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Metallica’s Death Magnetic Loudest Album Ever


(Classic Rock) Metallica album Death Magnetic has been named the loudest-ever by a mastering expert. But he says the advantages of the approach are all-but cancelled out in the modern era.


Engineer Ian Shepherd compared a number of albums for dynamic range, the key element in the “loudness war.” Death Magnetic topped his list – but lost significant amounts of sonic detail in the process.


Shepherd says in his Production Advice blog: “Why is it crazy? Because it doesn’t work. None of these ‘loudness’ differences will be audible in any of the most popular places we listen to music.”


Metallica’s Death magnetic was criticized when it was discovered that the master tracks provided to the Guitar Hero franchise were cleaner than the final product on the album.


Billy Corgan Joins TNA Wrestling


(Classic Rock) Billy Corgan is back in the world of professional wrestling after accepting a role with TNA, according to Classic Rock.


The Smashing Pumpkins frontman last year stepped down as creative director of Resistance Pro Wrestling and has now taken on the role of senior producer of creative and talent development with TNA Wrestling – a position he describes as “a dream come true.”


Corgan’s role will involve developing characters and creating storylines for TNA’s weekly show Impact Wrestling.


The Smashing Pumpkins released their latest album Monuments To An Elegy last year.


Rolling Stones :”60% Music, 40% Drugs”


The upcoming reissue of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers has brought forth some of the band’s friends to recall the days of 1970 and ’71. The deluxe edition of Sticky Fingers will be reissued on June 9th, with a June 23rd CD/DVD release of The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971. The group’s former financial manager, Ronnie Schneider, recalled the band during that period, telling NME, “Keith (Richards) at the time was maybe 60 per cent music and 40 per cent drugs. You start off taking them for your own enjoyment, but eventually you’re taking them just to exist. Keith did it all. There were times when if I wanted to contact him, I’d have to go through his dealers to find him.”


Assistant engineer, Chris Kimsey, who worked on and off with the band over the years, added: “Keith was occasionally wasted. But Mick (Jagger) wasn’t nor Charlie (Watts) and Bill (Wyman). The big thing I learned about working with the Stones was the magic of recording as a band, not doing things separately.”


The Rolling Stones kick off their 15-date North American “Zip Code Tour” on May 24th.


STP Guitarist Calls Weiland “A F**king Mess”


Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo was asked in a new interview with Yahoo! to compare current vocalist Chester Bennington with former frontman Scott Weiland. DeLeo replied, “There’s no comparison. It’s like talking about the strength of a two-year-old baby compared to a professional body builder. I’ll tell you this man, Robert (DeLeo, bass), Eric (Kretz, drums) and I are really fortunate. We’re having the time of our lives right now. We really feel like this has been a rebirth.”


As for a possible reunion with Weiland somewhere down the road, DeLeo said, “Why that f**k would we want that? That f**king mess? I just told you earlier we’re on a rebirth now. We’re with a guy that pushes us. We’re with a guy that is 1000% present. I’ve waited almost my entire career for this.”


STP dismissed Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his erratic behavior held back the band’s career. The two parties exchanged lawsuits which have since been settled.