The BNR Metal Pages
Online since 1995, this website is one of the best Internet resources for researching Heavy Metal. All genres are represented and all bands have full discographies. Add a band summary, link to the website (if available), album art, tracklists, and lineups and you’ve got a comprehensive look at over 1400+ bands.
What I like most is the criteria that each band must fit to be included in this Metal encyclopedia. From the BNR Metal FAQ:
Assuming the band in question is sufficiently metal enough, there are two requirements of new bands:
- They must have released at least one album or EP (demos don’t count)
- I must have listened to at least one full album or EP (not just a single song or two)
The reason for the first requirement is not because I don’t care about up-and-coming bands or long-lost garage bands, it’s simply a matter of time and resources. As it is, I cannot keep up with all the established bands out there, much less write pages for bands that are still on the way up. I wish I could support these bands more, but I simply can’t.
Number 2 sounds like a cheap ploy to get free stuff, but that’s not the point, and certainly not why I’ve done this site in the first place. I just feel more comfortable and qualified writing about a band that I’ve heard first-hand rather than just relying on reports. It’s as simple as that.
Obviously run by a fan. A Metal salute to anyone that has listened to that many bands!