Heavy Metal Eurovision - internet contest organized by www.esckaz.com/

Permanent adress: http://metal.esckaz.com/

Heavy Metal Eurovision - 3rd edition (December 2005 - January 2006)
3rd edition of the Heavy Metal Eurovision will start in December. Now we are starting search for a bands to compete in this edition. Please, send us your views and nominees at metal@esckaz.com. Please read the rules about bands and songs eligibility here.

We decided to turn attention to some new and less known bands in Heavy Metal World in the 3rd contest, but we can assure you that the overall music quality will stay on the high level as it was in 2 previous editions. We need your help in selection of the bands from following countries, if available:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, San-Marino
If you do know some bands from this countries, which meet the rules of our contest, feel free to send your suggestions.

2nd edition, 1st edition

Image: Aleksey Arsentiev


Additional clarification: Ladies and Gentlemen! We once again underline that this contest is FAN BASED and UNOFFICIAL. It is organized within the regular frames of such type of contests. There are dozens if not hundreds such contests in the other musical styles, and it seems as this is first event in heavy metal style, it is rather new for the audience, and we need to clarify and emphasize on the fact that participating bands ARE NOT directly involved in the contest. Some of them are not even informed about their participation, and result in this fan contest can not affect them at all. No prizes are distributed as well. It is simple GAME, the one you can play, or can ignore, or can invent your own one with your favourite bands and different rules. Purpose of it is to promote heavy metal bands from different European countries among us, heavy metal fans. Stay metal!

Main rules:

Participating countries
- active and associate members of European Broadcasting Union. Few countries may be in and out from one edition to another if no suitable bands are located for respective country. There is no official relegation for the countries and participation depends only on availability of the suitable entries. Few countries may be granted exclusion, like Kazakhstan, which takes part in the contest as special guest country.
Attention: since the 4th edition of the contest we will be allowing associate members of EBU to participate. Among associate members are USA, South Africa, Canada, Australia and others. For more information on active and associate membership read website ebu.ch

Requirements for participating bands: page at www.metal-archives.com/, official website with mp3 files available for download in decent quality. Priority is given to active power metal and prog metal bands.

Preselection: Is run by organizers, but any voter may suggest his nominations which will be properly considered.

Nominations should be sent to organizers at metal@esckaz.com or published at the discussion board which is located at Metalism records messageboard. Voter can nominate only bands (not songs).

The main voting is done with judging all participating songs in 1-10 scale and votes should be sent to organizers at metal@esckaz.com or published at the discussion board which is located at Metalism records messageboard. Before the voting you should download and listen properly to all of the participating entries (about 40 songs). For voters residing in Almaty, Kazakhstan all entries can be given out on mp3 CD if requested. In case download link fails to function and no alternative will be available - organizers will take the decision whether to upload file themselves or to disqualify the entry. To get better quality mp3 - buy original CDs and if they are not available use sharing programs as E-Mule & Soulseek.

Deadlines for voting are set by the organizers, in general voting period is one month. The contest is approximately 5 editions project scheduled to run every quarter of the year.

Participation in nominations and the main voting is open for everyone, but voter should mention his name, e-mail and city of residence when voting. One can vote for his own country, but all votes will be checked to prevent multiply voting. Please do not vote by giving 10 points to your country and 1 point to all others. This votes will be simply disregarded and your adress blocked from futher voting. Only correspondence in English or in Russian will be accepted. Attention: No mp3s to be sent via e-mail!

Disclaimer: Heavy Metal Eurovision is not real life contest, it is fan based event taking place in the internet. Purpose of it is to promote heavy metal bands from different European countries. Data and recordings used in this contest remain property of the bands and other copyright holders and are used by the organizers for the promotion purposes only. Heavy Metal Eurovision is not associated with Eurovision Song Contest which is registered trademark of European Broadcasting Union.

Organizers hold the right to change the rules at any point of the competition or to cease the event completely.

special thanks to www.metal-archives.com/ and http://metalism.fastbb.ru/

We also kindly thank following band representatives for their interest in the project and wish them good luck in the contest and success in the future:
Before Silence, Blynd, Eleftheria, Gaia Epicus, Gone, Eternal Flight, Manticora, Mindfeeder, Old Season, Tuzmadar;
Altair, Armageddon, Desert, Distant Light, Dyslesia, Emerald, Holy Dragons, Offertorium, Persefone, Rosebourg, VII Gates, Symbolic.