Washington Think Tank with W.: What album should be re-imagined?

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Freshly returned from my successful campaign in D.C., I have come back to the Toilet reinvigorated and armed with a wide array of pointy questions with which to probe your brain sphincters. Washington is in desperate need of all that crap in your heads, so gobble down these mental jalapenos and drop a thought-deuce in the comments for me. Your country needs it.

Today’s Question: What album should be re-imagined?

All glory to my pal 365 Days of Horror for this question. At his behest, I went ahead and checked out Monster Magnet‘s Milking the Stars, a Re-Imagining of 2013’s stellar Last Patrol. This visit back to familiar territory was much more than a remaster or a subtle update. Songs were entirely re-worked, production was altered to give a more vintage aesthetic, and a new driving and thrumming instrumental track was penned to kick-start the whole effort. Even the track order was rearranged. So this brings us to today’s question. If you could have a band revisit and rework any item in their back-catalogue, what would it be? I’ve listed two examples below.

Exhibit A: MetallicaAnd Justice for All

A lot of fervent discussions have taken place regarding the production on this album, and for good reason. The And Justice for Jason remixes that you can find on Youtube hint at what might have been. However, I’d like to hear what the band could have really done with these songs had Cliff Burton stayed onboard. Would a little of the fat have been trimmed? Would the spastic song structures and excellent riffs have been even more chaotic? Imagine the title track being a bit shorter with even more breakneck shifts. Imagine a thicker, more chthonic take on “Harvester of Sorrow.” This album is one of my favorite metal records of all time, but it’s hard not to imagine what might have been.


Exhibit B: NevermoreNevermore

There’s nothing wrong with Nevermore’s debut per se, but the whole effort often comes across as unpolished albeit earnest. I’d love to hear the more mature band that wrote This Godless Endeavor revisit such classics as “What Tomorrow Knows” and the “Sanity Assassin.” Plus, I wouldn’t call all of the tracks here essential, so maybe some of the weaker songs could have been reinterpreted with the sinister doomsaying and somber moroseness that would emerge on later efforts.

All in all, we’ll never really see how these things could have turned out. Still, it’s fun to imagine what might have been. So now it’s your turn. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Big thanks to 365 Days of Horror for this idea.

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  • Hey guys,

    I am here today to present a track written by my cat. He warns of the dangers of rolling coal. Please heed his warnings. His message comes mid-track.

    Sorry if this is off topic.

    <3

    GL

    https://soundcloud.com/g-l-44/gls-cat-the-dangers-of-rolling-coal

    • This song should be re-imagined as a sprawling 64 minute epic

    • DDubya.

      He sounds feral.

      • I like my cats how like I like my women: feral.

        GL

        • Guacamole Jim

          I like my women how I like my coffee:

          Ground up and boiled.

          #ToiletOvGoingTooFar

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I like my women how I like my coffee:

            light roasts with cream.

            #ToiletOvMetaphorsThatDon’tWork

          • I like my Nirvana like I like my coffee:

            Fucking awful.

            KSOFM

          • Guacamole Jim

            I like my Edward how I like my desserts:

            Always.

            #ToiletOvLove

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I like my women how I like art:

            Nice to look at and hard to understand.

            #ToiletOvShallowness

          • Guacamole Jim

            I like Janitor Jim how I like my sex life:

            You would.

            #ToiletOvBvrn

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I like my guacamole how I like the Belushi family

            Without Jim

            #ToiletOvComedyReferencesAndBVrns

          • Guacamole Jim

            I like my jokes how I like my comedians:

            Before they died.

            #ToiletOvThatWasTooSoon #RIPJim

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            Jim Belushi isn’t dead. John Belushi is.

          • Guacamole Jim

            DAMMIT

            I like my wittiness like I like my sex life:

            Without shame.

            #ToiletOvNoGoingBack

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Not quite as major as butchering who gave the ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ sermon, lol

          • Guacamole Jim

            hahaha dude, it’s hard to say if people care more about Jim/John Belushi or a sermon from the 1700’s…..

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            The sermon, obvi. Lol

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Guac Jim >>>>>>

            This is me in real life, always. It’s a sickness.

            http://awesomenator.com/content/2012/12/bill_murray_gif_9.gif

          • Guacamole Jim

            I feel the same way dude. I’ve been trying to lose weight (four lbs down as of Monday! WOOT) and it’s been the worst time of my life NOT stuffing food in my face.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Congrats and good luck on your weight loss journey by the way.

