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Introducing darkstar and blacksun

With my heavy workload as of late, I brought on board two more contributors, darkstar, of Vancouver, BC (Canada) and blacksun, of Portugual. Both have jumped right in and have already been posting news and helping with band bios and such for a few weeks now, so give them a warm welcome and horns up!

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We're Baaaaaack

What was a server upgrade turned wrong when we had a hard drive failure. To make matters worse, the most recent data backup was corrupt, so we've lost much more news, comments and band info than we expected... I've exhausted all means to retreive this information and decided the only thing left is to move forward.

With that said, I've learned a lot from this disastrous experience and it won't happen again! Despite the loss, the server has been upgraded and better backup procedures are already in place. There's still more metal news to come and new site features coming in the near future for metalunderground.com.

Thanks for your patience and support.

(PS - past interviews will be restored shortly)

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We Sold Our Souls To MTV

Hey, Metalunderground.com got a mention on MTV.com for the April fools stories posted the other day!

The Metal Underground (www.metalunderground.com) truly got into the fraudulent spirit with over a dozen phony headlines and message-board threads. These included ones suggesting that Slayer had broken up, with Kerry King leaving to write songs with Avril Lavigne and the rest of the band starting a side project with Creed's Mark Tremonti; Fred Durst, following his request that his band be known as limpbizkit, had legally changed his name to fredurst; Metallica and Megadeth had repaired their relationship and would tour together next year; and details about a "Summer Sanitation" tour featuring such bands as Def Tone Loc and PullMyFinger 11.

Props to siN's Metal News and The PRP for the mention of their hoaxes and full-site makeovers as well. They were done well, er purposely not well, er something.

So does this mean we've sold out now that MTV has mentioned us? Oh the jokes abound, but alas April 1st is past... But I still think that's hella cool to get mentioned like that.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Gotcha Suckaz - April Fools!

We hope you enjoyed the April Fools gags yesterday. We sure did, and the comments were even more entertaining in some cases. Things got a little carried away by the end of the day, but CorrosiveMind and I made up after the bleeding stopped. We’re no Infernal Combustion, but we all like to have a little fun with our true passion – metal – too.

If you happened to bite and thought the stories were real, then we apologize. Each story had many clues to tip your off that they were fake. I'd call you gullable, but spellcheck is telling me it's not in the dictionary...

If you missed the stories, you can still read them all here. (Note the date on each story, however.)

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming of Real MetalTM news.

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F***ing Censored Comments

As several people have pointed out, I recently implemented a script that translates swearing/cursing/vulgarity, etc. on the comments into "bleeped" versions. (E.g. "what the f*** is up with the f***in censoring of our f***in comments?")

I personally dislike censorship and did not want to do anything of the sort until it dawned on me that there are so many technologies out there trying to make the 'net a "safer place" [for kids], that by allowing mass amounts of swearing on the site would, in effect, result in this site being censored by other parties such as AOL, Google, and many other directories and third party software. Many of the search engines display "safe" results BY DEFAULT, which really sucks. Other sites or third party software may ban metalunderground.com content altogether if it were to contain excessive swearing.

So yes, part of me hates the script I put in place. But the fact that many of you have happened upon this site in the past 6 months (traffic has increased almost tenfold) makes me happy that I have made this site and the news and information we present more accessible for anyone to find in the long run. Afterall, one of the main goals of metalunderground.com is to get underground metal bands exposure, and that is not done by getting censored by a large percent of the 'net in the first place.

So go ahead, lemme hear what you f***in think about it! But in all fairness, I think you f***ing get the point even with the godd*mn f***ing "bleeped" profanity, so stop yer b****ing! ;-) If it makes anyone feel better, your unedited comments are actually stored as-is, so if I decide to update or remove the bad language filter, it'll all be shown just as you typed it.

In the end, like everything else on the web, "getting it right" is a technical endeavor. As such, I'd appreciate it if anyone becomes aware of a site or software that is filtering/censoring metalunderground.com, please let me know about it so I can look further into the situation for a possible resolution.

Thanks to all of our readers who've stuck around and exchanged ideas and opinions on this site (even when it's only a "F*** Slipknot", "F*** Phil" or "Linkin Park f***ing sucks!"). Trust that we know what you mean.

KEEP METAL ALIVE!

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Introducing The Maxx

Hello !!! My name is Blake {the maxx} Metal is my life !!! Some of the bands I like are: Evergrey, Behemoth, Nile, Viral Load, Insidious Decrepancy, Esoteric, Akercocke, Immolation, Vital Remains, Morbid Angel, Vader, Death, Sceptic, Exhumed, Immortal, Monstrosity, Zyklon, Pig Destroyer, Broken Hope, Deicide, Lux Occulta...to name a few. I am proud to be working with evreyone at metalunderground.com and spreading the metal word {he he}.......Stay Sick, Eternal....

