Thompson D. Gerhart

Reviews 111
Soundoffs 100
News Articles 19
Band Edits + Tags 35
Album Edits 110

Album Ratings 716
Objectivity 68%

Last Active 11-29-15 4:27 pm
Joined 12-15-08

Forum Posts 495
Review Comments 2,232

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  • Toondude10 remember the vocalist that was on that one TesseracT EP? Well he has his own band now, figured you might be interested:
    November 12 06:14 PM
  • Calc I mean, I'm not entirely sure if you'd like it but I would definitely check.
    November 2 02:05 PM
  • Calc its by the ex-guitarist of exotic animal petting zoo and the band he has. I like it too
    November 2 12:16 PM
  • Calc if/how this grabs you
    November 2 02:52 AM
  • Toondude10 here's some more djent for you, supposed to be pretty good from what the average says.
    October 11 08:38 AM
  • Toondude10 I thought the last two were great as well, but then again I kinda agree with that. I've had 'Here to Mars' stuck in my head lately, probably my favorite song off the album so far.
    October 7 09:08 PM
  • Toondude10 It's definitely better than I was expecting it to be, that's for sure
    October 7 09:23 AM
  • Toondude10 Coheed and Cambria just leaked!
    October 6 05:58 PM
  • Toondude10 yeah it's pretty good, the second half especially.
    September 25 04:11 PM
  • Toondude10 Since TesseracT disappointed you, might I recommend Northlane's new album to help you feel better? :-)
    September 24 10:09 PM
  • Toondude10 can't help it when Jon Mess is screaming "we all came here just to fap" lol
    September 10 04:24 PM
  • Toondude10 Fair enough, I'm not usually one to bother with lyrics most of the time but ever since the new DGD I've been paying more attention to them.
    September 10 02:35 PM
  • Toondude10 I like their poppier side when it works, it's just those lyrics in the first single sound like they came from Nickelback.
    September 10 02:03 PM
  • Toondude10 I thought the first single was AWFUL and the second single was decent but they've done way better, and I really like Coheed as well.
    September 10 11:30 AM
  • Toondude10 okay, I'm predicting a 2.5 for Coheed, maybe worse but we'll see. The second single was alright though.
    September 10 11:12 AM
  • Toondude10 Coheed and Cambria I meant (apparently the shoubox doesn't like the ampersand). I guess it's either me or Arcade doing Trivium then. Can't wait for the new TesseracT though, hopefully the rest will be better than the first single.
    September 10 11:07 AM
  • Toondude10 You gonna review Trivium or C
    September 10 10:26 AM
  • DinosaurJones SHEANUS
    August 26 11:10 AM
  • Voivod I agree with you; It's a good start for these guys.
    August 20 03:51 AM
  • Voivod Hi man, the Act of Defiance album is streaming here:
    August 19 11:52 AM
  • BallsToTheWall I expect my boy Kelvin Benjamin to have even a better year. Better conditioning, less drops, more experience, addition of Funchess, healthy Cam.
    August 14 09:08 AM
  • BallsToTheWall Picking OBJ off the waivers after Cruz went down is the best life decision I ever made.
    August 13 09:05 PM
  • Static Song is s*** lolbutts
    August 6 07:41 PM
  • TalonsOfFire Hey Thompson just wanted to drop this by you, very enjoyable progressive metal that no one's seemed to have heard of:
    July 21 04:37 PM
  • ChronicSmiler Totally get you, man. I definitely felt a real sense of passion while listening. And that was pretty impressive pre morning coffee. :)
    May 7 05:18 PM
  • ChronicSmiler Thanks for the pos on the review, man. Out of curiosity, what made the album a 5 for you?
    April 28 02:02 PM
  • Calc thought you'd be happy about that lol
    February 25 09:05 PM
  • Calc
    February 25 12:31 AM
  • iswimfast Hey! Just a heads up (and a little bit of begging), but I applied privately to the site today and was just hoping you'd maybe help at least get my name looked at. I know in the past I've failed the popularity contest part of this process, and if you could get me at least spoken about I'd be super, super grateful. Thanks a ton haha.