    • Maik Beninton

      Great message.
      Gonna pass it on to my cats.

    • Guacamole Jim
      • Guest

        Lady JR’s reaction: hahahahhahahhahahhahhhhahaahahahahhaa‏ meow‏
        meow meow meowwwww‏

        Such an honor

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

      It’s so beautiful. This is my song of the year.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      BRO LET’S DO AN OPEN MIC OF THIS AT BDUBS! WE’LL BE SWIMMING IN SKANKS BRAH!

      • Stockhausen

        JAGERBAHMS.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I’M BUYING BRO

        • JAGERBAHMS AND HAWTMOMS. YEAH BRYAH!!!

          GL

    • Elite Extremöphile

      *aggressively upvotes*

    • NefariousDude

      BEAUTIFUL GL!

      ND

    • J.R.

      Lady JR’s reaction: hahahahhahahhahahhahhhhahaahahahahhaa‏ meow‏
      meow meow meowwwww‏

      You have been honored this day as no man has before.

  • Gurptitude

    I don’t know about re-imagined, but I’ve had my fingers crossed for someone to remaster New American Gospel and In Their Darkened Shrines for a awhile.

    • I’ll definitely take the latter, please

    • Lacertilian

      Didn’t they already do a reissue or something of NAG recently? Missed opportunity.

      • Gurptitude

        Apparently it was remastered in 2006 or something, I dunno.

  • This album is damn near flawless, and was a huge influence on me in high school. I would absolutely love to hear it re-done with a less screamo/post-hardcore approach and a bigger prog rock/metal approach

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ZJHiylLIQ

    • DDubya.

      I don’t think I’ve ever listened to this.

      • They never got huge even in the post hardcore/screaom/emo scenes back in the day, but it’s basically a recursive 60 minute proggressive post hardcore album. with some whiny vocals.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

      I’d love a version of The Curse by Atreyu with less metalcore influence and more hard rock influence.

      • I was listening to that album the other day…. and I wanted to punch both singers in the face for sucking so bad. I agree though, that would be a nice revisit.

        GL

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

          Atreyu reunited so I think they should re-record it for the 10th anniversary of the album. Same goes with Discovering The Waterfront by Silverstein and Where You Want To Be by Taking Back Sunday.

          • Mark my words – I’m going to find a way to downvote this train wreck of a comment one thousand times.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            How?

          • I’ll find a way.

          • Guacamole Jim
          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld
          • Scrimm

            I don’t know how much longer I can go never downvoting anything in here.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I throw the occasional downvote in here. Doesn’t happen often but it does happen.

          • Scrimm

            Wow I’m surprised I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. Just seems like a missed opportunity sometimes for more of the(usually) good natured comedic trolling we pull on each other in here.

          • Tyree

            WOOD

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I sure would. Maik would agree with my idea. He’d probably love it.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        M SHADOWS!

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

    There are so many! I’d like to hear a re-imagining of Agents Of Fortune, In A Gadda Da Vida from Iron Butterfly, Climbing from Mountain, Empire by Queensryche, Allied Forces by Triumph and the first album by The Firm.

  • Tyree

    How about this Disappointment.

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

  • Scrimm

    I’d be interested to hear any Cannibal Corpse album with different drums.

    • I’d be interested to hear any Cannibal Corpse album with different musicians and music

      • #2opinion2furious

        • Scrimm

          I was just listening to this a while ago.

      • Scrimm

        I’d like to hear all power metal with different vocals.

        • AND DON’T YOU EVEN BRING VAN HALEN IN THIS SCRIMM!

          <3

          GL

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            How about the Hagar era albums being re-recorded with Diamond Dave on vocals?

          • GTFO!

            GL

          • Scrimm

            How about everything they’ve ever done being wiped from the face of existence?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            That would be a good idea, especially when it comes to the abysmal Van Halen III album.

          • Scrimm

            Indeed.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I grew to hate their hits after hearing them 10,000 times on the classic rock radio station near me.

          • Scrimm

            Seriously they play them so much out here to it’s overkill.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            Living in an area like my area you hear so much Van Halen, Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin that it’s sickening.

