You would like to have your music reviewed…
Sure, no problem. Still, we are calling the shots on this one as it our content on these pages and only contact if you play Death or Black Metal, (or a hybrid with Doom, Thrash and Speed) preferably the Old School kind.
Don’t bother to contact if you have sludge, industrial, gothic, groove, avant-garde, experimental, post, core, stoner etc. in your style. We are not the right zine to give attention to your music.
Can I expect an objective and professional review?
As we are a fanzine, don’t expect any professional journalism towards your music. Oh well, you probably already read some reviews to get the drift…we review everything as a fan, it’s our own humble opinion. As the staff members pick out the promos they find interesting to write about, the balance towards “positive” is quite there..
Should I send a physical album…
First of all, our intention is not for you to send us albums, demos, tapes or vinyl, so we have much free stuff in our collection. Keep it! Sell it! So if you have a digital promotion kit (be it mp3 or WAV), a Haulix / Hearthemusic / other download service account or just have it streaming on YouTube, Bandcamp or any other streaming service…it is fine by us. No statements like “we only review you when you send us the album” here!
When I’ve send some music to you when can I expect the review?
We don’t work with deadlines as we are busy like hell with our own private lives and jobs. We do our best to review as much as we can…as fast as we can.
We also would like to be interviewed…and the more passive aggressive approach….we want an interview!
Don’t contact us, we contact you!
Not happy with a review?
Shit happens. But I bet there are enough other zines who are meeting your standards, we advise you to focus on them and their review of your particular release.
Writing for VM-Underground / Joining the Staff
So you like to write for VM-Underground?
What we ask from of you? Passion for the music. Let’s start with that! If you enjoy discovering new music and like to support (underground) bands and/or labels, we have tons to offer. And as a person…not acting like an asshole or a cunt is another important thing because life is too short for that. We are quite laid-back ourselves. Dedicated, but laid-back.
Do you work with deadlines?
No, no deadlines here.
But I also write for other zines, is that a problem?
Not a problem at all!
How many reviews do you expect me to write? And what if I only want to do interviews?
We are glad with every contribution, be it one review a week, one a month…4 reviews a week..well, you know what we are getting at. And if interviews are your thing, we are happy to welcome you as well.
Do I get paid? Or receive physical material?
We receive lots of promos, really lots of them, but they are all digital. So don’t expect any physical material. And there is no money involved, I can guarantee you that as well. You are looking at the wrong zine if you think we can offer a fee or something like that.
So, this reviewing the promos thing…?
All promos are gathered on a list that you will receive and you choose what you find interesting to write about. There are also links on the list so you can check out a sample or a song to decide if it is interesting for you or not. After choosing you will receive the digital promo. You will not be “flooded” with all kind of material you don’t like or don’t have time for. This should be a fun thing to do, not a burden.
What kind of material do you receive?
Take a look around…but I will mention a couple of labels of which we receive material from: Iron Bonehead Productions, Osmose Productions, Agonia Records, VIC Records, Signal Rex, Century Media, Hells Headbangers Records, Pulverised Records, Chaos Records, Purity Through Fire, Blood Harvest, Memento Mori, Transcending Obscurity Records, F.D.A. Records and many more
Is there a minimum word count for reviews?
Word count isn’t an issue. If you can write short reviews but it beholds the information that helps the reader to decide if it is interesting or not…it is always better than some digital diarrhoea of 700 words that will confuse the reader and of which he or she still is puzzled what kind of music to expect.
Alright! Things will work out fine, I promise you…feel free to contact using the Contact form or sending a message on Facebook.