Chemical Vanity Debut Song
2012-12-18 by ASnideRemark | 57 Comments
From the depths of my bedroom, a living room and another bedroom, Sputnik-Grown experimental duo Chemical Vanity has released their first track off of their upcoming self titled EP.

The track is called "Battle Scars", and it features a Metal-core / Post-Hardcore style influenced by bands such as In Fear and Faith, Motionless in White, August Burns Red and As I Lay Dying.

Note from Snide: If anyone has any questions about how this was produced, what we recorded with, and anything else involving the composition of the song, feel free to ask. We love answering questions and we love hearing any constructive criticism / recommendations to help us improve. So ask and tell away!

Band Line-Up:

Snide: Harsh Vocals, Bass, Drums, Electronics, Lyrics and Production.

Alani: Clean Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics and Production.

Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgwG97VQmBw
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RetroSpective
December 17th 2012
822 Comments


Those are some sexy synths ;)

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 17th 2012
278 Comments


"If you guys have any questions, ask away!"

yeah how is it possible to make something this terrible

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 17th 2012
278 Comments


the only improvement you can make is to stop making songs

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 17th 2012
278 Comments


if your dream was to be the worst band ever then you're already there bud

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 17th 2012
278 Comments


lol

sixdegrees
December 17th 2012
17190 Comments


not bad for a first effort.

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SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 17th 2012
278 Comments


dont fool yourself this is genuinely awful

whatshisname
December 17th 2012
179 Comments


I know it's only your very first song, but the production is godawful.
The awkward mix of cleans and screams is heavily affected by that.
Also I know it's more of a personal thing, but I feel the lyrics could be better.
And some layering on the clean vocals would do wonders.
Other then that though I dig the music quite a bit and definitely see some potential here.

merpmerp
December 17th 2012
803 Comments


I felt the same way. While I enjoyed the song for the most part, I felt that the vocals seemed out of place due to poor production. The instrumental parts of the song though, were fantastic.

sixdegrees
December 17th 2012
17190 Comments


^ yeah. That's the main thing i'd work on.

Krossceeper
December 17th 2012
83 Comments


I would agree that the vocals seem a little out of place, I would attribute that to the production. Those instruments though, really lovely.

The transition into the melody with the synth is great.

Female cleans always seem risky to me when combined with harsh vocals. Like I said, with better production it would sound much crisper.

Good song.

merpmerp
December 17th 2012
803 Comments


"Alright, I'll work on my production values and keep up the improving, I'm also considering learning how to sing properly and dropping screaming all together."

I feel like two clean vocalists would sound much better. Like Kross said, harsh vocals just seem awkward and out of place when matched with a female vocalist.


silentstar
December 17th 2012
2271 Comments


hmm, can't say I really enjoyed the song. as the person above mentioned, the harsh vocals didn't quite match the female vocals, not that kind anyway. she seems more suited for a pop rock band. the harsh vocals were not properly done either and didn't end up sounding good in the end. I also found the synth a bit juvenile and unnecessary.

HOWEVER, the guitar solo + acoustic thing you had going on at the 1:35 mark was really really good. it definitely sounded like something you would hear from a professional band and based off that, it seems your band does have potential.

merpmerp
December 17th 2012
803 Comments


Dat synth.

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 17th 2012
278 Comments


yeah its awful like everything else about this

East Hastings
December 17th 2012
4391 Comments


next time make a list for this bullshit like everyone else does and keep the news section delegated to your idiotic articles instead of your music

RetroSpective
December 17th 2012
822 Comments


Which synth :[

merpmerp
December 17th 2012
803 Comments


Slaughter, why don't you try being constructive instead of being a douche?

Shimana
December 17th 2012
544 Comments


If you want an honest opinion, it's 1.5/5. Maybe 3/5 with improved production though

Digging: Hail the Sun - Wake

Funeralopolis
December 18th 2012
11556 Comments


hurry someone review it

Digging: Deep Puddle Dynamics - The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel

peartnoy
December 18th 2012
1200 Comments


Didn't hate it Snide.

However, I feel like the vocals are kinda random and the execution of the music sloppy. Also, production isn't good, but having a good sound is so hard and/or expensive that I won't blame you too much for it.

I liked some of the slower moments and the song itself is decent overall. 2.5/3 out of 5, maybe a 3.5 with a decent sound. Keep it up!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012
50510 Comments


worst song ever, I like how you blatantly rip off Atreyu

North0House2
December 18th 2012
5873 Comments


The production really kills it, in my honest opinion. Could be decent, but the harsh vocals are like
the top layer, when I feel like they should be mixed a little lower, and maybe add some reverb to the
chick's vox... Not that I'm a pro at any of the mixing crap at all hahahaha. But that's just what my
ear's telling me might sound better.
Has some promise though... just work on the production a tad.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins on Io

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012
50510 Comments


This would sound derivative even in the 2004 metalcore scene

nedflanders
December 18th 2012
19 Comments


i dont get why a two piece "band's" first DEMO is news on a seemingly reputable music site, iddly diddly

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012
50510 Comments


Because they made the news themselves


North0House2
December 18th 2012
5873 Comments


Because they made the news themselves [2]

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012
50510 Comments


"Experimental music duo"

oh boy

auberginedreams
December 18th 2012
6053 Comments


if you want to be taken seriously at all you need to change the artwork, it's ridiculously awful. and turn the vocals down a lot. honestly i think you jumped the gun on posting this. i'm sure the music isn't that bad but the production is so terrible that it's hard to actually judge the music itself.

auberginedreams
December 18th 2012
6053 Comments


i'd say invest in a real music production program/gear because it sounds like this was recorded on some free trial of something. i mean i'm not the best producer either but i spent a long time messing around recording guitars and vocals before i posted my stuff so it would sound at least acceptable.