          • Scrimm

            Not so much Skynyrd here.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I live in a part of NY where there’s a lot of rednecks so it’s extremely common to hear Skynyrd.

          • I know I have said this before but I will say it again. There are two things I was brought into this life to do:

            1.) Hate Lynyrd Skynyrd
            2.) Hate the Cincinnati Bengals

            GL

          • Scrimm

            Cincy boy right here. But I’m just as big a Vikings fan and I only like simple man by Skynyrd cause its kinda fun to play.

          • Do you live in Cincy????

            GL

          • Scrimm

            Nope I was just born there. I’ve lived in AZ since like 81

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I hate Skynyrd because I live in a redneck part of NY and all the rednecks love them. I prefer good southern rock such as Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot.

          • Guacamole Jim

            3) Write dope Toilet tunes
            4) ???????
            5) Profit

          • I had to pet my cat for 10 minutes to get all those chirps, lol.

            GL

          • FeelTheDarkness

            Throw the Eagles in there and it’s a triangle of shit

          • I swear to God I almost put that in there. But the Eagles and Neil Young are a close tie in my book – so I left both out lololol

            GL

          • FeelTheDarkness

            I would like to punch them all except Joe Walsh in the throat

          • Lacertilian

            Are they called the Bengals for a reason other than Tigers?
            What connection does Cincinnati have with Bengal and/or Tigers?

          • I submitted a solo of the week last week for this song:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em3JZPAhkG4

            I think I was late on submitting (it was only Monday when I did it though), but it didnt make it in. I actually like quite a few songs on that album… including this one!

            GL

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I hate Gary Cherone’s singing on it. I also see that they were experimenting but it didn’t work for them.

          • Scrimm

            I even told myself no ragging on VH today, but if someone else brings them up…

      • Akercocke ov Steele

        MY JIMMIEZ WOULD LIKE A WORD WITH YOU.

    • Tyree

      That would be something. Pete Sandoval blasting away or some shit.

      • DDubya.

        I could get behind that.

        • Scrimm

          Always held them back imo.

          • Tyree

            Paul?

          • Scrimm

            YES. They make him sound good and all but they could do so much better.

          • Tyree

            I tend to agree. The dude is very generic in his playing.

          • Scrimm

            Almost never plays fills either. I’m not a gigantic fan of theirs, but I had some store credit left over and it was on sale so I picked up the newest one. I didn’t jump out at me when I heard it back when I came out, but holy shit I can’t stop playing it now.

          • Tyree

            He has one hell of a right arm though. Dude can thrash on that ride and hi-hat like a fucking champion.

          • Scrimm

            To his credit I don’t think he’s as bad as some people say and I like his weird blasts.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

        How about a metal version of Illud Divinum Insanus without any industrial metal influence and putting Pete “The Feet” Sandoval back on drums?

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

    On the subject of re-imagining albums how awesome would it be if Iron Maiden made a good re-recorded version of the Blaze Bayley albums but with Bruce Dickinson? That would be awesome.

  • I’d be curious to hear a re-imaging of Monster Magnet’s “Powertrip” album.

    • DDubya.

      They did a great job with Milking the Stars.

      • RidiculeTheProphetMuhammad

        Maybe they should just do that with every Monster Magnet album. 1968 Monster Magnet is so fucking good.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I wouldn’t mind seeing The Second Stage Turbine Blade by Coheed & Cambria revisited and polished up. There are some classic Coheed tracks on there (the first four tunes) but there are also some misses (just about everything else). I would love to hear them revisit this album and rewrite the weaker tunes, and then re-record the entire effort with their current skill and experience.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HABBU2lid4c

    • DDubya.

      Haha, this is probably my favorite track on the album.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Mine too, though Time Consumer is right behind it.

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      Excellent choice, glock

    • Jim pls.
      Gerd cherce.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Ann Kltr pls
        wayt r eue srs

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Since there is a good chance I’ll get De Lirium’s Order’s debut re-recorded, I’ll go with Terrorizer’s latest. A new vocalist and guitarist (both of whom we already have) an audible bads and a production that doesn’t make me want to commit a suicide and 100% less triggers.

    • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

      Actually I’d be down for a new version of Darker Days Ahead too. For the same reasons.

  • BLXKKBEXRD

    A reimagining of every nu metal album by actual musicians.

