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This came out great! Everyone killed it with their respective impersonations, can't wait to work with y'all again!

VoicesByCorey responds:

If you’re down to help out with the new one just let me know Geoff! 😁

You both are kings! Thank y'all so much, this was a lot of fun! I'll use a better microphone next time, lmao. Thanks for going through editing this, I apologize for talking so, so much. I think I even interrupted a few times, I'll get better about that moving forward.

Much love, stay safe, THRIVE! Let's collab on something soon!

-GG-

DomAndFroShow responds:

Dom got a new mic and we tried a new system where we both record with audacity at the same time and it worked beautifully. In 2 episodes the quality will go through the roof in comparison.

It's not my favorite flavor of metal, but I recognize that it's difficult to do. I certainly couldn't pull this shit off, but I don't particularly seek out or prefer this vocalization style. I'm not familiar with reels that specialize in this vocal style, but I fathom it would be more useful to demonstrate your ability to announciate lyrics than it is to destroy your throat for 48 seconds going through the vowels.

Like, if a band you particularly like has a verse that you like, wouldn't it be a more worthwhile field test to demonstrate how you would throw your inflection behind performing those lyrics? I think what you have here is too vague, and honestly it sounds kinda painful. Are you sure you're not fucking up your throat with how you're doing this? Is that even a concern?

It makes me think of Henry Rollins talking about seeing a throat doctor and he was looking at his throat and all his problems he was going through and he's just like "my god, how many packs a day do you smoke?" and he's like none, but I'm a singer for a band, and he hooked him up with some of his music and the doctor's like jesus christ man, what are you doing to yourself

A reel should demonstrate to a potential client, or in your case, a band you might want to perform with, your range. Your versatility. I don't think there's a lot of opportunity for you to put on "The Grudge" rattle from the 32 second mark. And while that last monster-over at the end was cool, I don't understand how you'd have an opportunity to do that in a set. Then again, maybe in these genres I'm unfamiliar with, that's a thing and a popular thing...or maybe it's not a popular thing and you're trying to do something different, but from an outside perspective, I think you could benefit from going about your reel in a different way.

A more technical way that demonstrates the complexities of your instrument, which is your voice. More surgical, less fire-hose. More prepared, and less off-the-cuff. Sentient, not primal. This will come with practice, this will come with realizing and honing down exactly what you want to do with these skills. I think you're onto something, and this represents a humble beginning into something that could turn into much more than this reel with a lot of research, practice, and networking.

DrunkGecko responds:

I can assure that my throat is fine, because it's fry vocals. I see your point with the lyrics though. I'll try that sometime. That "grudge rattle" is actually very common in genres such as Goregrind and Pornogrind. The last vocal technique is called a Tunnel High and it is one of the most common techniques used in Deathcore. Deathcore is basically Death Metal mixed with Hardcore. I felt that if I made it edited it would take away the idea of being able to do these vocals live without editing, which I can certainly do and that's why I didn't edit it. Also, I don't really want to do bands with other people, because then I can't express ALL of my creativity. From 2018-2019 I've had 16 music projects and I've done all the instruments and vocals. These are the projects if you're curious: Ass DJ (Cybergrind), Embryonic Defilement (Slam/Deathcore), Esophageal Maggots (Brutal Death Metal), Screech Calamity (Depressive Suicidal Black Metal), Traumatic Serenity (Atmospheric Black Metal), Atmospheric Apocalypse (Black/Death Metal), Sock (Nu Metal/Deathcore), Thornbush (Grindcore/Powerviolence), Alien Tampon (Gorenoise), Dankophiliac (Pornogrind/Grindcore/Noisegrind), Futanari Magic Loli (Noisecore/Cybergrind), Grimpsy (Raw Black Metal), Kuikomi (Gorenoise), Laceration Lord (Slam/Goregrind), Lolicon Legion (Slam/Pornogrind), Pawg Beelzebub (Black Metal/Pornogrind), Pulse Palpitation (Experimental Electronic), Tranny (Depressive Suicidal Black Metal). I honestly feel like I got networking down, but there is always room for improvement when it comes to music. I appreciate your review :)

I think you're experiencing challenges doing it a capella where you don't quite lock onto the key you need to be singing in, so it gets really pitchy in a couple of places. You could also benefit in some sound-proofing, because it seems like you're concerned with volume spikes or speaking too loudly like it's going to disturb someone like a neighbor or roommate- if you had some soundproofing, or the equivalent of a booth, you may then feel unrestricted and freer to let loose and hit correct notes, emote properly, exude the emotions necessary to convey the point of whatever song you're singing.

Not gonna comment on it being Sublime of all things- you can do better.

As for the rap, you're facing similar challenges- without monitoring the metronome or sample / beat, your cadence is inconsistent and it seems a little stumbly. It doesn't feel punctual, and I wasn't particularly impressed with Luda's lyricism in the sample you provided, I feel like you could've found a stronger test song to rap to. One that had syllable challenges, tempo changes, not necessarily "challenging" like it's got tongue-twisters, but one where the syllables fall into place, in tempo with a beat, or even a change-up from the beat to the chorus.

