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The Flood of Light: Wardens

By ViridianLoom on May 17, 2020 10:55 pm


Decided to dedicate this week's song to Shadowbringers. Where my final fantasy gang at? I've been playing the hell out of Final Fantasy III this week and didn't know so many of my favorite plot points from FFXIV were pulled directly from III.

I'd describe this as a more atmospheric metal tune, so the pads are pretty heavy. Not sure if it washes everything out in a way that's confusing for the listener or if the overall timbre is pleasing to the ear. Let me know. It probably just sounds like I overtracked it which I did haha. Also decided to include a horn section on the break down, because why not? That's pretty heavenly in an evil kind of way, right? Also I can't call myself a prog musician unless I put a saxophone solo in a metal song.


Not sure if I'll do a song next week, which sucks because I don't want to break my streak. I'm closing on my new house this week, packing up, and moving. I'm gonna try to make something in the new two days or its gonna be nothing at all probably.

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May 18, 2020 12:15 am

I'm not big into Final Fantasy, but this song's got some funky, funky stuff going on. The pads are fine, the relentless guitar is making sure of that. I'd say it's not the instrumentation that's going to trip people up, but the funky, funky stuff just might.

If this is 4/4, the drums are making a great effort in obscuring that.

May 18, 2020 1:13 am

Dude, this totally does right by Masayoshi Soken and FFXIV. Especially those opening chords - pitch perfect.

May 18, 2020 1:37 am
Devieus wrote:

I'm not big into Final Fantasy, but this song's got some funky, funky stuff going on. The pads are fine, the relentless guitar is making sure of that. I'd say it's not the instrumentation that's going to trip people up, but the funky, funky stuff just might.

If this is 4/4, the drums are making a great effort in obscuring that.

Well for sure the beginning is 6/8 but I didn't keep track of what time signatures the rest of the song employs haha. I think the chord progression shifts on an off beat which is what makes it sound so odd, trying to write a drum groove that keeps your head bobbing while also following that shift was pretty difficult.


Reilly Farrell wrote:

Dude, this totally does right by Masayoshi Soken and FFXIV. Especially those opening chords - pitch perfect.

Thank you! What a compliment! The only thing I didn't include that I wanted to was an arpeggiating sequence that would have definitely nailed home that FF vibe.

May 18, 2020 4:18 am

Sweet arrangement, man. You definitely got that FF feel.

Good luck on your move! I’m also moving next week, with a similar WB predicament.

May 18, 2020 8:42 am

Like I said, funky, funky stuff. I like the idea of shifting the chord on an off beat. I bet it's much easier to write than to listen to it.

May 19, 2020 4:20 am

I don't know why but this kind of reminds me of Opeth as well a little bit in parts at least early on (I think? I haven't listened to them in a while). This sounds awesome though! It sounded clean as heck to me, the melodies are epic. I really like how it develops unpredictably, dropping into a sweet solo or a double bass section or some super grungy guitar and it all gels really well. I love the kicks lining up with the guitar riff toward the end!

May 19, 2020 4:24 am
ngineer wrote:

I don't know why but this kind of reminds me of Opeth as well a little bit in parts at least early on (I think? I haven't listened to them in a while). This sounds awesome though! It sounded clean as heck to me, the melodies are epic. I really like how it develops unpredictably, dropping into a sweet solo or a double bass section or some super grungy guitar and it all gels really well. I love the kicks lining up with the guitar riff toward the end!

YES, I'm a big Opeth fan so I'm glad that came through without mentioning it myself. haha.

May 19, 2020 6:26 am

This track rocks. Feeling lots of Black Mages vibes, which makes me nostalgic for them. By the way, when you say FF3, do you mean FF6? I'm such a huge fan of 6 I just have to check. tongue

May 19, 2020 6:38 am

› whoa

May 19, 2020 1:16 pm

I feel so lucky to have had FF3 on the SNES growing up, love that game. This track though, it's rocking my socks off. Amazing stuff, great job!

May 19, 2020 6:13 pm

May 19, 2020 7:21 pm

excellent shred and control! so clean

May 19, 2020 7:25 pm
Mission Crossing wrote:

Sweet arrangement, man. You definitely got that FF feel.

Good luck on your move! I’m also moving next week, with a similar WB predicament.

Thanks! Good luck to you as well, gonna try to jam out something simple this week with just my midi keyboard. Hopefully you'll also have a little bit of time to do the same!



hent03 wrote:

This track rocks. Feeling lots of Black Mages vibes, which makes me nostalgic for them. By the way, when you say FFIII, do you mean FFVI? I'm such a huge fan of VI I just have to check. tongue

The original FFIII. Thankfully they've corrected the order of the games when you try buying them now, with the American FFIII actually being called FFVI. I've played both of them in the last month for the first time. A few weeks ago I did a song that starts out with a snowstorm and that was was inspired by FFVI's introduction tongue.

