We are always looking for new talented people, so if you would like to join Metal Blast and become a writer/interviewer/reviewer/photographer, Then don’t hesitate to contact us through the form below (NOTE: writers will be required to send sample reviews; photographers will have to send a link to their portfolio).
If you’re sending us a demo, consider the following points before you message us:
1) Send access to the promos right away. If you send us an e-mail asking for us to contact you to get your demos, chances are we won’t do it. We love to review new material (hell, Blast Radius is devoted exclusively to that) but we will not do your PR work for you. This brings us to our second point. If, for any reason, you have our e-mail and send us a bunch of mp3s as attachments, spread over several e-mails, we will ignore your demo. Yes, that’s how much it pisses us off.
2) Don’t send old promos. If your album was released more than 2 months ago, we won’t review it.
3) Production is important. Even if your music is great, if the album sounds like it was recorded by holding a tape recorder next to a ghetto blaster the review will reflect it. The best way to get a good review is by sending us a good product.
4) Consider a PR firm. We know that this can be an expensive step for some, but if your e-mail comes from a reputable firm (or at least one that looks like it) the chances are that we will end up reviewing it.
5) Don’t use adjectives. The most annoying e-mails are those that come from people who try to sell their demos by actually talking about how awesome they are. Refrain from using “legendary”, “awesome” and similar words. You shouldn’t be your own reviewer. Comparisons are OK (if you play thrash it’s OK to say if you’re closer to Slayer than to Kreator) but a list of why your music is, according to you, the best thing ever, is not.
6) Don’t ask us to interview you. Interviews are not meant to promote your band, but to bring bands close to their fans and get some interesting information from them. If you’re sending us your demo, chances are that you don’t have any fans (at least, yet) and, therefore, nobody would watch (let alone read) your interview. If we think you’re interesting enough, we’ll let you know.
7) Take the criticism. Despite what you may think, we don’t get off on writing bad reviews. True, sometimes the sarcasm can be a bit too much and your feelings might be hurt, but if you can’t take criticism, then don’t record your music and ask people to review it.
8) Don’t try to be funny. If you’re sending requests to a bunch of people, chances are that you are using a canned e-mail and copying/pasting it everywhere. While that is OK, to send the same joke EVERY TIME YOU CONTACT US will only make us hate you.
In the words of someone with a longer trajectory than us, “these are general words of wisdom to live by. Plan, plan, plan and put your damn money into it. If you have invested your life into your project, invest the extra cash it costs to make sure that people actually hear your music and take you seriously. If you follow these easy tips, you’ll probably get a lot more reviews than if you send me a YouTube clip of your latest project with an e-mail that is filled with apologies, misspellings and no punctuation at all. Just sayin’.”