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    Posted: 06 Dec 2017 at 11:45am
Last Reviewer's Challenge of 2017! This is running officially from next week, the 13th to be precise, then through January to co-inside with our next best of year vote which is open to the public for the first time. 

Since this is last minute, I'm thinking that there not be reviewing partners or a ladder system like last time, but everyone (including non-participants) use this sign-up week to suggest 2017 albums to be put under review, which will then be randomly assigned to each reviewer. That way late comers can still take part.

As always with a challenge review, you may only select albums that can legally be streamed or downloaded. Spotify and Bandcamp are good sources. You can select either unreviewed albums or ones that have been reviewed just the once (by yourself or someone else) that you'd like to see get more attention. Obviously it will be checked that you haven't already reviewed the album you are randomly drawn and if necessary the release changed. 

Depending on how many albums put into the hat, so to speak, you may get drawn multiple albums that you can either pick from yourself or review more than one of. 

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Vim Fuego
Sisslith
DippoMagoo
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Unitron

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Alternative Metal

Jesters of Destiny - The Sorrows the Refuse to Drown (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Avant-Garde Metal

Jute Gyte - Oviri (Unreviewed to date) Free Download

Black Metal

Dreamshift - Seconds (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Pure Wrath/Onirism - Endless Journey (Unreviewed to date) Bandcamp
Sun of the Sleepless - To the Elements (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Todesstoß - Ebne Graun (Reviewed only by adg211288) Bandcamp
White Ward - Futility Report (Reviewed only by adg211288) Spotify

Death Metal

Belphegor - Totenritual (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Cannibal Corpse - Red Before Black (Reviewed only by Vim Fuego) Spotify
Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From The Godless Void (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Dreaming Dead - Funeral Twilight (Reviewed only by Nightfly) Spotofy
Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Kartikeya - Samudra (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Tchornobog - Tchornobog (Reviewed only by adg211288) Free Download
Vinsta - Vinsta Wiads (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Doom Metal

Devil Electric - Devil Electric (Reviewed only by adg211288) Spotify
Monolord - Rust (Reviewed only by adg211288) Spotify
Saturndust - RLC (Reviewed only by adg211288) Spotify
Völur - Ancestors (Reviewed only by adg211288) Bandcamp / Spotify (tracks broken into parts)
The White Swan - The White (Reviewed only by Unitron) Spotify

Drone Metal

Folk Metal

Nokturnal Mortum - Verity (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Glam Metal

Gothic Metal

Grindcore

Genocide Generator - III (Reviewed only by Vim Fuego) Free Download
Implore - Subjugate (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Porky Vagina - Astroschwein (Reviewed only by Vim Fuego) Bandcamp

Groove Metal

Hard Rock

Black Country Communion - BBCIV (Reviewed only by Kingcrimsonprog) Spotify
Dream Machine - The Illusion (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Hair of the Dog - This World Turns (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Kadavar - Rough Times (Reviewed only by Kev Rowland) Spotify
Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark? (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Ruby the Hatchet - Planetary Space Child (Reviewed only by adg211288) Spotify
Toadies - The Lower Side of Uptown (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Hardcore & Crust

Industrial Metal

Godflesh - Post Self (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Metalcore

Converge - The Dusk in Us (Unreviewed to date) Spotify Bandcamp
Asking Alexandria - Asking Alexandriaa (Unreviewed / popular band elsewhere) - TBC
Polaris – The Mortal Coil (strong reviews elsewhere - unreviewed here) Bandcamp

Martyr Defiled - Young Gods (strong reviews elsewhere - unreviewed here) Bandcamp



Neoclassical Metal

Power Metal

Keldian - Darkness and Light (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Lovebites - Awakening From Abyss (Reviewed only by adg211288) Spotify
Rage - Seasons of the Black (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Progressive Metal

Adagio - Life (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Ne Obliviscaris - Urn (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Persefone - Aathma (Reviewed only by DippoMagoo) Spotify

Sludge Metal

Amenra - Mass VI (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Melvins - A Walk with Love and Death (major artist - no reviews or ratings) Bandcamp

Speed Metal

Stälker - Shadow of the Sword (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Stallion - From the Dead (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Vulture - The Guillotine (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Stoner Metal

Earth Witch - Out of the Shallow (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Mothership - High Strangeness (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Symphonic Metal

Bare Infinity - The Butterfly Raiser (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Thrash Metal

FreaKings - Toxic End (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Skulled - Eat Thrash (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished (Unreviewed to date) Spotify

Traditional Heavy Metal

Night Viper - Exterminator (Unreviewed to date) Spotify
Rock Goddess - It's More Than Rock and Roll (Reviewed only by Unitron) Spotify
Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow (Unreviewed to date) Bandcamp



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I'm in.

