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Topic: MMA Reviewer's Challenge November 2017 Sign-Ups
Posted By: adg211288
Subject: MMA Reviewer's Challenge November 2017 Sign-Ups
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 2:24pm
Please put your name down here if you're interested in taking part in the next MMA Reviewer's Challenge.

The format this time is a random order where everyone doesn't swap albums with each other but for the next person on the list, with that person selecting for someone else and so on, with the last person on the list selecting for the first. You are to select any 2017 album that is on MMA regardless of whether it has already been reviewed or not. It is recommended, considering we're in the last few months of the year and that the MMA Best of 2017 Poll will be open through January - to all members for the first time - that you do your best to choose something you think your assigned partner may enjoy. 

The only other rule for release selection is 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, do check before you select an album your partner has already reviewed. It doesn't matter if they've previously heard it, this may be the push they need to get some words down for it.

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 at the start of November, if not on October 31st (10 days time). 

Additional: Time permitting, I'd like to run this event twice to maximise new release reviews on MMA before the year is out, with the second event running in December. It will be the same rules but different pairs. Please also let me know if you're interest in this.

Participants

Unitron selecting for Nightfly
Nightfly selecting for TheHeavyMetalCat
TheHeavyMetalCat selecting for 666sharon666
666sharon666 selecting for DippoMagoo
DippoMagoo selecting for adg211288
adg211288 selecting for Vim Fuego
Vim Fuego selecting for Sisslith
Sisslith selecting for mlkpad14
mlkpad14 selecting for Unitron


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Posted By: DippoMagoo
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 2:27pm
I'm in, as usual. I've been less focused on music this year than in past year's, by a lot, (usually I'm at over 200 albums per year on my RYM lists, where this year my goal is just to hit 100 at this point) but I always enjoy doing the review challenges. I do know a ton of 2017 albums both in and out of genres I follow that can use some reviews here, so I'll definitely have a wide range of material to choose from, depending on who I'm paired with.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 2:31pm
I've felt that I've been better this year than on some (such as 2015, year of my reviewing burnout), but I'm not as productive as I have been some years or even listened to as many new releases. I'm at 65 reviews now though, counting the three I have queued up to post over the next few days. 

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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 2:37pm
I'm in. Have no idea how many albums I've heard for the year or how many reviews I've done.Big smile


Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 2:50pm
You can pretty much put me down automatically for these.


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 21 Oct 2017 at 4:17pm
Sure.

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Posted By: TheHeavyMetalCat
Date Posted: 23 Oct 2017 at 6:52am
I'm going to throw my name in here to be a good sport, even though I've not posted any reviews before. Just whoever I get paired with go easy on me for my first review.


Posted By: mlkpad14
Date Posted: 23 Oct 2017 at 1:39pm
I'm in!

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 26 Oct 2017 at 7:38am
Count me in.


Posted By: Sisslith
Date Posted: 26 Oct 2017 at 8:27am
Let's roll.


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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 29 Oct 2017 at 8:49am
We currently have an odd number of names down - we really need one more person to join in for this. 

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Posted By: Sisslith
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 10:03am
If anybody doesn't mind writing 2 reviews instead of 1, there's no problem I guess.


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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 11:42am
There's always a menage a trois as well...Wink


Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 3:11pm
^ Yes, one group of 3 would work if no one else signs up.


Posted By: TheHeavyMetalCat
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 4:15pm
If push comes to shove I'll step down as the completely unexperienced reviewer.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 4:49pm
Or we could just not do pairs and just randomise the order of the participants and everyone has to select an album for the next person on the list rather than swap with each other (with the last selecting for the first). I quite like that idea actually. 

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Posted By: TheHeavyMetalCat
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 5:00pm
^ That'll work.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 at 5:03pm
Okay then, will play it by ear and see if anyone else signs up overnight, though might do it the new way anyway. Announcement will be tomorrow, regardless. 

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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 31 Oct 2017 at 2:06am
Announcement:

This review challenge is now a go. Rather than pairs swapping with each other we're all to select for the assigned reviewer, with that reviewer selecting for someone else and so forth. As follows:

Unitron selecting for Nightfly
Nightfly selecting for TheHeavyMetalCat
TheHeavyMetalCat selecting for 666sharon666
666sharon666 selecting for DippoMagoo
DippoMagoo selecting for adg211288
adg211288 selecting for Vim Fuego
Vim Fuego selecting for Sisslith
Sisslith selecting for mlkpad14
mlkpad14 selecting for Unitron

Remember: 2017 albums only that are available to be legally streamed in full. Doesn't matter if reviewed already or not. 