    February 2 11:22 AM
  • Britch2tiger Just a tip for listening to Rishloo, at least for me, you should try listening to their first album (Terras Fames) and work your way up. Eidolon is their concept album (more preferable than the other two) while Feathergun is their more polished album w/ some audible flaws.
    January 9 01:13 PM
  • Britch2tiger If you like Orbs, then you may enjoy the hell out of an independent prog rock band from Seattle known as Rishloo. They're pretty good, and they just released another album online on 12/10/14. However, all their music can be found via YouTube.
    January 7 10:38 PM
  • Friday13th Thank you, father progmas!
    December 18 01:55 PM
  • Friday13th Hey man, I'm doing an obscure progressive rock tournament list. Seeing as you're one of the few staff into prog, I was wondering if you could help us get it featured. Thanks.
    December 18 12:43 PM
  • Ecnalzen Yeah, I'm pretty much in love with it, and I kinda thought they might be a one of a kind thing. I guess I will just have to wait for the new album they said will be out sometime next year for now. Thanks for responding, tho!
    December 9 01:38 PM
  • Ecnalzen Do you know of any other bands that vibe on what Thank You Scientist does? Pretty much all of my jazz fusion-y stuff is instrumental, and I'd like to hear more of the vocal side.
    December 4 04:29 PM
  • Calc I'm glad you like its pretty good imo
    December 3 07:06 PM
  • Calc hey atomic see how this grabs you sometime
    November 29 12:36 PM
  • elcrawfodor Good point, I guess I've just gotten so used to the .5 intervals that anything in that category I just slap a 4.5 on. In terms of Citadel, it does seem a bit unfair to me to hold it back from a 5 purely based on Portal of I, but I get where you're coming from. Actually, my main problem with the album was the lack of anything as good as "Forget Not" on there, so maybe I agree with you more than I realize.
    November 28 06:23 PM
  • elcrawfodor Noticed you gave another 4.9, just curious what does that rating really mean for you? FiveLeaves did that for BTBAM's Colors and it's almost frustrating to see that rating even if you don't think something deserves to be a 5 haha
    November 28 05:43 PM
  • AlexTM510 Hey man I think you should check this record out, maybe do a review on it? I think people would dig this pretty hard.
    November 8 07:54 PM
  • Green Baron put up a nice fight, good game /m/an
    October 27 11:45 PM
  • Apoc Hey Thompson, Gil from damascus here. please email me asap. we would like you to do an advance review for our new record. //
    October 25 02:55 AM
  • Green Baron stole my record of largest blowout from me :(
    October 14 09:38 PM
  • Green Baron dammit, if it wasn't for you i would have had the highest scoring fantasy performance this week
    October 13 10:36 PM
  • Mad. Just sayin again man, that Anubis album is incredible, definitely worth another shot. Started off a similar rating for me then grew to like a 4.7
    October 9 08:47 AM
  • Vats I hope you're right but I have a sinking feeling they're content to rest on their laurels now. I thought, having watched the drummer auditions, Marco Minnemann might've been a better choice as drummer cos he might've led them in an interesting direction, judging from the things he's done since then (especially with Guthrie Govan in The Aristocrats and in Steven Wilson's solo project). You're right when you say Mike Mangini was a "safe" choice.
    October 1 02:39 PM
  • Vats Hey Thompson, How're you doing? Read your review of Dream Theater's self-titled. I thought this line from your review brilliantly summed up the whole CD: "...the band's relatively formulaic approach to anti-formulaicness". I was just glad they went back to E standard tuning on "Dramatic Turns", haha! Never thought the heavier style they tried to pursue since "Train of Thought" (mostly Portnoy's idea) worked with LaBrie's vocals.
    October 1 05:25 AM
  • Hey Thompson,How're you doing? Read your review of Dream Theater's self-titled. I thought this line from your review brilliantly summed up the whole CD: "...the band's relatively formulaic approach to anti-formulaicness". I was just glad they went back to E standard tuning on "Dramatic Turns", haha! Never thought the heavier style they tried to pursue since "Train of Thought" (mostly Portnoy's idea) worked with LaBrie's vocals.
    October 1 05:23 AM
  • FearThyEvil Dude, no worries at all. I still haven't done my review either. I just recently got hired somewhere so i've been busy as s***.
    September 21 09:43 PM
  • ExplosiveOranges That Rock is Dead article was ****ing brilliant, man.
