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|Death Switch||November 24, 02:37|
|Anaaliklaani||November 24, 02:35|
|Gram||November 23, 17:28|
|Endless Depression||November 23, 17:26|
|Goat Vox||November 23, 15:38|
|Mystic Rites||November 23, 15:20|
|Cosmic Plunge||November 23, 14:45|
|Ebauche Noire||November 23, 14:34|
|Nightwalkers||November 23, 14:14|
|Hellraisers||November 23, 13:25|
|Slidhr||November 24, 06:46|
|Pestem||November 24, 06:41|
|Mankindend||November 24, 06:39|
|Negro Bode Terrorista||November 24, 06:39|
|Naberus666||November 24, 06:39|
|Inferno Virtue||November 24, 06:39|
|Ayr||November 24, 06:23|
|Vesania||November 24, 06:20|
|Furdidurke||November 24, 06:16|
|Alexander Scardavian||November 24, 06:06|
|Sale Freux||La Mélancolie des...||Nov 24th|
|Vesania||Deus Ex Machina||Nov 23rd|
|Whispered||Thousand Swords||Nov 23rd|
|Cold Crypt||Utter Contempt...||Nov 23rd|
|Panzer Squad||Ostbunker||Nov 23rd|
|Disfiguring the Goddess||Sleeper||Nov 23rd|
|Casualties of Cool||Casualties of Cool||Nov 23rd|
|Job for a Cowboy||Sun Eater||Nov 23rd|
|Anaal Nathrakh||Desideratum||Nov 23rd|
|Devin Townsend Project||Z²||Nov 23rd|
|Mist of Nihil||Buried Laments||Nov 23rd|
|Jupiter||Classical Element||Nov 23rd|
|Pest||Rest in Morbid...||Nov 23rd|
|The Gathering||Nighttime Birds||Nov 23rd|
|Carcass||Reek of Putrefaction||Nov 23rd|
|At the Gates||At War with Reality||Nov 23rd|
|No Stayer||First EP||Nov 23rd|
|Year of No Light||Ausserwelt||Nov 23rd|
|Grimoire||L'aorasie des...||November 24th|
|Ephemer||Gloire immortelle||November 24th|
|The Flight of Sleipnir||V.||November 24th|
|ZOM||Flesh Assimilation||November 24th|
|Sin7sinS||Purgatory Princess||November 24th|
|Apnea||Ethereal Solitude||November 24th|
|Eye of Solitude||Dear Insanity||November 24th|
|Critical Solution||The Death Lament||November 24th|
|Rainbow||The Polydor Years||November 24th|
|Soundgarden||Echo of Miles:...||November 24th|
|Dahakara||Lone Aeon||November 24th|
|American Heritage||Prolapse||November 24th|
|Foscor||Those Horrors Wither||November 25th|
|Baring Teeth||Ghost Chorus...||November 25th|
|Primordial||Where Greater Men...||November 25th|
|Ария||Через все времена||November 25th|
|Urzeit / Akatharsia||Urzeit / Akatharsia||November 25th|
|Beasts of Torah / Krowos / Cold from Beyond||In Tenebris...||November 25th|
|Flesh Engine||Purging Existence||November 25th|
A new milestone has been reached today.
If you asked me, 12 years ago when we launched M-A, if we'd ever reach 10,000 bands on M-A, let alone ten times that number, I would probably have scoffed.
Yet here we are. And it's all thanks to you, our contributors. Thank you everyone for your hard work. Without you, this site would have never grown into the #1 resource for metal fans worldwide.
Please note that the site will go down tonight around 1 am EST / 6 am UTC for some planned maintenance on the server that will hopefully let the site run smoother. We will be back as soon as possible.
EDIT: All done. Report any issues to me.
1. Please stop adding "jewel case" to the version description field. That's automatically assumed for CDs. This kind of redundancy is only one step removed from things like "circular disc" or "composed of baryonic matter". Okay, maybe a tad further from that second one, but you get the idea. The same goes for "black vinyl".
2. If a release/version doesn't have a catalog number, leave the field empty. Do not add things like "n/a" or "none". Yes, we've seen this around and it is absolutely not needed. If the field is left blank, "N/A" is displayed anyway.
3. Coming back to version descriptions, for country- or region-specific versions, use the noun form of the country/region; ex. Germany, Europe or Japan. Not German, European or Japanese. Also do not add "edition" or "version", that's redundant as well. Just the proper noun, please.
Further clarification and updated guidelines for the use of the chronically misused and cluttered version description field -as well as versions in general- coming soon(-ish).
It is now possible to select a vinyl size for releases on that format. If the size is not a standard one, just leave the size field blank and make a note of it in the "additional notes" field.
Note that the format field has been moved so that it always appears near the track listing and that you can select a different format for each disc or component.
Also, for those adding/updating double-sided formats, please note that the "side B" row can be clicked and dragged to indicate which songs are on the B side. Please don't leave all the songs on the A side for such formats. :)
As usual, report any problems in this thread.
Big news today!
