Hey guys, working on a mix right now... I've got the bass and drums sounding just perfectly and working together great, but the guitars are giving me problems. I can never strike a balance between heavyness and clarity with distorted guitar. My all time favorite distortion guitar tone is the new It Dies Today record (http://www.myspace.com/itdiestoday) and that is more or less what I am aiming for, but it seems like no matter what I do, it's too muddy or too scratchy. The best I have been able to achieve so far was with a bunch of EQ (mainly boosting the highs and scooping out the mids, and cutting out some bass frequences to make room for the bass guitar and kick drum) and a lot of compression. What do you guys do for processing on metal guitars? Second question, in order for my snare to be heard in the mix, I have to throw a lot of compression and EQ on it, and it ends up peaking whenever the snare is hit... so, I will have all my levels set and the song will be playing at the loudest volume possible without peaking, but the snare ruins it with peaks every time it's hit. To make it not peak, I have to turn whole thing down far too much. What is the solution to this?