Beautiful sonics, Zsolt! Nice spread of frequencies, great tight low end, detailed yet smooth top end. It sounds like you put a lot of care and detail into your mix.
I particularly like your treatment of the vocals in the second verse, with the radio voice and the delay throws - nice creative details that progress the arrangement and take it out of the ordinary.
The technical aspects of your mix are extremely well done, and pretty much faultless to my ear, so I’d like to focus my critique in other, slightly more “esoteric” areas…
The drums certainly sound very good. The work you have put into the sounds themselves has certainly paid off.
That said, I would venture that the detailed timing editing, while admirable, has not produced anywhere near a payoff commensurate with the work involved. I do know for a fact that when the band recorded the tracks, they put in considerable editing work on the drums before recording the other instruments to the edited version of the drums.
To my ear, editing the drums (& subsequently the rest of the band) “to the grid” has been ever-so-slightly counter-productive in terms of overall feel of the song. The original collective timing of the band, while certainly not “perfect”, did contain a certain “pushing the beat” urgency that works so well with this genre, in that it creates vital excitement and liveliness.
Ultimately, I think your focus on the drums may have affected the overall outcome of the mix too. It’s understandable that you would be proud of the drum sounds you created, but to my ear, they dominate the mix a bit too much, and this, again has been slightly counter-productive to the all-important excitement and subjective “power” of the mix.
I find that a lot of the subjective “power” and excitement in a mix comes, not from the drums, but the midrange instruments - in this case the guitars. The guitars here are very much taking a back-seat to the drums. That’s not something I hear when I reference rock music in general. The drums can be big, but not so big that they dwarf the guitars.
That said, I think you still could have used the drums-biased mix balance to your advantage with a few crucial automation moves. For example: The “reprise” chorus that comes in after the big floor tom hit @ 2:34 is just begging for a HUGE, unapologetic shove north on the guitar faders. In fact, if the drums weren’t so loud already, they could come up too… If this was an EDM song, that would be the DROP… I think I might be able to hear a little bit of an automation move on the guitars there, but it’s too polite, IMO - a missed opportunity to really inject something extra into the arrangement and take it to the next level.
I really like the intention behind the arrangement “stop” (tacit) you created @ 1:30. I love the way the vocal picks up out of silence for the second verse. However, to my ear the execution of it is a little awkward. Perhaps finding a guitar ending from another part of the arrangement that sounded more natural might have worked better there. Great idea, though.
One other aspect that I think could improve the mix is the vocal ambience. You’ve achieved a very pleasing vocal sound, with a really wide, luscious reverb and ambience around it that still manages to retain the clarity and definition in the vocal. However, the vocal starts with that sound and continues (at least to my ear) pretty much all the way through song. Granted, I can hear the added delays in the choruses, which are very effective, but considering how much impact the telephone vocal has in the 2nd verse, I wonder if starting with a much tighter, drier vocal sound in the verses might have created even more contrast and progression in the arrangement.
All in all, my points are - as I said above - venturing into the fairly murky philosophical and taste-related aspects of this crazy craft. They are highly subjective, so feel free to ignore them if you choose.
The fact is, you’ve done an exceptional job, and yours is (certainly from a technical perspective) one of (if not) the best mixes I have heard so far. It scores very high in the creative and boldness stakes too. Top job! :beerbang: