Killyourstereo.com – colloquially known as Kill Your Stereo and KYS – is an independent Australian music website that was established way back in 2006. Since our inception, we’ve been dedicated to covering rock, punk, hardcore and metal releases, news and more; all with honesty and hopefully, in our own unique way too. Essentially, if we have something to say about particular on-goings, releases or bands – good or bad – we will say so, one way or another. Other than reviews and op-eds, we have interviews, live coverage, premieres, retrospective reviews, features and all manner of news piece as well. We may also not be the first to break news, but we will discuss it 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 think of ourselves like that or label ourselves with that term. We are all people who just like music and writing and wish to express as such in our own creative outlet.
One of the largest aspects of KYS is our reviews, and we love music here: why we praise it lovingly and 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. Below is what our scores mean.
- 100: A truly exceptional release that is 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 quite ‘amazing’.
- 60-69: A decent release; flayed yet still enjoyable.
- 50-59: Average. While not awful, it only just made it across the line of being ‘good’.
- 40-49: Not good; utterly mediocre; nothing to write home about.
- 30-39: Bad. Woefully mediocre & bordering on abysmal.
- 20-29: An awful, subpar release that only has one or two redeeming qualities.
- 10-19: Forsaken, a release we cannot recommend.
- 0-9: If you see this rating, avoid said release at all costs!
If there is any conflict of interest between a writer and an artists release, (if the writer and the band are friends in real life or a member has written for KYS before) we will fully disclose that fact. 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 in our reviews, yet we understand that some may disagree. So we always encourage our readers to experience said content for themselves (even if we completely hate and loathe it) and to form their own opinions.
To any bands reading this: no, we do not hate you personally if we dislike your music, and we sincerely hope you can understand that distinction. Also, calling us “wankers”, being passive aggressive children or insulting us over social media after reading a negative review of your latest release or live show will never help your case. Please, 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.
Much like our peers, we are happy to help publish an advance stream of your next single or full release on the website. Now, we do not ask for any payment for any of our exclusives or premieres. Honestly, that would be wrong of us. Please keep in mind that Alex does have the final say on what songs and bands we work with in these instances. So, 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. Also, if we are offering space on the site for your band’s stream, we simply ask that you share it on your social media accounts accordingly. As these our exclusive posts, after all, and it’s only fair, right?
KYS does run advertising with various international and national 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. 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 on offer.
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