TR00 – Self identity and the Genre wars

We as humans are tribal folk. It’s a defence mechanism built into our DNA that says “Safety in numbers” when with your own kind.

Previously in more smelly and furry times it was essential to not being eaten but in the modern world the chances of that happening are pretty slim and so we look to our emotional defence instead.

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The importance of production in music

An exploration of why how music is presented is just as important as the music itself

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Retro review – Metallica – Load

As I round off my trilogy (maybe) of Metallica album reviews we now take a look at probably the most discussed album outside of Master Of Puppets, although for different reasons.

The follow up to Metallica’s seminal 1991 self titled album has been both controversial and surprising to many of the band’s fans but what was it about this album which was just so damn divisive?

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Retro review – The Black Album – 25 years on

In 1991 the heavy metal band Metallica released their 5th studio album simply self titled “Metallica”.

In the years to follow the release, which has affectionately become known as “The Black album” (Way before the 2003 Jay-Z album started using that name) was the the most insanely popular rock/metal album of the last century but what gave it it’s appeal and how well does it stack up today?

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Metallica – Hardwired…To Self Destruct: Review

I have been, let’s say rather vocal about Metallica’s output over the last 15 years. In other words I think it has been extremely sub-par in almost all areas for a band at their level so is this new offering going to change anything?

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Competitive Mastering – Killing the music


Being a soundy, recordy type person (technical term) part of my job is to master songs in order to tweak and bring some sheen to the mix.

Sometimes it can go too far, and it’s become a trend!

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Metallica – The New Song

I have a wide and varied musical taste ranging from orchestral to hip hop to early 90’s dance. My favourite genre is probably old video game music (Yes really!) but I pretty much grew up  a rock and metal dude.

Yesterday (18/08/16) one of the bands that pretty much shaped my metal world dropped a video for a brand new song (The first in 8 years).

And it wasn’t bad…..but it wasn’t great either.

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