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,...

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...

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...

Interview: Kurt Ballou of GodCity Studio

Everyone knows who Kurt Ballou is at this point – co-founder of Converge, owner and proprietor of GodCity Studios, mixing engineer for some of the most well respected metal and hardcore acts of the last decade, including bands like Trap Them, Nails, Kvelertak, Black Breath, and High on Fire to name but a few. This month Kurt is teaching a CreativeLive class called “Fix It In the Mix” on November 24th, and has been gracious enough to spend a few of his precious cycles to talk about the class with us as well as about Converge’s upcoming new live release, Thousands of Miles Between Us. Check it. MFi: So Kurt, for those...

Interview: Blood Music

If there is one label out there that I had to name that truly specializes in extreme metal on vinyl, it would have to be Blood Music. Since 2011, the folks over at Blood have been making industry waves with their gorgeous releases, ranging from those ginormous SYL and Moonsorrow box sets to those meticulously crafted maudlin in the Well reissues. Blood seems to be able to do it all, and frankly, it’s surprising given how small this Finnish label actually is. Very recently, I caught up with Blood and talked about the label, its history, and just how they do what they do so darn well. MFi: How and why was Blood Music started? Blood:...

Interview: Collin Jordan of The Boiler Room

Unless you have been living under a rock for over the past decade, then you are probably aware that the Windy City has a thriving extreme metal scene featuring artists such as Lord Mantis, Avichi, Indian, and Nachtmystium (yes, I know) to name just a few. And engineer Collin Jordan of The Boiler Room has been right in the thick of it, mastering many of your favorite records in and out of Chicago. I recently had an opportunity to speak with Collin about the Boiler Room, mastering for vinyl, and the importance of dynamics in metal. MFi: Collin, how did you get started in the production business and why did you found The Boiler Room? Collin: I...

Interview: Paul Masvidal of Cynic

Cynic. They need no introduction. Their 1993 debut, Focus, is simply one of the greatest progressive metal records of all time. And like all revolutionary pieces of art, Focus’ greatness was felt long after its release. In fact, it was only until after their 2006 reunion, did fans and critics a like, unanimously recognize the record’s tremendous contribution to the metalverse. Today, bands like Between the Buried and Me, Textures, and Scale the Summit to name just a few, often cite Cynic as a major influence. This year, Cynic has released their third full-length, Kindly Bent To Free Us, a record that has divided a lot of fans...

Interview: Colin Marston of Menegroth The Thousand Caves

2013 was a break out year for dynamics in metal. Not only did we see a lot of independent and boutique label artists such as Monolithe and Tortured Division deliver highly dynamic records, but we also saw much bigger named artists (or at least more well known) such as Gorguts and Dan Swanö crank out fantastic specimens of fidelity too. And a big part of last year’s success is due to New York’s own all around dynamic metal superhero, Colin Marston. You see by day, he is the bassist and/or guitarist for Krallice, Dysrhythmia, and Gorguts, but by night, he is mastering engineer of his own studio, Menegroth: The Thousand Caves,...

Interview: Brad Boatright of Audiosiege

Over the last few weeks, Beastmilk’s debut, Climax, has been all the rage for its self-described “apocalyptic post-punk” sound and crossover appeal. Think Echo & the Bunnymen meets death rock. Part of the band’s draw though, at least from the metal side, is that lead singer Kvohst has an extensive black metal pedigree, including the likes of Dødheimsgard, Hexvessel, and Code. In fact, the Beastmilk story actually began in 2010 when their sold out demo, White Stains on Black Tape, made Fenriz’s (Darkthrone) year end list. After a bit of touring and another successful 7″ follow up , Use Your Deluge,...