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7 Dying Trees
03-16-2020, 01:41 PM
So, here we are, week 2 of the mg.org something for everyone challenge. Born out of some people liking doing covers, whilst others like writing songs, with a combination of a few people just not having enough time to do full songs (hence the lead a week). Do one, 2 or all 3. Also, it means I only have to track one of these per week.

Last week we got a load of entries, so point totals are as follows:
Markus: 20
Iron1: 10
7DT: 10
Connor: 10
scole: 10
Rev Drucifer: 10

Rules are simple, do 1-3 things every week, Post your creations in the weekly thread as soundcloud/youtube links. I'm aiming to get various contributions for backing tracks, each one will be credited to the author. As it's the first week I'm doing a dropbox download, but we should get some dedicated hosting or something like that courtesy of chris.

The deadline for this week is end of play, Sunday 22nd March

Short rules:
- You have until sunday midnight/monday morning to post your submission
- Either do an original song, a cover/medley or a lead over the provided backing track per week.
- Submissions must be stuff you've done this week, no matter how awesome an old track/recording is
- 10 points for each submission, per category.
- submissions as souncloud or youtube links. Well, as long as it is playable from a post in the thread really.
- You can do multiple entries per category, but only the first one will score points.
- no eliminations, do your stuff as and when you can
- leads can be layer, melodies, you can chop and rearrange the track, whatever floats your boat really
- Don't be a dick to other people. You can go to ss.org for that.
- Don't steal other peoples songs
- Don't steal backing tracks or pass it off as your own, give credit where it's due if you want to share your awesome yngwie malmsteen unleash the fjokking fjury face melting solo.

LAW Track:

This weeks backing track is courtesy of this forums shredtatsic Vince, it's in Eb, tempo unknown as i forgot to ask. Many thanks to VInce for contributing! :

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ytsnyn7x1pfvro8/AAB3dZvWl7oHq006aW811zpFa?dl=0

Have fun peoples!

Vince
03-16-2020, 03:06 PM
155 BPM - and there's both a mastered and unmastered version James put up in the drop box.

If anyone wants me to drop their lead track in my DAW and mix/master it for them, just PM me. I love doing that kind of thing. :vince:

Rev Drucifer
03-17-2020, 01:22 AM
Thanks, Vince!

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Right after I got done writing that hippie-dippie happy post in last week's thread someone pissed me off more than I've been pissed off in a long time as I sat in my studio with a guitar thinking "What can I write this week?". Brootz it shall be.

Vince
03-17-2020, 03:43 AM
Thanks, Vince!

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Right after I got done writing that hippie-dippie happy post in last week's thread someone pissed me off more than I've been pissed off in a long time as I sat in my studio with a guitar thinking "What can I write this week?". Brootz it shall be.

Hell yeah man, if we're all going to have to be quarantined, we might as well virtually jam together :yesway:

Iron1
03-17-2020, 10:29 AM
Hell yeah man, if we're all going to have to be quarantined, we might as well virtually jam together :yesway:

:flex: love it. Had the exact same thought yesterday when the shelter in place announcements started. :james:

7 Dying Trees
03-17-2020, 02:48 PM
Hell yeah man, if we're all going to have to be quarantined, we might as well virtually jam together :yesway:

yep, more people join in, the merrier!

Toe-Knee
03-17-2020, 11:29 PM
If I get time this weekend I'll knock out one of the sections of a song of my yet unrecorded thrash ep.

Markus
03-18-2020, 09:12 PM
Another cover from me this week, let's see if I still manage to do something else as well.

Was in the mood for some doom, so this is "Footprints" by Warning.

http://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/saw-week-2-warning-footprints-cover

Randy
03-19-2020, 01:27 AM
Did the LAW. It's a little choppy because I was having a helluva time melting stuff together but th'ur it is. Ride out is a blatant Bark at the Moon knockoff, but I have zero shame.

https://soundcloud.com/randysnonsense/vincejamfinal

Iron1
03-19-2020, 11:39 AM
Another cover from me this week, let's see if I still manage to do something else as well.

Was in the mood for some doom, so this is "Footprints" by Warning.

http://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/saw-week-2-warning-footprints-cover

Great atmosphere to that one. :yesway:


Did the LAW. It's a little choppy because I was having a helluva time melting stuff together but th'ur it is. Ride out is a blatant Bark at the Moon knockoff, but I have zero shame.

https://soundcloud.com/randysnonsense/vincejamfinal

Nice job - doesn't sound choppy to me, but I get how it might for you - my own worst critic lives in my skin, too. Welcome to SAW.

