There’s Something Lurking in the Show
Yeah, we realize Pig Destroyer doesn’t really sit right next tot he other bands this week. It was a slow week and we worked with what we had. (The next two weeks are filled with some anticipated albums.) We’ll just chalk it up to the show’s usual diversity. You’ll also probably be thanking us for throwing it in there considering a couple of the albums it’s between…I know we were thanking ourselves.
Bring Me The Horizon – That’s the Spirit (Columbia)
Atreyu – Long Live (Spinefarm)
Pig Destroyer – Prowler in the Yard (Deluxe Edition) (Relapse)
Reflections – The Color Clear (eOne)
Bring Me The Horizon – That’s the Spirit
Pig Destroyer – Prowler in the Yard
I really haven’t listened to any Bring Me The Horizon. Not that I have anything against them, but they just don’t seem to get much (any?) coverage in the blogs and metal press. After listening to the song you played, I can see why the metal blogs are passing on BMTH. Hearing that made song made me think of Linkin Park, both because of the style of the song and because of the evolution of both bands into sort of pop bands.
I can venture a guess as to why the production on some albums is so bad. You noted that there must be several people including band members and someone at the label who say that the bad production is good enough. I’m not sure that is always the case. It’s possible that there is only one single minded individual who thinks the production of an album should be done his way. Other band members and people at the label might say that the production sucks, but that one individual might be such an ass about producing the album his way that everyone else goes along with it just to shut that one individual up. This was the case for a certain individual named Lars and an album named St. Anger.
That is a solid point about the production issues. However…I understand letting Metallica do what they want (though I’ll never understand why the rest of the band didn’t fight Lars). With smaller bands and smaller labels, and even more seasoned bands like Atreyu who are just returning to the fold, wouldn’t you think at least somebody at the label would try to say or do something to get the best sound out of it?
That said, I think in some cases, the band is going for a certain sound and we are just not hearing it how they are. This may be the case with Atreyu, for example. They may have wanted a more raw feel and they feel they accomplished it. We, however, only understand what they were going for and feel they missed the mark. That is what i want to know from the bands and/or labels – why does it sound like this? What were you trying to accomplish? What do you hear?
With Metallica, we know now they were trying to go for some “old school” garage sound, but they just fucked it up. They should have actually recorded it analog, in a garage…they can do that. They’re fucking Metallica.