Agreed 100 percent. That record is the fucking antithesis of the soft, safe, no edge mixes of today. I can not believe they remixed this, it’s by far my most hated remix of all time. That album was absolutely fucking perfect, sounded perfect, everything.
Just listened to a few minutes of the PEM remaster. Jesus it's so much weaker and softer than the original mix. What were they thinking? Did they not use the original as a reference? Like they must have gone back and A/B'd the mixes against each other at some point.
Maybe they all have horrific tinnitus and the old album is too prominent in the upper mids for their ears or something. That's about the only thing I can think of that even starts to explain it.
It's amazing how much of a difference it all makes. The mixing engineer really is the "5th" member of every recorded band, huh.