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Link Images are back / 2007-06-09 14:41

Maintenance is done, and the images and uploads are back.



Link Image server maintenance / 2007-06-08 17:02

The image server will be down for a bit for a hard drive upgrade, so images will be broken and uploads will be disabled for a little while. Sorry for the trouble.


Link Image server / 2007-05-21 20:19

Uploads are back. Thanks to Matthew from for offering his server to be used as our new image server while we find a more permanent solution. Please signal any error you find while using the site to me.


Link Uploads disabled again, sorry / 2007-05-17 22:29

So apparently just hosting our images is lethal to shared hosting. The image host is kicking us out so we'll need to move the images again, hence uploads will have to be disabled for a little while. It should be faster than last time though. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Link Donations / 2007-05-03 23:57

Some of you have been waiting for this for a while, so here it is: check this page (or the link at the bottom of the left menu) to find out how your contribution can help us defray server costs.

Please make sure you read the donation FAQ on that page before you send us something. Thank you!


Link Uploads / 2007-04-24 14:27

Image uploads are back, as you might have noticed.


Link Uploading temporarily disabled / 2007-04-09 23:07

The uploading and modifying of pictures will be disabled for a few days while we move all the images to another server in order to save bandwidth on the main server, sorry for the inconvenience. Please report to me any page I might have missed that still allows uploading, or any bug that might have appeared as a side-effect of this change.


Link Search is back for now. / 2007-04-05 15:37

Good news, for once!

So I finally got ahold of the senior technician to look into things, and it turns out that some other staff guys did change the MySQL configuration recently, which explained the recent server fuck-ups (even though they said they hadn't when I complained to their support). Go figure.

I've put the search back on, and I was told to keep monitoring the server status until evening. So if anything goes wrong, don't be surprised if it gets removed again. Hopefully though, that won't be necessary.

Thanks again to everyone for their patience.


Link Details / 2007-04-03 22:55

Not really an update, but I wrote a lengthy forum post about the issues described below. For those interested in the longer story, you can always check here.

By the way: some of you must realize that the Google search will have different behaviour. The results are not in real-time, as the Google crawling bots make their rounds only at certain time intervals. Therefore, it's possible that you see, for example, a band listed by Google but that has recently been removed by our staff (and thus seems to be a dead link), or a band recently added that has not yet been picked up by the Google bots.
It's meant to be a temporary helper, not an equivalent.


Link Back... for now / 2007-04-03 01:04

So it seems that the problems of old, pre-migration days, are happening again - just as we came back from the March bandwidth cycle. Coincidence? I think not, but our hosts seem to think that there is no link between the two. Nevermind that the site had been running flawlessly fast in the past three months or so and now, suddenly, the server can't take it anymore... go figure.

In any case, we're currently getting help (not much from our host, ironically, but from a helpful third party) to investigate what causes all these ghastly performance problems and constant database errors. We thought to never see them again since the migration but apparently we were wrong, so we're back on it.

In the meantime, search is disabled - it has been made clear that it was having a significant impact on the server load, so for the time being we'll replace it a Google search. Not quite t same functionality-wise, but better than nothing, surely.

Oh yes, we are seriously considering receiving donations now, after getting so many comments about that. ;) Stay tuned.


Link Firefox extension for / 2007-03-04 11:57

This Firefox extension adds a small "M" icon next to band entries on, which performs a quick search on the band names.
Useful for quickly looking up band entries here, I suppose.


Link Email is back / 2007-02-06 06:49

Or so it seems. Thus new user registrations are now opened again.

We apologize again for the inconvenience.


Link Registration and email notifications / 2007-02-05 15:31

There seems to be a problem with the new account registrations. The required activation emails are currently not getting through properly, due to (as usual) server issues.

Our host is currently working on fixing the issue, but in the main time, we have temporarily disabled user registrations. So: if you want to register, please be patient, it will return shortly.

If, however, you registered today (Feb. 5th) and still have not received the activation email, you probably won't receive it at all, we're sorry to say. Please try again with another email when it's back up. If you really want to keep your username, you can email us for a manual activation, but we can't guarantee we'll respond very quickly due to our backlog, so unless your username matters a lot to you, it will be simpler for you to simply re-register.

