What is Metal Storm?

Metal Storm is an international metal website with over 2.5 million pageviews per month. Approximately 50% of our users come from Europe, 40% from North America and 10% from the rest of the world. Our main goal is to provide information about metal bands and the international metal scene: news, events, releases, reviews, interviews and so on. All site members are allowed to submit information/reviews/articles, which are afterwards checked by the Staff members.

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4.1 - I want to help, how can I contribute to the site?

There are many ways:

Forum reports
If someone violates site policies, if a new topic is utterly stupid and pointless, if something is generally wrong with a topic - use the Report to Mods button. The forum is huge, and Moderators can't possibly check every thread and every message. This would help us to keep the forum clean.

Edit bands and albums
You can edit details of the featured bands, add and edit albums, lyrics, videos, trivia and other related stuff. Go to the band pages and you should find the links easily. You have to be logged in to do that.

Add news and events
You can submit news and metal-related events, such as concerts, tours and festivals.

Write reviews, articles and concert reviews
You can now submit reviews for any featured album, by going to the album page and clicking 'Add review'. To submit an article or a concert review, go here. Please consult the rules and guidelines for submitting reviews and articles first.

Moreover, please never contact a band or a label on behalf of Metal Storm if you haven't got Birgit's approval. For instance, we won't accept unapproved interviews, and you could get into serious trouble if you do so.

If you have a great idea for the site improvement, you can post it on General website forum, or send an e-mail/PM to Ivan.

We welcome any submissions. You can help us expand the site and keep the featured information correct and up-to-date.



4.2 - Guest Reviews Rules & Guidelines

If you are not a member of Metal Storm Staff, your review qualifies as a Guest Review.

Guest reviewers, please note:
- New releases are reserved for staff reviewers. Guest reviewers must wait 30 days after a release date or 14 days after an official review is published, whichever comes first. (there are exceptions to this rule; if you feel strongly about a particular album please contact D.T. Metal)
- Guest reviews do not appear on the front page of Metal Storm
- Guest reviewers are forbidden from contacting bands or labels as if on Metal Storm's behalf

Here is a summary of rules for submitting reviews to Metal Storm. Please read the Author Agreement for a full list.
- The review must be exclusively written for Metal Storm and cannot violate any global copyright laws. Breaking this rule will result in a permanent ban.
- Profanity should be avoided unless it is obvious that the review requires it. Slurs (racial or otherwise) will never be tolerated and result in a ban.
- The rating system should be used and the review must be formatted in the following way:
  • Band names need to go in [band] tags. ie. [band] Black Sabbath [/band] (without spaces) becomes Black Sabbath
  • Album titles are in italics [ i] tags ie. [ i] Painkiller [ /i] (without spaces) becomes Painkiller
  • Song titles are in quotation marks. ie. "Iron Man"
  • Lyrics are also in quotation marks.
  • Note: It is grammatically incorrect to capitalize genres
    - "Song-By-Song" reviews are not allowed on Metal Storm.
    - All reviews will be checked and proofread before appearing online.

    Here are some guidelines to make your review better:
    - Don't forget to save your review to your computer or other memory device! It's always good to keep a copy of your work somewhere, because if you submit your review and it gets rejected then it will be deleted. If you haven't saved it anywhere, it can't be retrieved. It is the user's responsibility to save their reviews.
    - Usually, the optimal length for a review is 250-500 words. Please don't go below or over this length unless absolutely necessary.
    - A review is an opinion but make sure you explain yourself succinctly.
    - Don't give ridiculous ratings. Very few albums actually deserve a 10 or a 2. Be reasonable.
    - Follow the rules of conventional writing: include an introduction, clearly state your opinion, support it in the body and make a conclusion.
    - If you are not sure about the spelling of a word, check it on dictionary.com or infoplease.com
    Pressing "Submit" means that you have read and accept the rules and guidelines above and in the Author Agreement. Please make sure your review adheres or it might be rejected.

    For more information, contact D.T. Metal



  • 4.3 - Working with images

    There are several cases when you can upload an image with your edit/submission. These are pictures for albums, musicians and videos. I hope you understand that we can only accept images with a certain level of quality, so here are a few pointers for you:

    1. For the love of God, never use Paint for working with images! Your best choice would be a professional image editing program, but in case you don't have one, there's a little free program called Irfanview, which produces quite satisfactory results.

    2. Make sure there are no borders on the sides of the image. Crop all unnecessary stuff. Make sure the contrast level is right, and the image is not too pale or too bright. Make sure there are no compression artefacts visible. Seriously, just make sure it looks perfect before submitting it.

    3. Try to save images with lower file sizes but still a good quality. Keep the compression level at 50-60.

    4. For videos, choose the most recognizable and memorable image from the video. Make sure it's not too messy and one can actually recognize what's on the picture. Try to keep the proportions - it's always better to crop the image than distort the proportions too much. Crop out channel logos and other redundant stuff as well.

