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The Edge


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finkeldink

 Genre: Hard Rock

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This is just a mix without any attempt to master. I tried to add some compression but I don’t like Reason’s compressor. Reason’s plug-in almost instantly causes listener fatigue. It’s so harsh. It’s like the last Metallica album. Although some might suggest that it is the song itself that causes listener fatigue.

I’m still learning so much with every mix. I’m sure I’ll listen to this in a year and think to myself that this is really quite dreadful.

I took the photograph in the Wasatch Backcountry on a typical Utah bottomless powder day.
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Lyrics
The Edge

Walking a thin line
Overcome a week mind
Exceed your limitations
Raise your expectations
Invigorate the soul
The journey to the goal
Don’t give up on the prize
Victory or demise

You’re living on the edge
You walk upon the edge
You push it to the edge
You burn upon the edge
You’re living on the edge
You walk upon the edge
You push it to the edge
You burn upon the edge

The risk of crash and burn
Lives in the mind
Injury from defeat
As you cross the line
The taste of victory
Is always so sweet
Finishing at number one
Savoring the treat

Living like a candle
Burning from both sides
Shining so much brighter
In it for the ride
Sweat upon the brow
So much is at stake
Pushing to the limit
The bounty for the take

Adrenaline is the drug
The most desired high
Blazing up the earth below
And soaring in the sky
Seeking the experience
That makes you feel alive
Live a life worth living
To taste before you die

Walking a thin line
Overcome a week mind
Exceed your limitations
Raise your expectations
Invigorate the soul
The journey to the goal
Don’t give up on the prize
Victory or demise

You’re living on the edge
You walk upon the edge
You push it to the edge
You burn upon the edge
You’re living on the edge
You walk upon the edge
You push it to the edge
You burn upon the edge

To see the sights not seen
To live the life of dreams
To take it one step up
To drink from victory’s cup
To see the earth on fire
To reach one step higher
To keep a solemn pledge
To live life on the edge
Yeah, life on the edge
Song Stats
Hits: 2182
Comments: 39
Fans: 21
Plays: 71
Downloads: 45
Votes: 1
Uploaded: Jun 06, 2011 - 09:58:26 PM
Last Updated: Jun 06, 2011 - 09:58:26 PM Last Played: Apr 19, 2017 - 12:43:23 AM
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Hardware:
’87 Hamer Sceptor Guitar
Mesa Boogie Express 5/50 amp
Royer 121 mic
Universal Audio LA-610 MkII preamp
American Deluxe Fender Precision Bass
Sterling Audio ST69 tube mic
Software:
Reason/Record
Comments
Bent_Axis said 2210 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
I like the guitar as usual!
Good composition, I'll give it a mastering shot and send it to ya!
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finkeldink said 2210 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Cool
Yeah, I need like voxengo elephant or wavelab 7. reason's compressor is brutal. The limiter isn't too bad but there are way better out there.

Thanks man, now off to playing some lead on your jam! :D
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alackbass said 2210 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
The Edge
You bring the rock. Some of those riffs have a great early Sabbath vibe. That kind of thing just never gets old.
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks Andrew
for always having a listen to my madness. Much appreciated!
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mvh9591 said 2210 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
Nice___
My first impression is "Iron Maiden"_the guitar tone and riffs. Power chords - lead - add a harmony lead and your there. :) (Maiden happens to be one of my favs) Like your sound. This would work well in an extreme ski documentary video.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks man
Yeah I do really like maiden. I used to practice lead guitar to maiden albums. It made learning lead guitar really enjoyable that way.
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magnatone said 2209 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
The Edge
holy smoke-a-roo!!! bring it!
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
karen
You are very nice to listen to this insanity.

Thanks much!
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dave_b said 2209 days ago (June 6th, 2011)
The Edge
I like your hook, and the lyric develops it well.
Tight playing, great lines & tone. All of the parts in the arrangement are working really well together.
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thaks dave
That is a really nice compliment. Much appreciated!
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Symphony101 said 2209 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Awesome riffs
Great song Mike, there is absolutely no listener fatigue experience on my side, I think the song is built in a way to keep the listeners interest all the way.

I have always thought a good mastering setup is a matter of investment too, but maybe I'm wrong.
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks Yves
Nice of you to listen and comment.
I will probably do some more research on mastering software.
It will be fun at least to try and get a bit of clean punch to the song.
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ted23 said 2209 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
POWER!!
Now this rocked my face off!! Yeah.
Nice playing and as always a GREAT arrangement. Love that little riff in the left ear.
Man your gear plays nice together.
Sweet
finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks Ed
Now that this is done i have some time to get after the collabs that have been piling up.

