< Lamb of God's Randy Blythe cracking a joke to his amusement.
Five Finger Death Punch, Meshuggah, Nightwish, Opeth.
Lamb of God can stand on top of the world with their achievement of being awarded the 'Best International Band' Golden God Award; the Groove Metalcore machine from the USA has powered their way through the think and thin of the Metal vaults and have wound up with this award of whom fellow countryment 5FDP were also nominated. Sweden's Meshuggah and Opeth and Finland's Nightwish were also contending for the award. Sadly Global Metal Apocalypse did not get a chance to interview the guys due to a mouthful of beer at the time.
< Masuimi Max collected Rammstein's award on their behalf, the German Neue Deutsche Harte / Industrial 'tanz' Metallers got awarded the 'Best Live Award' Golden God award but sadly were not here to collect their award.
Other nominations included:
Metallica (USA), Skindred (Wales), Watain (yes nominated in 2 categories), and Iron Maiden (England)
< Scott Ian pointed out the person who got his name wrong and scratched his Lexus.
Anthrax were awarded the most sought-after funny-named award, the 'Metal as Fu*k' Golden God award, Scott even agreed that it is a funny sounding award.
The other nominations included Hell, Zoltan Bathory, Sabaton and Nik-Kai.
This was a tight award in terms of nominations, Nik-Kai is an 11-year old guitarist, but the thing about this guy is he is a prodigy, as his mum explained. So without further a do, below in order Global Metal Apocalypse spoke to: Scott Ian (Anthrax), Sabaton and Nik Kai.
< Sabaton could not resist some promotional behaviour for Hobgoblin since their full new line-up.
Check out the interview with them below.
< Nik Kai is the new face of Metal music, a prodigy in the USA, he has his own band and is aged 11, he is already endorsed by worldwide brands and has been nominated for the 'Metal as Fu*k' award; this guy could become the next Alexi Laiho before we know it.
Global Metal Apocalypse interviewed both him and his mum about this extraordinary moment and what it means for them, check the interviews below.
< Ghost had to be resurrected from their deep sleep to be awarded the 'Breakthrough Artist' Golden God award.
Global Metal Apocalypse couldnt get hold of them to interview them, but we're pretty sure they were speechless.
The other nominations were Motionless In White, Cancer Bats, While She Sleeps and Parkway Drive.
^ Bill Bailey was pretty psyched out when he was awaeded the 'Spirit of Hammer' Golden God award. Catch his thoughts on his award below and also an interview before the award ceremony (first interview).
< Mastodon's twist on the infamous Skittles slogan 'taste the rainbow', now become 'taste the metal'.
Mastodon went away heads held high with being awarded 'Best Album' Golden God award for 'The Hunter'.
Global Metal Apocalypse managed to do a video interview with one of the members of Mastodon which can be viewed below.
< Vinnie Paul could not decide which was more impressive the 'Best Drummer' golden god award he has just been awarded with or his glass of beer.
The former Pantera drummer is now part of a supergroup called Hellyeah. Check out the interview with Vinnie below.
< Dino Cazares could not believe how lightweight the award was. Fear Factory won the Golden Gods 'Icons' award.
Sadly Global Metal Apocalypse could not get an interview with them at this time.
< Robb Flynn tried to point out Machine Head are playing Bloodstock this year.
Both Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel of Machine Head were awarded the 'Riff Lord' Golden God award.
Unfortunately we could not interview them at the time.
The other winners that were not present that night were Joey DeMaio of Manowar, they were awarded the 'Golden God' award. Whereas Trivium won the 'Video of the Year' award for their sensational music video 'In Waves'.
< Adam & Jesse with Monte Conner (Senior VP and A&R of Roadrunner Records) - he is leaving August 1st. As you can hear from the video interview we did with him.
Roadrunner Records got awarded the 'Inspiration' Golden God Award.
Below is an interview with Killswitch Engage and also Monte Conner (Senior VP and A&R of Roadrunner Records)
< Bill Bailey and Ol Drake rocked out with the Global Metal Apocalypse
Interview with Ol Drake of Evile can be heard below.
Below that is an interview with Biohazard.
< Eric Peterson (Testament)
giving the award ceremony his approval.
Testament are also playing this year at Bloodstock Festival, be sure to check them out.
Global Metal Apocalypse will hopefully be there so if your there, come and and say hello!.
Below is also an interview we with the man himself, so do check it out.
^ Classic example of Metal brotherhood, with Benji Webbe (Skindred) being mobbed by Londoners The Defiled and in the back Andrew O'Neill (comedian) asking If we can hear him.
This is when we got to the nitty-gritty of the awards being given out to the winners, the competition was tough, nominations were tighter than Cheryl Cole's arse in leather trousers. But waiting patiently, the announcements came out.
Reproduced by the kind permission of Dean Fardell.
< Watain could not wait to rub the skull of one of their golden victims.
Swedish Black Metal quartet Watain won the 'Best Underground Band' Golden God award from which the following were also nominated: Ancient Wisdom, Shining, In Solitude and Black Breath. Unfortunately Global Metal Apocalypse could not get a quote from the band on their achievement but we are adament that the lads are extremely pleased, if only they can now let England win tonight.
< The Defiled made light work of showing how to climb onto the top of an amp.
