Originally Posted by swboyd
Metal Archives rules just reek of elitism and pretentiousness. Their site is a great resource when you're looking up a band you've never heard of or looking for information about a band, but any site that refuses to list BTBAM because they're not metal but still lists Rush is still pretty terrible.
The lines between genres are becoming more and more blurred nowadays. If I had to define a line for metal, it'd have to be at a case by case basis. A band like Propagandhi straddles the line so much between metal, hardcore, and punk sometimes so it's hard to set exact boundaries. Metal Archives certainly makes that a bit harder sometimes...
It's easy to accuse them of elitism when one band is rejected and another is accepted, but when working on a case by case basis with multiple moderators there will obviously be some inconsistency. On the forum there is a thread regarding band submissions and they give everything a listen and an explanation. Sometimes they will add or remove bands based on the posts there. Of course I don't agree with all of their decisions, but they are pretty fair in their reasoning.