Re: Good microphone for recording metal?
The standard is an on-axis off-center Senn421 paired with an off-axis on-center Shure57. My goto as well. The 421 delivers the bass, the 57 the upper mids (the BITE). The closer the mic to the center, the more treble. Then you blend them to taste.
If I can only pick 1, I choose the 57, point it nearly PARALLEL to the grill, with the diaphragm in the middle of the speaker. This rejects some of the harshness, leaving me with a more full-bodied tone.
If I were BUYING only 1 mic, I'd get the Sennheiser 906 (NOT the 609, mind you). It's a happy medium between the 421 & 57.
Also make sure your distortion is under control. All amps have a distortion threshold that is not to be breached. Turn gain up until tone turns to fizz and then back off, unless you're soloing, then whatever. On my 5150, it's 4.5. Nine tenths of recording is fixing the source!
Post samples when you figure it out. Good luck!