I did this recording with my Alexi 200 w/EMG 81. It is the one I am trying to sell.
However, I am trying to get that chest thumping punch in my recordings, and it has been oh so elusive. Here is a tone test that I did. I did the following to try to get punch.
Kick, snare, toms are sent to a compression bus and mixed with the dry drums.
Bass, guitars have compression
Bass is sent to another distortion buss
Stereo widening used
Here is the clip. What do you think? What else should I try?
"Punch" could be any number of things, but at the heart of it it comes down to (shock and awe) dynamics. Not just compressing to add "girth" or something, but also having a clear, defined attack to your instruments even after you compress.
That mix sounds overcompressed to me. Partly you have very high gain guitars, partly there's just a LOT going on in the mix ("if everything's loud, nothing's loud"), and partly you seem to be compressing everything.
Also worth a thought - you don't want to track any hotter than you have to, as most of the gear guys like you, I, and everyone on this board who's name doesn't rhyme with Bat Nooks can afford isn't really THAT transparent when pushed. Rule of thumb, if you find you have to turn tracks down to keep the master bus from clipping, you're tracking too hot- I usually peak at around -12-16db.