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Audiofile / Creepmime
« on: September 16, 2006, 02:31:14 AM »
Creepmime MP3s

"A doom band with Dutch and English members, seems a powerful combination of musical and aesthetic elements."

Creepmime - Shadows (1993) [ CD $22 ]

Creepmime - Shadows (1993, Mega)

Metal / Re: "Terminal Sellout Disease"
« on: June 28, 2006, 05:16:32 AM »
Honestly, I think the diabolical second half of With Fear... was a clear indication of the direction ATG were heading in, and TSD should've come as no surprise.

I like this 'diabolical' second half as much as the first one, with the exception of The Architects maybe. The songs of this second half are actually mostly older than the others, plus, they don't show TSD's signs of simplification.. so I don't see the relation to TSD's 'decline'.

Metal / Re: Improving the sound quality of old metal album
« on: June 15, 2006, 08:34:32 AM »
I should have known nothing good would come out of this. If you really want to worship the original sound, do so. I am only interested in ways to get more out of it.
WFIKTBD is one of my all time favorite albums, but try listening to it on headphones and you're in for a headache because of its too strong 2000-3000hz frequency. That is undeniably a production error and I don't see a reason to NOT change that.

Or instead of all this you could download foobar2000 (www.foobar2000.org) and use a real equalizer with much more bands and therefore control as opposed to winamp which likes to just beef up the bass and treble at both ends but still leaves it sounding like crap.

While foobar does have a better equalizer, as a program it is so badly designed that I can't stand it. Winamp may be bloat-y, but at least it's comfortable to use.

Saying that Vikingligr Veldi has a bad production is a big misunderstanding. It's not "bad production", it's not even second-rate Black Metal production ; Grieghallen Studios have several $100 000's of equipment and normally record classical music and the like.

Well, I guess according to your argument, In The Nightside Eclipse must have excellent production, too, with all that $100,000s of equipment used?

In fact, my main concern was to make the ATG and Atheist albums sound better, the others are somewhat ok. VikVeldi isn't 'badly' produced, but still improvable.

Metal / Improving the sound quality of old metal albums
« on: June 09, 2006, 02:21:11 PM »
To me, At The Gates' With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness became somewhat unlistenable some time ago due to its really annoying production. That was when I started experimenting around with Winamp equalizer settings to mitigate the impact of bad production.. with quite satisfactory results.

I've gotten into the habit of creating eq settings for any album whose sound I don't like enough. Here's a sample of what I've made:


These are equalizer files for Winamp 2/3/5. Load with Presets -> Load -> From EQF (for Winamp5)

Album settings inside for:

Amorphis - The Karelian Isthmus
ATG - With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness (huge improvement, try it!)
Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
Bathory - Blood Fire Death
Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes
Enslaved - Vikingligr Veldi
Therion - Beyond Sanctorum

If you get overpeaking (crackling sounds), decrease the "Preamp" value.

If you know of other ways to get more out of badly produced albums, don't hesitate to post them.

Metal / Re: Trance: Recommendations?
« on: April 18, 2006, 06:22:54 AM »
Most if not all of today's trance music you can find is totally worthless. There are, however, a few older 'goa trance' albums which are worth listening to.

Indoor - Progressive Trance (1995)
Solar Plexus - Images Of The 5th Dimension (1998)
Electric Universe - One Love (1995)
Aeon - Transe Modulaire (1996)

On these, the focus is on making expressive music instead of filling up uninspired songs with movie sound samples and loads of noise.