Please get in touch with me if you have not received your album to review within a few days. 


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Posted By: TheHeavyMetalCat
Date Posted: 31 Oct 2017 at 6:16am
Sent mine to Nicole.


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 31 Oct 2017 at 3:44pm
Are EP's acceptable?

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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 31 Oct 2017 at 3:53pm
Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Are EP's acceptable?

That's between you and the reviewer you're selecting for.


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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 31 Oct 2017 at 4:59pm
Should have yours Ashley, enjoy!

Probably be next week before I have mine done as I'm going away for a long weekend in a couple of days.


Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 01 Nov 2017 at 3:22pm
I'm quick off the mark this time: posted already. A great album that I was into instantly and proved very easy to write about. I was interested in this anyway after Adam reviewed it but great choice Ashley. Thanks.

http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/eroded-corridors-of-unbeing/376266


Posted By: DippoMagoo
Date Posted: 01 Nov 2017 at 3:39pm
Mine probably won't be done until next weekend at the earliest, because I'm busy with other stuff right now. I will make sure it's done no later than two weeks from now, though.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 01 Nov 2017 at 3:41pm
I'll be posting other reviews first since I have a few saved up in draft to post across the next few days. My challenge album will be one of three or four I'll have in rotation next. 

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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 07 Nov 2017 at 12:14am
Originally posted by 666sharon666 666sharon666 wrote:

I'm quick off the mark this time: posted already. A great album that I was into instantly and proved very easy to write about. I was interested in this anyway after Adam reviewed it but great choice Ashley. Thanks.

http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/eroded-corridors-of-unbeing/376266


I got the same album and disagreed entirely. Hard to listen to, and hard to write about.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 09 Nov 2017 at 9:01am
Mine is posted: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/lost-between-dimensions/376398

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 09 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm
mine to - short and sweet as it's only an EP.

http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/diablo-con-amor%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8B-adios(ep)/376404


Posted By: DippoMagoo
Date Posted: 10 Nov 2017 at 3:14pm
I'm finally starting to spend some time with my challenge album, so I aim to have it done on Monday.


Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 10 Nov 2017 at 9:59pm
Have amended my one. Subsequent listens have not changed my mind. Still don't like it. Haven't changed the score.


Posted By: DippoMagoo
Date Posted: 12 Nov 2017 at 12:39am
Mine is finally posted: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/burning-witches/376637

(It actually was an easy review: I just took forever to really get working on it.)


Posted By: mlkpad14
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2017 at 8:30pm
Is there anybody else who still has not done their's?

I am going to do mine as soon as possible; sorry that I still have not looked into it!


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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 17 Nov 2017 at 9:16pm
I've still got to finish mine, I'm about halfway done.

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Posted By: Sisslith
Date Posted: 18 Nov 2017 at 3:30am
I'll finish mine next week. I've been pretty busy with university stuff.


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Posted By: Sisslith
Date Posted: 30 Nov 2017 at 7:56am
Just posted mine. An unexpected selection by Patrick Wink

http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/die-on-my-ride/376940


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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 30 Nov 2017 at 1:24pm
Posted mine, I had it written for a while but it was an album that was kind of hard to get a solid opinion of:  http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/ex-eye/376638" rel="nofollow - http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/ex-eye/376638

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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 30 Nov 2017 at 4:43pm
Originally posted by Sisslith Sisslith wrote:

Just posted mine. An unexpected selection by Patrick Wink

http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/review/die-on-my-ride/376940

Yep, no dead bodies or hardcore pornography on the album cover.LOL


Posted By: Sisslith
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2017 at 8:25am
Are we doing the December challenge, by any chance?


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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2017 at 9:01am
I'd be up for it. Just wasn't sure anyone else was. 

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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2017 at 10:46am
Yes please!


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2017 at 11:17am
Okay, I'll open a formal sign-up thread and officially start in a week's time. Let's just call it Reviewer's Challenge Christmas/New Year rather than December. Given the closeness of the best of year vote how about giving each person two or three albums to pick from and they can review either one or more if they feel like it. 

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