Nick Raskulinecz

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Nick Raskulinecz
Born (1970-02-04) February 4, 1970 (age 52)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation(s)Record producer

Nick Raskulinecz (/ˌræskəˈlɪnɪks/)[1] (born February 4, 1970) is an American record producer. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee.[2]

Production career[edit]

Raskulinecz is from the Bearden area of Knoxville, Tennessee. He first produced and recorded bands in Knoxville on a US$2,700 eight-track recorder that his grandfather bought for him.[3] He played in a popular local thrash/funk band called Hypertribe. Three of their albums were produced at Underground Recording Studio in Seymour, Tennessee, with Matt Lincoln engineering and sharing producing duties. Soon Raskulinecz moved to Los Angeles with his band, now renamed Movement, in 1995, and took a job at Sound City Studios as an assistant, following a suggestion by Brian Bell from Weezer. He eventually became an engineer and learned how to produce.[4][5]

In 2001, shortly after Raskulinecz left Sound City, he was struggling as an independent engineer at a rehearsal studio and thought of returning to Knoxville with wife Amber. Then Dave Grohl, whom he met engineering the Foo Fighters track "A320" for Godzilla: The Album, invited Raskulinecz to help make the Foo Fighters' next album at Grohl's home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. Raskulinecz, who was set to make his producing debut making Last Call for Vitriol with fellow Knoxvillians Superdrag, instead accepted Grohl's proposal and the result was One by One, released in 2002. The experience was successful and Raskulinecz returned for the Foo Fighters follow-up In Your Honor (2005).[4][6] He has also mixed the audio on the Foo Fighters DVDs Everywhere but Home, Foo Fighters Live at Wembley Stadium and Skin and Bones, the latter of which was accompanied by the live DVD at Hyde Park, also mixed by Raskulinecz.

In addition to his work with Foo Fighters, he has worked with such artists as Ghost, We As Human, Evanescence, Marilyn Manson, Soil, Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Stone Sour, Trivium, Duff McKagan, Mondo Generator, Danzig, The Exies, Ash, My Ruin, Korn, Velvet Revolver, Halestorm, Rush, Mastodon, Shadows Fall, Superdrag, Goatsnake, Fireball Ministry, Rye Coalition, Death Angel, Danko Jones, Skid Row, and Apocalyptica.[7]

Raskulinecz produced Snakes & Arrows with Canadian rock trio Rush in 2007. Rush brought back Raskulinecz to co-produce their 2010 singles "Caravan" and "BU2B", and then the album Clockwork Angels, which was released in June 2012. With Rush he earned the nickname "Booujzhe", from his description of how he wanted a particular drum beat to go in a song. Plus, Raskulinecz produced Threads of Life for Shadows Fall.

In September 2007, it was reported that Raskulinecz would produce Killing Season with Filipino American thrash quintet Death Angel.[8] Killing Season is Death Angel's fifth album and was released February 26, 2008.[9]

Raskulinecz produced an album with the Canadian band Thornley. The album, titled Tiny Pictures, was released on February 10, 2009. He was also the producer on Trivium's fourth album Shogun, released in 2008.

Raskulinecz produced Black Gives Way to Blue, the fourth studio album by grunge rock quartet Alice in Chains.[10] Released on September 29, 2009, this was the band's first studio album in 14 years, since their 1995 self-titled Alice in Chains, and its first release with new singer William DuVall following the death of Layne Staley. He is also credited as the producer on The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013) and Rainier Fog (2018).

In 2010, Raskulinecz moved to Nashville with his family, wanting to go back to Tennessee – from which his wife also hails – and raise his family there. At first he worked at Blackbird Studios, where he produced Stone Sour's Audio Secrecy, his second with the band (following Come What(ever) May).[5][6] Also released that year was Deftones' Diamond Eyes, which Raskulinecz recorded back in California.

Raskulinecz has also worked on Evanescence's third studio album, the self-titled Evanescence, which was released on October 11, 2011.[11][12] Raskulinecz is currently in the band Epic Ditch with former Superdrag frontman John Davis. In February 2012, Epic Ditch released their vinyl debut "36-Hour" on Velocity of Sound Records in which Nick played bass and also produced the album.

Some of Raskulinecz' latest works include Big Wreck's first album in ten years, Albatross, the seventh studio album by Deftones Koi No Yokan,[13] and second album by Swedish occult rock band Ghost, Infestissumam.

Rock Falcon Studios, Raskulinecz's own recording facility in Franklin, was founded in 2013. The first album done there was The Hold Steady's Teeth Dreams, released in 2014. Also done at Rock Falcon and released that year were Mastodon's Once More 'Round the Sun, and Adelitas Way's third album Stuck. He subsequently co-produced the Bush album Man on the Run.[5][14] Raskulinecz recorded the first sessions of Sleeping with Sirens' Madness, but the band ended discarding the results aside from two bonus tracks.[15]

In 2015, Raskulinecz produced the cello rock band Apocalyptica's album Shadowmaker, released on April 17, 2015.[16] That same year he produced The Killer Instinct by the Black Star Riders, and this led to Raskulinecz producing a solo EP for guitarist Damon Johnson, Echo.[17]

In 2016, he produced Korn's 12th album The Serenity of Suffering, and 13th album The Nothing in 2019.

