steel druhmAs a grizzled veteran of the metal blogosphere (as both a reader and later, a writer and editor), I’ve seen my share of comment section trollery. Hell, I’ve even been known to take the odd troll stroll myself in my less mature and dignified days. Like many of you, I regularly patrolled sites like Blabbermouth and Metalsucks for news and reviews, as well as smaller sites like Metaltemple and Metalcrypt, and while many such sites have merit, they often seem a breeding ground for ad hominem attacks, juvenile name calling, mindless band and fan bashing and generalized insult throwing.

Since launching in 2009, AMG has somehow managed to avoid the kinds of trolling other sites get buried beneath. As we’ve grown in readership and stature, I expected that to eventually change and the floodgates to open up. But then a funny thing happened: the bigger we got, the more intelligent, thoughtful, and insightful our commenters became. Now, in our sixth year of existence, I regularly find myself impressed by the depth and quality of the discussions happening in our little comment section. Be it about the “Loudness Wars” and the continued assault on sound quality by today’s production techniques, or the direction a certain band or genre is heading, you can count on the AMG readers to offer intelligent and often thought-provoking commentary.

DontFeedTheTrolls2And while we certainly see our share of disagreement and conflicting views, the dialogue here has been almost entirely free of flaming, name calling and tough guy bravado. In its place, there’s a healthy dose of humor, good-natured ribbing and needling. In this day and age of anonymous cyber-hate and fast attack tweeting, that’s something rare and pretty damn amazing, isn’t it?

If you need proof of what I speak, look no further than the hyper-technical and informative discussion that surrounded the most recent Fallujah album and the controversial production job thereon. Even the album’s producer joined in to explain and patiently defend some of the band’s decisions on sound and mix, and the AMG readers engaged with him in a respectful and thoughtful way.

Other moments where the AMG readers showed their class included the article about Blake Judd’s ongoing struggles with addiction, and possibly my favorite; when our scribe Grymm opted to discuss his experience being a gay metalhead. While he was greeted with support and encouragement by the AMG masses, I cringe to think how that post would have been received on certain other metal sites.

Fat-Green-TrollThe point of this here comment, is to salute you, the AMG reader and commenter. I mean it from the core of my metal heart of steel when I say “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” But seriously, folks, you make the whole AMG experience something better than we the writers, editors and support staff could do on our own. You make it a community. And it takes a community to stop the scourge of trollery. And in honor of your collective efforts, we proudly proclaim you all, troll slayers supreme.

Kudos to all of you, and we at AMG look forward to many more years of your opinions, viewpoints and of course, your epic whining when Record(s) o’ the Month is ever so slightly tardy. Stay metal, my friends.

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  • De2013

    Epic! m/ Makes me feel proud to be part of the AMG experience.

  • Eddy Ferreira

    gracias señior steel!

  • Rob Nine

    Apparently the open-minded, intelligent writing style of AMG attracts a similar fan base. My only criticism of AMG is that you introduce me to more metal music than by budget will allow me to purchase. Darn you AMG! :-)

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      It’s really the least we can do. I was broke for years because of AMG. Then I became an AMG contributor and now I’m broke and broken…

      • Get back to work!

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          Broken by the Druhm, broken by the stick.

          • The Get Back to Work Stick!

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Last time I get you a The Get Back to Work Stick for your birthday. Worst. Backfire. Ever.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      ha yeah same, the last couple of months have been devastating!

    • RuySan

      Except when there’s a slightly negative review of a Judas Priest record.

      • Yeah, that was a bridge too far. Should’ve known better.

  • It is such a rare thing to find in our interwebs a comment section like AMG’s and the kind of person like you Steel, who would choose to acknowledge the good, (and praise it). It makes me feel proud to be a reader/ commenter here. So often must we read about the ugly trolls and how to stop or ignore them. Thanks for the shout out, and keep up the good work.

  • Merijn Kooijman

    Cool :D.

  • Angel R. Suarez

    Gymm’s gay?! I’ll never read any of his fanciful unicorn loving reviews again! Take your Queen and your leprechaun rainbows elsewhere!

    No, seriously. One trip to Metalsucks and you realize AMG is an oasis in a dessert of angry little keyboard warriors. Kudos gents.