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Introducing Corrosive Mind

Hey everyone, I just got started here today, this is my first post! My name is Corrosive Mind, but you can call me Mike if you'd like. I'm 19, and live right outside of Philadelphia, PA. Well, for those of you that might care what I listen to, here is a (small) list of the bands I currently listen to:

Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Chimaira, Lamb of God, Mudvayne, As I Lay Dying, Fear Factory, Slayer, In Flames, Darkest Hour, Poison The Well, Earth Crisis, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse.

Tried to keep that as small as possible for you guys. Anyone that would like to complain, yell, rant any of that kind of stuff feel free. AIM: CorrosiveMind89

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Bands Database Surpasses 500 Metal Bands

Metalunderground.com has surpassed 500 bands in its database! Since linking the bands database to news, our bands list has grown tremendously. While not every band page is complete with biographical information, links and discography, every band page does have band-specific news at this time.

We’re working hard to fill in the details for as many bands as we can. And while we appreciate the good intentions, we do not need this information sent directly to us, as it is more a matter of time than availability. Besides bios, we’ll soon have a link submission form and band discographies. Live and CD reviews, and underground band features are also in the works shortly thereafter.

So check out the bands page, and find your favorite bands and news about them.

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Introducing Gothique

" Whispering of scarlet fields. Forever searching for landscapes serene"
Hail to all of you, sinister souls!
As of now I'm officially the new member of the team. I hope I'll have a beneficial and enlightening influence on the news section. I'll be dealing primarily with the European scene. I'll try to keep you updated on everything that's happening in the Gothic, Doom, Death- Doom and Atmospheric Black Metal genres. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, feel free to post them. More...

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Help Wanted!

As we move forward into another year of metal news and more, metalunderground.com is looking to bolster its staff and smooth out the coverage (across times of day and metal tastes/genres) more. We're looking to bring onboard another couple metalheads to help out with the news and band information (and reviews, interviews, and more later). We're especially interested in people who can post some news during the morning/day hours (Eastern Time), or someone in the midwest or west coast (US), or the UK, Europe or Australia, both for the time differences and for the difference in metal outlook and local scenes.

The only requirements other than a few (15-30) minutes a day to post news (and some time to occaisionally do a review or interview), is that you are fluent and can write well in English. And of course that you're a metalhead / headbanger, regardless of your specific metal tastes.

If being able to contribute to the metal community and underground (via metalunderground.com) sounds satisfying in itself, please contact me to help out, and become part of a rapidly growing website!

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Post Mortem 2003

2003 has been a good year in metal music and for metalunderground.com. Metalunderground.com has increased its readership by more than 250 percent this year, added two new contributors (Slaughtered and ZmetallicA), and I've tweaked the site design and got a lot done on coding new features into the site (band pages, news by bands, commenting on news, and more).

I thank the contributors here on metalunderground.com for such a successful year, as well as all of the readers and those who make themselves heard and make this a more interesting place to hang out. And as always, thanks to the metal bands - known and underground - for keeping the metal spirit alive.

I've always had huge plans for this site (it's just a matter of time), and I plan to work on more cool site features in 2004. Here's hoping 2004 is as good a year in metal as well!

Keep coming back and KEEP METAL ALIVE!

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News By Band

The Bands page has been updated, and you can search for bands and get news by band. Simply find the band you are interested in and go to that band page. Related news is shown at the bottom of every band page. Furthermore, each news article (on the details page - click the headline to get there) shows which bands it's related to. You can click on those band names to view the band info and more news about that band.

Sometime in the future, you'll be able to specify your favorite bands and easily view news about only those bands on one page.

I just wanted to point this feature out, since the amount of news can sometimes be overwhelming and make it difficult to find only news in which you're interested.

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Post Your Comments

The latest feature on metalunderground.com is that you can now comment on news items. Simply click the article headline or the "X comments" link and the form to comment on the article is at the bottom of the article. My hope is that this will bring our readers together and let them share opinions, and in the process hear about new bands and other metal happenings.

Please respect your fellow metalheads and enjoy this new feature.

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Introducing zMETALlica

Hi my name is Zack. I am a new admin on this site. I'm 19 from New Jersey.

I like all types of metal:
Favorite bands include Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards, System of a Down, Amorphis, One Minute Silence, Lacuna Coil, The Gathering, Therion, Symphony X, Nevermore, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Angel Dust, Borknagar, Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Lamb of God, Arch Enemy, Joe satriani, Beseech, Divinity Destroyed, Evil Adam, Am I Blood, Face to Flames, Manmade God, Opeth, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and well too many more.

