You said you wanted a slightly crushed sound, but I think it may be too much compression. Right off the bat, I don’t care for the solo’d drum sound (I think because it’s too compressed.) Once the rest of the mix comes in though, the drums sound appropriate. The song has a powerful sound, but it’s starting to feel like too much for me. When I’m getting ear fatigue, I find it tends to be too much going on in the like… 600-1000Hz range. I like to sweep with an EQ on the master bus to find what’s bothering my ears and then either cut it there, or cut it in the offending instrument(s.) Those guitars are slammed. I kind of like the pumping effect, but it begins to be grating after a while. For me anyway. I am a sensitive person, so like you said it may just be a matter of tea preferences!
There’s a lot that I do like though. I think the song is great! And like Stan mentioned, that pulsing synth is awesome at filing the empty spaces and creates interest and movement. I really like the vocals. And I like the groove of the song as well.
I’d also be interested to hear what references you were using, if any, or a song that you really like in this genre.