Today is the day TMD announces the top 20 participants in the first ‘Battle of Unsigned Prog Metal’ online contest! Thanks to the hundreds of bands from all over the globe that submitted their music for consideration.
Judging for the semi-final round will be based on the most current studio recording and the finals are based on video of live performance loaded to YouTube. Here is the basic breakdown on exactly how the scoring process works:
1st round (Semi-Finals)- Scoring for STUDIO RECORDING (1-10 point scale) is based on 3 separate criteria:
1. Production Quality
2. Band Image
3. Public Response (page views, comments)
The semi final round happens on Oct 27, 2013, wherein all 20 bands will receive official scoring from three judges (identity of each judge will be announced on that date) and those bands with the top 10 overall scores will move on to the final round on Oct 31.
The winner of the final round will receive a 3 month publicity representation deal with THE METAL DEN (Value $2,250). Prizes to be announced for the other finalists once the champion is crowned!!!
This online contest is sponsored by The Metal Den Records. The judging panel TBA Oct 27.
THIRA (Minneapolis, MN USA)
MAHOGANY HEAD GRENADE (Dallas, TX USA)
Produced by Sterling Winfield (Pantera fame)
UNMANIFEST (Oxford, Mississippi USA)
OCEANBORN (Chicago, IL USA)
KLEHMA (Overland Park, KS USA)
BLACKLEAF GARDENS (Auckland, NZ)
AWAKEN THE DREAMER (France)
NEMESSIAHS (Mendoza, Argentina)
A DISTANT CALM (Mesa, AZ USA)
LIES OF NAZCA (Vicenza, Italy)
REBIRTH THE AEONS (Rancagua, Chile)
ARISTEIA (San Fernando Valley, CA USA)
AVENTITY (Saint Clair Shores, MI USA)
NEXILVA (Sunderland, UK)
BLEAKFLESH (Santiago, CL)
SAVE US FROM THE ARCHON (Southwestern Pennsylvania USA)
MACHINES OF MAN (Salt Lake City, UT USA)
AUDIO INSIGHT (Woodbridge, NJ USA)