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Derigin
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2022 9:51 am 
 

Welcome to the 9th 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 Jun 6 @ 12:00AM EST to Sunday Jun 12 @ 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 374. 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 (low-key): 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
December 2021: 374 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 (low-key): 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)
December 2021: gasmask_colostomy (53), hells_unicorn (49), Thumbman (34)



The Metal Archives Review Pool

Not sure what to write a review for, or want a change of pace outside of your comfort zone? The Review Pool may be the answer!

The Review Pool is a list of virgin albums submitted by other reviewers for anyone to review during the challenge. Anyone who has at least 5 reviews on MA can submit a virgin album to be included in the pool (just send me a PM with the album name) and I'll include it in the list below. Keep in mind, if it's no longer a virgin before the challenge begins, I will have to remove it. Reviewers interested in using the Review Pool can review any of the albums in the list during the challenge, even if someone else has reviewed it before them. There's no limit.

You can choose your own band, but be aware that reviews may be quite critical and we won't tolerate people whining/begging about scores.

The Review Pool List:


Have fun! Looking forward to your participation!
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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2022 4:56 am 
 

I'll definitely try again to clinch that 3rd place (and spot in the hall of fame lol) I narrowly missed last challenge - more likely for next December though, I expect this June to be pretty much hell on earth for me. I'll aim for a max of half dozen write-ups just not to lose touch.
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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2022 8:49 am 
 

Great! Should have plenty of time for this one.
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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 8:32 am 
 

Aiming to get some solid participation in this one. I haven't gotten to go as hard as I would like in some time.
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hells_unicorn
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 3:31 pm 
 

I'll see how many I can squeeze in this time, had some personal stuff messing with my schedule for much of this year, hence my heavily decreased output up until now.
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camjr01
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2022 2:53 pm 
 

I don't want to sound stupid for saying this, but I've never done one of these before so I figured I would ask this question while I'm deciding if I want to participate this time around. Can I use unfinished drafts from any time period to be submitted during the challenge, so long as I finish the drafts during the time period of the review challenge? I was just wondering because I have multiple drafts for applicable albums for this challenge that have been in My Reviews as drafts for years now, the oldest being around two years old at this point. Do I have to start writing new ones for them to qualify?
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TheBurningOfSodom
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 5:56 am 
 

Ideally you should start and finish your review within the time frame of the challenge. Rule #4 written above allows 'taking notes', but I guess whether what you have written in those drafts counts as such boils down to common sense. If you feel you'll have to work a lot on them during the week before submitting, probably it's good - if you think they just need some minor adjustments maybe they're too much in an advanced state to be considered 'notes'. Again, it's also a question of trust in a certain sense. Hope that answered!
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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 6:41 am 
 

I think that question can also be answered by looking at your intentions. Are you going to try to finish 5 reviews that you started writing a few years ago in order to help the numbers for the challenge, or are you going to post 30 reviews that were basically written way before? In the end, contributing reviews is the main thing, just make sure you're not spoiling anyone's fun.
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DanielG06
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 8:54 am 
 

I might be wrong about this, but when I joined the site in 2020 I remember a rule that you could only have 5 pending reviews at a time. Is this rule being changed for the challenge?

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gasmask_colostomy
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 9:10 am 
 

DanielG06 wrote:
I might be wrong about this, but when I joined the site in 2020 I remember a rule that you could only have 5 pending reviews at a time. Is this rule being changed for the challenge?

You are correct about the rule, and it doesn't change for the challenge. However, usually the mods doing the review queue during the challenge will try to read and accept as fast as possible. You wouldn't be waiting very long and could keep writing without submitting anyway.
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DanielG06
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 10:11 am 
 

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
DanielG06 wrote:
I might be wrong about this, but when I joined the site in 2020 I remember a rule that you could only have 5 pending reviews at a time. Is this rule being changed for the challenge?

You are correct about the rule, and it doesn't change for the challenge. However, usually the mods doing the review queue during the challenge will try to read and accept as fast as possible. You wouldn't be waiting very long and could keep writing without submitting anyway.


That's what I was thinking. Thanks!

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CannibalCorpse
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2022 1:19 pm 
 

I want to be part of this again. Let's see :-)
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2022 8:14 am 
 

Has anyone heard from Thumbman lately? Will he ever do one of these again? I actually kind of have it in mind to take a shot at 100 again, but that's a lot easier to be motivated if someone else is writing 10 a day or more. When he smashed the record, it kind of dragged my output up too.
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