Last updated 17th September, 2018

1. About BestBlackMetalAlbums.com

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com, or "BBMA", is a website dedicated to providing Black Metal news and album reviews, currently featuring over 44,000 albums from 125 countries across the globe.

1.1. Origins & purpose

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com was conceived and created in 2011, consisting of little more than a Top 100 list with a few search filters. However, as time progressed, it soon became apparent that the site required a complete overhaul, not only to cope with all the albums we would keep adding, but also because we realized that BestBlackMetalAlbums.com had the potential for something much bigger.

Over the years, BestBlackMetalAlbums.com has gradually evolved into one of the world's most prominent Black Metal websites, with an ever-increasing number of people using the site for discovering both old albums and new releases alike.

The idea behind the site's layout is to make it easy for the user to discover new albums based on their stylisic preferences, which is why the navigation of the site is primarily album-oriented as opposed to band-oriented, like the majority of sites.

1.2. Registration

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com does not currently require registration. Everyone can access all of the site's content and features without the need to perform any kind of registration or authentication. This might change in the future.

1.3. Posting guidelines

Since registration is not required in order to post comments, there are a number of basic guidelines set in place to keep things running smoothly:

  • All comments are eventually reviewed by a site admin, and we reserve the right to delete any comment which we consider excessively off-topic, unnecessarily abusive or generally inappropriate.
  • The comment system does not support HTML tags, and they will be stripped automatically from the comment.
  • BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is an English language website, therefore comments posted in other languages may be deleted.

1.4. Contribution guidelines

A minimum standard of quality must be adhered to in order for us to take any contribution seriously:

  • Ensure that the news or albums in question are not already published on the site. This saves time for everyone involved.
  • Provide as much info as possible while also being concise and to the point. Submissions that just consist of copy-pasted promotional walls of text will most likely be ignored. We may contact you via the e-mail address that you have provided if we require more information.
  • We reserve the right to accept or reject submissions at our own discretion. We may not contact you to give you a reason why the submission was rejected, but neither will you always receive a confirmation if we do accept your submission.
  • Up to several weeks or months may pass from the moment a submission is received until it is actually included in the site's database and/or reviewed.

1.5. Reviews & ratings

Album reviews are written entirely by ourselves. We decide which albums to review, and when to review them. Likewise, the ratings that we assign to albums are decided by ourselves, based on our own internal criteria. In other words, the reviews and ratings on this site represent our own personal opinions and preferences, nothing more, nothing less.

Please note that albums may periodically be re-evaluated and/or re-reviewed.

You are welcome to request album reviews, and all such requests are noted, however we cannot guarantee if or when your album will be reviewed.

1.6. Genres

To keep things simple, BestBlackMetalAlbums.com uses a fairly simplified and somewhat unconventional genre classification system, grouping a wide array of different sub-genres into just a handful of labels or "styles". As a result of this, there may be some situations where specific albums appear under a certain genre classification which you wouldn't normally associate them with.

1.7. News

The news that appears on the site is gathered from a variety of sources, ranging from news posts on official sites to bands and publishers who have submitted the news to us directly, and we will include a link to the official source(s) where possible. Occasionally, we will include news articles which are not strictly related to Black Metal because we feel they will still be of interest to our users.

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2. Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our users:

2.1. Who is behind BestBlackMetalAlbums.com? Where are you based?

A handful of music enthusiasts, somewhere in Europe.

2.2. How was the site designed? What CMS do you use?

We are proud to say that BestBlackMetalAlbums.com was created from a single blank folder, file by file, line by line. Likewise, the CMS that we use was also built from scratch. We believe that this is the only way to have complete control over a website's functionality and ensure that everything is working exactly as intended. It also guarantees that there is no unnecessary or obsolete code bloating the site.

2.3. Can I register on the site? Is there a forum?

No. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com does not currently require regisration, and neither is there a forum, however this may change in the future.

2.4. Can I advertise on the site?

No. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is free of adverts, and we intend to keep it that way.

2.5. Can I write reviews for the site?

No. We really appreciate everyone who has kindly offered to contribute reviews to the site, however we intend to handle the reviews by ourselves for now.

2.6. Can I do anything to support the site?

Yes. Simply by using the site regularly, posting comments, rating albums, submitting contributions or sharing our site with your friends, you are giving us the best kind of support that we could ask for.

In addition to this, our site uses affiliate links, which means that whenever you buy albums (or anything else online) using the links on our site, we receive a small percentage for every sale at no extra cost to you, and this helps to keep the site online.

2.7. Why is/isn't X band/album included on the site?

If you feel that a specific album is missing from our site and should be included, the most likely explanation is that we simply haven't been made aware of it yet. Feel free to use the Contribution Form to submit albums for inclusion on the site.

In some cases you may come across specific albums which are included on the site which are not strictly Black Metal albums. These albums are included because we feel they are either historically important, related in some way to Black Metal, or otherwise of interest to our users.

2.8. Why haven't you included the bands/albums which I submitted?

Please check the contribution guidelines above.

2.9. Why haven't there been any news or reviews posted recently?

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com is currently undergoing a period of extended inactivity, meaning that we don't have sufficient time to post regular news updates. That said, we do continue to work on the site behind the scenes, periodically updating the code, implementing new features, fixing bugs and adding new albums more or less on a weekly basis. We'll be back.

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3. Privacy Policy

Please take a moment to read about how we handle your personal information before using any of the site's forms:

3.1. What information do we collect?

When posting a comment, using the Contribution form, or using the Contact form, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your name and e-mail address. It is not necessary to provide your full name, and you can also use an alias or pseudonym if you wish. When signing up to the newsletter, you will only be asked to provide your e-mail address. Lastly, we also keep a record of the IP address from which a form is submitted.

