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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:25 pm 
 

Yes, I aim to maintain a high standard. During the last months of 2013, I also went back and re-wrote almost all of my standing reviews at the time just to make sure the quality was uniform before I embarked on a huge reviewing spree that saw me scribed in less than a month's time.

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Napalm_Satan
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:31 pm 
 

Diamhea wrote:
Yes, I aim to maintain a high standard. During the last months of 2013, I also went back and re-wrote almost all of my standing reviews at the time just to make sure the quality was uniform before I embarked on a huge reviewing spree that saw me scribed in less than a month's time.


Fair enough, nice to keep uniformity. Personally, I like to look at my own evolution as a writer, hence my April and June reviews (before I began regular reviewing, they are substantially different to my current work) shall remain as they are. That said, I went back and adjusted several scores to fit my current scale, since I feel that this doesn't really affect the review.

Also, scribed? Like, your work goes past the moderation stage automatically? Cool!
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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:39 pm 
 

Yeah I fixed the scores as well, on an "x/20" scale, as I believe it isn't possible to accurately (and objectively) score albums on a 100 point scale.

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Napalm_Satan
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:48 pm 
 

I use the full 100 points to differentiate albums in the same 5% bracket, but the basic framework is a 20 point scale.

Or at least, that is the idea. There isn't really a mid-zone in my scale as an album either works or it doesn't, hence my scale goes from 0-40 and 70-100 (generally, most of the time, and not even on purpose.) It is rare for me to judge something as completely competent but unengaging, and I hate having to review that kind of music.
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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:22 pm 
 

I'm really proud of the way I've consistently scored over the years. 50% is a straight equal amount of good and bad, and anything above 85% better be DAMN good. Scoring reviews using that silly US school method of "Anything under mid-60s is basically a failure" is ridiculous, because it truncates the amount of flexibility you have when scoring.

I've never given out 100% either, although there are a few 95s. I want those higher scores to really mean something when coming from me.

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Lich Coldheart
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:41 am 
 

Alright, so I'm gonna finish listening to Within Temptation, Incantation and some recs made by Roffle and raspberrysoda and then I'll dive into "Diamhea's forbidden records". As long as there is some black metal once in a while I can see no reason why I wouldn't survive and even find it (overall) enjoyable.
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Napalm_Satan
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:47 am 
 

Lich Coldheart wrote:
Alright, so I'm gonna finish listening to Within Temptation, Incantation and some recs made by Roffle and raspberrysoda and then I'll dive into "Diamhea's forbidden records". As long as there is some black metal once in a while I can see no reason why I wouldn't survive and even find it (overall) enjoyable.


Apparently I got lucky, and got a solid if unremarkable album. Good luck :P

Diamhea wrote:
I'm really proud of the way I've consistently scored over the years. 50% is a straight equal amount of good and bad, and anything above 85% better be DAMN good. Scoring reviews using that silly US school method of "Anything under mid-60s is basically a failure" is ridiculous, because it truncates the amount of flexibility you have when scoring.

I've never given out 100% either, although there are a few 95s. I want those higher scores to really mean something when coming from me.


Case in point, you get something with no grey area like my own scale. Be proud of it man, not many have a logical scale like that. I do wonder what you would call perfect. Given my experience with Delain, it would probably be the most awesome thing ever.
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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:50 am 
 

Lich Coldheart wrote:
Alright, so I'm gonna finish listening to Within Temptation, Incantation and some recs made by Roffle and raspberrysoda and then I'll dive into "Diamhea's forbidden records". As long as there is some black metal once in a while I can see no reason why I wouldn't survive and even find it (overall) enjoyable.


There's more black metal than doom. I can promise that much.
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Lich Coldheart
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:54 am 
 

Napalm_Satan wrote:
Apparently I got lucky, and got a solid if unremarkable album. Good luck

Thanks but... you see, I'm gonna start with "No Way Back" by Norther and finish with "From Glory Towards Void" by Lutece (if he doesn't write any review in the following few months) so the luck would be useless. :-P
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There's more black metal than doom. I can promise that much.

