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Ben

The following bands have been added to Metal Academy from the 15th to the 18th of June, 2021.


1. Decoryah (FALLEN, HORDE)

2. Hybernoid (FALLEN)

3. Castle (FALLEN)

4. Mystic Charm (FALLEN, HORDE)

5. Doomstone (FALLEN, GUARDIANS)

6. KARP (FALLEN)

7. Anatomia (FALLEN, HORDE)

8. Kevel (FALLEN, INFINITE)

9. Canker (PIT, HORDE)

10. Aftermath (PIT, INFINITE)

11. Stälker (PIT)

12. Vauxdvihl (INFINITE, GATEWAY)

13. Windham Hell (INFINITE, HORDE, GUARDIANS)

14. Azure Emote (INFINITE, HORDE)

15. Dyssidia (INFINITE)

16. Peach (GATEWAY)

17. Dog Eat Dog (GATEWAY)

18. H-Blockx (GATEWAY)

19. Doctor Butcher (GUARDIANS)

20. Midnight Dice (GUARDIANS)

21. Silver Bullet (GUARDIANS)

22. Operadyse (GUARDIANS)

23. Groundwork (REVOLUTION)

24. Capra (REVOLUTION)

25. Altar (HORDE)

26. Ghost (HORDE)

27. Mangled Torsos (HORDE)

28. Gutted (HORDE)

29. Oppressor (HORDE)

30. Exit-13 (HORDE)

31. Plutocracy (HORDE)

32. Rot (HORDE)

33. Shub Niggurath (HORDE)

34. Hetsheads (HORDE)

35. Stillbirth (HORDE)

36. Spectrum of Delusion (HORDE)

37. Blurr Thrower (NORTH)

38. Nyrst (NORTH)

39. Ov Shadows (NORTH)

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Ben
Good luck with finishing your big work project, Ben. See ya soon!
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Ben

Pleasing to see the high praise for Ulcerate and Oranssi Pazuzu in the album section.  I do need to pick up on that Cirith Ungol album actually as never got around to it.  Like Ben, I have very little time for online presence currently (although some of this is a conscious effort to be spending less time in front of a screen outside of work hours) so my contribution levels are dropping here sadly.

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Ben

I'm extending the award cut off to Friday this week (so they will be announced on Friday). Get your release and cover ratings in for 2020!

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Ben

I won’t rate an album without giving it at least three listens too, often a lot more.

As for that last comment, I can only assume you’re excluding all of the better albums that came before it, such as Powerslave, Paranoid and Ride the Lightning. If you exclude all the clearly better albums, then I totally 100% agree with your opinion.

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Ben
Nice! I like the idea of choosing specific subgenres. I can view all releases that are, for example, death-doom or melodic death metal or both in the same search. Thanks Ben!
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Ben

More subgenres =  more lists. This can only be a good thing in my opinion as lists sit amongst the world's crowning achievements as far as I'm concerned. Besides, there's an absolute requirement to have a subgenre like melodic death metal differentiated from slam death metal as there's a very clear separation in their audiences. If we're serious about the site being the best place on the internet to discover metal music that's in line with each individuals unique personal tastes (which we undeniably are) then it really is a must-have feature,  particularly as we've had a number of people suggest that they felt this was a gap for us compared to the competition & drift away from the site.

The additional subgenrification also helps me to keep the monthly Spotify playlists fairly varied & opens up some of the more passionate & interesting discussion on the forums so I can't see that the new feature is anything but positive.

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Ben

That is an incredible amount of work Ben and your dedication is amazing. Thanks 25,000 times for all your stellar efforts to provide your members with a satisfying experience.

In these crazy times we are all living in, it is fantastic to have a place where you can just "hang out" and shoot the shit with like- (or sometimes unlike-) minded individuals about music, nothing more and nothing less. No pandemic, no mentally unhinged politicians, just talking with (and hopefully listening to) others about something we all love. Many, many thanks to both you, Ben and Daniel for all the hours you both must spend to provide this all for us.

Best wishes to both of you and your families for Xmas and the New Year and also to all the Academy members.

Quoted Sonny92

Seconded.

Quoted MacabreEternal

Thirded!

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Sonny

Ah, that may be the issue. Thanks Daniel.

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Ben

I've implemented both of Sonny's suggestions, adding a descriptor for the member selector while making it searchable.

So it's now really easy to see what any particular site member rated the albums on any given list.


