Re: RidgyBeatle's Fire Inside mix
Typing as I listen, and I figure (without having read any comments) that that snare is likely to be a topic of conversation. I love how you've gated it. It works really well in the choruses and riff sections, yet I am not as much of a fan in the verses, mainly because that gating effect is a little too prominent. Awesome guitar sound, well controlled artificial harmonics too.
Outstanding use of the acoustics, some of the best I've heard and more importantly, only used when needed!
As I listen, I really cannot fault anything in this mix. There are a couple of things I would personally tweak (I'd bring the bass up a db or two to deliver a little more power, yet I am a bass player and your bass is fine as is!) but overall, your mix did what it should do, which is rock out! That's 5 from me, job done, no forehead smacking!
Rules do not belong in music. Like food, there are flavours that work well together, but in the end, it's each person's taste that determines the quality of the meal.