Opinion: Free-for-all? Download that promo. Or not?

RockmusicRaider - Promos are free

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a somewhat desperate tweet from a PR agency. Its representative bitterly complained about some reviewers downloading all the music promos sent their way but never returning any written article. Apparently, once the agency accosted the webzine (or ‘zines), they were told that simple downloads don’t guarantee reviews.

Of course, that didn’t sit too well with the PR guys. But the ‘zine’s opinion does strike a chord with yours truly over here at RMR HQ.

Let’s take good ol’ RockmusicRaider as an example.

Promotion agencies, labels, and bands of all couleur usually inundate our … [...] Click to raid more!

No negative reviews at RMR, or ever more of them?

RockmusicRaider - Angry Smiley - Negative Reviews

If you’ve been around the block a few times with RMR already, you spotted them. Those rankings that the RMR crew issues on full reviews, those markers that will give you an inkling of a record’s quality. A birdseye view for those who don’t have the time nor the patience to read 800 words of convoluted English phrases.

And for those who have the stomach for lengthy reviews, you’ll get treated to positive pieces, written in shiny and snazzy prose that will should beautify the wares they depict. Or – failing that – a negative review will head your way … [...] Click to raid more!

RMR’s Rating System Explained!

Bullseye - Perfect Rating

You’ll truly find a gazillion of different ways to slice and dice a record. It seems to me that every blog, webzine, or magazine has its own rating method or none at all. Some count to 10 points for their ranking. Others still sport those terrible star things or go for the five-point system.

And – again – others go for the same solution but with half-point ratings in between.1) The accountants and die-hard statistical nerds will probably fancy the count by the hundredth. Easy for the percentage count. But bitch, please.

And RMR?

For those familiar with the … [...] Click to raid more!

2021 and The Extreme: Black, Death, and the Arcane!

RockmusicRaider - 2021 and The Extreme. Black, Death, and the Arcane!

Some years have a darker more ominous feel to them. And 2021 surely exudes those waves of additional woe in more ways than one, and we’re not quite done with it yet. At least that is what these first few months up to August taught us. And in truth, our late prog and alt harvest already spoke to that. Great findings for sure from metal bands of the light, but sparse pickings nonetheless.

On the other hand, the picture is much different from the extreme folks in the metal multiverse. This year, an avalanche of distorted sounds of the arcane … [...] Click to raid more!