SO FOR WHOSE AURAL ADVANTAGE?
Opinions seem to be diverging among fans, on the subject of remastering old school death / thrash metal releases.
Forum talks or articles tend to be polarized between those who think that the whole process of remastering is bad hence not necessary and, those who enjoy the new reissues because it has brought clarity, room to breathe for the instruments…and those who would advocate for a refined, subtle sound enhancement on particular parts of the instruments played to enhance the original work instead.
So where do you stand??? Do not forget to cast your vote on the Poll oF Death page!!!
Some interesting sites where you could jump in for an in depth information,violent interaction or technical knowledge:
Metal Monday: Metal Album Remasters,
Original vs Remaster
Dynamic range and the Loudness war
POLL OF DEATH BY METAL
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REMASTERED: AN OBJECTIVE PERSPECTIVE
In my previous post ,I had argued that the re mastered reissues of original recordings of classic Extreme Metal has warped the original sound. You might have perceived the differences in the Death remasters/vs/original posted above.
This time I found an interesting blog called The Helm of Anti-Lemon that compares both versions ( original and re-mastered) of several classic albums, like CARCASS,FORBIDDEN,MALEVOLENT CREATION… under the same volume.
This helps to have an objective view on the issue of remastering and could feel the occurring of the sound distortion in some instruments, I am posting here a sample from the The Helm of Anti-Lemon blog, which is also on my blogroll here if you wish to see more of it.
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SO WHICH VERSION WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE?
The remastering of the original sound in the reissues of Extreme Metal Music genres(Thrash / Death / Grindcore / Black Metal ) seems to have done more damage than enhancing it, resulting in the loss of the primal rawness that characterizes the genre.
In my opinion the production values of the original recordings are valid and should be kept as it is.
RE-MASTERED IN PIECES (R.I.P)
The reissues tend to have been treated to a cleaner and louder sound in line with the contemporary thinking that the louder it is the better it is.
Although this process could work for commercial music as it relays on public broadcasting (Radio, T.V,…) to seduce mass consumption markets, it actually distorts the original sound recording of the Extreme Music Genre, hence, destroying to some extent the unique atmosphere inherent to it.
EARSPLITTING DEATH METAL:
Examples of the recent DEATH REMASTERS/VS/ORIGINAL courtesy of Control Denied:
SO WHICH VERSION DO YOU PREFER?