London Groove/Thrash Metallers The Defiled won the 'Best New Band' Golden God Award from which the following were also nominated: Animals As Leaders, Primal Rock Rebellion, Kobra & The Lotus and Heights. Two interviews were conducted, one before the award was given and one after the award was given (in order) and so below are the two interviews, check them out and expect The Defiled to get more and more prolific.
< Devin Townsend, Canadian legend, stared at the person asking him if he should be a poltician.
The other nominations for the award were:
Canadian guitarist legend Devin Townsend won the 'Dimebag Darrell Shredder' Golden God award and was very surprised to actually win it, the mastermind behing the sensational Strapping Young Lad and his now much-loved project The Devin Townsend Project came away victorious.
We have an exclusive video interview with the legend himself below.
< Saxon performing the salute of the South Yorkshire regiment
Someone compard Saxon getting the 'Best UK Band' Golden God Award to receiving the OBE, but we disagree because the two awards are two classes apart, let alone different fields. However for Barnsley quintet Saxon this was a moment coming true, a remarkable moment in the band's 36 year existence, they truly remain and will always be regarded as one of the major heavyweights alongside legends Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, next stop: rock and roll hall of fame.
You can catch their thoughts below, part 5 coming soon.
So coming down to the awards themselves, the competition was totally wide open on all sides, but there had to be winners and so below are the winners in full.
An additional award for Best Download Festival moment was also awarded to coincide with the festival who was also celebrating 10 years, through a thorough and extreme voting battle the eventual winner was Slipknot for their now legendary Saturday night headlining slot in 2009 for which was to sadly be (and GMA sends our deepest thoughts to Slipknot) Paul Gray's last ever UK gig; he will never be forgotten.
To receive the award on the band's behalf was frontman Corey Taylor and the award was presented to them by Metal Hammer's very own Alexander Milas onstage at Download Festival 2012.
Alexander Milas had this to say:
"10 playing bands, 2 boats, 18 awards and nearly 2,000 fans, and completely Heavy Metal - there's just nothing like the Metal Hammer Golden God awards. This wasn't just the 10th anniversary of the event. It's also the 25th anniversary year for our magazine, and tonight we partied with the legends, the new blood, and most importantly the fans, without whom our world wouldn't exist. Here's to another 10 and another 25. Chin-chin".
The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards are sponspored by: Orange Amplification, Hobgoblin, Alchemy Gothic, DW, Jackson, Kopparberg, Scuzz, Kraken Black Spiced Rum, World of Tanks, Roadrunner Records, Zippo Encore, Universal and UMC.
Part 3 coming soon.
Perhaps the most important date in the Heavy Metal calender, the 10th Golden God Awards came once again to the extraordinate setting of the Indig02 at the 02 Arena in London.
11th June 2012 saw the battle-lines drawn for what is considered a wide-open award ceremony, with all nationalities legible for nominations, this year saw representatives from England, the USA, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Wales, Australia, Finland and Norway amongst others.
The awards itself had all forms of titans across the Metal genre from the bands to the musicians themselves, the fans giving support and the fabled HMS Hammer breaking waves down the River Thames with bands such as Attica Rage, Fozzy (feat. legendary WWF wrestler Chris Jericho), Butcher Babies, Evil Scarecrow amongst other sensational acts giving entertainment on the boat ride.
Metal Hammer itself celebrates 25 years of mass mayhem this year, the monthly-produced magazine changed the course of Metal history indefinitely. Published by Future Publishing in London, the franchise is also marketed in other countries but by different publishers. The irony of it outselling rivals Kerrang! and NME is that it is viewed as the most underground of the three, but they don't have such an international presence as the Metal Hammer in Germany has led its market since 1984.
Since that fabled beginning, Metal Hammer was first published at around 1 million issues and due to its vast multi-lingual editions published in 11 global languages, it spread to Israel, Japan, Serbia, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Hungary, France and the Sovient Union (now Russian Federation).
Presented by Orange Amplification and in association with Hobgoblin, the Golden Gods are Metal's equivalent of the Ivor Novello Award and the Brit Award, but with more brutality and excitement. It places the fans right at the heart of awarding some of the world's greatest talents, who have excelled beyond mere recognition.
With a handful of live bands, a sensational atmosphere to accompany the ceremony and a night of joyous jubilation at heralding one of music's finest genres and rock's 'genre that never died', the Golden God Awards are this year opened up by Watain, a Swedish Black Metal band who recently have surged forward and insanely became a huge hit, inbetween the awards given out, fellow countrymen Ghost, Sabaton and American's Biohazard provided entertainment for the live sets during the award ceremony, with American Thrashers Anthrax (one of the big four) closing up the night's tremendous reception and it's exceptional moment in history.
Amongst the bands, media, fans and other personnel was comedian Bill Bailey and WWF star (and bandmember of Fozzy) Chris Jericho; the latter being the Award's hosts (last year was Alice Cooper) and with guest appearances from Killswitch Engage and guitarist legend Gus G.
The awards were voted by you the fans and some categories by the good samaritans aka the Metal Hammer team; lovely chaps.
Part 2 of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards will feature the winners, more background information on the event, its sponsors and hosts and of course, in the later parts: interviews and photos w