It's kind of 50% to 50%. What has happened is that even though you have had vinyl making a slow come back over the last 10 years the pressing plants are not as good at it as they once were. It is really and art to get everything correct in reproducing an LP. Some LPs are from a CD and sound like it. I wish I could state that the situation is on the improvement swing but I think it is the down slide. Your better off with 180gm records but even then there is no set way to know.
Arch Enemy..Doomsday Machine........ one of the best recorded metal albums ever!
All the Opeth LPs are great, even the Back On Black reissues, even though I hear they use a digital master it is better than the CD. The Opeth sounds better than any metal out there on wax.
Not really total metal but the 180 gm Song Remains The Same by Zep is fantastic!
The Black Album reissue is great, Justice For All reissue is bad but even when it came out it had bad SQ, great music. Death Magnet is ok not great, reissue of Master of Puppets is a little better than good. It may be great as I am doing a compare to modern day recording. Ride The Lightning OK.
The Slayer reissues are thin but that just may be the sound? I sold my Slayer records in the 80s but the new releases sound OK. Hell Awaits, Haunting The Chappel, Live Dead.
Newer In Flames, A sense Of Purpose...... Great
Turbonegro Party Animals......Bad,bad,bad
Nile...Annihilation Of The Wicked...fantastic
Dissection...Storm Of The Lights Bane......fantastic reissue
Emperor..In the Night Side Eclipse....Sounds like the original
Emperor....Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk great
Emperor..IX Equilibrium great
All Slipknot is good not totally great not that bad.
Meshuggah obZen......thin but ok
All the original pressings of bands like Manowar are fantastic, all original Judas Priest Albums are perfect! Really any original metal records recorded well and released by big label sound fantastic, you can't go wrong.
Dimmu Borgir...Death Cult Armageddon.......... is bad
Really most Nuclear Blast pressings are not that good.
Darkthrone reissues They sound ok.............A Blaze in the Northern Sky..Under a Funeral Moon...Transilvanian Hunger... sound like they should.
Burzum Back On Black reissues. They sound ok
Det som engang var........good
Hvis lyset tar oss ....good
Edited by Redcarmoose - 9/6/11 at 9:29pm