Thanks Erik! Appreciate the kind words!
I kinda felt that as it was all done with Fader rides - that it was cool and the gang. The tracks are playing, just at no volume 😉 And I couldn't just mix it. ..I have my reputation to think of 🙂
The automation just took a long time. It was done over several sessions. I was trained sound for film so Automation makes more sense to me than plugins. We were trained to automate not compress. The main thing is to get the lows and low mids behaving themselves. The 'kick' on the percussion took a long time as I had to go through the entire track one hit at a time. I was also quite aggressive with the hi/low passing on the guitars - so they'd fit into the mix.