Demo Reviews vol. 59

Hi there. Welcome to another edition of Demo reviews. This is all music sent in by readers. Prior to sending it in, they were all warned that…well…i’m a tough critic. It’s not your fault. I’m old and over it. So, with that in mind, take this all with a grain of salt. If you’re curious about submitting your music, now is not the time. Submissions are closed for the time being but I will announce when that changes. It’ll be a month or two so don’t get too wound up about it.
The reviews work like so: I write a paragraph or two about the song. Then, I arbitrarily rate them from 1 to 10 in these categories-

It should be noted that anything over a 5 is actually not bad, comparatively. I think the highest rating anythings ever gotten was an 8 and that was a total fluke.
Listen. I’m am but one man. My opinion isn’t more important than yours. But i got a blog and you’re reading this so that’s how that goes.
It should also be noted I’m a little cranky this morning. Partially cause I just woke up but also cause I have to listen to a bunch of demo’s and that can be pretty hellish. This is a labor of hate, guys. But I do it for you.

Song: Pledged

This sounds like a track of the european version of the “Judgement night” soundtrack. It’s a little bit rock and roll and a little bit rap. I like the build up and the rapper improves as it goes but it sounds a little eminem-ish at times. and I don’t mean the rapper sounds like him. I mean , you know how all his songs are big building anthem attempts? I mean like that.
It’s actually not bad but , in general, these kinda rocked out tracks don’t really appeal to me.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist: DIM
Song: Bright Ideas

At first , i really hated this beat but it’s not bad once it gets going. I think it was the intro. It threw off everything. Kinda unnecessary. It’s also a big grating after a while , like hearing the song they play at a merry go round over and over again.
The rapping is good but it sounds like a bunch of dudes from 1997. It’s dated , stylistically, but a few of them can rap pretty well. Some, not as much.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Song: Manifestation

This is one of those beats that, from the first drum hit,I know is some stock sound shit. Bad drum sounds and weak synth plug ins. I mean, we all gotta work with what we got but, to me, those type of sounds often separate the people who are refined from those who aren’t, Outside of that, the beat is kinda sloppy regardless. The rapping isn’t much better. Sounds like a high guy babbling.
Production:2.5 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

song:First Chase

I don’t mind the instrumentation on this. Doesn’t seem fleshed out at all but it has some promise. The drums are terrible though. This could have more to do with how they’re recorded than the sounds themselves though. Just kinda flimsy and tinny.
Honestly, this just kinda sounds like a dude fucking around on a four track. It doesn’t really go anywhere in particular.
Production:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Million Suns
Song:Press Play

This beat is dope. It’s very much on some golden age shit so it’s not exactly breaking new ground but it’s well made and catchy. The rapping is…i dunno…it’s not great. They aren’t off beat or anything but they also aren’t saying much. The singing is actually the best part, in my opinion. This is a case of a song that’s well made but , for my ears, a little corny. That said, I think a lot of shit is corny so I feel as though some people might actually be into this one.
Production:6 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:3 out of 10

Artist:Citizen Xavier
Song: Shake the Earth (feat. Rustee Juxx)

This is pretty straight forward stuff. The beat reminds me of some public enemy/ultramagnetic kinda shit. It’s some rugged thugged out east coast shit. It’s not exactly a game changer but it’s solid for sure. The first two guys (one of whom is pretty well known) are the better rappers, in my eyes. The third guy was meh. Gotta say, I’m not a fan of when people send me demo’s featuring established rappers. Feels like a scapegoat to me.
Overall, if you’re into this kinda shit, you will like this song. if not, you will hate. I’m halfway on this kinda shit (I love MOP but I don’t really care for the Army of pharoahs kinda shit) so it falls in the middle for me.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
Originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Blind Science
Song:Absence xf thxvght

Off the bat, I HATE how they spelled the song title. That shit is so corny. But, I’m not here to judge that.
The rappers are capable but , ultimately, uninteresting. Some of them are better than others. in fact, a few of them are fairly legit. Honestly, with a better beat, this song would have had a chance. It’s just dudes rapping, which is fine but the track is just sooooo whatever it is immediately tiresome. Maybe a remix is in order?
Production:3 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:3.5 out of 10

Artist: Blinding Yellow
Song: Crossfire

This feels like music that might be good for a soundtrack. I could see a horror movie or even a mid-speed chase to this. That said, as stand alone music to be enjoyed, it leaves much to be desired. It’s not very fun to listen to , nor does it leave you with a particular mood. That said, it’s not badly made. It’s just kinda repetitive. I do like the piano part that comes in. It’s not even that creative but it sounds good and lessens the effect of the constantly stabbing bass tone.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4.5 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

Artist:Shrapnel Screamo musics
Song: The empowerment

Ummmm….Nope. This is clearly a mistake and they meant to send this to the screamo band “Blockhead”. If that band exists, maybe they would love this.
CLEARLY, i’m not the audience for this type of music. They could be the Beatles of Screamo music for all I know.
Production:0 out of 10
Vocals:Didn’t make it long enough to find out
Listenability:-1000000 out of infinity
Originality:Who knows?

Artist: Youth in eyes
Song: Cash money

This guy definitely gets points for passion. Both in his energy and his political stances.
I appreciate it. I swear. He can rap well enough. That said, it’s very much out my wheelhouse. He sounds like one of those guys who will tell you that Jay-Z has never made a good song but owns a bunch of 311 albums from when he was a kid.
Anyway, the beat is okay. kinda chaotic but i suppose that fits the songs overall vibe.
This isn’t bad. I’m not the target audience. Also, the hint of a new england accent is kinda funny to me.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
Originality:4.5 out of 10

So, what do you think?

7 thoughts on “Demo Reviews vol. 59

  1. Going from the bottom to the top. And I’m relatively anonymous so I might come off as a dick.

    DIYIE sounds like it should have been sent to ICP’s label and not yours. But it’s more of a personal presence. I can’t stand that angry at the world white boy rap. Not even the content as much as the style. I’m also kind of an asshole.

    Crossfire. They need to take that shit back to Burning Man.

    Blind Science – Sounds like he just got out of a rhyming 101 sounds. Pick up a Thesaurus.

    Citizen Xavier – Sounds like good hip hop but your right. Not breaking any new ground here. Unfortuantely, the sellability ain’t quite there. But so far this is my favorite.

    Million Suns – Hit the nail on the head with that one. Beats tight. But the flow is just not there.

    Solrat – Your right. Could be something but wasn’t flushed out. People should learn to hold off on sending their product out until it’s finished.

    D.I.M Like it. Don’t think I love it. I like jazzy beats so that touched me a bit. And the flow wasn’t too bad. Nothing crazy tho.

    Curta- Sounds like a bootleg but “more serious” version of Limp Bizkit. Not that I like Limp Bizkit. The production quality is pretty shitty. Another Jugullo like record here.

    So that’s me being a transparent asshole today. Now I will go back to my real life where I’ll smile to everyone and only think these things. Gotta love Internet Anonymity.

    -Talentless Asshole

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