Addendum: This also means that email notifications for submissions approvals/rejections will not work. So don't be surprised if you didn't receive the notification after a submission gets accepted or rejected.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We still don't know what causes all these email problems and all we can do is wait for the server admins to fix them.

Thank you for your patience.


Link New Opera Search Plugin / 2007-01-25 20:39

You can find it here, or check this forum thread.

Reminder for the Firefox users, there is a similar plugin here (the auto-install may not work for all versions anymore). And you can find even more such plugins at the official Mozilla site here.

We encourage all of our users and visitors to use a decent browser like FIREFOX or OPERA.



Link Bandwidth / 2007-01-16 17:52

Quick note for everyone:

Expect to see more intermittent bandwidth problems this month. We are arguing with our host about the issue, and we don't expect this to be fixed right away, but we are yelling as often and loudly as we can.

In the mean time, just relax - the site isn't going anywhere and we aren't dying or anything. Just try again later if it doesn't work.

We apologize for the massive inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.


Link Server issues... again. / 2006-12-11 12:00

As you no doubt noticed, yesterday our wonderful hosting company decided to move us to another server. They were upgrading everyone to new machines and yesterday was our turn.

As usual, they fucked up it - majorly. I was promised a smooth transition and no downtime, so I did not write a news post about it. Of course, in hindsight it was not such a good idea, and by the time I decided I should write about it, the site was already unavailable.

Late last night they had finished moving most of the content, but there were a few database tables that needed re-indexing (resulting in a buggy forum), the server configuration was wrong (which resulted in the broken search and 404 errors for user profiles and band pages), logging in didn't work, and a whole lot of other things. For a while, our email and access to the server no longer even worked, so we were powerless.

To those who emailed us, or anyone else: in the wise words of Douglas Adams, don't panic. Your profile is not gone, you are not banned, the band pages were not deleted, everything's still there - the display was just screwed up for a while but everything's still there.
Speaking of which, some emails might have been lost. So if you emailed us yesterday (December 10th) with something other than complaints related to the server issues (i.e. with something that requires an answer not found in this post), please resend it. Anything sent before that has made it.

Only this morning, after screaming at them, have we finally managed to get things back on track.

Some images might still be missing - I am told they are currently being extracted and transferred. Kind of makes you wonder what exactly it was that they did all of last night, but there you have it. On the plus side, it seems like no actual updates and data were lost (please correct me if I'm wrong).

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenient caused. Believe us, we're even more frustrated by this disastrous migration than you are. Hopefully, the site performance will be improved from now on. *knocks on wood*

Thank you for your patience and comprehension.


Link Reviews, crediting and plagiarism / 2006-11-27 22:46

It has been brought to my attention that there have been several submitted reviews sent by users who did not write them.

Please note that any review you submit must have been written by you and only you. Do not send reviews anyone else wrote. It does not matter if you give credit or not, since it's still submitted under your name. Doing that will get you banned permanently, so just avoid it completely.

This does not apply to reviews that you did write, but for other websites, of course. But the rules are very clear and unambiguous about this: you must be the author, without exception.


Link Review rules / 2006-09-10 23:43

The review rules have been slightly edited.

Please take note of #7 - track-by-track reviews are generally frowned upon and have higher chances of being rejected. Check the review forum for tips about writing better reviews.


Link Metalcore bands, part 3545436 / 2006-09-08 00:34

It has recently come to my attention that dubious bands claiming to be "metalcore" keep plaguing the site, despite some efforts to ward them off.

The rules have officially been updated to reflect the policy about metalcore bands. The following section has been added to the list of bands to avoid submitting:

"Metalcore, unless it's clearly more metal than core (e.g Shadows Fall, The Red Chord, Mastodon are OK: Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine are NOT). If you are uncertain, best avoid submitting metalcore bands altogether."

