X-Thor wrote:He has a point, though. It seems the majority of those buying tickets are power/folk metalheads, while the "extreme" fans seem to be a very vocal minority (just ask Sam Dunn and his failure to raise even a third of the money he needed for the extreme metal episode of Metal Evolution).
Did Sam Dunn have to raise the money for every episode from the fans? Thought so.
No, but he got a HUGE ammount of e-mails and FB posts asking for an extreme metal episode. And he only asked for crowdfunding because VH1 and other executives thought the episode wouldn't be well-recieved among "mainstream" audiences and wouldn't be watched by that many people. I think the fact that about 700 persons supported him proves them right.
Memnoch wrote:Maybe the series were so poorly made that no-one wanted to see him do an episode on extreme metal?
Well, then maybe that's the problem. In my experience with the "I only listen to real TRVE metal!" crew (not saying you are one of them, you certainly aren't), they tend to have such narrow specific tastes and ideas that pretty much nothing said or written about heavy metal pleases them. Maybe that's why there were complains even about the BTH line-up. And yes, maybe that explains the lack of support for Sam Dunn's iniciative. "What, he is not talking the full 40 minutes about X, Y and Z bands? What a poser!".
Besides, in my opinion, the series was, in general, very good. Sure, the power metal episode wasn't that good, but I think that's because Sam knows next to nothing about it, which is not the case for extreme metal. Moreover, it'd mean more interviews with artists I like (and that extreme metal fans are supposed to like) and maybe discovering new things about them or their contribution to the genre. I would've liked to see that.
(Disclaimer: I did contribute to the episode, because  I like Dunn's work, even though the Power Metal episode was kind of meh and  I like to see all things metal going into the mainstream. Maybe with that series, some people got to know more about metal, and that's always a good thing, in my opinion).
And Statsman could tell us how many categories have sold out after which announcements. I think the most sections were sold out when the tickets came on sale, so that was veterans, not folk fans (sure, there might've been some in there, but you get the idea). I did however notice that there was one category back on available after the Arkona announcement - does that mean that folk metal sell cabins back to UMC?
That'd imply an immediate causal relationship that I'm not so sure really holds (i.e. people only book based on the latest announcement). Maybe statsman and I could play with the numbers enough and come with an econometric model for that, but that'd depend on the data we had...
And as much as you hate Arkona, just check out the wishlists. Most of us had them in ours, and not just the more vocal folk metal fans, but more of what you'd call the "Variety" crew.