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April 17, 2012 7:36 PM   Subscribe

In the seven years since its last appearance in the blue, Encyclopaedia Metallum has more than quadrupled in size - now containing 84,000+ bands and 65,000+ reviews of 30,000+ albums.
posted by Trurl (35 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
Should you need background music while perusing, here is Accept live in Osaka, 1985.
posted by Trurl at 7:36 PM on April 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


YEAH!!!
Such a great website. We should see how many mefites have bands listed.
posted by kittensofthenight at 8:27 PM on April 17, 2012


For giggles, I searched for my band and was actually surprised to find out we're on there. Most recently updated by a member living on another continent.

The internet's a funny place.
posted by triceryclops at 8:54 PM on April 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wow, there's a lot more band names that start with Kv- than I thought. Good job, Norway!
posted by ignignokt at 8:58 PM on April 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I never knew there were so many sub-sub-sub genres of metal: Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom, Sludge Metal, Stoner Metal, Symphonic Power Metal, Brutal Death Metal, Pagan Black Metal and (my fave) Metal with Folk Influence.
posted by slogger at 9:07 PM on April 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm relieved that very little False Metal is represented.
posted by Flashman at 9:15 PM on April 17, 2012 [9 favorites]


Metal with Folk Influence.

Few people recognise just how fucking metal the dulcimer is.
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 9:17 PM on April 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Kandarp: I'd call that Tolkein Metal.
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:19 PM on April 17, 2012


Tolkein Metal

aka Led Zeppelin das metall Übermenschen.
posted by stbalbach at 10:10 PM on April 17, 2012


Holy crap, the moderators' statement on what is and isn't metal is hysterical. You can just feel the epic flame wars where the finer points of this was all hashed out.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:11 PM on April 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


The site is really cool when you're trying to find out "the name of that one band". It's why we rarely have what is the name of that metal song askme questions.

My group is here. It is awesome how bands can't update themselves but someone from across the globe knows the tracklisting of your demos.
posted by kittensofthenight at 10:17 PM on April 17, 2012


Reading that moderator's statement, I just *had* to find out why Dawn of the Blackhearts was the only bootleg allowed on the website, didn't I.

Historical significance or not, did they *really* have to post a picture of some poor kid with his brains splattered out on there?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:26 PM on April 17, 2012


Holy crap, the moderators' statement on what is and isn't metal is hysterical.
None of us here think we're a supreme authority on all things heavy metal. However, someone has to draw a line somewhere after all, if we accepted just about anything it wouldn't make sense. So the moderating staff will decide, based on guidelines from the owners, to decide whether or not your submission is valid. So this is perhaps the most important point (other than truthful information), because knowing our rules can save some people a lot of time they would spend on a submission that will simply get rejected.

...

Metalcore, unless it's clearly more metal than core...

Oh, boy. They say something similar about grindcore. Such incredible ambiguity.

Their version of MetaTalk must be horrific.
posted by ignignokt at 10:30 PM on April 17, 2012


"Metalcore, unless it's clearly more metal than core"

These rules are great.
posted by kenko at 10:30 PM on April 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Holy crap, the moderators' statement on what is and isn't metal is hysterical.

Wow, they are serious, I’m feeling more than a little False Metal right now.
posted by bongo_x at 10:35 PM on April 17, 2012


Metal with Folk Influence

Or, a great excuse to use bagpipes with your metal.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:55 PM on April 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Lyrical themes: Evil
posted by outlaw of averages at 10:57 PM on April 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


> Or, a great excuse to use bagpipes with your metal .

Holy crap that is a FPP in and of itself. A german medievil metal band? that plays the bagpipes?
posted by mrzarquon at 11:01 PM on April 17, 2012


The moderators seem a bit confused, if they think that Guns 'N Roses, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC are all "classic rock" and not metal. The first is obviously hair metal, the second two are both hard rock and if your metal site doesn't include that, it's wrong.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:02 PM on April 17, 2012


Holy crap that is a FPP in and of itself. A german medievil metal band? that plays the bagpipes?

Yeah, they're brilliant. I discovered them one day by pure accident, zapping past the German channels in the middle of the night (as you do) and falling into their live performance at Wacken (2008 iirc). The only downside was that my wife was sleeping in the other room and I had to make sure the volume wasn't too loud...
posted by MartinWisse at 11:18 PM on April 17, 2012


This is one reason why metal is always more popular with males than females. We like classification. We like putting things into boxes, and then creating sub-boxes to further classify things. Collecting and identifying with that box, but absolutely not that lame, sell-out box over there.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 3:46 AM on April 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm relieved that very little False Metal is represented.

These guys got yr back.
posted by NoMich at 4:00 AM on April 18, 2012


I spent quite a bit of time on that site around 05-06 when I had a metal show. Fantastic for finding missing gems in good music collections.
posted by AndrewKemendo at 4:04 AM on April 18, 2012


Search by country and look up band names on Youtube. Add beer and kiss your Saturday night goodbye.
posted by NoMich at 4:11 AM on April 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wow, time flies.
posted by gwint at 5:29 AM on April 18, 2012


Shame they didn't call it MetalFilter.
posted by permafrost at 6:09 AM on April 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Best new word I've learned in a while:

We do NOT accept the following (this is our decision, please don't argue this):

Mallcore, also known as "nu-metal" by some (ex: Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Drowning Pool, Slipknot)

posted by swift at 6:18 AM on April 18, 2012


Few people recognise just how fucking metal the dulcimer is.

I see your Forefather and raise you Botanist: hammered dulcimer black metal.
posted by The Michael The at 7:15 AM on April 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


No Mushroomhead? I wonder if they are considered "nu-metal" like Slipknot.

My understanding from a true Metal fan is that Mushroomhead are the real deal, and Slipknot are the, "poseurs who just know how to market themselves but aren't really metal (or talented)".
posted by misha at 7:26 AM on April 18, 2012


Your favorite metal band isn't really metal.
posted by Trurl at 7:39 AM on April 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Holy crap, the moderators' statement on what is and isn't metal is hysterical.

for pete's sake, half of the bands they play on wgrd, our local pop metal station, aren't "metal" - it's "mallcore"?

no korn? are they fucking kidding me?

look, i'm not necessarily really into some of these bands but this is just absurd metal-hipster revisionism by people i suspect may be older than the average avenged sevenfold fan

"kids these days - they don't know what REAL metal is ..."
posted by pyramid termite at 12:35 PM on April 18, 2012


Lyrical themes: Evil
good alternate headline for this FPP
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:44 PM on April 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you like your metal with a not subtle hint of psychedalia, then Kylesa is for you.
posted by Subterranean Homesick Pygmalion at 12:45 PM on April 18, 2012


no korn? are they fucking kidding me?

Korn was always hated by metal fans from their very beginning. Not saying that makes them not metal, but I'm not surprised. People have been calling them not metal for 20 years. Definitely not revisionism.
posted by ignignokt at 5:21 PM on April 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


For giggles, I searched for my band and was actually surprised to find out we're on there. Most recently updated by a member living on another continent.

My band ended up on there at some point and I had the exact same experience. Even sold a CD to a dude in Austria because of it.
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