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Useful metal websites

Useful metal websites
October 14, 2004, 01:59:24 PM
There's about ten billion of late, but I haven't seen a broad survey of what's out there. Can you list some favorites, and then your own site, if you have one?

(Obviously, I am not going to list sites with which I work... redundancy)


Re: Useful metal websites
October 14, 2004, 06:28:36 PM
Under "favorites" I would like to list a site called Reptile's Metal Zone, but alas, it was taken offline some time ago. While it suffered from an extreme case of Death and Mayhem worship in addition to several unfair dismissals of worthwhile bands like Immolation, it had a strong emphasis on romanticism and high-mindedness, and represented elitism as a good thing. I hypothesize that its author or authors may have ceased to maintain it based on the rise of nu-black-metal (although they managed to praise Cradle of Filth in one review, and were equally unhealthily fixated on Emperor as they were on Mayhem). One great thing about the site that now in hindsight I wish I had saved was a hand-drawn comic strip parodying the trend that many call "ballcap metal." If I had saved any of that valuable original material, I would maintain a metal website just so that I could keep a memory of that site online.

As far as "my own site" goes, I fear I have found my assessments of metal releases too fallible in the past. I have been too engaged by form to notice its inevitably accompanying content. Thus, I now make it my task to move backwards in time as much as possible so that I can find the more whole and meaningful precursors of modern empty forms in order to establish which aspects of form uniquely bind themselves to certain meaningful units of content.  

I find this exercise (not so much post-structuralist or deconstructionist in my view as it is simply an attempt at structuralist analysis in an eternal or  timeless context) vital in the search for meaning, enjoyable in terms of amateur musicology and just plain discovery of metal, and sometimes frustrating because I practice music and composition, and now must constantly keep raising my standards. But I digress.

Other sites (outside of the obvious):

- burzum.com (no doubt already known around these parts) appeals to me as a pure document archive.

- I've looked over the Velvet Cacoon web presence in its various locations, but I feel confused about why they should keep their technology surrounding the dieselharp so secret if it can in fact constructively deal with diesel fumes (and I'm pretty sure that's what it's supposed to do, right? I mean, if they are ecofascists as they claim to be, then they would not make an apparatus to create pollution but instead one that deals with it). I am guessing they might be waiting on a patent, perhaps? At any rate, I welcome any kind of web presence that might discuss the value of making metal music that entails less of an ecological footprint.

- I still occasionally visit Doom-Metal.com, but I no longer use it as a resource to find new music. Once in a while, it yields a productive resource or two; if I want to know, for example, if any kind of doom or death act will be coming anywhere close to where I live, they have a reliably updated set of concert listings. It also contains a bandlist which can provide valuable resources about many worthwhile older bands such as diSEMBOWELMENT and Winter. There are also sound samples for each band. Overall, the site provides a valuable archival resource if not necessarily an ideologically sound one (they don't filter out shit).

- Oh, yeah, and then there's this and its companion. If anything, I'd rather he focus more on the In-God Camera project than the shirts (unless, that is, that project will be absorbed into whatever he is doing right now with the old drummer).

I'm currently content to leave it at this. With so much shit out there and the desire to direct my energies toward creation rather than endlessly wading about in the septic tank of internet, it has worked best for me to find more with less. DJing for a few years at a local radio helped develop this perspective, also. After having a metal music director who lumps shit like Cradle of Filth in with, say, Monstrosity, and a "local scene" packed with useless bands that do nothing but waste energy, paper and plastic, I can only conclude that less really is more. The elite exist with (see: Demilich) or without (see: Immolation) pronounced internet presence.

