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Please bear in mind a few things:
This website focuses mostly on “metal and heavy music.” However, what gets covered will be purely at the discretion of the writers/publisher, and of course subject to time constraints, etc.; some styles (nu-metal, metalcore, anything overly processed or digitized or synthesized, ANYTHING that uses auto-tune) are unlikely to be reviewed, even if they traditionally would fall into the category of “heavy music”;while some other styles (neo-classical, neo-folk, maybe bluegrass or blues – who knows) just might get special consideration, even if they traditionally would not.
This is primarily a review site, so most news items typically will not be shared here (with some exceptions, subject to the whim of the publisher). Tour date announcements are much more likely to get our attention if you are coming near Pittsburgh. Please note that Cleveland, Columbus, Erie, Buffalo, and State College are all near Pittsburgh; Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City are not.
If you have an upcoming release for which you are seeking reviews, please note that it makes things far more convenient on this end if you include a means to download the promotional materials (the vast majority of the writing here takes place in an environment that is not conducive to streaming music, so a downloaded copy is highly preferable. Ideally, a single, compressed-file (i.e. ZIP or RAR) will be available, which includes all the tracks in high-quality MP3 format, as well as an image file of the cover art and promo photo of the band. Biographical information is also appreciated, but at minimum please include (either part of the downloadable promo pack or in your email) the album’s release date, where you are from (city and country), how long your band has been in existence; that sort of thing.
If you have opinions about music and you are looking for a place to share them, please feel free to submit something to valleyofsteel @ valleyofsteel . net and I’ll be glad to publish it for you. It can be anything relevant to this site’s areas of interest: an album review, show review, article or interview — as long as it hasn’t already been published elsewhere. No compensation is available for your writing, but after you’ve submitted something for publication here, you can have the opportunity to gain access to some of the promotional materials we have here, for your perusal. Please note that all submissions are subject to the publisher’s approval.
Are you trying to promote something that you believe would be interesting to this website’s core readership? Let’s discuss a plan where you can get your message in front of all those hundreds of pairs of eyeballs – for dirt cheap! Send your proposal to valleyofsteel @ valleyofsteel . net and we can certainly negotiate something.