    • Grymm

      My reviews definitely need more unicorns. What was I thinking?

      ;)

      • Monsterth Goatom

        … and unicorn art, though it’ll be tough to top Steel Druhm’s epic copy and paste effort from his review of Dwell’s Vermin and Ashes. Team Spirit! Keep up the great work, Grymm.

        • I have 20 equally great pieces of unihorn art all saved just awaiting victims.

          • You’re slacking… I haven’t seen any unihorn shaming in weeks… maybe even months. What’s with that?

          • We live in a world of rules, MX. No shaming unless the band refuses to give us band photos.

          • With great power comes greater responsibility!

      • JWG

        I’d also like to see more pegasuses… pegasi?

        Spellcheck won’t help me here, either way…

        • I think it’s pegasen. And duly noted.

          • Grymm

            Pegasi… or was it pegasae?

            It was used in Heroes of Might & Magic years ago. I miss playing that game. :(

        • Definitely pegasi, don’t listen to Druhm, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

      • Gonzalo Salazar

        Unicorns are way more metal than one would think…
        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3yYZa-70u_M

    • Óðhinn

      Haha. That was a great MetalSuck impersonation. Spot on. Although you forgot to call him a ‘Social Justice Warrior.’ That’s what they seem to call anyone with a brain on MetalSucks. It’s a universal term to undermine anyone with a more progressive view than yourself. Oh well, these ‘Social Justice Warriors’ (so-called) only exist in their imaginations anyway, so they’re kind of like unicorns. ;)

  • Iain Gleasure

    As a new commentator but someone who has read this blog for more then a year I have a question for you all. Coming from a love of power and folk, what is some good introductory death metal?

    and for the record I would only do this here as it has only caused flame wars everywhere else. Thank you.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Regardless of your background a safe bet to start on is Death. Give Leprosy a listen and if you like that you like death metal. Simple as that. Go to metal-archives.com and look at the Similar Artists and just explore away :)

    • Start at the beginning! Necrophagia – Season of the Dead. Repulsion – Horrified. Obituary – Slowly We Rot. Death – Scream Bloody Gore. Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness. If you like, keep going in their discographies. Just stop before the last Morbid Angel album.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      I lurked this blog for years and commented on rare occasions before writing for it (under a different name of course). Welcome from myself and everyone else here! Death metal can be a bit tough to get into, mainly because vocals won’t carry melodies, and will instead act as a rhythmic instrument.

      For introductions, it depends on what you want from death metal. I’d start with Celtic Frost (particularly Monotheist) if you want heavy stuff, because it’s quite catchy and a convenient gateway to death metal bands like Obituary, Coffins, and Asphyx. Deicide’s “The Stench of Redemption” is great too, as there’s tons of awesome solos and melodies to latch onto even if you don’t like the growling at first. Also check out Bolt Thrower, it’s really well-done and catchy stuff. The Crown’s “Deathrace King” is some of the most fun you can have with a death metal album, and it’s definitely worth checking out. That’s just my 2 cents, but happy hunting!

      • Excentric_1307

        On every site I visited, back when it was new, Monotheist got a big “meh” or worse. Personally, I think the album is genius, marking a dark allegory of the fits and spasms of a dying god (interpreted as Celtic Frost themselves) rebelling against the inevitability of demise (and I believe the members knew that Monotheist would be the final chapter).

        As a longtime fan, I would suggest Hypocrisy’s Virus or The Final Chapter.

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          Virus is brilliant, one of if not my favorite Hypocrisy records. I never really looked up reviews on Monotheist, I just listened to it and loved almost every minute of it. “Ain Elohim” is still one of the heaviest things I’ve ever heard, and “Os Abysmi vel Daath” is brilliant in composition but was fully realized by Asphyx. The album does have that aura of dread though, and “A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh” really drove it home; this is a fallible band, regardless of their legacy and lasting influence.

