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post #121 of 360

I have to say that Porcupine Tree - In Absentia; tracks like Trains sound very good indeed.

Their later albums in my opinion haven't been mixed as well. I may be wrong

post #122 of 360
I would have to agree that Porcupine Tree albums in general are of great quality. Actually, anything Steven Wilson touches sounds great (Opeth from Blackwater Park on, No-Man, Blackfield). I also like the sound Devin Townsend gets but I can't say I'm the biggest fan of all of his stuff.

As to the point of production for metal in general, it is so dependent on the particular recording. I want Rust in Peace to sound as clean as possible so I can hear every glorious shredding note. I want Anthems at the Welkin Dawn a little less clean, and Vulgar Display of Power to just be loud and brutal. Metal does indeed have different rules than any other genre.
post #123 of 360

This may have been mentioned and I apologize if this is a repeat post but:


Pain of Salvation - Road Salt II

post #124 of 360

Just listened to Porcupine Tree...NICE! Never heard of them before...but they're in the stack now! Good call guys!

post #125 of 360

This is exactly what is great about progressive rock and progressive metal. Most of it is recorded well, some of it very well. Progressive artists actually seem to care how their music sounds which is great for us audiophiles. I don't have to cringe listening to most of my favorites with resolving headphones like the Q701, and the GR01. 

 

Porcupine Tree is recorded well, most of Opeth's stuff is recorded well too, it seems most of the little known bands (non-mainstream) seem to really care about production. Threshold's new album is good, both of Haken's albums are good, Headspace, Oddland, To-mera, Frequency Drift, Chimp Spanner, Andromeda, Riverside, Arch/Matheos, and OSI are all bands that have good production on their music. I'm listening to Oddland right now, and the clarity is great, especially the vocal mix.      

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Originally Posted by Navybsn View Post

I would have to agree that Porcupine Tree albums in general are of great quality. Actually, anything Steven Wilson touches sounds great (Opeth from Blackwater Park on, No-Man, Blackfield). I also like the sound Devin Townsend gets but I can't say I'm the biggest fan of all of his stuff.
As to the point of production for metal in general, it is so dependent on the particular recording. I want Rust in Peace to sound as clean as possible so I can hear every glorious shredding note. I want Anthems at the Welkin Dawn a little less clean, and Vulgar Display of Power to just be loud and brutal. Metal does indeed have different rules than any other genre.

Edited by jasonb - 11/12/12 at 5:49pm
post #126 of 360

I've really been enjoying the way the new High On Fire album sounds. De Vermis Mysteriis. I usually find listening to metal on headphones to be a depressing experience--headphones are good for lots of things, but not metal, I've always felt. This is one of the albums that proves me wrong.

post #127 of 360
Stoner rock (metal) in general like High on Fire, The Sword, Bison B.C. etc all tend to have poor production. Part of the genre. Fuzzed out, loud, distorted. Good music for cranking in the car while driving through the desert, not so good for headphones. I'd love to hear anything by Kyuss with good production. Same for ASG - Win us over.
post #128 of 360

Right. That said, I actually think the production on the new High on Fire album is quite good. The first time the drums kick into the mix (which is to say, as soon as you push play) they actually sound like drums, which thrills me to no end.

post #129 of 360

as for me here is one of the best (not in order):

 

Yngwie Malmsteen - concerto suite for electric guitar and orchestra in b minor op. 1 and millennium Concerto suite

an Evening with Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci

Eagles Hell Freezes over - DTS audio CD

The Classical Conspiracy and Score: An Epic Journey by Epica

 

any other idea please share here.

post #130 of 360

As good as I remember "Diablo Swing Orchestra" records sound really good... though I haven't listened to them in the past two years. 

post #131 of 360

oh... and for those who like Green Carnation (and I remember someone recommending it here) you should check out:

 

In the Woods... - Omnio

 

one of the best avantgatde metal albums ever made and sounds good, too.

post #132 of 360

Pain of Salvation - 12:5

post #133 of 360

Krallice - Years Past Matter

 

Please visit Metal-Fi ( consists of reviews of metal albums along with recording quality info) started by fellow head-fiers Trogdor and DaveBSC.

 

Also, visit the long running metal thread http://www.head-fi.org/t/397407/lets-talk-metal/7845#post_8921113


Edited by wrathzombie - 12/3/12 at 10:46am
post #134 of 360

For progressive rock, Glass Hammer's Culture of Ascent is an amazing sounding album. There is a lot of complexity, and the production is top notch... I find something new almost every time I listen. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of downloading it off itunes. I wish I had it in lossless.

post #135 of 360

Wintersun - TIME I

 

The musical interludes and power of the instrumentals seems like it would only get better with equipment.

 

EDIT: On a related note, Wintersun is one of the best live metal bands I've seen in a long time!

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