Production credits[edit]

Year Title Band Notes
2000 In the Valley of Dying Stars Superdrag Co-produced with Superdrag
2002 One by One Foo Fighters Co-produced with Adam Kaspar
2002 Kill Your Television The Reunion Show Co-produced with The Reunion Show
2004 Meltdown Ash Co-produced with Ash
2005 In Your Honor Foo Fighters
2006 Come What(ever) May Stone Sour
2007 Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow Coheed and Cambria Co-produced with Rick Rubin
Dead Planet Mondo Generator
Snakes & Arrows Rush
Arigato! John Davis Co-produced with John Davis
2008 Shogun Trivium
2009 Tiny Pictures Thornley
Black Gives Way to Blue Alice In Chains Co-produced with Alice in Chains
2010 Audio Secrecy Stone Sour
Diamond Eyes Deftones
2011 Evanescence Evanescence
2012 Albatross Big Wreck
Koi No Yokan Deftones
Clockwork Angels Rush
2013 Infestissumam Ghost
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here Alice in Chains Co-produced with Alice in Chains
2014 Teeth Dreams The Hold Steady
Once More Round The Sun Mastodon
Stuck Adelitas Way
Sisyphus Says The Lees Of Memory
2015 Man on the Run Bush Co-produced with Jay Baumgardner
Madness Sleeping With Sirens Bonus tracks only
The Killer Instinct Black Star Riders
Shadowmaker Apocalyptica
2016 The Serenity of Suffering Korn
Unnecessary Evil The Lees Of Memory
2017 Wolves Rise Against
(how to live) AS GHOSTS 10 Years
Cold Dark Place Mastodon[18] Tracks 1, 2 & 4
2018 Rainier Fog Alice in Chains Co-produced with Alice in Chains
Vicious Halestorm
2019 The Nothing Korn[19]
2020 Underneath Code Orange[20][21] Co-produced with Jami Morgan and Will Yip
Moon Shot The Lees Of Memory
2021 The Bitter Truth Evanescence[22]
2022 The Gang's All Here Skid Row[23]


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  2. ^ "Gamut". Metro Pulse. January 11, 2007. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Bledsoe, Wayne (February 23, 2003). "Bearden grad to be at Grammys". Knoxville News-Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 7, 2005.
  4. ^ a b Bosso, Joe (November 3, 2010). "Nick Raskulinecz on producing Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains". MusicRadar. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Producer Crosstalk: Nick Raskulinecz". Music Connection Magazine. July 7, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Nick Raskulinecz – The Producer". Nashville Scene. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nick Raskulinecz". McDonough Management. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  8. ^ "Death Angel Taps Rush/Shadows Fall Producer For New Album". September 8, 2007.
  9. ^ "Death Angel: New Album Title Announced". October 23, 2007. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007.
  10. ^ "Alice in Chains Working With Rush/Foo Fighters Producer". October 23, 2008.
  11. ^ "Drummer Johnny Kelly Performs With Black Label Society For First Time". February 26, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Montgomery, James (July 11, 2011). "Evanescence's 'What You Want': Hear A Preview!". MTV News. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "Deftones Announce 'Koi No Yokan' New Album, Tour". Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  14. ^ Akers, Greg. "Q&A with the Hold Steady's Craig Finn". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  15. ^ #SkinnyJeanProblems, re-recording, tour hangouts and more with Sleeping With Sirens. YouTube. December 11, 2014. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  16. ^ Blabbermouth (March 30, 2015). "APOCALYPTICA's PAAVO LÖTJÖNEN Says Working With Producer NICK RASKULINECZ Was 'Really Inspiring'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "DAMON JOHNSON Releases New EP –". May 16, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  18. ^ Blabbermouth (November 8, 2017). "MASTODON's BILL KELLIHER Explains How 'Cold Dark Place' EP Came To Be". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "Korn Appears To Have Begun Recording New Album". August 10, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  20. ^ Sharma, Amit (March 13, 2020). ""It's the new style of heavy!" – Code Orange break down their landmark new album Underneath". MusicRadar. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  21. ^ "Code Orange Drops 'Autumn And Carbine' Animated Video". January 25, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  22. ^ Meredith, Kyle (January 22, 2020). "Evanescence on the Influence of Stevie Nicks and Portishead". Consequence of Sound. WFPK Radio. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  23. ^ "SKID ROW Releases Music Video For New Single 'The Gang's All Here'". Blabbermouth. Blabbermouth. May 25, 2022. Retrieved July 8, 2022.

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