Originally Posted by Aktersnurra
OT: What's extreme metal and why is it not well produced/mixed/mastered?
A LOT of the quite heavy stuff that Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain...) has been involved with is really really well produced; Sabaton, Amorphis, Belphegor to mention just a few. Bad mastering doesnt really exist more in heavier and more extreme music imho.
That said, I listen to quite a lot of deathmetal with DX50, SR71b and HD700 and its great and benefits as much as anything being in lossless format and with good equipment. So I'm sure you'll be happy with your choice and soon enough you will be on the upgrade train just like the rest of us
Im looking forward to hearing your impressions of the Sony dap.
By extreme metal I mean the more extreme subgenres, i.e. death, black, doom, grind and everything inbetween. Agreed, most of the modern heavy stuff is very well (or over-) produced. However some still have a very raw sound, like the more murky death metal and the more buzzy black metal bands. And nowadays that's probably by choice. I mean bands like Portal, Dragged into Sunlight, Abyssal, Desolate Shrine, Inquisition. Bands like that are supposed to sound dirty. Also Yob's "Atma" sounds like it was recorded in the 70's. :)
Anyway, I think it's not so hard making well produced music sound good, but I like those bands to sound the way they are supposed to as well. I guess it boils down to kit not being too clynical/analytical. So therein also lies the next challenge for me: finding some good headphones and IEMS's. And I'm thinking I might have come to the right place for that... :)
BTW, I wasn't a big fan of Belphegor, but "Blood Magick Necromance" is awesome! I didn't know Tägtgren produced it.. That does explain something. The artwork is still horrible though. ;)