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Link New features / 2012-11-30 12:37

A few new features have been deployed today:

  • Labels by country: this was requested a good while ago, and I finally got around to it.
  • I've also slightly revamped the left menu alongside with this new link to make it look tidier.
  • There is now an autocomplete helper when adding external links.
  • A Years active field to document a band's various periods of activity: years of formation, disbanding, reunions, name changes, and so on.
For contributors, please see the help page for more information on how to correctly enter this data (with examples for various cases). Note that we are also keeping the old "year of formation" field, as this field is used for advanced search purposes, and is also not necessarily the same year as the first year in the band's history (for bands that changed names, for instance).

Enjoy!

-Morrigan

Link Scheduled maintenance / 2012-11-22 21:20

The site will be down for a short time starting around midnight EST (5 am UTC) while the server team replaces a hard drive. Sorry about the inconvenience; it's a simple procedure and shouldn't take too long.

EDIT: The drive has been replaced and the site is back. There's a small problem with the forum that will be fixed soon.

EDIT 2: The forum is back. Everything seems fine now, but let me know if you see any errors.

-HellBlazer

Link Search update / 2012-10-13 17:18

I'm upgrading our search engine so you might get some errors or odd behaviors when using the search in the next few minutes.

EDIT: Well that was quite painless. Everything should be fine now, let me know if you see anything unusual concerning the search.

-HellBlazer

Link Happy April Fools / 2012-04-02 00:09

No, the FBI did not seize our domain. No, no one was indicted with racketeering, money laundering and other nefarious activities. This was all, of course, an April Fools prank. Nothing illegal or criminal has ever been going on here, obviously.

I admit, the prank was a lot more successful than I expected, based on various reactions I have seen all over the Internet. I had written the date in the browser's title and allowed the clicking of the image to make it disappear and lead to the site normally, yet apparently many people failed to notice any of that... Sorry if we caused any heart attacks ;) but this goes to show that people tend to be very reactionary instead of stopping for a second and using a bit of critical thinking.

Sorry again for that wee bit of trolling. But hey, that's what April the 1st is for! Until next year. \m/

-Morrigan

Link More new features! / 2012-03-26 01:02

New setting

As stated in the previous post, we're continuously adding new features and settings, and the latest one is the "Complete lineup" tab on the band and album pages. The default behaviour is unchanged, and shows the "Current lineup" (or "Band members" for albums) tab. But you can now check the complete member list on one single tab, and if you prefer it that way, you can go into your settings and select the lineup sub-tab you prefer to load by default.

You can also completely disable tabs for lineups, and always show the full artist listing, by ticking the appropriate checkbox(es). Choosing this setting will override the tab choice above it, obviously. For those who would never bother to filter the lists using the tabs, this may be useful.

New feature

This was requested a while ago, so here it is: logged users can now use the internal bookmark system to add bands, labels and artists to a list of private bookmarks. Click the star icon on the respective pages to add the item to your bookmarks. You can access and manage your bookmarks under My bookmarks in the top-left menu. For now, the list doesn't do anything beyond that, but we might use it as a starting point for a "watch list" or a notification system. We'll see.

Oh, and just in case the star icon does not work, please hit Ctrl + R to hard-refresh your browser cache.

Enjoy!

-Morrigan

Link Some new user settings / 2012-03-02 23:47

We added some new preferences/settings under "my profile" (settings tab). To summarize:

  • Default discography tab: Some people find long-ass discographies to be an eyesore, so we've added a way to change the default tab being shown. The default setting is still the complete tab, so you don't need to change it if you like things the way they are.

  • Hide my profile information: name, age, email, etc. For example, some people wanted the possibility of displaying their email address, but only to logged users. This setting will allow them to do that. The rest of their info (submitted bands, reviews, etc.) will always remain public for obvious reasons.

  • Private collection: requested by a few people; if you want to use the site to build your collection but don't want unsolicited trade requests, you can use that.

Obviously, those options are only available to logged users. And we will add more settings eventually.

-Morrigan

Link Rules updated / 2012-02-26 22:56

We've added a new section in the rules about the use of multiple accounts.

Fair warning to those who ever intended to register multiple accounts to rig the "similar artists" recommendation system; if we catch you doing that, we're banning you instantly (and, of course, wiping your voting record in one click, making your efforts useless). This behaviour was never allowed in the first place, obviously, but now there's the bonus of no longer having ignorance as an excuse, as it is written down rather plainly. If you have been doing that and haven't been caught (yet -- you will be, trust me ;) ), I suggest you quietly remove your duplicate votes before someone notices.

