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Thumbman
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:17 pm 
 

Welcome to the 8th Diamhea Memorial Review Challenge!

Originally the "MA Virgin Reviews Challenge," this is a time-honored tradition among our reviewers here. Every spring and autumn, reviewers are encouraged to spend a week writing and submitting as many quality reviews as possible. The challenge is focused on virgin albums: those with no reviews so far. Every day, the reviews submitted and accepted are tallied, so that participants can see how they compare with one another and whether or not as a group we've been able to beat the accumulative totals. Previous challenges can be found here.

The challenge is named in memory of our friend Diamhea, a longtime contributor to this challenge and staff member here at Metal Archives, who sadly passed away on May 21, 2018. He was the first person to have ever written 100 reviews for a single challenge!

This challenge will run from Monday Nov 29 @ 12:00AM EST to Sunday Dec 5 @ 11:59PM EST.

The magic number to beat is 609. That was set in May 2009. It's high but we can beat it.
The second number to beat is 430. That was the total from the last challenge!

Challenge Rules

1. The focus is on virgin albums.
The only albums that count are those that had zero reviews prior to the challenge.

2. Every release listed on the main site is valid including singles, videos, boxed sets and so on.
However, please try to refrain from mass reviewing singles and 'best of' compilations for this challenge. That's lame.

3. Eligible releases have to be virgins at the beginning of the challenge.
Multiple people can review the same virgin. There’s no bonus for getting to it first, so no need to hurry – focus on quality instead.

4. Eligible reviews must have been written during the challenge.
Taking notes is fine, but avoid stockpiling already written reviews in advance.

5. Value quality over quantity!
Everyone is welcome to participate, but keep in mind that the mods won't be more lenient during the challenge.

6. The challenge abides by the default time of the site (Eastern Standard time or GMT-5).
Please ensure that you are posting your review(s) within the right time frame in order for them to count.

7. The total number of reviews written will be tallied once a day (under normal circumstances).
I will do the tallying as soon as possible. Please don't nag me.

8. Stay cordial and respectful with one another.
Don't hijack this thread with petty arguments or whining. Remember that the mods are watching (and waiting)...

9. The only reward is our eternal appreciation.
The only prize is knowing that there is an album that previously didn't get any love... that now has a review to call its own.

Hall of Fame

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General Challenge

May 2006: 56 reviews
November 2006: 110 reviews
February 2007: 231 reviews
July 2007: 239 reviews
December 2007: 274 reviews
May 2008: 322 reviews
November 2008: 360 reviews
May 2009: 609 reviews
November 2009: 489 reviews
June 2010: 605 reviews
December 2010: 274 reviews
October 2012: 114 reviews
June 2013: 338 reviews
December 2014: 384 reviews
June 2015: 230 reviews
December 2015: 462 reviews
June 2016: 347 reviews
December 2016: 486 reviews
June 2017: 483 reviews
December 2017: 353 reviews
June 2018: 368 reviews
December 2018: 398 reviews
May 2019: 332 reviews
December 2019: 581 reviews
June 2020: 428 reviews
December 2020: 322 reviews
June 2021: 430 reviews

Individual Challenge

May 2006: Drowned (10), Byrgan and Gutterscream (5), Sean16 and Velkaarn (3)
November 2006: Corimngul (9), Cianan (8), Peregrin (7)
February 2007: hells_unicorn (65), erickg13 (17), Sokaris (15)
July 2007: hells_unicorn (38), oneyoudontknow (17), CannibalCorpse (16)
December 2007: hells_unicorn (56), Mors_Gloria (15), Mungo (9)
May 2008: Noktorn (55), hells_unicorn (52), lord_ghengis (12)
November 2008: hells_unicorn (57), Perplexed_Sjel (42), caspian (41)
May 2009: hells_unicorn (93), DeathRiderDoom (89), OzzyApu (84)
November 2009: Perplexed_Sjel (95), iamntbatman (46), sushiman (36)
June 2010: OzzyApu (97), Perplexed_Sjel (91)
December 2010: hells_unicorn (85), OzzyApu (38), Noktorn (24)
October 2012: androdion, Thumbman, and TheStormIRide (8), Noctir (7), Jophelerx (6)
June 2013: Thumbman (51), iamntbatman (50), MutantClannfear (47)
December 2014: Diamhea (57), iamntbatman (53), hells_unicorn (23)
June 2015: hells_unicorn (30), Zodijackyl (28), iamntbatman (27)
December 2015: Diamhea (65), TheStormIRide (44), hells_unicorm (27)
June 2016: stainedclass2112 (45), kluseba (41), hells_unicorn (29)
December 2016: Diamhea (100), Crossover (58), Thumbman (34)
June 2017: Zodijackyl (53), gasmask_colostomy and hells_unicorn (50), kluseba (38)
December 2017: Thumbman (56), gasmask_colostomy (51), hells_unicorn (35)
June 2018: gasmask_colostomy (67), hells_unicorn and kluseba (30), GOOFAM (22)
December 2018: gasmask_colostomy (58), Thumbman (46), hells_unicorn (45)
May 2019: gasmask_colostomy (68), GuntherTheUndying (48), hells_unicorn (35)
December 2019: Thumbman (111), gasmask_colostomy (103), RapeTheDead (69)
June 2020: gasmask_colostomy (50), Twisted_Psychology (34), hells_unicorn (25)
December 2020: gasmask_colostomy (50), hells_unicorn (30), orphy (25)
June 2021: gasmask_colostomy (62), Thumbman (47), hells_unicorn (43)