    If you feel you can't fulfill these requirements, it's better to submit an edit without an image, than with one that is poor quality.



    4.4 - Submitting band info

  • Band name / former names / also known as
    Make sure the band name is spelled the 'official way'. If there are alternative spellings, put them in the "Also known as" box (ex. Mötley Crüe / Motley Crue). All former names also go there. If there are two bands with the same name, the 'bigger' one should have the normal name, but the other one should get it's country attached in upper-case, in round brackets: Autumn / Autumn (RUS).

  • Picture
    Add a picture, in which all the band members can be seen well; avoid distortion and pics with other people in them. If you can't find a promo picture, use a live one instead.

  • Years
    Make sure the "formed in" date equals the one mentioned in the biography. In the process of the migration to MSv3, many founding years have been changed to the year of the first release, which of course is wrong most of the time.

  • Biography
    Check the band's website for an updated biography. If the new biography concentrates too much on the newest releases and doesn't talk about the older stuff, find other sources (e.g. All Music Guide) or write one yourself. Please always specify the source in the end.

  • Label
    Check the band's or label's website to go sure that the band still is on the same label as mentioned.

  • Visibility
    Bands should only be made visible after their profile is completed - general info, biography, styles, lineup, albums, videos, band image. If it's done, contact a Staff member to make the band visible.

  • Styles
    If you have any suggestions regarding the style/styles played by the band please report them in the Featured bands - report mistakes thread or send a PM to a Staff member.



  • 4.5 - Submitting lineup and artist info

  • Make sure the artist isn't already featured, before adding a new one! Multiple profiles for the same artist are a pain in the ass.

  • If a musician has been in the band for more than one period of time (departed and then came back), please add him twice, for both periods.

  • If there was a lineup change and a long break until a spot was filled, read up on old news whether guests or tour musicians jumped in during studio sessions (guests) or gigs (tour musicians).

  • If in doubt whether a musician was a 'session' or 'guest' one, Guest musicians are usually rather famous persons (most often, vocalists) from other bands, brought in for a couple of songs. Session musicians usually play on all/most album songs, and fill in for a missing instrument.

  • Nicknames and pseudonyms should be entered in this way - Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho.

  • Additional information can be submitted in artist profiles - picture, biography, website, birth date.

  • If the musician has other bands or projects as well, don't hesitate to add those - go his profile and click 'Add bands'. If you don't know when exactly he joined or left those, put 0000 as the year.



  • 4.6 - Submitting albums

    What can be added
    Only official album releases are accepted, no bootlegs please. Only releases with a title are accepted (working title is OK too) - no TBA! We also don't feature re-releases and remasters - however, you can mention them in the 'Additional info' box of the original album. Leaving a comment with reasons for adding/modifying album information (and providing a source) greatly increases the chance of your edit being accepted by the Staff.


    Release type
    Most of them are self-explanatory, however, there are a few tricky ones.

    - Single - usually very short, containing 1-4 songs. Most commonly has the same name as the main song. Besides 1 or 2 main songs it usually contains unreleased tracks, covers, demos, live and alternative versions.

    - EP - normally has the same content as a studio album would, differs mostly in length (longer than a single but not enough for a regular album). In a lot of cases contains new material, not available anywhere else, sometimes with a few bonuses thrown in (live tracks, alternative versions). Most split CDs should be classified as EPs.

    - VA - Various Artists. Compilation CDs with over 4 different artists on them. Artists should be then listed in the tracklist, ex: "# Iron Maiden - The Trooper".


    Release date
    Although albums can have several release dates for different parts of the world, we use only the very first one. Other dates can be added in the "Additional info" box.


    Splits and VA
    Some CDs have more than one artist on them. Use the bands dropdown to add all featured bands to the album - the album will then appear in each one's discography. In the tracklist, either break songs intro groups (if each artist has several songs) with artist name and tracks listed below, or put artist name before each song (if each has only one song) - ex: "# Iron Maiden - The Trooper". Splits can be Singles, EPs, Studio albums or VA, depending on their length and content.


    Pics
    Please refer to the working with images section.


    Tracklist
    Tracklists are tricky, so please pay close attention! First of all, make sure you've seen and understood the tracklist code (if you haven't, click on "Tracklist code and instructions" below the tracklist box). Use the preview button to see the end result. Here are some of the most common mistakes:

    - In English song titles, Every Word Should Be Capitalized.

    - All brackets in song titles must be round (). All tags and any additional information should use square brackets [].

    - Information in square brackets should be in lower case, except names and titles.

    - For multi-CD releases, make sure that the [disc] tag is used properly. If there's a bonus CD on the limited edition, also put the [disc] tag in front of the original CD, otherwise it will designate the bonus CD as CD 1.

