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Derigin
The Mountain Man

Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2006 6:25 am
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:55 pm 
 

Welcome to the 2nd Diamhea Memorial Review Challenge!

Originally the "MA Virgin Reviews Challenge," this is a time-honored tradition among our reviewers here. Every summer and every winter, reviewers are encouraged to spend a week writing and submitting as many quality reviews as possible, with the aim to focus on albums with no reviews so far (i.e. virgin albums). Every day, the reviews submitted and accepted are tallied, so that participants can see how they compare with one another and whether or not, altogether, we've been able to surpass previous challenges' totals.

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

This challenge will run from Monday December 17 @ 12:00AM EST to Sunday December 23 @ 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 magic number to beat is 368. 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 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. Value quality over quantity!
Everyone is welcome to participate, but keep in mind that the mods won't be more lenient during the challenge.

5. 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.

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

7. 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)...

8. 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: 75 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: ? reviews
October 2012: 117 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

Individual Challenge

May 2006: n/a
November 2006: Corimngul (9 reviews), Cianan (8), Peregrin (7)
February 2007: hells_unicorn (65 reviews), erickg13 (17), Sokaris (15)
July 2007: hells_unicorn (38 reviews), oneyoudontknow (17), CannibalCorpse (16)
December 2007: hells_unicorn (56 reviews), Mors_Gloria (15), Mungo (9)
May 2008: Noktorn (55 reviews), hells_unicorn (52), lord_ghengis (12)
November 2008: hells_unicorn (57 reviews), Perplexed_Sjel (42), caspian (41)
May 2009: hells_unicorn (93 reviews), DeathRiderDoom (89), OzzyApu (84)
November 2009: Perplexed_Sjel (95 reviews), iamntbatman (46), sushiman (36)
June 2010: OzzyApu (97 reviews), Perplexed_Sjel (91)
December 2010: n/a
October 2012: n/a
June 2013 (low-key): dystopia4 (51 reviews), iamntbatman (50), MutantClannfear (47)
December 2014: Diamhea (57 reviews), iamntbatman (53), hells_unicorn (23)
June 2015: hells_unicorn (30 reviews), Zodijackyl (28 reviews), iamntbatman (27 reviews)
December 2015: Diamhea (65 reviews), TheStormIRide (44 reviews), hells_unicorm (27 reviews)
June 2016: stainedclass2112 (45 reviews), kluseba (41 reviews), hells_unicorn (29 reviews)
December 2016: Diamhea (100 reviews), Crossover (58 reviews), dystopia4 (34 reviews)
June 2017: Zodijackyl (53 reviews), gasmask_colostomy and hells_unicorn (50 reviews), kluseba (38 reviews)
December 2017: dystopia4 (56 reviews), gasmask_colostomy (51 reviews), hells_unicorn (35 reviews)
June 2018: gasmask_colostomy (67 reviews), hells_unicorn and kluseba (30 reviews), GOOFAM (22 reviews)


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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 at least a few days 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 (as of December 7, 2018):
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Abominatrix
Derigin
Dystopia4
EzraBlumenfeld
Five_Nails
gasmask_colostomy
Goatfangs
PorcupineOfDoom
raspberrysoda
StainedClass95
tahu157
TheStormIRide
tomcat_ha


Have fun! Looking forward to your participation!
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TheStormIRide
Jesuscop

Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:45 pm
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Location: Brazildonesia
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:38 pm 
 

Let me be the first to sign up for Secret Satan. Best of luck everyone.
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hells_unicorn
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Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:32 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:07 pm 
 

And...WE ARE BACK!!! This time period will work swimmingly for me. Naturally I'll be abstaining from Secret Satan as I always do, but I do plan to try and make a better showing than I did last time. May the best hymen-smasher win! :hail:
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bayern
Metal newbie

Joined: Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:11 pm
Posts: 61
Location: Bulgaria
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:31 am 
 

Holiday time for me... will have to pass on it again. Good luck everybody! And, I'll be watching this space for the possible emergence of the more or less paralleled masterpiece.

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gasmask_colostomy
Metal newbie

Joined: Thu May 27, 2010 5:38 am
Posts: 230
Location: Behind the wall of fire
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:48 am 
 

bayern wrote:
Holiday time for me... will have to pass on it again. Good luck everybody! And, I'll be watching this space for the possible emergence of the more or less paralleled masterpiece.

If it's holiday time, doesn't that mean you have more time? Also, I'm curious about this "more or less paralleled masterpiece". What's that?

This is later than I expected, so it gives me a better chance of actually being ready. I'm in for Secret Satan, which I hope lots of people will join 'cause it's so fun!

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tomcat_ha
Minister of Boiling Water

Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:05 am
Posts: 4723
Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:35 am 
 

im all up for secret satana

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bayern
Metal newbie

Joined: Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:11 pm
Posts: 61
Location: Bulgaria
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:41 am 
 

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
bayern wrote:
Holiday time for me... will have to pass on it again. Good luck everybody! And, I'll be watching this space for the possible emergence of the more or less paralleled masterpiece.

If it's holiday time, doesn't that mean you have more time? Also, I'm curious about this "more or less paralleled masterpiece". What's that?

This is later than I expected, so it gives me a better chance of actually being ready. I'm in for Secret Satan, which I hope lots of people will join 'cause it's so fun!


No, it doesn't; holidays largely means travelling for me; I'm travelling here and there, around the world and back, and don't write... not even e-mails.

About the masterpieces, there are always some very good reviews during this period; I don't know, I guess it's the big holiday times or maybe something else, but people tend to produce some truly inspired writings as a possible farewell gesture to the year...

