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The MA Community Weekly
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Author:  Derigin [ Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:34 pm ]
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Welcome to the MA Community Weekly!

What is it?
It's a casual activity that I'm hoping some reviewers/regulars here might actually enjoy. The idea is fairly simple: participants recommend heavy metal (and related) albums, every week two of those recommendations are chosen at random, participants rate and discuss the albums, the ratings get posted on a spreadsheet... and on and on and on. Every once in a while there may be themes to mix it up a bit. There's no real goal. I suppose, in the end, you get to check out albums you may not have heard before, and get to see how others view the albums you choose.

Do you review the albums?
Outside of giving it a rating, it's entirely up to you whether you want to review the album for MA or not (if it's on MA). This is meant to be a fun thing to do outside of reviewing.

Do these ratings get posted to the site?
No. This has nothing to do with MA, outside of the fact that we're reviewers/regulars here. Don't view this as an 'officially-endorsed' activity. It's just something I thought y'all would enjoy.

How do I participate?
If you are a regular/reviewer here, there are two ways to participate:

1. Join the Discord, and participate through there. PM me on the forum for an invite to it. It is NOT the same discord server as the Official MA Discord!

2. For those who can't or don't want to join Discord, you can use this thread for discussion and PM me on the forum with recommendations/ratings.

In both cases, I'll include your recommendations/ratings on the same spreadsheet (given below). I strongly encourage those who can to join the Discord, though. I understand not everyone can, but it certainly makes the discussions more dynamic, since they're more likely to happen in real time. Please keep in mind that only those who participate get to recommend albums!

The Spreadsheet

There are a few ground rules to explain before you dive in, so please carefully read the following. It will help explain how this works.

Rules for Participants

The most important rule, above all else, is don't be a dick. Any whining/bullying/trolling/etc. will just get you removed as a participant, and maybe warned/banned on the forum. Play nice and be respectful.

1. Submit a recommendation to me (derigin) either by private message through the Discord or the MA forum.
It should be formatted as below, and should be a band that's on MA or is borderline (ie. Tool/Converge/etc. are OK, for example). Use your discretion here for what may be too far outside the realm of being related to heavy metal music, but remember that the focus should be on metal albums on MA ideally. You get one recommendation per round/season. Try to avoid recommending your own band, and for the time being, please don't recommend highly popular, classic albums (eg. Metallica's Master of Puppets, etc.). Again use your discretion here.

The ideal format for submissions is:
Artist - Release title
Year - Genre
Youtube link
Spotify link
Bandcamp link

2. Every WEDNESDAY and SUNDAY I will choose one of the submitted recommendations at random ('the weeklies').
I will announce it in the Discord and by PM to those who aren't in Discord. Please note that I may start skipping people who do not participate in rating albums.

3. Listen to the album and give it a rating between 0 and 10 based on 0.5 increments.
PM me on the MA forum and I'll add it to the spreadsheet. There is no time limit on when you can submit ratings, but it's best to do it on a timely basis. As soon as I (or if you're in Discord, one of the mods there as well) add it to the spreadsheet, we'll leave an emoji on your comment in Discord or reply to your PM on the forum to let you know that we've added it. If you no longer agree with your original score you can always contact me or one of the mods in Discord to change your score.

At some point in the future I may introduce themes for each round, but for now it does not matter what metal or metal-esque genre/style of album you choose.

Let me know your thoughts about this, and we'll see how this works out.

For clarification, in the spreadsheet there's a tab that says "Season 1" on the bottom. Once everyone who is active has their recommendations picked, we start a new tab, or "Season". This is what I mean by 'round' or 'season'. It could last quite a while as we go through two recommendations per week.

Participant List (as of Oct 22 2019)

Spoiler: show
IX Leviathan
Roger / atrocious_mutilation

Author:  Thumbman [ Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:50 pm ]
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Very excited for this!

Author:  gasmask_colostomy [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:42 am ]
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Can’t do Discord and also can’t do Google Docs, so I’m probably going to watch quietly

Author:  Derigin [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:24 am ]
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Is there a way you could view the spreadsheet, like using a non-Google service if I was to provide one?

Author:  SweetLeaf95 [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:28 am ]
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I'm not on Discord, but I'm interested in at least trying this.

Author:  Derigin [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:07 am ]
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You're now added to the participant list, SweetLeaf95. I'll be dropping the first weekly early tomorrow morning, and will send it to you by PM at that time. Please feel free to send in your recommendation for this round/season.

Please note, for anyone else that's interested, you don't have to signup prior to the first weekly dropping. You can sign up and join in at any time. You don't have to do every single weekly, though it's awesome if you do, and you can always go back to a previous weekly and rate it, too, if you ended up missing it. No rush. It's all very casual.

Author:  BastardHead [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:23 am ]
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Just know that if you decide to join and then don't participate at all, I will find where you live, go there, and fart in your mouth.

Author:  Thumbman [ Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:37 am ]
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Hey Gasmask, that's not an ideal situation to get the most out of this but I think we can still make it work. You don't have to actually view the spreadsheet to rate the albums. We could just PM you the chosen album and you could PM us back your rating.

Author:  gasmask_colostomy [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:45 am ]
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Non-Google is a pretty safe bet, since that’s pretty much the only site that’s banned here in that field. I’ll join in, especially if there’s a decent amount of traffic in this thread, but I’m also non-YouTube, so let’s see what happens. God, I sound like a vegan.

Author:  Derigin [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:13 am ]
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Excellent. We'll do our best to accommodate you, as well as provide you screenshots periodically of the spreadsheet.

For those who haven't entered yet, you're more than free to do so at any time. Just let me know if you're interested.

Also added the current participant list to the OP.

Author:  SweetLeaf95 [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:57 pm ]
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BastardHead wrote:
Just know that if you decide to join and then don't participate at all, I will find where you live, go there, and fart in your mouth.

Well in that case, I'm definitely not participating! :lol:

Author:  Derigin [ Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:04 am ]
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If any reviewers here are still interested in joining, please definitely do so. You can join at any time, and participate in ranking any albums put up that you want to, including albums you might have missed before. No pressure. Just fun.

Author:  Thumbman [ Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:50 pm ]
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It's also worth noting we have a good chat going in the discord server.

Author:  Derigin [ Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:07 am ]
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Season 1, Pick 2 has been announced. Please check Discord or your PMs (if you're a participant). :)

Author:  gasmask_colostomy [ Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:16 am ]
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Has anyone else decided to actually write reviews for the albums in this? I definitely won’t write up all of them, but if I listen to something 3 times in a week, chances are I could knock out a decent review.

Author:  Thumbman [ Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:06 pm ]
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I've been meaning to get back into reviewing now that I've finished school. I'm sure some of the albums here will get hit eventually, they're a pretty good excuse to write outside my comfort zone genres.

Author:  gasmask_colostomy [ Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:30 pm ]
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Since I’m not on Discord, here’s my views on the first 2 picks:

Ram - Death: 7.5
My thoughts: Competent and well-crafted trad metal with a bit of a twist from Mercyful Fate and Angel Witch, fitting in very comfortably with the Swedish revival scene. A few songs were great, but the album tried a bit too hard to be atmospheric instead of marrying the ambience to the music.

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don’t Hear It...Fear It!: 7.5
My thoughts: A band I had thought about checking out before. Didn’t think it would be as fun as it was, especially with some pretty forthright riffing and excellent sparking amps that really give that proto-metal tone a kick. The jamming gets away from the band at times though and the hooks are not all that hooky either at times.

Both pretty nice picks too, and stuff that’s more or less what I like.

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