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Author:  Derigin [ Sat May 20, 2017 10:34 am ]
Post subject:  The 19th M-A Reviews Challenge: 5th - 11th Jun 2017 + SECRET SATAN!

Welcome to the 19th MA Virgin Reviews Challenge!

This challenge is a time-honored tradition among our reviewers here. Every winter and every summer 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 (ie. 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.

This challenge will run from Monday June 5th @ 12:00AM EST to Sunday June 11th @ 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 486. That was the total from the last challenge!

The MA Reviews 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.

The MA Reviews Challenge 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

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)


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Based on its success we will be continuing with the SECRET SATAN bonus round...

... BUT with a twist! I'm NOT gonna try to match anyone with others that share similar tastes. It will be completely random, so beware that you may be matched with someone who does not share your tastes and may have you review an album outside of your comfort zone. If you CANNOT accept this then please do not put your name forward for this.

As always you can opt-in to SECRET SATAN. You will be matched with another reviewer by yours truly. You will exchange with one another a virgin album for review (explained below). You will commit to reviewing that album for the challenge. In order to participate, please contact me through a PM on the forum OR mention it in a post in this thread ASAP. Be forewarned, I will not be accepting requests to join once the challenge begins. As I receive requests I will match people periodically. I will put matches in contact. Once matched, you are required to provide a link to the album you want the other person to review. Please keep in mind the following rules:

- It MUST be an album on this site with no reviews at the time it is shared with the other person.
- It MUST be available for FREE online and in either a QUALITY DOWNLOAD or QUALITY STREAM. It should be EASY to acquire without using third-party software.
- Ideally, please avoid sharing your own band's album. There are better avenues for promotion.
- It is best to provide a backup album for the person you're matched with just in case they have problems accessing it.

Once you receive a link to an album, please review it and submit it during the challenge. That way it will count for this challenge.

Please remember this is done in good faith. If you get an album you don't want to review, fine, but don't be a party pooper for others. And, lastly, 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 June 5th 2017):
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Derigin
dystopia4
Emptiness Cycle
gasmask_colostomy
Lich Coldheart
PorcupineOfDoom
raspberrysoda
Tanuki
TheStormIRide
tomcat_ha


Have fun! Looking forward to your participation!

Author:  Lich Coldheart [ Sat May 20, 2017 10:40 am ]
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Sign me up for Secret Satan, please.

Author:  Metantoine [ Sat May 20, 2017 10:55 am ]
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I'm ready!

I'm not doing the Secret Satan though, sorry :)

Author:  Emptiness Cycle [ Sat May 20, 2017 11:10 am ]
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sign me up!

Author:  Tanuki [ Sat May 20, 2017 11:21 am ]
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Awesome, looking forward to this! I'd also like to sign up for Secret Satan, please.

Author:  TheStormIRide [ Sat May 20, 2017 11:46 am ]
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Secret Satan here we come. Note: whoever gets paired with me can be assured they will receive some form of gnarly speed/thrash/black/death metal, most likely from South America.

Author:  PorcupineOfDoom [ Sat May 20, 2017 12:19 pm ]
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Nice, been out of the game for a while but I'm trying to start doing reviews again so this might serve as some extra motivation. I'm game for Secret Satan as well.

Author:  raspberrysoda [ Sat May 20, 2017 3:28 pm ]
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Sign me up! I'll do Secret Satan too.

Author:  MetalCuresHeadaches [ Sat May 20, 2017 8:27 pm ]
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I think I'll throw my hat in for the Review Challenge, but no Secret Satan this time around. Maybe for the Holidays!

Author:  tomcat_ha [ Sun May 21, 2017 10:13 am ]
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ill try to do the secret satan. I am going to try do my last secret satan as well when i suddenly ran out of time midway through the challenge to review it.

