Thursday, October 2, 2014

Todays update for Unleashing Vengeance....



Here's today's update for unleashing vengeance. In it I talk about writing music for the New Caustic Euphony cd, and what's new on soundcloud.





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Official review of Soundcloud.com (the best mp3 upload site so far for me)

After trying dozens of dozens of alternatives to reverbnation (which Unleashing Vengeance was sucking on), and getting no plays, I decided to try soundcloud. Turns out it was the best choice I would ever make for the band, in terms of exposure, ever, period. And It would not really pay off till much later. First, lets get into the good things about soundcloud first.

The number 1 advantage to soundcloud is that there are tons of people there as listeners who will give you feedback on the quality of your bands music. At no other site has this even happened, to us. No other site offers this. Other sites, including reverbnation, have only artists as fans and they never gave me any feedback at all, in comments, or anything else. The comments are almost never obnoxious, a huge problem with sites like twitter and youtube comments. That is a huge relief. After uploading some unleashing vengeance and caustic euphony songs at soundcloud, I expected mostly negative comments. I didn't get that at all. I got tons of positive comments and only 1 negative one so far, and that one is plain stupid.

Another huge advantage is the fact that there are no charts. This gives no artists any reason to cheat to get to number 1. Many other artists get tons of plays at other sites, and they still do here, but it won't do shit here, because your band can't be ranked higher then other artists by doing this, thus promoting your self in the process.  There is less incentive to cheat here because chart rating on other sites is a huge indicator of how good your band is doing. There is no such thing here so everyone is mostly, on fair ground here.

Another great feature of soundcloud, is how easy it is to use. Few other mp3 upload sites are as easy to use. It's pathetically easy to upload a song. Deleting is a one click process. No extra nonsense involved. It takes 5 steps to delete a song on reverbnation, it is much easier here. There are premium accounts here, but there is little advantage to getting one because the only difference is improved stats and maybe some promotion features. Other sites give you a lot of things that cannot be done with free accounts, soundcloud does not. But that leads to one of the biggest problems with soundcloud besides the number 1 problem : there is limited space there to upload music.

On soundcloud, there is an 180 minute limit to free accounts.  For most artists/bands this should suffice. But I found it difficult, because my bands have written so many songs that I had to delete songs regularly  to get more on the site. It is is major inconvenience on soundcloud. I can only upload around 10% Of our bands stuff due to this.

Another huge problem with soundcloud is that you have to memorize your password there, because 3 failed attempts to log in gives you a captcha, a prompt to enter in a number, which till recently was hard to read on purpose, even if you get the password right on the third attempt. The captchas, until recently, were so annoying because you couldn't even tell what was printed on the captchas at all, it was literally obscured so horribly that finding one that you could read clearly was close to impossible. I had to guess most of the time. The captchas are unnecessary and stupid, and are a big pain in the ass here. I have 3 passwords I use for my web accounts (email, blog hosting, youtube, soundcloud, etc) and I often forget which one is for which account. I often also forget usernames. I have too many to memorise. Soundcloud is a bitch in the way it gives you captchas. Captchas are incredibly annoying and punish the user for typing in the wrong password. It's pathetic. In no other site does captchas get used for failed logins like this and they need to get rid of this because it's a pain in the ass, plainly put.

Another huge flaw is the fact that your song you recently uploaded doesn't stay at the top of the stream for long. Songs are uploaded so often that it's likely your bands will not be on the same page the next minute. And that means that competing with people who get 1000's of plays here is impossible because yours isn't even visible for other fans to see unless they get lucky and catch it when it's uploaded. This is especially egregious when you deal with people who share your music and others on their pages. One minute yours visible at the top of the page, by the next is so far down the page, no one will see it! This needs to be fixed, the maximum posts per day must be limited severely to make it fair. I say no more than 5 posts per day by a user, is a necessary limit.

Another problem is the lack of plays from the fanbase. The fan base might give you good comments but isn't interested in listening to your songs more then a certain amount. They are not loyal enough. You get fans who refuse to listen to new songs when they are posted. This is a problem. Other artists don't have this problem, but many are cheating.

