Joe Barresi

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Joe Barresi (nicknamed "Evil") is an American record engineer and producer who has worked with Kyuss, The Melvins, Tool, Chevelle, Queens of the Stone Age, Coheed and Cambria, Tomahawk, L7, The Jesus Lizard, Parkway Drive, New Model Army, Bad Religion, Stam1na, Avenged Sevenfold, Nine Inch Nails, and Slipknot.


Early life and education

Joe Barresi started playing guitar when he was seven, and played in local bands in and around his home in New York City and Florida. He studied classical guitar and music theory at the University of South Florida before graduating from the University of Miami, where he also studied piano and music engineering. As a student, Barresi began recording and developing local bands in Miami.


After graduating from college, Barresi moved to Los Angeles and began working his way up the ladder by working at numerous local studios—a move that helped him gain an understanding of the different consoles, rooms and clientele at the various studios. His first big break came when he engineered a demo for producer GGGarth Richardson. He went on to work with a number of well-respected producers including David Kahne, Michael Beinhorn, Rob Cavallo and Sylvia Massy.

Barresi has mixed tracks for Monster Magnet, Fair to Midland, Hole, Veruca Salt, Weezer, Rancid, Bauhaus, Anthrax, Skunk Anansie, and Alpha Galates.

Eventually Barresi gained enough experience and insight that he began producing records. He has produced or co-produced tracks for Clutch, Buckcherry, Fu Manchu, Loudmouth, The Melvins, L7 and others. He also produced the debut album by Queens of the Stone Age which, at the time, did not have a record deal. That album was eventually released by indie label Loose Groove. The self-titled album garnered attention from press, and the band soon landed a deal with Interscope Records. Barresi then engineered and mixed the Tool album 10,000 Days , a job he received after a recommendation from Buzz Osborne of The Melvins [1] In 2011, he worked with the band Stam1na in Finland. Barresi engineered and mixed Tool's 2019 album Fear Inoculum [2] [3] [4]


As producer

ArtistAlbum NameYear
Melvins Stag 1996
Melvins Honky 1997
Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age 1998
Fu Manchu King of the Road 1999
Pennywise Land of the Free? 2001
Powerman 5000 Transform 2003
Backyard Babies Stockholm Syndrome 2003
Matchbook Romance Stories and Alibis 2003
Tomahawk Mit Gas 2003
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze 2005
The Butterfly Effect Imago 2006
Bad Religion New Maps of Hell 2007
Clutch From Beale Street to Oblivion 2007
Mínus The Great Northern Whalekill 2007
Puscifer Cuntry Boner 2007
Zico Chain Food 2007
Saviours Into Abaddon 2008
Isis Wavering Radiant 2009
Audrey Horne Audrey Horne 2010
Parkway Drive Deep Blue 2010
Pearl Little Immaculate White Fox 2010
Coheed and Cambria Year of The Black Rainbow 2010
Apocalyptica 7th Symphony 2010
Bad Religion The Dissent of Man 2010
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors 2011
Chevelle Hats Off to the Bull 2011
Every Time I Die Ex Lives 2012
Stam1na Nocebo 2012 [5]
Bad Religion True North 2013
Chevelle La Gárgola 2014
Black Stone Cherry Magic Mountain 2014
Chevelle The North Corridor 2016
Avenged Sevenfold The Stage 2016
Pallbearer Heartless 2017
Chevelle Niratias 2021 [6]

As engineer

As mixer

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