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08-15-2004, 02:25 PM
G’day! Welcome to the R&M forum. Scroll to the second post if you are looking for any of the official threads around here, to save having to use the search tool.

Rules For The tl;dr Types

Don't troll.
Don't spam.
Don't post links to copyrighted material.

moderators have ultimate discretion on how to handle users, their actions and rule violations, so don't sass them


Below are the rules for the Rock and Metal section of the MX forums. The rules are stated as simply as possible and to the point. If you need clarification on any of the rules feel free to post your inquiries in the suggestion, problem, and idea thread at the top of the forum.

Remember; the mods for this section are superpeer, Cocaine, Riva, pate, Permanent Solution, Meatplow. You know we’re mods because our names are in italics. Also look out for Jom, Spat Out Immense or Wish. We’re all a friendly bunch (mostly), so feel free to ask us for help.

The rules are divided into three sections: Green, Yellow and Red.

Green rules are good for a warning.

Yellow rules will net you a ban of variable length if you break them.

And breaking the red rules will give you a permanent ban.


No spam is allowed. This includes nonsense posts, 123 or variations of, posts consisting of a smiley, etc.

No multiple posting; i.e posting two or more times in a row in a thread. Use the edit button, please.

Before making a thread, check the forum to make sure there isn't a similar thread already. The search function works, so use it. There is also a list of links to popular bands below.

We have a few thread types that are illegal. While it may seem unnecessary, we have our reasons for outlawing these topics.

• List threads: As much as we'd love to know what your favourite Metallica B-Sides are, don't create a thread for this. Either keep it to the pertaining band/genre threads or, better yet, avoid doing so altogether.
• VS threads: These are mostly just flame threads.
• Spam threads: This should be obvious.
• Fantasy band threads: Nobody cares. Really. Note: Not to be confused with power metal band threads.
• Game threads. It’s basically just a glorified list thread.
• Threads regarding your band. I'm sure you guys are great, but keep it to the Jam Session.
• Threads asking what you should learn to play/recommendations. There is a thread for this. Several, in fact.
• Old threads that come back from the dead. If the last post was more than two months ago, chances are nobody will be pleased with you.
• No "elite" genre threads. If you must make a distinction between music you feel is elite compared to what everyone else is discussing in a genre thread politely educate them.

It’s a good idea to avoid posting in these threads, since if the mod is feeling fairly vicious, he may ban the thread starter and you too.

Also, please, please no R.I.P. [dead musician] threads. If it’s a recent event a thread may be made, otherwise you can take it to the community thread.


Don’t constantly break any of the Green rules. We only have so much patience.

Don’t create a thread to bash a band. Don’t go into an established thread and mindlessly flame anyone in it/bash the band. For the difference between debate and flaming, see this thread: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=435908

Don’t continue personal arguments across the forum. This is not needed and will be dealt with harshly. Take it to AIM/MSN/YIM, etc. if you feel the need.

Posting something illegal along with “I know I shouldn’t post this” or “Wrong forum, but who cares lol”. This is not only breaking the rules, it is blatantly (and knowingly) disregarding them. Please don’t.


Continually breaking the Yellow rules will net you a permanent ban.

No constant posts or threads promoting racism, sexism, etc. These will not be tolerated.

No porn, or graphic images. This is a family-friendly website. Please respect that.

No advertising your equipment/band/website/forums/etc.

Note on Banning:

When you are banned, you will see a screen telling you a reason and the ban’s length. It’s recommended you go over which rule you broke, to make sure it doesn’t happen again. You are permitted to make a second account to post on, provided you don’t break the rules. If you do, your second account will be banned, and the first account will have it’s ban extended by the same amount.

We want everyone to have a good time here. These rules are fluid, and are subject to change without notice, but that doesn’t mean that you are excused for breaking them. Ignorance is no excuse, I’m afraid. However, just try to be decent, and you shouldn’t have any worries.

Note on Filesharing

In short, don't do it on the forums. What you lot do on AIM/MSN/e-mail is not up to us, but any links to copyrighted material will be removed to the best of the moderators' ability. It is their job to keep the interest of the forums uncompromised.

For a more verbose take on the forums' filesharing policy, please read:

Enjoy R&M and we’ll see you around the forum, I’m sure!

10-10-2004, 03:13 PM
Where to Start?

New to the forums? Crossing over to Rock & Metal from another subforum? Whatever the case, trying to blend into these parts can be a daunting task. Some would say we're not the most welcoming bunch. They're only half wrong. Rock & Metal is the highest traffic forum on SputnikMusic, and as a result, it attracts people from all walks of life. It also means we've got a lot of things going at once. But fear not, noobs. Getting involved and incorporated is as easy as checking some of Rock & Metal's most popular threads. Go in head first. Quickly, like pulling off a band-aid.

The Rock & Metal Community Thread is a place to introduce yourself and shoot the shit. Keep ALL off topic posting to this thread: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571235

Useful Threads

Wondering if we play up to rock and metal stereotypes? Probably not. But hey, we have a photo album anyways! Check out The R&M Photo Album.

We mods can't catch everything, and that's where you, the user, comes in. If somebody is causing a ruckus, spamming or generally acting-a-fool, you can bet there's a thread for that. Visit the Report Problems/Ask Questions/Make Suggestions Thread. I assure you, it's exactly as it sounds.

Have you recently been to an excellent live show, or have tickets for an awesome gig coming up you want to show off? The R&M Live Concerts/Gig Discussion thread is what you are looking for, post here for any banter related to that last concert you went to.

Discover New Music

First and foremost, you should make it a point to read the R&M Iconic Albums Project. Curated by Jom and featuring contributions by the R&M user population, the R&M Iconic Albums Project features descriptions for all of the major Rock & Metal genres as well as lists of their accompanying iconic albums. It's a great point of reference for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Rock & Metal.

You can ask for recommendations in the aptly titled Official Suggestions/Recommendations Thread . There's almost no need we can't fill, but remember, this thread is not for arbitrary name drops. Ask away: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571083 If you are feeling a little more adventurous, why not try the Recommend An Album to The User Above You thread. It can be found here: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=580670 Also make sure to drop by the Links to Demos, Free Releases, Out of Print Material thread from time if you want to browse for some music to download, and contribute something if you so wish: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=579349

Speaking of recommendations, the What Are You Listening to Now? thread is a great way to share your tastes and pick up on others. Check it out: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=561533

If you have any new albums you have just gotten in and want to talk about, or wish to see what others are checking out visit the Albums Recently Acquired thread here.

Using a plug-in that installs easily to your computer's media player, Last.FM is a website that effectively charts your listening habits. Over time, it builds charts and even gives recommendations out based on what you've been listening to. With newly added iPod support, Last.FM is a great way to track and discover new music. And wouldn't you know it, we've got a thread for that too. Share your charts and gawk at what the rest of us are digging here: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=429069

Genre Specific Threads

Black Metal

Christian Rock & Metal


Death Metal


Doom Metal/Stoner Metal



Folk Metal


Hair Metal

Industrial/Electronic/Ambient/Neofolk/Power Electronics (& Related Genres)



Melodic Death Metal


Psychedelic Rock

Power Metal

Post Hardcore

Post Rock/Post Metal

Sludge Metal

Technical Death Metal

Thrash Metal

08-17-2009, 02:02 PM
As you may have noticed, Rock & Metal has been around a while. If you're curious about some of the older days, here are some old archived write-ups done in years' past.