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Metabog
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:54 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:33 am 
 

Hi,

My submission of Rust Belt Gothic was summarily rejected and then blacklisted for not being "metal". I'm not sure how this is a valid critique, i.e. I'm not sure how anyone could argue RBG is not metal but somehow Haken seems to have been accepted, which has a comparable if not mellower sound with a lot more prog rock elements, not to mention Dream Theater whose every other song is some kind of ballad.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Haken/3540270852
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dream_Theater/37

Or Ayreon, which is a big inspiration for Rust Belt Gothic and is almost describable as pure prog rock.
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Ayreon/1427

If the band was rejected for being notable due to just releasing a debut album, that's understandable, but it feels silly to reject it on non-metal grounds given these precedents. I would argue most of this material easily qualifies as prog or even power metal. I don't think this level of purity and gatekeeping is useful to our community as it stops people from discovering new bands that experiment with new and varied influences.

https://rustbeltgothic.bandcamp.com/track/to-the-barricades-2
https://rustbeltgothic.bandcamp.com/track/unfamiliar-2
https://open.spotify.com/track/5wWFiWR6EpcmhAe0YvWXv7?si=6806436c47344989

Thanks

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PaganiusI
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Location: Germany
PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:21 am 
 

Feel free to resubmit.
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Metabog
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:57 am 
 

Thanks, I just did!

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