CD & DVD Reviews: InformationIn this section:
Please read the guidelines on this page before submitting any material!
Postal Address for CD/DVD's
Depending on where you are in the world we have two addresses for CD/DVD submissions.
La Chapelle Baton
Jerry van Kooten
1401 TS Bussum
PLEASE NOTE: Review items are distributed among an international team of reviewers. Please submit letters and press information sheets in English only, even when sending to our Dutch postal address. Thank you!
PLEASE NOTE: Any CD/DVDs still sent to Bob Mulvey or Jez Rowden (our old addresses in the UK) will still be processed swiftly!
Notes for Record Labels: Please submit all requests direct to Andy Read (contact details above).
All submissions are then added to a Pipeline of releases from which the Team Members are allocated albums for review.
Remember to include any supporting material and contact details etc, especially web addresses such as Official Website, Bandcamp, Facebook, MySpace, Soundcloud, Record Label etc. If you are sending us a CD/DVD please drop us an email so we can look out for it - things do sometimes get lost in the post!
Please DO NOT bombard all the Team Members with emails regarding your release! It is very irritating and unlikely to win you any favours.
Review PolicyTO ALL RECORD LABELS AND BANDS
Please read the following guidelines before submitting your material for reviewing:
- Please send promotional copies for review ONLY to one of the addresses above. This will ensure that ALL the DPRP Reviewers will be offered the chance to review a particular album.
- DPRP will only review CD/DVD's that fall into the Progressive Rock, or closely related, genre and retains the right not to review material outside of this remit.
- DPRP will only review CD/DVD's that are available for sale to the general public, either through a distributor or a website.
- DPRP will not review Demo CDR's.
- DPRP try to review all received material as soon as possible and a Review Update normally appears twice a week.
- DPRP is happy to arrange a competition to support a major CD/DVD release. This would require the supply and distribution of prizes by the band / label concerned.
- You may request a review by a particular team member and this should be noted with your CD/DVD. We will try and accommodate your request - workloads permitting.
Our Rating System
|10||The Ultimate : Ranks with the top classic albums of all time|
|9||Brilliant : One of your top 5 of the year|
|8||Excellent : Recommended to all|
|7||Very Good : A worthy album that you will return to from time to time|
|6||Good : An enjoyable album - not all brilliant but with good moments|
|5||OK : A mediocre album which is interesting in parts but not consistent throughout|
|4||Below average : Some redeeming value, but not much|
|3||Bad : Wouldn't want to review another album by them|
|2||Very bad : Hardly worth reviewing|
|1||Atrocious : Reviewed in attempt to spare anyone else having to listen to it - ever|
Remember that anything 8 and above gets a DPRP Recommended tag!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does DPRP go about reviewing albums?The content of the CD reviews page basically depends on what bands and labels send us, as well as the private purchases of the review team. Reviews are coordinated centrally, to make sure that the steady flow of new albums is divided evenly among the reviewers. When dividing the albums among the reviewers, the personal tastes of the individuals is taken into account. The reviewers all work according to a 'manual' and use a DPRP rating system - see above. A reviewer is basically free to decide what kind of review to write; for example, one time he will opt for a track-by-track review, another time he will write a more overall conclusion.
I would like DPRP to review the CD of my band. What should I do?First read the review policy above and check if your band's music complies with the guidelines mentioned there. If so, you can then send a copy of the CD/CDR/DVD to one of the addresses listed above. You're welcome to ship the CDs without the jewel cases to save costs. Please do not send CD/DVD's by registered mail, since this often results in having to drive down to the post office to pick up the package. Similarly do not send large batches of material which may incur charges from Customs/Taxes.
Depending on the current workload, it might take 2-3 months before your album is featured in the reviews column. Therefore, please send some background information and the address of your web site together with the CDs, the less work we have to do to dig out background information the more time can be spent listening to your album. Because of the large number of albums we receive we nomally don't inform every band or label the review of their album is published.
The new album by popular band X has not been reviewed on DPRP. Why not?There are two reasons why a certain CD is reviewed on DPRP.
First of all, if the concerned band or label send us a (promotional) copy, and we feel that it fits the progressive rock genre, then we will review it. Unfortunately, not all bands feel they need the publicity on DPRP to get the attention of their target group. This is especially true for the more well-known bands. Unless we have a very good relation with these bands or labels we will not receive any promotional copies of their new albums.
The second reason why a CD gets reviewed on DPRP is when one of the team members buys the CD himself and thinks it's worth a review. The whole DPRP operation is carried out by a group of volunteers who spend a lot of their free time on DPRP. We do not get any money for our work and we don't have a budget to buy all kinds of new releases. You will therefore understand that a team member will only spend his money on the bands he really likes. This way the specific preferences of the team will trickle through to the reviews pages.
