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Metal / Re: Cult Mongers Zine
« Last post by Spinal on October 10, 2014, 09:38:08 AM »
This might be a self-explanatory question, but... is this forum up and running again?
Metal / Cult Mongers Zine
« Last post by death metal black metal on October 07, 2014, 11:06:17 PM »
Old school-ish zine, also supporting a distro and Metal Music Coin.

Metal / Re: OrthodoxBlackMetal webzine
« Last post by Mpastardos on October 07, 2014, 04:52:18 PM »
The review on the first, interesting EP release of Incipient Chaos from France, "Sulphur (EP 2014)", is online.

English http://www.orthodoxblackmetal.com/incipientchaos-sulphur2014.php

Greek http://www.orthodoxblackmetal.com/incipientchaos-sulphur2014gv.php

Metal / Advice for bands
« Last post by death metal black metal 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.
Metal / OUT NOW - NunSlaughter (Usa) / Moloch (Ukr) - Split 7" EP
« Last post by Turanian Honour Prod. on October 05, 2014, 08:18:49 PM »
Hailz !

: Turanian Honour Productions Proudly Presents :

Limited to only 144 hand-numbered copies.
The first 56 copies on green vinyl, the rest are on black vinyl.
Few copies left from the black vinyl version.

Check our releases & underground mailorder catalogue :

Metal / Re: OrthodoxBlackMetal webzine
« Last post by Mpastardos on October 03, 2014, 11:37:33 AM »
The review on the first, not so good demo of the one man band Albtraum from Germany called Misanthropic Antichrist (Demo 2014) is online. Read before you listen.

English http://www.orthodoxblackmetal.com/albtraum-misanthropicantichristdemo2014.php

Greek http://www.orthodoxblackmetal.com/albtraum-misanthropicantichristdemo2014gv.php

Metal / Goetic Records
« Last post by Jim21 on October 02, 2014, 09:25:23 AM »
Metal / Extreme music for extreme people? a paper by Michelle Phillipov
« Last post by fenrir on October 01, 2014, 10:59:46 AM »


I sometimes get the impression that she still misses the point about underground metal. And regarding her full book, the comments about it seem to imply that the only defense she takes in pro of Death Metal is that "one can enjoy it" as if subjectivity is the only way to defend Death Metal. Now, I haven't read the book myself but I am quite interested.
Metal / Re: Is heavy metal 'rock'?
« Last post by freddc on September 30, 2014, 11:04:59 PM »
The 'Archambault' disc store chains here in Québec split rock music in Anglophone or Francophone music. Metal has it's own dedicated section and Black Sabbath can be found there. Aside from finding stacked skid displays of the latest Children of Bodom album ranging 10$ - 11.99$, I have purchased my own Onward to Golgotha copy for 29.99$ about a year ago. It appears obvious that rock is what sells but in the meantime, somebody in charge within the company is aware of a demand for classics. Among them not only have I found Incantation albums but many others, of course for a generous exchange of dollars in comparison to mass fodder. Importing discs from specific distributors for classics is usually more expensive for them therefore it should explain the price along with a naturally least demanding supply fill-up.

Metal / Emperor Of Myself NEW SONG
« Last post by Jim21 on September 30, 2014, 07:48:54 PM »
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