          • Dr. A.N. Grier

            Hypocrisy is awesome. One of my favorite bands. And I still come back to Celtic Frost’s Monotheist monthly.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          I love Final Chapter more, but I think Hypocrisy ‘Hypocrisy’ might be better…
          Though a doubling up with ‘Abducted’ and ‘Final Chapter’ could work as a great intro to DM.
          I wouldn’t have immediately thought of Hypocrisy in response to Iain’s question but yeah good call

        • Óðhinn

          Really? Monotheist is great.

      • Óðhinn

        I was just listening to The Stench of Redemption today. What a great album.

    • Welcome to the untroll show! I agree with most of the other suggestions, but would add The first 2 Entombed albums as well, and Like an Ever flowing Stream by Dismember.

      • Excentric_1307

        Dammit, yes!

      • I’d like to add Consuming Impulse by Pestilence and From Beyond by Massacre.

    • Wilhelm

      There’s nothing like 90’s death metal, some of my favs are Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness, Death – Human, At the gates – The red in the Sky is ours, Entombed – Left hand Path, Dissection – the Somberlain and Desultory – Into Eternity.

      • Óðhinn

        I agree with that.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      Tuff question!
      I suggest starting with some recently released DM records and work your way back to Altars of Madness.
      Of the DM released recently, I would recommend in no particular order… Horrendous’s Ecydsis. Artificial Brain’s self titled and Gorguts’s Coloured Sands.
      otherwise I suggest
      Listen to Death ‘Sound of Perseverance’, then Altars of Madness and finally Carcass’s Heartwork,
      That should lead to a bright (dark) future of musical discovery and appreciation!

      • FutureBeyondSatan

        Still on that horrendous bandwagon, huh?

        I gotta recommend Septicflesh, a little Vader, plus a smidge of Behemoth!

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          Yea tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death metal I shall not fear as, Horrendous is my totally awesome soundtrack…
          you’ll get there FBS…you’ll get there :)

    • Grymm

      Amorphis – Tales From the Thousand Lakes.

      Seriously good album!

      • Wilhelm

        More doom and prog than death, “The Karelian Isthmus” is Death Metal, Although Tales is my favorite of the two.

    • Martin Knap

      You can not go wrong with Autopsy and anything that is old and Swedish.

    • Hulksteraus

      I guess it really depends on what you would class death metal as… and whether you want to start with the Americas or Europe, and then also which decade – 80’s, 90’s or 000s… But for my mind anything of the early albums from the below would probably be a good start:

      Death
      Morbid Angel
      Dark Tranquility
      At the Gates
      Opeth
      Entombed
      Carcass

    • Jeff Kent

      I grew up on 80s metal…Maiden, Priest, Queensryche…and it was hard for me to get past some of the death metal vocals also. The album that did it for me was Opeth’s Blackwater Park. I was sold from the second Mikael opened his mouth. Most DM vocals (and BM vocals for that matter) sound too cartoonish to me, but Mikael’s sounded like they were more sincere somehow.

    • FutureBeyondSatan

      Can’t go wrong with Torture Division!

    • Kronos

      I got into DM trough the melodeath side, started with Dark Tranquillity, Amon Amarth, old Inf Flames. Melodeath might be easy for you to get into considering your background. I’d listen to Amon Amarth’s “With Odin on our Side”

    • Iain Gleasure

      Thanks again to everyone who gave suggestions!

      Now I just need to crawl to a dark hole and avoid my schoolwork for several days while I go through them all. :)

    • Óðhinn

      Carcass: Heartwork

      Pretty much anything by Amon Amarth. They are Death Metal but also a lot of fun. ‘With Oden on our Side’is a great album.

  • T.A.R.

    I’ve followed this blog over the past few years. Without a doubt my favourite and most visited.

    Numerous artists have been added to my back catalogue thanks to AMG.

    Long may it continue m/

  • Refined-Iron Cranium

    Well of course, those filthy plebeians that inhabit those lesser blogs couldn’t possibly fathom the depth and complexity of Angry Metal Guy’s reviews and other posts. Our intelligence and class has scared those troll-brained creatures away, thank goodness.

    *gets off high horse*

    Seriously though, I love commenting on this site. Apart from getting excellent reviews for metal albums and thought-provoking posts related to the subject, it’s always nice to come to the comment section and see some familiar avatars in some decent banter. This community is awesome :D

  • Monsterth Goatom

    There’s so much hate and anger on the ‘net already, that’s it’s good to know there’s this oasis of metal brothers and sisters sharing thoughtful opnions and… oh Hell, Druhm already said it better than I could.

