Your NGADM Round 1 review
Well you had an easy run through to the next round didn't you ya lucky guy ;) Regardless, this piece from the beginning is beautiful! That piano intro and the harmonies and melodies are GORGEOUS. You have beautiful control over the velocity of your notes and apply power where it is required, yet keep it calm where necessary! The key change you placed at 1:37 hit hard on the shiver scale! It went from being a fairly sad and lonely piece to a sudden change in mood, like a complete shock. Your piano sound is absolutely beautiful as well and it's either well recorded or you've got one hell of a VST. BLADDY EXCELLENT!
However, I will whole heartedly say that the moment came in, I feel like it personally took away the power the first part of the song contained. Being a metal head myself I was instantly picking up nuances in the production which really put me back on the score.
The drums I feel don't sit forward enough in the mix, the guitars sound like a VST and I find this kind of sound really fake and lowers the quality of a metal song. This is kind of a personal'ish opinion due to the fact I've produced Metal for roughly 4 years but it had to be mentioned sadly. The bass however sits well in the mix, VST or real regardless and you should keep this tone where possible.
However, your lyrics are BEAUTIFUL and definitely deep. Reading through them (even as little as there are) gives you much understanding even though everybody interprets them in their own way so I LOVE 'em. The composition itself is awesome as well and there's great potential for a wicked sounding Metal track here and your arpeggios with the guitar sit puuuuurfectly.
Now I honestly think (Even though as you said yin/yang) the 2 songs should either be separated into separate songs, or there should've been a subtle build between the two tracks because the abrupt change shocks you from the emotions you feel from the first half. For example, drums fading in to give a sense of change or an ever increasing velocity on a violin.
Apart from that for what they are, great work (Especially that first piece omfg jizz) and I can't wait to hear more work!