Haldamir319 wrote:M2TM chat:
I don't believe in pre-screening of bands, outside of checking that they are some kind of rock or metal bands (that includes 'core' acts too). Besides the fact that that sort of descrimination doesn't sit well with me (aren't we metalheads supposed to be a more tolerant bunch?), it would also be detrimental to the M2TM comp itself.
Like it or not, certain sub-genres of heavy music are more popular on the underground/local scene in each region right now. It's quite feasible that a region could be made up of almost entirely metalcore, deathcore, hardcore, powerviolence etc.
If you limit the number of bands that can enter from a genre/group of similar genres, you're likely just going to kill that region's chance of having an M2TM down the line. Besides the fact that it would like cause issues with local punters ('why has band X got a slot and not band Y?'), there's also financial implications. Whilst not an unfair amount, it's also not a trifling amount of money it costs to run the competition in any one region.
Some above suggested 'judge picks' for the festival - I think there may be some confusion over how the comp works. Basically, a representative from Bloodstock travels to each final and selects a single winner from whatever final is presented to them. Occasionally Simon will put a 2nd band through on the spot, and 1 or 2 spots may be handed out for the Jager stage towards the back end of the comp, based on what they (the BOA judge team) has collectively seen. Fans don't have a say on the winners.
Now, how you populate your final is left in the hands of the promoters in each region, and some aspect of fan voting is expected to be incorporated into it. Here in Sheffield we ran the following system:
Judging panel - 3 people, marking on technical / performance attributes.
1st round - 9 heats. Fan vote / Judge vote 50:50 split. Top 2 bands progress to the Semis. 2 Wildcard spots given to the bands with highest judge scores that haven't otherwise qualified.
Semi-Finals. Fan/Judge split 25:75. Winners of each of the 5 Semis populate the Final.
Final. 5 bands. Bloodstock rep (in our case, Rob) picked the winner.
I'm not sure what else could be changed to improve it (suggestions welcome). But I think the fact we've put through bands from three different genres in three years shows that we have diversity of bands here at least (Ba'al - Blackened Post-Doom/Sludge, Aonia - Symphonic/Operatioc Metal, Deformation of Man - Groove Metal).
That is interesting to know. Having only been to one m2tm years and years ago, I really didn't know this. Choosing bands with an eye on technical abilities in a live setting actually makes sense. A band might have a great sound, but if they don't cut it live it really wouldn't be good for the festival.
It is tough, I wouldn't want to ban or limit a genre, even I don't like it, it should have a chance - not everyone likes black and power and I wouldn't want anyone banning that. What about an online pool of bands to vote on, or even a ticket holder only vote (quote your number to vote). That might be a logistical/technical nightmare, but it would help to get the right bands for that year- maybe.