Ohh, that sounds great. I love black and like doom (which seems, from the quoted post, to be quite present amongst your reviews) so it might be just great.
Glad I'm done with the "... what band am I going to listen to now, I wonder?" dilemma for following months. :hyper:
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Napalm_Satan
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:04 am 
 

Aww, the whole point is that you blindly pick it by scrolling up the review list and pointing at the screen. That is the fun of it! Hence why I was 'thrown into the pitch black'.
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Lich Coldheart
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:08 am 
 

Napalm_Satan wrote:
Aww, the whole point is that you blindly pick it by scrolling up the review list and pointing at the screen. That is the fun of it! Hence why I was 'thrown into the pitch black'.

Yeah, I know, but... one day I'll pick a record I've picked before. And then I'll have to choose again and I might pick a record I've picked before. And then I'll have to choose again and I might pick a record I've picked before. And then I'll have to choose again and I might pick a record I've picked before.
I don't think the method is useful when you plan to listen to the whole thing, you know?

PS: Glad you liked into 'pitch black' :lol:
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Napalm_Satan
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:23 am 
 

Dude... he's reviewed over 600 albums, several of them shit. You're really going to listen to ALL of them? Fucking hell, more power to you. I can't even get through one sitting of Mother Earth. :lol:
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:26 am 
 

You guys should just review Black Tribe. Sheesh.
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Lich Coldheart
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:22 am 
 

Napalm_Satan wrote:
Dude... he's reviewed over 600 albums, several of them shit. You're really going to listen to ALL of them? Fucking hell, more power to you. I can't even get through one sitting of Mother Earth. :lol:

Yeah, I know they're many. But not too many. I'm pretty sure I'll make it. :lol: :headbang:
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Metantoine
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:48 am 
 

Lich Coldheart wrote:
Ohh, that sounds great. I love black and like doom (which seems, from the quoted post, to be quite present amongst your reviews) so it might be just great.

I'm pretty sure diamhea has no doom reviews as he doesn't listen to the genre at all lol, if you want to discover a random doom band, check out mine instead!
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Lich Coldheart
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:18 pm 
 

Metantoine wrote:
I'm pretty sure diamhea has no doom reviews as he doesn't listen to the genre at all lol, if you want to discover a random doom band, check out mine instead!

:lol: I didn't notice the irony in Diamhea's sentence.
However, my playlist has just reached a number of almost 850 records (619 + 220 = 839, to be more precise). And I'll listen an album from Diamhea's list then an album from yours, Metantoine, and it'll be great. :hyper:
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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:49 pm 
 

gasmask_colostomy quietly making a name for himself nowadays. Reliable quality of content ~600 reviews in.
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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:40 am 
 

Diamhea wrote:
gasmask_colostomy quietly making a name for himself nowadays. Reliable quality of content ~600 reviews in.


I'm very surprised at seeing this now, after I've just started to write some super-critical reviews. I guess you hate Sepultura too?

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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:32 pm 
 

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
I'm very surprised at seeing this now, after I've just started to write some super-critical reviews. I guess you hate Sepultura too?


Nope, but remember: Somebody is always paying attention.
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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:00 am 
 

Diamhea wrote:
Nope, but remember: Somebody is always paying attention.


Now I feel like you're watching all my internet activities. This could be interesting.

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KrigareTjovane
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:22 am 
 

Somebody who hasn't been mentioned in this thread is Tanuki. I've been revisiting all the Saxon albums I own and naturally I was reading through some reviews along the way. Tanuki just seems to have a unique and clear perspective on how to make interesting and informative objective reviews. It isn't very often I'd call myself a "fan" of any reviewers, but I'd read Tanuki's Amazon reviews of flip-flops and sunglasses.

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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:06 am 
 

KrigareTjovane wrote:
Somebody who hasn't been mentioned in this thread is Tanuki. I've been revisiting all the Saxon albums I own and naturally I was reading through some reviews along the way. Tanuki just seems to have a unique and clear perspective on how to make interesting and informative objective reviews. It isn't very often I'd call myself a "fan" of any reviewers, but I'd read Tanuki's Amazon reviews of flip-flops and sunglasses.


Yes, I've always admired his ability to actually tell me what the album is going to be like without me needing any context. He's calm and precise, but not too heavy.

