Metallica`s Death Magnetic album has a major critic in the man who mixed the record, Ted Jensen.Jensen is unhappy with the way Death Magnetic sounds and wants to distance himself from the recording.
In a posting at the Mettallicabb fan forum, Jensen wrote, “In this case the mixes were already brick walled before they arrived at my place. Suffice it to say I would never be pushed to overdrive things as far as they are here. Believe me I’m not proud to be associated with this one, and we can only hope that some good will come from this in some form of backlash against volume above all else”.
Jensen is the chief mastering engineer at Sterling Sound, where the album was mastered.
His work can be heard on Norah Jones ‘Come Away With Me’ which became a Grammy winning Album of the Year.
The criticism from within the circle has sent Metallica manager Cliff Burnstein into damage control. "There's something exciting about the sound of this record that people are responding to," he told the Wall Street Journal in response to Jensen’s comments.
Jensen said that the sound of the Guitar Hero version of the album is far superior to the CD.
Compare for yourself. The following clip on YouTube shows the difference between the two sounds of the album, comparing CD to Guitar Hero.