I'll throw some albums into the hat shortly.

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I'm in.

As for album suggestions:
Bare Infinity - The Butterfly Raiser (No reviews yet, and I'm the only one rating it. Is on Spotify, at least for me.)
Keldian - Darkness and Light (No reviews yet, and it's on Spotify, at least for me.)
Persefone - Aathma (Is on Spotify, at least for me, and I'm currently the only one reviewing it.)
Rage - Seasons of the Black (No reviews yet, and I know for sure it's on Spotify, at least for me.)

I'll stop there, to allow for more variety. I've actually come close to reviewing all three of those (aside from Persefone, which I did review) so I'd definitely be willing to do any of them as part of the challenge, as well as one other album, if no one else does them.

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Okay here's some HR suggestions from this year's evaluations:

Dream Machine - The Illusion
https://open.spotify.com/album/5bZs09jYWVbJIIlAIMpZLy

They actually released two albums this year, the second only coming out on the 1st of this month. I'm throwing in the one I've heard though. No reviews so far.

Kadavar - Rough Times
https://open.spotify.com/album/7LrD0MzyaENB2F4XvxzGad

One review by Kev Rowland so far.

Hair of the Dog - This World Turns
https://open.spotify.com/album/46NibmRvsWNILIlhgPmc14

No reviews yet.

Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?
https://open.spotify.com/album/3Rz6kF8eGqrDOEteo5YsBj

No reviews yet.
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Got a few I can think of. Grind, yes, but not the real hard to listen to shit, so don't freak.Wink I'll check a few thrash entries too.
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Count me in.

My suggestions (a few albums with no reviews):

Adagio - Life (progressive/symphonic metal, spotify, YouTube)
Warbringer - Woe to the Vanquished (thrash metal, spotify)
Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars (symphonic/melodic death metal, spotify)
Implore - Subjugate (deathgrind/crust punk/black metal, bandcamp)
Ne Obliviscaris - Urn (progressive metal/melodic death/melodic black metal, bandcamp)
Dreamshift - Seconds (blackgaze, bandcamp
Pure Wrath/Onirism - Endless Journey (atmospheric black metal, bandcamp)


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RYM appears to have updated their 2017 chart so I'll have a scout about tomorrow and see if I can pick up on any missing 2017 albums, and add a few to the list.
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I'm in.

A few suggestions...

Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From The Godless Void
Belphegor - Totenritual
Vinsta - Vinsta Wiads

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Kingdoms Disdained - Morbid Angel. Doesn't even have a rating yet! https://open.spotify.com/album/2g6JcSOSLuV8i0PD07IDyl
Red Before Baclk - Cannibal Corpse. I've reviewed it and that's it. https://open.spotify.com/album/2Ecgc9nNxJpXd3gboFPbvz
Astroschwein - Porky Vagina. Reviewed by me only. https://porkyvagina.bandcamp.com/album/astroschwein
III - Genocide Generator. Reviewed by me. https://genocidegenerator.bandcamp.com/album/iii
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The album poll has been re-sorted by main sub-genre. Death Metal and Hard Rock and the best covered while some only have one or no suggestions. 
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I'll see if I can pick out some trad and speed metal candidates.
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Heavy Metal:

Night Viper - Exterminator (https://open.spotify.com/album/6SEPjYs5Fe00nngPnJJlmc)

Satan's Hallow - Satan's Hallow (https://satanshallow.bandcamp.com/album/satans-hallow)

Speed Metal:

Stälker - Shadow of the Sword (https://open.spotify.com/album/6wxKbGBFi7vumdSh1MfK4N)

Stallion - From the Dead (https://open.spotify.com/album/0wEii5KdyXkCCfThiZKsTi)

Vulture - The Guillotine (https://open.spotify.com/album/3tWO94ZYNlTg249Fk0b0G9)

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Sure, why not.