  • Tyree

    This album is fucking so killer, but I always wonder how it would sound with a beefier production. Can’t complain about it though really.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTsURVfMC_8

  • CyberneticOrganism
  • This industrial classic, Amgod’s ‘Half Rotten And Decayed’. It’s been out of print for the better part of 2 decades, and the production is nowhere near Yelworc quality (this is the other guy from Yelworc), so doubtful a remaster will happen unless the guy gets around to it since he reactivated Amgod after almost 20 years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yHXqwsUCY0

    All of Disharmonic Orchestra’s catalog, period. Excellent, weirded out, chaotic black metal with an artsy touch, but this could definitely use some modern day production.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtkmLI-l7MTkFFbwoeR-dwURYVKZbVjFF

    I would say everything of Beherit as well, though a part of me does like that semi-sloppy production, especially when it comes to the creepy yet lolbuttzo vocals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7mB6onfBis&index=2&list=PLXMv3GotydkH1BwzYgeawiVFoPtaBL0yS

  • Hubert, Goat ov/of D00M

    I’d like to hear what The Flesh Prevails would sound like if it had been mastered by a person with ears.

  • Are we including albums that may have done better under a different name? Because I think this would be a great 80s kind of progressive-ish sometimes rock album. It’s a TERRIBLE Helloween album though, but I still love it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ8daL67QAU

  • Leif Bearikson

    JUSTICE IS PERFECT AND TOTALLY IN SHAPE AND HARVESTER IS THE BEST SO JUST LEAVE IT ALONE, OKAY

    • In my tastes: And Justice for All>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Everything that Metallica did…

      • DDubya.

        It’s one of my favorite albums of all time.

    • DDubya.

      In your heart, sweet bear, you know it could be better.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    Kill ‘Em All with MegaDave on guitar

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Niw that Pig Destroyah! has a bassist, I’d like to hear anythinh they’ve done before with a bass that doesn’t follow the guitars. Or maybe any Scab album with good drums, Anyone? 😉

    • Guacamole Jim

      ZINGER

    • DDubya.

      Boom! Roasted.

  • Stockhausen

    Only sorta metal, but I would love it if Thrice revisited their early material. There’s some great writing, but Dustin’s voice is much more mature now and they’re more developed musicians as well.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    This album. Needs to be fucking louder, for being so savage and evil.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-3t5hR-uyI

    • can’t you just turn your volume up?

      • His amps only go to 1.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Shouldn’t need to. Poor cunting mastering job. Just like the old Thin Lizzy records. Morbid Tales still sounds amazing, and that was recorded three years before this.

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          You’re right it does sound a little thin. Fatter mids in my opinion. ( I also don’t know audio terms)

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

          The old Thin Lizzy records were poorly mastered. I own a few of them on vinyl and I agree on the mastering being terrible.

    • DDubya.

      Spot on. I actually think Pleasure to Kill could use a little facelift too.

      • Lacertilian

        If you’re talking about Kreator’s ‘Pleasure To Kill’, I’m on board 100%.

        I also strongly agree about AJFA being redone, although I think these days I would prefer to hear it redone by Revocation after hearing their Dyer’s Eve cover. Maybe just overlay the old Hetfield vocal tracks to keep the ‘Tallica-nazis at bay. They wouldn’t even consider it was another band.

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

        • DDubya.

          Kreator, of course. And I forgot about this cover. #backed

  • Elite Extremöphile

    How about Autotheism by the faceless, reimagined so it’s actually just the tracks from Akeldama?

    • high five for that one

    • good juan, but I actually liked Authotheism 🙁

      • Elite Extremöphile

        I didn’t mind it, but Akeldama is just >>>>>>
        Also it doesn’t make me imagine Michael Keene in a fedora like autotheism does.

        • DDubya.

          Autotheism without all the euphoria would be nice.

        • Lacertilian

          I prefer PD to both but Akeldama is a beastly debut.

  • HessianHunter

    To my ears, the only faults in Jeff Buckley’s album Grace are dated production and JUST a twinge of lulzy 90’s alt-rock influence. Imagine this track with Cascadian metal guitar tone and huge drums.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNPaKr6qzYg

    • If they ever dig up all those tracks he did with Liz Frazier (Cocteau Twins), they should reissue it with those included.

