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As you know, Friday’s videos are Viewer’s Comments. You may have noticed that I’m not calling them “Viewer’s Comments” in the titles anymore, but don’t worry – it’s the same format we know and love! The reason for this change is so that new viewers don’t feel left out if this is the first video they’ve seen. You guys send me a lot of great questions that may help someone out or perhaps even make them laugh 😉

SMG Viewer’s Comments episode 120 asks the eternal question: Should metal actually be popular outside of the underground? You tell me! Episode sponsored by

The great thing about metal is that it’s a big enough genre. There’s room for everything. You can have your Poison’s and your Warrent’s. But you can also have the super heavy death metal stuff – the black metal – all different kinds of metal! That’s the great thing about metal. There’s something in it for everybody.


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Greetings, I'm Glenn Fricker, engineer here at Spectre Sound Studios. I love making records, and after doing it for sixteen years, I want to pass on what I've learned.Featuring tutorials on how to record guitar, bass, real drums and vocals. There's reviews and demos of tube amps, amp sims, drums, mics, preamps, outboard gear, and plugin effects.Everything you've wanted to learn about recording Hard Rock & Heavy Metal can be found right here on my channel! I also respond to your comments & questions: The best make it into the SMG Viewer's Comments series of videos.Loads of fun, lots of laughs. Thanks for reading!


  1. Minos Koutedakis November 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Hi! Love your channel! Have you ever mixed on headphones? If so what is your opinion??

    Keep up the good work!


  2. steve shaver November 3, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Metal at its best, is underground. When Maiden, and Priest and Sabbath were writing music from the heart, and didnt care if a radio would play them, that was their best material. When Metallica and Megadeth were writing with that youthful angst, that was their best material. When all those bands “tried” to make more radio friendly songs, that was when they lost their metal roots, and appeased the masses. That isnt what metal is about. It is about rebellion. It is the big F You to the mainstream. We as metalheads have always been the outcasts. Luckily for us, the greatest metal bands may have lost their way, but they have all turned it back around and went back to their roots. And yes, all my examples show I am an old metal dude. LOL.

  3. Thomas Pieson November 3, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    the whole Mainstream/Underground debate is completely useless. As an argument it’s flawed as hell because the assumption is that success and popularity are the same thing. Let people like what they like and if that underground band gets discovered and suddenly become popular don’t hold that against them. It’s selfish snobbery on the part of the “fan” who wants their underground band to stay that way, to keep struggling to get by and never get any significant success. It’s the kind of backward thinking that gets us Katy Perry and Beyonce on the radio because they are both accessible and popular. “don’t hamstring a bands success so you can keep liking them,” that’s all I’m saying.

  4. Wayne Young November 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve been watching for a short time know and love what you do. I want to know if you have ever done sound for a live situation,if so enlighten us on your experience. Thanks

  5. Kevin nix November 3, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I think that metal should be mainstream. The problem I believe is that there are a few big conglomerates that handle programming throughout North America. They decide what gets played . I’d almost rather have the corrupt payola from the old days than the system we have now…we are spoofed our music from a few giant companies and looped.most talent is left behind

  6. Mike Gallaghan November 6, 2017 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Greetings I’m Mike a Bass player from New Zealand. I make this short cuz I dunt no many wurds. Love your channel. I proudly wear my “Keep calm and blame the Bass player” T shirt to band practice and my band mates take the advice. 15 year old Bass strings I hope you wore a Hazmat suit when you removed them, it’s a wonder they still bent. Ive tried boiling mine and they last about a week. Ive tried soaking them in denatured alcohol same result lasted about a week. You mentioned that with the string being under tension maybe something happens to the metallurgy in the string. The only solution I have found is new strings. To put the price of strings in perspective a pack of pretty standard strings in NZ cost $45.00. I practice for 1 -1 1/2 hours per day plus band rehearsal I change my strings every 3 months. This works out to $4.00 per week. Puts the cost of strings into perspective. Keep up the great channel and remember Bass is lif

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