    September 8 05:02 PM
  • Voivod Hi man, I read your review about Opeth's latest album and I tend to agree, here's a little prog rock gem I was introduced to a while ago, I think this is where prog rock is at -
    September 6 01:30 PM
  • Mad. Awesome thanks man I'll download and listen ASAP and tell ya what I think
    August 30 06:15 PM
  • SgtPepper I'm glad you did cause it was good review. It spoke to me personally just because me and my friends have brought up the same argument in school when we talk about the album (how Opeth seem to have "discarded" everything that made them unique for an outdated and derivative sound). and thanks, but you should take it. mines could take a little longer (so much homework, you know all about that though haha)
    August 30 02:59 PM
  • SgtPepper hey tom. just saw you posted your opeth write-up. we pretty much agree (although i enjoyed it 0.6 more than you did lol), but since i already started writing, i was wondering if you didnt mind me adding one too by saturday night? i can wait a longer if you want. im in no hurry. the feature and flag rights are yours obviously since you were first.
    August 29 08:33 PM
  • SowingSeason Just a reminder the draft is tonight at 5:30 PDT / 8:30 EST
    August 28 01:53 PM
  • Mad. You basically upload the files and enter my email as the recipient and it times out after a couple of days ands itself
    August 27 03:20 PM
  • SowingSeason Oh no that's okay I just meant out of the ppl who have already requested to be in it!
    August 27 11:34 AM
  • SowingSeason haha thanks. I have 4 outstanding invites yet so hopefully one of them will respond, but I'm not counting on it since they haven't yet. If I end up with 14 that's fine too but right now I just really want to get 12 (I hate odd numbered leagues)
    August 27 10:45 AM
  • SowingSeason Just a reminder that out draft is at 5:30 pm PDT tomorrow, that's 8:30 EST. Be sure to figure out your time zone and make yourself available to show up to the draft. We're all hoping for nearly perfect attendance!
    August 27 10:12 AM
  • SowingSeason Sent the invite, opened it up to 12 teams so you can join but now we need an extra person to fill in before the draft starts. If you can harass any other staff/contribs to join, that's be awesome. Willie was supposed to but he hasn't answered the email invite yet. Same with Hogan.
    August 27 10:07 AM
  • Mad. Yo man, I'd rather not use PirateBay considering the amount of viruses I've got from that site. Think you could WeTransfer the Kevin Gilbert album to me?
    August 24 01:00 PM
  • OmairSh Dude Carlton isn't a 1 and you know it. But I'd say it's at a 4 right now. If you morph while doing them moves then it's a 9 easily
    August 5 07:26 PM
  • OmairSh You still got the moves ma man
    August 4 08:29 PM
  • ExplosiveOranges That's only fair. From what I've seen, most of your recent reviews have all been for new releases, which is awesome. I just think, though, that there might be some classic album out there with a lack of a decent review. A man can dream, can't he?
    July 30 08:42 AM
  • ExplosiveOranges This is completely random, but I just noticed that you have 99 reviews. Just out of curiously, do you have anything big planned for the one double-o?
    July 29 08:38 PM
  • FearThyEvil Have you been liking that Beecher album? I don't care how long it'll be till the review comes along.
    July 23 04:58 PM
  • Mad. Yo do you know anywhere I can download that Kevin Gilbert album in decent quality and remastered?
    July 15 07:10 AM
  • SitarHero Oh damn! Get well soon homie.
    July 13 04:48 PM
  • SitarHero This might be right up your alley. I'd review it, but I'm buried under work right now :-(....
    July 13 12:28 PM
  • FearThyEvil Oh, I forgot to mention on that Beecher album that if you get the track "Crack Fiend" it's a bonus track. The actual album closer is Ladder Theory.
    July 9 06:43 PM
  • Mad. You're probably gonna have to wait a month, because I'm really busy at the moment, but I'll get the review done eventually! I'd definitely recommend relistening to that Anubis album, it gets better every time.
    July 9 07:53 AM
  • FearThyEvil Here you go man. It's actually the re-issue but that shouldn't matter. Hope you enjoy it! I'm struggling to find Musk Ox-Woodfall download. I don't really enjoy listening off bandcamp.