I'm a music freak when it comes down to it. I have a band of my own, which I may give updates about in the future, though we just formed. Though i do play guitar in the band and stuff, my real focus is on recording bands. I currently have a small studio set up in my room.

Oh yeah a small note: metallica is in my SN cause they were the first band that I loved enough to pursue other bands like it thus begining my dive into the metal community.

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New Metalunderground.com Design!

If you’re a repeat visitor, you might notice some changes around here. I’ve rolled out a new design on the site. The site doesn’t look incredibly different, but the new layout is less cluttered and is more flexible to accommodate all the new content we plan on adding. Some other things you might notice are that the text and colors have been further brightened for greater readability and contrast.

In the immediate future, you should also see a new home page, commenting on news items, and news by band, with a bunch more stuff on the horizon.

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My Launchcast Radio Station

Over the years of running this site (going on 3), I've seen Launch.com get bought up by Yahoo and their Launchcast service undergo changes and often times not work during those periods of change. Well I have just rediscovered my own station that has been linked on the left of this site the entire time. It's working fine and Launch.com has added loads more music to their databases. So, I'm now listening to it every time I post news or am coding on the site, and as a result, I'm rating the music I like and keeping the station "up to date" and kick-ass. The station doesn't have much real underground metal, but it can still be a good way to hear some metal you may not have heard of before. I have personally discovered a lot of good bands on online radio stations, and tend to discover what bands I've heard of but never HEARD sound like on Launch.

No doubt you'll discover I'm a huge Slayer, Testament and old-school Metallica fan in only minutes of listening. Here's a link for your convenience.

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Win A Serj Tankian Signed CD Of 'Bird Up'

Metalunderground.com has teamed up with Klew Media to give away a few copies of “Bird Up—The Charlie Parker Remix Project”, a tribute to the genius of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. This is the same project I mentioned in a previous post, in which Serj Tankian of System of a Down is involved. One winner will receive a special edition copy of the CD signed by Serj and two runners ups will receive copies of the CD.

Check out savoyjazz.com, which has a lot of info about the album and streaming tracks. So if you're open to other musical styles, go check it out. It's not metal, but I decided to post this since Serj is involved, and there's free stuff to win.

You can enter in the contest here.

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New News Person - Nightwisher!

Yo, what up to everyone!? That's right, Metal underground has a new dedicated poster - me. For those who still haven't caught on....I'm the new guy!

I listen to all kinds of music, but OF COURSE, my favorite genre is Metal. My favorite metal bands vary. Lately, I've been getting into some progressive metal such as Stratovarious and Labyrinth. The most popular names on my playlist lately though, would have to be Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, and Nightwish. I'm also into the Numetal scene as well. I dig bands such as Static X, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Linkin Park...all that good stuff.

I am very open-minded and love talking about music. If you want, feel free to give me an IM. My screen name is Absorbthemoment. Hit me up if you've got any news or new bands you think I should check out.

Peace everyone. I'm out.

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New News Person - Introducing Slaughtered

Hey everyone, I'm the new poster at Metal Underground. I like all types of metal ranging from mainstream metal, to death, black, sludge, etc.. My favorite bands are constantly changing, but right now they consist of Down, Soilent Green, Mushroomhead, Strapping Young Lad, Ministry, and In Flames. Other then what I already said, I don't have much else to say about myself. I hope to provide you with some decent metal news daily, feel free to email me some too.

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Help Wanted

Metal Underground . com is looking for additional new posters to cover news and add diversity. The first priority is additional coverage for a more constant stream of news as well as to cover the gaps when Real LifeTM takes both myself and Dark Icon away from the computer at the same time. I’m also interested in bringing onboard people with different tastes than the current staff. If you’re into any of the non mainstream metal, the Swedish Metal scene, Hardcore, or Industrial, we’re especially interested – local underground scenes are a big plus! Death, Black, Thrash is fine too, but we’re not really looking for more mainstream metal coverage.

I’d like to add someone from Europe or Australia for both of the above reasons. I’ve been amazed at times how two people from different parts of world who like the same styles of music can know and like completely different bands, and would therefore like to achieve more international coverage.

The only requirements are that you have a decent grasp of the English language, and generally computer literate and have access to the Internet and can log on to post a few news stories 3-5 times a week. There’s no pay involved, just the enjoyment of spreading the metal gospel and introducing new metal bands people might not have heard of. Contact me at deathbringer@metalunderground.com (AIM dgibson666, ICQ 354916) if you are interested in helping out.

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