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colin040
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 11:34 am 
 

Surprised that this review got accepted; https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... tie/348473

Three paragraphs only and only one that gives somewhat of a description.

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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 4:57 pm 
 

Several extremely brief and somewhat messy reviews from an old user. The others I didn't link in the spoiler are slightly longer and with a more decent musical description but they might be worth a look as well.



colin040 wrote:
Surprised that this review got accepted; https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... tie/348473

Three paragraphs only and only one that gives somewhat of a description.

Sweetie is actually a Scribe so it didn't really get accepted, but I reckon he can keep things too short from time to time. I recall reading even several single-paragraph reviews by him. I guess they're ultimately fine but I find them a bit frustrating as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 12:22 am 
 

colin040 wrote:
Surprised that this review got accepted; https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... tie/348473

Three paragraphs only and only one that gives somewhat of a description.

Yeah, this one doesn't do it for me either. Admitting in the last paragraph that he can't put his finger on what's wrong kind of sums it all up there. Usually Sweetie's mid-length reviews are good for a quick read, this one just doesn't have the cut.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:43 am 
 

Slater922 wrote:
Okay, if we're gonna be removing Boris's reviews, at least save them on the Wayback Machine before you post them here. I'm an archivist at heart, and I do try and preserve these reviews as much as I can before they get 404'd, and for one of my main inspirations in writing MA reviews, I'd like to keep some of his work saved.


You can find some of his deleted reviews here.
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Klaagzang
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2022 11:47 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... che/40006/

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2022 12:05 pm 
 

colin040 wrote:
Surprised that this review got accepted; https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... tie/348473

Three paragraphs only and only one that gives somewhat of a description.

I sent it back. Sweetie is a scribe so his reviews are automatically approved.
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Sweetie
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2022 3:17 pm 
 

I guess even the veteran reviewers sometimes drop a half-assed one :lol: I'll probably just nuke it entirely.
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colin040
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2022 4:05 pm 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... um/113278/

Super brief!

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orphy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2022 7:23 pm 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... 66/1637200

Barely anything in this review is about the album. When it does get to the album, it's a few brief sentences with comparisons to some other bands, and that's about it.
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colin040
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2022 2:22 pm 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... ome/94901/

Brief!

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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2022 11:20 am 
 

Probably a dumb question, but what should we do with those old split reviews that deliberately only talk about one band on the release? Is that still considered OK?

An example being: https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... der/148817 but I'm pretty sure I'd stumbled upon some other ones in the past.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 12:56 pm 
 

TheBurningOfSodom wrote:
Probably a dumb question, but what should we do with those old split reviews that deliberately only talk about one band on the release? Is that still considered OK?


My view, for what its worth, is something like this:
- If the split record has more than one band listed on the site, then you should cover all bands listed on the site.
- If the split record has only one band listed on the site then there are two options. Either (a) focus on that band alone, or (b) cover both/all the bands and use it as a fun excuse to talk about stuff that would never get covered otherwise.

I've done both in the past.
Here (https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Confusion/Full_of_Life_-_Full_of_Live/657603/) I only covered the one band listed on the site because I wanted to focus on them properly (though, since I wrote that, another band got accepted to the site so I should probably update it).
Here (https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Bolt_Thrower/Polka_Slam_-_Crisis_Point/113277/) I covered all four bands despite only one of them being listed, just because I wanted to talk about punk and ska for a bit.

No idea if that is the 'right' approach, but it worked for me.

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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:22 am 
 

Seems legit enough, actually. Probably there isn't even an explicit rule about the matter, such is the variety of splits. Thanks for clarifying!
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kluseba
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2022 4:24 am 
 

In addition to several spelling mistakes, this review has some homophobic and misogynistic remarks that aren't acceptable in my book: https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... rtido/2095

Here are some quotes:

''Oh, and you sound like a fag!''

''I thank God that this CD doesn't include picure. Now THAT would be hideuos -because even if the other band member are allright, Tony looks like a tall five-penny whore with beard whose nervous and insecure performance is just so embarrasing to watch, that I wonder how the guy can survive after a gig without killing himself.''
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2022 9:15 am 
 

kluseba wrote:
In addition to several spelling mistakes, this review has some homophobic and misogynistic remarks that aren't acceptable in my book: https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... rtido/2095

Here are some quotes:

''Oh, and you sound like a fag!''

''I thank God that this CD doesn't include picure. Now THAT would be hideuos -because even if the other band member are allright, Tony looks like a tall five-penny whore with beard whose nervous and insecure performance is just so embarrasing to watch, that I wonder how the guy can survive after a gig without killing himself.''

This review definitely reads like a bad review from 2003, particularly with that homophobic sentence.
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Dembo
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2022 6:23 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... n666/68424

I feel this one doesn't describe much, but mostly just throws out bitter words like "Testasuck" "sucky", "pathetic", "annoying". Also a strange comment where the thinks this sounds like an imitation of Metallica's self-titled album, despite the big difference in sound.

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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2022 7:00 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... Guy/158521

Kinda short and vague. Also, since when are acoustic breaks a throwback to glam metal?
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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2022 7:23 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... etal/72131

A huge wall of text track-by-track that's tiresome to read. The author having been Dursted makes me think deleting it wouldn't be an irreparable loss...
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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 5:34 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... olnick/743

Another very old, huge track-by-track, plus the formatting is a mess.
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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 11:13 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... aBoris/147

One of Boris' shortest? That is quite something :lol: it doesn't say anything, really.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2022 5:40 am 
 

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... 69_/481697

I've probably posted it before but really, an obnoxious review whose main point is constantly (and I mean, constantly, at least once every paragraph) referring other people's opinions and discrediting them, often just repeating the same things. The reviewer even admits at one point that he 'just couldn't bear to leave this album at a 0%, because its absolutely not a zero and people are just being ridiculous'.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2022 10:18 am 
 

Amongst reading Twisted_Psychology's incredible review on Ghost's debut, it made me scroll back and see what else people had to say, and this one is sheer garbage:

https://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/ ... 403/377356

There are like, 3 sentences that KINDA describe the music, the rest is a combo of how it isn't what they expected, references to other bands and how it isn't as good as those bands, and an entire paragraph bitching about how everyone talks about Ghost too much. No idea how this ever passed.
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