    July 8 06:24 PM
  • Mad. Damn man, I see you 5'd the album I got on the game. Hope I can do it justice. I like prog though so hopefully I'll dig
    July 8 05:22 PM
  • Judio! Thanks man! :)
    June 26 02:04 PM
  • Wizard Just wanted to say I think you've taken Willies place in that you're reviewing more of the obscure metal on popular labels. Nice work.
    June 18 07:08 AM
  • fromtheinside hmmm. you really like that hoth album huh? i had high hopes, but........ :(
    June 16 12:54 AM
  • cryptside Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it! I am going to make edits to it tonight and take out some of the superfluous stuff.
    June 5 03:37 PM
  • cryptside Hey man, hope things are well. If you don't mind checking out my most recent review I'd appreciate it. No worries either way!
    June 3 10:46 PM
  • Viraemia Hi! I just read your Animals as Leaders review and thought you might be interested in doing a review for Cardinal's debut song "Hiraeth"?
    June 3 09:42 AM
  • Calc yeah that's a pretty polarizing album it seems.
    May 29 09:50 PM
  • Insurrection Ha I think you would do a better job than I could anyway, thanks for the offer though. :) If you end up unable to do it for any reason I could fill in just so it wouldnt be left review-less. It really is a great album.
    May 29 12:54 PM
  • Insurrection Hey man you planning on reviewing the new Hoth?
    May 28 11:07 PM
  • Calc and dude my damascus vinyl came in and its the most beautiful thing i've ever received in the mail lol
    May 28 06:11 PM
  • Calc dayum now i feel bad lol. I've been trying to land this law enforcement job for a while so I've been behind on this years offerings as well. If you haven't try: destrage-are you kidding me? no. (my AOTY so far)save us from the archon-thereafterdionaea-still (2011 but amazing)closure in moscow-pink lemonadeloom-frameworksweatherbox-flies in all directionshelms alee- sleepwalkingjunius-days of the fallenthe mire-glass cathedrals
    May 28 06:10 PM
  • OmairSh,
    May 3 05:10 PM
  • OmairSh Could anyone else pull off the black ranger? Aw Hell no dawg! Man was I obsessed. I hated it when Tommy became the leader and Jason had to step down, I could never truly accept him as the leader. Anyway those were good times
    April 28 02:57 PM
  • OmairSh Avatar rules. And coincidentally I was checking out some power rangers stuff yesterday m/
    April 27 03:00 PM
  • osmark86 yeah twas mine. probably should have spent more time mixing it, but oh well, gotta get s*** out too ^^. I agree, there's a lot of half-assed stuff on there for sure.
    April 22 10:50 AM
  • osmark86 glad you dug Bubbles mate ^^.
    April 22 08:18 AM
  • CaptainDooRight he's got that fly styles no frillz s*** goin' on
    March 21 04:58 PM
  • PurpleBottle oo u staff such prog
    March 21 10:48 AM
  • CaptainDooRight 5/5 avi
    March 21 09:56 AM
  • noahhk Thanks for the review last month! I'm glad that I got some great feedback from you!
    March 11 04:36 PM
  • cryptside Thank you for taking a look, man! I will split it up into paragraphs and keep that in mind for the future.
    February 17 10:51 AM
  • cryptside Thanks for the encouragement, man. I'll definitely keep at it.
    February 13 10:04 PM
  • SgtPepper Congrats, Thom (may I call you that?). I'm so happy you got promoted, man. It was well-deserved.
    February 11 05:38 PM
  • cryptside Congrats, man! You definitely deserve it!
    February 11 04:24 PM
  • greg84 Congrats on staff, bud. Welcome aboard.
    February 11 03:31 PM
  • GnarlyShillelagh Thompson D. GerSTAFF
    February 11 01:51 PM
  • insomniac15 Congratulations man, you deserve it! :D
    February 11 11:06 AM
  • iswimfast congrats on staff, buddy!
    February 11 09:46 AM
  • cryptside No worries, man. Whenever you get a chance; I know what it's like to be busy at work. We lost a person in our department and they are not replacing him, so work just got ten times more stressful haha.
    January 28 07:41 AM
  • cryptside Preferably my ALLB or Lavinia review, if you don't mind. Thanks man!