Author:  Jiggleslinky [ Sun May 21, 2017 7:09 pm ]
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It's been a while, but my creative juices are flowin' again! Give me a secret satan this time around :)

Author:  TheWaltzer [ Mon May 22, 2017 3:29 am ]
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I had a lot of fun last time and I would really love to participate, but I'm rather busy that week.

Author:  Napero [ Mon May 22, 2017 5:21 am ]
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Well, crap... I'll be in Monaco from early 6th to late in the evening on the 9th. This is the worst timing, like, EVAH. Like, crap, like, totally.

Still going to write at least one, though. Never skipped a challenge so far.

Author:  gasmask_colostomy [ Mon May 22, 2017 8:07 am ]
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Now I feel like a douche for starting a new thread asking when this was happening. Anyway, that sounds like a good week for me, just gotta start making the list and try to beat my total from last time.

Secret Satan me please, Derigin!

Author:  Peyp [ Tue May 23, 2017 1:12 am ]
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Damnit, this lands directly on finals week! I'm gonna try and put out more than 1 review this time, however. I've been listening to a lot of albums recently and many of them do not have any reviews yet.

Author:  Metantoine [ Tue May 23, 2017 1:13 am ]
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Napero wrote:
Well, crap... I'll be in Monaco from early 6th to late in the evening on the 9th. This is the worst timing, like, EVAH. Like, crap, like, totally.

Still going to write at least one, though. Never skipped a challenge so far.

Say hi to the Prince for us.

Author:  Napero [ Tue May 23, 2017 4:37 am ]
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Metantoine wrote:
Napero wrote:
Well, crap... I'll be in Monaco from early 6th to late in the evening on the 9th. This is the worst timing, like, EVAH. Like, crap, like, totally.

Still going to write at least one, though. Never skipped a challenge so far.

Say hi to the Prince for us.

He's probably not going to pay us a visit, but I do have a ticket for a 300 euro gala dinner. I expect roasted specimens of endangered species on the plate, full-contact sword-fighting as entertainment, and grapes fed by wholesome ladies of lower nobility as dessert. And one of those Cleopatra-themed maidens wafting an ostrich feather fan to keep my earthly shell comfortably ventilated.

Author:  Grave_Wyrm [ Tue May 23, 2017 9:48 am ]
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Have fun, Napero. If you can, see if the Barbary Leopard Survival Fight is still going on. You could win a stuffed panda!

I'll be on vacation, too, (although not so exotic) during that week, but I will try to get at least one in for the challenge.

Author:  tomcat_ha [ Tue May 23, 2017 4:26 pm ]
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Napero wrote:
He's probably not going to pay us a visit, but I do have a ticket for a 300 euro gala dinner. I expect roasted specimens of endangered species on the plate, full-contact sword-fighting as entertainment, and grapes fed by wholesome ladies of lower nobility as dessert. And one of those Cleopatra-themed maidens wafting an ostrich feather fan to keep my earthly shell comfortably ventilated.


I actually think for 300 bucks you get the right to do that for the lowest nobility sorry.

Author:  Derigin [ Wed May 24, 2017 11:21 am ]
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Secret Satan list is updated. We're currently at 10 participants. :D

Author:  iamntbatman [ Mon May 29, 2017 11:33 pm ]
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Hmm...maybe I can do a few but I'll pass on Secret Satan this time. I'll be traveling for part of this and will be pretty busy the days leading up to that.

Author:  Derigin [ Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:40 am ]
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Heads up, I'll be coupling people up for secret satan tonight.

Author:  RapeTheDead [ Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:07 pm ]
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I'll be reviewing, but not in secret satan this year. I wholly recommend the experience (thanks EoH for turning me on to some nice Chicago metal) but I don't want it to throw me off my rhythm since I've already got a couple virgins I've spun a couple times already. Looking forward to it!

Author:  hells_unicorn [ Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:56 pm ]
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I'm in the same boat, I'm not sure how much I'll contribute, but I've been listening to several albums on my list for the past week and I plan on hitting the ground running and at least getting something in each day, which is what I did last time. Never really took the plunge on the Secret Satan thing, maybe next time.

