C O L U M N S
Tales from the Jugular
A Look at Metal Producer Andy Sneap
Studio - Backstage Studios, Derbyshire UK
Accept - "Stalingrad", "Blood of the Nations
Amon Amarth- "Deceiver of the Gods"
Arch Enemy- "Wages of Sin", "Anthems of Rebellion", "Khaos Legions"
Carcass- "Surgical Steel"
Exodus- "Tempo of the Damned", "The Atrocity Exhibition...Exhibit A", "Exhibit B: The Human Condition"
Megadeth- "Endgame", United Abominations"
Nevermore- "Dead Heart In A Dead World", "Enemies of Reality", "The Obsidian Conspiracy"
Testament- "The Gathering", "The Formation of Damnation", "Dark Roots of Earth"
Early in his career, Sneap self produced the albums for his band Sabbat. After doing this he realized he had a love for the producing side of the business and built his Backstage Studios. He started out working with bands of all genres but seems to really have cut back on working with the extreme bands. He not only produces the albums but also plays session guitar, un-credited most of the time. He also knows how to make certain elements the focal point when needed. He is a master at his craft and bands are lining up like crazy to work with him due to his musical ear and ability to capture the band as a whole.
-Rich, full production highlighting each instrument and vocals
-Clear, full guitar tone allowing you to hear the difference between the leads and rhythm sections
-Triggered drums and snares at times
-No echo or feedback from snares or guitars
Andy Sneap works anywhere from six to eight albums a year. Not sure what is on the horizon for him this year but I'm sure it will be worthy.
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