I really hope he's not wasting too much time on flip-flops, though I guess he's only got two ears and that's the same as his number of feet.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:25 pm 
 

KrigareTjovane wrote:
Somebody who hasn't been mentioned in this thread is Tanuki. I've been revisiting all the Saxon albums I own and naturally I was reading through some reviews along the way. Tanuki just seems to have a unique and clear perspective on how to make interesting and informative objective reviews. It isn't very often I'd call myself a "fan" of any reviewers, but I'd read Tanuki's Amazon reviews of flip-flops and sunglasses.

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
Yes, I've always admired his ability to actually tell me what the album is going to be like without me needing any context. He's calm and precise, but not too heavy.

I really hope he's not wasting too much time on flip-flops, though I guess he's only got two ears and that's the same as his number of feet.

Wow, thanks a lot guys! I've been in a bit of a slump lately, so I really appreciate the support :D

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ApochWeiss
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:54 am 
 

TheStormIRide wrote:
Apoch has a ton of reviews, as his personal site is usually updated daily. I wouldn't mind seeing him post some more around here though.


So it's almost 8am est on a sunday. I got bored and figured I'd have a laugh and looked up my username on here for shits and giggles. I don't normally hang here (hence why) and was surprised by the kind words from you and Diarrhea (r.i.p.). Thank you. Just figured I'd chime in about things.

Part of the reason I didn't post much here was a) users would berate me via e-mail, and b) I was writing off-and-on for stereokiller (did NOT part on good terms, don't ask). Around Halloween I wound up in the hospital for a severe m.s. flare-up (neuro refused my meds) and now can't walk. Spent a month at John Heinz, then seven months in an old-folks home for physical therapy and care. My access to the net was limited, plus spirit broken obviously so nothing new went to the site or anywhere, really.

I was told I'd never walk again, but fuck 'em. 15 feet with a walker (don't tell me I can't do something...). Bit of a set back last month but getting better, and am going back to outpatient therapy possibly next month. I've been coping by diving back into gaming/streaming and reviewing stuff sparingly. Pain + depression x insecurities = not that stable a mind to process thoughts or comprehend music properly. A lot of that has passed and I've been diving back into metal a lot more, so I'm going to start doing more (at least try two or three a month to get back into the swing of things) and am willing to post them here as well given my site's traffic has gone downhill since the hospitalization if the interest is still there.

Horns up, my metal brothers and sisters! And don't let anyone ever tell you you can't do something.
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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:27 am 
 

ApochWeiss wrote:
So it's almost 8am est on a sunday. I got bored and figured I'd have a laugh and looked up my username on here for shits and giggles. I don't normally hang here (hence why) and was surprised by the kind words from you and Diarrhea (r.i.p.). Thank you. Just figured I'd chime in about things.

Part of the reason I didn't post much here was a) users would berate me via e-mail, and b) I was writing off-and-on for stereokiller (did NOT part on good terms, don't ask). Around Halloween I wound up in the hospital for a severe m.s. flare-up (neuro refused my meds) and now can't walk. Spent a month at John Heinz, then seven months in an old-folks home for physical therapy and care. My access to the net was limited, plus spirit broken obviously so nothing new went to the site or anywhere, really.

I was told I'd never walk again, but fuck 'em. 15 feet with a walker (don't tell me I can't do something...). Bit of a set back last month but getting better, and am going back to outpatient therapy possibly next month. I've been coping by diving back into gaming/streaming and reviewing stuff sparingly. Pain + depression x insecurities = not that stable a mind to process thoughts or comprehend music properly. A lot of that has passed and I've been diving back into metal a lot more, so I'm going to start doing more (at least try two or three a month to get back into the swing of things) and am willing to post them here as well given my site's traffic has gone downhill since the hospitalization if the interest is still there.

Horns up, my metal brothers and sisters! And don't let anyone ever tell you you can't do something.


I like to think a lot of doctors tell people stuff like that as a reverse psychology method. Or maybe they don't, I don't know any doctors. Either way, glad to hear you're making progress!
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Good to here from you, man. I've been following, as best as I can, on Facebook, so it's good to see you're still in good spirits given the shitty hand you've been dealt of late. I really look forward to hearing more from you on here.

P.S. I've never really gotten review hate mail. Now site work, that's a different story.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:39 pm 
 

I don't know if this counts as underrated exactly, but Grizzly Butts has been putting out a consistent stream of very readable reviews for a long time now. They are usually a bit firm with bands who don't do anything new, but his knowledge of the genre is great.

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