The latest album to join the ranks of free full album streaming is Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime II” which I am listening to right now. I will reserve judgement until the end of course…
Here’s the link for those wishing to join me in listening: Click here to listen]]>
I’m not saying the song(s) would have to play on the radio to be a “classic” either, don’t get me wrong. For example I consider Metallica “Master of Puppets,” Queensryche “I Don’t Believe in Love,” Crimson Glory “Lady of Winter” and Dream Theater “Pull Me Under” to be classics in their own right. If you want to get more obscure I could pull tunes from albums by Fifth Angel, Sword or Malice as well!
In the web development world there’s a term called the “sticky factor” or “stickiness.” Simply put, it means keeping visitors on your web site (sticky, stuck, not going anywhere). Any decent web site statistics package out there can actually track how long a visitor stays on your web site. You may want to log in to your web hosting control panel and check out your stats package to see how long visitors are hanging around on your web site.
As with most of the posts so far in the “Band Biz” section, I encountered another “no-no” (a pet peeve of mine) on a band web site that was the inspiration for this post.
Minnesota based metal band SI6KS were holding a CD release party/show and apparently their guitarist had been celebrating way too much (translation: drunk!). Here is the video of the drummer coming to his breaking point:
Attention all bands. I, and many other site owners/people/labels etc., can appreciate the fact that you are trying to promote yourselves via any and all ways. However, there comes a time when you cross the line and your band falls into the category known as “annoying rumps.” I’ll use this current band as my example and explain. Note, I will not give their name as I don’t want to give them any extra publicity, so from this point forward they are known as The Annoying Rumps.
Bands, if you agree, then please read this blog entry carefully. There’s no other sure fire way to shoot your band in the foot than to register on a new forum and start spamming about your band.
“Check out our new MP3 it’s ripping METAL!”
“We’re playing so and so festival check out our site for news and audio!”
“We have a new MySpace page up please stop by and leave a comment, add us as your friend!”
So, what makes this listen the golden one? Who knows! I think most of the problem I had with it before was that I loved their debut album “Awakening the World” so freakin’ much. I consider “Awakening the World” one of the greatest metal albums ever, right up there with Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.” Since it has been a couple years that this second album has been out I think the comparison issue has finally passed for me. That happens quite often to me as I am sure it does with many of you as well. It happened most notably with Queensryche’s “Promised Land” album. I think that one took about four or five listens before I could finally appreciate it on its own.
“But a forum is a forum is a forum right?” Uh, no. Not by a long shot. Sure, anyone can install and run their own forum for their band, it’s not too hard (for some people anyways!). However it does take time not only to install and customize, but to administer it on a day to day or week to week basis and you’ll want to pull your hair out dealing with trolls.
But one key element that you cannot install, purchase, or hope materializes out of thin air is TRAFFIC. Traffic = people = potential purchasers of your product, visitors to your site, subscribers to your mailing list, etc. Sure, your band could generate 500 users on your own forum who post regularly, some bands get more, some less. Where are those visitors coming from though? More than likely they were specifically looking for your band on google or yahoo and that’s how they found you, or they already have your CD and followed the web address from the liner notes.
Band: Hawthorne Heights
Album: If Only You Were Lonely
Label: Victory Records
I had purchased tracks here and there before, but had always said that I would never buy a full digital album. I’m one of those guys who likes to have that physical piece of plastic and paper in my hands when I get a new album. However, lately I find myself more and more sitting at the computer and looking to quickly (and easily) access the album I want to listen to, and at a moments notice. I have a lot of my collection ripped to my computer and my CDs are mostly sitting upstairs collecting dust.