Poll: What's Your Preferred Order In Exploring A Band's Discography?
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Chronologically
35.71%
5 35.71%
Backwards
14.29%
2 14.29%
Random/I don't care
50.00%
7 50.00%
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JMF Weekly Poll and Newsletter - Februrary 11th, 2018
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What's Your Preferred Order In Exploring A Band's Discography?

I know that it doesn't always work out and a band will often have things out of print. However, if everything is even (no crazily priced out of print albums), do you prefer exploring a band's discography chronologically or perhaps starting from their latest and going backwards? Or maybe you just don't care?



Bands of the Week:

Given the massive amount of bands we've posted on here, I thought it would be nice to give the spotlight to a select few every week. First, I split up the band threads into two lists: metal and non-metal. From there, I used a program to randomly select two from each list to be featured every week. The following are the picks for this week.

Sabbrabells:
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Sabbrabells was an 80s, occult heavy metal band. They disbanded shortly after their major debut album in 1987, but have since reunited in 2015.





Castle in the Air:
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There's actually a band photo in the booklet, but I'm too lazy to scan it or anything and I can't find that picture on the internet either. Just deal with the logo unless someone else wants to do it. Tongue Anyways, this is Yuhki (from Galneryus's) very first band. They released one album of excellent heavy/progressive metal and partipated in a split compilation before disbanding.





Framtid:
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An aggressive, D-beat/crust punk band from Osaka.





Itodenwa (イトデンワ):
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One of those piano rock bands. This one has a fairly melancholy vibe to them.






Upcoming Releases For This Week:

Ark Storm - Voyage of the Rage

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Anthem - Attitude 2017 -Live and Documents-

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BAND-MAID - WORLD DOMINATION

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Hellfire - Hellfire

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Freedom Creators - 囚われの僕ら

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#2
Voted random, because chronologically, that is true. I usually start with a classic and then discover the eras around it, but exceptions are certainly there. Ningen Isu being one of the most prominent ones. My Onmyo-za explorations really make no sense whatsoever from a chronological viewpoint.
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#3
I usually start from the most recent (unless the band turned to shit) and work my way down. I found a lot of bands earliest releases are pretty half-baked, so I usually leave those for later. I will use a site like RYM to determine a band's prime period and start with that though.
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(02-11-2018, 10:45 AM)Perdition Wrote: I will use a site like RYM to determine a band's prime period and start with that though.

But trusting other people is bad. Tongue

My preferred order is chronologically. I like to see how a band has evolved throughout the years. The exceptions are when some era is just plain shit or something.
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#5
It is, but if there's a large enough sample size for a popular enough band, it gives me the gist of where to start. Its good for finding a band's best period though (or at least before there's any major changes). This is useless for Japanese music though.

I find most of the time, I tend to discover bands based on their latest material.
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#6
I'd like to do it chronologically... but always seem to do it backwards for some reason. Later albums are easier to find I guess (and cheaper!).
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#7
Chronologically, even for Japan. I usually consider the first two albums for every band that I'm interested in checking out.

Castle in the Air is a good choice. I wish the album would get a reissue.
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#8
oh hellyeah! Framtid in bands of the week! this marks the 4th week, i dont believe this is a coincidence anymore. someone must be pulling some strings. Wink
going to see Framtid exactly one month from now! march 11th.

on topic, i rerally dont care much. i'll get whatever i can get, sometimes look if i can find a song on youtube to see wich sounds best to me, and grab the album its on.
with older heavy metal bands i allways opt for the earlier albums, though still not really any specific order.
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#9
Reminds me, I wanted to get that Hellfire and Freedom Creators!
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#10
If it’s a band with a chunky discography, i’ll just try and start with the one with the best reviews (if indeed reviews are available - by no means a cert with Japanese bands).

Galneryus happened that way for me - plus I started with Sho and only moved onto the Yama-B stuff later.

Format also has an influence, I’ll usually pick up anything (legally) digitally available before I dig into CD-only material. Even with CD-only, the stuff that’s the biggest pain in the arse to get (shopping service only) will always be left to last.

It does seem that I’m somewhat more likely to go backwards than forwards in chronological terms though. It’s just that order of release will never be a determining factor for me.
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