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What is SECRET SATAN? The gist of it is simple. People put their names forward. I randomly match those people with one another. They send each other a virgin to review. They both review one another's respective virgins for the challenge. SECRET SATAN is opt-in and totally optional to the review challenge. You have to put your name forward, either by mentioning it in this thread OR by sending me a PM on the forum. Once I have collected enough names, I'll notify people who their matches are a week before the challenge starts. I'll notify through a forum PM.

Once matched, you must do the following:

Step 1: You will exchange with one another a virgin album for review.
It MUST be an album on this site with no reviews at the time it is shared with the other person.

Step 2: You are required to provide to the other person a link to the album you want him/her to review.
It MUST be available for FREE online and in either a QUALITY DOWNLOAD or QUALITY STREAM. No self-promoting your own albums, thanks!

Step 3: You will review the virgin album you received from the other person for the challenge.
Be prepared for the possibility that it may be well outside your comfort zone. Please remember this is done in good faith!

If you have any problems with the person you're matched with, let me know. I have spare albums for review just in case it doesn't work out.

Signed up for Secret Satan (Open until Nov 26):
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Gasmask
Raspberry Soda
The Burning of Sodom
Ezra Blumfeld
Paganius
Thumbman


Have fun! Looking forward to your participation!
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hells_unicorn
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:55 pm 
 

Definitely going to be participating this go around, though I'm not sure how much I'll get to this time, I was expecting the date to be a little deeper into December. I'll be opting not to do the Secret Satan, can't be certain that I'll be able to follow through on it given the way my schedule will probably shake out. Best of luck to everyone, hoping to crack that 609 cumulative score before I croak. lol
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raspberrysoda
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:00 am 
 

I'm in. Count me in for Secret Satan as well.
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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:05 am 
 

Aaah, so not ready for this to be announced! But yes, I'll do Secret Satan.

Mr Thumb, are you counting or competing this time?
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Thumbman
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 11:11 am 
 

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
Aaah, so not ready for this to be announced! But yes, I'll do Secret Satan.

Mr Thumb, are you counting or competing this time?


Both, but don't count on me providing any sort of real competition.
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Lane
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Joined: Sat Nov 09, 2002 11:54 am
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Location: Finland
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 1:06 pm 
 

Oh, cool! I might have 2/5 workdays then, instead of 5 per week. If so, I should be able to invoke some scribblings.

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TheBurningOfSodom
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Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:28 am
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Location: Italy
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2021 1:35 pm 
 

Can't wait! Hope to contribute more than last time, and to arrive with clearer ideas.

And why not, wanna finally try Secret Satan for once, so count me in! Good luck to everyone, especially to whoever will be matched with me :lol:
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raspberrysoda
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2021 6:08 pm 
 

Can anyone post an announcement on the regular MA site? I almost missed this challenge because it was hidden in the forums, and I think many will since it's quite early this year
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Demon Fang
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Joined: Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:42 am
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:17 am 
 

Gosh I wonder what Krallice joint I can review during this period...

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orphy
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Joined: Thu May 06, 2004 11:24 pm
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Location: Edmonton, Canada
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2021 12:57 pm 
 

I only got one review in during the last challenge, I'd like to try and get more around this time. Winter might be a better opportunity to sit down and review stuff.
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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2021 2:42 pm 
 

Hoping I can participate in this, that week is either going to be hellishly busy or completely dead depending on how my schedule turns out. No Secret Satan for now.
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EzraBlumenfeld
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2021 2:38 am 
 

I'm in for Secret Satan.
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MikeyC
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:02 pm 
 

I'm always keen to take part in these things, however I'm not the greatest writer. However I'll see how I go. It's been a long time since I've written a review but there's a few virgins on here I wouldn't mind writing about.
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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:14 am 
 

Will we get the Secret Satan match-ups soon? Looks like not many doing that unfortunately.
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Thumbman
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:19 pm 
 

I'll match up most people today, was hoping for another participant so we could have an even number. I'd do it myself but I'm struggling to think of an album.

Edit - I'll just jump in myself think I've found something
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Thumbman
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:00 am 
 

Aight, y'all can start now.
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raspberrysoda
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:40 am 
 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN
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hells_unicorn
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:57 am 
 

Managed to polish off a couple within the first hour, gonna crash and get back to it tomorrow when I've got some free time. I'm mostly going to be catching up on promos that I've been meaning to hit for Sonic Perspectives and The Metal Observer that I didn't get around to earlier, mixed in with some stuff that will be coming out on December 3rd. Good luck everyone, let's see if we can set a new cumulative record, we've got to beat that 609 number at some point.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 4:52 am 
 

As Hells usually says, first blood! (To Hells)
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