But yeah, FFIII is conceptually very cool but its plot/character development can be lacking. The general gist is that its a very classic final fantasy set up. 4 adventurers are declared "The Warriors of Light" by the Mothercrystal and are told they need to set out on a journey to save the world from darkness. It's not very specific as to who the villain is and all that, but the kind of cool twist is that when you get an airship and start exploring you discover that the land your on is ACTUALLY a floating continent, and that there's an actual "edge" to your game world. When you leave the bounds of the continent you learn that the entire world has already been plunged into literal darkness. This all sounds mega cool and it is, but its such a barebones plot otherwise which is a shame. I do imagine this was a deep as hell plot line for NES standards though. Thankfully, the director for FFXIV LOVED FFIII and decided to dedicate a ton of story elements from FFIII into FFXIV. Shadowbringers specifically focuses on an element in the game that is only mentioned by in game historians, that while the world they live on is currently experiencing a "Flood of Darkness" that there was a time when they experienced a "Flood of Light" as well, an event that required the aid of The Warriors of Darkness to save the world. Shadowbringer's shows you what that world looked like, because it turns out living during "The Flood of Light" was actually pretty terrifying. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOMge2WFW_A

This was a long response to your question but I hope you found the game lore interesting because I obviously do tongue


Sodabelly wrote:

I feel so lucky to have had FF3 on the SNES growing up, love that game. This track though, it's rocking my socks off. Amazing stuff, great job!

Thanks! And yeah, I really appreciate FFIII and what it did. It established a lot of the core elements that the franchise would carry on into future games and it was certainly an achievement for its time. Btw, gonna plug another band here. Check this out, this music video is very obviously inspired by FFIII  wink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86rKrABDRXk


Ipaghost wrote:


Yeaaaah boiiiiii! This cinematic gets me so hyped.

Modulated Drummer wrote:

› whoa


Haha thanks. The spoiler certainly got my attention because I didn't know you could format it like that tongue

May 19, 2020 10:48 pm

I love this idea! This is so epic and dramatic. Best of luck getting the tune done! I'm praying for your unbroken streak, go for it!

May 20, 2020 7:47 am

It reminds me of Opeth as well. What an intricate song. This needs a few listenings to get all the nuances. This is quite intricate for a weekly beat. As a guitar geek i'm always curious - what guitar do you use and do you use VST effects or "real" pedals?

May 20, 2020 11:54 am
Kedbreak136 wrote:

It reminds me of Opeth as well. What an intricate song. This needs a few listenings to get all the nuances. This is quite intricate for a weekly beat. As a guitar geek i'm always curious - what guitar do you use and do you use VST effects or "real" pedals?

Thanks! I play a PRS 22 SE with some Seymour Duncan pickups, but it's been so long I forget which ones they were. I think maybe hot rods? I just know I went for high gain ones like 7 years ago or whatever. I've been wanting to get a strat or tele to supplement it because the high gain can be a bit much sometimes, even when I roll back the volume knob.

For home recording I've found it much easier to work with VSTs. For this song I used Guitar Rig 5. I also use it for the bass. Guitar Rig sounds pretty decent, especially with enough layering, I particularly like using the amp Sims for what I think is the Orange Crush for distortion and the Roland Jazz for cleans. The effects for Guitar Rig can be really hit and miss, a lot of the distortion pedals available I think sound like ass. I also own Bias FX 2 which I think sounds superior (and has so, so much more to offer) but it eats up so much system resources so I kinda stopped using it for these weekly songs. It has a sim for an Orange Rockerverb which is what I actually own and use in my band. I love it, it's a really beefy amp capable of really high gain settings while also maintaining clarity and has a beautifully crisp clean channel.

Guitar Rig came bundled with Native Instruments which I bought because I also wanted Kontakt (Studio Drummer is where the drums came from for this song), Massive, Battery, and all that cool stuff. I wouldn't really recommend Guitar Rig just on its own, I'd definitely suggest Bias FX for anyone shopping for a guitar amp sim vst. I probably just manage my system resources poorly.

Hope that was helpful!



hieme wrote:

I love this idea! This is so epic and dramatic. Best of luck getting the tune done! I'm praying for your unbroken streak, go for it!

Thank you! I appreciate your prayers, I haven't come up with any cool ideas yet but I'm definitely fiddling with synths and trying to keep it simple this week.

May 21, 2020 1:35 am

Yes these chords. Prog cinemascape. Also, getting some wonderfully Animals as Leaders vibes across the board.

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