:metal:

Iron1
08-19-2019, 11:21 AM
Lots more definition and everything is sitting better and gels together, you can hear bass, guitars and drums, sounding good!


Fuck yes, fuck yes, and fuck yes!!:scream::james::windmill:

That's a huge improvement, well done!

Thanks to both of you for the tips/feedback! And thank you so much 7DT for starting this, I really feel like I've grown tremendously since SAW Season One Week One in songwriting and mixing.


forgot to upload this last night so sneaking it in for week 1 submission.

something a little different ... didn't have time to get the drums in there or polish up but it is what it is. Feedback welcome.

https://soundcloud.com/the_kindred/momento-mori-git-bass

Good job TK, there's some great riffs in there!

Rocka_Rollas
08-20-2019, 11:02 AM
forgot to upload this last night so sneaking it in for week 1 submission.

something a little different ... didn't have time to get the drums in there or polish up but it is what it is. Feedback welcome.

https://soundcloud.com/the_kindred/momento-mori-git-bass

Nice, add some drums when possible :flex:


No lipstick, no skirt, lol! I'm very new to the whole recording thing, but what the hell, here ya go!
https://soundcloud.com/user-761557660/dying-alone

A bit too much lowend on everything maybe? Or maybe I hear that becuase of various reference songs I've listened to when mixing my entry in this contest :lol:

Otherwise great gritty guitar tone!!!


Ok, this may or may not count as I started working on it last week when I thought we were starting then. No worries if it doesn't count.

What I'd really love is some mixing feedback.

What do y'all think? Do the two guitars and bass sit well with one another? Is there something I'm not doing I should be? Something I am I should stop? Please load me down with constructive criticism:

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/ancient-unknown-4-0-2aa

I fucking love the bass tone. I could see Peter Steele having a huge boner over that!!!
Yes it all works. Good job!!! :)

Rocka_Rollas
08-20-2019, 11:05 AM
Everybody here gotta be so heavy and dark all the time...:lol:

I'll bring some rocking 80s mood for ya'll!
:kip:

This song was quickly written and recorded last evening and edited the video this morning. :flex:

Enjoy!!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seviwohsevg


Here's the stupid "too kool for skool" style lyrics :lol:





You gotta go to school and turn into a fool
Is this the way you wanna live
You got this chance at life
So turn around the strife
And rock around the clock to tonight

Get up from your seat
And come on feel the heat
Reveal your inner beast
Your powers will unleash


Rock hard!!!
Defy the laws of time
Rock hard!!!
Rocking is not a crime
Rock hard!!!
You gotta do whats right
Rock hard!!!
No way to sleep tonight oh yeah!


If you are told that you
Can't rock because it's dumb
They're dumb as hell and your are not
You have the lust to rock
You gotta rock as fuck
Dont waste your time on stupid shit

mpexus
08-20-2019, 12:29 PM
Everybody here gotta be so heavy and dark all the time...:lol:

I'll bring some rocking 80s mood for ya'll!
:kip:



Fraaaak Yeah!!!!!

:metal::metal::metal:

Bohmer
08-21-2019, 03:17 AM
Everybody here gotta be so heavy and dark all the time...:lol:

I'll bring some rocking 80s mood for ya'll!


Hell yeah!! I love it!:metal:

scole
08-21-2019, 04:27 AM
Thank GOD for Rocka- Ced wins with songs like that. Are you kidding me?? I don't even want to keep working on my song after that. :rofl:

Seriously-I hope you're able to work out some sort of band situation because you write killer stuff no matter what.

Rocka_Rollas
08-21-2019, 06:42 AM
Hahah thanks a lot guys :)

I write songs very often so I have lots of leftovers.
BUT I can assure you guys I will not just re-record old songs to cheat and spare time.
All songs for this challenge will be written every week :)

However I might write something I like "too much" and decide to keep for some other project.
Then I just write something new for the challenge :lol:

7 Dying Trees
08-21-2019, 08:19 AM
Everybody here gotta be so heavy and dark all the time...:lol:

I'll bring some rocking 80s mood for ya'll!
:kip:

This song was quickly written and recorded last evening and edited the video this morning. :flex:

Enjoy!!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seviwohsevg


Here's the stupid "too kool for skool" style lyrics :lol:





You gotta go to school and turn into a fool
Is this the way you wanna live
You got this chance at life
So turn around the strife
And rock around the clock to tonight

Get up from your seat
And come on feel the heat
Reveal your inner beast
Your powers will unleash


Rock hard!!!
Defy the laws of time
Rock hard!!!
Rocking is not a crime
Rock hard!!!
You gotta do whats right
Rock hard!!!
No way to sleep tonight oh yeah!


