Its nice, i think, the Background is awesome btw, you have spoiled it a bit but its still good, love the border thing and the rock psd and the text is cool aint liking that stripe on the side though, its a good job.
lol, and I used to think GP did good banners. The background is really cool. The pic has been ruined like you say. But it's better than what most others can do.I'll have to get Photoshop and give these things a go.