Moving forward, Ride into Glory will no longer be rating releases in our reviews.
When I first started Ride into Glory, I wanted to make sure I used a 100 point rating system so that I could still contribute to Metal Archives (MA) by cross-posting my content over there. In my opinion, MA is the single most important metal resource on the internet bar none and I wanted to do my part. Now this was the rationale behind the system back when it was just me here at the site and at this point I’ve come to hate it.
The site’s grown quite a bit since then to say the least and the rating system hasn’t translated very well to having a larger team. A 90/100 means something entirely different to each author and I’m sure it has a different meaning to each reader as well. At some point, it just becomes too subjective and arbitrary to justify.
After a while of feeling this way, it became clear to me that ratings weren’t really adding much benefit. Bands, labels, and PR folk can use them to help promote bands, which can help them get some traction, but this is pretty much the only major benefit in my opinion. Some readers can use them to shortcut the article entirely, but that kinda goes against the point doesn’t it? Besides, out of principle we only review and premiere stuff we like or see potential in. Ride into Glory only publishes 3 articles per week at most and I want to make sure that each of those articles highlights a band or release worth your time. Since we operate that way, it means our ratings effectively bottomed out at 80% and besides, what the hell is the meaningful difference between an 85 or an 86?
We’d love to hear what you guys think of this decision in the comments!