“…And Justice For All” Mixer Steve Thompson Says Metallica “Have No Desire” To Remix The Album For The Deluxe Edition

Despite the fact that Jason Newsted‘s bass parts are buried in the mix, Metallica apparently “have no desire” to remix “…And Justice For All” for the upcoming deluxe edition. Mixer Steve Thompson confirmed the news on the Talk Toomey Podcast.


Thompson said the following about the initial mixing:

“The first day Lars would come in with pictures of an EQ setup [of] how he wanted his drums to sound, every drum. So I said to Barbiero, ‘Michael, why don’t you work with Lars and get the drums sounding the way he wants them and once you got that let me know.’

So he gets the sound that Lars wanted and I listened to ’em myself and said ‘Man, this sounds like shit.’ …And so I chased everybody out of the room, I started putting everything up, re-EQing drums, bringing the guitars up, bringing the bass up, because the bass was a great part because it was a perfect marriage with Hetfield‘s rhythm guitars, it just was great. And I’m blowing up the band and everything like that and Hetfield comes in and [he] thumbs up, everybody, he’s happy.

So when I was ready for playback, Lars comes walking in, listens to about 15 seconds and he says ‘turn it off.’ And he goes to me ‘Uhh, what happens to my drum sound?’ So I think I just probably said ‘You were serious?”

So I had to get the drum sound back to where Lars was happy and I wasn’t… And then he said ‘See the bass?’ I said ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘I want you to bring it down about 5 or 6db. I said ‘Why,’ [he said] ‘Just bring it down.’ So I brought it down where you barely audibly could hear it. And he goes now ‘drop it down a little more’.

And I remember I think I turned around to James and James just put his hands up and I said ‘Really, why would you do that?’”

He then added the following about the deluxe edition:

“I just contributed to the anniversary album of ‘…And Justice [For All‘]. I just sent them a bunch of pictures and some outtakes, but they have no desire to re-mix the record. They want to keep it the way it is.

They might remaster it or something like that, but there is only so much mastering you can do. And I’ll tell you the truth, I don’t even know if those original multitracks could be saved. Because there are like 5 million edits in them from Lars‘ drums alone. So if you have the box and open it up there probably be about 50 million pieces of tape all over the place.”

He later stated:

“They’ve lived with it this long. I’ve lived with most of the criticism, ’cause everybody assumes it’s my fault. And I guess I have to take blame cause it says my name says mixed by me and Barbiero.

But I remember when Metallica got elected to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they flew us in there to be a part of it—which I thought was great—and I remember hanging out with Lars and Lars basically came up to me and said ‘Steve, what happened to the bass on the record?’ He actually asked me that and I just said ‘Ok, I give up, I give up’ [laughing.]”

[via The PRP]


Code Orange Guitarist Remixes “Only One Way”

Code Orange’s Eric “Shade” Balderose has shared his “Only1(The Hard Way)“ remix of “Only One Way.“ He said the following about that:

“Keeping a unique creative energy in every aspect of Code Orange is something we are always thinking about and it’s what drives me personally.This song was a great opportunity for me to portray my alternate vision of the song and for us to bridge the gap with other genres and artists we are influenced by. We are constantly evolving and we’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of our band.”

[via The Fader]

August Burns Red To Release Remixed Version Of “Messengers”

August Burns Red have teamed up with musician/producer Carson Slovak to remix their 2007 album “Messengers.“ The remixed version of the effort will be released in digital outlets on January 26.

Papa Roach Release EMRSV Remix Of “Periscope” Feat. Skylar Grey

Papa Roach have released an EMRSV remix of “Periscope“ feat. Skylar Grey. The original song is from Papa Roach’s latest album “Crooked Teeth.”

EMRSV told Your EDM the following:

“When we first heard ‘Persicope,’ we were blown away by the song. We could just feel the raw emotion Skylar
and Jacoby’s voices brought to the track. We were super excited to get the opportunity to add our touch to it, and work with artists we’ve grown up listening to. We wanted to incorporate some powerful chords and uplifting strings to really accentuate the emotion in the song and bring to life its dance music potential. Getting to work on this remix was a dream come true!”

Cradle Of Filth Planning To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of “Cruelty And The Beast” In Spring 2018

Cradle Of Filth have shared a new update on the remixed 20th anniversary edition of “Cruelty And The Beast.” If all goes according to plan, it should be available in late spring 2018. You can read the full update in the below Instagram post:

Dani Filth has been spending all week in Grindstone Studios with ‘Cryptoriana' producer @grindstonescott working on the remix of 1998’s 'Cruelty And The Beast’, which will see the light of day late Spring to commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary in 2018 e.h. Dani has piped up saying that ‘the remix is coming along fabulously, with a few weeks still left to seriously lift this to a new dimension. The real trick here is making the album not only sound better, but also in retaining the crepuscular atmosphere of the original release. Fans are going to absolutely love this and I promise that Scott and I have totally treated this monster with the upmost respect it deserves’. The album will also feature Cradle of Filth’s cover of @ironmaiden’s 'Hallowed Be Thy Name’, (which is in the process of being remixed as well) and the band have most definitely not ruled out the possibility of playing the album in it's entirety in the not-too-distant future. More important additions to the ‘Cryptoriana' World Tour' will be revealed next week, so stay tuned to this deviant frequency. #CrueltyandtheBeast #cradleoffilth #danifilth #grindstonestudio #cryptorianaworldtour #cryptoriana

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Sinsaenum (DragonForce, Ex-Slipknot, Etc.) Premiere Lyric Video For “Dead Souls” Remix

Sinsaenum (DragonForce, Mayhem, ex-Slipknot, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their “Dead Souls” remix. This version of the song is from their new EP, “Ashes“, which will be released on November 10.

Frédéric Leclercq (also of DragonForce) commented:

“‘Dead Souls‘ was on the list of songs we originally wanted to do a video for. Turns out we chose ‘Army Of Chaos‘ and ‘Splendour And Agony‘ from our debut instead but we knew that song had a strong potential. When we worked on the conception of ‘Ashes‘, the EP, we were thinking in threes.

We had three new songs, we wanted to re-release the Japanese bonuses for the rest of the world, so we decided to add another song from ‘Echoes‘… but to spice things up a bit, Stephane and I recorded new solos and asked our good friend Frederic Duquesne to remix the song. He did a fantastic job!”