The Darkling Heavyweight

July 9th, 2010

timmamba has been a Figment player since almost the beginning.  His band Darkling may have been created in response to our first contest, but it’s the band’s quality and early influence on the Figment fake bands that followed in it’s wake that have made it a mainstay at the top of the Figment Top Bands chart from the moment of it’s inception.

While timmamba’s covers may lack some of the sophistication of other Figment players it’s his ability to create a mood that has made Darkling such a hit in our opinion.  Who else could have taken mundane nature shots and used them to create album covers that are as dark and disturbing as anything created by real black metal bands who trade in anti-Christian and violent imagery?  Who else has the writing chops to create a back story that is both ridiculous and believable all at the same time?  Who else can create song titles like “Kick the Tyr and Light the Pyre”?  No one, that’s who!

So while timmamba may not be one of the most prolific Figment players, an issue some of you on the site seem to have with some of the Top Bands, he has created a band that continues to dominate completely on it’s own terms, and for that reason we are naming him our latest Figment Player Industry Heavyweight.  timmamba will be checking out all of your bands over the coming weeks and rewarding those bands/albums he feels merit the attention, whether it’s simply to provide some constructive criticism or to lavish extra lucre on those that he feels rightly deserve it.

We’d also like to take a moment to thank poppinfresh for being such a great Industry Heavyweight over the past month or so.  We hope you’ll take a moment to thank him as well!

10 Responses to “The Darkling Heavyweight”

  1. TMTYTF Says:

    When was the last time this user logged onto this site anyway??

  2. Eric Says:

    I’m not sure what that has to do with his ability to be an Industry Heavyweight? TMTYTF, you seem to have a real problem with bands and players who aren’t as active as, say, you? Why? I’m guessing it has to do with your complaints about the Top Bands chart, and more specifically how it should only contain those bands who are actively releasing albums. May I remind you that Led Zeppelin hasn’t put out an album since the 1970’s, but I don’t know many people who would debate their position as one of the top bands in the world at this very moment in terms of fans. The fact is that some players ARE more active than others, but what bearing does that have on the albums they created? None. Bands like GothZilla, Pastor of Muppets and even Darkling were able to build large fan bases because they created albums that people relate with for whatever reason. If you don’t, that’s fine, but whether it was put out yesterday or last year has absolutely no bearing on what someone thinks about the album when they discover it. I think you need to stop getting so hung up on who puts out more albums and pay more attention to the quality of their work. In our opinion, timmamba has earned his right to be an Industry Heavyweight. What he does while in that position is his business.

  3. TMTYTF Says:

    I’m not saying that this user is unqualified in any way, nor was I complaining about inactive bands. What I wanna know is if this user even realizes that he’s being given the Heavyweight title.

  4. Eric Says:

    Yes, he does. We contact all of the Player Heavyweights before naming them to make sure that they are interested and will actively participate.

  5. bobmuffin55 Says:

    i kinda agree w/ TMTYTF on this one

  6. theHoseman Says:

    I kinda like bringing some of the seminal artists/players back into things myself…and timmamba’s stuff is sure not just the “same old, same old”!
    I only wish I had some ideas (or the time to implement them) to try to get his attention.

    A little message to anyone worried about this selection (if I may)…
    Spend your energy creating/designing cool stuff that is creative and inventive and don’t focus on who is Heavyweight and who isn’t.
    We’ll all be better served!

  7. theHoseman Says:

    Oh yeah, one more thing…Zeppelin is better than 90% of the drivel on the radio today!

  8. frizbee Says:

    I agree with both sides of this discussion. When timmamba was announced as the latest Heavyweight my initial thought was: “This guy hasn’t been active in almost a year, will he even get to enjoy his Heavyweight status?” At first I was under the impression that Heavyweights were generally people who were not only big players of the Figment game, but also regularly active players. But when people like revspike and poppinfresh- who had been inactive on the site for a very long time-were made Heavyweights, they came out of the woodwork and put their Heavyweight status to work.

    Now I understand that the concept of bestowing the honor of Heavyweight on a user is not just because they’re the most active player in the game, but because of what they’ve done on the site. While timmamba may be AWOL, he was around shortly after the birth of Figment, and Darkling is one of the Top Bands because of this. Darkling isn’t really my cup of tea, but that doesn’t stop him from being on top. I don’t like Led Zeppelin either, but that doesn’t stop them from being one of the biggest bands in history.

    I know from previous experience that they do e-mail you about becoming a Heavyweight, so obviously timmamba must have gotten said e-mail and agreed to the title. But I do wonder if he will come back to the site soon to spread the Heavyweight love around? Even if he never returns to the site during his stint as Heavyweight, it’s still an honor that no one can take from him. Congrats, timmamba!

  9. TMTYTF Says:

    In response to the Led Zeppelin comparison, sure they’re one of the greatest bands in history, and sure they left a pretty big legacy to music the world over. But I don’t understand why they had to break up after John Bonham died. I personally have a much greater respect for a band like AC/DC, who lost their front man the very same year yet came back stronger than ever with Back In Black. Because of it, they’re still making great music today and that may be why active bands are more important to me

  10. theHoseman Says:

    Perhaps Zep hung up the skates cuz there was nothing left for them to conquer.

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