    Thanks Druhm. I don’t know what I would do without this site, which has steered me towards such great music over the years.

    Long may AMG run, and hello to all fellow commenters! Group Hug!

  • Piet

    I visit AMG daily and while I mostly don’t comment I love reading the discussions as much as the review itself. Nice LOTR reference btw :D

  • André Snyde Lopes

    I love this website especially the meta-musical discussions. Talking composition and whatnot is great and it’s the reason people come to review sites (aside from numerical scores, top ten lists and their daily dose of confirmation bias haha) but all the talk about production, format, the metal community in general is fascinating to me. The writers engage with the commenters and even some industry people and musicians pop up sometimes which I don’t see happening much on other websites.

    Memes like the spheres, Jorn and ROTM’s only add to the enjoyment of visiting this place as well as little things like the ever-changing look of the website, which keeps the experience fresh.

    On the festering troll-infested dungeon that is the internet, Angry Metal Guy stands firmly as a (paradoxically) docile and positive platform where smart, well-informed, educated people come to learn and share their passion. What more could a guy ask for, really?

    …aside from timely Record(s) o’ the Month posts, of course ;)

    • Thatguy

      ….and a review of the new Enslaved:)

      • Patience!

      • Oh, you’ll get your review, alright. You’ll get so much review you’ll wish you’d never lived!

        • Thatguy

          Now I am afraid

          The thing is – I’ve already got it and I already love it and nothing you can do can change my mind…..

          But I look forward to the intellectual stimulation that the review will provoke, and I look forward to arguing about the sound with the vinyl zealots

          • At this point, if I’m going to be honest, my review is pretty much just angry.

        • Monsterth Goatom

          Thank you, sir, may I have another!

    • I have actually considered registering “Amiable Metal Guy” because I feel like it might actually be more fitting. I think people really expect me to be crankier than I actually am.

  • Well I for one am thankful to have a place to shoot the breeze with similar minded people in a drama free fashion, our fearless leaders leading by example, and a smart and mature community to engage with every other day, so please, many thanks to you guys for giving us AMG dot com to play around, may it long live until every Satan possessed hamster powering the server rebel against its oppressors.

  • Lasse Momme

    well shit, you just made cry. thanks a lot, asshole.

  • Thatguy

    Thanks SD

    Passion does not equal hate

    Metal does not equal arsehole

    The readers here prove it

    I commonly disagree with reviewers and commentators. That’s cool. AMG is still the best metal site

  • Jeff Kent

    awwwww shucks

  • RuySan

    we’re the best around
    nothing’s gonna ever keep us down

    • Grymm

      *CRANE KICK*

      *SHOWS YOU “WAX ON, WAX OFF”*

      • RuySan

        Come on, make a move!

  • gustman17

    The quality of the writing seems to work as a ´troll filter: this is not a site you can just peruse until you see the word “Megadeth” and the click and go to complain about Mustaine’s existence: you actually need to put some effort in the reading to enjoy the site; so it’s a fortunate that it never deviates into some kind of elitist circle-jerking, and the writing is actually easy to follow but thought provoking enough, in that it often raises questions and problems about the albums, rather than just degenerate into a parade of compliments and complaints.

    Of course we could indulge into the psychology and sociology of the metal culture and internet communities all day. I don’t really know because this is one of the few sites in which I (seldom) comment, but after a few years of lurking it seems only logical that the kind of criticism this site offers would give way to a reciprocal community of commenters.

    Either that or a pythagorical sacrifice in the name of the Spheres.
    Great job anyway!

    • Comment more, you slack master!

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Hodor!

      • gustman17

        Yes, sir; I’ll be preparing my body and mind to comment the next Wintersun review!

        • You mean after they crowdfund themselves a new house, studio, spa and gym?

          • nunka

            I sincerely hope Jari gets the spa he’s always wanted. Guy deserves a break.

          • FutureBeyondSatan

            Easy! Jari needs a new Sauna, too.