Author:  dystopia4 [ Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:46 pm ]
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Too bad this isn't a week later, since I'm getting laid off my job then. Might just call in sick tomorrow so I can crank a few out.

Author:  Derigin [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:35 am ]
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And so it begins!

Author:  Zelkiiro [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:48 pm ]
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Welp, my hat's in the ring now. Three short reviews for a band no one cares about that are hardly even recommendations in the first place. GET HYPED!!

Author:  Metantoine [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:23 pm ]
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Let's go, troopers!

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Author:  Spiner202 [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:49 pm ]
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Wow I totally missed this. I've never been a big participant, but might try to crank a couple out.

Author:  tahu157 [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:47 pm ]
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Has the 5 pending reviews limit been raised for this event?

Author:  Wilytank [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:54 pm ]
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Well in just one day, I managed to meet my personal record of the last challenge: 2. Got another one to be worked on in my notebook. Then I got to scour my library for some shit.

Author:  TheStormIRide [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:57 pm ]
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tahu157 wrote:
Has the 5 pending reviews limit been raised for this event?


It has not been lifted. Most staffers are checking the review queue a little more often than usual during the challenge in an attempt to keep things running smoothly.

Author:  Trashy_Rambo [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:40 am ]
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Zodi convinced me to get in on this, now hopefully I can get my submitted review up to standards, since I haven't done any real writing in fucking ages.

Author:  tomcat_ha [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:51 am ]
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I had some trouble thinking of what to review this challenge but i finally decided to review hardcore oriented stuff.

Author:  Derigin [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:30 am ]
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Daily Tally for June 5th 2017
Total Reviews: 114 / 114
Total Virgin Reviews: 97 / 97
Percentage (VIRGINS/TOTAL): 85.1%

Participant List for June 5th 2017
Total Participants: 31 / 31
Today's Totals per Individual:
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aglasshouse = 1
dystopia4 = 6
Emptiness Cycle = 2
Empyreal = 1
Felix 1666 = 1
gasmask_colostomy = 10
grimwinter13 = 1
HeavyMetalMeltdownReviews = 1
hells_unicorn = 10
JimmyStJames97 = 1
jontayl = 1
kluseba = 8
Lich Coldheart = 1
Metantoine = 3
Monstro_City = 1
NausikaDalazBlindaz = 1
PorcupineOfDoom = 2
raoulduke25 = 1
RapeTheDead = 5
raspberrysoda = 2
slayrrr666 = 6
Tanuki = 4
televiper11 = 3
TheExodusAttack = 1
TheStormIRide = 5
Twin_guitar_attack = 3
Twisted_Psychology = 1
UnholyCrusada = 1
Wilytank = 2
Zelkiiro = 3
Zodijackyl = 9



So, compared to the start day of the last two challenges, our numbers are up for both # of virgins (97 compared to 85 and 63) and # of participants (31 compared to 27 and 28). A great beginning!

Author:  Metantoine [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:40 am ]
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"It's the Review Challenge so I guess I'll review Mercyful Fate" -TrooperEd

(the review is staying in the queue forever)

Author:  Empyreal [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:44 pm ]
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^ :lol:

Somehow I've gotten drawn into participating again... just had two albums that had zero reviews that I already wanted to do anyway!

Author:  Jiggleslinky [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:34 pm ]
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Well it's a good thing my post got overlooked for secret satan because I'd have to drop out anyway. Between now and my post several things came up that require my attention xd

I'll do my best to write some reviews this week, regardless!

Author:  Metantoine [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:27 pm ]
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lol @Napalm Satan for reviewing Crack the Skye during the challenge. Come on guys, we don't do those things often...

Author:  Spiner202 [ Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:10 pm ]
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Conveniently the two albums I've reviewed for SFM since this challenge started are both (1) released and (2) virgins. Especially surprised that nobody had touched that Secret Sphere album.

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