Fake It Until You Make It? Musical Authenticity and the Metal Musician

When in the studio, musicians always use some “tricks” to get a sound that isn’t necessarily as achievable in a live setting. This is a pretty commonly known fact. It’s not even a new thing. Since the 60s, bands have made music in the studio that doesn’t reflect the process of how they actually play in person. As technology develops, more methods become available to the artists to achieve a more “perfect” sound, if they choose to use them. In the 50s and before, bands recorded performances together, in a single run through. Then they started recording each instrument separately, then split up songs into parts, then replaced some instruments with digital substitutes, used corrective techniques (both for pitch and timing) and recently, started performing at a slower tempo then speeding it up. These are the realities of recording. Whether they’re acceptable or not is a hotly debated topic, and a recent even in the metal spheres brought the question to the forefront yet again. The 2016 Guitar Solo Contest, where guitarists were asked to perform over a track by John Browne of Monuments and submit a video of their recording, recently announced their winners. The prizes ranged from a Mayones guitar, Mesa amps, Bare Knuckle Pickups and more. Here’s where it gets complicated. One of the winners was a performance that was clearly heavily edited.

6 – The Cast That Stumped Them All

Welcome back to Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast! This week we talk about new music by Borknagar and Sikth, the leaking of the upcoming Sunn O))) album, old music by Ayreon, and have an extensive conversation about Dream Theater, where we go through their discography and talk about how people perceive…

Entombed A.D. Too Rich for Metal Alliance’s Blood; Tour Officially “Cancelled” (But Not Really)

The Metal Alliance tour has been “cancelled”, for reasons fans, and, more interestingly, the bands don’t fully understand yet. And by “cancelled”, I naturally mean that the tour will continue on as planned, with two exceptions: one; the tour will no longer be associated in any way with the Metal…