This is the one that got me along with the Zakk one and now Marty.
I loved Nuno's tone on "Pornograffitti." That guy is awesome, I'd love to spend a day with him to learn more about rack gear in the studio.
My favorite rack gear I ever got to use was a 87' or 88' Soldano SLO and it was stupid good. I had a smile on my face every time I played it.
Ok. Sorry for the coming rant but it has to happen along with you guys... As a guy who grew up with at home recording studios.
I'm so sick of it... All of it... I have my own little studio at my house but I never intended on trying to make a Roadrunner & Warner Bros. Records Quality type of record, mainly it's for guest solos and demos. I one day want to save my money and work with a proper producer/studio. Save costs wherever we need to on our own if need be.
That being said, everybody thinks they are a producer and that their band is going to rule. I've never seen so many bands and guitarists who sound alike. It almost makes not even want to attempt to write a Metal album because there is so much overdone stuff that is the same in every new band, so it makes it wicked hard to come up with something new or maybe that's what I need.
Producers helped make bands who they are today. If it wasn't Ted Templeman Van Halen wouldn't sound nearly as iconic as they do today and Eddie has so many defining moments because of that man. Same goes for Max Norman (1st Ozzy Records w/Randy, Wicked Sensation, Megadeth). And those are just a couple, Paul O' Neil saved Savatage for goodness sakes and the bros. had huge opportunities: Jon (to audition for Black Sabbath) and Criss to walk onto Megadeth w/no audition. But Paul kept them together and made some killer records and then TSO. These guys brought the best out of these bands and pushed them even harder. No one has that hardly anymore, so there's mediocre music with no fighting to make it the very best it can be. I mean guys in The Eagles, AC/DC, Metallica would fight over songs. Nowadays it's just like, "Hey, let's do this. I got all these riffs, I just bought these plugins and we can sound like everyone else down the corner of the street and we can record it from home too." I'm over it... I argue with my one friend all the time about so many of these bands that just play Heavy Riffs, Scream and blast drums the whole time. He will show me these new bands that he will think I'll love and I'm like, 'Well they sound like Born of Osiris, Periphery, The Contortionist or Tesseract but like worse.' Nothing inventive like some of the guys were when they came out. Now everybody's guitar tone sounds like a Machine-Gun off of like Halo or something.
And it's been a while that even the bands I mentioned, that I have heard a song from them that made me want to listen to it again. Then again I don't really consider myself a huge fan of any of them (nothing personal, they all have had killer stuff) aside from Tesseract and them having the most amazing singer of that genre, Dan Tompkins. I miss great and proper songwriting with some hooks, a killer riff, accents to please you ear and a groove to settle into. Now everyone just sounds the same: Loud, Fast and HEAVY. I can't imagine what it would be like if like Pantera came out like now. I don't know if they would be loved or just crapped on.
I just want to hear a clever band again and who thinks outside of the box. However, my frustration could just stem from me being tired of listening to ADD music. I don't know.
Side note: When is Scar Symmetry coming back?