Metal Storm - Announcing New Terms Of Use, Paid Membership Plans


Dear readers, today marks a great change for Metal Storm as an institution and as a community. For over 20 years now, we have been a leading voice in the metal underground, providing invaluable resources for music fans through our database, forums, publications, and more. Up until now, we have managed to do this without asking anything in return, powering through year after year purely for the love of the craft. Metal Storm has always operated on a volunteer basis, never motivated by profit, and we had hoped that this would always be the case. Unfortunately, as we have seen over the last year, times change.

Stringing along a site like this isn't cheap, especially with tightening privacy and security restrictions (the EU and the state of California are monstrous with this, seriously), and so we have decided that the best way to turn a profit with this thing would be to introduce a paid membership system. Modeling ourselves after some of the major news publications out there, we'll be offering readers a select number of free views each month, after which it will be necessary to sign up for a premium user account to access more content. Premium plans start at $6.66 a month (payable through PayPal, Venmo, OFX, Apple Pay, Google Pay, YooMoney, wire transfer, check, cheque, and/or exchange of rare Bathory merch) and we plan to introduce higher tiers of membership in the future as our network stabilizes. This is undiscovered country for us, so we appreciate your understanding while we adjust membership rates and perks associated with different tiers as necessary. For now, we'll be starting everybody at the base rate just to make things fair, but look forward to those Metal Warrior, Metal Elitist, and Metal God membership plans. As an additional feature right off the bat, we will be selling custom titles in several colors for 0.0000666 BTC. Available colors are green and red. Premium users will by default show up in gold.

This is not the path that we envisioned Metal Storm taking, but the important thing is to remain sanguine in the face of change and generous with your resources. We know that this will be worth the expenditure and you will love what Metal Storm is brewing for the future. For those readers who are skeptical about Metal Storm's new direction, or who are perhaps unable to keep up with our evolving requirements for membership, we ask you to consider that this is merely the price of several cups of coffee a month. Which is more important to you: your debilitating caffeine addiction or a daily barrage of ShoutBox arguments over which South American black metal bands are and are not Nazis?

-- The Metal Storm Staff

Source: metalstorm.net
 
Posted: 01.04.2021 by ScreamingSteelUS


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Comments: 102   Visited by: 433 users
01.04.2021 - 19:41
AndyMetalFreak

I've only been a member for a few days, so could someone tell me if this is a joke or am I meant to pay for my my membership?
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01.04.2021 - 19:43
doez
Hallucigenia
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 01.04.2021 at 19:41

I've only been a member for a few days, so could someone tell me if this is a joke or am I meant to pay for my my membership?


There are no jokes on this website, we're all following the trve kvlt mentality which forbids fun. Now hand out your cash.
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01.04.2021 - 20:25
annodomini

Soooo now I'm a fan of Babymetal. ok.
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the riddle wants to be...
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01.04.2021 - 22:04
Vonpire

Omfg, that baby metal video... Instrumental is cool though ! Nice prank guys!
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Beware the Shadows of Dusk
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01.04.2021 - 22:44
dammage11

Seriously though, will some donation make the website have less downtime?
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01.04.2021 - 23:21
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
Wow it's a very different mood listening to Babymetal deliberately and listening to it forcefully.
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Rose is red, violet is blue. Flag is win, Baba is you.
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01.04.2021 - 23:49
M C Vice
ex-polydactyl
Written by Tasos M on 01.04.2021 at 12:30

That was amazing!! I was entering my name when there was typed 'Chris Barnes'

Mine was Papa Emeritus.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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02.04.2021 - 00:30
no one

Oh I see I HAD to watch the baby metal video, it was ok I just had to cut out my eyes.
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02.04.2021 - 02:40
mikeprado30

Long before they rickrolled us with Rick Astley...

Nowadays that was changed by Babymetal
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BARDS WE ARE, BARDS WE WILL BE!
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02.04.2021 - 05:55
tintinb

Written by M C Vice on 01.04.2021 at 23:49

Written by Tasos M on 01.04.2021 at 12:30

That was amazing!! I was entering my name when there was typed 'Chris Barnes'

Mine was Papa Emeritus.

I had Jari. 😅
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02.04.2021 - 13:58
corrupt
With a lowercase c
Written by mikeprado30 on 02.04.2021 at 02:40

Long before they rickrolled us with Rick Astley...

Nowadays that was changed by Babymetal

TBF, I made a case for Rick, but was outvoted by the trve cvltness of our staff
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Schwarzmetall!
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09.04.2021 - 04:00
sgtrobo

Written by M C Vice on 01.04.2021 at 23:49

Written by Tasos M on 01.04.2021 at 12:30

That was amazing!! I was entering my name when there was typed 'Chris Barnes'

Mine was Papa Emeritus.


I was Mikael Akerfeldt
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2020 AotY for me (constant work in progress)
http://metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=6314
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