North0House2
December 18th 2012
5873 Comments


"i'd say invest in a real music production program/gear because it sounds like this was recorded on some free trial of something. i mean i'm not the best producer either but i spent a long time messing around recording guitars and vocals before i posted my stuff so it would sound at least acceptable."

I also agree with this. You can buy a decent microphone on Amazon or something for like 30-40 bucks... Plus, there's Audacity, which is a brilliant post-processing/recording program. It'll help.

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 18th 2012
278 Comments


i suggest you dont waste ur money

North0House2
December 18th 2012
5873 Comments


Hmmmm... Yeah, then you should have better sound. I just would recommend working on your production before you decide to put the whole thing out. Because, with better mixing on this, it could be pretty decent. The production is just not... the best hahaha. That's the main thing, I think.

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 18th 2012
278 Comments


this isnt even like funny bad its just embarrassing

peartnoy
December 18th 2012
1200 Comments


You're welcome man! I just hope you'll do the same when my stuff comes out hehe

Slaughter please GTFO

East Hastings
December 18th 2012
4391 Comments


hes not even trolling its just straight up truth homie

SLAUGHTERDOZER
December 18th 2012
278 Comments


yeah its objectively awful

XingKing
December 18th 2012
10847 Comments


Give me the individual files and I will seriously try to mix this better for you.

XingKing
December 18th 2012
10847 Comments


As for the track-
The intro is decent, if not generic. Work on your drum programming better. The velocity of the ride is a bit too hard and it's blatantly EZDrummer. The harsh vocals are flat out bad. The clean vocals aren't too good either. Her voice lacks confidence and she sounds like shes almost second guessing herself. You both need to sing with more power. The synth at 1:14 comes insanely out of nowhere and doesn't fit the tone at all. 1:30 would be decent if the guitars werent disgustingly out of tune ruining an otherwise passable section. The sections after more or less repeat so the criticism is the same.

TrstN01
December 18th 2012
800 Comments


No breakdown, 1/5.

Just kidding. It's not that bad, but the production, as everyone else has said, holds it back. And I think putting some reverb on the vocals would make them sound a bit better. But I suck at production, so who knows lol.

djocelot
December 18th 2012
272 Comments


This should probably go in a list or something, especially because you are posting what you stated was a "demo".Imagine if all the people on Sputnik who made music posted their music as news, it would impossible to get through!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012
19916 Comments


shut up slaughterdozer you dipshit

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

Hospital
December 18th 2012
2061 Comments


i actually enjoyed it, i like the raw production ya'll whatevs 3/5


MiniatureHorse
December 18th 2012
908 Comments


It was decent for a first track. Good luck, Snide! Wish you guys the best. (:

Streams
December 18th 2012
199 Comments


I think it would've been better if there were no vocals at all - Alex Deck.

merpmerp
December 18th 2012
803 Comments


Don't listen to the douche bags like SlaughterDozer, your song is pretty damn good. Honestly just work on the vocals and you've got yourself a 5/5.

auberginedreams
December 19th 2012
6053 Comments


let's be realistic now...

AlaniIodine
December 20th 2012
8 Comments


aubergine, stfu.
To everyone else, thank you so much for all the constructive feedback. We really appreciate it. Xing, I appreciate the feedback; confidence has never really been my strong point, at least when first starting out. I'm not used to recording.
ANYWAYS. Thanks to everyone who's had something valid to say; Snide and I really appreciate everything you have to give us, positive and negative.

XingKing
December 20th 2012
10847 Comments


I'd recommend recording with your headphones on full blast to the point where you can barely hear yourself entirely alone with no one in the house. You won't feel so scared to sing. When I used to record vocals in my old band, I'd make everyone leave and go do something else so I could have my confidence.

AlaniIodine
December 20th 2012
8 Comments


Thanks, Xing. I'll definitely keep that in mind.

RetroSpective
December 20th 2012
822 Comments


You have an amazing voice, don't be afraid to use it.

AlaniIodine
December 20th 2012
8 Comments


Thanks so much, Retro. I really appreciate it. ;3

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012
19916 Comments


yeah keep it up

AlaniIodine
December 20th 2012
8 Comments


Thanks, Atari! :3

lucasjcockcroft
December 20th 2012
3711 Comments


this is good man
and Slaughter is a fag

PoisonCupcakes
December 22nd 2012
54 Comments


So if i may, the song started off pretty well until the vocals came in. They weren't especially bad but the screams weren't recorded well & felt too loud an distorted. The female vocals sounded like they were taking from another song & just thrown on lol. But other then that I didn't find the production to be irredeemably bad & I enjoyed a lot of the instrumental sections. Lyrics were in the middle, I'm a lyricist myself & can understand the struggle but you should try to convey your emotions with more layers,make the listener decipher the meaning of each line a bit more. Tighten everything up so it flows smoother & I think you'll have something good I enjoyed the song as a whole & am excited to see what else you guys come up with =). Ending was really cool.

Minus.
December 22nd 2012
2680 Comments


"the only improvement you can make is to stop making songs"


Wow that's pretty harsh. There are more tactful ways of getting your point across without degrading a person's morale.

@Snide, coming from a musician, I really think you have a lot of potential and it sounds really good. Dont ever let anyone stop you from chasing your dream. There will always be misrerable people like Slaughter that try to bring people down, but just ignore them.



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