But the biggest flaw with soundcloud, has to be the fact that playcount inflation is happening there, and soundcloud refuses to do anything about it. It's a necessary evil we soundcloud artists have to live with. We know other bands will get thousands of plays per day, and nothing will be done about it. Many of these bands use services like "cloud inflator" or similar to give them thousands of fake plays. On myspace music this was happening too. They didn't do anything about it. And soundcloud refuses to punish users who use these. Every day I see artists with 1,000, 5,000, 30,000 plays, etc, and only 5-10 likes. How is that even possible? You would think that a big artist who got tons of plays like this fairly, would get way more likes then 5-10. But it doesn't happen. I've seen big metal magazines do this, I've seen pop artists do this, and in amazingly short times. It's a dead giveaway these people are cheating using such before-mentioned services. Soundcloud refuses to punish them. One day I had uploaded a new song "zombie apocalypse arrives". The same day, a metal magazine had posted tons of tracks, and within one day, their tracks got way more plays then mine. I had 235 plays and was lucky to get them through widgets on my blogs. But these artists immediately pushed my song to the next page, and made it so no one could even find it. And then they started racking up the plays. The magazine posted 14 songs at once. All at once. And by the next day they all had 500+ plays.  Mine was far left behind.

It's unfair when other artists can push your songs down so far. But what was more suspicious is that these "artists" wrote PATHETICALLY SHITTY music. None of their riffs were good. It was horrible, downtuned noise. There was no melody at all, period. No muting, just crappy nu-metal. It's disgusting. My song had awesome melodies and this shit pushed it down. It was HORRIBLE music. To me the plays were fake. There is no way, that they got that many plays that quickly with how bad the music was.  Yet soundcloud allows this magazine to publish crap there. And others are doing this too. They will post dozens of songs at once to get an unfair advantage over other artists, pushing their songs down on the list so no one will see them at all.

This brings down the score for soundcloud a ton. It was at 8/10 before this nonsense was happening. it all started to happen recently, within the last year. Before that it was 8/10 material, now it's way lower. It doesn't even deserve a 6/10 now. But since it's the only site I've gotten more plays then 1-2 per day at the most, it deserves a 7 out of 10 for not completely failing my bands. If it had done worse and I got no more plays, I would have lowered the score drastically to 4 out of 10. All the other sites I tested gave me No more plays once I had refused to upload a music on one particular day. I'd get 1 or 2 plays, none on some songs and it would stay there forever. On soundcloud, I am still getting plays for old songs and it's the only site that this is happening on. Due to the fact that I still get some plays I can't judge it too harshly.

I give it a 7/10





Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Official Trashing of Indienationapp.com (the worst mp3 hosting site ever)

I was promoting unleashing vengeance through it's twitter account when I started noticing spam coming from an mp3 upload site, indienationapp.com appearing in my notifications. It started with "get your music on our app", then progressed to "your track is hot! #indienation #init2gether" and similar. Every single spam message delivered that had those two hashtags, had a randomly generated name, proof it was a spam bot doing it. Somehow a spam bot for this pathetic site made it to my twitter account. So I tried the site. I thought going in, that NO site, even had a CHANCE to dethrone tweetmysong.com for "worst mp3 site ever". I was wrong.

The site is extremely pathetic for a site, even using the laxest of standards.  Right on it's logo you can see that it's a (c)rap only site, and it makes this pathetically obvious with it's artwork. It's designed for wannabee fake musicians called (c)rappers to spew their fake music. At the time I didn't see proof of this so I "tried it out". I could upload songs but they never even gave me the option to mention what my artist/band was about. There was no option for that. And even more pathetically, the free accounts are worthless, you can't even post a blog post with them! So I uploaded a song, and tried to share youtube videos of our music with a blog post. Their blogging system is wordpress based, and I thought it would work fine. The only issue is that the normal wordpress "publish" button was replaced by a "submit for review" button. It said "pending". I thought it might take a day for the post to show up. So I left it overnight. The next day it was still "pending". The day after that, same thing. The pathetic site would not even approve my post! Apparently my brand of real music (tm) was to "crappy" for these rap fans who all think metal=noise. It's pathetic that these people can make a site that refuses to allow artists of other genres to even publish a blog post!

