At Earache, Less Earache
Earache Records have a slew of absolute bonafide classics within their hefty catalog. And if you haven’t had a chance to peruse their ASK EARACHE blog, I highly encourage you to do so. There is a ton of gold to be mined there, including discussions about the “Loudness War” and its effect on metal. But even more importantly, Earache has begun to issue Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) editions of various classics starting with the first two Napalm Death albums, Scum and From Enslavement to Obliteration. You can right now purchase both WDR versions on their official Bandcamp page.
But that’s not all, I just discovered through their official store that the next set of WDR releases are Carcass’s magnum opus, Symphonies of Sickness on limited edition color vinyl, and one of my personal all-time favorites, Bolt Thrower’s Realm of Chaos. A little birdy also tells me that Entombed’s Left Hand Path is due to get the WDR treatment in the near future as well.
I realize the above comes off as a little bit of an infomercial. But as far as I know, this is the first real honest to goodness attempt from a well respected label to produce audiophile quality output. Despite my enthusiasm for sites like HDTracks, the fact is you really don’t know what master you’re buying or even minimally, the dynamic range score to see if the release was bricked to begin with. Here, it’s completely spelled out for you. Happy day!
Stay tuned as we will review most, if not all, of these releases in the near future!