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Post by Hguols on Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:14 pm

Greetings!

I figured I'd start a thread on people who do their own music, and would like to request reviews!

Whether you're wanting an opinion here on a single song, or interweb documented
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In starting, I'd like to request reviews for my most recent album "Crog Buidhe" of my project Ankou Awaits.



I've gotten a couple good reviews. Another one will be up May 1st at Lords of Metal.nl. I'd like to have more than just 3 opinions on the album. If you're wanting quick access to a few full songs as well as information on the project, all of that is already located at a different post on the Christian metal realm.

My offer, if anyone wants to accept it, is a direct download (meaning no file sharing site) of the entire Crog Buidhe album (320kbs MP3s), lyrics (in txt files) and a jpg of the front cover in a .ZIP file. If you're interested, just post here, PM me, e-mail me, contact me in
any way and I'll send you the album, and I'll take your word that you'll
review it!
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All I ask is a relatively detailed review of the album, (at least 200 words) including a score of the album. (like out of 100, 10, 5 stars, etc.) on either their blog, or one of the sites below that anyone can sign up for free to!

Crog Buidhe @ Encyclopedia Metallum
Just click the review tab and click "write"!

Crog Buidhe @ CDBABY
At the bottom of the page, just click "Log in to write a review"!

Crog Buidhe @ Spirit of Metal
Just click on "add a review"!

Crog Buidhe @ Metal Kingdom
There are several button links on the page to review the album!

Crog Buidhe @ Amazon.com
There's a link that says "Be the first to review this album"! Razz

If there are any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks for your attention!
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Post by rideronawhitehorse on Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:21 am

Good idea Tom!

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:12 pm

I'm interested in reivewing your album. I PM'd you.

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Post by Ariel,seekeroftruth on Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:57 pm

Pm'ed you, interested as well.
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Post by Hguols on Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:17 pm

rideronawhitehorse wrote:Good idea Tom!

Thanks Troy!

Singwhatyoucan'tsay, Ariel,seekeroftruth, I replied back to you both with album links! ☺
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:37 pm

Thanks! I'll listen to it a couple more times to let it sink in before writing a review.

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Post by Gandalf the White on Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:41 pm

I tried to PM you but I don't think it went through... If not, PM me the links and I'll check it out tonight.
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Post by Hguols on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:20 pm

I got your PM, and I PMed you the link!
Thanks for the interest! Looking forward to seeing what you have to say about the album as well!
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Post by Ariel,seekeroftruth on Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:08 pm

I just want to say, I will review any album. Just PM me if anyone has an album.


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Post by Hguols on Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:56 pm

I PMed you. I hope everything is ok!
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Post by Gandalf the White on Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:49 pm

Ariel,seekeroftruth wrote:I just want to say, I will review any album. Just PM me if anyone has an album.

Same here...
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Post by Driven on Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:24 am

Hey Hguols, what exactly is Ankou? I've heard that name many times in Celtic mythology without knowing what it means.
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:21 am

Ankou is a personification of death.

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Post by Driven on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:34 pm

Ah, that would explain the Overstep album title "Karrig An Ankou".
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Post by Hguols on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:45 pm

I'm very particular with project names. It has to have some originality, or at least used in an original fashion.

Go to the encyclopedia metallum, search for "awaits" and see how many bands show up.

Now search for the word "throne" and see how many show up for that word...
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:52 pm

Hguols wrote:I'm very particular with project names. It has to have some originality, or at least used in an original fashion.

Go to the encyclopedia metallum, search for "awaits" and see how many bands show up.

Now search for the word "throne" and see how many show up for that word...

Search "dark," even more bands show up.

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Post by Gandalf the White on Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:25 am

Thomas,
I just posted my review at Amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/review/RAIHVM5DZRH8W

Any others you want me to review Thumbs up ?
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Post by Hguols on Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:00 pm

Great review! Thanks a lot!
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Post by Gandalf the White on Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:00 pm

Hguols wrote:Great review! Thanks a lot!

Thanks a lot to you! Not only did I get a great new album to listen to, I got to help out someone who seems like a pretty cool guy.

I can review your first Ankou album if you want... lol!
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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:06 am

I'll give it a review if you send it to me.

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Post by rideronawhitehorse on Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:50 am

Hey Tom, want to review our upcoming album for us? I figured I would ask you because you are into BM and I know your really honest.

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Post by Gandalf the White on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:20 am

rideronawhitehorse wrote:Hey Tom, want to review our upcoming album for us? I figured I would ask you because you are into BM and I know your really honest.

Took me a second to figure this out.

