Friday, January 11, 2013

R.I.P. victims of the loudness wars

Terribly mixed, brickwalled, clipped everywhere, static noise, ears bleeding, the horror... loudness wars victims. As an audiophile, it deeply saddens me when I find a good album ruined by a horrible mixing. I think this disease began spreading towards the end of the 1990’s, and from now on, most of the albums are simply unlistenable. Producers responsible by these atrocities should die slowly and in great pain, by having all their blood drained away from their perforated eardrums.

Here it follows a list of some ruined albums which I particularly mourn over, because I cannot listen to:

Slayer
Undisputed Attitude
1996
-10.54 dB

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication
1999
-12.42 dB

Children of Bodom
Follow the Reaper
2000
-12.63 dB

Pantera
Reinventing the Steel
2000
-11.42 dB

Stratovarius
Infinite
2000
-11.47 dB

Rage Against the Machine
Renegades
2000
-11.98 dB

Velvet Revolver
Contraband
2004
-10.45 dB

Franz Ferdinand
You Could Have It So Much Better
2005
-11.02 dB

Audioslave
Revelations
2006
-11.14 dB

Joey Ramone
Ya Know?
2012
-10.12 dB


There you have something that makes me really sad about.

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