How to Join the #MetalBandcampgiftclub Birthday Club

neatoThe #MetalBandcampgiftclub community is a generous one, buying albums for friends and complete strangers alike. If you’d like to experience that love, join the Birthday Club by joining our Birthday Club Email List.

Having problems with that link? Send your name, birthday (DD/MM format), your Bandcamp wishlist URL, and a link to an album or song you discovered on Bandcamp that you looooove, to me: seth@metalbandcampgift.club

Every time there’s a birthday you’ll get an email, and it would be highly wonderful if the first email you get you gifted someone an album!

Then when your birthday rolls around, an email will go out with a link to your wishlist, and hopefully a few people buy you an album or two!

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We’re Still Swirling

“The dinner table isn’t that big, and everyone’s trying to get a place to sit. But in this super-niche Bandcamp wishlist group, to see these albums selling is amazing. The bands see it, the labels see it, the person who designed the album cover might see it—it just keeps swirling.”

From our interview with Bandcamp back in 2016, talking about how Metal Bandcamp Gift Club got its start.

That was posted on January 14th, 2016 – just over four years ago!

We just want to see bands continue to exist, to release music, to tour. There’s a lot of ugliness in the world today, but that’s even more reason to embrace and support this music, and all the people involved. It’s culture, it’s art, and we can’t lose that.

 

Happy Birthday to John Higham

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Go check out John Higham’s Bandcamp Wishlist, with just over 666 releases jammed in there. Music from KITE, Void Ritual, Candy, and more, even if you can’t gift an album today, you can at least find something new to jam!

Have you told a friend of loved about Metal Bandcamp Gift Club? Send them this link (http://eepurl.com/gP1P4P) so that they can receive these wonderful emails, too!

More emails, more albums sold, more good energy goes around.

Saturday Six with Peter K

0016052521_41Welcome to another installment of Saturday Six, where friends of Metal Bandcamp Gift Club share a bit about a recent six albums they purchased on Bandcamp.

Kind of like the “What’s in My Bag?” feature that Amoeba Music does, but without having to leave the house and find parking.

This week we feature Peter K, who recently celebrated a birthday here at Metal Bandcamp Gift Club! Peter writes about metal over at The Metal Wanderlust, and is also a part of the Horns Up Podcast – he knows a thing or two about metal tunes.

Discord, “Blood, Sweat and Grind” – When was the last time you heard a grindcore band from Nepal? Don’t think twice, add this album to your cart.

Transcending Obscurity, “Label Sampler 2020” – 52 tracks, mostly unreleased material from bands signed to Indian label, Transcending Obscurity. Something for fans of all sub-genres of metal.

Priests of Prometheus, “Lodestar” – Promising debut from American old school death metal duo.

Nox Irea, “Here the dead live” – Ferocious death metal from the French act featuring members of Catacomb and Affliction Gate.

Bednja, “Doline Su Ostale Iza Nas” – Black metal and hardcore make strange bedfellows but somehow these Croatians have put together a seamless sound with a haunting atmosphere.

Modern Rituals, “This is the History” – A break from extreme metal. Catchy alternative rock. If the singles are any indicator this album is another winner from Holy Roar.

If you’d like to talk about some of the albums you recently purchased, shoot me an email (seth@metalbandcampgift.club) and let’s talk!

The Move to Email

ampThe original premise for #MetalBandcampgiftclub was born on Twitter. This was back in 2016, when social media was a bit different than it is today.

Whenever there was a birthday, a Tweet would go out, with a link to a Bandcamp wishlist.

Well, Twitter is a bit different today. Some of those folks from back then aren’t doing so much social media these days. I’m sure you know a few people who’ve left Facebook, or only use Instagram.

That’s why I moved a lot of the action to an email list. And if you don’t check your email for a week, that’s okay. Eventually you’ll find our birthday emails. No rush! Try doing that when stepping away from Twitter for just a few hours.

So first, make sure you get on our Birthday Club email list by clicking here (if you have problems with that site, send your name, birthday in MONTH / DAY format, your Bandcamp wishlist URL, and a link to an album or song you discovered on Bandcamp that you looooove, to me: seth@metalbandcampgift.club).

After all that, sit back and when an email comes in, open it up and think about buying an album for someone you don’t know. It’s a small act of kindness, a kind gesture, some positive energy in the world that makes a handful of people smile. Pretty metal, right?

Stream It a Lot? Buy It.

Helpful advice from Inlander:

IF YOU STREAM SOMETHING FIVE TIMES, BUY IT
Nowhere else in life do we consume without giving something back. You pay the local baker for bread. You pay the local brewery for beer. You even pay Fred Meyer for socks. Why shouldn’t you pay a fair price for that 10-song album that’s already given you hours of enjoyment and promises more to come? It’s a small price to pay to not only support the artist, but to show appreciation for their craft. (But not as small as what Spotify pays per stream.)

For me, Ithaca’sThe Language Of Injury,’ ‘Under the World‘ from VOWWS, and ‘
Victor Jara – Duerme, Duerme Negrito (Billy Caso Edit)‘ by Billy Caso are purchases I’ve made because I streamed them well over five times.

To many #MetalBandcampgiftclub fans, a lot of the advice from ‘In 2020, be sure to support the people and places that soundtrack our lives‘ is pretty obvious, but it’s always good to read an article like this, just to reinforce our support of the music we love!