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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2017 at 6:40pm
Yeah, I'm fine with whatever arrangement we go with. Doing only 2017 albums is definitely a nice twist, though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 1:19am
Okay everyone here's the plan, I was hoping to do this yesterday but I was out until late and ran out of time:

No pairing up this time. Today I am going to look into a few more unreviewed (and streamable) 2017 albums and then assign one to each member at random. I am going to source more than we need in the event that something is region locked or the album you are chosen is something you're uncomfortable with for any reason. Just ask if you want another release to be drawn for you. I should have the draw done later today. 

The album selection will start with the ones Nicole listed but I'm also going to look into lesser known ones for the draw.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 2:38am
Here are the reviewers matched with a random album, out of a possible 20 albums:

adg211288: Spaceslug - Time Travel Dilemma (https://spaceslug.bandcamp.com/album/time-travel-dilemma)

Vim Fuego: The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia (https://theruinsofbeverast.bandcamp.com/album/exuvia)

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

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

DippoMagoo: John Frum - A Stirring in the Noos (https://john-frum.bandcamp.com/album/a-stirring-in-the-noos)

666Sharon666: Ex Eye - Ex Eye (https://exeyeband.bandcamp.com)

aglasshouse: Madrost - The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh (https://madrost.bandcamp.com/album/the-essence-of-time-matches-no-flesh)

There are more possible albums in the selection pool so I will allow a redraw if anyone is unhappy with the album that came up for them. 

I will be sending PM's out as well as this post to make sure everyone knows their album

It's also not too late to join in this Review Challenge: plenty more albums to pick from!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 12:48pm
I just saved mine on Spotify (which I prefer over bandcamp, because on the latter after a while you get messages asking you to buy the album, and that gets annoying, where on Spotify I can listen infinitely with no distractions, because I pay a monthly fee for it.,) so I'm good to go. Will give the album a full listen either tonight or tomorrow.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 6:15pm
Sweet! Will have a listen to mine tonight, possibly while Game of Thrones is erm... migrating to my computer.Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Aug 2017 at 4:21pm
Had a listen to mine. A death metal album I've missed so good choice.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 2017 at 4:50am
Mine's a bit out of my comfort zone being a stoner metal album, but I am enjoying it so far. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 2017 at 2:26pm
Thatcher has had to drop out of this so I will be reviewing the Madrost album myself (though not as my Challenge album - I'm still working on that review). I had planned to write one eventually but wait until he had posted his. Just making this known before it goes up so no one thinks I'm stealing the spotlight since the whole idea this time was unreviewed albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 11:14am
Written mine which will be posted tomorrow (since I posted another review earlier today). 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 11:37am
Listened to mine enough to form an overall opinion, though I still need to start planning the actual review out this weekend, once I get a promo review done.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 11:47am
I've played mine a couple times and although I think I probably could review it I'd now like to request to change it because the album I'm hearing barely has a reason to be on this site.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 12:02pm
^Weird, it's listed as both prog metal and avant-garde on RYM, so I'm guessing you disagree with those tags?

Mine is quite clearly tech death, so obviously we don't have to worry about it not fitting on the site.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 12:19pm
Yeah, I really do. I get that the whole point of being avant-garde is to do things differently of course, and this album certainly would count as different, but there's really not much in it that strikes me as being metal based. I could see a Metal Related tag for here but overall I'd call this experimental rock/jazz fusion. I also definitely don't know where people are getting sludge and black metal from on the secondary genres.

With this in mind I think any review I wrote would be based too much on disagreeing with the genres its getting labelled as, so I think it's best if I just get a different album drawn. Also my score probably wouldn't be anywhere close to positive...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 12:29pm
Okay Nicole, your new selection is:

Rendered Helpless - Entities of Transdimensional Emergence

https://renderedhelpless.bandcamp.com/album/entities-of-transdimensional-emergence

I've heard this one (and rather enjoyed it for something from a genre I usually dislike) and there's no doubting this one belongs on MMA. Speaking of which you should post your concerns in the avant-garde team thread just in case Chris and Mike aren't following this topic. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 12:44pm
Thanks, I like the sci-fi artwork on that one and yeah, I've just posted a note in the Ag thread about Ex Eye. I'm sure Chris knows what he's doing though and it's just me completely misunderstanding this release. Either way, I can't say I like the album too much. It just sounds incredibly messy to me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 12:44pm
Listened to mine, and quite surprised. I have an angle on it and hope to give the review a crack at the weekend.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 12:47pm
Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

Listened to mine, and quite surprised. I have an angle on it and hope to give the review a crack at the weekend.

Yours has sat on top of RYM's metal chart for quite a while now. I've played it once myself but that wasn't enough to form too much of an opinion on it. Looking forward to your review. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 1:13pm
I haven't gotten to listening to mine yet, but I was actually interested in the album I got before I had it picked for me. I'll probably give it a listen tomorrow after work (Though I haven't really been able to finish any reviews lately, I have half-written Raven and L.A.P.D. reviews that I still want to finish.)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2017 at 1:35pm
Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

I haven't gotten to listening to mine yet, but I was actually interested in the album I got before I had it picked for me. I'll probably give it a listen tomorrow after work (Though I haven't really been able to finish any reviews lately, I have half-written Raven and L.A.P.D. reviews that I still want to finish.)

I thought it was pretty good when I tried it. Only played it once though. It's the top rated hard rock album on RYM right now. 
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