"Metal has gone through an evolution. We went down that road a few years ago, but think with Nick being a producer and a fan, he focused on what we're good at and steered the ship back onto that course, like, the scat Jonathan [Davis, vocals] does, he does that heavy-metal scat. Nick just encouraged all that." [www.blabbermouth.net]
"We needed Nick's help to focus our energy... [Nick] kind of put his neck out there in the sense that we may not like what we're about to hear. He was willing to take that chance and be honest with us. Some of it was difficult to hear, but he was right." [www.loudwire.com]
Dream the Elecric Sleep
"Producers wear many different hats; [Nick]'s like a coach, but is somebody who can listen to what you're doing and say "as a listener, that doesn't make as much sense to me. Why did you do that there?"... Somebody like Nick can come in and say "Yeah, you're right. That is good. But this part needs work." Then just work us through the process of how we make the best album we can make. Working with Nick, we were able to just focus on performances. You end up trusting somebody like Nick... So you say "Nick knows what he's doing. Let's focus on capturing the best of what we can do." That's what Nick brought to the table... It's to take what we thought were good songs and make them better.
He's an immensely positive influence... and he wants to make the best damn album he can make. That's the kind of person I want to work with. Somebody who's going to push me to my limits, but not make me feel like sh*t." [www.crashandridemusic.com]
Black Star Riders
On working with Nick Raskulinecz...
"[Nick's] a top-class producer... he's a really inspiring guy... he has a lot of technical skills. So he has the tools to make a high-class production. We did [the album] in seven weeks in the Nashville mountains. We were living there in a small hut close to [Nick's] studio... like some kind of scary-movie kind of hut in the middle of nowhere. It was an ispiring place to make an album." [www.blabbermouth.net]
Rush's recent work has been affected by the influence of 'Clockwork Angels' co-producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also worked with the band on 'Snakes & Arrows.' "Nick is a very bad influence," Peart told Classic Rock Magazine. "He wants us to be more Rush than we are, it's wonderful, he pushes me in ways I wouldn't dare..."
"Nick is a true passionate rock fan and rock producer," Lee says. "He really pushed the band forward... To get everyone primed for recording Raskulinecz convened a kind of band camp... We started to sound really good, and it gave us the confidence to make the album."
Amy Lee: "My favorite records that came out recently were from Alice in Chains and the Deftones -- and [Nick] produced both. We love working with him -- he makes it so fun. Writing with the band and working with a heavy rock producer has made it more of a rock record."
"Nick, he's cool, man... He's very hands-on. He's very involved with everything from the beginning until the end... he gets you pumped up and he gets you excited about what you're doing... and he's a little bit precise and if shit isn't sounding good we'll go back and do it and do it until it does.."
"Nick is one of the first people who believed in the potential of this band.... and he outdid himself on this one... His enthusiasm is contagious. The main thing about Nick is, he sits down with you, sees where you want to go, and he'll do whatever it takes to get you there. He'll push you, he'll throw ideas at you, but he doesn't try to make your record his record. He wants every band to be the best band around but to still be themselves."