Note that it's possible that you find suspicious bands that should not be here. If you think a band falls under this category, you may report it through the usual channels. There are around 500 results for "metalcore" at the moment so the staff may not know about them all. That is no reason, however, to hysterically flag every band found under a search for "metalcore". Please be reasonable.

Thank you.


Link Side-projects / 2006-08-14 23:27

Wow, two news posts in one day!

It has recently been brought to my attention that the site is plagued with submissions of "bedroom" side-projects, with only a MySpace page or maybe a CD-R limited to 10 copies. The site's primary focus being actual metal bands, it has become increasingly troublesome to deal with other projects barely anyone is interested in. The mod team has hence devised an additional rule for the submission of side-projects: the band in question must have at least one release on a label with worldwide distribution. We hope this will help reduce the number of irrelevant submissions.

N.B. Of course this new rule does not apply to metal bands.


Link New Forum: For Musicians / 2006-08-14 18:45

Due to popular request, we have set up a new forum for musicians. So if you want to discuss instruments and equipment, playing tips, recording, tabs, or whatever musician-related topic, use this forum.
You can also use this forum to seek out new band members, or to post samples of your work for others to evaluate, if you want (but that doesn't mean spamming and advertising is allowed).


Link Caching / 2006-05-18 22:49

In an effort to improve server performance, I have implemented a basic caching system for the band pages and the home page. For this reason, you might notice (if you are very observant) that there's a slight lag in the main page updates, as the page now refresh every minute instead of being in real time. This might seem silly, but it actually saves hundreds of queries to the database. The band pages don't have such a lag as their cache is refreshed whenever an update is made.

On the plus side, the stats at the top are back... if anyone cares.


Link Important: bug in reports / 2006-02-28 14:57

There was a bug in the report submission, triggered recently. It was not noticeable, and all submitted reports seemed to go through as usual, but in truth, they didn't.

The bug has been fixed, and now reports are working again. However, if you have sent a report within the last few days (around a week or so from today), and the correction you requested has not been made, please resubmit your report. Feel free to mention if this is a re-submission if you are not sure it has been lost or not.

I am deeply sorry for the inconvenience - this bug was completely internal and transparent and so it took us some time to notice it.
Thank you for your comprehension.


Link Opera search plugin / 2006-02-16 19:50

Once again omen created a nifty tool for Metal Archives: an Opera search plugin. It works with Opera 8.x and higher.

The plugin is not as easy to install as Firefox's (what can I say, Firefox is just the better browser ;) ), so here are the instructions.

*** If you use Opera 9.x or higher:
1- Rightclick in the search field and choose "Create search";
1- Go to Preferences -> Search -> Add
2- Put this in the URL field: ;
3- Give the name/keyboard shortcut you want.

*** If you have a lower version, and you do NOT have custom search plugins already,

1- Right-click this URL and select "save target as" :;
2- Save it in X:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Opera\Opera\profile\ overwriting the one already there.

*** If, however, you DO have custom searches, here is how to add it:

1- Close all running instances of Opera;
2- Open C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Opera\Opera\profile\search.ini or just search for it (replace C: with your drive and {username} with your own, obviously);
3- Add this to the bottom of the file:

[Search Engine 35]
Name=Metal-Archives Band Search
Is post=0
Has endseparator=0
Search Type=0

4- Replace "Search Engine 35" with one number higher than the last one in the file (e.g., if the one above has 16 you will use 17). Also make sure there are no linebreaks or blank spaces after the last character in the file.
5- Save and close the file, restart Opera.

All done! Thanks again to omen for his cool plugins.


Link Miasma Interview in English! / 2006-01-12 23:43

With permission from the Miasma magazine editors (see the previous news post), we are now making the interview available online, as the print issue has been available for a few months now.

What follows is the unedited English interview, which was done by email a few months ago. The one in the print magazine was, of course, translated to Finnish.

Click HERE to read the interview.

We hope it's of some interest to our visitors and contributors who wonder about the origins of the site, its current situation, and, to a certain extent, its future... Enjoy.


Link For our Finnish visitors / 2005-09-23 21:46

Greetings to all the metalhead Finns out there!