    January 27 08:28 AM
  • cryptside hey dude hope you get staff! if you have a chance at some point, I'd love to get some feedback from you on one of my reviews (your choice).
    January 26 03:48 PM
  • Calc np man
    January 26 02:34 PM
  • Calc
    January 26 03:06 AM
  • Calc do you do vinyl?
    January 26 01:07 AM
  • iswimfast thanks bud. good luck on your staff app!
    January 25 02:39 PM
  • iswimfast yea i am! i actually just posted my application thing.
    January 25 02:26 PM
  • silentstar great write-ups on the users top list!
    January 11 12:41 AM
  • MisterTornado on the way!
    January 8 03:32 PM
  • Atari Thanks man I appreciate it. An extra pair of eyes never hurts haha
    January 4 10:19 PM
  • Atari I just wrote something for the wonder years but I don't think it's very good lol I'm kinda rusty. I'm open to suggestions if u have time though.
    January 3 04:35 PM
  • Atari Damn dude you're killing it with those write-ups for the users top 50
    January 3 01:44 PM
  • Atari Hey man I'm gonna try to get that top 25 done no later than tomorrow you cool with that?
    November 30 03:14 PM
  • Calc Look man!!:
    October 17 08:52 AM
  • Gyromania just sending a message to tell you i responded to your far cry 3 review on mediasnobs. figured i'd send a message because you posted it a while ago and likely wouldn't see it otherwise.
    August 29 07:27 PM
  • pribosse thanks for checkin it man!
    July 12 10:32 PM
  • pribosse here is music which draws from a wide variety of influences
    July 12 10:26 PM
    June 17 10:06 PM
  • Omaha Yay, StS rating rules!
    June 11 01:38 PM
    June 5 08:36 PM
  • DinosaurJones The client I'm on is having their big national meeting. They have on-site deskside support. WHY AM I HERE IF I AM NOT GOING TO BE GETTING ANY CALLS AT ALL. Whatever, I'm still getting paid.
    May 22 06:59 PM
  • DinosaurJones It started off promising. I haven't had a call in 2 and a half hours. DAMN.
    May 15 08:25 PM
  • DinosaurJones Double the amount of calls in half the amount of time today. MOVING UP IN THE WORLD.
    May 15 06:27 PM
  • DinosaurJones It is pretty dull. I'm waiting for more training though. I need more accounts for (presumably) more work.
    May 14 10:22 PM
  • DinosaurJones Naw, brah. I just got a call. Sure, it was just a password reset and I fixed it in 5 minutes. but it was something. I probably should start writing in my massive quantities of downtime. At least until they train me for more accounts.
    May 14 09:45 PM
  • DinosaurJones I even made a list. I haven't gotten a call in about 2 hours, and I still have another hour and a half. uuggghhhhh
    May 14 08:55 PM
  • DinosaurJones HELL YEAH MAN. I've been here for 3 ours and taken one call. I'm on Sputnik WAYYY more now (TL is blocked by our webhosting, which I find ironic. We use Barracuda, which is a sponsor of Team Liquid).
    May 14 05:40 PM
  • DinosaurJones I got nothin'.
    May 14 02:24 PM
  • DinosaurJones Well, shuck that jive, brah
    May 13 05:05 PM
  • DinosaurJones YO MAMA
    May 9 10:21 AM
  • Atari thanks man i appreciate it ;)
    April 20 08:58 PM
  • andcas I'm gonna find you and serenade ain't it fun now
    April 12 02:24 AM
  • NocteDominum I can send you a link over facey if you want
    April 2 03:35 PM
  • Calc is that a stamp of approval?
    March 25 08:29 PM
  • Calc Dood I dunno if you'll like it but listen to this, its by the drummer of jeff loomis and Intervals
    March 25 07:26 PM
  • FALLENSTARZERO I'm a producer/composer of dark ambient metal music and have about fourteen or fifteen albums currently but I'm in a constant state of creating something very unusual. My kit: list:
    March 21 07:53 AM
  • Metalstyles Yup, gotta agree with you. Without variation, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
    March 20 03:54 PM
  • Metalstyles I've never been a big plan maker, but looking at the circumstances, I think you are right - I may need to think and plan ahead so that I'd have some me time. I really do like living with my gf and all, but I've come to the realization that I need some time only for myself as well.
