I've been thinking about the fact that I can't turn any recent records loud enough to really enjoy them, because they're produced in such a fashion that presence is greatly increased during mastering. Now, that 1200-4000 range on most modern mastered and vintage remastered mixes is just too damn loud. Am I the only one to see it that way? You all know what Loudness Wars are about, but are you certain enough how little sense it makes? Who are those people that force it? Artists, record companies or engineers? Most people focus on loss of dynamics when talking about loudness wars, forgetting that frequency response gets squashed as well (usually killing a great deal of bass, and boosting presence region by a load). So, what are general thoughts on this subject here? Mind you, I am not talking about any reasonable compression that's usually done during mixing, it always sounds like a mastering squash (the greatest offender ever being Death Magnetic). Also, I must add that I prefer Sneap's mixed and mastered albums to pretty much anything today, since he does seem to take this into account to an extent, mad props to him. I can listen to The Root of All Evil throughout without any ear fatigue (pretty mad for a death metal record)!