 Even more pathetic, the site, when I tried to log in, I couldn't even get to it's user interface, due to an "error". What the fuck is this shit they are calling a site! It's a pathetic excuse for a music site, you can't use it's interface due to an "error!" What kind of crap is that! Apparently my brand of extreme metal was too "noisy" for the rappers who run this site.  I couldn't even upload another song, period. I don't even get the privilege to find out how my music is doing because the site broke on me.

And the BS continues. Indienationapp then started to Spam my account on twitter with fake bots and other people from their site. All used the hash tags "#indienation" and "#init2gether".  They dared to send another message to my twitter account. And then they started spamming my email too! Pathetic excuses for a site will not leave me alone. They failed me, they suck! Their site is so pathetic that it should really be shut down and them arrested too, because they are DEFRAUDING Honest REAL musicians who use the site. It wouldn't even work. They dare to SPAM me with emails AND messages on twitter and then they give me a site that breaks? They keep on spamming me and send my emails saying that I should check out their site or that "the file has been uploaded" or I should check out this or that feature of the site. ENOUGH! Your site sucks.  If you send me more spam I will report it as such and you will be put in jail  for it.

Their site is disgusting. It breaks on people, it caters to (C)rap music. It won't even let you post a blog post without paying them. It is frankly, pathetic. I couldn't even get to a stats screen. These are beyond unacceptable for a site. The people who run it should be given jail time. Don't even think of going there. If they spam your twitter or email, report them! Block them! It's a spam campaign and it breaks twitters rules. It's pathetic. Avoid it at all costs! And if you see any posters from it who aren't spam bots, report them for spamming you. They are shit holes.

I give it a -50/10



 



Newest Update for Unleashing Vengeance (10/1/2014)



This is the latest update for the band. It talks about our twitter account being hacked and maybe who did it, among other things. Enjoy...


Monday, September 29, 2014

Updates to the bands on my soundcloud account, check them out

Hello people. I have created a soundcloud channel for updates for my 2 metal bands, Caustic Euphony and Unleashing Vengeance. I have posted updates, going into the history of the 2 bands here. Check them out... It goes into detail into the bands, talking about unique things each band has gone through, problems for the bands, setbacks , etc....











Official review of reverbnation.com

It's been a while since unleashing vengeance was on reverbnation. Way way back in 2009 it was on reverbnation and it did terrible there. Due a virus accident in October 2009, my mixing pc got messed up and our music ended up sounding terrible. This caused the band to loose ground in the charts by a huge amount. (From 35 in Boston to 180). This was all a long time ago, and there were serious problems with UV then so I thought, "maybe I should have given reverbnation another chance". BIG MISTAKE.

It seems nothing has changed there. Unless you constantly upload new music you simply won't get plays and will end up dropping fast in the charts. Their "band equity system" punishes people even if they DO get plays. Later, On the charts, I kept on dropping, even though the artists got less plays then unleashing vengeance that day! Charts should be about plays that day and that day only. Their system takes into account things that should have no relation to how high you are in the charts, like if you share widgets on sites, etc. It's really stupid and because of this it's almost impossible, to fairly become number 1. Your band can drop in the charts fast if you do one thing wrong, and their system needs to be completely overhauled to be fair! It's designed not to make it easy to cheat, but it's gone too far. Unleashing Vengeance kept on getting NO plays 3 days in a row and dropped in the charts. This is an unfair system. No way for Unleashing Vengeance to get plays, I left.