I'm looking forward to getting after our song in the next couple of days.
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michaeljayklein said 2209 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
You are peerless
.....good lord, this really, most truly, woke me up for the rest of the week! Loved it Mike! Michael
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
The let down will be terrible
Thanks MJK. You are a real gentleman.

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rok41 said 2209 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Edge
This is your thing man, and you do it very, very well! I hear the 70's metal vibe here too. Killer!
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks man
for dropping by and having a listen.

That means a lot!
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PeterB7858 said 2209 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
Frenetic
Hi Mike. Frenetic pace driven by your quality guitar riffage and lead work. Had me on the edge of my comfy chair :-) Regards, Peter.
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks Peter
for having a listen.

Frenetic- great adjective. Fits perfectly.


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egobandit said 2209 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
sweet victory
crazy the way the lead ends, then it fades out going from ear to ear then back into the crunch, I like that cool way to compose that, the military drum beat at the end really drives this along,
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks Tim
for having a listen and for the nice comments. The lead part ended a bit odd. I guess that w2as my handy patch work. Ha!

Thanks again.
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Vic Holman said 2208 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
finkle fingers of fate
cool one Michael. well yeah mastering does take a lot of trail and error. EQ, low cut and high pass filters are key ingredients
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks vic
I think eventually I'll get mastering software and start to work on that. If anything it'll give me a good idea of where my mixes lack.

Thanks again.
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tempie said 2208 days ago (June 8th, 2011)
squealies!
man i really dig the rhythm guitar in the chorus. wasatch backcountry? i always assumed you were from new jersey.

really like the solo too - unexpected and cool.
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
New jersey
I've been there a couple times. I have to be near good skiing or I'd go nuts.

Thanks for having a listen and for the kind words.

Means a lot.
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neilh79 said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
The Edge
Great tune Mike, love the raw live feel to this, awesome guitar and vocal great job
finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Thanks Neil
for having a listen and for the kind words.
Means a lot man!
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Skweryl said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
SKWERYLDINK!!!!!!
YOU ARE FACEROCKER THROUGH AND TRUE COME ON MACJAMMERS FACEROCK WITH THE SKWERYLDINK! HE IS BADASS FACEROCKER EXTROIDINARY!
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finkeldink said 2207 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Skweryldink!
thats great!
If I can facerock with the SKWERYL then I must be doing something right.

Thank you gentlemen for dropping by!
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gadzooks said 2206 days ago (June 10th, 2011)
The Edge
This rocks! Great thick guitar tone. I think the mix sounds pretty good.
SG
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hackneybloke said 2204 days ago (June 12th, 2011)
the edge
hey mike. cool rhymes....edge with edge....with edge with edge. good job the song wasn't about oranges ;)
no but seriously man....this rocks. the guitar solo is stellar....and those little stops are fantastic. i'm always impressed with your drum synthesis. the mix is head-filling and crazy-hot. the second guitar break at 3.30 sounds beautifully progressive...would have liked to have heard that sustain a while. and i really dig the ending with your growling vocal sitting out there on its own.....growling...on the edge.
excellent job.

cool photo too.
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RAVENS said 2203 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
Guitars...
That totally rock, your playing is sick man! The closer I listen, I am getting Iron Maiden vibes, which is very cool. Love those guys! Always a pleasure my friend, you ROCK!

RAVEN ;-)
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Saltaireguru77 said 2203 days ago (June 13th, 2011)
The edge
Superb guitar playing Michael! Those guitar tones are to die for. That's some kick ass rocking right there. Really enjoyed the production of it - I'm sure you make it sound a lot easier than it was. Cracking tune mate - loved it.
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tokai said 2197 days ago (June 19th, 2011)
The Rocker
Crunchy guitars, cool drums great voice. Mad solo. I love all the little changes in this, it brakes the tune up nicely.
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jdholliday said 2193 days ago (June 23rd, 2011)
Mike!
This is awesome! Rock on Brother!
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sammydix said 2192 days ago (June 24th, 2011)
Edge
damn. i'm just now hearing this? some *actual* rock? but yeah, a tune like this could definitely use some xtra PUNCH. not slammin enough as it is and this tunes deserves some slamminess--but you're right, DEFINITELY NOT like Metallica's latest. sounds like flat crap with absolutely NO dynamics. last thing you want.
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FEEL said 2191 days ago (June 25th, 2011)
Excellent guitar work
Nice progression and lyrics. I'm unable to give you feedback on the compression since the speaker on my iPhone is a bit limited, that said.... It sounds right through the iPhone speaker.

Cool action photo
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jk1986 said 2116 days ago (September 8th, 2011)
the edge
what kinda drum program r u using?
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