    • Kryopsis

      I’m only upvoting this post because when I pressed CTRL+F and typed ‘Megadeth’, it’s the only result that appeared.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      You should definitely comment more sir, well said!

    • De2013

      ” elitist circle-jerking”

      Shouldn’t we just try this, for once?

    • I’ve tried to get an elitist circle jerk going for years, but unfortunately I’m just sitting here alone. :'(

  • Tentacles

    Why is the AMG comment section not full of trolls and flaming like other metal sites? Simple. You reap what you sow.

    This blog is awesome and I know I am not alone in being truly grateful to all the staff who give their time and talent to make it happen.

    • I always assumed it was because no one was reading. Turns out it’s because Druhm wields a mighty banhammer in his free time!

      • Tentacles

        Druhm’s Banhammer of Supreme Troll Slaying +5!

        Extra damage if you listen to Visigoth whilst weilding.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          And if you’re listening to White Wizzard, it smashes your brains in.

  • JWG

    It’s impossible not to see that AMG and staff respect the community that the “web 2.0″/3.0 aspect fosters.

    I don’t comment as much as I do on another blog with a similar (also unwritten but deliberately foundational) philosophy of also-via-Disqus community engagement. But when I do, I am quite certain that anything I post will be read, considered, occasionally responded to in affirmation or negation, but never disrespected.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    I think it is because this website treats metal as a form of music, rater than an advertising stint in hopes of increasing personal, monetary gains. No articles with titles such as ‘Watch This Awesome BABYMETAL Performance!’, just pure reviews and the most informative of information relating to practically all things music, metal or not. The fact that you could even make a post such as this, Druhm, is an award in itself.

    I just clapped in front of my screen in commemoration to AMG, the AMG crew, and the users who comment here. In return I garnered a view odd looks from some fellow humans in the library. Write on, legends!

  • sui

    My first comment here was on ill nino’s Epidemia review, and I was really upset about the criticisms it received. Now I constantly visit here for new music. How time changed. Here’s to another six years.

  • Wilhelm

    I’ve always enjoyed the more intelligent, understanding side of metal. Even the disagreements on the site don’t degrade into name calling or slander – plus it’s the only site that gives a DR rating and discusses the issue frequently, that is too much brain processing for the other site’s members =).

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Thanks SD!
    AMGs Moonsorrow VKKM review was when i first stumbled across AMG. Subsequently VKKM became one of my all-time favourite albums and AMG my most trusted source of music criticism and forum for discussion. AMG truly is one of a handful of places where it’s worth both commenting and where the commentary is worth engaging with…Hails to you all…if any of you are ever in Aus let me know, my shout!

    So, I’m now going to try harder to not comment after too many ‘shandies’… Ive definitely had a few head desk “is that the clever thing I thought I wrote last night” moments…so sorry for all for those!

    Oh yeah just a reminder Enslaved review and just because you’ve been nice doesn’t mean the RotM is allowed to be late…:)

    • The Record o’ the Month is never late. Nor does it arrive early. It arrives precisely when it intends to.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        I can see you guys have been listening to too much Blind Guardian.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        And commenting on its absence only makes it surly and retreat back into its hole.

        • At this point, I have started intentionally delaying it just to troll you whiny fuckers.

  • Stuart Wellington

    Regular lurker, irregular poster. I usually agree with the reviews (even when I don’t wanna). Woulda liked to see some words on the recent StarGazer, but whatevs. Keep it up.
    And you angry commenter guys are cool too.

  • I completely agree! I am 36 and am no rookie when it comes to Internet and internet-like forums. I first got into online services back when you had to use dial up modems to dial local BBSs and chat with people on a very primitive version of what would later become forums. In the early 00s, I moderated a car performance board that had a local chapter with a bunch of guys that I became close with and would regularly hang out with. As the years went on, I grew more and more tired with the trolling and other tomfoolery in forums and social media. Perhaps its my age growing less and less tolerant of idiotic behavior, perhaps its the dumbing down of society. In any case, I rarely participate in forums or comments sections because I just dont enjoy it, with the exception of this place. I like to dish out a little bit of playful banter as much as anyone, but I love that the people here (editors and visitors) all share a similar sense of humor, we may not all agree on things like how awesome the newest NeO is, but I bet if any of us were to walk into a bar together, there would be no shortage of good times and flowing libations! :) So heres a toast to you all (you’ll all just have to use your imaginations and picture me sitting here raising a glass of Rebel IPA)! Cheers! :)

    • We should organize regional AMG pub crawls.

