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theneuromancer
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:10 pm 
 

I ran a search for this topic but nothing came up. What is the thinking on reviewing an album that you personally performed on or recorded? Is this OK or is it not generally encouraged? The thing I want to start reviewing (but haven't had the time yet) and I know that when I do, I will inevitably want to review albums which I have personally performed on, but again I just want to know whether this is encouraged or allowed (I didn't see anything in the rules about it, which is why I'm asking).

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iamntbatman
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:12 pm 
 

This is seen as being in exceptionally poor taste.
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Spiner202
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:34 pm 
 

iamntbatman wrote:
This is seen as being in exceptionally poor taste.

Except when you're in Cirith Ungol :P
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Subrick
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:07 am 
 

It's as big a conflict of interest as one can imagine, especially if you do it right when the album comes out. There are a few reviews on this site I've seen of guys who used to be in a band reviewing an album they played on from years ago, and that's a little better I guess, but it's still a bit hard to take it seriously.

In the interest of full disclosure here, I have reviewed an album of one of my bands (the first Sorrowseed album to be exact), but I make it very clear in the opening disclaimer that I did not play on the album, nor was I familiar with the band or knew anybody in it when the album was being created and when it was released. I'm open about elements of the album I'm not a fan of, as any impartial reviewer should be.
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BastardHead
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:45 am 
 

Yeah it's not outright forbidden but it's considered a classless thing to do. It can be done well and fairly, and that's why we don't have a hard rule against them, but 99% of the time they'll likely just be roundabout self promotion that won't make the cut.
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PhilosophicalFrog
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:50 pm 
 

who was the guy who played in a band and used his reviews as like history about the band? that was kinda cool.
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MutantClannfear
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:47 pm 
 

As was mentioned above,
Spiner202 wrote:
Cirith Ungol
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:57 pm 
 

:lol: wow I'm a dumbass.
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