Angry Metal-Fi: The Best & Worst Sounding Records of 2016

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. 2016 was another so-so year for dynamics in metal, with the number of hyper-compressed, brickwalled recordings far outweighing the number of well produced ones. Yet I still remain cautiously optimistic since our little Metal-Fi community is slowly but surely becoming not so little anymore, with more and more headbangers joining the cause everyday. But even more importantly, I see many of our readers transforming their passive aggressiveness toward poorly produced metal into outright...

Angry Metal-Fi: On DR Scores

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. I know it can seem like it sometimes, but Metal-Fi’s whole existence isn’t just to criticize every hyper compressed monstrosity that gets released. On the contrary, our main goal is to raise awareness, particularly within the metal community, that production has intrinsic value, and that as a community we need to make a concerted effort to cherish those artists, labels, and engineers who consistently deliver great sounding recordings. But when I claim that production has...

Interview: Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios

Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studio is a living legend and has mastered practically ever big name rock and pop star you can think of. Some of his clients include Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk to name just a few. But he is also no stranger to metal. In fact, he was Metallica‘s go-to engineer for many years, mastering many of their early classics and EPs including Kill’Em All, Ride the Lightening, and In Justice For All. He has also mastered Tool and Megadeth as well. Recently, Bob has taken over mastering duties for another big name metal act, Avenged Sevenfold,...

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Religiously Irreligious

What’s funny is that after ten albums under their belt, Moonspell is still one of those bands that I have a hard time picking exactly which record of theirs is my ultimate favorite. Before I started writing this article, I was absolutely positive their magnum opus was 2008’s Night Eternal. Now before you file a court order to commit me (Too late! -Dave), I am quite cognizant of the fact that most Moonspellians will cite the band’s debut, 1995’s Wolfheart and its follow-up, 1996’s Irreligious, as the alpha and omega of this Portuguese collective’s career. And looking back, justifiably so, since Night...

Forgotten Legends: Morbid Saint – Spectrum of Death

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. When I was growing up, my whole world revolved around Megadeth, Metallica, and to a lesser extent, Slayer. That’s it. They were the be all, end all of metal, and ignorance was as they say, bliss. However, as I grew older, my metal tastes slowly evolved and I started to take my metal more seriously. That’s one of the reasons why in fact I started to read a...

Interview: Kristian (The Cantor) of Vainaja

In 2014, Svart Records described Vainaja‘s debut, Kadotetut, as “the heaviest album ever recorded in the Finnish language,” and I can not find any flaw in that statement. In case you missed it though, please read both my review as well as Grymm’s over on AMG to get an idea of why I have a lot of love for this record. Recently, the band has unleashed its follow-up entitled Verenvalaja, which has also received high marks all around as well. Better still, both records have gotten high dynamic 24-bit vinyl masters courtesy of Dan “the Man” Swanö that are now available for purchase through the band’s...

Angry Metal-Fi: Finding Provenance

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. A little over two years ago, I attempted to separate fact from fiction, and explain the reality of music on vinyl as opposed to the most common misconceptions. This is still an area where I see a lot of confusion though, so I believe the time has come to finally set the record, as it were, straight. First, let’s talk about how your favorite metal album makes its way onto that 12” piece of wax. Once the final digital master has been locked down by the mastering engineer, it’s sent to the...

Forgotten Legends: Razor – Violent Restitution

Forgotten Legends is an ongoing series where we look back on those extraordinary yet often overlooked albums that are essential to any serious metal collection. They can be of any format, released at any time. As always, a dynamic range measurement is provided for reference. I think it’s safe to say now that 2016 has become a banner year for thrash. I mean we’ve already seen a number of thrastastic records from industry stalwarts Megadeth, Anthrax, and Death Angel to more nouveau acts like Vektor and Destroyer 666, and there is still a lot more yet to come with new releases looming from the likes of Revocation and of course that...

Megadeth – Dystopia

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. “What’s your favorite band?” A question that I’m sure all of you have been invariably asked at least once in your life. The fact is over my illustrious metal listening career, my tastes have evolved and become so varied that I don’t have just one “favorite band” anymore. To make matters worse, most of the time when I am asked this question, it’s typically posed by someone who isn’t exactly a metal cognoscenti. So even though I could...