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Modern Death Metal Production

While listening to Fallujah's new record I really became annoyed with the production. The guitars are very thin, and the drums are unbearably inorganic. It's beginning to feel like the music isn't even being performed on records, but manufactured more or less. I like Death Metal a bit, but I can see myself growing off of it with this style of production in modern times. I like the fact that it is clear, but it seems so sterile and inorganic. Here are some modern DM records that I think have stellar production.
1Ulcerate
Everything is Fire


The atmosphere on this is pummeling, but more importantly, the instrumentation is very organic. The drums are lively, and while the performance isn't "loose", it seems to breathe with emotion, rather than triggered toms and paper-thin double-bass drums.
2Gorguts
Colored Sands


Much for the same reasons as one. This in an old school approach to modern technical death metal. Dense guitars that are full of life really help build the aura of this record.
3 In Vain
Ænigma


A much more modern sounding record that manages to keep its production extremely tight, and fresh. Nothing sounds fake, and while it definitely sounds modern, is very full of life.
4Be'lakor
Stone's Reach


I would say that this has a lot of similarities with the production of BWP Opeth, although it is slightly more polished and glistening. Again, while sounding modern, and by no means "old school" it still breathes and sounds lively.
5Ne Obliviscaris
Portal of I


Progressive DM/BM, which is is tastefully produced in a very modern fashion. Sometimes, I want it to have a more old school vibe, but the production fits the music, and is very charming
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