Again I come humbly before my other TB'rs in search of some advice. I'll make this post as unbiased as possible. My band has been in the studio for the past couple weeks on and off recording our first album. It seems to be going pretty well; drums and rhythm guitars (4 guitars, a total of four tracks) are done, my bass tracks are about 50% done, and we started messing with solo's last night. We have a good engineer who is a metal guy himself, so he's working with us really well as far as getting the sound we're aiming for. We're a progressive thrash band (best way I can try to cram my band's weird ass style into a simple name). We have a lot of odd time signatures, and some really fast, notey, intricate riffs. It's not easy stuff to play or record. The album is being done on a budget. The guy that owns the studio is really doing his best to deliver the best product for us without charging us more than what he originally quoted us to do the album. It's not a ton of money we're talking about here, but it's a pretty hefty chunk of change, and getting close to the top end of what we as a band can afford to pay. So this is where the can of worms opens. Last night after our session our drummer and lead guitarist starting saying to me and my other guitarist that although they were ok with what they had recorded, they said they had to sweep some stuff under the rug in order to keep the pace up. Our drummer in particular seems not happy with a couple of parts on a couple of songs. Now personally, I think (genuinely) that the parts sound find, but I also understand that you're your own worst critic. So this opened up this whole ugly discussion ; they are leaning towards finishing recording, picking the best tracks to release as an EP and then rerecord the whole album ourselves after buying the equipment. I know first hand how my band operates. We can be brutally slow at times getting stuff done. To me, rerecording the whole album sounds like an absolute nightmare as well as a complete soul-crushing morale hit. I opened the argument yesterday that if we were interested in doing this now, we should've saved our money from the studio and invested in equipment. If we do this, I feel like the studio would've been a massive waste of time and resources, not to mention the fact that if we release an EP who's going to want to buy an album with 4 additional songs on it six months later? I'll admit the playing aspect of doing it ourselves would be better as time wouldn't be an issue. But we can't pretend that we can get a comparable sound in our practice room than a studio with $30,000+ of equipment. The time it would take, the money it would cost and the hit on credibility we'd take with our fans doesn't seem worth it to me. We've agreed for now to wait until it's mastered to make our final decision. Anyone have any thoughts? I tried to be as clear as possible, I'll provide any additional details upon request. Sorry for the long post!