Multiple accounts, or sock puppets as they are called, are often used for other purposes, from sending misleading reports to skewing review scores. Sock puppets are always caught in the end, and it's a lot less effort for us to undo their damage, so just don't do it.

-Morrigan

Link Advanced search tweaks / 2012-02-05 02:12

You can now search for multiple countries and band status in the advanced search. Just click the "multi" link to toggle the country/status list from a dropdown to a multi-select box.

You can also search by location (city, state and/or province) in the album search. This is useful to check out (for example) new releases from bands in your area.

Enjoy.

-Morrigan

Link Slowly We Rot Cause of Death / 2012-01-31 00:00

It is now possible to enter* the cause of death for artists listed as deceased (e.g. marked with a date of death). For deceased artists whose date or cause of death is unknown, non-moderators can still report the artist as dead and a moderator will update the artist page.

A list of deceased artists can be found here, or by clicking the "R.I.P." link in the left menu.

*Important: when entering the cause of death, please keep the description as brief as possible , and write down further details (if publicly available of course) in the artist's biography or trivia sections. Examples of valid entries include (but are not limited to) "Brain cancer", "Murder", "Suicide", "Heart attack", "Car accident", "Hit by a drunk driver", etc. Non-valid examples would be "Stabbed 27 times by Varg Vikernes" or "Died after a concert in Los Angeles when the band's tour bus ran over him." This kind of details belong in the bio/trivia section at best. Also, please only capitalize the first letter (e.g. "Car accident" and not "Car Accident").

-Morrigan

Link Anti-SOPA/PIPA blackout / 2012-01-17 03:09

By now, most of you have probably heard of the SOPA and PIPA bills being considered by the US government. These are poorly thought out "anti-piracy" laws backed by corporate lobbyists that threaten freedom of speech and information on the Internet. This is especially worrisome for sites that rely on user-generated content like MA, because it gives the authorities the right to take down a whole domain due to complaints against content posted by a single user. Though this is an American law, it unfortunately has the potential to affect the whole world, as a major part of Internet infrastructures are US-based. While SOPA has been put on hold for the time being in the House of Representatives (though who knows when it will return?), PIPA is still going forward in the senate and the vote on it is scheduled for January 24th. You can read more details about this issue and why this is really detrimental to the Internet in this article on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website.

Now, many sites (led by heavyweights Reddit and Wikipedia) are organizing a planned downtime or "blackout" on January 18th to protest against these bills and raise awareness for the situation, and MA will be joining in. This means that the site will be inaccessible for a period of 24 hours starting on the 18th at 05:00 UTC (or midnight EST). We apologize for this inconvenience, but we hope you agree that this is a worthy cause and give us your support. Please spread the word about this issue and, if you are American, consider contacting your local representative or senator to voice your opposition to these bills. The website americancensorship.org has quick forms that make it very easy to send your comments to the relevant authorities, as well as a petition for non-US citizens, plus other actions you can take and information about the subject.

-HellBlazer

Link All done / 2011-12-29 18:19

And we're back to normal.

-HellBlazer

Link Short maintenance time / 2011-12-29 17:49

The site will be in read-only mode and the search will be disabled for a few minutes while I update some software. Sorry for the inconvenience, it shouldn't take very long.

-HellBlazer

Link Back to normal / 2011-10-06 17:04

The site had some issues during the last two days, but everything should be back to normal now.

Thank you for your patience.

-Evenfiel

Link Improvement to the advanced search / 2011-09-13 16:18

Just in case some of you hadn't noticed, we have added a small (but, according to some, significant) improvement to the advanced search for albums and songs: it is now possible to select multiple release types at once, instead of picking just one from the drop-down. So just hit your Shift or Control key and click on the release types you want to search for.

Enjoy.

-Morrigan

Link Rules amended / 2011-08-31 17:28

I've updated the rules and help pages regarding the new External Links feature (see previous post).

Please make sure you follow those guidelines for adding external links, especially for artists, so we can avoid clutter. Thanks!

-Morrigan

Link NEW: links for artists and labels / 2011-08-29 19:38

You can now attach external links for artists and labels the same way you can for bands (see the help page for more details).

The link categories are a bit different than for bands:

For labels, we (tentatively) have "official" (to include links such as the official label site, the youtube channel, the Facebook/Myspace sites, etc.), and "merchandise" (to link to the label's webstore), but we might merge all that under the same "official" category later.
Note that labels still have a generic field for "homepage". You can add the label's main official website there AND in the external links, but only use this field for the label's main site. Any other links should go under the new Links tab.

