Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives

Message board

* FAQ    * Search   * Register   * Login 



Reply to topic
Author Message Previous topic | Next topic
Derigin
The Mountain Man

Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2006 6:25 am
Posts: 4778
Location: Canada
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:32 am 
 

Welcome to the 20th MA Virgin Reviews Challenge!

Holy shit, we've reached 20.

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 December 4th @ 12:00AM EST to Sunday December 10th @ 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 483. 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

Spoiler: show
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)


Image

SECRET SATAN is back, as usual.

What is SECRET SATAN? Well, if you've run out of ideas for virgins to review, want a challenge to the review challenge, or simply want to see what another person has to say about an album you hate or love, then SECRET SATAN might be something that would interest you. 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. 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. Please note, the matching is 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. Be forewarned, I will not be accepting requests to join once the challenge begins.

Once matched, you must do the following:

You will exchange with one another a virgin album for review.
You will commit to reviewing that album for the challenge.
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 November 19, 2017):
Spoiler: show
CHAIRTHROWER
Derigin
Lich Coldheart
MutantClannfear
tahu157
TheStormIRide
TheWaltzer
tomcat_ha


Have fun! Looking forward to your participation!
_________________
I kill fun with words.
Quote:
Metal Archives: Now it is safe from black magic

Metal Archives... is clean.

Top
 Profile  
Napero
GedankenPanzer

Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2005 4:16 pm
Posts: 9182
Location: Finland
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:42 am 
 

I am Napero, and I've approved this message.
_________________
Chest wounds suck (when properly inflicted).
-Butch-

Top
 Profile  
hells_unicorn
Metalhead

Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:32 pm
Posts: 2409
Location: United States
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:28 pm 
 

I'll be participating again, currently scouring both my collection and Spotify for untapped auditory wealth. All the best to every participant, let's have a good, clean fight. :np:
_________________
My projects:
Frost Giant
Ominous Glory

My reviews.

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio (July 14, 1942 - May 16, 2010)

Top
 Profile  
TheStormIRide
Jesuscop

Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:45 pm
Posts: 1819
Location: Brazildonesia
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:17 pm 
 

Sign me up for Secret Satan. I won't get a bunch done this time around but I'll be good at least for that.
_________________
POZERKILLER wrote:
damn I think ive already heard everything

Top
 Profile  
PorcupineOfDoom
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:52 pm
Posts: 118
Location: Scotland
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:27 pm 
 

Dammit, that's the week my exams start :/ I'll try and get a couple done when I'm not panic-cramming, but I think Secret Satan is a no-go.

Top
 Profile  
TheWaltzer
Metalhead

Joined: Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:07 am
Posts: 551
Location: Slowfuck Republic
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:41 am 
 

I'll chip in with a few reviews this time, and sign me up for Secret Satan as well. Had fun last year.
_________________
It's not sexy, it's inevitable.

Top
 Profile  
Diamhea
Eats and Spits Corpses

Joined: Wed Feb 14, 2007 7:46 pm
Posts: 8859
Location: At the Heat of Winter
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:50 am 
 

hells_unicorn wrote:
I'll be participating again, currently scouring both my collection and Spotify for untapped auditory wealth. All the best to every participant, let's have a good, clean fight. :np:


Me against you would be a good matchup but i dunno... Im not really prepared this time. Will certainly do a few, or might change my mind last minute and do 100 again. Guess youll all find out on the first day...
_________________
Italy: #1 exporter of erroneous MA data since 2002.
Last.fm

Top
 Profile  
Lich Coldheart
Stares into the Void

Joined: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:44 pm
Posts: 918
Location: Frozen dead land where sharp winds blow
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:13 am 
 

I'll sign up for the Secret Satan. I've got a really busy schedule nowadays and I probably won't review anything else but the last Secret Satan put me completely out of my comfort zone so I'm gonna do it again just for the sheer difficulty, unpredictability and the challenge that it might pose.
_________________
BastardHead wrote:
I will pay a dollar to have Lich's custom title changed to "Drools into the Toilet Bowl"
Master_Of_Thrash wrote:
I like keeping my sword wet, like a young girl in her prime.

