Well, I'd say that reviews are still important, atleast from a promotional view point, especially reviews from the printed press. Digital zines are far too often neglecting to see what kind of impact they have, not only to the bands but also towards their own trade. They very often only consist of a group of people with an interest in music, nothing more. They do in most cases not have an editor, and in the few instances where there is such a person, the person is not doing his/her job. In my view, a review should always have more substance than that of an opinion, it should for the better part of its weight contain a type of insight that is applicable. The main focus of the review should be on the measurable factors, first and foremost the quality of production, the quality of musicianship and the quality of the composition itself. Most reviewers are biased in one way or another, which is to be expected, and it is very important for a reviewer to be aware of this, and only use this bias to spice the review, not base the article solely on a preconceived attitude that will only come across as misconstrued, misinformed and malefic in nature.