I’ve been a fan of Dead Can Dance for a long time. So, writing this post is disheartening.
Over the years, as my appreciation for music (and the equipment I use to listen to it) has evolved, I have paid increasingly more attention to the quality of the engineering of the audio itself. One method I use to do this is to view the waveform of a song by opening it in Audacity.
As you can see from the attached images, “Opium,” from Anastasis, appears to be brick-walled. This waveform is typical of most of the songs on DCD’s latest album. For comparison, I’ve included the waveform of “The Host of Seraphim,” and earlier DCD song.
Is this an example of the loudness wars at work? If so, I find it very disheartening to see a band with a reputation of high quality standards succumbing to this practice.