To compare, on soundcloud, I followed 700 people, got 100 followers, 3 times as many followers as I had on reverbnation and got 64 plays in one night! Reverbnation is pathetic! UV only got 25 plays there that weren't my own. I was playing my own music, but for a different reasons, to see If being number 1 in Boston would get UV more exposure, but it didn't. I got no exposure from it whatsoever, and the 25 plays over 2 weeks, is pathetic! I have already gotten 128+ plays on soundcloud in 3 days. There is no comparison. Reverbnation UV should have gotten tons more plays on reverbnation but didn't because of another hideous flaw the site has : the fanbase there is only musicians. People who are busy and won't listen. To get more fans you have to pay them. There is no way to get lots of plays without putting money into it.

Unlike soundcloud, where following lots of people helps a ton, reverbnation has absolutely no free way to get even a minimal fanbase that will listen regularly. I had followed tons of metal bands and they were following me, but they were too busy to listen to the music I had put up. UV got less plays due to the fact that there is no listening fan base that aren't musicians. At least on soundcloud most of the fanbase actually were listeners. But not on reverbnation. It made it impossible for me to get lots of plays there. I got 25 in 2 weeks and was having no luck getting any more, so I cancelled my accounts and deleted all the links to them.

It's really not worth going to it, unless you plan to put money into it. If you don't, you're screwed. Their band equity system is hideously flawed. It's designed to stop playcount inflation and cheating but if you can listen to your own music and become number 1 for 6 days, something is wrong. If UV can do it, so can other artists/bands. It's an unfair system if you can self boost your bands  music like that. That means others are also doing that, so that makes the system even more unfair.  This isn't the first site where self-plays count and people can abuse this. Songspire did this and it was even more unfair there, but still this is not good for people who want a fair balanced system.

It isn't worth it to go to reverbnation. Your band will never find success there. At all, Avoid it. Soundcloud is way better!

I give it a 3/10

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Official Trashing of Tweetmysong.com! (A review)

A long time ago, our music was failing on many mp3 sites, soundclick, reverbnation, etc. So I was searching for alterntives that would give me plays. Only soundcloud worked. Many were terrible and gave me absolutely no plays, some even allowed bots to post virus laden links on our site there, but nothing, and I repeat nothing, comes to how bad tweetmysong.com was.

It was advertised as a "better method" to get your music online. Host your music at our site, and we will tweet your songs when you upload them! Blah, blah, blah! It was one of the worst BS sites I have ever been too. Number 1, it's a RAP only site. You can tell when you've reached a rap only site, because the word "mixtape" is used, a rap term. This site had tons of rappers all over it spewing (c)rap music. But I didn't know that then... So I began uploading unleashing vengeance's extreme brand of metal to the site, not knowing that the stupid site's genre value per song was Hackable


Number 2, for a site to allow hackers, to change the genre of the music you upload and rename every song, the site must be designed horribly, for that is exactly what happened to me. Everything was fine, until I saw that many songs uploaded to my tweetmysong site were renamed in a fucked up way. At first I thought it was an error. But then I started editing a song and noticed the genre was changed to hip-hop! HIP-HOP! (C)RAP! What the Flying Fuck! They turned OUR metal songs into hip-hop to piss off fans of rap and/or metal into thinking their favorite kind of music is the other kind of music! That has gotta piss off metal and/or rap fans because neither can like the other form of music, for the most part. This is bound to cause any metal musician to fail because all the people who see METAL advertised and see the genre is HIP-HOP will turn away from the music!

The disgust behind this stupid decision to allow other people to hack the genre and change the title of the song is idiocy at it's finest! It's pathetic. There should be NO way for this to be possible, at all, on any well designed site, but it happened to me. It's disgusting.

Even if you look past this bullshit tweetmysong caused, you don't get a good picture. Because the plays I got there were pathetic! PATHETIC. 2 per song, MAX! To compare, on soundcloud, I followed 700 people, got 125 followers (around the same amount of followers I had on twitter then), and was able to get 64 PLAYS ON SOUNDCLOUD, in 1 night! That means tweetmysong is PATHETIC!

Don't use tweetmysong. Unless you write Rap music. They don't like anything else there. They will hack your account to piss off fans of REAL music like they did to me. Avoid the site, like plague, it sucks....

I give it a 0.0/10