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Diamhea
Eats and Spits Corpses

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:46 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 4:54 pm 
 

One facet of the community that I'm sure many of us have noticed is the adoration of a certain circle of reviewers. This is in some cases due to prolificity and/or a result of a distinctive, memorable writing style. So how about the junior varsity team, which consists of a number of familiar faces that just don't get the love despite featuring some qualities unique to themselves? This thread is for you guys, and I will start with two.

joncheetham88: Diverse, multifarious taste coupled with a very smooth writing style and competent descriptions. His reviews can be a bit long at times, but only when he actually has a good bit of merit to say. Can't say enough about this guy.

Liquid_Braino: Nobody knows "female-fronted" like this guy, and this is a throne I suspect he will never vacate. Sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but never distractingly so.

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BastardHead
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Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2005 7:53 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:03 pm 
 

Liquid_Braino is my soulmate. I love everything he's written.
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DCCLXXVII
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Joined: Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:04 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:47 pm 
 

There was this guy who wrote a bunch of reviews back in 2011. His username was thejoker. While his reviews where somewhat short most of the time, they were insightful and helpful, despite the fact that I disagree with almost all of his opinions (the only exceptions I can think of are Erasmus and Vaakevandring).
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mjollnir
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:51 pm 
 

I actually like reading the reviews by hammersmashedeverything. I don't agree with him all the time but he does good reviews. He only has a few under his belt so I would like to see more from this user.

I also agree with Diamhea when it comes to joncheetham88 and Liquid_Braino. As a mater of fact, Liquid_Braino's reviews has turned me on to some of that kick ass female fronted j-rock power metal.
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sushiman
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Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:41 pm
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:57 pm 
 

Thanks for mentioning me guys, and this is a good idea for a thread.

I often plug HeySharpShooter, but I'll bring him up again here 'cause he just covers the stuff I tend to dig in a detailed and frank fashion that I enjoy reading. dismember_marcin is one I've been reading whenever he turns up recently, another bloke with a lot of knowledge and a colourful if highly conversational way of writing, sort of seems like a tidied-up transcript of alcohol-fueled rambling I'm often party to myself which might be another reason I relate to it.

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Zodijackyl
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:05 pm 
 

I have always enjoyed Twisted_Psychology's reviews. Fairly concise, to-the-point, easy to read, and pretty accurate on both his own analysis and summaries of general receptions.

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Ilwhyan
Metel fraek

Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:41 pm
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Location: Finland
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:48 am 
 

MettleAngel wrote very enjoyable, light-toned reviews that managed to be nicely descriptive despite the enormous amount of puns of album, band and song titles he worked into the reviews. It's pretty amusing stuff. In some of his later reviews he got a little carried away, though. I recommend his Beyond Twilight review.

Maybe not as much underrated as just niche appeal.
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colin040
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Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:00 pm
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:45 am 
 

Sean16 used to write cool reviews. There is just something about his style of reviewing that works.

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TadakatsuH0nda
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Location: Canada
PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:07 pm 
 

LiquidBraino is spectacular, I thoroughly enjoy joncheetham88 and BastardHead's stuff too though they're more prominent reviewers here, "I would rather staple my nutsack to my nose..." is the greatest line in reviewing history. I get a kick out of Bitterman too.
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darkeningday
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:31 pm 
 

OlympicSharpshooter remains the best writer on the site. Even the reviews he wrote in his mid-teens.

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BastardHead
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 1:51 pm 
 

darkeningday wrote:
OlympicSharpshooter remains the best writer on the site. Even the reviews he wrote in his mid-teens.


This 1000000 times. I'll never stop championing his name, and the fact that he's been gone for so long and the golden age passed so long ago to the point where he needs to be mentioned in an "underrated reviewers" thread absolutely breaks my heart.
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TheStormIRide
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:04 pm 
 

I remember religiously checking OSS's profile for new reviewers to look into. I'm not sure he fits into the "underrated" category, but his work is surely missed.
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Empyreal
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:34 pm 
 

He really has/had a way of describing albums that was very detailed and yet personal - never too clinical, never just rambling on about personal stuff, never talking too much about hype or extra stuff beyond the music. His review on Rush's Permanent Waves is one of my favorites on the site.
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Gutterscream
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:11 am 
 

Empyreal wrote:
His review on Rush's Permanent Waves is one of my favorites on the site.


"Warmth...". Yeah, I like that one a lot, too.
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Xenophon
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:44 pm 
 

MutatisMutandis has written some really funny stuff. I especially like his reviews for the first Anata album and In Flames's Soundtrack to Your Escape.

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gnarlbro
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 5:55 pm 
 

What happened to bitterman? I noticed his profile no longer exists. I always got a few good chuckles out of his reviews and his profile page actually turned me on to one of my favorite albums.

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Diamhea
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 6:24 pm 
 

gnarlbro wrote:
What happened to bitterman? I noticed his profile no longer exists. I always got a few good chuckles out of his reviews and his profile page actually turned me on to one of my favorite albums.


Self-imposed exile, so it seems. I interpreted this as his idea of a way to add a deserving finale to his reign on the site. He requested an email change but never confirmed it, so his account remains in "limbo" and gives a 404 error.
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gnarlbro
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 9:23 pm 
 

Hmm, I've always wondered if bitterman was simply the alter ego of another MA member. This seems to suggest that this could be the case to me.

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DrummingEdge133
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Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:48 pm
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:37 pm 
 

gnarlbro wrote:
Hmm, I've always wondered if bitterman was simply the alter ego of another MA member. This seems to suggest that this could be the case to me.


I was wondering if it was droneriot for awhile. But considering bitterman reviewed so many bands from Southern Florida, I guess not.
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Ilwhyan
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:59 pm 
 

gnarlbro wrote:
Hmm, I've always wondered if bitterman was simply the alter ego of another MA member. This seems to suggest that this could be the case to me.

He was either some anusite, or John_Sunlight.
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Acrobat
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:15 am 
 

I don't think it was John_Sunlight. I mean bitterman was bad, but not as bad as Tepes_The_Unweeping.
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caspian
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:37 am 
 

dunno, John_sunlight's eccentricities/autism can never be underestimated.. I still think it's him.
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