Producer Kevin Shirley (DREAM THEATER, IRON MAIDEN) has posted the following message on his official web site:
"I've just mixed a really wonderful band with one of the worst sounding recordings ever. It's kinda disgraceful that they won't spend ANYTHING on a decent recording! I won't say who, because last time I commented on a sloppy recording (on this page — re: SLAYER [see previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET stories: Story#1, Story#2]), they refused to pay me and I got all manner of threats and insults from people associated with the band, so I'd best be quiet!
"Actually, the ludicrous thing is, the bands probably don't realize just how bad their recordings are sometimes and think I'm insulting them, which is really not true.
"On the SLAYER DVD, 'Reign in Blood Live: Still Reigning' — they have all this goop 'blood' rain down on them at the end of the set! It makes for a very cool and dramatic show, but can you imagine the technical difficulties in trying to make it sound decent — it gets in ALL the microphones, over the instruments and covers all the cymbals and drums, which makes the drums sound like wet cardboard boxes and the cymbals sound a coffee mug being tapped with a spoon! I ended up manually replacing each and every cymbal hit (and there are thousands) and every drum hit with a sample from another song from earlier in the set, so they're still the same sounds, but it took days — and then they refused to pay me the really generous deal been given them. So I didn't pay the studio until SLAYER had paid, but the studio in New York had me arrested before that and taken to the station for interrogation, for theft! After I had recorded AEROSMITH, JOURNEY, THE BLACK CROWES, IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, SUPAGROUP and many, many more there — and brought them millions of dollars business!
"Nice people, huh?"