ok, I listened to it before I realized it was 2 months old. was this from a mix contest?
a few small things:
I dont hear the chorus “popping” at all. It almost sounds like the song slightly drops out on the chorus. Like at around :41 I hear it building towards a chorus. But then like at :46 it feels like it dropped out some. Like the guitar was building then it sort of didnt do much at that :46 point. Maybe its a taste thing but I always like a nice power chord right there or something but they went into the more constant picked guitar riff but it doesnt pop at all IMO.
Especially after the sort of loud drum fill at :45
Overall id say the cymbals are sort of low in the mix. Maybe thats part of what doesnt sound right in the chorus to me. Yeah he goes to the open hihat etc but its sort of low in the mix. Im sort of comparing to stuff like Soundgarden Limo Wreck and Holy Water where the overall cymbals and hihats etc are more present in the overall mix
The vocal itself isnt very dynamic so that doesnt help the chorus stand out any. That vocal plods along…needs a nice scream or something or to be built up more. Needs more energy in the vocal at the chorus
seems the sort of hi bass/low guitar area is a bit loud at times. Like the riff at 1:09 etc…like there is a sort of resonance there. Then the riff at 1:20 sort of drowns out the vocal slightly. If you compare the energy at that 1:20 riff to the energy in the chorus, seems the 1:20 is way stronger than the chorus
The bridge sounds good, but again when it comes back out to the chorus it doesnt really pop much. i think part of it is the arrangement like I said before with the vocals sort of a bit too steady energy-wise
compare to this track: AIC has a little more overall cymbal level, more vox level, less bass level and the AIC chorus pops out nicely