Top
 Profile  
hells_unicorn
Metalhead

Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:32 pm
Posts: 2409
Location: United States
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:22 am 
 

Diamhea wrote:
hells_unicorn wrote:
I'll be participating again, currently scouring both my collection and Spotify for untapped auditory wealth. All the best to every participant, let's have a good, clean fight. :np:


Me against you would be a good matchup but i dunno... Im not really prepared this time. Will certainly do a few, or might change my mind last minute and do 100 again. Guess youll all find out on the first day...


lol If you do another 100 you'll definitely take the number one slot again, the closest I got to that was 93, and that was before the single-cap was initiated. I generally start to feel burned out after doing 50-60 reviews and have never really gotten far past that since 2012. All the same, it would be nice to crack that old 609 cumulative record.
_________________
My projects:
Frost Giant
Ominous Glory

My reviews.

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio (July 14, 1942 - May 16, 2010)

Top
 Profile  
tahu157
Metal newbie

Joined: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:22 pm
Posts: 300
Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:26 pm 
 

Sign me up for that secret satan.

Top
 Profile  
tomcat_ha
Minister of Boiling Water

Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:05 am
Posts: 4474
Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:11 am 
 

sign me up for secret satan, maybe ill pull it off this time maybe i wont but im willing to give it a shot again.

Top
 Profile  
gasmask_colostomy
Metal newbie

Joined: Thu May 27, 2010 5:38 am
Posts: 58
Location: Behind the wall of fire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:51 pm 
 

Lich Coldheart wrote:
I'll sign up for the Secret Satan. I've got a really busy schedule nowadays and I probably won't review anything else but the last Secret Satan put me completely out of my comfort zone so I'm gonna do it again just for the sheer difficulty, unpredictability and the challenge that it might pose.


Hehehe this makes me want to do it again, 'cause I know Oxbow have another unreviewed album on the site. However, I don't think I really have the time (and I keep causing people all kinds of trouble with sending me the album and whatnot) so I won't do Secret Satan.

On the other hand, I'm gladdened to see this is on a five-day week for me (not fucking six-day) so I should be able to write more than two reviews. Bring on the challenge!

Top
 Profile  
Lich Coldheart
Stares into the Void

Joined: Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:44 pm
Posts: 918
Location: Frozen dead land where sharp winds blow
PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:52 am 
 

gasmask_colostomy wrote:
Lich Coldheart wrote:
I'll sign up for the Secret Satan. I've got a really busy schedule nowadays and I probably won't review anything else but the last Secret Satan put me completely out of my comfort zone so I'm gonna do it again just for the sheer difficulty, unpredictability and the challenge that it might pose.


Hehehe this makes me want to do it again, 'cause I know Oxbow have another unreviewed album on the site. However, I don't think I really have the time (and I keep causing people all kinds of trouble with sending me the album and whatnot) so I won't do Secret Satan.

On the other hand, I'm gladdened to see this is on a five-day week for me (not fucking six-day) so I should be able to write more than two reviews. Bring on the challenge!

As already stated, I have nothing against tackling difficult albums but if I have to review another Oxbow release I swear I'm gonna shit a brick. :|
_________________
BastardHead wrote:
I will pay a dollar to have Lich's custom title changed to "Drools into the Toilet Bowl"
Master_Of_Thrash wrote:
I like keeping my sword wet, like a young girl in her prime.

Top
 Profile  
gasmask_colostomy
Metal newbie

Joined: Thu May 27, 2010 5:38 am
Posts: 58
Location: Behind the wall of fire
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:59 am 
 

Lich Coldheart wrote:
As already stated, I have nothing against tackling difficult albums but if I have to review another Oxbow release I swear I'm gonna shit a brick. :|


Maybe I'll do one this time to take the heat off :-P

Top
 Profile  
CHAIRTHROWER
Mallcore Kid

Joined: Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:10 pm
Posts: 9
Location: Canada
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:21 pm 
 

I want in on this Secret Satan shniznax dang nabbit!

Chairbear (coy snuggly emoji insert here).

Top
 Profile  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

  Print view
Jump to:  

Back to the Encyclopaedia Metallum


Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group