      • Hulksteraus

        I suspect there are not enough AMG followers in Brisbane (Straya, not Brisbane, California…) for a decent pub crawl… But happy to be proven wrong :)

        • Could be challenging. A New York crawl however…totally feasible!

          • I’m there, let me know.

          • Hulksteraus

            Can’t afford a trip to NY, you guys sent me broke with all the awesome music that you have pointed me pointedly towards. The Aussie Dollar is also now below the US dollar again (after briefly being worth more than the greenback for a few years…) so I can no longer lord it over the US with cheap flights and cheap electronics and cheap music.

        • Matt Vogt

          One more for Brisvegas. Though, if you organize a crawl I’m likely to be three days late.

      • Monsterth Goatom

        In the meantime, I raise a virtual glass to you.

        • Óðhinn

          I’m drunk right now.

          Not really.

  • Martin Knap

    Yes, you guys are the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of metal, but seriously, who of you guys doesn’t need to look at Daily Mail form time to time: pornstars wearing band shirts, shit that Varg Vikernes says (like that white people are Neanderthals and tips on improving your race), balding rockstars, anything related to fashion …?

  • Bogdan Focsaneanu

    Are there any other good reviews sites like this one ?

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      I enjoy Metal Pigeon’s work. He puts a lot of thought into his pieces, I often find myself holding a different position on some releases but his reviews are always well put and reasoned…but as they say personal tastes are like…
      Metal Fi which you may know from their collaboration with AMG is a top shelf site too

      • Óðhinn

        Yeah, he writes great reviews. I just happen to have different tastes than the Pigeon. He really loves Power Metal, and I don’t. It’s one of the few genres that I can’t seem to enjoy.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          Power metal was not something I ever really used to give any time to. Over the last few years I’ve really come to appreciate it at it’s best. This has been helped along by writers like metal pigeon and AMG, who can give critical context and insight. As a genre, I find the exuberance, technical expertise and unashamed story telling that happens in PM something to be admired and enjoyed.
          General i’m way less uptight about music than I used be. These days I say, hats of to anyone who dares to put their heart on their sleeve and give it all to being part of pushing the art they love forward. Not many have the guts, skill, patience and willingness to sacrifice to do so..

          • Óðhinn

            Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you have an open mind and that’s led to music you enjoy.

            Power Metal seemed to have developed outside of my general purview, in Europe, at least after the 1980s. Of course, we all listened to Dio and Iron Maiden growing up. And I was a big Fates Warning fan too. Helloween and Manowar were too much for me, even back then. But I guess I never really associated those bands with the term Power Metal. Before Thrash Metal we didn’t parse so much about genres. But when Thrash Metal was introduced, I don’t think I stopped to look back at Power Metal either.

            The newer Power Metal bands seem much more over-the-top to me, but perhaps that’s just my perspective. Part of my problem is the clean vocals. I get picky about clean vocals. Dirty vocals, if I don’t like them at first, I tend to get used to them. But I don’t experience the same thing with clean vocals. I don’t rule out finding something that I like though, but it feels a bit alien to me at this point in time.

    • No Clean Singing is good, as is Heavy Blog is Heavy. Metal Pigeon as well.

      • Kronos

        NCS and Heavyblog are where you should go if you want news on metal.

      • AndySynn

        NoCleanSinging are awful people though. Just terrible human beings.

        • Yeah, those guys are the worst. Also hypocrites, since there’s all sorts of clean singing on their website. Almost as silly as me being called “Angry Metal Guy” when I’m obviously such a peaceful guy.

    • Lastrites is the only other one I visit regularly.