I work in the healthcare industry and to me, BM means something completely different. At first I was like "Eww, what?" Then I realized in this case, BM meant Black Metal.

Carry on.Arrow
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Post by Through The Dark Radio on Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:47 am

ishmael81 wrote:
rideronawhitehorse wrote:Hey Tom, want to review our upcoming album for us? I figured I would ask you because you are into BM and I know your really honest.

Took me a second to figure this out.

I work in the healthcare industry and to me, BM means something completely different. At first I was like "Eww, what?" Then I realized in this case, BM meant Black Metal.

Carry on.Arrow

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:49 am

took me a second to figure that one out lol

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Post by Gandalf the White on Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:13 pm

unworthy wrote:took me a second to figure that one out lol

Lol unworthy. It rhymes with "crowell movement"...Shocked
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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:27 pm

ishmael81 wrote:
unworthy wrote:took me a second to figure that one out lol

Lol unworthy. It rhymes with "crowell movement"...Shocked

I got it. just took a few seconds...

first time I ever heard that phrase was when my grandmother asked me when my last one was before I went to the hospital ... after she told me what it was, I was like "grandma!" .. she said "well, they're gonna ask.." .... and they did. lol

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Post by Hguols on Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:23 pm

unworthy wrote:I'll give it a review if you send it to me.

Sent! ( ^ - ^)

rideronawhitehorse wrote:Hey Tom, want to review our upcoming album for us? I figured I would ask you because you are into BM and I know your really honest.

I'll be very honest and say that I'm not the best at reviewing. I seriously haven't "reviewed" an album since high school.

I'll listen to it first, but I don't want to promise anything at this time.
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Post by rideronawhitehorse on Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:03 am

lol, I guess it's better than an un-bm lol. Besides having a healthy routine, I am looking for someone who is familiar with the style to write a review. Tom, check out the samples on our page and let me know if it's something you would be interested in writing about.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Antivenom/201481989948550?sk=app_2405167945

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Post by Hguols on Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:16 pm

I dig the vocals, the guitars and the riffs.
I actually really like this type of raw production. It has great atmosphere. I'd prefer to have a different mix, but its not bad.
The vocals are SUPERB. Sound really good.

Dude, the music is not tight at all. The instruments sound like they waver in and out of timing from each other and get out of beat.
This ruins the music for me completely. Sad

I think it might be entirely the drums. The blast beats are horrible. Do you need me to lay down a few drum tracks for you? I could do this for you man.

I know how painstaking it is to record something, but seriously... I wouldn't put something out there that has this sort of timing issues. Its very unprofessional. There's no way I could write a review of this stuff.

I'm sorry if that's harsh. Just droppin' it like its hot.
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Post by rideronawhitehorse on Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:34 am

Hguols wrote:I dig the vocals, the guitars and the riffs.
I actually really like this type of raw production. It has great atmosphere. I'd prefer to have a different mix, but its not bad.
The vocals are SUPERB. Sound really good.

Dude, the music is not tight at all. The instruments sound like they waver in and out of timing from each other and get out of beat.
This ruins the music for me completely. Sad

I think it might be entirely the drums. The blast beats are horrible. Do you need me to lay down a few drum tracks for you? I could do this for you man.

I know how painstaking it is to record something, but seriously... I wouldn't put something out there that has this sort of timing issues. Its very unprofessional. There's no way I could write a review of this stuff.

I'm sorry if that's harsh. Just droppin' it like its hot.



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Post by Hguols on Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:08 pm

I'll agree with that.

I had some good reviews for my 1st album, but to be honest, my 2nd album wouldn't be the caliber it is if it wasn't for someone's brutal honesty about what was wrong with the first release.
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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:15 pm

Hguols wrote:
unworthy wrote:I'll give it a review if you send it to me.

Sent! ( ^ - ^)

I got it man I'm makin' time to listen to it a few more times. Smile

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Post by Hguols on Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:49 pm

Excellent! Looking forward to seeing what you have to say about it!
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Post by rfw1994 on Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:31 am

rideronawhitehorse wrote:lol, I guess it's better than an un-bm lol. Besides having a healthy routine, I am looking for someone who is familiar with the style to write a review. Tom, check out the samples on our page and let me know if it's something you would be interested in writing about.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Antivenom/201481989948550?sk=app_2405167945

I reviewed both Ankou Awaits albums, and some other black metal releases like Gorath's latest, Mhorgl's Heresiarch, Smohalla's Resilience, Anima Mundi's latest. If you like me to take a look, feel free.
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Post by rideronawhitehorse on Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:51 am

rfw1994 wrote:
rideronawhitehorse wrote:lol, I guess it's better than an un-bm lol. Besides having a healthy routine, I am looking for someone who is familiar with the style to write a review. Tom, check out the samples on our page and let me know if it's something you would be interested in writing about.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Antivenom/201481989948550?sk=app_2405167945

I reviewed both Ankou Awaits albums, and some other black metal releases like Gorath's latest, Mhorgl's Heresiarch, Smohalla's Resilience, Anima Mundi's latest. If you like me to take a look, feel free.



