Friday, August 22, 2014

The End

After four long years of service, I've decided to bring an end to The Bread God's Treasure Hoard. Why? Because I've stopped giving a shit, that's why. I no longer have the energy to continue. You can clearly tell this from my last few posts. I didn't even have the energy to write up proper descriptions for fucks sake. Before I go, I want to tell you a little story.

The very first metal blog I ever read was Cosmic Hearse, which was owned by Aesop Dekker of Ludicra. I discovered it way back in October 2008 while I was searching for information pertaining to the LLN. I noticed he was offering download links to their work. Always eager to get free stuff, I immediately downloaded everything he had on his blog.

Before I discovered the wide world of metal blogs, I downloaded all my music from DC++. It was a rather complicated affair. First you had to find a server that specialized in metal, then you had to connect your music folder so you could share it with other people, then you had to connect to a peer, then you had to go through their folders and select which files you wanted to download. It was a confusing mess. But when I discovered metal blogs and the file lockers they used, I was all like, "Holy shit, this is way easier than DC++!"

Before long, I was hopping along the metal blogosphere and downloading everything that sparked my interest. They had a whole bunch of stuff that I couldn't find on DC++. It was through this process that I discovered depressive black metal. I began listening to bands like Grimlair and Trancelike Void constantly. I downloaded enough metal to last me a lifetime.

After I graduated from high school, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I thought I was just gonna sit at home and masturbate all day every day while collecting disability checks from the government. (For the record, I have since gotten a job and taken myself off disability.) Then one day, I got an idea. I decided I wanted to give back to the metal community. So I created The Bread God's Treasure Hoard in April 2010. Cosmic Hearse inspired me to do this, as did The Living Doorway, another one of my favorite blogs. Unlike most other metal blogs, I didn't want to take the easy way out by posting a bunch of popular shit. Instead, I wanted to post those awesome obscure albums that most people tend to ignore.

I had a real fun time during 2010 and 2011. I shared a lot of awesome albums, discovered a lot of awesome albums, met a lot of awesome people. But then tragedy struck. In January 2012, just one day after the massive SOPA protest, the feds shut down Megaupload. This had all the other file lockers running scared. They responded by deleting fucking everything. This hit a lot of metal blogs hard. Many of them ceased operation out of frustration. Since I was using Mediafire at the time, all my shit got deleted. I wasn't about to let this get me down, so I just switched to Depositfiles.

I kept going along nicely until I learned that The Living Doorway got shut down. The DMCA was to blame. Seriously, fuck the DMCA. Then Ludicra broke up. Aesop fell into a depressive episode and he stopped updating Cosmic Hearse entirely. This really hit me hard. Cosmic Hearse was the reason I discovered the metal blogosphere. It was the reason I started this blog.

I kept going forward, but it just wasn't the same. The spirit was gone. The Megaupload Incident left the metal blogosphere dead and barren. Everyone had moved to safer havens like Metalarea, Dark-World, and Share the Brutality. These sites are located in countries where the DMCA does not apply. It makes no sense to post your stuff in a place where it can be taken down without warning. Not only that, but metal bands are joining Bandcamp in droves. That site has rendered sites like mine obsolete. The people have decided that it's easier and more efficient to download straight from the band instead of a third party. The world no longer needs sites like mine, and with that, I shall take my leave.

I'd like to thank all my readers for sticking with me this long. There are probably only five of you left, but I don't care. I'm grateful for any attention I get. This blog means nothing without you. If you guys ever need me then you can head on over to my review blog, Servile Insurrection (formerly known as The Autistic Metalhead). You can also find me on twitter. Now let's end it all with the album that started it all: Pod Vladou Bice!