Frequently Asked Questions

Before contacting The Sleeping Shaman about a review, please read the following…

Review Submissions

What music do you cover?

To basically sum it up, we cover doom and all its sub genre’s, be it stoner rock, desert rock, heavy rock, space rock, psych, drone, sludge, experimental, noise, and everything in between, but if you take five minutes to read the site, you’ll get the idea.

Will you review our album/EP?

If you fall into the above, then yes, we’ll happily consider your recordings for review, although that’s not a guarantee as we are incredibly busy at Shaman HQ and unfortunately, we can’t review everything.

Do you write reviews from downloads?

Absolutely, in fact the majority of the promos we receive these days are from downloads, but please make sure the tracks are titled, tagged and ordered correctly.

Do you write reviews from streams?

The simple answer is no, we will only write reviews from good quality mp3 downloads or physical promo copies be it CD, vinyl, or occasionally cassette, but please check first as not all our scribes are able to play cassettes.

Do you review single tracks or videos?

No, as we’re inundated with requests, we only review demos, EPs, or full album releases.

Why is there no address to send in a physical promo?

It’s intentional, we already get enough unsolicited promo’s sent in without our address being in the public domain, but if you think your recording falls into what we cover, see the following question.

How do I submit my album for review?

If you think your band falls into the scope of what is covered on The Sleeping Shaman and would like to submit your recording for review, please fill out our contact form and supply the following information:

  • Name of band/artist and title of recording
  • Record label (if applicable) and release date
  • Band biography and/or press release – just saying your a doom band from Mordor isn’t enough!
  • Link to any online web presence, preferably with audio to stream
  • Whether the review is from a download or a physical copy
  • If a digital submission, please supply a link where we can download the promo

We sent you a Promo but you never reviewed our album?

As the site has grown, so has the number of requests for reviews and we just simply can’t cover everything. We do try and review as much as possible, but this is restricted to what time our loyal team of scribes has and whether it’s been submitted at a particularly busy time of year. It could also be the case that we felt your music didn’t fall into what we cover on these hallowed pages, as lets face it, it would be a waste of our time and yours, if you ain’t ‘heavy’ then you need not apply.

We messaged you on social media but never got a reply?

I know it’s crazy, but I’m afraid I don’t live on social evil so it’s not an ideal place to contact us about a review. It will more often than not be overlooked as we prefer submissions to be emailed or sent in using the contact form. If you have messaged us on social evil and never got a reply, please accept our apologies as it’s nothing personal, it’s just a lot easier to manage things if they’re submitted in the appropriate way.