I don't know if it's professional or up to the caliber as Ankou Awaits but shoot me an e-mail bro and we will set something up.

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Post by Gandalf the White on Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:59 am

This is for two people:

rideronawhitehorse: I reviewed Ankou Awaits newest album at Amazon.com and would be glad to review yours somewhere - I don't blog so you pick the place.

Hguols: After listening to the Crog Buidhe album several more times, and being an amateur guitarist, what equipment and settings did you use on this album? The tone is unique.
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Post by rfw1994 on Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:45 am

rideronawhitehorse wrote:
rfw1994 wrote:
rideronawhitehorse wrote:lol, I guess it's better than an un-bm lol. Besides having a healthy routine, I am looking for someone who is familiar with the style to write a review. Tom, check out the samples on our page and let me know if it's something you would be interested in writing about.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Antivenom/201481989948550?sk=app_2405167945

I reviewed both Ankou Awaits albums, and some other black metal releases like Gorath's latest, Mhorgl's Heresiarch, Smohalla's Resilience, Anima Mundi's latest. If you like me to take a look, feel free.



I don't know if it's professional or up to the caliber as Ankou Awaits but shoot me an e-mail bro and we will set something up.

Is it still the forestlove e-mail adress? And this is professional, it will be like this: http://deathmetalbaboon.com/album-review-ankou-awaits-crog-buidhe, at least. Perhaps it will be even bigger as this month, a few metal blogs will merge into an even bigger one. Like MetalSucks-size.
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Post by rideronawhitehorse on Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:10 pm

rfw1994 wrote:
rideronawhitehorse wrote:
rfw1994 wrote:
rideronawhitehorse wrote:lol, I guess it's better than an un-bm lol. Besides having a healthy routine, I am looking for someone who is familiar with the style to write a review. Tom, check out the samples on our page and let me know if it's something you would be interested in writing about.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Antivenom/201481989948550?sk=app_2405167945

I reviewed both Ankou Awaits albums, and some other black metal releases like Gorath's latest, Mhorgl's Heresiarch, Smohalla's Resilience, Anima Mundi's latest. If you like me to take a look, feel free.



I don't know if it's professional or up to the caliber as Ankou Awaits but shoot me an e-mail bro and we will set something up.

Is it still the forestlove e-mail adress? And this is professional, it will be like this: http://deathmetalbaboon.com/album-review-ankou-awaits-crog-buidhe, at least. Perhaps it will be even bigger as this month, a few metal blogs will merge into an even bigger one. Like MetalSucks-size.



Yeah, still the same e-mail. Lol, I was saying that our music may not be professional qauality since I have only been playing drums for 6 months and I couldn't track down a chimp to lay down some type writer tracks for us.

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Post by rfw1994 on Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:25 pm

rideronawhitehorse wrote:
rfw1994 wrote:
rideronawhitehorse wrote:
rfw1994 wrote:
rideronawhitehorse wrote:lol, I guess it's better than an un-bm lol. Besides having a healthy routine, I am looking for someone who is familiar with the style to write a review. Tom, check out the samples on our page and let me know if it's something you would be interested in writing about.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Antivenom/201481989948550?sk=app_2405167945

I reviewed both Ankou Awaits albums, and some other black metal releases like Gorath's latest, Mhorgl's Heresiarch, Smohalla's Resilience, Anima Mundi's latest. If you like me to take a look, feel free.



I don't know if it's professional or up to the caliber as Ankou Awaits but shoot me an e-mail bro and we will set something up.

Is it still the forestlove e-mail adress? And this is professional, it will be like this: http://deathmetalbaboon.com/album-review-ankou-awaits-crog-buidhe, at least. Perhaps it will be even bigger as this month, a few metal blogs will merge into an even bigger one. Like MetalSucks-size.



Yeah, still the same e-mail. Lol, I was saying that our music may not be professional qauality since I have only been playing drums for 6 months and I couldn't track down a chimp to lay down some type writer tracks for us.

Alright, but no worries, I listened to the reverbnation stuff and I liked it. Btw, I just listened some more, but the widget went crazy, so it played Shadows Fade twice over each other at the same time. That was total chaos! I'll hit you up.
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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:53 pm

how long does encyclopedia metallum take to post a review?

