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Metal / Cult Mongers Zine
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:06:17 PM »
Old school-ish zine, also supporting a distro and Metal Music Coin.

http://cultmongerszine.com/
http://metalmusiccoin.pw/

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Metal / Advice for bands
« on: October 07, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
Promoting your music in the metal scene is difficult because there is so much metal and, while the musical competence and production values have improved since the 1990s, content is generally bad and the result is that listeners tend to treat it all as about the same.

Getting a review

If you want your album reviewed, make an electronic press kit. This should include:

  • * An MP3 copy of your album, with correct track names including band name, album name and song name in both filename and ID tags.
  • * A large image of the front cover, preferably 1200x1200 pixels or larger, and a current band photo of the same size.
  • * In PDF, .docx, RTF or TXT form, a band biography including all contact information including social media and website presence for the band

When you contact us for review, do not ask if you can send the link; just send the link. Like other music sites, we have a "review stack" on which we dump the MP3s and then listen as we can. Remove as many barriers to this process as possible.

Most reviewers like to throw on the whole album, not selected tracks. This way, we hear all of what you have to offer. Most reviewers will listen to the first track until they find something that seems obvious, overdone, typical, random, etc. and then begin skipping tracks. They will listen to these subsequent tracks to see if anything grabs them in the first minute or less. For this reason, your first track should be something relatively compelling.

Things that turn reviewers off include obvious clones of existing acts that do not demonstrate their own content; if your band imitates a known style but has its own content, no one will mind. If your band imitates another band including content, you face a harder path. For example, a band that writes music in the style of Autopsy but clearly has its own ideas for song structure, riff form, melody, harmony and rhythm (including vocal hooks) will get more attention than a band whose only claim to fame is that they sound like Autopsy. Most people will prefer to just listen to the original. Reviewers also dislike lazy songwriting that falls back on known tropes, randomness which shows a lack of attention to quality, stupidity, textbook-derived technicality that serves no other purpose, and other artifacts which reveal a lack of purpose thus a lack of something clear to communicate. Be clear about why you are writing music and what you hope to convey, thus the experience and consequently emotion you hope to provide to the listener for their enjoyment.

Writing a press release

Unlike many sources, my attitude is that form is less important than clearly and concisely stating what your band is about and why you are offering up your music. The press releases that get glossed over are the ones that detail your successes as a commercial entity; that information is important for labels but not for reviewers. Better to tell us what connects an audience to your music and what inspires you and where you hope to be.

Include full contact information. Also include your band's presence on social media, the web, etc.

I suggest including a band statement as part of this, like a sample interview question. What's different about this new album or, if it is your first album, what does it shout to the world?

Proofreading never hurts but many of us are agnostic to spelling and grammar if the content is good. What will drive us away is a press release that looks like little thought went into it that also has no content other than "we're a local band looking for a label because we sound like a lot of other bands that made it big."

I also suggest having a YouTube link to a video with a sample song. You do not need to "make a video"; just put some cover art or a band picture on there and let the song stream. This way people can read for twenty seconds and listen for thirty seconds to tell if they think you have anything going on.

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Interzone / -- Archived Forum --
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:25:04 PM »
As of July 01, 2014, this forum is now archived.

Interzone has been replaced by the forum at this location.

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Metal / Re: Eucharist
« on: June 30, 2014, 02:13:32 PM »
At the Gates used more impulsive rhythms with abrupt changes.

The tendencies that some have noted for the drums to quiet down during busy guitar parts but pick up during the repetitive ones would be familiar to any jazz listener, and by jazz I don't mean the lite-jazz-fusion crap that numu metalcore bands pick up on, but the old stuff. I think it's even older than that: constant drumming is generally brain dead, so musicians use it selectively, but it can't make a suitable sonic appearance when something else is the focal point.

Eucharist go for a very formal and logical sequence of introduced material that is the antithesis of the more chaotic lunge that At the Gates takes. It creates an austere and distant feeling like that in many prosperous middle class homes, and introduces a deathlike absence into it.

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I think it's much more sinister than that.

The average person -- even if vegan -- supports the growth and expansion of a society that by definition does so at the expense of natural land.

What happens to all of those animals? A: they die. As do all future generations in that area.

