The Metal Hammer Golden Gods is an awards ceremony that inspires a celebration of sound; a sound so sophisticated and equivocally unpretentious that Barbaric, Bloodthirsty and Bewitching are the consequential qualities that form the quintessence of what makes metal music the elite genre that so few have come to love, and an overwhelming number have come to hate. Misunderstood by the masses, the metal message is delivered with the unabashed assistance of uncouth utterance and sassy sounds that dictate deference. Metal keeps it raunchy, real and ruthless, and I am proud to call myself a defender of the faith. As a soldier of metal, fighting the malady of mediocrity, it is my duty to vote for this year’s Golden Gods award winners, and, dear metal lover, it is also YOURS.
The nominees for the 2011 Golden Gods are:
Best International Band: Avenged Sevenfold, Dimmu Borgir, Stone Sour, Children Of Bodom, Down
Best UK Band sponsored by Roadrunner: Iron Maiden, Bring Me The Horizon, Skindred, Architects, Bullet For My Valentine
Best Live Band: Cancer Bats, Devildriver, Rob Zombie, Skindred, Machine Head
Best New Band: The Defiled, Kvelertak, Tesseract, The Damned Things, Letlive
Best Underground: Watain, Kylesa, Primordial, The Dead Lay Waiting, Clutch
Best Breakthrough: Parkway Drive, A Day To Remember, Sylosis, Sabaton, Volbeat
Shredder(s), sponsored by Blackstar: Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), Mark Rizzo (Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly, Il Nino), Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
Metal As Fuck: Slayer, Behemoth, Slipknot, Zakk Wylde, Deftones
Event Of The Year: Rob Zombie’s return, Manowar’s return, System Of A Down reforming, The Big Four UK announcement, Beavis And Butthead’s resurrection
The Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2011 will take place on Monday, June 13. By voting you are able to enter into a draw for a place at the awards ceremony.