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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:50 pm

^ I was wondering that as well. I sent my review in on April 5th and it's still waiting for approval.

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:54 am

that's even longer than the one I put in lol ...

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Post by Hguols on Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:40 pm

Well, I thank you guys for submitting the reviews.

I know Spirit of Metal states that it can take up to 72 days for a review to show up. (yes, that's 72, not a typo) The actual review was up in just a few though...

Considering that EM has a lot more traffic that spirit of metal, it might even be a few weeks...

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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:10 pm

well.. mine is there.. pending.. Smile

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Post by Hguols on Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:26 pm

Unworthy, your review is TOTALLY worthy.

Seriously man. That's good stuff!!!!

Very thorough and professional! I enjoyed reading the whole thing! Read it twice even!

You, my friend, need to have a blog...
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Post by rfw1994 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:42 am

Hguols wrote:Unworthy, your review is TOTALLY worthy.

Seriously man. That's good stuff!!!!

Very thorough and professional! I enjoyed reading the whole thing! Read it twice even!

You, my friend, need to have a blog...

I'd like to read that then Smile
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Post by Guest on Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:46 am

Lyrically: This album is a concept
album based on a medieval storyline similar in style to Tolkien about a
hero named Conall. While I would consider myself a fan of story concept
albums, I think the one on this album is a bit of a hit and miss. While
the writing style and vernacular are really spot on, I found that the
storyline was obfuscated by the fact that the story was really two
stories. What I mean by that is that it starts out with the boys having
killed royalty and are together with their father on a search for a
steed to clear their name, but then another story of another kingdom
with another king is told. To me it would seem that it would have been
much more effective if the entire outlying story of their search for the
steed were left out as I think it made it a little bit to complicated.
The story, however, is well written and fairly enjoyable; kind of a mix
between Beowulf and the Canterbury Tales. Overall, I like it.

Musically: Some albums take a few listens before they really can
be ingested, enjoyed, and appreciated. This, to me, was one of those
albums. Though I must say that after a number of listens that this album
has most certainly grown on me and has left quite a different taste in
my mouth then it did upon my initial listen.

The music itself is black metal defined by some serious blast beats,
over toned-to-death guitar, and vocals that almost leave you with the
taste of vomit and the inkling of pain in your throat. It is not
overproduced, nor does it sound like it was recorded with someone's tape
deck.

Negatives: First, I am not a big fan of the guitar/drum
interaction at times (listen to the sample of the first track to
understand what I mean). The slow, almost doom like, prodding of the
guitar with the ferocious beats behind create a gut reaction of two
forces working against each other; one trying to speed things up and the
other slowing things down. Once I listened to it a few times it began
to become apparent that it is exactly what it is; these two forces. In
the midst of it all, they create a mesh of opposing forces that drives
the songs on. While I certainly gained an appreciation for it, I still
just don't much like it.

Secondly, I don't like the vocals he used for the king's quotes. I
couldn't understand them at all and it was almost hard to tell if there
was anything being said at all; even when I had the lyric sheet right
next to me.

Last, I thought the album was a bit monotonous. While there were some
rhythm/timing changes in the album, and I think vocally he did an
awesome job, musically the album just didn't really grab my attention as
much as it could have. This, however, is mostly because it is, by
definition, black metal and black metal that doesn't have other
instrumentation or doesn't incorporate other sub-genres of metal into it
tends to sound that way to me.

Positives: First, the vocals. Apart from those few moments of
king quotes, the vocals are absolutely spot on. Honestly I don't know
how he does it as it hurts my throat just listening to it. Kind of an
"I can't decide if I have a sore throat or have to defecate!".

Secondly, apart from the above mentioned musical aspects, the whole
album. The album is absolutely top notch and spot on to what a black
metal album should be. It has all the necessary trademarks. If you like
black metal, I would highly recommend you give this album a listen.

Songs: My favorite is "Island Lost in Mist" - the opening of this
song almost takes my breath away, and wish they'd have done a whole
song like that with that more slow, prodding, orchestral sound.

Lyrically: 7/10
Musically: 9/10
Overall: 8.5/10

http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Ankou_Awaits/Crog_Buidhe/334164/impending_embolism

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:17 pm

I got an email two days ago saying my review was rejected. I'll have to rewrite it.

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Post by Driven on Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:05 pm

The thread title shows up as this in my email viewer:


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Post by Signet on Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:14 pm

I've got a couple songs I could use a review on, But they're either retro hard-rock or not all that rocky at all. :/
Any takers?

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