If I had one wish for humanity, it would be less use of space. This cannot be achieved by putting everyone in apartments, because they will still need farmland, roads, hospitals, schools, shopping malls, doctor's offices, irrigation clinics, parking lots, bars and restaurants, libraries and public toilets.

The posh/non-posh thing seems to have more to do with who's "in" the little elite media club and who's not. Mostly corporate stooges probably. But metal has always hated poseurs, and people who rage about hunting while happily signing the next bill to shift 300,000 acres of green belt into condominiums are total hypocrite poseurs.

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Much of the rancour has surrounded frontman James Hetfield’s proclivity for hunting, with campaigners concerned that such activities run counter to the Peace and Love spirit of the festival.

At time of press 25,379 people had lent their signature to a petition calling for the band to be banned on the grounds that he has a “vile obsession with hunting”.

Whatever one’s views on the morality of hunting the campaign does lack credibility. Are we to ban artists from Glastonbury for any sort of objectionable behaviour and simply have Coldplay perform every year? There was certainly no outcry whatsoever when a host of headliners with nefarious pasts and in some case unabashed criminality were booked to perform.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/yorkshire-living/arts/music/the-anti-metallica-rhetoric-smacks-of-hypocrisy-enter-metal-1-6697091

Even in highly adulterated form (nu-Metallica) heavy metal is too feral, mythological and atavistic for modern "safety first" kiddies.

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Metal / Heavy metal is a culture separate from black, gay culture
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:17:10 PM »
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Speaking about the diversity of audiences at heavy metal shows, Ward — who is also a member of rap-metal pioneers STUCK MOJO — said: "Metal always gets weird… and I don't even know… but it gets this weird reputation of being racist or homophobic. It's, like, why? And they say, well, there's a not lot of black people at the shows. It's, like, black people are welcome. We don't have a sign [saying that no blacks are allowed to attend metal concerts]. But it's about culture. And that's the one thing that people don't realize… Because there's not a lot of gay heavy metal bands, that doesn't mean that that culture is not welcome, it's just that we gravitate towards things that we are culturally drawn to, and black culture, in general, is drawn to music that came up in black culture… you know, rap music, R&B, blues, jazz, and there are places where those cultures can meet, and they often do. But even LIVING COLOUR and bands like FISHBONE, they don't have large black audiences. They play rock music, so they have a mainly white audience. So it has nothing to do with color, it has to do with culture."

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/fozzys-rich-ward-explains-why-there-arent-a-lot-of-black-people-at-heavy-metal-shows/

The most important part:

But it's about culture...we gravitate towards things that we are culturally drawn to

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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:40:08 PM »
He's definitely taken a hidden path in his life.

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit;
Genius hits a target no one else can see."

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Metal / Re: Eucharist
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:35:33 PM »
Eucharist sets up rhythm more like a doom metal band. They remind me of Skepticism: create vast spaces, let guitar phrases intrude.

That's similar to what Immortal and Darkthrone did, except for them it was constant ambient drumming. This cut guitar free from drums, which enables more rhythmic variety.


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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:09:18 PM »
I hope he did. A-ha were better than 90% of the radio tripe in the 80s.

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Metal / Re: Sammath (Furious Dutch-German Black Metal)
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:03:38 PM »
New rehearsal video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNkKpCF4rPQ

The website announces a USA/Europe pro-tape release in the coming weeks:

http://www.sammath.nl/



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Metal / Re: Why is deathmetal.org important
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:43:55 PM »
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The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.

The more socially/philosophically significant it is, the more it talks about real topics and content is important. Sometimes content is form, as in classical works, where the form itself emphasizes harmony and balance in addition to complexity through melodic development. In death metal a similar principle exists.

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Metal / Re: 20% Off Sale!!!
« on: June 18, 2014, 03:47:02 PM »
If you don't have at least four copies of this, you're missing out:

http://gravenvelope.storenvy.com/products/7230842-havohej-dethrone-the-son-of-god-cd

With the discount code, $7 to your door.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:31:23 PM »
The solution? I think the reason this site differentiates neoambient is that it is what is continuing the black metal tradition in a new form.

The years have changed, art reacts.

Black metal is dead and should stay dead. The imitators killed it; no sensible artist is going to throw away his work on a community that cannot appreciate it.

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