    March 20 12:33 PM
  • Metalstyles Yeah I think you're right, I should take a week off for myself. Kinda hard though with uni riding my ass haha. Got a few essays and presentations to do and the second I finish the last one of the bunch, I know a new assignment will be given. On one hand I like the cultural education I get from there, but on the other I hate how it eats up most my time.
    March 20 12:13 PM
  • Metalstyles Everything's really, really slow/calm for me. Maybe it's the time of the year or something, but there's not much going on. Besides, despite my young age, I'm basically living a family life outside of uni with my gf, and to be honest, I could do with a bit more excitement. I used to be so active, but these last two years have been a departure from that. I need like a wild week (because a weekend just sounds to short) or something to get the spring back into my step.
    March 20 11:58 AM
  • Metalstyles Alright, I will. But, besides the promotion, what's good, man?
    March 20 05:40 AM
  • Metalstyles I didn't actually know that you read my stuff way back then, that's cool. But yeah, it's great that we both got promoted. Btw, just because I have a new label doesn't mean you should be discouraged from correcting me whenever it feels necessary haha. I still want to improve further and further.
    March 19 03:51 AM
  • SgtPepper Oh it's okay, I wasnt upset that you asked, quite the opposite, I'm flattered you were concerned. Death is tough, but it's a natural part of life, I'm holding up okay I just wish I could say the same for the others. Anyway, I'll look and add you right now.
    March 18 09:06 PM
  • SgtPepper I actually haven't left yet. It got postponed until next month, when we'll go to take care of my deceased grandmother's estate and will. *sighs* Anyway, give me the link to your facebook and I'll add you now.
    March 18 08:56 PM
  • Metalstyles Thanks man and congrats to you as well, I'm real happy you got the position. Couldn't think of of a more deserving candidate to be honest.
    March 18 08:15 PM
  • SgtPepper Congratulations on the promotion, Atomic. I haven't been as active lately, but you getting promoted was an extremely nice surprise. I hope you know about the contrib facebook page. Some of the recently staffed guys like myself and Omaha are still there if you ever have any questions/concerns about anything. Looking forward to your big debut.
    March 18 08:09 PM
  • Aids congrats to you as well. ghosts gonna do some damage up in here (I call Gengar TOO LATE I CALLED HIM)
    March 18 08:02 PM
  • greg84 Congrats man. Your promotion is well deserved.
    March 18 07:17 PM
  • Atari Thanks for the kind words man I definitely think u deserved it ;) I will just keep at it
    March 18 06:56 PM
  • andcas persistent and pretty under-appreciated force is a good way to put it lol
    March 18 06:45 PM
  • Gyromania ha! nice. you and i will get along just fine
    March 18 06:33 PM
  • andcas thumbs up
    March 18 06:16 PM
  • Gyromania generic congratulatory post
    March 18 01:11 PM
  • Omaha Hey dude! Pleasure to see you finally get the contributor tag. I added you as a friend on Facebook, and once you accept it I can add you to the FB Contributors' group. =]
    March 18 08:37 AM
  • NocteDominum Hey dude, I knew you wouuld get it one way or another a big congrats dude
    March 18 07:02 AM
  • breakingthefragile At long lost, you FINALLY got the promotion you have deserved for a long time. Took Staff long enough to promote you. Nevertheless, I am happy to finally welcome you to the contributor team where you belong.
    March 18 04:05 AM
  • Necrotica Glad to see you got promoted too, man! Cheers :3
    March 18 04:00 AM
  • Metalstyles I'll start thinking about it more thoroughly when I'm closer to finishing school, because my next 3 years at least are all planned out. Whether that is a good or a bad thing, I don't know yet, but that's life for you.
    March 9 04:46 AM
  • Metalstyles Haha, my father also tried to push me towards computer science or programming because that's where the big money is down here in Northern Europe, but since math is my least favorite subject of all, I passed on it of course and am currently studying Estonian and Finno-Ugric languages, with sights set on English for my master's course. I'm currently more interested in educating myself and gaining overall knowledge than building a foundation for my future.
    March 9 04:43 AM
  • SgtPepper Thank you, that's very kind of you. It's been a crazy couple of days, but hopefully we'll get by. Hope all is well on your end.
