Saturday, November 4, 2023

300: Scott Burns and David E. Gehlke

Dreams of Consciousness Podcast Episode 300 features an interview with Scott Burns and David E. Gehlke.

[cover photo by Tim Hubbard]

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Scott Burns should be familiar to everyone who visits this site; as a producer and engineer, he recorded some of the most important albums in the American death metal canon - not to mention seminal albums by Sepultura, Napalm Death, and Gorguts. His tireless work is being celebrated in a new book called The Scott Burns Sessions: A Life in Death Metal 1987 - 1997, which was written with music journalist David E. Gehlke, and is out now through Decibel Books.

I spoke with Scott and David about how working on Turned Inside Out: The Official Story of Obituary led to their friendship, and why Scott wanted the book to include the less popular bands he recorded. We also discussed how opinions about death metal have evolved since the Nineties, and why Scott takes no credit for the enduring popularity of the albums he worked on.

My thanks again to Scott and David for speaking with me, and to you for listening.

Music In This Episode:

Death: "Altering The Future"
taken from the album "Spiritual Healing"

Sepultura: "Mass Hypnosis"
taken from the album "Beneath The Remains"

Deicide: "Sacrificial Suicide"
taken from the album "Deicide"

Cannibal Corpse: "Born In A Casket"
taken from the album "Eaten Back To Life"

Suffocation: "Depths of Depravity"
taken from the album "Pierced From Within"

Cynic: "Celestial Voyage"
taken from the album "Focus"

Obituary: "Slowly We Rot"
taken from the album "Slowly We Rot"

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