Metal-Fi has written an article about the dynamics of Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage.”
If you told me a few years ago that A7X would be one of the defacto evangelists for dynamics in metal, I would have thought you were crazy. But the fact is Zachy Vengeance and Co. have released two of the best produced metal records of the last decade – believe it. But more importantly, both the King and now Stage show that when a band is put in the right engineering hands, they don’t have to compromise fidelity to sound “metal.” Also, here’s one final thing to consider: I have read this week countless reviews of this album from all the usual suspects and none of them are complaining that this record is too soft or doesn’t sound aggressive enough. The fact is The Stage is going to outsell the overwhelming majority of DR6 mediocrity that came out this year (by large margins too) proving once again that you don’t need volume to sell. You just need great music.