Killyourstereo.com – colloquially known as Kill Your Stereo and KYS – is an independent Australian music website that was established sometime in the distant past of 2006. Goddamn, time flies.
Since our inception, we’ve been dedicated to covering rock, punk, hardcore and metal releases, news and so much more; all with honesty and hopefully, via our own unique way. Some would say it’s done good, others would say otherwise. We’ll leave that up to you. Essentially, if we have something to say about particular on-goings, releases or bands – good or bad – we’ll say so, one way or another. Other than reviews and op-eds, we also publish interviews, live review coverage, premieres, retrospective articles, features and all manner of news pieces as well.
We may not be the first to break news, but we will discuss it in the best way we can in order to do the topic or issue justice; not focusing purely on getting something out first for the pure sake of clicks. We are also not ‘journalists’ – we don’t really think of ourselves like that nor label ourselves with that term. Call us whatever you wish. We are just people who love music and writing; wishing to express as such with our own creative outlet.
One of the largest aspects of KYS is our reviews, and we love music here: that’s why we praise it lovingly but also why we criticise it. When we review a release, we rate it out of 100. Whenever we review something, it is an honest write-up and the opinions – positive or negative – presented are solely those of that particular writer and do not reflect the opinions of the wider site’s other contributors or of our editor/owner, Alex Sievers. (Unless it’s one of his reviews you’re reading, that is.
Below is what our review scores mean:
- 100: A truly exceptional release; essentially perfect. One of the Albums Of The Year, if not *the* AOTY.
- 90-99: A superb release just shy of perfection.
- 80-89: A great release, one you need to acquaint yourself with ASAP.
- 70-79: Solid. Above average, but not ‘amazing’.
- 60-69: A decent release; flawed yet still enjoyable.
- 50-59: Average. While not awful, it just made it across the finish line.
- 40-49: Not good; utterly mediocre; nothing to write home about.
- 30-39: Bad. Woefully mediocre; bordering on abysmal.
- 20-29: An awful release that has one or two redeeming qualities.
- 10-19: Forsaken, a release we cannot recommend.
- 0-9: If you see this rating, avoid at all costs!
If there is any potential conflict of interest between a writer and an artist or a release, we will fully disclose that fact or avoid it altogether. We like to be upfront with how we work here.
This should also go without saying, but with any review that you read here, always take it with a grain of salt. We are being honest in our critiques and praises, yet we understand that some readers may disagree. So we always encourage our readers to experience said content for themselves (even if we completely loathe the release) and to form their own opinions.
To any bands/artists reading this: no, we do not hate you if we dislike your music, and we sincerely hope you can understand that distinction. Also, calling us “wankers” or insulting us over social media after reading a negative review of your latest release or show will not help your case. Save your time and bandwidth.
Also, unlike some of our media peers, if you try to pay us to give you a good review, we will kindly tell you to fuck off.
We are happy to help publish an advance stream of your next single or video. If we do ask for payment for exclusives or premieres, that money will not be pocketed; it’ll go into sponsoring social media posts about this premiere.
Please keep in mind that Alex does have the final say on what songs and bands we work with in these scenarios. If he does not like the song itself or the band then his and the site’s integrity will be maintained and we will decline the premiere. A premiere is like a birthday, so it should come from the heart and a place of love.
Of course, if we are offering space on the site for your band’s advance stream or some other exclusive, early release, we ask the band and the members share it on their social media accounts accordingly. As these our exclusive posts, it’s only fair, right?
KYS does run advertising with bands, promoters and record labels. However, we – as a website – are here to discuss, praise and criticise music and are not simply here to blatantly promote it. To any potential advertisers, please note that simply advertising on our website does not guarantee you will get a positive review from us.
Advertising slots have absolutely no bearing or sway on our reviews and their scores. Again, if you want to pay for good reviews, we suggest you please advertise elsewhere. There’s no shortage of websites who will tell you exactly what you want to hear in exchange for a payment.
On the contrary, the release in question may indeed be reviewed positively by us, if that is how the particular writer truly feels about the work.
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If you’d like to contribute to our forum or comment on articles, telling us why we’re right or wrong, you need to be a registered user. You are still free to read any of our content without being registered, of course. When you sign up, you don’t need to sweat about your personal details, as we don’t share your info with anyone. We wouldn’t even know how to!
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