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Ben Higgins
post Jun 7 2011, 09:49 AM
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Hi GMCers ! smile.gif

As you probably guessed, this post is about our favourite sounding metal albums.. the ones which have a production that we just love.. the drum sound, guitar tones, overall feel etc...

Mine is St Anger.. ok, just kidding.... laugh.gif

I really love the production on these following albums:
Powerslave - Iron Maiden (producer - Martin Birch, 1984)
Assault Attack - Michael Schenker Group (producer - Martin Birch ,again ! 1982)
Ride The Lightning - Metallica (producer - Fleming Rassmussen, 1984)

The first 2 have a really dry crunch which is so clear and organic.. it was all about the natural beauty of the instruments back then.. a Strat sounded like a Strat, a Gibson sounded like a Gibson.. and drums most definitely sounded like drums, not typewriters !

'Ride..' has a slightly different approach.. more distortion, less clear and more reverb.. but the effect is just as potent, mainly down to the furious guitar sound. But again, the drum kit sounds like a real drum kit.. it sounds like real people which is perhaps why the effect of the record is so massive, because modern metal albums sound robotic, nothing is a surprise anymore.. but to hear real people with real sounding instruments make that kind of music was a kick in the face. Musician's ability and creativity was the benchmark back then, not computer software and studio stricks.. and 'Ride..' is a perfect example of human extremity.

So what are your fave productions on a metal album ? smile.gif



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post Jun 7 2011, 09:58 AM
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For that raw element.. i absolutely love Judas Priest's Painkiller album. Killer sound for it's time.
Other than that for me it's Megadeth - Youthanasia .. absolutely love the sound of every instrument on it. A well balanced perfect album in my opinion, sound, lyrics, songwriting, flow. Everything!

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post Jun 7 2011, 10:13 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 7 2011, 10:49 AM) *
Mine is St Anger.. ok, just kidding.... laugh.gif

laugh.gif funny!


I don't know my producers as well as I should but what springs to mind is Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome to my pleasure dome.

EDIT: Ooooops, fail, that one wasn't metal.


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post Jun 7 2011, 11:24 AM
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Well, I don't know producers by names either smile.gif but I'm always into the sound delivered by the Foo Fighters' albums, the Meshuggah ones, A day to remember and of course the new Creed album and the Alter Bridge ones - the GUITARS ARE SOOO CHUNKY biggrin.gif


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post Jun 7 2011, 08:07 PM
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QUOTE (zen @ Jun 7 2011, 09:58 AM) *
For that raw element.. i absolutely love Judas Priest's Painkiller album. Killer sound for it's time.
Other than that for me it's Megadeth - Youthanasia .. absolutely love the sound of every instrument on it. A well balanced perfect album in my opinion, sound, lyrics, songwriting, flow. Everything!


With you on the Painkiller album.. what a classic.. very brutal for its time ! Considering it was made by guys either in or approaching their 40's (apart from Scott) it was hell of a kick in the nuts for the metal world cool.gif

Youthanasia is an excellent album.. brilliant song writing.. Mustaine's remix was better than the original althoug I'd have to say Cryptic Writings has a better production for me. Dave should have left that one alone.. it was fine as it was smile.gif

QUOTE (MickeM @ Jun 7 2011, 10:13 AM) *
laugh.gif funny!


I don't know my producers as well as I should but what springs to mind is Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome to my pleasure dome.

EDIT: Ooooops, fail, that one wasn't metal.


Haha.. no worries.. the production was indeed big and epic on those records..

Frankie says RELAX. cool.gif

QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 7 2011, 11:24 AM) *
Well, I don't know producers by names either smile.gif but I'm always into the sound delivered by the Foo Fighters' albums, the Meshuggah ones, A day to remember and of course the new Creed album and the Alter Bridge ones - the GUITARS ARE SOOO CHUNKY biggrin.gif


I will have to check them out Cosmin.. chunky guitarz are always a good thing tongue.gif


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post Jun 7 2011, 09:40 PM
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Good Old metal school..

Motley Crue
Motorhead
Def Leppard
Van Halen

Select any album..


