If you ask me, all of those bands (aside from Watain, Ancient, and Dark Funeral) exceed Deicide (who by my view are one of the worst death metal bands ever conceived) AND Samael. Where do we go from here now?
Yeah, I know, you hate Deicide. Fine, I'll ignore that here, because frankly - you'd ignore early Samael in favor of Von? Or DIMMU FUCKING BORGIR?
The point is *not* that all the mentioned names are inarguably excisable - I am one person, and I cannot avoid the fact that some discrepancies will arise among people simply due to varying tastes. The point is that the DLA reviews are meant, by the site's own admission, to be an overview of the best
. Not the decent, not the pretty-good - the BEST.
As for Deicide, I wouldn't find it the least bit unfair for Legion
to be the only album mentioned - but that sets the bar a little too high for the overview to be useful to newcomers after more than a month or two. I know you'd disagree with that as well, but I'm making a statement about the level of discernment; the particular albums being named are just examples. Switch album names around if you have to.
There's no point in nitpicking among the DLA's reviews that are already up. Obviously, whoever decided to put the reviews up put some thought into it, and reviewed only what they considered to be the best bands they had heard from their respective genres. Some bands are missing, true, and that can be remedied. All that is needed is a keen eye for quality, as you mentioned.
There's absolutely a point. I too can think of a few other albums that should, without argument, be included among the reviews - but if a large number of the reviews are for albums that, to be perfectly honest, are "if you liked the awesome stuff, you'll probably think this stuff is kinda cool too" then simply adding more just adds to the noise. Excision THEN radiation therapy; destruction THEN creation. How often do threads come up where people start naming off bands/albums that should be added? I haven't been here long, but I've seen it happen at least three or four times. And out of all those incidences, how often are the named albums consistently repeated from person to person - and (since the answer is "never") why is that exactly? Because there's a lot of stuff already on the DLA that falls far short of the mark, which to any rational person would justify the inclusion of a lot of other junk that also falls far short of the mark. And even more to the point, how often have those discussions led to anything? Perhaps a change of perspective would be more useful at this point - a shift from "what's missing?" to "what's removable?"