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    Posted: 30 Jul 2017 at 1:07am
Please put your name down here if you're interested in taking part in the next MMA Reviewer's Challenge.

Like the last challenge, the format for this one will be that every participant will be randomly paired with another and they have to select a album for each other to review, which they then do at their own pace (though preferably not months down the line), with an aim to start part way into August. 

As before, there is no guarantee that anyone will be paired with someone with a similar taste, which is part of the fun. If you have taken part before you may or may not get partnered with the same person again. 

The only rules for release selection are that it must be available as either a free legal download or on a legal streaming site like Spotify or Bandcamp in its entirety, though obviously it also has to be something that is on the MMA website. 

For this challenge you may select albums that have been previously reviewed so long as the reviewer you are paired with has not already reviewed/rated it. 

How you go about selecting an album for review beyond that is entirely up to you. A few reasons for selecting an album may be:

  • Perhaps there is an album you love that others seem to ignore and want to use the opportunity to try to get that release some attention.
  • Maybe you know something you believe your partner reviewer will like and will make your selection a recommendation. 
  • Or maybe you wish to see what they think of something that you know is outside of their comfort zone, making your selection really focus on the 'challenge' part of the game. 

You're under no obligation to share your motive for album selection with your review partner. 

All I ask is that if you do put your name forward for this that you be a good sport and do the review, no matter if you like the album chosen for you or not. Your review partner has to acknowledge that you might be inclined to give a negative review to the album they choose. 

It is best to have a backup album in mind just in case your first choice is region restricted on Spotify, or if your review partner has heard it but not rated it on MMA already. 

When there are enough names put forward I will announce the pairings. I'm looking for at least six so we have three pairs of reviewers, but the more the merrier. Hoping to announce pairs a week or so into August. 

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In! Was a bit annoyed I couldn't participate in the last one.
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I'm in.
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Count me in.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DippoMagoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jul 2017 at 11:27am
Having a hard time thinking up another album to use, but I'll give it a go.
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I have at least one in mind, depending on who I get paired with this time. 
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I'm in. I'll start thinking of possible albums.
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How would everyone feel about making this challenge slightly themed and limit our album choices to 2017 releases? Writing for new releases is a great way to promote the site and there are many well regarded albums (judging by the RYM chart) from this year that have not been reviewed on MMA yet. You could always use this as an opportunity to suggest and album that you have heard/reviewed that no one else seems to be paying any attention to. 

It's cool if no one's into the idea, but it is just a thought. New release reviews do draw extra traffic our way. Smile
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I think that could work, I've got a few new releases in mind.
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If everyone is for this we should publicly coordinate with each other just to make sure no one is reviewing the same album. 
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Yes, sounds good. We could all list our suggested albums in this thread to avoid duplication.
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Maybe we could each make a list of albums, then pick an album out of each other's lists to review?
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That's a possibility, sure. 
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I'd be up for that, yeah. I have a couple albums in mind already, and I can probably figure out some others as well.
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A thought: if we're doing a 2017 theme we could perhaps not do reviewing pairs and everyone have a random album assigned to them instead, if people want to put albums forward for consideration. 
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I don't mind doing it for 2017 albums. I'm behind of this year's stuff anyway.
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Okay, I wish to get this started within the next few days. What is consensus on the method? Pairs with 2017 albums needing to be chosen? If so we need one more person to make up eight reviewers. 
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Either that or just assign everyone a random un-reviewed 2017 album that can be streamed.

I think I prefer the latter method for this challenge.

Here's a few highly rated albums from RYM 2017 metal/hard rock/hardcore chart that no one has reviewed here yet. Many more where these came from.

The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia (Death-Doom Metal)
https://theruinsofbeverast.bandcamp.com/album/exuvia

Elder - Reflections of a Floating World (Hard Rock)
https://beholdtheelder.bandcamp.com/album/reflections-of-a-floating-world

Nokturnal Mortum - Істина (Folk Metal)
https://nokturnalmortum1.bandcamp.com/album/verity

Venenum - Trance of Death (Death Metal)
https://venenum.bandcamp.com/album/trance-of-death

Soen - Lykaia (Progressive Metal)
https://soen-sweden.bandcamp.com/album/lykaia

Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day (Progressive Metal)
https://open.spotify.com/album/3p3jOZI2RjHPVpu7kfgjOB

Ex Eye - Ex Eye (Avant-Garde Metal)
https://exeyeband.bandcamp.com/album/ex-eye
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I'm keen to give anything a go. Perhaps a menage a trois would be a solution to the numbers problem?Wink
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