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Awesome Production/tone

These are metal albums which I think have awesome production or great guitar/bass/drum tones. This list is not necessarily based on how clear the sound is, but rather on factors such as how the sound fits the bands aesthetic and the quality of the production for the album's time.rHonourable mentions include Immolation - Close to a World Below, Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power, Burzum - Filosofem, Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast and Demilich - Nespithe.
10Death
Human


This is the album where Death probably sounded the tightest, and the production definitely aids this. The guitars almost sound like they're ripping through the air and give off a sweet 'buzzing' sound, whereas the bass had probably never sounded as prominent in their previous albums as it did here.
9Down
NOLA


Down managed to combine the crunchy sound of Pantera with the sludge sound of bands like Eyehategod and Crowbar to create one heavenly, thick tone.
8Cryptopsy
None So Vile


Only two words are needed here: hollow snare.
7Entombed
Left Hand Path


It's hard not to dig the guitar tone in Left Hand Path. This album managed to spawn a load of other albums in a similar vein from Swedish bands who wanted to emulate the now-classic 'buzzsaw' tone.
6Death
Symbolic


Death went for a slightly more dynamic sound with Symbolic, as opposed to the more 'tight'-sounding outings of Human and Individual Thought Patterns. I will always remember the 'kick-in' in Empty Words completely blowing me away, and this was due to the production and how dynamic the album actually is.
5Slayer
Reign In Blood


Listening to this album, it can be easy to forget that this was made way back in 1986. The clarity of the instruments here is far beyond any album made from that era.
4Gorguts
Colored Sands


One of the things that I noticed with this album was the production. It's hard to explain, but the production is such that no instrument manages to sound a great deal more prominent than the other. Nothing is especially over-powering and this allows the instruments to almost speak for themselves. All in all, perfectly mixed.
3Tool
Lateralus


The album as a whole sounds timeless, and the production is the main reason for this. Every time I listen to Lateralus I notice something different, whether it be a quick guitar lick bridging two riffs together, or the numerous subtle drum flicks from Danny Carey. The layering here is amazing, especially on tracks like The Grudge, The Patient and Lateralus.
2Suffocation
Pierced From Within


After the poor production on Breeding the Spawn, Suffocation really had to step up their game on their next album, and boy did they. The thick guitar tone is the most impressive in death metal, whereas the bass is mixed to perfection (as well as the drums).
1Electric Wizard
Dopethrone


Ask anyone what the heaviest album on the planet is, and there is a good chance that they will say Dopethrone by Electric Wizard. The guitar tone on this album is absolutely suffocating, and they way they are layered is outstanding. When asked about what he remembers of the recording of Dopethrone, frontman Jus Oborn said, "I don't remember much....it's not a joke either..haha...I try to think of one day in the studio but I can't ....except holding a baseball bat behind the producers head if he didn't turn the guitars up...". Sums Dopethrone up perfectly
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