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Obscura Bassist, Jeroen Paul Thesseling, Comments on Metal Mixing Techniques

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Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (OBSCURA/Ex-PESTILENCE) says most bassists should be more audible in death metal recordings. "In many of the death metal productions the bass guitar is simply absent or inaudible in the mix, which is a shame. Perhaps this is one of those aspects that will change as the genre evolves. We are lucky to have bassists like Steve DiGiorgio and Alex Webster, both of whom have contributed greatly to the death metal style of bass playing."

Further information can be found at www.jeroenthesseling.com and www.warwick.de

Thesseling joined the German progressive death metal band OBSCURA in 2007. He toured North America and recorded their second full-length album "Cosmogenesis", released via Relapse Records in February 2009. This August, OBSCURA will embark on a European tour alongside ATHEIST. With PESTILENCE, Jeroen played on their fourth album, "Spheres" (1993).

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1. Jenny writes:

I love "Cosmogenesis"! I thought that album was great. I can relate to Jeroen about the bass. With the bands I'm familiar with, rarely do any of them have bass lines that I can hear (or at least, none come to mind at the moment), so when I was listening to "Cosmogenesis" for the first time, I found myself in a trance as I actually paid attention to the bass; it was MESMERIZING; it flowed with everything else without taking away anything from the rest of the Music. The fact it can actually be clearly heard was new to me at the time. For me, the bass lines seemed to weave every song together like a silky bow around a perfect gift.

Jeroen is a very talented bassist. I would very much enjoy a new album from Obscura in the future.

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2. zMETALlica writes:

i completely agree with this guy actually. i hate how in most metal bands the bass is non-existant almost. when i mix i make sure you can audibly hear everything in a mix, without cranking the system.

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3. b.bristowe writes:

You should have recorded Death Magnetic for them......

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