...agree...great disc..maybe their best ....?
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very harsh comments about Metallica's "Death Magnetic". Only major issue I see is recording quality, but calling it unlistanble is a bit too harsh, IMO. I enjoy it. More so than the new AC/DC.
I have not picked up the new G n R yet.
As far as AC/DC's "Black Ice"...you called Metallica's "Death Magnetic" calculated...well, I can say the same about this AC/DC album. It is same old AC/DC, just like the rest of their stuff, in other words, at best it is "Back in Black" with different lyrics.
Where I do agree, is that AC/DC is recorded better than Metallica.
Bottom line is, at least for me, the old bands are worn out and and out of ideas, which results in their new stuff sounding same as their old stuff. That is calculated. not just Metallica. Pretty much all of them. but in all honesty, I'd rather listen to the calculated "Death Magnetic" than to the not calculated "St. Anger".
Talking about unlistanble...
2 worst Metallica CDs of all time, as far as I'm concerned - S&M and St. Anger.
Death Magnetic is far from worst IMO.
Despite it sounding like AC/DC (not a big surprise, huh!), it does sound unforced and spontaneous, with a natural flow. Can't say the same about Death Magnetic- it does sound forced to me. And that is the fundamental difference.
I couldn't sit through the whole album (Metallica, after two-three tracks it becomes tiresome, and in contrast, listening to 15 tracks of "Black Ice" at once was very enjoyable.
I guess, this subjective personal experience makes all the difference.
P.S. AC/DC recording quality- miles ahead of the other two
AC/DC used ATC for years. Black Ice was done in Vancouver The Warehouse - and the main monitors use ATC midrange. You don't get overly compressed sound from artists like this - you can google The Warehouse Studio - I think they have tickets for AC/DC. The latest Nickelback was done there too - it will be interesting to see if this Nickelback is overcompressed like the last one - I am hoping it will be better.
Couldn't possibly be the recording desk. Or the machines. Or the processing. Or the mics. Or the room design. Or the talent of the engineer. Or a dozen other variables
Sure there is a lot more to it - these studios cost millions. However you don't usually get overcompressed sound from artists that use ATC - the midrange clarity precludes this - distortion from overcompression becomes readily audible in the production stages. Think Pink Floyd, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, INXS and many others - kind of the antithesis of the hypercompressed Metallica sound. ATC is like having a "lens" on the midrange - forward sounding and too harsh for some but it tends to result in better recordings. This may seem like a shameless ATC plug - but there are grains of truth in these statements!
You are in for a treat!
I like AC/DC, but was not a big fan. A friend twisted my arm to join him at a show in NYC, 2 weeks ago...and boy am I glad he did.
What a great show. Musically, the band was spot-on, song selection was excellent, top-notch showmanship and the best lighting, video, props and pyrotechnics I have seen (I usually go to smaller shows.)
Though the accoustics were what you would expect for a sports arena (MSG,) it was a fantastic show and experience.
Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your ride on the R&R Train!
Absolutely impeccable sense of rhytm and melody, if you will.
For those going to the concerts - it will be about the gear - the bare essentials of AC/DC were and still are Malcolm Hill bass bins or their modern equivalent.
For those in Southern climates - "Black Ice" is a deadly winter situation on a road surface in the North that often leads to a pile-up or at the minimum several vehicles off the road. Producer Brendan O'Brien is from Atlanta so he would be familiar with it - perhaps he came up with the name - anyone know the scoop on the album title?
Shadorne, my wife is from Texas and has some horror stories about black ice. Sadly though, it's not strictly a Southern phenomenon as we in the North have to deal with not only icy overpasses on freeways but that old dreaded "freezing rain" which wreaks havoc on us every April not only in the streets but bringing down treess and power lines with a vengance!!!
I am building a time-oriented "widget" of the band's history as we speak. It will appear on www.capzles.com, on their own site, and be dedicated to Black Ice Tour. I will ask the boys the next time we speak.
I will post out to this posting when it can be viewed. We just got the digital assets.
The tour will last 2 and 1/2 years. The warm ups have been thrilling and crushing. Hard to imagine a harder rocking group of 60 year olds.
The main reason the AC/DC album sounds so good, and uncompressed, is Brendan O'Brien. He is the best hard rock producer and engineer of the last decade - in the sense of having great ears. No one else as consistently makes rock CD's that sound like a live band in a live room - Black Crowes Southern Harmony; Soundgarden Superunknown; all of the Stone Temple Pilots discs; Rage Against the Machine's studio albums; and so on - these Brendan O'Brien produced discs are as close as one can get to "reference quality" hard rock. The only other guy who comes close to me is Jack Joseph Puig, who did Amorica by the Crowes and the Jellyfish Spilt Milk album, among others.
Springsteen uses Bob Ludwig for Mastering - Bob uses Eggleston Ivy's (his own custom design) - might that explain it? ;-) Magic was particularly bad. Anyway if you use Egglestons for mastering...just kidding ....but it is true that Bob Ludwig has moved more to the dark side of the loudness wars recently (producers and artists demand it)
I think it is definitely intentional with Springsteen - I would guess he insists on it - it is always over compressed even Born to Run was bad long before compression became a terrible problem in the industry. It is probably because Bruce's mainstream audience are those who drive Ford pickups with huge towing capacity - noisy cabs on rough roads make compressed music the natural choice...
BTW - The Warehouse Studio including the main monitors was designed by Ron O Vermeulen (Bryan Adams technician for 30 years). The studio has a custom Neve that has George Martin's touch and orginally came from Air Studios in London. Bryan paid for it all...only a star could afford all this as we are talking tens of millions for the facility. I find Bryan Adams recordings are top notch too - thanks to Ron's hand.