In the process of mixing and remixing “Listen” I think I have figured out what is wrong. The crunchy guitar isn’t letting the other instruments breath, and what’s more, it obnoxiously interrupts the vocals. It’s gotta change, duh. As a result, I’ve been re-doing the guitar part and I think it is somewhat cooler than it was. Downside: I’m still not done with this behemoth.
Editor’s Note, August 2020: Curious about where this track ended up? It was finally completed in 2019 and is included on The Inevitable Obscenity of Autonomous Weaponry, our second album: