I hate this kind of production. It totally destroys good metal albums for me. It lacks balls in everything - especially the drums. There is no punch whatsoever, no weight. It sounds like an 80's pop album production-wise. Pleasure To Kill had it all right - raw, primitive, thunderous drums, yet still a bit polished. This just sounds way too polished and radio-friendly (not musically, though).
Tritze was always too nervous for studio recording according to Mille. He also was more into partying at that time than focusing on the music, making his stage performance suffer greatly. The band finally decided to replace him because of his behaviour.