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...

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...

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...

The Best and Worst Sounding Records of 2015

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. It’s that time again where we extol those releases that exemplify high caliber production and condemn those which exact tyranny on all of our collective volume knobs. 2015 was a break out year for production in metal if you ask me. Not because the percentage of releases had higher DR scores mind you. Quite the opposite actually. But because you guys have made production a real talking point across the web. I can’t tell you how many times I stumble over some online conversation...

Interview: Tymon Kruidenier of Our Oceans

What do you get when you throw former and current members of Cynic, Exivious, and Dodecahedron all together in a room to record music? If you said something like quasi-jazz infused blackened death fuckery, you’d be absolutely…wrong. Completely. Like, not even close. What you do get instead is some of the loveliest sounding prog rock you’ll hear all year. Who knew? The project is officially called Our Oceans, and is the brainchild of Tymon Kruidenier, ex-Cynic and currently one of Exivious’ lead guitarists. He checked in with us to discuss the project, how it all came about, and why going dynamic played a big part in...

DSD Is Not For Me

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. In the last Angry Metal-Fi segment, I talked about high-res audio in detail but purposely avoided the topic of DSD altogether. In today’s segment, we are going to tackle these three little letters in depth as well as show why in the end, it’s all much ado about nothing. “DSD” stands for Direct Stream Digital, the trademark name used by Sony and Phillips to describe the bitstream (read: the 1’s and 0’s that represent your favorite Carcass record) stored on...

A Higher Resolution

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. With bands like Iron Maiden, Opeth, and even Megadeth releasing their music in high-resolution audio these days, it seems like the format has finally arrived. So in today’s episode of Angry Metal-Fi we are going to put our spotlight on high-resolution audio and hopefully help you avoid the many pitfalls and traps that plague this so misunderstood topic. So what exactly is high-resolution audio anyway? Let’s consult Wikipedia: “High-resolution audio, also known as...

Join Us

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. One of the main reasons why Dave and I started Metal-Fi was the simple fact that as experienced audiophiles who also happen to be extreme metal fanatics, we had absolutely no place to congregate. I mean none. The closest you could get to real metal talk is when audiophiles drool over Magico’s in-house CNC machine. That’s about it. Well today is the day we change all that! After a lot of internal discussion, as well as a lot of feedback from all of you, we have decided to start...