In a nutshell, unless we get a (promotional) copy from a band or label OR the concerned band is a personal favourite of a team member, the CD will not be reviewed.
I completely disagree with the review you wrote about album Y by band X!No matter how objective you try to be when writing a review, there is no such thing as a 'perfectly objective review'. Judgement of a CD will always be based on what a reviewer thinks is good or bad, and will always be influenced by his personal tastes and preferences. However, we do try to be as objective as possible and at least try to explain why we think something is good or bad, or try to indicate to which people the CD might or might not appeal. Sometimes we write Duo reviews so that our readers get the viewpoint of two different reviewers. At the end of the day, no matter how good or bad a CD is, there will always be people who will disagree with a written review.
In case of major releases DPRP will try to provide so-called Round Table Reviews in which more than one team member gives his opinion about the CD. This depends on whether the Record Label or band concerned will supply more than one copy.
Can I send my own review to you for publication on DPRP?No, sorry you can't. For the purpose of consistency we have decided that CD reviews will only be written by members of the DPRP team. There are several reasons for this. First of all, we would like to give priority to those bands who send us their material. Second, the visitors of DPRP know the style of our reviews and know what to expect. They also know if they often agree or do not agree with a specific DPRP reviewer. Therefore they are able to judge for themselves if the CD is worth buying or not, based on that reviewer's opinion. Third, certainly not the least important one, however bad a CD really is (in our opinion) there will always be someone who is raving about the CD. People who volunteer to send us reviews will probably be very positive about the concerned album. In other words, accepting 'outside reviews' would probably result in a decrease of objectivity and a majority of very positive reviews.
How can I become a CD Reviewer?Please contact Andy Read (contact details above). The job requirements are very simple: a passionate interest in progressive rock and the ability to write about it. Journalistic experience is not a must, but of course a plus.
What is a 'Round Table Review' and how is it done?When a new CD is issued by a major progressive rock act, DPRP often presents a so-called Duo Review (2 reviewers) or Roundtable Review (more than 2 reviewers). Sometimes a major act provides us with multiple review copies, but more often we use temporary CDR copies or audio files of the promo. These copies are distributed among the reviewers who volunteer to participate in the RTR. Normally each reviewer has about 2 weeks to listen to the CD and write a review independently. Their individual contributions are then compiled into an article by the CD Reviews Editor of the reviews page. When time permits (which is not very often) we might try to forward the individual remarks of the first reviewer to a second reviewer and so on, so that they can build on each others comments.
We rarely write Roundtable Reviews for lesser known or new bands because time often doesn't permit this and the interest of the readers of DPRP in this band does not merit the necessity of a RTR either.
Does DPRP also review demos?We are sorry but we reserve the right not to review Demo's. We try only to review material that is sold commercially to other people; whether through the old fashioned record shops or online.
DPRP has been sent our CD for review but it hasn't appeared yet. Why not?First we have to receive the CD/DVD's and then decide which reviewer will accept that piece of work (or whether it is rejected because it does not meet the Review Policy criteria). It then takes time for us to re-distribute the CD/DVD's to the team reviewer (who now cover many countries around the world). The current workload and available time of each of the team members may also effect this the time it takes for a review to appear.
DPRP has said it will not review my work. Why not?DPRP holds the right not to write a review for an item which is not considered to be Progressive Rock or related to Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock or Progressive Metal by the team. We are certainly not trying to define what is progressive and what's not, but in the past too much time has been wasted on heavy metal, grunge and new age albums. Not only does it take a lot of time to carefully evaluate a CD, DPRP's visitors aren't generally interested in these releases. Any such material we receive and which is 'rejected' will not be returned to the sender.
I would like DPRP to run a Competition to promote my CD release? How is this done?DPRP are happy to run competitions to support the release of a major CD/DVD. Please contact the Competitions Coordinator for further details.
Why does DPRP prefer not to review MP3 files of our music?Several reasons. Here's some of them:
- Our reviewers always play CDs several times when reviewing; using MP3s would mean they would most likely have to review using a PC, not their car or home stereo. Not only is this very inconvenient, but it would also delay the review process unnecessarily.
- We normally review all aspects of an album, including sound quality (always of inferior quality in an MP3 which is a compressed file, even when high bite rate is used) and artwork (not available when reviewing MP3s). DPRP therefore only reviews albums in their commercially available format and lossless files.
- There's a certain barrier to overtake for a band to release a CD. Currently lots of band are releasing and selling material as CDRs or MP3s. some of which are of doubtful quality. The high quantity of MP3s and low quality of the material (from a compositional point of view) will probably make reviewing MP3 files not only uninteresting and tedious, but also impossible with the capacity of the DPRP team.
Last Updated : Monday, 4th December 2016!