    March 8 11:20 PM
  • Metalstyles Haha, I believe you. How much do you like the profession of a teacher?
    March 8 04:49 PM
  • Metalstyles Thanks a bunch man, that means a lot coming from someone who I deem to be a better writer than myself (I definitely think you got robbed of the contrib position). I always look for ways to improve so that I could finally reach a point where it's not identifiable that I'm a non-native speaker/writer. Also, were you a teacher in real life or am I confusing you with someone else?
    March 8 02:13 PM
  • Metalstyles Oh and I asked about the "got" rule because I know British English and American English differ regarding its treatment. I do agree though, after taking a quick look at things, gotten is very much a valid, literary term. Anyway, thanks a lot for your help, it is very much appreciated and it'll come in handy when I proofread my next review (and when looking over the last paragraph of my RC review). As a non-native speaker I'm always looking for ways to improve my linguistic performance.
    March 8 12:58 AM
  • Metalstyles That was all clear as day, thanks a lot, man. The only thing that I won't change is the "band has" part because I've grown up with the knowledge that "band" can only be addressed as singular (that, and because people here at Sputnik have been really picky about how to treat "band", most of them leaning towards it being a singular unit). It's arguable, I know, and when a sentence reads too weirdly with "the band has" I'll change it to "have" as well, but at the moment I'll let it sit.
    March 8 12:50 AM
  • Metalstyles ...I have it in? 6. Why is relating/comparing a sound to an action in bad taste in your opinion? I'm asking because I've seen many reviewers do it (outside of Sputnik) and I personally am partial to such comparisons haha.
    March 7 01:03 PM
  • Metalstyles 3. both in the opening and last sentence of my first paragraph, I think that the "thats" you suggested are supplemental and that the sentences work without them as well. If there is a specific rule about that though, do introduce me to it. 4. I corrected it, but I've always been curious about this - isn't "gotten" kind of a colloquial term and does "got" really not work? I do think "gotten" sounds better as well, but pure interest here on my part. 5. Why doesn't "amidst" work in the sentence...
    March 7 12:54 PM
  • Metalstyles Okay, I edited the review (PS, I'll look over the last paragraph later as I'm real busy atm). I put most of you critique to good use, but I'll point out some things that I initially don't agree with, so we can figure things out together. 1. I have always been told that "band" as a unit can only go together with "has" and never with "have", that's why I didn't change it. 2. When it comes to titles, I think the "punctuation inside quotes" rule doesn't hold true (it should be an exception)...
    March 7 12:50 PM
  • Metalstyles Hey man, I wanted to say thanks for your crit. I must confess that I didn't quite agree with it 100%, but you raised some very valid points and I'll go and trim my review up a bit right away.
    March 7 12:24 PM
  • Omaha Yeah, I should just drop out of school now since I have this new degree! I'm currently studying Management after switching majors like 6 times (no exaggeration,) and am juggling schoolwork with a band I managed to secure a spot in a few weeks ago. My weekends are actually much more hectic than my weeks, because they involve a trip to Atlanta.
    March 7 10:09 AM
  • Omaha Sounds nice, man. I've realized lately that if you'e got high-quality friends, you'll pretty much be set in life. Where do you live?
    March 7 10:07 AM
  • Omaha What's Dr. Gerhart up to these days? In his non-Sputnik life?
    March 7 09:55 AM
  • EaglesBecomeVultures Hey man, if you have the time would you mind taking a peek at my first review? Pointers and suggestions would be much appreciated!
    February 26 10:37 AM
  • Jom Just keep doing what you're doing, honestly. Some of the staffers voted for you, some didn't. The contributors had you in their top list, so you missed by a narrow margin. Keep plugging away, try your hand at a new release, ask for it to be featured... and so on and so forth. The probationary period will be anywhere from... 4-6 weeks, maybe? April/May at the latest. It was just a numbers game this time out, so I encourage you to keep at it!
    February 24 09:36 PM
  • Trebor. Thanks man I totally don't deserve it. I'm going to work on my writing to help deserve it though
    February 24 05:27 PM
  • SgtPepper Yeah Black Widow deserves more credit than it got. They're live shows were insane (I never saw them), they did a bunch of fake satanic rituals and sacrifices.Veyr interesting prog band, especially for their time. I'm planning on reviewing Sacrifice someday as well. "In Ancient Days" is so ridiculously good.