Re: Useful metal websites
October 14, 2004, 06:39:21 PM
This is what I usually visit, nothing great, but from time to time you run across something interesting:

http://www.voicesfromthedarkside.de/

http://www.unholyblackcult.cjb.net/

http://www.blackmetal.co.uk/

http://www.metalcrypt.com/

http://true.mayhem.free.fr/ (a good amount of old pictures and interviews)

http://immortal.starthotel.dk/

Re: Useful metal websites
October 14, 2004, 06:44:07 PM
www.metal-archives.com is very useful, and www.librariusmetallicus.com is a... competent replacement when necessary.

Re: Useful metal websites
October 14, 2004, 09:07:31 PM
Some good metal reference sites:  These are a few I stumbled on from time to time and found unique in some way.  Id list more sites but I only wanted to put down some that may not be very known.  

http://www.antenna.nu/index.php (dutch site that has a lot of interviews and such and some good breakdowns of genre, pretty cool place)

http://www.zenial.nl/bands.htm (good reference for some bands Ive never heard of.  Introduced me to Summoning some time ago and just recently to Windir, besides that I just love the fact that this guy keeps so many damn obscure statistics)

http://home.no.net/grimloch/ (gates of Elysium; has got some clips of Norwegian t.v. coverage of the church burnings and some t.v. interviews with hellhammer, Ihsahn etc all in the early days.)

http://www.cult-metal.cjb.net/ (this ones cool because it has a lot of the demos and early work from the original Norwegian scene as well as some others from Sweden)

Re: Useful metal websites
October 14, 2004, 09:10:30 PM
I remember Reptile's metal zone.  The writers didn't know a terrible lot about music.  They called Demilich "br00thurl" and lumped them in with Suffocation.  That said, there were some amusing things.

http://www.metal-archives.com/ is an excellent database.  discography for just about every band in existence.

Re: Useful metal websites
October 18, 2004, 04:02:14 AM
A few which might deserve mention:

http://www.deadtide.com/

http://www.metal-observer.com/

Although they contain some 'mainstream' material, good for introductory/expansion purposes.

Annihilaytorr

Re: Useful metal websites
October 18, 2004, 02:34:52 PM
I only visit five sites when researching metal. Metal-archives for information such as track listening and chronology, anus and its forum for theory, Metal-forum and the soulseek program for trolling(and some downloading) and DC++ for downloading.

Re: Useful metal websites
October 25, 2004, 08:13:29 AM
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If anything, I'd rather he focus more on the In-God Camera project than the shirts (unless, that is, that project will be absorbed into whatever he is doing right now with the old drummer).


I'm taking TIGC - or whatever it will be - ahead all the time. It won't be merged with the other band (SW), as they don't mix, neither musically nor in the way of making it. The T-shirt project doesn't spoil my time, as the delay is only due to the my slackerdom in it.

And then there's something that I'll tell about later. I'm doing things, I'm just not quick at it.

Cheers,
-agb

Re: Useful metal websites
May 12, 2006, 06:38:01 PM
There are now about 50 metal databases that list vital information but have no writing or opinions of note. Makes me glad the Dark Legions Archive went in the direction it did, toward better writing about metal instead of trying to be a repository for facts any idiot can type in... and every idiot does!

morbid

Re: Useful metal websites
July 04, 2006, 11:19:21 AM
http://ktmrocks.com
this site is from nepal, it supports napalese metal bands and other rock bands ;D ;D

Re: Useful metal websites
July 04, 2006, 11:40:47 AM
There was a fairly decent metal site by some Russian fellow which hasn't been updated in a few years, but still contains some interesting interviews, reviews, opinions etc.

Just wish I could remember the name of it.

GS

Re: Useful metal websites
July 04, 2006, 11:45:30 AM

Re: Useful metal websites
July 05, 2006, 10:45:05 AM
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Vae Solis ?

That was it thank you :)

Re: Useful metal websites
July 05, 2006, 11:32:32 AM
Although I'm an agent of ZOG, I still always end up here.:P no other site has such well done reviews and respect for metal music. Every other website uses words like "sick" and "extreme brutality" and seems to review lots of christian metalcore and other brutal genres.