World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Encyclopaedia Metallum

Article Id: WHEBN0022869371
Reproduction Date:

Title: Encyclopaedia Metallum  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of online music databases, Riders of the Apocalypse, Pyogenesis, The Absence, Meridian Dawn
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Encyclopaedia Metallum

Encyclopaedia Metallum
Web address http://www.metal-archives.com/
Commercial? No
Type of site Music database, reviews
Registration Optional
Owner Morrigan, Hellblazer
Created by Morrigan, Hellblazer
Launched July 17, 2002
Alexa rank 8,164[1]
Current status Active

Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives (commonly known as Metal Archives per the URL or just MA) is a website which lists bands from various forms of heavy metal music.[2] Encyclopaedia Metallum was described by Matt Sullivan of Nashville Scene as "the Internet's central database for all that is 'tr00' in the metal world."[3] Terrorizer described the site as "a fully-exhaustive list of pretty much every metal band ever, with full discographies, an active forum and an interlinking members list that shows the ever-incestuous beauty of the metal scene".[4] Nevertheless, there are exceptions for bands which fall under disputed genres not accepted by the website.

Encyclopaedia Metallum attempts to provide comprehensive information on each band, such as a discography, logos, pictures, lyrics, line-ups, biography, trivia and user-submitted reviews. The site also provides a system for submitting bands to the archives. The website is free of advertisements and is run completely independently.

History

The Encyclopaedia Metallum was officially launched on July 17, 2002 by two Canadians from Montreal using the pseudonyms HellBlazer and Morrigan. A couple years prior, HellBlazer had the idea of an encyclopedia for heavy metal and attempted to write each band's page using HTML. Although he gave up with that initial attempt, a fully automated site with contributions from its users was in the works.[5] The site initially went live early in July 2002, with the first band added being Amorphis on July 7.[6] In just over a year the site had amassed a database of over 10,000 bands.[7] The site continues to grow at a fairly constant rate of about 9000 bands per year.

On 1 January 2013, the site announced that bands with entirely digital discographies could now be submitted to the Archives, changing the site's decade long policy of physical releases only.[8] Digital releases must have a fixed track listing, album art, professional or finished production and be available in a high-quality or lossless format through official distribution sources.

On 13 November 2014, the number of bands listed in the database reached 100,000. [9]

April Fool's Day pranks

The site has a tradition of April Fool's Day pranks that are sometimes taken seriously. This started in 2009 with the addition of Korn into the Metal-Archives and several dozen user reviews praising their first self-titled album, with the news article of the day claiming that the first album was metal enough for the site. A series of staged arguments between moderators appeared throughout the day on the site's forum. 2010 was the year they removed "The Tavern" (the general discussion forum) for a day. In 2012 the site posted an FBI logo on the main page suggesting that the site was suspended by the FBI as a result of promoting internet piracy. Despite the ability to bypass this image just by clicking on it, many people took the prank seriously and thought that the Metal-Archives had gone the way of Megaupload.[10] Nickelback was added to the Metal-Archives in 2013 in a prank that was similar to the 2009 Korn prank, as it also had user submitted joke reviews praising various Nickelback albums. In 2014, the prank consisted on the addition of several (mostly praising) reviews of an EP called Penis Metal released by Chilean black metal band Hades Archer, followed by the addition of the band's logo and pictures which included penis on them. The band's style was also change to Penis Metal. A secondary prank involved the spontaneous deletion of controversial band Meshuggah (whose genre was listed on the site as "technical nu-metal/djent" and later changed to simply "djent"), leading to another series of arguments between moderators on the site's forum, although not to the extent of the 2009 prank. Meshuggah were reinstated the following day.

Accepted and excluded bands

Traditional heavy metal genres and eras, such as the NWOBHM have stringent rulings; users are warned in the rules section to consider bands submitted under these classifications as "ambiguous," in the sense that if a band is submitted with these terms as their genre, the music will be extensively reviewed by the moderators before they decide whether or not to accept the band onto the website.[11] This is because in the past, some submissions labeled with those genres have turned out not to be metal, according to the site's guidelines. Some bands which are commonly referred to as traditional heavy metal and NWOBHM, such as Def Leppard and Stryper, are on the website due to only one or two of the bands' albums meeting the website's specifications.

Additionally, there are some non-metal bands featured on the site that are considered to be part of the metal scene despite not being metal themselves (usually dark ambient and folk bands, examples being Mortiis, Elend, Nest, :Of The Wand & The Moon:, Autumn Tears, Stille Volk, etc.). These bands are selected by the moderators "in an admittedly arbitrary fashion," and their submission by normal users is discouraged.[12]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Encyclopaedia Metallum at Alexa
  2. ^ Miers, Jeff (June 13, 2008). "Club Chatter".  
  3. ^ Sullivan, Matt (December 22, 2009). "The indie-fication of metal, 2009". Nashville Scene (City Press LLC). Retrieved December 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ "A Decade in Downloading", Terrorizer's Secret History of... the Decade, December 2009
  5. ^ http://v1.metal-archives.com/miasmainterview.php
  6. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Amorphis/1
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/news/view/id/205
  9. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/news/view/id/220.
  10. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/news/view/id/201
  11. ^ Websites "rules"... heavy metal/hard rock to be considered "ambiguous"
  12. ^ Encyclopaedia Metallum's Guidelines

External links

  • Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
  • Official Facebook page
  • Translated interview from Miasma Magazine
  • Translated interview from Arsenic Magazine
  • Interview from No Clean Singing blog/webzine
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Fair are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.