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OsirisEye



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reviews: Question Reply with quote

Does anyone read reviews?
How much credence do you give them?
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Turdcannon



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Literally none unless I know I have some kind of commonality with the reviewer. Sometimes I get intrigued by the reviews on MA but I gotta go and check what else that reviewer likes or hates. 99% of the time they are not like me but you get lucky here and there.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

None. My tastes are too idiosyncratic for me to buy much based on the opinions of others.

I do, however, enjoy listening to an album while reading that album's reviews.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only Autothrall is real.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"This album is awesome... It's brutal and adds a new flavor to the genre... Everyone should buy it! Especially recommended for fans of Blasphemy, Manilla Road, Cradle of Filth, Devourment, GBH, Darkthrone, Amorphis, Skrewdriver, Grand Belial's Key, Abruptum, Crimson Glory, Dark Angel, Anata, and Wolves in the Throne Room"
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LifeDepraved wrote:
Only Autothrall is real.


agreed, the only reviewer blog that I check regularly.
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mithrandir



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but reviewing is serious business, just ask the folk on RYM
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Saltrubbed Eyes



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Metal Archive reviews are best avoided - many are on par with middle school essays (I presume the admins force people to write in an essay structure and it becomes cringeworthy because metal fans tend to be shitty writers generally), at worst they are revisionist-written by people that want to assert their individuality.

The nicest reviews are in magazine and zines from the same era of the albums they review, also some of the older metal review websites (that were around before MA) have/had good reviewers and reviews.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only Metal Monster is real. All other are pointless.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recognize some names of the most profilitic reviewers att Metal Archives. Naemely Autothrall and a few others. I know how my taste compares to theires.
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global deathrape



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Reviews: Question Reply with quote

OsirisEye wrote:
Does anyone read reviews?
How much credence do you give them?

I enjoy reading reviews, especially if they reveal something to me I hadn't previously noticed. But like others, I generally only read them if I'm aware of the reviewer's background and know that we are on the same page. Sometimes a review is able to stand on its own merit despite the fact that the reviewer may have a totally different musical outlook than mine, but that is rare.
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Caligari



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, because I enjoy reading, but only from those individuals I find knowledgeable and whose music taste I can relate to...
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Chapel Ghoul



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I check them reviews on MA from time to time out of boredom/morbid curiosity. I don't really care much about them but it's always nice to find one that aligns with my taste. Alternatively, it's good for a laugh to read reviews that are completely off-base or, for the lack of a better word, retarded.
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Fullmoon91



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoldenBull wrote:


I do, however, enjoy listening to an album while reading that album's reviews.


Thought I was the only one who did this. I also like to read reviews for albums I really enjoy to see why others dislike them.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LifeDepraved wrote:
Only Autothrall is real.


And CirithUngol on RYM.

I did reviews (and interviews) for a couple of years for Noise/PE but got tired of pretty much saying the same thing with different adjectives and platitudes (raw, dirty, hypnotic, etc) about albums, and I am sure people got tired of reading it as well.
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