Best Sites for Metal Music Reviews

What are your favorite review sites? It doesn't have to be a review site only for metal, as long as metal reviews are also well established there.

The Top Ten

1 Encyclopaedia Metallum Encyclopaedia Metallum

This is the most important site, I guess. Very broad range of bands, very good description and most accurate genre categorisation and of course many reviews.
The site is very well arranged and if you do not find a review to an album, you'll find it most likely here. Its free for everyone to review here, so you can read a great variety of different opinions.
Just two flaws in my opinion. One is the rating system, because a "75%" doesn't tell you much and the second is the strict policy of bands that are allowed. For me it doesn't matter that much, because I listen mostly to Death Metal, but Metalcore/Deathcore fans will be disappointed.

("strict policy" also applies to the reviews itself, since track-by-track reviews are forbidden, but that's rather positive, I believe) - Flav

Best place to find reviews, except rock, nu metal and "core" genres aren't allowed on this site.

They aren't allowed because this site doesn't consider them metal (I agree they aren't metal). - Metal_Treasure

I live this site, it contains practically every Metal band that ever existed. - ryanrimmel

For me, the best site ever - Ananya

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2 Angry Metal Guy Angry Metal Guy

49% elitism, 51% snobbery. I think you know why I don't like this site. I have a feeling it's biased against symphonic metal and the bands with female vocalists, which are one of my favorites.

Not as good as the metal archives in my opinion, but the rating system is better! The reviews are usually well written and give a good overview of the album! - Flav

Best metal community online.

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3 Metal Underground Metal Underground

I really like this site. Reviews are nicely written and the rating system gives you a good idea what the numbers stands for. - Flav

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4 Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

It's a good site. - ExecutiveExecuterexe

Well... its not focused on metal, but on all types of music. What this site makes so good is the clear design with its neatly arranged parts. You get a nice overview of the records and the rating system is very accurate.
A "7/10" could mean anying, but a "3.5/5 great" actually gives you an idea.
Its free to everyone to write a review and its also free for every user to vote (you don't have to write a review in order to vote). - Flav

5 Metal Storm Metal Storm

The imdb of metal. Being true to its roots while acknowledging genres of metal not considered tr00cvlt

6 Metal Sucks Metal Sucks
7 Metal Injection Metal Injection
8 The Metal Observer The Metal Observer

Awesome this metal site, they cover almost every genre and the interviews are great, especially if you are in the underground these guys rule

The best metal site, awesome interviews, reviews of all genres with a clear and independent point of view

All genres, very underground, a lot of interviews, excellent

Metal Maniacs all the way

10 MetalReviews MetalReviews

The Contenders

11 Nightmare Records

This site champions melodic metal, mostly prog and power metal, but not only. Reviews are written very professionally. - Metal_Treasure

12 Spirit of Metal
13 RockmusicRaider

A site going for - as their credo - metal, rock and folk. But the site leans towards metal more than most. Covers old, as well as new metal in all its splendor.


Its one the Best Sites on the web, good Reviews a nice design and accurate info

15 Ultimate-Guitar Ultimate-Guitar

The sites purpose is something different, but I found also neat reviews there. - Flav

16 Loudwire Loudwire

I like the Top 10 lists on Loudwire, but they don't make much about the less popular bands.

17 Metalholic

I especially like the very intelligent reviews by Rustyn Rose, who also works for the Metal Nation Radio. Their polls are not very reliable because everybody can vote, including visitors - it's something like The Top Tens, with similar flaws. For example, I am pretty sure that people who run the site don't think Babymetal is the best metal band but I saw something like that on their site. - Metal_Treasure

18 TheTopTens TheTopTens TheTopTens is a website created in 2005, which is used to write top ten lists, where anyone can vote, comment, and write posts about the lists.

It may not be a site completely intended to make metal reviews, but the blog posts feature allowed it to happen! All we need is to have more diverse contributors!

19 Skullbanger

Album and concert reviews, great photos and many interviews. The site is run by an American residing in Finland. - Metal_Treasure

20 Metalhead Community Blog
21 Ride Into Glory
22 Rateyourmusic
23 The Metal Crypt
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List StatsCreated 21 Apr 2016
Updated 11 Nov 2019

100 votes
23 listings
3 years, 237 days old

Top Remixes

1. Encyclopaedia Metallum
2. Angry Metal Guy
3. Metal Underground


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