Torn-Wing Butterfly

Uploaded on Aug 31, 2018

This is my first piece I composed for heavy metal band right off the bat. No piano version, none of that stuff. OK, there's an acoustic guitar, but plenty of heavy metal songs come with acoustic intros. (OK, acoustic outros like mine are much rarer.) Maybe this is alt metal? It's definitely a metal ballad, though.

This is one of those rare pieces of mine where I try verse-chorus form, and this is also one of those very rare pieces of mine where I've written a poem for it! I don't necessarily hold the (rather anti-war) views of this poem; I bet all you soldiers have something to say about it, and rightfully so:

A butterfly with a torn wing...
Such beauty...
Such life...
Cut cruelly short...
It's a waste, isn't it?
When such vibrancy is torn apart,
It's not long before it's gone from this world...

Just like the soldiers,
Those who strive and fight,
Those who forge into battle, don't they tear apart, too?
Such vibrancy and youth, all headed for death...
Do they have to go this way?

Perhaps those who continue to fight will become torn-wing butterflies themselves....

It's a poem, not a set of lyrics; you can't sing this piece along to that. The last 2 stanzas do correspond to the verse-chorus pair after the solo, though, while the first stanza corresponds to the first 2 verse-chorus pairs.

Yup, you guessed it: the repeat is mandatory.

The interludes between the chorus and the verse are actually derived from Vocaloid song structures, which tend to use these.

The acoustic guitar is always supposed to have substantial reverb in this piece, but I have my doubts that the mixer pulled that off well enough. This uses the old Musescore 2.1 soundfont in an attempt to introduce as much reverb as possible, but I might still have failed.

My aim for the solo was haphazard flight. This butterfly has a torn wing, and it cannot fly steadily. It spirals downward and plunges to the ground. The narrow-stepped guitar fluttering alternates with large leaps.

Note that the rhythm guitar and the bass guitar both use Drop D tuning.

You know the drill for the drum kit--get a drum kit with 2 kick pedals (or 2 bass drums), and whenever you see 2 bass drum notes on the same stem, use both feet. Whenever you see 2 snare drum notes on the same stem, use both hands.

All drum kit grace notes should be played before the beat. Musescore playback doesn't pull this off anymore. It used to in Musescore 1.X.

I actually started this piece and Tarantella No. 2 in E Minor (https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/5068339 ) at around the same time--if you notice that this piece's solo resembles my tarantella's coda, note that I actually wrote this piece's solo first and had to adjust it after using similar material in my tarantella.

(Structure: Intro-Verse-Chorus-Interlude-Verse-Chorus-Interlude-Bridge-Solo-Verse-Chorus-Outro)

heavy metal ballad alt metal? butterfly fallen soldier torn wing

Pages 22
Duration 04:42
Measures 162
Key signature 1 sharp
Parts 5
Part names Guitar(3), Bass, Percussion
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the intro is nice and i like the "chorus" part but the pre chorus doesnt fit in that vibe, its much too happy ^^ The verses and the bridge are maybe like alternative/prog metal and the chorus definitely has a death metal vibe because of the blasts.
I believe you've mislabelled the chorus and the pre-chorus. I didn't conceive this piece as having pre-choruses at all. The blast-filled section of Bars 67-74 is actually the interlude and is basically a displaced take on the intro/outro. Bars 51-66 is actually the chorus, and it can sound relatively happy (though it sours nearer the end). The interlude, intro, and outro aren't associated with any words.