If you are told that you
Can't rock because it's dumb
They're dumb as hell and your are not
You have the lust to rock
You gotta rock as fuck
Dont waste your time on stupid shit

This is amazing! Absolutely love it!

Cobra Commander
08-21-2019, 09:03 AM
This is amazing Ced.

In this thread..

Cedric: Guitar? Completed it mate.

Markus
08-21-2019, 05:32 PM
Here's mine - more doomy stuff from me. If I could growl properly it would have some growls in the heavier parts, but no can do.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/song-a-week-season-3-song-1

TheKindred
08-21-2019, 06:01 PM
Man .... i am digging the doom this week!

Awesome job Markus and Iron1. Both those are right up my alley.

Bohmer that is suitably crushing. Really digging it.

And of course Ced just off in a category of his own and slaying it.

bigdave
08-21-2019, 06:41 PM
This thread delivers :yesway: I like them all, especially the sludge I hear this time. Ced, dude was born to be a rock star, I expected nothing less.

This thread makes me miss doing this stuff so much.

Iron1
08-21-2019, 09:53 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seviwohsevg



Totally feels just like about 100 different records a friend of mine would play in the 80s. Great job, as expected Ced! And you should get 5 "overachiever" points for the video! :lol:


Here's mine - more doomy stuff from me. If I could growl properly it would have some growls in the heavier parts, but no can do.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/song-a-week-season-3-song-1

This might be my favorite thing you've ever done for SAW. :james:

And, if you ever need some growls, let me know, I'd be happy to lend a vocal chord or two.

Cobra Commander
08-22-2019, 08:14 AM
7DT - can I make a suggestion? As well as the overall season winner can we vote for a song of the season after all this is done? For bragging rights?

astrocreep
08-22-2019, 09:17 AM
Really loving the entries, really struggling with life, work and mental health at the moment so I'll probably not get anything done.

Keep up the amazing work people, it's inspiring!

Iron1
08-22-2019, 11:54 AM
Really loving the entries, really struggling with life, work and mental health at the moment so I'll probably not get anything done.



Sorry to hear that Brutha - love your stuff! SAW isn't the same without your contributions.

schreckmusic
08-22-2019, 01:12 PM
Man .... i am digging the doom this week!

Awesome job Markus and Iron1. Both those are right up my alley.

Bohmer that is suitably crushing. Really digging it.

And of course Ced just off in a category of his own and slaying it.

This pretty much sums it all up for me. Loving all the doom songs as it is taking me back to my love for old Paradise Lost. And Ced, on a different planet and level than the rest of us. I'll just burn my guitars now and quit.

Rocka_Rollas
08-22-2019, 02:12 PM
Nobody burns guitars!

Everybody rocks out and have fun!

Even if it's doom and gloom dark songs :flex:

7 Dying Trees
08-22-2019, 05:02 PM
7DT - can I make a suggestion? As well as the overall season winner can we vote for a song of the season after all this is done? For bragging rights?

Cool, sounds like a plan :) At the end of the season, i'll do a nomination thread, will figure it out how it'll work by then.

T Gobbs
08-22-2019, 11:35 PM
https://soundcloud.com/user-870397866/saw-season-3-wk-1

Rocka_Rollas
08-23-2019, 06:35 AM
Cool atmospheric stuff!!!

Iron1
08-23-2019, 11:14 AM
https://soundcloud.com/user-870397866/saw-season-3-wk-1

Really cool - reminds me of some of the great stuff in the Minecraft game, like Ced pointed out it has great atmosphere.

Bohmer
08-23-2019, 02:25 PM
This just keeps getting better:metal: Amazing entries all around, the level of talent here is inspiring:yesway:

astrocreep
08-23-2019, 10:35 PM
A barely roughed out demo, but I still feel better about it than if I'd done nothing!

https://soundcloud.com/thomasnrobertson/sawc-season-3-week-1-impersonal

I'm away on a residential course next week, so who knows what I'll manage....

Iron1
08-24-2019, 10:21 AM
A barely roughed out demo, but I still feel better about it than if I'd done nothing!

https://soundcloud.com/thomasnrobertson/sawc-season-3-week-1-impersonal

I'm away on a residential course next week, so who knows what I'll manage....

Good stuff, AC! Love the cacophonic (is that a word?) nature of the intro and the retro vibe of the rest.

astrocreep
08-25-2019, 08:18 AM
Good stuff, AC! Love the cacophonic (is that a word?) nature of the intro and the retro vibe of the rest.

Ha, yes, it did ramble all over the place! My plan fell apart, oh well. I'm away at a training course this week, so have already started tracking some guitar ideas that I might be able to chop up in time for next next friday.