This summer, we (HellBlazer and I) had the honour of being interviewed by the Finnish metal magazine Miasma. The issue featuring the interview will be released in mid-October.

Click here to see a preview of the featured article.

This is the second time we have been interviewed, the first time by Cheryl of the alas defunct We want to thank Miasma Magazine for their interest in the Encyclopaedia Metallum and we hope this will be an interesting read for our Finnish visitors.


Link Enough is enough. / 2005-09-11 00:05

Dear Encyclopaedia Metallum members,

Please stop submitting -core bands. Please.

The Management


Link Site problems / 2005-07-29 10:13

Good morning everyone,

I'm sure you all realized the site has been very, very screwy lately. I'll try to explain what happened to the best of my knowledge (explanations from my host were limited despite my numerous inquiries).

After all the MAX_CONNECTIONS errors were getting out of hand, our host moved us to a new, more powerful server. In the process they managed to restore only an incomplete database, missing quite a few tables (including the User accounts and Reviews). The board was unaffected, since all the tables for it were fine.

So after I yelled at them about this, they restored it back fully - but instead of restoring the missing tables only they loaded EVERYTHING, including the forums, thus overwriting everything that had been posted on the board in the meantime.

But the host decided to limit our bandwidth "for testing", and they would "remove it shortly", causing us 24+ hours (hah, shortly) of excessive slowness. I inquired (at least three times) how long this would last and received no reply.

Then, the next thing I know yesterday evening, they overwrote the database content AGAIN, using the INCOMPLETE ONE. Why they did this is beyond me, I have not received any decent explanation about it. So not only were all the posts made in between both database copies gone, but the reviews and such were still not back up, causing a lot of errors. I preferred to shut down the site with the short message instead of having a messed up buggy one, I'm sure you understand why.

I have then sent a nasty message about this, demanding a refund, but so far, no official reply. I did, however, speak with the lead staff this morning on MSN about this. He restored the database again, and now it seems to run fine. Of course, once again the forum posts are overwritten, but there's nothing that can be done about that at this point, so you'll have to live with it.

I don't know for how long this site will be stable, but I was told they would monitor it carefully. Let's hope this is the last of our problems, at least for a while. *knocks on wood*

We're very sorry for all the problems and downtime. Unfortunately it was all beyond our control. We have received a lot of complaints by email, and we can't answer them all, so instead I posted this and I hope it clears up some confusion. Keep in mind that the traffic for Metal Archives is HUGE, and seemingly keeps on growing, which might account for those problems. If it was more affordable we'd look into going on a dedicated server, but our options are limited at this time.

Thanks for your comprehension, and enjoy the site once again - for now.


Link Domain name / 2005-07-24 02:57

Some of you saw this message earlier:

"This site is currently unavailable.
If you are the owner of this site, please contact us at 1-480-624-2515 at your earliest convenience."

Or perhaps you saw a "coming soon" message.

There was a problem with the renewal of the domain name, but if you read this it means the DNS cache cleared. So for anyone wondering what happened, it wasn't due to our host or server problems, but just issues with the domain name registration.

Hope this clears any mystery.


Link For the 1232543th time... / 2005-05-12 23:04

To whom it may concern,

Please stop submitting bands who do not have a discography. If the band has not released anything, even if it's recorded, even if it's coming out real soon, even if it's coming out tomorrow, don't submit it.

It's preferable to add at least one release to the discography before completing the submission, but a link to a website with significant evidence of the band's discography may work. On the other hand, make sure this link is valid, and note that any submission with neither a release nor a link is systematically rejected. So if you screwed up in your submission or if your browser fucked up and you could not complete it, don't panic, just locate your band in the submission queue and report the information that didn't make it through the first time.

I am not saying anything new here, just a reminder of our rules. It's not hard to read the rules, people. If you don't read them, you will have wasted your time because your submission will be rejected, and you will have alienated the staff. You will also alienate other users who do respect the rules and have to wait longer for the queue to get processed.


PS: This, of course, does not apply to every member. Many thanks to those who use the submission feature correctly, this message is not addressed to you.