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mjollnir
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Joined: Sat Jul 17, 2004 4:14 pm
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Location: Versailles, PA
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:46 pm 
 

:hyper: :hyper: I'm on vacation that week. Sweet! I can finally put up some sort of challenge. Time to hit the random band button and acquire some new music! I'm glad the review challenge is named after Chris, too. He always encouraged me to keep writing. I'm down!
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BastardHead
Worse than the PMRC

Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:53 pm
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Location: Elgin, Illinois
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:57 pm 
 

Well that's the week before all of my time off work. Oh well, I'm sure I'll manage two like usual. Maybe I'll do secret satan, not sure yet.
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tahu157
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Joined: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:22 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:43 pm 
 

Sign me up for that secret satan.

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gasmask_colostomy
Metal newbie

Joined: Thu May 27, 2010 5:38 am
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Location: Behind the wall of fire
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:10 am 
 

bayern wrote:
No, it doesn't; holidays largely means travelling for me; I'm travelling here and there, around the world and back, and don't write... not even e-mails.

About the masterpieces, there are always some very good reviews during this period; I don't know, I guess it's the big holiday times or maybe something else, but people tend to produce some truly inspired writings as a possible farewell gesture to the year...


Enjoy your travels then! And we'll try to write something inspired for your return.

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bayern
Metal newbie

Joined: Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:11 pm
Posts: 61
Location: Bulgaria
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:00 am 
 

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
bayern wrote:
No, it doesn't; holidays largely means travelling for me; I'm travelling here and there, around the world and back, and don't write... not even e-mails.

About the masterpieces, there are always some very good reviews during this period; I don't know, I guess it's the big holiday times or maybe something else, but people tend to produce some truly inspired writings as a possible farewell gesture to the year...


Enjoy your travels then! And we'll try to write something inspired for your return.


Man, I'm going to Machu Picchu; in other words, there's no guarantee whatsoever that I'm going to return. If you don't hear from me by January 16th (my birthday), that would only mean one thing: I have transcended the earth plane under the influence of peyote, ayahuasca, psycho-mushrooms, and I don't know what other stuff they have over there... it'll be illuminating for sure.

But you have fun! And, I'll be reading at least... if I can.

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mjollnir
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Location: Versailles, PA
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:51 am 
 

^^^^^^Thats a cool fucking holiday.
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PorcupineOfDoom
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:52 pm
Posts: 156
Location: Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:10 pm 
 

Cool, that's the week after my exams so should work better than the last few winter challenges have. Count me in for Secret Satan

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gasmask_colostomy
Metal newbie

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Location: Behind the wall of fire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:40 am 
 

bayern wrote:
I'm going to Machu Picchu; in other words, there's no guarantee whatsoever that I'm going to return.

I've never gone on a holiday with that attitude before haha. I guess you could become a goat farmer and just live in Peru and stay high forever. That might be alright.

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bayern
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Location: Bulgaria
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:49 am 
 

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
bayern wrote:
I'm going to Machu Picchu; in other words, there's no guarantee whatsoever that I'm going to return.

I've never gone on a holiday with that attitude before haha. I guess you could become a goat farmer and just live in Peru and stay high forever. That might be alright.



Ha ha! A goat farmer I'm not sure, but a llama farmer definitely!

And, I'm going to take a crash course in ultimate metal shamanism while there... whatever the benefits of it may be.

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Abominatrix
Harbinger of Metal

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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:58 pm 
 

I had a pretty good experience last time, even though life's been mad and I haven't written anything since then. So, I'll do this again. And give me a Secret Satan!
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Derigin
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:46 pm 
 

Excellent! The Secret Satan participants have been updated. Anyone else wish to join?
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raspberrysoda
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Location: Edgystan
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:00 pm 
 

ugh, I hope it'll work out with all the university stuff but I want to do it and I haven't missed a challenge for the last five(?) chellenges, so sign me up for that secret santa please
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Five_Nails
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Joined: Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:34 pm
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:12 am 
 

I may not spit out much for the challenge, but I'd like to try out Secret Satan. I've got a couple of picks right now that I think may not be reviewed by challenge time so may as well give them a try and get something unexpected in return.
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StainedClass95
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:33 pm 
 

^Same here, I don't have the time or inclination to review 50 albums, but I do enjoy the random match-ups for Secret Satan.

@Derigin: Go ahead and sign me up

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Tanuki
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Joined: Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:36 pm
Posts: 300
Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:22 pm 
 

I really should cobble together a list of virgins sooner or later; designing the regimen and seeing if I can stick to it is all part of the fun for me. Unfortunately I have to pass on secret satan again this year; just got too much going on at the moment.

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Goatfangs
Wicker Mantis

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:01 pm 
 

Sign me up for this. I want to try Secret Satan as well!
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EzraBlumenfeld
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Location: Land of No Return
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:32 am 
 

Sign me up for Secret Satan
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Derigin
The Mountain Man

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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:55 pm 
 

Awesome! I'm going to end the signing up for Secret Satan and set up your matches on Monday, Dec 10th -- a week before the challenge begins. I think that should give you guys enough time to listen and check out the albums you send to each other.

So for those who haven't signed up, you have until Monday to sign up for Secret Satan!
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flexodus
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Joined: Sun May 10, 2009 4:16 am
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:56 pm 
 

I'm in for secret satan as well. Will definitely make it a priority over my other reviews, so I don't end up missing the deadline and reviewing it in the next challenge :P
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Cat III
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:25 am 
 

Sign me up for Secret Satan.
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