Rock and Metal Albums with the Worst Production

The Top Ten
What The... - Black Flag What The... - Black Flag Product Image

Production in this album is abysmal, the mixing makes the guitar sounds all over the place and you barely hear any other instrument, not only that but the guitar tone is really bad, and to complete every single song in the album sounds the same, almost no single effort put into this thing

Agree, horrible mixing, sub par drumming and far from Greg Ginn best work. Shame too because he is a great punk guitarist. Well, the album does warn you it's gonna suck by the God awful cover art.

The title is also not that appealing. Also isn't Black Flag in general usually considered one of the greatest punk bands ever? It must suck that they also recorded such a terrible comeback album.

Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel Product Image

Independent about the weird mix between death metal, symphonic metal and... techno, the mixing in the album is just laughably bad, all of the instruments sounds extremely synthetic, specially the drums, the guitar tone might be decent but when it's overshadowed by such abysmal overproduction it's really hard to listen to it

Skeletons - Danzig Skeletons - Danzig Product Image

Pretty much the same problem as Black Flag's What the... almost no effort put into this, Danzig's voice is all over the mixing, the guitar tone is awful and you can barely listen to it

His Last Walk - Blessthefall His Last Walk - Blessthefall Product Image

Everything about this album sounds like a demo, Craig Mabbit's screamo in this is one of the worst ones I have hard, guitar tone sounds abysmal, and the whole feedback effect in it is extremely bad too, I know it was just Blessthefall's debut but at least they could have tried to make something listenable

Felony - Emmure Felony - Emmure Product Image

Not only the mix between Nu Metal and Deathcore is awful but everything about this album instrumentation is really bad, the guitar tone is awful, Frankie's screaming is really bad and you can barely heard the bass and drums between how awfully compressed are the guitars and Frankie's voice

The Gift Of Game - Crazy Town The Gift Of Game - Crazy Town Product Image

Limp Bizkit in steroids... in the worst way possible, everything about this album is wretched, from the guitar tone to how loud and overlycompressed it is to both rappers voice, this album pretty much turns into noise in multiple times, specially on the two "highlights" of the album, Toxic and Darkside

Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence Product Image

Another album whose effort was barely put in it, the worst thing about this is that You Can't Stop Me was an actually decent album, this just killed Suicide Silence's career in the worst way possible

Mania - Fallout Boy Mania - Fallout Boy Product Image

Yes I'm counting it as a rock album and the whole mixing in this album is borderline offensive, of course I expected overproduction in this but listening to sounds like Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea, Church or Young and Menace feels like an insult by how loud it gets, this is another album who turns into noise at moments

Every Six Seconds - Saliva Every Six Seconds - Saliva Product Image

The mixing in this album is hot garbage, not only there are instruments here that sound borderline synthetic but some of them feel extremelly compressed at a point where most that I can heard is just an annoying static feedback, plus Josey Scott's awful voice

St. Anger - Metallica St. Anger - Metallica Product Image

It was between this and RHCP's Californication... but since Californication is actually good I decided to put this one, I don't even need to explain why this album's production is bad, everyone is aware of how bad it gets

The drumming especially is awful on this album

The Contenders
Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold Product Image
Be Here Now - Oasis Be Here Now - Oasis Product Image
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Product Image
From Death to Destiny - Asking Alexandria From Death to Destiny - Asking Alexandria Product Image
Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit Product Image
Just Like You - Falling in Reverse Just Like You - Falling in Reverse Product Image
Rise of the Lion - Miss May I Rise of the Lion - Miss May I Product Image
Death Magnetic - Metallica Death Magnetic - Metallica Product Image
Welcome to Hell - Venom Welcome to Hell - Venom Product Image
...And Justice for All - Metallica ...And Justice for All - Metallica Product Image
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