The site now has a system to keep track of the various versions of an album that may exist (different formats, re-issues, special editions, etc.). You can go to any album page, and click the + button under the album title to adda new version for this album. The form will be initially filled out with the parent release's info, and you can modify whatever is different in that particular version, including bonus tracks. All versions will be listed on the "other versions" tab on the album page.
There are a few new fields on the album form to support this feature. The most important is the format field, with which you can now specify if the release has been put out as a CD, vinyl, cassette, etc. Each format will have its own version in the database. The version description field can be used to specify a short description for a version if applicable, such as "digipak", "collector's edition", and the like. The band associated with the album can also now be modified, for cases in which an album is re-released under another band name. For two-sided formats, you can now specify which songs are on which side, and there's also an RPM field for vinyls. Finally, fields for identifiers (barcode numbers, etc.) and recording info (data that was previously put in the additional notes) have been added so that they can be searched for through the advanced search.
This also impacts a few other sections of the site. Reviewers are now able to select the specific version that they're reviewing, if they wish to do so (there's a button to edit the version in your existing reviews without re-submitting to the queue). Versions can be specified on your collection page as well. Label pages will also display every version that a label has released.
The rules section concerning albums has been expanded and restructured in light of this new feature. Please take the time to read it if you're going to contribute.
In some cases, an album that was previously a standalone entry will need to be transformed into a child version of another album. For instance, albums that were re-released under another band's name (The Mob's demo became Queensrÿche's self-titled EP for example), or DVD releases that should now be versions of a previous VHS release. In such cases, you can create the new version entry, and report the old one stating that it should be removed because it has been re-created as a version.
If you have any questions regarding all this, or if you find any bugs or strange behaviors, don't hesitate to post about it in this thread.
Here are a couple examples for Cathedral's The Carnival Bizarre and Totem's self-titled EP (re-released as Jex Thoth).
The site will be going down tonight for some maintenance at around 11 pm EDT (3 am UTC). We will be upgrading the database server software to a new version. Hopefully this won't take too long, or break anything, but it's hard to say with these things.
EDIT: Alright, all done, and things seem to be in order. Let me know if you see anything that looks broken. It seems like it might be a little slow, I'll see if I can adjust some settings tomorrow.
For all its awesomeness and virtues, ever since v2 went live about three years ago there has been a constant issue with inaccurate or plain nonsensical album (recording) lineups. Although this issue stems directly from the very possibility and ease of adding such data, it is not a technical concern. It lies with the userbase.
Even though it should be rather obvious that only correct and verified data should be added to the Archives, and even though there is an even more obvious reminder about this visible when editing album lineups, many people abuse this option for quickly acquiring points through considerable numbers of useless updates. This practise is hardly news, but it has found a new and very annoying instrument with album lineups.
Now, obviously the aforementioned infestation of blatant point-whores is a very important concern. However, the main reason I'm writing this is because there are some people who do have good intentions, but misunderstand what exactly is meant by officially sourced album lineups. There have been many instances of users believing it is permissible to make certain educated guesses based on a band's main lineup and the year ranges and then transmute these into a "probable" constellation of artists for (a) specific release(s). THIS IS NOT THE CASE. For starters, even with short-lived bands with no past members and only one release there can be numerous permutations, such as one member not performing on the album or others playing slightly different roles.
So yeah, there it is. Repeated failure to observe this very simple rule and/or especially unapologetic point-whoring can get your account banned, whatever your intentions. If you have added questionable guesswork lineups in the past, it would be in the site's best interest (and yours, naturally) to flag these instances for review with the report function.
So let me reiterate, very clearly: Only use trustworthy, ideally official and explicit sources for adding album lineups. That includes album booklets, discography sections on the band's website, Bandcamp pages, reviews including additional info about the release, etc... DO NOT make guesses, even "educated" ones. If you cannot be sure about a lineup, leave it blank. Having no information is preferable to having incorrect information. We do not want guesswork data to be presented as fact on the site (and inaccuracies disguised as truth to spread from here), and this is exactly what ignoring the above leads to. Let's all try to keep this wonderful site accurate and professional, as opposed to a cesspool of lazy misinformation, shall we?
Thank you for your comprehension and contributions.
Hey, we're gonna try something new. As many of you may know, this weekend is the Bloodstock Festival in the UK. I learned today that the fest will actually offer a live stream of the shows on the main stage, and it's possible for third-party websites to embed the video. This seems like it could be of interest to a lot of MA visitors so... here you go. Also, here is the Bloodstock forum thread for those who want to comment.
EDIT: The fest is over so I removed the video stream.
We have now reached an incredible 90,000 bands listed in the database! Needless to say, a gargantuan thank you from the owners and the staff goes out to all contributors who made this possible.
The magic six digits aren't too far away now, onwards to 100,000!
Once again apologies for the sad state of the site today. We are aware that it's very slow or even unresponsive, and our host is looking into the problem. Nothing has been perfect since the server crash earlier this month, and believe me we are as sick of this situation as you are. We will try to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.