Here's some albums to be thrown in:

Jesters of Destiny - The Sorrows the Refuse to Drown (Alternative Metal) - Spotify
Rock Goddess - It's More Than Rock and Roll EP (Heavy Metal) - Spotify
Earth Witch - Out of the Shallow (Stoner Metal) - Bandcamp
Mothership - High Strangeness (Stoner Metal) - Bandcamp
Dreaming Dead - Funeral Twilight (Death Metal) - Bandcamp
The White Swan - The White EP (Doom Metal) - Bandcamp
Monolord - Rust (Doom Metal) - Bandcamp
Havok - Conformicide (Thrash Metal) - Spotify
Skulled - Eat Thrash (Thrash Metal) - Bandcamp
FreaKings - Toxic End (Thrash Metal) - Spotify
Toadies - The Wrong Side of Uptown (Hard Rock) - Spotify
Nokturnal Mortum - Verity (Folk Metal) - Spotify
Godflesh - Post Self (Industrial Metal) - Spotify
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List updated. Got a good selection now but still some genre gaps. I'm guessing those genres are the less popular ones. I aim to turn up a few more for black metal and will maybe look into a few for the uncovered styles. 
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Okay we currently have a pool of 56 albums. I'd say that's enough to start drawing for people. Note that others can still sign up to this event.

Per the OP, I'm drawing three albums per person. It's up to you which one you pick to review or if you want to do more than one. I'll draw for myself last.


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Refer to the OP for a link to each album. If the trio randomly selected is that much to your dislike, you may request a re-draw. There are plenty of other albums on the list that have not been assigned. 

For Vim Fuego:

Melvins - A Walk with Love and Death
Black Country Communion - BBCIV
Stälker - Shadow of the Sword

For Sisslith:

Skulled - Eat Thrash
Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained
Monolord - Rust

For DippoMagoo:

Godflesh - Post Self
Saturndust - RLC
Vinsta - Vinsta Winds
Devil Electric - Devil Electric
Converge - The Dusk in Us

For 666Sharon666:

Mothership - High Strangeness
Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From the Godless Void
Freakings - Toxic End

For Nightfly:

Tchornobog - Tchornobog
The White Swan - The White
Rage - Seasons of the Black

For Unitron:

Lovebites - Awakening From Abyss
Porky Vagina - Astroschwein
Martyr Defiled - Young Gods

And for myself:

Ex Deo - The Immortal Wars
Pure Wrath/Onirism - Endless Journey
Vulture - The Guillotine


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After a brief sampling, I can confidently say Godflesh and Saturndust are both definitely out (I can't stand the vocals on either for more than a few seconds, lol) but Vinsta looks promising, so I can definitely review it. As I mentioned before, I'll also probably review one of my selections if they don't get used, which right now only Rage has been selected via randomizer. 
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Originally posted by DippoMagoo DippoMagoo wrote:

After a brief sampling, I can confidently say Godflesh and Saturndust are both definitely out (I can't stand the vocals on either for more than a few seconds, lol) but Vinsta looks promising, so I can definitely review it. As I mentioned before, I'll also probably review one of my selections if they don't get used, which right now only Rage has been selected via randomizer. 

I'll redraw you two different ones instead of Godflesh and Saturndust and put those two back in the pile. 

Devil Electric - Devil Electric
Converge - The Dusk in Us

Can't see you disliking the vocals on Devil Electric since they're all clean female singing. Converge I'm not so sure about. 


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Devil Electric looks good, yeah. Looks like another band along the lines of Blood Ceremony and Avatarium on their latest album, which I tend to like. Which gives me at least two albums to work with, which I'll either pick between or do both. 

Also, do you have any deadline in mind for this? Because I want to get at least one more promo review before the years ends, so I wouldn't be putting any serious work on a challenge review for another week or so, at the very least.
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No firm deadline, just as soon as your're ready.
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