1. About BestBlackMetalAlbums.com

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com, or "BBMA", is a website dedicated primarily to providing Black Metal news and album reviews, currently featuring over 40,000 albums from 121 countries across the globe.

1.1. Origins & purpose

BestBlackMetalAlbums.com was conceived and created in 2011. Initially, the site consisted of little more than a Top 100 list with a few search filters, the purpose of which was for us to simply have somewhere to keep track of our favourite albums and share recommendations with friends. However, as time progressed, it soon became apparent that the site required a complete overhaul, not only to cope with all of 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 what it is today, one of the world's most prominent Black Metal sites, with an ever-increasing number of users from all over the planet frequently using the site for discovering both old albums and new releases alike. The site's gradual evolution has not stopped, and it will continue to evolve for as long as it remains online.

1.2. How to use the site

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

1.3. 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.

1.4. 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.

1.5. Contribution guidelines

The Contribution Form is very straightforward, allowing contributors to provide the details in their own style rather than having to fill out a form with dozens of fields, but this freedom also means that a minimum standard of quality must be adhered to in order for us to take any contribution seriously:

  • Firstly, all contributors must ensure that the news or albums in question are not already published on the site. This saves time for everyone involved.
  • Secondly, we ask that all contributors provide as much detail as possible while also being brief and concise, including URLs where applicable. Submissions which consist of just 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.
  • Lastly, 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.

1.6. 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.

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.

1.7. Genres

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.

1.8. 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 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.

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 at the same time. 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) 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 on the site because we feel they are either historically important, related in some way to Black Metal, or otherwise of interest to our userbase.

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

Please check the contribution guidelines above.

2.9. Why hasn't there been any news 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, adding new features, fixing bugs and uploading new albums. We'll be back.

3. Privacy Policy

Take a moment to read the terms of our Privacy Policy before using the site:

3.1. Cookies

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider saves on your computer through your browser (if you allow it to) that enables their systems to recognize your browser and remember certain information which improves the user experience and allows the user to make use of advanced site features. If the settings on the browser that you are using to view this website are adjusted to accept cookies, we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you accept our use of cookies.

We use these cookies to:

  • Remember which theme style you selected ("theme").
  • Remember which poll option you selected ("poll").
  • Remember which search results viewing preferences you selected ("view").
  • Allow you to use the AddThis social sharing buttons ("__atssc", "__atuvc", "_atshc").
  • Allow our server to recognize your visit as a separate user session ("PHPSESSID").
  • Allow our service provider to manage server load and allocate resources accordingly ("240planBAK", "240planD").
  • Allow Google Analytics to compile data about overall site traffic and site interaction which allows us to manage website performance and improve user experience ("_utma", "_utmb", "_utmc", "_utmt", "_utmv", "_utmz").

You can disable cookies or change your cookie preferences through your browser settings, however if you disable cookies in your browser, some of the features on BestBlackMetalAlbums.com may not function correctly.

3.2. Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

When using some of the features on our site, (such as posting comments, submitting contributions, signing up to the newsletter, etc...) you may be asked to provide personal information such as your name, email address or other details. We only use this information for providing you with the service in question, and we do not sell, trade, share or otherwise transfer this information to any 3rd party.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential by law. In addition, all sensitive information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

3.3. California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)

In accordance with 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.

3.4. Children Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

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

3.5. Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs)

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

3.6. 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, and you will be able to remove yourself from our newsletter mailing list at any time by using the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of each newsletter.

4. Terms of Use

You must agree to the following terms of use in order to use the site:

4.1. 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.

If you do not agree with any of these terms, you do not have permission to use or access this website.

4.2. 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. 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.

4.3. 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.

4.4. Liability

In no event shall BestBlackMetalAlbums.com or its suppliers 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.

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

4.5. 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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