    February 24 01:52 PM
  • Atari I guess but some of the people that were promoted haven't written nearly as many reviews as us. But yes we'll both keep at it and better luck next time!
    February 24 01:41 PM
  • Atari The promotions seem kind of wack man just keep at it and I'm sure people will start appreciating your reviews more.
    February 24 01:35 PM
  • SgtPepper You're a great writer, man, I'm pulling for you. And how did you like Black Widow? I've been meaning to review their discography myself.
    February 24 01:26 PM
  • SgtPepper Thanks, man. I too am shocked you didn't get it, as I was hoping you would. Like Omaha, I'll put in a good word as well.
    February 24 01:20 PM
  • Omaha The only thing I could think of is that you haven't reviewed a TON, but I mean, a lot of other people that got the tag have reviewed less. Idk man, but keep at it.
    February 24 12:57 PM
  • Omaha Thanks dude. I'm shocked you didn't get the contributor tag. Since I now have access to Olympus, though, I can always put in good word for you. In the meantime, I'm sure if you reviewed more, your name would come up more. I think the problem this time was that there were SO MANY good applicants
    February 24 12:50 PM
  • ashn0ted Hey man - would it be possible to get your email or Skype handle? Interested in chatting to you. All the best.
    February 24 10:42 AM
  • Keliohesten Alright sounds like good advice ill definetly put it to use on my next review. If I can ever help you out lemme know. Ill keep an eye out for your reviews if your doing any.
    February 22 10:26 PM
  • Keliohesten thanks again man. the conjures scenes of blizzards thing, it makes sense if your a die hard immortal fan. but i'll keep the fanboy stuff to a minimal from now on. thanks for being cool with me tho man i appreciate it
    February 22 04:56 PM
  • Keliohesten thanks for the critique on what i need to improve on. i was wondering if you'd take a look at my other review and give a little feedback on it. i didnt want to post it in the other thread cuz i thought they would all just bash on it.
    February 22 02:41 PM
  • Omaha I cannot push your name for contributor enough, man
    February 21 10:48 AM
  • LunaticSoul Yeah, absolutely. I was just pointing out that it's not that innovative. Try "Second Life Syndrome" by Riverside to get some polish prog at its finest, it's really a scene that deserves attention ;) (Votum, Gru amongst the band that I forgot to write). Indukti's "Idmen" and Proghma-C "Bar-do Travel" are amazingly original. The latter anticipated all this djent/groove fuss in 2009, still one of the best in the genre imho.
    February 20 05:37 PM
  • silentpotato your album is Black Widow-The Sacrifice
    February 20 01:58 AM
  • LunaticSoul bands*
    February 18 08:07 AM
  • LunaticSoul Now I get why you think Disperse's first album is that good: you have a evident lack of knowledge about polish prog (which clearly inspired their first effort). Riverside, Indukti, Division by Zero, Proghma-C.. Do not take it as an insult, rather as a constructive critic: before considering an album as "truly innovative", actually hearing the band that influenced them wouldn't be that bad.
    February 18 08:05 AM
  • mindleviticus well seeing as how you have 7% power metal in your pie chart, I can trust you
    February 10 06:13 PM
  • mindleviticus sup man what was that album that you wanted me to check out again? I lost all of my bookmarks :[
    February 8 10:34 PM
  • NocteDominum Saw your application dude, good luck looks solid.
    February 2 06:38 AM
  • Omaha I definitely will in the next few days. Your application looks great, man! You're one of the best writers here.
    February 1 02:26 PM
  • Trebor. oh damn never mind, someone actually responded in the proofread thread. I'll ask you again in the future if you don't mind
    January 9 01:59 PM
  • Trebor. I'm having trouble wording a sentence, can I run it by you?
    January 8 07:23 PM
  • Omaha I didn't know anybody else felt that strongly about it! I love the quirkiness. "Something Beautiful" is my personal favorite.
    November 25 05:01 PM
  • Omaha You also gave ORBS a 5. Hats off, sir!
    November 25 09:12 AM

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