Just need to record the bass lines on my entry for this week and I'll have it submitted - hoping to have time to do that today...

Randy
03-19-2020, 02:26 PM
Nice job - doesn't sound choppy to me, but I get how it might for you - my own worst critic lives in my skin, too. Welcome to SAW.

Thanks! I actually tried to do last week's but a minute+ of leading is harder than I expected. Just as hard to do this week actually, but I knew what procrastinating and being a perfectionist got me, so I just committed to it this time; which seems like the only way to get these done.

I like a few of the ideas I've got in there. It's punched to hell and back but not for the sake of clean takes, I jammed this straight through a couple times and relistened and decided some parts were less cohesive than others, so I cut out sections and jammed over them till I had something that I liked.

It's not proper CAW/SAW/LAW but if I do a lead best week, I might just snip a shorter piece of it.

Markus
03-19-2020, 02:44 PM
Thanks! I actually tried to do last week's but a minute+ of leading is harder than I expected. Just as hard to do this week actually, but I knew what procrastinating and being a perfectionist got me, so I just committed to it this time; which seems like the only way to get these done.

I like a few of the ideas I've got in there. It's punched to hell and back but not for the sake of clean takes, I jammed this straight through a couple times and relistened and decided some parts were less cohesive than others, so I cut out sections and jammed over them till I had something that I liked.

It's not proper CAW/SAW/LAW but if I do a lead best week, I might just snip a shorter piece of it.

There were some great ideas in that solo, and sounds to me like the choppiness is mostly there because they're separate takes, not because the parts don't flow together.

Iron1
03-19-2020, 04:16 PM
Thanks! I actually tried to do last week's but a minute+ of leading is harder than I expected. Just as hard to do this week actually, but I knew what procrastinating and being a perfectionist got me, so I just committed to it this time; which seems like the only way to get these done.

I like a few of the ideas I've got in there. It's punched to hell and back but not for the sake of clean takes, I jammed this straight through a couple times and relistened and decided some parts were less cohesive than others, so I cut out sections and jammed over them till I had something that I liked.

It's not proper CAW/SAW/LAW but if I do a lead best week, I might just snip a shorter piece of it.

Hey, but that's the heart of this: just get it done. Then, after we can go back and make 'em better.

Here's mine for this week. Guitars are entirely the Elysian Trident II (with the exception of the second 'clean' part), including the part where I use a slide for the first time ever - and make SRV roll over in his grave...


https://soundcloud.com/iron1/spear-point-3-0-1

Markus
03-19-2020, 05:44 PM
Hey, but that's the heart of this: just get it done. Then, after we can go back and make 'em better.

Here's mine for this week. Guitars are entirely the Elysian Trident II (with the exception of the second 'clean' part), including the part where I use a slide for the first time ever - and make SRV roll over in his grave...


https://soundcloud.com/iron1/spear-point-3-0-1

Cool with some thrash metal vibes - that sounds really good.

scole
03-20-2020, 04:34 AM
I agree with Markus about the thrashy feel. Also, sounds like your up-tuned this time around!

Iron1
03-20-2020, 10:19 AM
Cool with some thrash metal vibes - that sounds really good.


I agree with Markus about the thrashy feel. Also, sounds like your up-tuned this time around!

Thanks guys. Yeah, this is back to E Standard 'cause: Floyd Rose...

I think the thrashy part came in from listening to Sacred Reich after seeing the news Jason died. :(

Rev Drucifer
03-20-2020, 07:48 PM
Welcome, Randy!

I’ve got shitty internet on my ipad at work because I’m using a hotspot from my personal phone so I don’t cause any shit cruising guitar forums on the clock, but I’m anxious to get home and check out what’s been posted so far!

I finished writing my tune yesterday, tracked the legit guitars last night, doing bass and a lead tonight then it’s vocals tomorrow. This is the first tune I’ve ever written in drop-B and it definitely has a Slipknot vibe, IMO. Every time I say to myself that I’m going to start writing more clean vocal songs, I write something that’s more appropriate to scream on. Such is life.

Connor
03-20-2020, 09:02 PM
Every time I say to myself that Iím going to start writing more clean vocal songs, I write something thatís more appropriate to scream on. Such is life.

This happens to me with every song I've ever written :lol: Or worse yet, the music is plenty appropriate to sing over but I scream anyway...


