Thank you Xtokalon for your analysis. It's really the first constructive criticism I've gotten, and is very much appreciated. I think I know what you mean about being more "multi-layered" and more "competition with the instruments and melodies." Opeth is one of the few bands that does that effectively. Could you possibly give some examples of what you are describing. I'm definitely not disagreeing with you concerning my music, it's just that as I look back most of my songs are very multilayered. There are some parts that have four guitars doing different things all at once, not to mention synths, bass, and drums along with the guitar. I'm just trying to get an idea of what I could do differently in the future. I will say that on the song I'm working on now I'm working on having more variety in the song, more parts, more solos, and more variety in the drum lines and bass parts. Vocals are completely new for me, but I'm working on my voice, trying get more variety out of it. Not so much on "Her hands...", but on "Away..." and "A Bird..." they are somewhat monotone with little variety in terms of emotion. That was completely intentional on "Away...". On that song I was trying to create the most gloomy, dark feel that I could. As far as for my music being gloomy, I'm glad you think so! That is purely my intention, though I plan on putting more anger, despair, and pure evil into future work. Intentional overplaying is difficult in the environment in which I record. I'm not in a professional studio so sometimes having too much ends up sounding too muddy and the emotions in the song that I try to get across end up getting lost in the mix. And yes Satori, I'm definitely at a disadvantage concerning being by myself. Being with others who have slight differences in style but share an overall same way of musical thought is truly a magical thing. Again, thanks for the feedback and Xtokalon I'd love to hear you expand your thoughts a bit, possibly with some examples.