Originally Posted by krtzer
Duly noted, trogdor (I think i'm guilty of half of those :P).
Anyway, can someone explain to me why the bass is almost always mixed into oblivion in modern records?
From experience I think it's just because it's so difficult. With a full mix, you basically have two options: turn the mids way up and create an annoying whiny bass sound, or turn the mids down and the volume up until it's an undefined rumble. It takes a good engineer to be able to work the entire sound so that the bass comes out well in a heavy mix. It's no problem with funk, for example, but when you throw in downtuned power chords and a double bass drum things get tricky.
It hasn't topped ADHD for me yet, which remains one of the best prog metal albums I've heard. But I did really enjoy it too, and some more listens might bring it there. I keep forgetting to listen to OSI.