What you have here is the audio equivalent of a sketch doodle- just messin' around, exercising concepts, and all of your shortcomings vocally can be undone with practice. You already understand the fundamentals of music making, this is a logical step, and a muscle that requires exercise. Nobody comes poppin' out the pussy good at singing or rapping, you gotta work on it. What this audio submission demonstrates is that you are working on it. You ain't a white belt, but you ain't a black belt either...YET. Train to become a black belt, and then add stars stripes to it so you advance even further.

You do this by getting better equipment, better software, better editing habits, better audio engineering, better writing, better breathing exercises, better mic technique, better experience, overall, and you learn by making mistakes- that's okay. Experimentation is good for growth, "Okay, that didn't work like I wanted, but this other stuff, I might be onto something there." So explore! Cut out the bad habits and nurture the good. The shit that costs money, that's late-game shit; there's cost-effective work-arounds to where you are now. It can be done, and if this is something you're interested in doing, all of the information you need is at your fingertips.

As long as you have internet access, you're enrolled into the infinite college of what you require. All you need to do is learn how to phrase the question to get the knowledge you seek, and from there on out, it's up to you how you utilize it. You make time for it. You practice at it. Your first couple of songs might be shit, but that's yellow-belt stuff, orange-belt stuff, you need to do that in order to get to black belt.

This was published in 2016, you referenced it in a thread today in 2019.

I solemnly hope you didn't stop at this. You've only just begun, bro.

Grind! Train. Research research research. Practice practice practice.

Let's see what you got, it's about to be 2020. Sneak a couple of more songs into THIS era. THIS level of skill, this current iteration of you.

Come back with a haymaker in 2020 and knock 'em out with how far you've improved.

Seth responds:

Thank you very much for your lengthy and helpful review! You've given me much to think about and much inspiration and insight. Wow.
I do wanna respond to the Sublime bit. This was a showoff my younger sister who normally can sing, but for some reason when she sang this particular song, she sounded awful. I wanted to show her that there's at least one song I can sing better than her.

Holy shit, this is heavy as hell! I love the pace, I love the tone of the guitar, it all feels so huge! Based on what I've heard from your soundcloud and now this, you've been killing it lately, and I'm stoked for you.

Would you mind if I sampled this for a rapbattle entry with a collab credit?

Sinitech responds:

Thanks, man! If you want to put a verse on it or something, it's all yours, brother.

Yo, get in touch with New Retro Wave on Youtube to get more ears on your stuff, this is pretty legit.

Perfect music to back a party and add a flair of class to the ambiance. It's VERY conversational; smooth, groovy, and never disrupts itself or the atmosphere for the sake of it. This is the kind of thing you could put on for your lady by a fire-place...as opposed to 87% of the metal in my library which would be better suited for thrashing her INTO a fire-place.

It's a cool change of pace from the kind of music I expect to hear out of the Audio Portal, and on that note, it's really nice too. If I reviewed this a few years ago, I'd probably deduct points for it not standing out or being dynamic and complicated...but by being bluesy, and not deviating from the theme at it's core, it's sturdy at the foundation, and like I said, there is ABSOLUTELY demographics and situations that would absolutely call for this kind of talent. With that in mind, it excells at what it does. So full stars and vote!

Lageira responds:

Thanks man! I'm glad you liked it :)

I'm posting lyrics if anybody wants them...

"Draggin'ballZEE
Draggin'BALLzee
Draggin'ballZEE
Draggindraggindraggindraggin Ball! Ball! Ball! Ball!"

Ockeroid responds:

Thank you for posting. They have deep meaning and are very personal to me

This is pretty good, I don't know why you're so hard on yourself about it.

Needs to be longer, needs room to grow and dip and dive into time that mixes itself up. You're onto something good, dude. Fived!

Might need lyrics too :P

Sinitech responds:

I'm hard on myself because I'm hard for myself. I truly am a sexy beast.

And yeah, it will be longer once I finally get around to finishing it. As far as lyrics, this seems like it would be hard to do anything with to me. The drums sound kind of like they'd be awkward to keep on beat with, but I don't know because I don't sing or rap.

HEADBANG INITIATED

Drums are too soft, not enough POWAARRRRRR!!!!!

Other than that, URGH THESE CLOTHES WEREN'T BLACK WHEN I BEGAIN TO TYPE THIS! I WANT TO DRAW SOMETHING BRUTAL, FUCKIN' GUITARS ARE SLICK AND TAKE ME ON A JOURNEY! LIKE THAT OF A DRAGON SCORCHING THE AIR BETWEEN US AND OUR FOES! MIGHTY WINGS MAKE THE AIR SUBMIT, STRETCHING O'ER THE BATTLEFIELD ECLIPSING THE FOOLS BELOW! SEE THEM GAZE, WATCH THEM LEARN! TO MAKE METALJONUS SYNONYMOUS WITH THEIR DESTRUCTION, AND MY ETERNAL JOY!!!!

...Yeah I liked it. Pretty metal dude. :D

Metaljonus responds:

lol thanks dude! epic review! *take's sword out* About the drums I still gotta go back and edit them and mix them a bit more but I am happy with all of the levels so far. Thanks for the review! \m/

I'm a Pre-Production artist for Cyanide & Happiness! I'm also a professional voice actor, a published author, and I design t-shirts & artwork for heavy metal bands in the DFW area. Check out my links, check out my stuff, and stick around for a while! -GG

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