So, let's say you want to listen to reek of putrefaction, but it sounds unbearably awful because they let farm animals mix the recording? I know there must be some way to improve the sound, reduce the distorted bass and other weird crackling noises. I've tried fiddling with the EQ manually, and I must be doing it wrong, because i'm not getting anywhere.
dealing with painfully low production values?
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Reek is fine as it is. It's a raw gore grind masterpiece. Whether the band was happy with it or not is of no consequence, once they released it to the world, it is forever that album. It's akin to saying, "Man I wish the Mona Lisa was a little more tan and had different colored eyes." Sure you can change those things, but then you lose the original presentation.
If Reek didn't sound so blown out, muddy and sloppy, then, to me, it just wouldn't be as amazing as it is.
If it was destroying headphones you would have definitely heard about it by now. Don't know if I'd call it the best ever, but it's definitely up there.