Did the LAW. It's a little choppy because I was having a helluva time melting stuff together but th'ur it is. Ride out is a blatant Bark at the Moon knockoff, but I have zero shame.

https://soundcloud.com/randysnonsense/vincejamfinal

Nice playing! I purposefully waited on checking it out because I wanted to get my own entry done... Speaking of which, here it is in all it's incredibly sloppy glory. I divided the song into 5 sections and did separate improvisations over each, but I managed to avoid too many punch in/outs otherwise. This thrashy kind of stuff is not what I'm used to so I had fun trying to play over something different :yesway:

https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/law1-2

Iron1
03-21-2020, 10:35 AM
https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/law1-2

Good stuff :yesway:

Markus
03-21-2020, 04:46 PM
I did a SAW as well.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/saw-week-2

Vince
03-21-2020, 04:57 PM
Did the LAW. It's a little choppy because I was having a helluva time melting stuff together but th'ur it is. Ride out is a blatant Bark at the Moon knockoff, but I have zero shame.

https://soundcloud.com/randysnonsense/vincejamfinal

Don't beat yourself up, this was really good!! I think it's totally appropriate to write leads in multiple takes, but then go the extra mile by getting down the muscle memory and learning how to tie them together so you can play it all at once. Playing with a band always helped with this. I'd write this lead line I could barely play, then my bandmates would expect me to be able to play it live, so I had to constantly get better. I love writing difficult music then getting good at it. It takes you to the next level and it's growth!


Hey, but that's the heart of this: just get it done. Then, after we can go back and make 'em better.

Here's mine for this week. Guitars are entirely the Elysian Trident II (with the exception of the second 'clean' part), including the part where I use a slide for the first time ever - and make SRV roll over in his grave...


https://soundcloud.com/iron1/spear-point-3-0-1

LOVE that guitar sound. Ultra tight yet really aggressive.



https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/law1-2

Alex Skolnick fan? This sounds like something Reb Beach or Alex Skolnick played on that 90s "Guitars that Rule the World" classic CD. Really great playing!


I did a SAW as well.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/saw-week-2

AWESOME mix of doomy sludge with haunting melody. I love it.

Connor
03-21-2020, 05:21 PM
I did a SAW as well.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/saw-week-2

Oh man that is doomy as fuck. The mix sounds really good on my setup :yesway:


Hey, but that's the heart of this: just get it done. Then, after we can go back and make 'em better.

Here's mine for this week. Guitars are entirely the Elysian Trident II (with the exception of the second 'clean' part), including the part where I use a slide for the first time ever - and make SRV roll over in his grave...

https://soundcloud.com/iron1/spear-point-3-0-1

I like this one a lot, thrashy and focused. A few sections would benefit from more tailored drum patterns IMO, but we all know what a pain the ass programming them is. Incidentally, the guitar I used for this week's LAW in also fitted with Elysian pickups, I think they're Trident IIs as well. I'm going to use it for next week's SAW.

Here's my SAW entry. Same tuning as last week, I started out with all the same settings but somehow didn't like the mix at all :lol: Overall not quite as happy with this one, but any week that a song actually gets done is a good one. Last week the low E was new to me so like 95% of that song was low chugs, so in this week's entry I tried to get away from that. In the coming weeks I think I'll try to write some instrumental stuff, doing vocals takes me longer than writing+recording all the rest easily :lol:

https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/aftermath

Nick
03-21-2020, 09:09 PM
just did a mix test for my bands latest song so here, have at you all....

soundcloud will no doubt crush the shit out of it as usual

https://soundcloud.com/nick-collins-7/death-metal-slow-song-test-mix-2

T Gobbs
03-21-2020, 11:10 PM
Tried doing some more score type stuff.

https://soundcloud.com/user-870397866/ruby

Cool music from everyone as always!

Iron1
03-22-2020, 09:56 AM
I did a SAW as well.

https://soundcloud.com/user-651079288/saw-week-2

Man, you are on FIRE. Really dig the atmosphere you created with this one.





LOVE that guitar sound. Ultra tight yet really aggressive.



:yesway: That Trident II reignited my love for the 540SLTD. That's the tone that gets me up in the morning. :james:





https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/aftermath

Don't like it quite as much as what you did last week, but that doesn't mean I don't like it - a LOT. Please keep going - definitely want to listen to a playlist full of these songs when this season is over.


just did a mix test for my bands latest song so here, have at you all....

soundcloud will no doubt crush the shit out of it as usual

https://soundcloud.com/nick-collins-7/death-metal-slow-song-test-mix-2

Good stuff as always, Nick. Have you tried attenuating the upload file? Mine were all squashed too until I took some heat off. Worth a try to see if a quieter file doesn't get crushed by SC.