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post Jun 7 2011, 10:06 PM
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Never was a real fan of old metal albums, but they had that vibe, that old school vide, although full of imperfections, it was part of the magic. I like those old albums more.

The only thing I like about today's production is the sound of some modern metal bands like Gojira or Meshugga. I think guitars are sooo overproduced that they sound robotic, and I like that sound (don't ask me why) smile.gif


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I can't choose... It's the same thing when people asks me what my favorite band is, what song I want to learn the most, I just can't choose XD


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post Jun 7 2011, 11:23 PM
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QUOTE (zen @ Jun 7 2011, 09:58 AM) *
For that raw element.. i absolutely love Judas Priest's Painkiller album. Killer sound for it's time.
Other than that for me it's Megadeth - Youthanasia .. absolutely love the sound of every instrument on it. A well balanced perfect album in my opinion, sound, lyrics, songwriting, flow. Everything!



amen to that! i love Youthanasia, i hear it "ALL" at less one time/day


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post Jun 7 2011, 11:35 PM
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I like the production on Metallica's Black album, as well as Load and ReLoad. On the Black album, the guitars and drums sound absolutely enormous.

I really like Rick Rubins production style, its very minimalist. Check out AC/DC's album "Ballbreaker", its one of the rawest guitars sound ever put on record. Rubin's work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave was also stellar.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Steven Wilsons production work on a few Opeth albums is great. Of course Wilsons work with his own band, Porcupine Tree, one of my favorite bands, is also fantastic.


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post Jun 8 2011, 01:25 AM
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man I know what you mean but as soon as I read your post this came to mind:



I know typewriter type of drums but it just sounds so contundent

in the organic sounding realm I love this:



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post Jun 8 2011, 02:07 AM
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Diary of a madman (mainly rhoads guitar work),to me ,was a decade ahead of the rest. the nuances throughout
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post Jun 8 2011, 06:57 AM
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The first one that comes to mind is Metallica's Black Album. smile.gif


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post Jun 8 2011, 08:37 AM
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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Jun 7 2011, 11:35 PM) *
I like the production on Metallica's Black album, as well as Load and ReLoad. On the Black album, the guitars and drums sound absolutely enormous.

I really like Rick Rubins production style, its very minimalist. Check out AC/DC's album "Ballbreaker", its one of the rawest guitars sound ever put on record.


Very true.. the production on the Balck album and Load, Reload is big and fat ! Definitely a landmark.

Ballbreaker is a great album.. I agree that less is more.. when it is done right, unlike on a certain recent Metallica release, but let's not go there.. wink.gif


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post Jun 8 2011, 08:39 AM
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QUOTE (Daniel Realpe @ Jun 8 2011, 12:25 AM) *
man I know what you mean but as soon as I read your post this came to mind:



I know typewriter type of drums but it just sounds so contundent

in the organic sounding realm I love this:



biggrin.gif Fear Factory is responsable for a lot of what's going on today in modern metal biggrin.gif all hail to them! biggrin.gif

And I just missed Opeth last sunday sad.gif((( - they canceled the show in Bucharest due to I don't know what kind of management issues sad.gif

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 8 2011, 07:37 AM) *
Very true.. the production on the Balck album and Load, Reload is big and fat ! Definitely a landmark.

Ballbreaker is a great album.. I agree that less is more.. when it is done right, unlike on a certain recent Metallica release, but let's not go there.. wink.gif


Load ad Reload are definitely my favorite Metallica albums smile.gif


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post Jun 8 2011, 08:40 AM
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QUOTE (Daniel Realpe @ Jun 8 2011, 01:25 AM) *
man I know what you mean but as soon as I read your post this came to mind:



I know typewriter type of drums but it just sounds so contundent

in the organic sounding realm I love this:



I do understand the appeal and can definitely appreciate the heaviness of bands like FF.. I remember when that song Linchpin came out, everybody was freaking out at school because they'd never heard double kick like that before. Everyone was saying the drums were fake... haha.. wink.gif Little did they know.....

YES ! You and Mudbone are so correct about those Opeth records.. Ghost Reveries is my fave smile.gif


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