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2.0 out of 5 stars Solid album, but is ruined by horrible production, November 11, 2011
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This review is from: Kicking & Screaming (MP3 Music)
For Loudness War enthusiasts and audiophiles only:

I don't know who mastered this album, but the one who did should reconsider their job. It's amazing to hear how different the album sounds in a car compared to on a computer. On a computer it sounds loud, but fine. But in a car(with good speakers) it sounds like loud, indistinguishable, hypercompressed noise. Just as a previous Amazon reviewer stated, Sebastian Bach's vocals/lyrics are difficult to understand as every instruments is clashing with each other for their space to be heard.

Using Audio Editing Software, I studied the wav files of the album and saw them constantly peaking at -0.10 DB! Whoever mastered this album didn't realize what damage they caused by destroying all the dynamics of this album and leaving no headroom on the heavy parts. No wonder it sounds horrible.

When will record companies and producers learn that louder and compressed does not equal better sales?! So, for a more distinguishable, listenable experience, I'd recommend the mp3's for your mp3 player or iPod and not the actual CD for your vehicle. You'll save a couple dollars and not be as disappointed.
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Initial post: Nov 15, 2011 11:01:01 AM PST
J. Kotrba says:
I whole heatedly agree, production is terrible. I haven't read the credits, but I suspect that this "album" was self produced. It really doesn't have the quality that it should if it was done at a high end recording studio.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 3:39:30 PM PST
Hey, thanks for the heads up. I hate that so many albums are ruined by the "loudness war", maybe one day producers will realize what they are doing and repair the damage.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 5:45:08 PM PDT
Rˇan says:
Sebastian went on and on about how amazing this record was gonna sound and even went as far as saying that it would be the kind of record that people would want to test home theater systems with. I was excited!

Then I got it and was horrified at how loud it and fuzzy it was. I complained about how he lied and got blocked from his facebook. The music kinda sucks, too.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 12:02:12 AM PDT
Chris Cox says:
better to buy the european versions of music cds and film dvds now too. audio compression is ruining the music industry, which is becoming anti-print and pro-download, which means to me, lars ulrich's fight against napster then, but nowadays was a waste of time, just to protect copyrights. i think a good number of musicians and bands should do what metallica has done and start their own record labels and take back quality control from those whom only goal now is sabotage, just because their are ppl whom flat out won't buy itunes, ipods, kindles, mp3 players, etc.....like me!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:09:26 AM PDT
Chris Cox says:
if sabastian bach blocked you, then it is fact, he cannot handle being caught in a lie..therefore, don't buy the record and make him pay for his deception and make him disappear from the music industry. todays celebrities have become ego-maniacs and expect us to kiss their arses, i for one refuse!! a factoid maria divorced him a few years ago, good for her!!! gene simmons(<aka chaim weitz) is one of them too!!
paul stanley fired him over his ego and his homophobia telling his replacement to shut his mouth and play, now he is out of kiss.
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