  • Morbid Angel’s Whateverthefuckitiscalledabominationoftheirlastalbum with entirely different everything.

  • That 2nd Suffocation album, what a dreadful recording.

    • Scrimm

      That’s a good one.

    • Tyree
      • Mother Shabubu III
        • Guacamole Jim

          This band makes me lol heartily. I play them every so often when I’m feeling glum, and it never ceases to cheer me up — especially the “guitar” solos.

          • I always her that band going diggity-diggity:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iev8i_xUOLA

          • Mother Shabubu III

            I agree. It’s one of those things that is so douche chill-inducing, it’s funny.

            My favorite parts of the video:
            -they go from Sabbath, to Metallica, to some band I’ve never even heard of. Like they are on the same level as those other two.

            -they bring back “the power of rock”, like that Patton Oswalt bit. It’s like when Night Ranger used guitar playing to deflect bullets.

            Also; isn’t having a real drummer kind of cheating?

  • Akercocke ov Steele

    Ghoul’s “We Came for the Dead” needs a serious redoing, I don’t have a problem with raw, shitty production, but even Maniaxe sounded better than that.

  • Scrimm

    I could go for some Blaze ere tracks to be reimagined and reworked with Bruce.

    • Akercocke ov Steele

      I could do with the album version of this song being shorter, and Iron Maiden actually playing a concert on the moon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeXjchY_EQA

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

        I would love if they re-recorded this with Bruce but a little shorter as you said.

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          Most people give this song so much shit (Usually 16 yr olds who think it sounds poppish and therefore anything remotely related to pop is complete poser garbage)

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I love the way it sounds. Reminds me of a classic rock epic but more modern.

      • Scrimm

        I could go with that song being about nine minutes shorter.

        • Akercocke ov Steele

          At least Dave Murray doesn’t disappoint with the solo.

          • Scrimm

            He never does.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

        This music video is poor at best. I love the song though

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

      I already said this. I wish that would happen though, especially the song Sign Of The Cross. That song would rule if re-recorded with Bruce.

      • Scrimm

        You said the whole albums I don’t want that, just enough songs for one album or so. There is some shit on those that not even Bruce could save. Also think The Edge of Darkness would turn out better than Sign of the Cross.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

          I’d like to see the good songs re-recorded and put out as an album with a different title.

    • Or with Edu Falaschi (Angra), since he was in second place to replace Bruce. I love Blaze’s solo stuff and can’t deny his heart and work ethic, but how the fuck he beat Edu is beyond me!

  • KJM

    The esteemed commentariat over at MS are showing the world why the stereotype of Metal as “white guys music” will, more than likely, never go away.

    • Sounds invigorating

      • KJM

        It is!!

    • Elite Extremöphile

      Yeah, nothing makes me feel like an intellectual more than listening to a fat stoner who listens to slipknot explain the finer points of race relations and stereotypes.

    • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

      …Or with the anti-semitic conspiracy stuff

      • KJM

        I don’t think Axl is sober enough most of the time to be an effective psy-op agent of any kind.

        • He’s furious over his mom and dad’s conspiracy to stop bringing him pizza puffs, Yoohoo and cake frosting down to the basement. And oppressing him by making him clean up the smell of sticky sheets, jizz-drenched socks, piss and globs of sweat, and forcing him to mow the lawn.

    • Thanks for alerting me on what not to click on today.

    • From what I gathered on my very short time there months ago (before The Toilet touched me in the tenders and saved my jimmies), they have next to no viewership, and the few that are there rarely ever make actual comments about music, versus how much they hate the site. Axl and the crew might as well be yelling at clouds at this point.

    • EsusMoose

      Man you actually tried to parse that omni-bait article’s comments? I tried, threw my typical insult at axl and walked away. I’m not going to try to argue with people that are willing to defend all that remains.

    • I noped out of that article’s comment section after reading the first few comments because I assume it gets filled with horribleness further down, and I don’t have the energy for that right now. Am I right?

      • KJM

        Oh my yes.

  • Early Faith No More with Patton on vox instead of Chuck , considering whenever Patton does that material live he knocks it out of the park.

    • That would definitely be worth checking out.

    • DDubya.

      I’d dig that.

