As someone who has continually used StonerRock.com not just as a place to put reviews and promote this site, but also as a way of finding new bands and discovering things I may have missed, learning more about this genre, the news today that the site is down for good hits almost too hard to put into words. Thank you to Dan and Melanie for your years of service to the community and, hell, for being the community. There is a huge void left in the wake of the site, and it’s going to be a long time before anything can take its place.
Amidst the splinter cells of blogs out there (this one included), StonerRock.com was the central location that had the power to bring everyone together. It unified the scene and gave an outlet to both bands and fans that, now, simply doesn’t exist.
Dan and Melanie posted a statement on the site this morning, and it’s with a heavy heart that I reproduce it here:
December 15, 1999 – November 29, 2010
On November 29, 2010, the StonerRock.com website was suddenly sucked into the void. We did everything we could do, but it was not possible to save it.
We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the community supporters, forums administrators and content contributors. You can give yourselves a high five for keeping StonerRock.com online for an extra year. Thank you!
We are not revealing any details about what happened because we don’t want to give the perpetrators any satisfaction or notoriety.
From now on we will be 100 percent devoted to our other websites, All That is Heavy and MeteorCity. We hope that you will continue to support us in our continued efforts to bring the rock to the people.
This is our final statement with regards to StonerRock.com and this very difficult situation. Our heads are spinning. We are devastated.
Sincerely and regretfully,
Dan & Melanie