Nobody but the composers and a few others seem to check out this thread, because the DLA doesn't support its "scene".
Of the composers here, who thinks we need to come together to discuss our ideas more often? As far as I see it, we barely discuss our motives/inspirations/technqiues, to any degree.
OK, let's break everything down.
What bands/projects are we talking about? If I'm not mistaken, I would say: Into Oblivion, Wulvgraf, the various projects of Cargest and the output of Forza Romana. These are the people that regularly frequent here and have metal projects. If I'm forgetting anything, just pipe up.
Speaking for myself and perhaps some others: I do
keep an eye on the various projects here and I do pay attention. I don't give much advice or critique because I don't have the vocabulary for it.
Into Oblivion, Wulvgraf and Wiht have all gotten reviewed in some form at the DLA. Why did this stuff get reviewed? Here's my hunch: these got reviewed because they were completed projects. A lot of stuff that people post is admitted by the very people that post it, that they are not exactly completed projects. A lot of artists here seem to be testing the waters and looking for feedback. That's fine, but it makes a non-musician such as myself reluctant to insert himself into a discussion. I'm only comfortable weighing in on things when somebody says: OK here is a complete piece of work, front to back, top to bottom, I stand behind it 100%, this is it. I offered a lot of enthusiastic praise for the Wiht project a few years ago because I was able to offer some "non-musical" thoughts.
So, if I were to offer some advice to the artists I would say: A.) Consolidate all of the various recordings that you officially want "out there" so people can go to one single place to find it. B.) Artists should be less hesitant to promote themselves and their projects. I know a lot of people here have good manners and aren't into self-promotion but a reminder every now and then is really no harm. C.) If something is not getting much feedback, I guess you have to take the hint. D.) Why don't all you guys make an mp3 compilation? Each project picks out 1 or 2 songs, upload it to mediafire and spread it around. I think we need a "re-cap" of who is who and what recordings are they officially standing behind?