  • Stanley

    Possessed – Beyond the Gates. Classic album with great riffs but the guitars sound like they were recorded on a tin can telephone.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

    Here’s another thing I’d like to see remastered and or re-recorded: Forbidden by “Black Sabbath.” It was poorly mastered and if re-recorded without a mix that sounds like mud maybe it wouldn’t be that bad.

  • MoshOff

    Good point about NM’s debut Dubya, but two things:

    -It sounds a bit “unpolished” because it’s actually compiled and re-mastered from two separate demo sessions with Neil Kernon.

    -They actually used the lyrics from an old unrealeased song from those demos called “The World Unborn” for “A Future Uncertain” from This Godless Endeavor.

    I’ll go back to my cave now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HXAGJ1Vf0A

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I’ve thought long and hard. I’d say Converge’s early records up until Jane Doe. With Jake’s matured vocals and the production of Kurt Ballou, they’d be even more spectacular than I view them now.

    • DDubya.

      Boom!

  • Max

    It’s a heretical opinion, but I’ve always thought I’d like Carcass to re-record Reek of Putrefaction. I know raw production jobs can have their own charm, but in that case it just got in the way of the music. With today’s technology and metal production know-how, they’d probably get a more coherent result than the original even if they just bashed out the songs in one real-time session and let the engineers worry about everything afterwards. The only effort they’d have to put in is re-learning the songs they haven’t played for years.

    Mastering-wise there’s obviously a ton of candidates for quieter remastering jobs; Celtic Frost’s Monotheist and Deicide’s The Stench of Redemption are two I can nominate off-hand.

    Mixing-wise, there’s a few albums I’d like to hear without keyboards. Keyboards can be great in metal but I usually err against them, especially with bands where there is no dedicated keyboard player, but they’ve decided to include them on the record anyway. Invariably, the keyboard parts in such situations end up being pretty ordinary and serve only to wash out the power of the other instruments. Bloodshot Dawn’s Demons is a recent record that would be a candidate for this – and having the bass higher in the mix wouldn’t hurt either. It’s the sort of record where there’s enough melody going on in the riffing and soloing that I really felt the keyboards were unnecessary.

    I’ve often mused I’d like to hear Mayhem’s Live in Leipzig exactly as it is, but in stereo. There is probably no multi-track session tape of that record; but it might still be possible. I once read an article about an audio scientist who managed to create a stereo re-master, with panned instruments, of the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” using only the mono single release from the ’60s (the master tape is long lost). If I had the money and software I’d to the same to Leipzig.

    • Tyree

      Yes Yes Yes!!! Reek of Putrefaction for certain.

    • DDubya.

      Keep an eye on the upcoming Death Karma album for a tasteful use of keys.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt/Not Mad

    Artificial Brain’s Labyrinth Constellation should be reimagined as a post-blackgaze album ala Deafheaven.

    *ducks and runs*

  • Lacertilian

    Always wanted old Flemming to redo AJFA but since @disqus_kqxyUNPxty:disqus has already mentioned it I would opt for a re-recording of Sepultura’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and/or ‘Beneath The Remains’.
    Possibly done around 1990 so Max hadn’t reverted to a 4-string simpleton and Igor was still beasting.

    • DDubya.

      Max’s freaking 4-strings, man.

  • JamesGrimm

    A full version of Opiate Sun or Silver EP’S.

    http://youtu.be/t8k2fMGPyJ4

    http://youtu.be/gBs-cZs9m8U

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      Silver is amazing. That is my favorite Jesu album then S/T then Conqueror. Great stuff.

  • Virgil the Ghost Poet

    How about the early My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult’s early CDs. Maybe re-record some of the material. That would be cool. Love the TKK!

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Depending on my mood, AJFA is at times my favourite Metallica album. I even dig the production as it makes the album sound kinda “cold” which to me gives it a rough edge. The subjects are grim and the production definitely enhances my experience. Gawd those crushing riffs, it’s been a while since I listened to it start to finish, shall remedy that this weekend.

    As for what I think should be re-imagined, erm, I’d go with Megadeth’s Super Collider. There are some ideas in there, it just needs someone to expand upon them and throw out the junk. I honestly believe it could have been a well received album, had that happened.

    • DDubya.

      AJFA was my favorite album ever for a long time. It might still be.

  • CT-12

    Napalm Death’s first 2 albums, hands down

    • DDubya.

      Actually, I’m with you on that.