For artists, we kept mostly the same categories as for bands, minus the "label" one obviously. Again, these categories are tentative; we're not sure that merchandise or tablatures are a valid category for artist (maybe for some famous guitarists, but that's probably a stretch), so they might be removed later. But the other categories allow you to include an artist's Myspace, Facebook, official website, youtube, etc. but also fan sites with more detailed bios and the likes (but NO interview links, please, this will just create huge clutter).

Enjoy!

-Morrigan

Link Security update / 2011-08-27 19:27

We are currently updating the site with an important security fix. This mean you might get login errors or expired sessions in the next few minutes, so do not be alarmed if this happens. Simply relogin normally if this happens. We apologize for the inconvenience.

-Morrigan

Link In Memoriam / 2011-05-16 14:10

As most of you are probably aware, today marks the sad anniversary of the passing of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio.

You all know who he was, what he has accomplished, how much he is missed, and the great debt everyone who enjoys metal and hard rock owes him, so I won't attempt to put it into insufficient words. I was instead hoping we could try to accomplish something worthwhile in his memory.

As you might know, Dio was a strong supporter of the charity organization called Children of the Night, whose mission is to help children that have been forced into prostitution. They are based and act in America, but they also help advise similar agencies across the world. As evidenced by many songs throughout Dio's discography, speaking out and acting against child abuse was a cause very important to him.

There is also the Ronnie James Dio "Stand Up and Shout" Cancer Fund, created by his wife Wendy after his death in order to support programs for cancer prevention and education. Its goal is to reduce the risk of developing life-threatening cancer.

I would invite everyone who is willing and able to make a donation to either or both of these organizations, thus doing a bit of good in this world while honoring the memory of this great man. I am certain that even a few dollars can be put to good use, and I am hoping that with the significant traffic going through this site, the accumulation of all our donations will make a noticeable impact for these charities. Any other metal website interested in making a similar request to their visitors should definitely feel free to do so; perhaps we can get a kind of unofficial donation drive going in the metal world.

Thank you all for reading and considering.

-HellBlazer

Link Tweaks and maintenance / 2011-04-23 21:21

We are still working with our new host to make the server as smooth as possible. This currently involves some server setting tweaks that may or may not cause periodic downtimes or PHP errors. So if you see this... please do not be alarmed, it's all for the greater good. :)

Thank you for your comprehension.

-Morrigan

Link Server maintenance / 2011-04-22 18:17

There will be some server maintenance done at 10 pm EST in order to try to improve performance during peak traffic. The site might be down or display some errors during that time. It should not last very long.

Also, our apologies to those who experienced downtime in the past couple days. Our old V1 server that was still used for redirection to V2 went down without warning, we're still not sure why. We had to quickly switch the DNS to point to the new server, and so the site was unreachable until that change propagated to your local Internet routing. Everything is now moved to our new server (and new hosting company) so things should be much smoother from now on.

EDIT: There may be some more downtime during the night for additional maintenance.

-HellBlazer

Link Veterans and Trusted Users / 2011-04-13 18:25

You may have noticed that we have made some slight changes to the ranking system.

Since v2, the points thresholds for the ranks of Veterans, Metal Freaks and Metal Demons have increased to 1000, 5000, and 15000 respectively. This is because with the new version, with the artist and label pages, getting new points is easier than ever.

Don't worry, though; all users who formerly carried the ranks in v1 but didn't have the currently required points have had their score "bumped". So if you were a Veteran with 613 points, for example, your score has now been raised to 1000 and you retain your access. (You may need to re-login to see the changes.)

The most important change, however, is the addition of a new category of rank: "trusted" users. In v1, there was no difference between Veteran, Metal Freak and Metal Demon, but now, there is a slight difference. Metal Freaks and Metal Demons fall under the "Trusted" category.
Trusted users have the following additional permissions from Veterans (previously limited to moderators): they can now edit label names, artist names, and album titles; they can delete tracks from albums; and they can add albums to bands with locked discographies.

So this message is addressed to all our long-lasting contributors: enjoy your new permissions, but use them wisely. With the modification history tracking, you are 100% accountable for your actions, and any abuse of these additional permissions will have consequences. Remember: with great power, comes great responsibility. ;)

-Morrigan

Link Reference site / 2011-04-11 23:12

I have set up a copy of the V1 site at http://v1.metal-archives.com that can be consulted for reference as we update the information in V2. We will start progressively redirecting part of the traffic from metal-archives.com to the new V2 site in order to incrementally test performance under load. The domain name itself should be transferred over for good later this week.