3.2. Why do we collect this information?

We use the provided e-mail address to send you an automatic reply to let you know that we have successfully received your message, and also to contact you in case there are any questions or if we require further clarification. When signing up to the newsletter, your e-mail address will be added to our mailing list for future newsletters. As for the IP address, we use this exclusively for spam protection.

3.3. Where do we store this information?

Your personal information is encrypted using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) technology, and it is saved on a server that is physically secure and password-protected. It is only accessible by a limited number of people who's job it is to keep the information safe and confidential. We do not show, trade, share or transfer this information to any unauthorized person or 3rd party under any circumstances.

3.4. How long do we store this information?

For comments, which are designed to be displayed permanently, your information is stored indefinitely by default. When using the Contribution form or the Contact form, we keep your contact details for a maximum of 5 years. As for the newsletter, your e-mail address will remain on our mailing list until you decide to unsubscribe. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of one of our newsletters.

3.5. Which information is publicly visible?

When posting a comment, the name you have provided will be publicly displayed next to your comment. The rest of your personal information is not displayed publicly.

3.6. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

In accordance with the GDPR, you can withdraw your consent, or request that your personal information be updated or deleted, at any time. Any such requests can be submitted through the contact form.

3.7. California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)

In accordance with the CalOPPA, users can visit our site anonymously and have access to this Privacy Policy at any time by using the link found at the bottom of every page. This Privacy Policy may be updated at any time, and any changes will be notified here. You can request to change your personal information though the contact form.

3.8. Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

In accordance with the COPPA, we do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

3.9. Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs)

In accordance with the FIPPs, should a data breach occur, we will notify the users via an in-site notification within 7 business days.

3.10. CAN-SPAM Act

In accordance with the CAN-SPAM Act, we only collect your email address in order to respond to inquiries and send notifications, and also newsletters, should you have chosen this. The e-mails you receive will clearly state in the subject that they have been sent by BestBlackMetalAlbums.com. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of one of our newsletters.

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4. Cookie Policy

Cookies are small files that a website temporarily saves on your PC that allow it to recognize your browser and remember certain information about it, such as your shopping basket contents, language preference, or display settings for that site.

4.1. What do we use cookies for?

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com uses cookies to:

  • Remember which poll option you selected ("poll" - expires after 30 days).
  • Remember which theme style you selected ("theme" - expires after 30 days).
  • Remember if you accepted the use of cookies ("cookie_accept" - expires after 90 days).
  • Remember which search result preferences you selected ("view" - expires after 30 days).
  • Allow our server to recognize your visit as a separate user session ("PHPSESSID" - expires when you leave the website).
  • Allow our service provider to manage server load and allocate resources accordingly ("240planBAK", "240planD" - expire after approx. 2 hours).
  • Allow you to use the AddThis social sharing buttons ("__atssc", "__atuvc", "_atshc" - expire after approx. 1 year).
  • Allow Google Analytics to compile data about overall site traffic and site interaction ("_utma", "_utmb", "_utmc", "_utmt", "_utmv", "_utmz" - expire after approx. 2 years).

We do not use cookies for targeted advertising or behavioural marketing of any kind.

You can change your cookie preferences or delete these cookies at any time through your browser settings, however this may cause some of the features on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com to stop working correctly.

4.2. Cookie consent

If the settings on the browser that you are using to view this website are configured to accept cookies, we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you accept our use of cookies.

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5. Terms of Use

Please take a moment to read our terms of use:

5.1. Overview

By accessing BestBlackMetalAlbums.com, you agree to these terms of use, together with any applicable laws and regulations, and you agree that you are responsible for complying with them. These terms are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the European Union, and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the EU courts. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com may modify these terms of service at any time without notice.

5.2. Use License

All original content on this site, such as text, graphic design, logos, and also the selection, arrangement, and presentation of the materials is property of BestBlackMetalAlbums.com and protected by copyright and trademark law. All other content that is not owned by BestBlackMetalAlbums.com that appears on this site is the property of their respective owners and also protected by copyright and trademark law. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Permission is granted, in the form of a license, to temporarily download one copy of the materials on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com's website for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only.

Under this license you may not:

  • Modify or copy the materials.
  • Use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display.
  • Attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com.
  • Remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials.
  • Transfer the materials to another person or host the materials on any other server.

This license will automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions, and may also be terminated by BestBlackMetalAlbums.com at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any materials downloaded from BestBlackMetalAlbums.com in your possession, whether in electronic, printed or other format.

5.3. Accuracy

The materials on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com website are provided on an "as is" basis. These materials could include grammatical, factual, technical, typographical, or photographic errors. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com does not guarantee that all of the materials are accurate, complete or current. BestBlackMetalAlbums.com may make changes to the materials contained on its website at any time without notice.

If you detect anything on the website that needs to be corrected, by all means contact us.

5.4. Liability

In no event shall BestBlackMetalAlbums.com or its providers be liable for any damages (including loss of data, loss of profit, or business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com.

The opinions and views expressed by the site's users through their comments do not reflect the opinions or views of BestBlackMetalAlbums.com.

5.5. Links

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its website and is not responsible for the contents of any such site, and the inclusion of any link on any such site does not imply endorsement by BestBlackMetalAlbums.com.

Occasionally we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent terms of use, and we have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites, however, we actively seek to protect the integrity of our site, and welcome any feedback about these sites.

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