Metal Archives Web Service Wrapper


$ gem install metal_archives

or add it to your Gemfile

gem 'metal_archives'
$ bundle install


MetalArchives.configure do |c|
  ## Application identity (required)
  c.app_name = 'My App'
  c.app_version = '1.0'
  c.app_contact = ''

  ## Request throttling (optional, overrides defaults)
  c.request_rate = 1
  c.request_timeout = 3
  ## Connect additional Faraday middleware
  # c.middleware = [MyMiddleware, MyOtherMiddleware]

  ## Custom cache size per object class (optional, overrides defaults)
  c.cache_size = 100
  ## Metal Archives endpoint (optional, overrides default)
  # c.endpoint = ''
  ## Custom logger (optional)
  c.logger ='metal_archives.log')
  c.logger.level = Logger::INFO


require 'metal_archives'

# Search for bands
@alquimia_list ='Alquimia')

# Find bands by name
@iron_maiden = MetalArchives::Band.find_by(:name => 'Iron Maiden')

# Find bands by attributes
require 'countries'

@bands_in_belgium = MetalArchives::Band.search_by :country => ISO3166::Country['BE']
@bands_formed_in_1990 = MetalArchives::Band.search_by :year =>

# Metal Archives' usual tips apply

@bands_containing_hell = MetalArchives::Band.search_by :name => '*hell*'
@non_melodic_death_bands = MetalArchives::Band.search_by :genre => 'death -melodic'

# Methods returning multiple results return a MetalArchives::Collection.
# Collection wraps a paginated resource, and can be used to iterate over huge queries.
@non_melodic_death_bands.first(100).each do |band|

Refer to the model's RDoc documentation.

Lazy loading

By default when an model (Artist, Band, …) is created, no data is fetched. This leads to instantiation of a model with an invalid ID not throwing any errors. Calling any attribute other than id will cause all data to be fetched and any errors to be thrown. Refer to the respective methods to find out what errors are thrown in what circumstances.

Models can be forced to load all data by calling the :load! method.


In order not to stress the Metal Archives server, you can quickly set up a local proxy that caches the requests. For NGINX, adjust the following configuration:

# Set cache dir
proxy_cache_path /var/cache/nginx/metal_archives levels=1:2 keys_zone=metal_archives:10m;

# Set cache key to include identifying components
proxy_cache_key $scheme$proxy_host$request_uri;

# Add cache status to log
log_format cache '$remote_addr - $remote_user [$time_local] "$request" $status $body_bytes_sent "$http_referer" "$http_user_agent" cs=$upstream_cache_status';

server {
        listen 443      ssl;
        listen [::]:443 ssl;

        ssl_certificate         /path/to/ssl_certificate.crt;
        ssl_certificate_key /path/to/ssl_certificate_key.key;

        access_log      /var/log/nginx/metal_archives_access.log;
        error_log       /var/log/nginx/metal_archives_error.log;

        # Limit HTTP requests
        limit_req_zone $binary_remote_addr zone=ma_limit_req:10m rate=2r/s;

        location / {
                proxy_redirect off; 
                proxy_set_header                Host;
                proxy_set_header                X-Forwarded-Host $host;
                proxy_set_header                X-Forwarded-Server $host;
                proxy_set_header                X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
                proxy_set_header                X-Real-IP  $remote_addr;

                proxy_pass            ;

                limit_req               zone=ma_limit_req burst=5;

                proxy_ignore_headers    X-Accel-Expires;
                proxy_ignore_headers    Expires;
                proxy_ignore_headers    Cache-Control;
                proxy_ignore_headers    Set-Cookie;

                proxy_hide_header       Set-Cookie;
                proxy_hide_header       Pragma;

                # Cache valid responses for 30 days
                proxy_cache                     metal_archives;
                proxy_cache_valid 200 301 302 30d;
                proxy_cache_valid 404 7d;
                expires 30d;

        add_header      X-Cache-Status  $upstream_cache_status;


$ bundle exec rake test


$ bundle exec rake rdoc

Copyright 2016 Florian Dejonckheere. All content acquired through the usage of this API is copyrighted by the respective owner.