    - Don't use such tags as [instrumental] or [non-album track]. However, if it's the instrumental version of a song, use the [v: instrumental] tag.

    - Don't add track length.

    - Use '+' instead of '#' to mark additonal multimedia content - video track on an audio CD, wallpapers, images galleries and so on.



    4.7 - Submitting videos

  • We feature promo videos only, which means no live sound! There are, however, videos with live footage and studio sound - those are OK. Only official video releases are accepted. There's a lot of custom-made videos floating around, usually with anime footage. Learn to distinguish between them. "Lyric videos" are accepted now, but only if they are OFFICIAL - meaning they HAVE to be released by the band or their label.

  • If there are several significantly different versions of the video, add them all, the first one without anything additional, the others with (... version) added to the title.

  • Finding band videos
    Check the media section of the bands whether they have videos. If yes, add those. You can also try to find information on fan sites. Most of the time you won't find many videos on the band's site. Check out YouTube.com then, enter the band's name and find the official videos. Most singles are usually accompanied by videos.

  • Screenshots
    Google Video and Youtube normally have good enough quality to take a proper screenshot (PrtScn button on your keyboard). If you can download the video somewhere, follow this short guide: http://www.videohelp.com/faq#screenshot.
    Please take a screenshot that is representative for the video. Full view of the band isn't representative, every music video has that. Best is if you take a shot of a scene, which is crucial for the plot of the video.

  • Year
    This is the year the video was released, not the album! If there's no way to find out - oh well, put the album year here...

  • Director
    The toughest part. If you have trouble finding the director, browse through the archives of Blabbermouth or Brave Words and/or google interviews with the bands from that period. ("band name" "song name" video interview) as search query should do the trick.



  • 4.8 - Author Agreement

    What follows is the legally binding agreement that all Guest Reviewers sign by pressing the "Submit" button. This is the final and legally exhaustive document and please consult it first if you have any questions.

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    Metal Storm Guest Reviewer's Agreement

    The following are the terms and conditions governing article submissions by Guest Reviewers to the Metal Storm Web site located at http://metalstorm.net (hereinafter "Site"). We ask that you (hereinafter "Author") read the terms of the Agreement (hereinafter "Agreement") with Metal Storm carefully.

    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING.

    General
    By submitting your article, review, concert review or other content ("Content") to this Site, Author agrees to these terms and conditions. The Site reserves the right, in its discretion, to change or modify all or any part of this agreement at any time, effective immediately upon publishing such changes or modifications. If Author does not agree, then Author should not submit any Content to this Site.

    The Content
    By submitting any Content to the Site, Author represents that Author has full rights to send us the Content and that sending us the Content for publication on the Site will not violate or infringe the rights of any third person or party, including but not limited to, rights in copyrights, patents, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets or other proprietary rights. Author also represents and understands that Author will not receive any form of compensation from the Site for the Content Author is submitting. Author further understands that submission of any Content to the Site does not in any way guarantee the Content will be published or appear on the Site.

    Author grants to The Site the following rights to the Content:
    - the right to proof-read and edit the Content prior to publishing or at any other time deemed necessary by Metal Storm;
    - the worldwide and perpetual right to electronically publish and distribute the Content in all versions of the Site in any language and the right to translate and electronically publish and distribute the Content to other sites under license or contract with The Site;
    - the worldwide and perpetual right to include the Content in advertising and promotion;
    - the worldwide and perpetual right to include the Content in print and non-print products anywhere in the world.

    Finally, we may delete any Content at any time, without any notice to the Author.

    Author Represents and Warrants To Metal Storm that:
    - Author is the sole author and owner of the Content and have the full power and authority, free of any rights of any nature whatsoever by any other person or party, to enter into this Agreement and to grant the rights, which are being granted by this Agreement.
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    - The Content is based on true facts and diligent research.
    - Author will not enter into any subsequent Agreement or understanding with another person or entity which might conflict with the rights granted to The Site under this Agreement regarding the Content.
    - Author acknowledges that the fee for the Content will be $0 and appropriate credit within the article on the Site.

    Metal Storm is under no obligation to publish Author's submitted Content.

    Author Further Represents That Author Will:
    - Disclose any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest Author may directly or indirectly, have in any security, company, or financial product, which is the subject matter of the Content. If a member of Author's family, or an entity in which Author is a shareholder has a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in the security, company, or financial product that must be disclosed as well.
    - Make certain any hypertext links within the Content are active and working, obtain any necessary approvals from that company or entity, and make certain that such linking does not violate any copyrights, patents, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets or other proprietary rights.
    - Make certain that the Content is formatted according to Metal Storm Publishing rules ie Band names go in [band] tags, Album titles are in italics, Song titles are in quotation marks and Lyrics are also in quotation marks.
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