We were very sad today to hear that we have lost a member of our family as mastering engineer extraordinaire George Marino passed away following a year long battle with lung cancer. While some of you may not instantly recognize George’s name, he was an invaluable member of our extended Metalli-family and was absolutely crucial with his skills and guidance as he spent countless days and hours tweaking every nuance and sound on The Black Album, Load, Re-Load, Garage, Inc., and S&M.
George was the unsung hero behind the scenes on hundreds of classic albums working in all genres of music including Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, AC/DC‘s Back In Black, Guns N’ Roses‘ Appetite for Destruction, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, Journey‘s Frontiers, and Cyndi Lauper’s She's So Unusual, just to name a few... he has worked with Ozzy Osboune, the Allman Brothers, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Kiss, the Offspring, the Cars, Coldplay and countless others. In his nearly 40 years at Sterling Sound, he won three Grammy awards, most recently in 2011 for Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs, which won Album of the Year.
His talent, professionalism, attention to detail and above all true dedication to music, along with the mere fact that George was simply one of the nicest people we have ever met in anywhere in the music business, makes today a very sad one for everyone in the Metallica family and he will be missed by all.