Tried doing some more score type stuff.

https://soundcloud.com/user-870397866/ruby

Cool music from everyone as always!

Love this. I could definitely listen to this and more songs just like it for hours when I'm trying to decompress.

Nick
03-22-2020, 03:49 PM
I refuse to attenuate, all men play on 10 :metal:

Not Mr. Test
03-22-2020, 04:15 PM
I refuse to attenuate, all men play on 10 :metal:

*manowar likes this*

Markus
03-22-2020, 06:21 PM
AWESOME mix of doomy sludge with haunting melody. I love it.


Oh man that is doomy as fuck. The mix sounds really good on my setup :yesway:


Man, you are on FIRE. Really dig the atmosphere you created with this one.

Thanks guys! Of the SAW-stuff I've written, I think the doom-stuff is what I'm best at.


https://soundcloud.com/connor-noyes/aftermath

Great stuff as usual. This reminds me a bit of Between the Buried and Me

Your LAW was also impressive - cool phrasing, perhaps a bit jazz-y.


Tried doing some more score type stuff.

https://soundcloud.com/user-870397866/ruby

Cool music from everyone as always!

That's a nice atmosphere - feels a bit post-rock-ish. Would work really well as a intro-track to an album.

scole
03-22-2020, 11:01 PM
Actually wrote some metal this week-

https://soundcloud.com/stevecolemusic/lockdown

Iron1
03-22-2020, 11:38 PM
Actually wrote some metal this week-

https://soundcloud.com/stevecolemusic/lockdown

Dig that guitar tone. Great job as always.

Rev Drucifer
03-23-2020, 12:50 AM
https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/goya

Started working on vocals yesterday then my wife tempted me with alcoholic beverages and we spent the rest of the night drinking like we used to when we first got together. Hangover today prevented any additional work from being done.

scole
03-23-2020, 04:52 AM
Dig that guitar tone. Great job as always.

Thanks, man! I keep searching out tones from Positive Grid's Tonecloud and keep trying them out. I think in this case it's the EMG 81/85 pair I have in my Squire Modern. I experimented playing the same riff with a couple of my guitars that have different pickups and the 81s definitely have the most output (which they should since they're actives).


https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/goya

Started working on vocals yesterday then my wife tempted me with alcoholic beverages and we spent the rest of the night drinking like we used to when we first got together. Hangover today prevented any additional work from being done.

The ending is sooooo cool! Great work with the pitch shifter and I love that funky breakdown about 2/3rd of the way through. Also liked how the double track splits pan during the harmony lines but comes back together for the main rhythms.

Iron1
03-23-2020, 08:26 AM
https://soundcloud.com/strokeface/goya

Started working on vocals yesterday then my wife tempted me with alcoholic beverages and we spent the rest of the night drinking like we used to when we first got together. Hangover today prevented any additional work from being done.
Holee Gojira Batman! Good stuff.

It's so cool that so many of us are submitting this time around - a seriously great bunch of new tunes to listen too.

Rev Drucifer
03-23-2020, 01:09 PM
The ending is sooooo cool! Great work with the pitch shifter and I love that funky breakdown about 2/3rd of the way through. Also liked how the double track splits pan during the harmony lines but comes back together for the main rhythms.

Itís actually just two guitar tracks panned hard left/right the whole tune. I didnít fuck with any automation or panning after setting up the initial tracks. In that bridge section with the harmony parts Iím just playing the lower octaves on one side and on the other track Iím playing them a 4th up. It sounds cooler than it actually is. :rofl: All the pitch shifting is the Classic Whammy in the AxeFX set to 2 Oct+. Amp is FAS Modern, which is Fractalís own hi-gain amp model.

I still want to finish the vocals for that while writing this weekís tune. Been listening to a lot of A Perfect Circle/Ashes Divide/Puscifer lately and want to take a slight departure from from just doing chugga chugga stuff.

Now that Iím not hungover Iím going through and listening to all the submissions as a way of re-starting my day. Got a call from the fire dept as soon as I woke up today as one of my buildings had an alarm going off, turns out our chiller shit the bed and sprung a Freon leak, so I can use some killer music to hit my reset switch.

7 Dying Trees
03-23-2020, 02:07 PM
nopthing from me this week, will put up week 3 thread an law track a bit later today. Good work everybody!