  • Francesco Bordoni

    Intelligent, thoughtful, and insightful uh? Well it’s time to change that. POOPY POOP

    • Francesco Bordoni

      On a more serious note: I began following this blog at 16-17 y.o., now I’m 21 – you guys CAN’T imagine how much your reviews widened up my musical horizons. Both through bands reviewed directly and through the always appropriate and tasteful names-dropping contained in them, I discovered more than 70% of the bands and artists I listen to today and love. I was gonna do a list, but that would take too much time; I’ll just say this, instead: thank you for what you do, and for how you do it. I’m very proud of being a part of this community.

    • This was an entirely reasonable and appropriate response to what is otherwise turning into a sickening love-in. This isn’t a metal site anymore, it’s a bunch of dirty fucking hippies!

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Like, chill brother, and tune in to the vibe of the cosmic oneness.

        • Francesco Bordoni

          Our hovercraft is definitely full of eels.

  • Rob

    I don’t read many review sites at all, but this one is a daily visit. The reviews are always brutally honest, but more importantly, the others that frequent and comment on this site are always mature and insightful and it really does make all the difference in the world. There’s a stigma of being a “metalhead” and being an elitist prick, but that’s worlds away from being actually knowledgeable about the topics you’re passionate about and I take pride in being in the latter camp. AMG and its patrons, I feel, makes that point all the more viable. Keep it metal and real, my friends, for as long as you can.

  • Flämmer

    Come at me, Broseph!

    Am I doing it right?

  • lacsativ

    I especially like the fact that there are always familiar faces in the comments section. I got to know you guys pretty well.

  • While I am in full agreement with this post, I worry that Druhm has now jinxed it and we’re all fucking doomed.

    So, thanks guys and gals in our comment-field: we’ll definitely look upon this as the lost golden age once other, less-reputable metal sites start sending over their mindless armies of trolls.

    • The Ban Hammer™ awaits….

    • Martin Knap

      my first thought after reading the post :-)

    • Monsterth Goatom

      I wouldn’t worry about that. Flies only like shit.

    • Alexandre Barata

      Well, the comment section has been going down since the day I 1st joined, so it’s a work in progress!!

      • Really? I thought it’s been pretty consistent, actually.

        • Alexandre Barata

          Touché

  • Jukka Alanen

    You guys definitely get what you deserve in the form of us great commenters. The only problem I see is that when you have to read both the review and also all the comments, it takes a lot of time. :)

  • metalwithay

    This is the only site where I actually go through the comments to see what other people have to say about a given album. Any other site the only thing comments are good for are some cringe worthy entertainment. Hopefully this never changes. I’ve been a reader here since way back in 09 when I found your review of Megadeth’s Endgame and it’s been a privilege to see the site grow and continue to be a wonderful place to learn about new music.

  • Wizeguy

    As the asthmatic man in Florida said: “The climate here just does me good.” How’s that for a meta comment!

  • DrChocolate

    Late to the party as usual, but as someone who’s read this site for about 4-5 years and actually started commenting about 2-3 years ago I have nothing to add to this conversation, yet, I feel the need to say ditto, I agree, and amen to every comment here. That’s all. Keep up the good work everyone.

  • brutal_sushi

    I check this site everyday for two reasons. Almost 99% of the time I whole heartedly agree with the reviews and scores here (the 1% being Z2 is brilliant). The other is the conversations after each review and post. Everyone in here LOVES metal. We its not a bashing contest. I don’t feel the need to second guess typing “You know, the new Dragonforce is actually a kick ass record.” I can look forward to some agreeing or some not. Their is always a discussion here, never an argument. Stay kick ass my metal friends.

  • A friend of mine visited Blastfest (Metal festival in Bergen, Norway) recently. When asked how it was, a part of his reply was that “it was pretty much the same crowd as on the first Hole in the Sky festival back in 2000. Only now the average age of the participants were 15 years older”.
    I might be wrong, but it seems to me that this applies to the scene in general, at lest to a certain extent.

    Perhaps age has got something to do with behavior on a page that focuses on quality rather than nu-metal.

    Or maybe it is just the milieu that encourages this conduct.

    Or perhaps gustman17 and Rob hit the nail on the head with “mature and insightful” working as a “troll filter”.

    Ii might be a combination as well.

    Nevertheless, it is highly appreciated to read “mature and insightful” material both in reviews and in comments!

