That Dark Medieval Times review is a very good piece of descriptive and incisive writing, glad to see it again and on this website. Frequent Sadistic Metal Reviews are the best thing about the new DMU. No one else is going to exert this selective pressure. Everywhere being a halfway competent metal band is enough to garner you praise and get you a following. The trash nature of internet metal writing (where did metalsucks/invisigayrange etc. come from?) in the 2000s has ruined its reputation and credibility. I even miss the grimoire of exalted deeds... and Chronicles of Chaos went to utter shit (Todd DePalma was their last decent reviewer anyway, but there were some positive words about them once on the DLA blog, I think. They can be safely taken back now.).
User reviews on MA and such were a possible future, but we all know how that turned out. It may still be salvageable though, as long as there is some genuine revival of the genre.