I found the metal part of the song to be lacking and not really fitting of the game in question

As music is completely subjective I can happily say that's perfectly fine with me. However, in defence of the metal(-ish) part, I believe personally no other music style better captures and reflects the Viking, Nordic spirit and soul. There's even an entire genre devoted to it.

When you think about it, metal and electric guitars are no more historically inappropriate to ancient Nordic warriors than a Western orchestra playing classical music. If anything they are MORE in tune with that spirit, being loud, brutal, chaotic and full of channelled aggression.

Instead of just saying "Men" and "Sons" he should say children or daughters. What's so bad about saying "Children of Snow" to encompass both genders and make you feel you don't need to be a man to enjoy this song like his past songs? If you give me the lyrics to this song I can see what I can do with them and then send them back to you.

I couldn't make this shit up. This was an actual genuine criticism on the YouTube video. I'm not even going to get into the feminist vs chauvinist argument - the song was merely quoting the game on which it was based. When I declined her generous (and not at all egotistic) offer to re-write my song for me this was (part of) her response:

If MiracleofSounds feels this song shouldn't be changed then he has no business singing next to the goddess Malukah. you don't leave yourself room for improvement with an attitude like that. Heck I even offered to improve this song. And the more you respond in such a negative way to any suggestions I give you makes me question whether or not you want to be successful in this line of work. I'm not surprised your songs only have gotten 30,000 views.

4.3 million views actually, you were a tiny bit off there. Anyway, thankfully some female fans came to my defense against this rather odd criticism. Self important keyboard critics FTW!

And here, ladies and gentlemen, is a little bonus from another video ... my favourite criticism I have recieved in a long time. This one just warmed my little heart, so it did.

You need to change up your style once in a while.

I'm very very sorry. I wasn't aware that making jazz, thrash metal, folk, country western, trip hop, ambient, blues rock, grindhouse rock, electro-pop, dubstep, classical, arabic world music, industrial, rave, pop-rock, disco and tropical marimba songs in the space of one year was not varied enough for you.

As always folks, let me know what songs you'd like to hear about in the next Encore and feel free to ask any questions, no matter how odd they might seem (it would be hard to out-crazy some of the ones I get every day on YouTube anyway). Also, thank you so much to everyone who bought my album from Itunes and Bandcamp (hint hint) over Christmas. It's lovely to know I have fans who support small musicians and buy the music instead of just taking it.

'Til next time, sons (and daughters) of the snow.

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