  • sir_c

    Maybe cos AMG behaves like the primus inter pares that attracts all those honest, intelligent, witty and downright goodlooking people.

    Or maybe it’s the good vibes radiating from all those orbs on the site, turning horrendous trolls into thoughtful… naah… there’s not even enough orbs in a revolving marble factory.

  • Just to echo, I think the well thought out and well written reviews lead to a better audience. You can tell that everyone here holds themselves to a high standard and really cares about metal.

  • Óðhinn

    I have to agree. Comments sections on the many different Metal websites seem to take on their own characteristics. The Angry Metal Guy crowd appears to be among the friendliest. It’s a knowledgeable group too. I think a lot of it has to do with the content too. Angry Metal Guy sticks mostly to the music, and that sets the tone for debate. I’ve spent a fair amount of time on MetalSucks, but they obviously want the clicks, and post stories that are purposely contentious. They rarely review an album, and on some days, I question whether they even like Metal music. I have to admit that, while I’m a Metal fan, the anti-gay sentiments I find in many comments sections make me question whether I fit in with this crowd. I grew up with Metal as my main passion in my teenage years, and became more political and liberal in my twenties (the 1990s) at the same time Metal was in a slump and I was less enamored with the music. However, some really great metal music (Opeth, Enslaved, Converge, BTBAM, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Neurosis, Nile, Mastodon, Agalloch, Napalm Death….) in the new millennia drew me back to the music with a new passion. I also felt like the fan base had expanded and a person no longer needed to be an ignorant ass in order the be a Metal fan. Recently though, after spending too much time on certain websites where groups of homophobes, zealots, and tin-foil hat enthusiasts all band together to attack anyone with a different point of view, I’m starting to grow tired of Metal fans. The lack of empathy is overwhelming at times. Maybe I’m different because I grew up in liberal urban center and maybe I’m on the wrong websites, but I see no need for the persecution of atheists, liberals, the LGBT community, and supposed hipsters in 2015. You guys don’t seem like that, and that’s good. Just my two cents. Anyway, I tend to ramble on, and I should be writing something else right now. Good article Mr. Druhm.

  • Matt Vogt

    I used to really enjoy the comments section at Invisible Oranges, which was always more snarky than here, but tended to be very productive in terms of enlightening discussion. Unfortunately, from a strong position it slowly degraded to a point where thoughtful discussion became rather unlikely, and generally occurs in defiance of the surrounding negativity.

    I’m sure others could give a better summation of what happened at IO, but I think two major factors were involved: a) IO often posted about metal culture, and other topics somewhat removed from direct discussion of specific musical recordings; and b) IO got a reputation as a place where a more high-brow form of metal discussion would occur.

    The second factor resulted in lots of posters turning up at IO, not much liking what they saw, and sounding off about it. And the first factor gave them plenty of scope to read something they disagreed with and jump directly to the comments.

    AMG avoids this latter problem, by focusing almost exclusively on album reviews. I suspect this is a key factor in maintaining the quality of commentariat, as it provides a reasonable barrier to entry to some portion of undesirable commentators. The fact that the reviews are well-written and reasonably consistent is also helpful. I think this results in a mindset where a reader is compelled to put their own thoughts into order before writing, which probably suppresses a lot of the off-hand, destructive comments you might otherwise get.

    That said, I think entropy dictates that increasing popularity will inevitably be to the detriment of the comments section. Enjoy the golden age :)

  • I am getting Quite Late to the party, but AMG has been truly an inspiration for me. You see, it is not only that this is one of the best places for reviews, and one of the most amazing and mature communities out there, but it is also one of the most diverse.

    There is people from across the five continents and despite the differences in culture, language and whatever else that separates us as humans, it brings us together as Metal Heads (for lack of a better term)

    Take me for instance, I am from South America, I speak mainly spanish and I live in a land ravaged by mediocrity and what not. Metal here is a rare thing. Yet I have found a couple of people down here that reads AMG. It is refreshing. (why do I say down here? There is no down or up in the planet, I mean there is but.. well you get the idea)

    Anyways, I want to thank you, editors for taking the time to share your reviews and shenanigans with us.

    For the commenters, Well, the cake is a lie and bring the pizza. You are paying.