Peachtree Audio Is Feeling Blue Jul22

Peachtree Audio Is Feeling Blue

Though they are known mostly for their somewhat Apple-esque amplifiers, with their signature glowing blue triode buffer stages and wooden cases, Bellevue, Washington’s Peachtree Audio have dipped their toes into the world of speakers when the former ERA Acoustics speaker brand was brought under the Peachtree umbrella by parent company Signal Path International. Combine a loudspeaker with Peachtree’s general penchant for forward looking design and features that reflect modern listening habits, and you end up with deepblue, or rather its appropriately titled sequel, deepblue2, which is the company’s latest attempt to build the ultimate...

The Flesh Prevailed But Dynamics Did Not Jul18

The Flesh Prevailed But Dynamics Did Not

So what is turning into perhaps a true watershed moment, Kronos’ review of the latest Fallujah record, The Flesh Prevails, has sparked quite an impassioned conversation about the value of dynamics in metal among AMF readers, staffers, and yours truly. Why? Because in his review Kronos confesses that his enjoyment of the record had been significantly reduced due to the copious amounts of dynamic range compression and brickwall limiting applied. The net result was an overall underwhelming listening experience despite the strength of the record musically. I wholeheartedly suggest you read the entire review since it’s chock full of...

Just Cause

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. Let’s pretend for the sake of argument that you’ve read all of our articles and are now a true believer: The overzealous use of dynamic range compression coupled with brickwall limiting yields lifeless, dull sounding records. But if this is indeed all true, then why does the industry continue to approve of (and even insist on) this insanity in the first place? I think I’m asked this exact question no less than a dozen times a month in one form or another. And frankly,...

The Kids Want Streams And Wax Jul10

The Kids Want Streams And Wax

In my last Angry Metal-Fi article, I talked a little bit about how streaming music services and vinyl are winning the war for hearts and minds, and everything else is losing. Well, now we have some concrete numbers to back that up. SoundScan’s mid-year report says that over 70 billion songs were streamed in the first six months of 2014, up 42% year-over-year. Also up around 40% over last year? Vinyl. While it’s true that in terms of pure sales numbers rather than percentages vinyl still represents a tiny fraction of the overall music market, it’s still a growth sector at a time when growth sectors are hard to come by. Digital album sales...

Sodom – Persecution Mania

Classic Wax is a recurring series covering exceptionally great sounding metal releases on vinyl. As all of these albums are classics, our usual music and sound scores are superfluous. Dynamic range measurements are still provided for reference. This year being the 30th anniversary of Sodom’s debut EP, In The Sign Of Evil, I thought it might be a good time to take a look back at one of the band’s classic albums from when they dominated Germany’s burgeoning ‘80s thrash metal scene along with Kreator and Destruction. The band formed in Gelsenkirchen, Germany in 1980, when founding vocalist and bassist Tom “Angelripper” Such and...

Origin – Omnipresent Jul05

Origin – Omnipresent

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Kansas’ Origin. They’re a band that ostensibly should be on everyone’s shortlist, but more often than not aren’t. A big part of that has to do with their continual cat and mouse dance between dazzling displays of showmanship and substantive riffs. As a result, their backcatalog is mostly filled with throw away records – spun once or twice for their incredible technical wankery and then immediately forgotten for their complete lack of virulent songcraft. Until now, that is. Origin’s recently released sixth full length, Omnipresent, represents a real...