Top 10 Producers To Look Out For

#1 Fredrik Nordström

Fredrick Nordström is a Swedish musician and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist of heavy metal band Dream Evil which he formed in 1999. The band makes amazing melodic death metal music and has been consistent in releasing albums, singles and EPs. Some of Fredrick Nordström’s releases have surpassed millions of streams like “The Chosen Ones” with over 23 million and “The Book Of Heavy Metal” with 13 million streams to date.Nordström started out at a young age when he realized his love for music production and opened a small recording studio in Gothenburg which later became known as Studio Fredman, one of the most prominent Swedish studios. And now Nordström is considered to be one of the most influential heavy metal producers of Europe.

#2 Andy Sneap

Derbyshire musician, guitarist, songwriter and record producer Andy Sneap has produced well over 100 albums. Some of his best credits include  Deliverance by Opeth and Disarm the Descent by Killswitch Engage for which he was nominated for a Grammy. He has worked with bands like  Judas Priest, Accept, Blaze Bayley, Dream Theater, Saxon, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Megadeth, Kataklysm, Kreator, Nevermore, and others with millions upon millions of streams. He performed as a composer and guitarist for Sabbat and Hell starting in 1988. His latest productions of 2021 are Persona Non Grata  for Exodus to be released in November and A View from the Top of the World for Dream Theater.

#3 Kevin Stuart Swain

The British producer is also a talented songwriter, engineer, vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. Kevin Stuart’s work is always impeccable, authentic, and artful. He has produced and written songs for renowned artists like Jerry Adolphe (Chilliwack), Phil Comparelli (54/40), Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath), Ron “Obvious” Yermeulin (Bryan Adams), Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtado), Neil Turbin (Anthrax), and others. Kevin Stuart has also performed live with artists like Jerry Doucette, Jim Byrnes, Terry Watkinson (Max Webster), Stonebolt, Al Harlow, Prism, Lee Aaron, Thor, John Webster (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi) and others.In 2018 Kevin Stuart teamed up with Thor, an iconic rock/metal band for the production of the album Christmas in Valhalla. They had previously worked together on the 2013 single “Thunderstryker.” Kevin Stuart went on to co-produce several albums with Thor such as Hammer of Justice (2019), Rising (2020), and Alliance (2021) for the Los Angeles-based Cleopatra/Deadline Records.

#4 Jason Suecof

This artist is known for his ingenious style and his work with renowned artists such as  Trivium, Battlecross, Death Angel, All That Remains, Bury Your Dead, The Black Dahlia Murder, and many others. He is also the guitarist of Charred Walls Of The Damned or CWOTD and Capharnaum. The artist established his own record studio in Orlando, Florida under the name Audio Hammer, where he produces most of his work. Suecof is an absolute inspiration; being in a wheelchair since childhood due to spinal meningitis never stopped him from achieving his goals and there is immense power in his music. 

#5 Terry Date

Terry Date is an absolutely talented record producer and audio engineer in the rock and heavy metal scene. He has to date worked with the most highly acclaimed artists and produced hundreds of songs and albums. Some of his credits include  Metal Church, Dream Theater, Soundgarden, Overkill, Pantera, Dark Angel, Fishbone, Prong, White Zombie, Deftones, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit. Since the early 90’s the Seattle veteran has produced hard rock gems like Prong, White Zombie, and Overkill. Vulgar Display of Power with Pantera, for instance, has long surpassed the 400 million streams. 

#6 Joey Sturgis

This Indiana producer established The Foundation Recording Studio after he started recording in 2004. His work in producing the Asking Alexandria single “The Final Episode” helped win the  RIAA certified Gold Record. The artist proved to be an ingenious entrepreneur by releasing his own audio recording plugins line called Joey Sturgis Tones.

He recorded and produced for renowned heavy metal and rock bands like The Devil Wears Prada, Kiss The Gunner, Before Their Eyes, Never again, Death Virginia, Burden of a Day, Sea of Treachery, At the Throne of Judgement, and many more. The Devil Wears Prada’s EP called Zombie went on to gather over 13 million streams (linked below).

#7 Chris “Zeuss” Harris

Man of many talents, Chris Harris is a producer, engineer, mixer, composer, songwriter worldwide. He specializes in the metalcore, harcore punk, hard rock and heavy metal scene, producing awesome records one after another. Harris has mixed and mastered albums for such influential figures as Rob Zombie, Queensrÿche, Demon Hunter, Suicide Silence, Suffocation,  Municipal Waste, Soulfly, Bleeding Through, Kataklysm, God Forbid, and many others. 

#8 Will Putney

Producer, mixer, engineer from New Jersey, Will Putney has produced for bands like Every Time I Die, The Amity Affliction, The Acacia Strain, Body Count, Thy Art Is Murder, Northlane, Gojira, Silent Planet, After The Burial, Terror, Unearth, Knocked Loose,, Stray From The Path, and more. He developed and came out with the STL Tonality which is an all-in-one Guitar Plug-in Suite that includes hundreds of Will’s guitar and bass tones. Enjoy Will’s work in Norma Jean’s album All Hail.

#9 Misha Mansoor

The Bulb is an American guitarist, businessman, entrepreneur, composer, songwriter, and music producer specializing in the progressive metal scene. He formed and has been one of the three guitarists of Periphery, the progressive rock band with six albums to date. Besides producing all of Periphery’s albums, Mansoor also has produced with bands like Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris, Being, and Stray from the Path. In 2013 he formed a production company called Top Secret Audio in 2013.

#10 Kurt Ballou 

The guitarist of hardcore punk and metalcore band Converge since 1990, Kurt Ballou is also a great producer based in Massachussets. In 1998 Ballou established his GodCity Studio whose earliest credit was  Cave In’s Until Your Heart Stops. He has since then recorded most of Converge’s albums as well as other bands like  Genghis Tron’s Board Up the House, Torche’s Meanderthal, Disfear’s Live the Storm and Darkest Hour’s Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora, and so on.