In a relatively short time, Metal Bandcamp has become THE go-to site for discovering new metal on the wonderful Bandcamp platform.
If you already know the name of a band or album that you’re after, Bandcamp’s search engine works fine. And if you’re willing to put in hours of effort on a regular basis, you can browse all the bands whose music is on the site by using one of the “metal” tags (e.g., “metal”, “black metal”, “metalcore”, “thrash”, “doom” or “progressive metal”). But who has that kind of time?
The valuable service that Metal Bandcamp provides is not only to keep readers abreast of what metal is being added to Bandcamp on a daily basis, but also to act as a filter — providing music descriptions, brief reviews, and sample music from new additions that are worthy of your ears. Virtually every day, and often multiple times a day, Metal Bandcamp’s tireless proprietor MaxR adds posts spotlighting what’s new in the Bandcamp world of metal. (He was also kind enough to annotate all of the 2011 “Best of the Year” lists at NCS with links to Bandcamp sites for the honored albums, where they existed.)
Recently, Max created a new page on his site that lists the record labels (from major labels to small independents) who have established Bandcamp pages for their releases, along with brief descriptions. In addition, on that page you can find links to each label’s Bandcamp splash page, plus a separate link to bands from each label that have been featured in Metal Bandcamp posts.
As Max notes on that page, it’s a work in progress, but it’s already a very cool feature. I get exhausted just imagining the level of effort that went into this (and will continue to go into it). It’s also proof that labels, as well as bands, have caught on to the user-friendly attractions of Bandcamp as a platform for streaming and distributing music.
So, go check out the new “Metal Labels on Bandcamp” page at Metal Bandcamp, and give Max a round of applause while you’re at it.