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Ben

Works great Ben and I'm certain it will be very useful going forward. Although selecting to only show releases you've rated whilst at the same time excluding any releases you have already rated unsurprisingly yields zero returns!

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Ben

If anyone has any further feedback (either good or bad) on the Gallery functions shown in this thread, please let me know ASAP. I want to make sure everything is all good before closing off with my developer.

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Ben

If anyone has any further feedback (either good or bad) on the Charts functions shown in this thread, please let me know ASAP. I want to make sure everything is all good before closing off with my developer.

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Ben

To future proof the Hall, I've added the ability to view Active or Finished judgements. I've also added the ability for me to "complete" a judgement early, which means I can close off some of the judgements where it's now a foregone conclusion (any judgement that already has 8 yes or no votes). I'll close some off later in the week.


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Ben

I'm with the consensus on this one. Being a cover artwork junkie I too am enjoying finding covers I may never have come across whilst checking back with the gallery every few days. Great feature to be able to filter covers you haven't rated yet - saves delving through them all again.

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Ben

Late to the party (as usual) but I like this idea.  Sometimes you just want delve into a micro-niche, because nothing else really works (at the time). For example, I like Candlemass, but I’m a much bigger fan of St. Vitus/Pagan Alter/Paul Chain Violet Theater and am more interested in hearing bands that sound like those. So yeah, I’m all for sub genres even within something like Trad Doom. Perhaps Candlemass would be Epic Trad Doom while the others would be Classic Trad Doom? Whatever, just as long as the distinction is made. A few suggestions for the Sphere: There is Neue Deutsche Harte of course,  but there are also specific strains based on Godflesh/Earache on one end and Ministry/WaxTrax on the other (I’m pretty sure this has been pointed out already). These two strains have specific sounds, but I’m not sure what the titles would be offhand. To round things out for that clan, I guess you could just say “modern” for stuff like Author and Punisher.

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Ben

One thing that bothered me about the Anniversaries page was that releases with multiple clans were only being displayed with one clan icon (the first one alphabetically). That's been fixed now, so multiple clan icons will appear when multiple clans are present.


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Ben

The cover images are no longer cut off at the bottom on the Featured page. Looks much better.



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Ben

There will be a number of new features and improvements this week. I will create a thread for each one, as I'd like to get feedback without having everything clogging up a single thread.

The 5th new feature is the ability to "Like" a post in the Forums. When you hop into a thread now, you'll notice the little heart symbol down to the bottom right of every post. Simply click it to show your approval.


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Ben

Thanks Ben, now we can get rid of all those lonely-looking zero-rated releases!

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Ben

There will be a number of new features and improvements this week. I will create a thread for each one, as I'd like to get feedback without having everything clogging up a single thread.

The third new feature (well, change) is that I've sorted the Members list on the Clan pages by Ratings (descending) rather than creation date as it was before. Not a big change, but it should give newcomers a way to discover who the major contributing members are in their clans.

Note that these lists are not intended to be leader boards.


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Ben

Y’know, now that I think about it, this is starting to get ridiculous. At this point, I don’t know what’s going on in that guy’s head. I mean, really? Using two accounts to cheat the rating system and coming up with an insane lying excuse? Yeah, I’m starting to think that guy has to go. Ben, in case MadManx2084 ends up pulling another strange stunt like that, please ban him. I didn’t wanna have to make that request, but it’s for the best...

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Ben

Just letting everyone know that I'm heading away with the family for a few days. We're staying in a very remote house in the country and I doubt there will be any internet connectivity. In other words, it's unlikely that any releases will be added until about next Tuesday. Please don't allow Daniel to fill the site with reptilian related releases in my absence.

Cheers!

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Ben
Nicely done with the Sludge Metal challenge, Ben! Did you see my lists of bands for the hard-to-make Clan Challenges for Viking Metal, Neoclassical Metal, and Trance Metal? I sent them to you in a PM to keep them a surprise for the other Metal Academy members. Hopefully you can be able to work on them after doing the Post-Metal challenge(s). The lists are pretty long, so please take the time to read them all if you haven't. Thanks!
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Ben

I've now completed the first 100 metal releases from Century Media Records. I believe this to be the only list of its kind, and I had to spend days tracking down releases to fill in missing label code gaps.

