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Frozen



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:43 pm    Post subject: Grieghallen Studio Reply with quote

People can rave about Sunlight, Unisound, Morrisound or any of the other major Metal-studios, as much as they want, but Grieghallen IS IT for me. Pytten managed to achieve the perfect blend of raw authenticity and really good, well-balanced sound. I've been listening to a lot of the old Grieghallen classics lately and thought it would be cool with a dedicated thread. Share your thoughts on your favorite Grieghallen recordings, stuff you remember from old interviews, trivia... Whatever.

De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas is an obvious pick, but I'll say that Pure Holocaust, In The Nightside Eclipse and the first four Burzum albums had an equally big impact on me.

EDIT: Does anyone know if the Zyklon-B ep was recorded there? (there's no info to be found on the release, MA or Discogs...)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure "Vikingligr Veldi" was produced there.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the production on In The Nightside Eclipse the way the band wanted it, or is it just how it came out? Don't get me wrong, It's not bad, but it kind of sounds like a wall of noise compared to the other black metal albums recorded at Grieghallen at the time.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the coming of blood angel wrote:
Was the production on In The Nightside Eclipse the way the band wanted it, or is it just how it came out? Don't get me wrong, It's not bad, but it kind of sounds like a wall of noise compared to the other black metal albums recorded at Grieghallen at the time.


I think part of that is just the complexity of the music was a little more than most bands of that time.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with your assessment of the Hall of Grieg. Most of those other well known studios churned good stuff, but they often sounded the same. Not so with Pytten. Most of those albums sound drastically different and yet are all good at the same time.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan wrote:
I'm pretty sure "Vikingligr Veldi" was produced there.


Yes it was produced there, and so was Hordanas Land and Frost.

jameswolfe wrote:
the coming of blood angel wrote:
Was the production on In The Nightside Eclipse the way the band wanted it, or is it just how it came out? Don't get me wrong, It's not bad, but it kind of sounds like a wall of noise compared to the other black metal albums recorded at Grieghallen at the time.


I think part of that is just the complexity of the music was a little more than most bands of that time.


You'll have to see the band's criticism in the light of what they did later on. In The Nightside Eclipse is not a polished and compressed record (they tried to do that with the remaster and it ended up sound awful), but it's recording and mix is of a very high quality. Especially the drum sound is amazing and very well-balanced. It sounds much better than Anthems if you ask me.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything up to Eld was done in Grieghallen.
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I have this record and can someone tell me what it sounds like, please.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frozen wrote:
Especially the drum sound is amazing and very well-balanced. It sounds much better than Anthems if you ask me.

I was just listening to Anthems the other day and getting quite irritated at the drum sound.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tireheb wrote:
Everything up to Eld was done in Grieghallen.


And they came back to Grieghallen for "Monumension", "Below the Lights" and "Isa" as well, although this last one was mixed and mastered somewhere else.

The production on "Eld" is absolutely incredible...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anthems has without a doubt one of the worst drum sounds ever. Otherwise it is a great album.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jameswolfe wrote:
the coming of blood angel wrote:
Was the production on In The Nightside Eclipse the way the band wanted it, or is it just how it came out? Don't get me wrong, It's not bad, but it kind of sounds like a wall of noise compared to the other black metal albums recorded at Grieghallen at the time.


I think part of that is just the complexity of the music was a little more than most bands of that time.


Of course. It's not the same thing to mix 10 layers and 30 hehe.

Grieghallen is the best of course... Swedish sound has always been too clean. But it does not fit your standard of shitty productions Frozen does it ?! I thought you were into 90's mainstream Death Metal prod ?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rauta wrote:
Frozen wrote:
Especially the drum sound is amazing and very well-balanced. It sounds much better than Anthems if you ask me.

I was just listening to Anthems the other day and getting quite irritated at the drum sound.


Agreed. Trym's kicks always sounded too "wooden" to me. Then again, it's nothing I can't live with.

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But it does not fit your standard of shitty productions Frozen does it ?! I thought you were into 90's mainstream Death Metal prod ?


I'm into a little bit of everything all depending on the band and style. It would be boring if everything sounded the same.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Faust > Trym anytime. It's exactly the same difference there is between Dave Lombardo and Paul Bostaph. Faust being Lombardo of course. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tireheb wrote:
Everything up to Eld was done in Grieghallen.


Actually, Hordanes Land was recorded in another studio, acording to MA:

"Recorded at Lydloftet, Olen, during week 40 / 41-1992."

...and i think it shows. Drums doesn't sound Grieghallen-like.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frozen wrote:
In The Nightside Eclipse is not a polished and compressed record


Its pretty compressed...its just not this nowadays digital compression.

One of the best productions from this studio is, in my opinion, Aeternus "Shadows of Old". Incredible drum sound!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK3PsVMOoOM
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