Sal Villanueva

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Sal Villaneuva is an Italian-American record producer. A stalwart of the music scene for years, Villaneuva cut his teeth in the New York hardcore scene, playing in various bands including Demonspeed and Murphy's Law. Currently he is the bassplayer for Joe Coffee, the new band of ex-Sheer Terror mastermind Paul Bearer.

Villanueva discovered his talents as a producer in the midst of the boot camp recording sessions of the New York's Hardest compilation series done at the Big Blue Meenie Recording Studios. In the fall of 1999, Thursday's lead vocalist, Geoff Rickly, approached Villanueva to produce the band's Eyeball debut Waiting.[1] Since then he has produced almost all of the band's recordings, including their major label debut War All the Time for Island/Def Jam.

Following the success of Thursday's Full Collapse, Victory Records approached Villanueva to work with and develop Long Island emo band, Taking Back Sunday. The band's debut album, Tell All Your Friends, not only sold over 900,000 copies, but also became Victory's fastest and biggest selling record to date. Taking Back Sunday's Notes from the Past also contains a song called "The Ballad of Sal Villanueva".


Kill the House Lights, Victory Records (Producer/Engineer)
War All the Time, Island/Def Jam (Producer/Engineer)
Five Stories Falling, Victory Records (Producer/Engineer)
Full Collapse, Victory Records (Producer/Engineer)
Waiting, Eyeball Records (Producer/Engineer)
Resist Convenience, Triple Crown Records (Producer/Engineer)
Insanity Later, Triple Crown Records
  • Skarhead - Kings at Crime, Victory Records (Producer/Engineer)
  • Splitvalves - Movin' On, Resurrection A.D. (Producer)
  • Maximum Penalty - Independent, IJT Records (Producer)
  • Faction Zero - Liberation, IJT Records (Producer)
  • Hades - Downside, Metal Blade
  • Demonspeed:
Kill Kill Kill, Black Pumpkin
Swing is Hell, Black Pumpkin
  • Murphy's Law - The Party’s Over, Artemis
  • Ghost Orgy - Lullabies for Lunatics, Black Pumpkin
  • Redline - Moments of Truth, GSR Music, Black Pumpkin Distribution
  • Various Artists - New York’s Hardest, Black Pumpkin
  • Driver Side Impact - The Very Air We Breathe, Victory Records


  1. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-9582684-0-0. Retrieved 21 February 2011.