For anyone wondering, Century Media used two different coding systems for European (77xxx) and US releases (7xxx), but they clearly attempted not to double up on numbers. So in the image below, you can see that Morgoth's Feel Sorry for the Fanatic was released as 77119 in EU and 7819 in the US, so I've given it the joint code of 819 in my list. Power of Expression's X-Territorial was only released in EU on 77120, but they purposely didn't use the number 7820 on a US release. They applied this system to around 95% of releases, with only the occasional number being duplicated (example: 77150 is Gurd's D-Fect album in EU, whereas 7850 is The Spudmonsters' Moment of Truth in the US).

Anyway, I enjoyed making it, cause I'm a metal nerd.


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Ben

There's a Speed Metal challenge up in the Lists section. The guide for using it is contained within the challenge itself.

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Ben

Nuclear Blast was my latest label to attack and we've now got the first 100 metal releases added to the site. There are a lot of classics in there, particularly early death metal bands like Dismember, Benediction, Suffocation, Monstrosity, Sinister, Hypocrisy, Gorefest, Amorphis, Brutality, Incantation and Kataklysm. Despite that, I've only reviewed 17 on the list. Anyone reviewed/rated more?

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Ben

The Napalm Records Label list has been increased from 100 releases to 200. 

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Ben

Check out the latest Label List, which is the first 100 releases on Metal Blade Records. It's a very impressive list! The thing I find most amazing about it is that, despite the metal genre still being quite new, there wasn't a single release on Metal Blade in the first 6 years that isn't still considered to be metal today.

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Ben

Thanks guys.  This has been a real pleasure to complete.  And I am not done yet as since I have discovered so many great releases on my reviews thus far, I will be actively going through more or less all lists to add further reviews and pick up some cool new shit.  Thanks Daniel and Ben for this site, all your hard work and dedication is much appreciated and thanks to all members for contributing overall, this is not just about me, we all make this site what it is.


p.s. Ben, loving those stats.

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Ben

There are two Stoner Metal challenges up in the Lists section. The guide for using them is contained within each challenge.

Man, there are a lot of bongs and breasts adorning stoner metal album covers.

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Ben

Now that I've completed Tymell's epic request list (which I really enjoyed!), I'm turning my attention back to some label lists. I realised I hadn't done one for Earache, only to discover that there were only three bands I needed to add to the site to be able to complete it. I guess that shows how far the site has come since I started doing these!

Anyway, you can check out the first 100 metal releases on the Earache label here...

https://metal.academy/lists/single/59

Pretty awesome list actually, particularly when it comes to early death metal. I'm surprised I've only rated a quarter of the releases on it.

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Ben

Cheers.  Ok, will have a flick through and see which one appeals.

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Ben

Don't worry Ben. I got this. I've got a long list of poor quality, obscure, completely unknown demos & 7 inches that I wanted to add anyway. Most whose cover art is simply a hand-drawn picture of something ridiculously childish & offensive where the only online pics available are blurry photos that show someone's hand holding them up in front of an old Nokia cell phone in poor light. I'm sure you'll be fine with it.

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Ben

Thanks guys!

Gonna take a break from the challenges for now and catch up on some new releases.

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Ben

There's a Symphonic Metal challenge up in the Lists section. The guide for using it is contained within the challenge itself.

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Ben

There's a Drone Metal challenge up in the Lists section. The guide for using it is contained within the challenge itself.

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Ben

With a result of 14 yes to 1 No, Vektor's Black Future has been added to The Infinite and given the Progressive Metal genre.

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Ben
Thanks Ben! This challenge is gonna be a piece of melodic metalcore cake for me...
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Ben

A Spotify list for this challenge can be found below:


Groove Metal

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Ben

Spotify Lists can be found below. The vast majority of releases are available on the service.

Power Metal - The Early Days

Power Metal - The Modern Era

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Ben

Spotify Lists can be found below. The vast majority of releases are available on the service.

Gothic - The Early Days

Gothic - The Modern Era

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Ben

I notice the minimum ratings for the charts has been increased to five now. Excellent!

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Ben

Wow, Ben wasn't kidding when he said these were going to be a challenge!

However, I believe I have completed the Doom Metal - The Modern Era challenge at last.

Really enjoyed it, got back into some albums I've not played for a while and found some I've not heard before. I don't find writing reviews particularly easy and it can be quite mentally tiring, albeit very rewarding, so I think I'll take a break before embarking on my next challenge,  - The North and The Pit await...

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Ben

Thanks folks.  Think I am gonna hit a Pit challenge over the coming weeks, rated a few already but never got around to reviews.

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