Oh yeah, I see what you mean. That's also a matter of what kind of things you play, some things sound fine even if muddied, others require absolute clarity. The latter kind I can not play for the life of me.
Thanks for the comment on "Phantom Bone"! It's kinda funny like you have these certain bands in mind when making a song and then someone else hears something completely different. Like, I'm no stranger to Morbid Angel and have listened to some Bloodbath, but I was aiming for Obituary. Not that I mind.
Thanks a lot for your comment! I was quite estonnished how much my screams improved in a year. Maybe I just needed the right mindset and they didn't hurt at all. That's only two takes! Let's see if I summon a band.