-HellBlazer

Link Welcome! / 2011-04-09 02:23

Welcome to the long-awaited version 2.0 of the Encyclopaedia Metallum.

This site will be migrated to our domain name, www.metal-archives.com, in a few days, but it's fully functional, so please use it as you normally would. All changes made to this database will be preserved.

Please note that we are still testing out this new server, so performance might not be optimal just yet. We will work out all the performance tweaks during the next few days.

There are many new exciting features for v2, and listing them all would be tedious and futile, so please take some time to revisit the new HELP PAGE when dealing with new features such as labels, artists, or even the new and improved search engine, which is more powerful than ever.

This site has been through several days of beta testing, and should be fairly stable, but it's possible that a few bugs still remain. Should you encounter any, please post here.

We're very proud to present this new site and we hope you continue enjoying and enriching our ever-growing database.

-Morrigan

Link "Bandwidth exceeded" error / 2011-03-25 11:25

Many of you have surely noticed that the site was down again for a while yesterday, with the message "bandwidth limit exceeded". The situation is nearly too ridiculous to explain. The fact is that our host moved us to a new server following the hardware problems of the previous day, but he apparently forgot to set the bandwidth limit correctly, resulting in a tiny limit that was busted in less than a day. That sounds simple enough to fix, you might say, and I would agree, but for reasons unknown it took many hours for the host to react to our messages and actually resolve the issue.

We apologize profusely for the trouble and hopefully that will be the end of our server problems.

Or nearly the end, please note that our e-mail accounts are still unavailable, so hold on on sending anything to @metal-archives.com addresses. Please use the forums for any site-related questions. The sending of registration e-mails and forum notifications should work as normal now, though.

EDIT: Actually, there are still intermittent issues with e-mails sent from the server.

-HellBlazer

Link Hardware failure FTL / 2011-03-24 01:27

Hello everyone,

As you surely noticed, the site was completely dead for the last 24 hours or so. This was caused by a hardware issue; the database hard drive crashed, and rebuilding the RAID caused issues with data corruption that took a long-ass time to repair. Sadly, this is an unfortunate disaster completely beyond our control.

If your friends cannot load the site, please tell them to refresh their DNS cache (we have a new IP) and restart their router and/or even their browser; failing that, they must simply be patient for the DNS propagation to take effect.

The site is not 100% yet: images uploaded from March 16th onwards are missing as of this hour. They are currently being synched back from the old server, but the ETA is not certain. Feel free to re-upload missing images, but note that they might be overwritten by a later restore.

IMPORTANT: EMAILS ARE NOT WORKING YET. This not only means the owners's email accounts (webmaster etc.), but also all the email notifications are broken, including the activation emails for the registration of new accounts, and the forum notifications. This will be fixed later. In the meantime, feel free to browse normally.

Once again... thank you for your patience. We'll post updates as soon as possible.

-Morrigan

Link Search temporarily disabled / 2011-01-27 16:47

As you've no doubt noticed, the server has once again been plagued with massive slowness, and sometimes even times out.

We're expecting an upgrade to the server in early February. We suspect the search is causing the performance issues, so in the meantime, we've temporarily disabled it for the public while we monitor the server performance. You can still use the Google search, but if you want to use the normal search, you must be logged in.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

-Morrigan

Link Metal Archives on Facebook! / 2010-09-02 18:26

We've finally jumped on the Facebook bandwagon. Here is the first and only official Metal Archives page on Facebook. Enjoy!

-Evenfiel

Link New shit / 2010-06-10 23:08

To your left is a new "random band" link that will, believe it or not, take you to a random band page. Some people find it useful and/or amusing.

Over this way is an impressive collection of statistics about bands, genres and reviews (and more!) based on the site data, compiled by the heroic MA user sisters_of_merciless.

-HellBlazer

Link Add-ons section / 2010-04-27 21:43

You might have noticed the new "add-ons" link in the menu on the left. This will give you a list of third-party tools relating to this site that have been developed by some of our users. This includes browser add-ons and a couple other things. Some of you might find them useful.

-HellBlazer

Link Android app available / 2010-04-09 00:48

The previously mentioned Metal Archives Android application is now publicly available on the Android Market. Users with Android devices might be interested in checking it out.

Note again though that the MA team is not involved at all in the development of this application, so please don't contact us for questions or support regarding this.

-HellBlazer