Metal-Fi Heavy Metal Production Awards 2013
Metal-Fi應該是世界上最奇特的metal blog，因為Hi-Fi跟Heavy Metal兩者本身就存在無盡矛盾。而這奇網挑選了由一班瑞典極端金屬老手聚頭自娛的death metal樂隊Torture Division最新demo《The Sacrifice》，還有俄羅斯doom metal樂隊Kauan第五張專輯《Pirut》，作為2013年度重金屬唱片最佳製作得獎作品。也認同讀者們的回饋：在這個樂隊與錄音室只會終日追求音量比人高、音牆比人厚的技術鬥爭年代，Gorguts的《Coloured Sands》是難得明白應該要找能表達自己想要的氣氛與氣勢之音響效果的佳作。
順帶一提，Torture Division雖然多年來都未有發行過一張正式的專輯而只得連串demo，但每個成員來頭都不小，一直得歐洲金屬界傳奇製作人Dan Swanö相助已可見其江湖地位，作品每每比他們本來的團更高水準，所有歌曲更可在官網 http://www.torturedivision.net
"Heavy Metal" and "Hi-Fi" are forever an oxymoron. And that's what make the Metal-Fi blog one of the most unique in the world, when they are pursuing the highest production standards in heavy metal, one form of art that seems not to care about such so much. On the last day of 2013, Metal-Fi picked Torture Division's newest demo "The Sacrifice" and "Pirut" by the Russian doom metal act Kauan to be the Winners of Heavy Metal Production Awards 2013. Feedback from readers are appreciated too. Their recommendation, Gorgut's "Coloured Sands", should also be included in the list. This album has one of the best production that gives the ideal epic soundscape to the audience, while most still try to compete to be louder and more compressed than others to no end.
After reading, do not miss Torture Division as well. Although they have so far only released a series of demos with no official EP or full-length, the band actually comprises great musicians from even greater bands. Having the honour of being produced by the legendary European metal producer Dan Swanö throughout the years already tells a lot. The most entertaining part is, their songs are so good Torture Division can easily be named one of the best death metal bands nowadays, but after all the years they insist on releasing all their songs free on the internet, even encouraging fans and labels alike to bootleg everything by them. But TD is merely a hobby project for a few musicians to kill time outside of their own bands. Just go to http://www.torturedivision.net
and kill 'em all.