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    Posted: May 26 2015 at 18:29
Hi guys -- I am a one-man band from Detroit called "Dora the Destroyer".  I compose/play all the parts (guitars/bass live; program the drums/synths/piano).  I also do all the recording/mixing.

While I release "singles" every month or so, I haven't had an official release.  As you may see, I haven't "released" anything in a few months, as I've been writing/recording for a 5-song EP that I'll release in a month or so

Anyway, here are my things:


soundcloud.com/michael-blackmond

dorathedestroyer.bandcamp.com

As well, I've done a few guitar play-throughs of songs on my youtube page:





Without an official release, I'm unsure if I qualify here.  Hopefully someone can guide me in that regard!  I wanted to get on your guys' list so I can hopefully get my EP reviewed when I release it.

Also, can someone help with qualifying my genre?  I honestly never really though about it and always just labeled it prog.  I think it has elements of math-rock, post-rock, post-metal, and prog metal, but I'm not sure. 

Thanks in advanced to any support! 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 26 2015 at 19:11
High quality stuff man, great work!
Also for the label, what you put is 100% fine - don't sweat it anyway. 

Love the artwork too.

1 thing... 1 thing.................
Now i don't want to come off poorly but..  change the project's name. In my opinion. 
Doesn't fit your style at all, and I think you'd benefit with a different name. That's all. Plus it is entirely your choice. 

Otherwise i really like your stuff - tell us when the EP is released!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 26 2015 at 20:27
Originally posted by Horizons Horizons wrote:

High quality stuff man, great work!
Also for the label, what you put is 100% fine - don't sweat it anyway. 

Love the artwork too.

1 thing... 1 thing.................
Now i don't want to come off poorly but..  change the project's name. In my opinion. 
Doesn't fit your style at all, and I think you'd benefit with a different name. That's all. Plus it is entirely your choice. 

Otherwise i really like your stuff - tell us when the EP is released!


Hey thanks!

And dude.... I know.  I know.  Smile The name thing has gone back and forth for me for so long.  When I first started out, I used my real name on my soundcloud for a while before I started getting a few followers.  I figured I needed to come up with a "band" name.  Dora the Destroyer just came to me, and I put it because I couldn't think of anything else (saying to myself that I'd change it later).  That was about two years ago...

I've gotten about 50/50 responses on "please change it" and "that is the greatest name I've ever heard".  At some point I said to myself: the next person that comments on the name will be the deciding factor.  The next person said "love the band name".  So, there ya go.

As well, I want to keep it for a few reasons.
  1. The name sticks outs and is memorable (i think), for good or for bad
  2. I post on reddit semi-frequently, and every now and then, someone will say they "remember" me or something similar (which I also attribute to point 1). 
  3. The name kind of shows that I don't take myself too seriously (e.g., see Drewsif Stalin)

I totally get your point, and I appreciate that you're honest and bring it up.  It's just hard for me to think of anything serious without it seeming cheesy, ya know?  I figured I'd just live with it.

Anyway, long winded rant... again, thanks for the kind words -- I really appreciate it!  I'll let you guys know when the EPs it out!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2015 at 18:31
So, I've been reading some of the rejections from the teams, and I'm wondering if I'm even accurate in labeling myself as prog at all.  Can anyone weigh in on that?  I feel like some of my older stuff could be in the realm

https://soundcloud.com/michael-blackmond/15may2014-master
https://soundcloud.com/michael-blackmond/13jun2014
https://soundcloud.com/michael-blackmond/15july2014-rough
https://soundcloud.com/michael-blackmond/08may2014


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2015 at 19:08
Dora the Destroyer?  Love it! LOLClap

you got my interest piqued... checking it out.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2015 at 19:16
If you get around to releasing that EP, and put it on Bandcamp, I'll gladly recommend it for the weekly feature Something for the Weekend? (second link in my signature), to which I've been contributing since February 2014.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2015 at 19:20
yeah man... pretty good stuff ... held both of our attentions and enjoyed it.

Prog?  Hard to say.. definitely not daddy's prog.. but the great thing is the best stuff today in the realm of progresive rock does not sound like like recycle jobs of classic prog rock. Interesting stuff you have regardless what shoebox one might try to put it into.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2015 at 20:37
I like this.

And the name is catchy.  And fun.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2015 at 20:52
Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

Prog?  Hard to say.. definitely not daddy's prog..


Definitely.  I guess, since I'm influenced by the prog and technical-type music, I tend to lump the music I make into just general prog.  I was never sure if that was correct or not. 

Also, thanks for the nice words!

Originally posted by Raff Raff wrote:

If you get around to releasing that EP, and put it on Bandcamp, I'll gladly recommend it for the weekly feature Something for the Weekend? (second link in my signature), to which I've been contributing since February 2014.


That would be awesome and really appreciated!  Getting very close, so I'll let you know for sure!

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

And the name is catchy.  And fun.


Looks like 2/3 on this thread for liking the name :) Thanks!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2015 at 03:19
I'm all for it in Heavy Prog.  I believe (??) we have to wait until there's at least an EP release (but I could be wrong).
Pretty cool "progressive post-hardcore", I'd say.
And a lot of the bands you list as influences are already here under either Heavy Prog or Crossover Prog.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2015 at 11:54
When the EP is out we will gladly evaluate.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2015 at 12:13
I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2015 at 17:47
Originally posted by DoraTheDestroyer DoraTheDestroyer wrote:

Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

Prog?  Hard to say.. definitely not daddy's prog..


Definitely.  I guess, since I'm influenced by the prog and technical-type music, I tend to lump the music I make into just general prog.  I was never sure if that was correct or not. 

Also, thanks for the nice words!


Smile  my pleasure. I quite enjoyed the music.

as far as being correct? Of course you are, if you think you are. You are the artist..

we are just the critics.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 02 2015 at 15:42
Great! Thanks for help in the clarification, guys!
 
Do you think I should delete this thread and instead post to the "Unsigned Bands" section (or post there anyway)?  I didn't even notice it when I first joined. 
 
Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP I'M THE MAP
 
I have to admit that I had no idea what this meant for a minute.  Embarrassed   Despite my name, I never have actually watched the show!  Somehow I made the connection after a few minutes staring blankly at my screen.   Google confirmed it :)
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Yeah I have two kids.  Embarrassed
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 02 2015 at 16:31
Originally posted by DoraTheDestroyer DoraTheDestroyer wrote:

Great! Thanks for help in the clarification, guys!
 
Do you think I should delete this thread and instead post to the "Unsigned Bands" section (or post there anyway)?  I didn't even notice it when I first joined. 
 


You don't need to delete anythingSmile. One of the Admins will be more than happy to move the thread to the Unsigned Bands section.
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