Alright, in our quest to produce the best heavy metal website/blog/thing on the Interwebs, one thing has been happening that I am not pleased about. We get hundreds of promos every month over here, and most of them are from signed bands’ labels. But on the other hand, we also get demos galore and we rarely ever even get to them. This is my fault, and I apologize to all the bands and DIY types who are working their asses off and not getting any fucking love because the system is geared against them. That is shitty and it’s stupid, and I’ve got an idea for how I’m going to fix it.

What I need is someone who feels passionately about the underground, who doesn’t run his or her own label or promotional endeavor (i.e., has no conflicts of interest) and is a bit of a musical omnivore to head up our “unsigned bands” division. Heavy metal is all about the underground and we here at Angry Metal Guy have done a piss poor job of dealing with that fact. Writing consistently and on a schedule (to the best of your ability) is a must. A knowledge of WordPress is helpful. Competence in English is also necessary.

A Note to Unsigned Bands: Chicks and dudes in unsigned bands. We understand that you work your asses off promoting your material. We are aware that you probably paid for it yourself and that your shit getting ignored is probably fucking infuriating and frustrating and that you need and want reviews. Remember, however, that reviewing unsigned bands actually gives very little back to the blogs and magazines that do it. Most people don’t care. Your names aren’t big (hence, unsigned) and therefore do not draw hits to our website, and no one wants to read interviews with you. Functionally, we bite a bullet when we do it.

But I, Angry Metal Guy, want to help you get your names out. I have also been in bands and I know how much it sucks to get ignored. But be patient with us, because right now I’m the only person who reads your e-mails and I have dozens to over a hundred promos every month. I want to fix this. And hopefully someone else feels the same way.

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  • Zadion

    I happen to have a passion for underground metal, and am also quite a grammar nazi…. But unfortunately, I know very little about WordPress. If anyone ever needs recommendations, I have a ton of them.

    • Anonymous

      It’s super easy to learn IMO

    • If I can learn it, anyone can.

      • Zadion

        Well then, I’ll go ahead and throw my email out there like the rest of them.

        [email protected]:disqus .com

        I actively check out albums just to form my own kind of self-review anyway, so I have no problem with checking out whatever ya guys get… and whatever I can find myself.
        Like Gemma, though, pretty much all my new music comes from you guys anymore. Thanks for that btw.

        • Zadion

          lol Wtf did Disqus do to my email?

          Insert an @ there between scar and hotmail.

  • jhjalmerlind

    I’m interested.  I have a master’s degree in English and a bit of WordPress experience.  My metal tastes lean more toward power metal, progressive metal, and 80’s-style thrash, but anything done with verve and ingenuity sparks my interest.  [email protected]

  • jhjalmerlind

    I’m interested.  I have a master’s degree in English and a bit of WordPress experience.  My metal tastes lean more toward power metal, progressive metal, and 80’s-style thrash, but anything done with verve and ingenuity sparks my interest.  [email protected]

  • I am definitely interested in doing this. I just need to be sure of the schedule first in order to know if I can actually manage it. 

    I read this blog daily and I have gotten to know some incredible music through it. I read the post from a few days ago and I understand that putting out all this content at a consistent quality requires a lot of effort so I would be interested in helping out. I have a great interest in music, I can write well, and I have some experience with WordPress. My only concern is being able to meet the schedule. But please let me know what an ideal schedule would be so I can see whether I can do it or not; I don’t want to commit and then not be able to meet the requirements.

    You can contact me at: [email protected]

  • Pick me! Pick me!
    Like everyone else, I found Angry Metal Guy by
    googling “Amorphis.” After years away from metal, (musical omnivore, check)
    Amorphis drew me back in. They led me to you, and you led me to many more amazing bands I can’t believe I missed. I am not going to miss out on another
    generation of great bands. I don’t have any great underground stories yet (at
    least not any current ones) because all the bands I listen to now, I found on
    Angry Metal Guy. If you can’t review the underground demos, send’em to me and I’ll
    do it myself.

    But if you’re getting a hundred every month, maybe you’ll
    need a couple of us – I do have a day job – as a writer. What
    I write is not relevant to music in any way (no conflict of interest) and requires
    me to keep my opinions to myself. But, it requires me to write consistently and
    on a schedule in competent English. I have blogged, but in Blogger. Give me the
    chance to pick up WordPress and I’ll buy you a beer.  So will all my friends. I will make them.

    Email: [email protected]

  • OzanCan

    I like to help out AMG! I think I can handle the job although I don’t have any experience on WordPress. Is that a problem?
    Thanx

    Email: [email protected]

  • Anonymous

    I add a lot of unsigned / DIY bands to the Metal Bandcamp blog. (only bands with a Bandcamp page obviously). I would say that some of them are worthy of a mention on AMG.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been a fan of your site for a while now and I’d definitely be interested in an opportunity to help out underground talent. I definitely meet the “Musical omnivore” requirement, I’ll listen to any metal if it’s good and often delve into other genres. I’m a native English speaker and have done some writing using WordPress in the past, so that won’t be a problem either. As for the schedule, I don’t imagine it’ll get in the way but if I could get a better idea of it that’d be great.

    Thanks for at least considering it, if nothing else.

    email: [email protected]

  • Diego Gnecco

    I would certainly love to help you guys! 
    I have been reading this site for a while, and I would certainly love to check on unsigned bands, as it has become a hobby of mine to search for new metal wherever I  may find it. I don’t know my way around WordPress, but I’m sure I would love to do learn about it.

    email: [email protected]

  • Seems you may have an answer, hand the unsigned demos out to lots of different people like so many sweets and see what happens.  Might not be ideal but at least someone will be writing about all these bands that need attention.
    I would certainly help you out with a few reviews if you want some help. 

    Not used wordpress specifically but have used plenty of other web content packages, and my metal experience goes back to around the mid eighties (first concert was Slayer on their Reign in Blood tour.. a friend dragged me along.  Needless to say it was a bit different to the rap music i’d previously been listening to but I was hooked from then on… at least once my ears had stopped bleeding).

    However I am a bit grumpy and do expect new bands to be trying to do something different.  It’s an overcrowded market and people trying to break through must bring something new to the party.  Or they will be pelted with cold, stale pies.
    [email protected]

  • Awww! This is great, just the thing I am looking for. Seriously, it always excites me to discover fresh unappreciated bands and start to follow them like a stalker. A huge treasure lies there. So if you do need help, I am available.

    mail: [email protected]

  • Hey Angry, any news on this? Wut happenz