Acclaimed sound engineer Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, the Offspring) has tragically passed away at the age of 51. Carlstrom was one of the most important engineers/producers in the world of hard rock, modern punk and metal, having contributed to well over 100 albums, including engineering the Alice in Chains masterpiece 'Dirt' and the Offspring favorites 'Ixnay on the Hombre' and 'Americana.'

Bryan Carlstrom left behind an incredible legacy in production, engineering, mixing and mastering. Along with Alice in Chains and the Offspring, Carlstrom worked with significant acts such as Anthrax, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Public Image Ltd. and Queen.

As of this posting, the cause of Carlstrom's death has not been made public, but the Offspring's Dexter Holland paid tribute to the life of the 'Ixnay on the Hombre' and 'Americana' engineer via the band's Facebook page: "R.I.P. Bryan Carlstrom ... Godspeed ... As the engineer on 'Ixnay' and 'Americana,' he brought out the best in us."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian also posted a short tribute on his Twitter account: "RIP Bryan Carlstrom. Great guy, great engineer, we're a better band for knowing you."

Along with these musicians, a multitude of fans flocked to Bryan Carlstrom's personal Facebook page to post memorial after memorial for the brilliant studio mastermind. We would like to send our thoughts and best wishes to the family and friends of Bryan Carlstrom.

Enjoy his work with Alice in Chains in the player below:

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