For more than 30 years, Metal Hammer has been the biggest heavy metal magazine on the planet, and after a turbulent end to 2016, and their resurrection in 2017, they threw the party of all parties for their readers at this year’s Golden God Awards 2017 in association with Orange Amplification.
Taking place at IndigO2 at The O2, London on Monday, June 12, WWE megastar Chris Jericho hosted this unique and special night, which was, like all Golden Gods shows, all about the fans. There are no tables, no sit-down dinners, no industry backslapping – this is a room full of genuine fans who have voted in their hundreds of thousands to see their favourite bands be victorious. The night celebrated the best of heavy metal from the past 12 months as well as performances from some of the world’s most exciting bands.
“After a difficult end to last year in which the future of our magazine looked uncertain, we couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate our comeback,” says Metal Hammer Editor Merlin Alderslade. “From the one and only Chris Jericho returning to host our awards for a record-breaking third time, to seeing legends like Tony Iommi, Tom Morello and Chuck D walk out on stage, to honouring the contemporary names who make our scene great, it was the kind of evening that only the Golden Gods can provide. As always, though, the most important thing was the metal community coming together again – and we salute everyone who has supported us in the last year and beyond, be it by coming to the show, buying our magazine or simply spreading the good word of heavy. Horns up!”
The godfathers of metal, Black Sabbath, collected the evening's main honour: the Golden God award presented by Roadrunner Records. Founding member and metal legend Tony Iommi was on hand to collect the gong in the year that saw the end of the band’s final, 81-date world tour and glittering 49-year career.
Mastodon headlined the evening’s ceremony with a blistering live set in what was one of their most intimate performances in years. Following the release of their acclaimed ‘Emperor Of Sand’ album in March, the band’s stock has risen monumentally to become one of the world’s must-see live acts, proven by them winning Best Live Band presented by Monster Energy.
Opening the show were riff veterans Orange Goblin, one of the UK’s most vital and important metal bands. Frontman Ben Ward, along with his partner Sandie Soriano, were behind the incredible campaign to raise money for TeamRock (Metal Hammer’s then parent company) staff following the closure of Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog magazines – and rightly the team behind those magazines felt that Ben and Sandie deserved the Defender Of The Faith award presented by Orange Amplification.
Sweden’s Avatar brought their catchy ‘circus metal’ and enthralling theatrical live show to the proceedings. This truly unique band were also voted Breakthrough Band Of The Year presented by World Of Tanks, proving they are a band on the up. Completing the live line-up were blues rock legends Clutch, simply one of the greatest live bands heavy music has ever seen!
One of the evening’s most sought-after awards is Album Of The Year and this year it was awarded to ‘Magma’ by Goijra. The follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘L'Enfant Sauvage’, ‘Magma’ was one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the past 12 months and also topped Metal Hammer’s end-of-year critics’ poll.
Exodus are true legends of the game. Founded in 1979 in California, they were one of the pioneers of thrash metal. A mainstay in ‘Greatest Thrash Metal Bands Of All Time’ lists, they inspire and influence bands to this day and were rightly crowned 2017’s Inspiration presented by Spinefarm Records, an award presented on the night by fellow thrash icon Mille Petrozza of Kreator.
This year’s Icon presented by uDiscover Music award went to The Dillinger Escape Plan. Currently on a world tour, the band announced earlier this year that they will be disbanding following their Tokyo date in October. In their 20-year career they’ve released six acclaimed albums and are regarded as the pioneers of mathcore.
Best International Band presented by Nuclear Blast went to Avenged Sevenfold, who continue to sell out arenas around the world, pushing the boundaries of rock and metal. Best UK Band went to Architects, whose 2016 album ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ broke the Top 15 of the UK charts and capped off a significant and difficult year for the band.
Rap metal supergroup Prophets Of Rage picked up the Spirit Of Hammer award. This is an award for those who hold the principles and passion of metal and what Metal Hammer stands for in their daily lives. The group consists of three members of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave (bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk), two members of Public Enemy (DJ Lord and rapper Chuck D) and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. On announcing the band, Morello stated, "We're an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing." Need we say more about them collecting this year’s Spirit Of Hammer gong?!
Iron Maiden’s role-playing mobile game, 'Legacy Of The Beast', took the Best Game accolade, with Eddie himself making an appearance via VT to collect the award. Formed in 2015, UK death metallers Venom Prison have been making a serious impact on the scene and beyond, and they picked up Best New Band. Doom metallers Pallbearer, who released their third album, ‘Heartless’, in March, have received huge critical acclaim since their inception in 2008 and picked up the Best Underground award.
Once again the guitarists got the plaudits that they deserve – after all, where would music be without the incredible axemen and women we love to worship?! This year, Airbourne’s kamikaze guitarist Joel O’Keeffe picked up the Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’ award, and tour de force Devin Townsend was rightly awarded Riff Lord presented by Century Media.
The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Orange Amplification winners are…
Metal Hammer would like to thank all of our sponsors, without whom our awards would not be possible:
World of Tanks
Okkultokrati has been awarded Best Metal Album Of 2016 in the prestigious Norwegian Spellemann Awards, for their Southern Lord-released Raspberry Dawn album! The award is the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy, making this a massive landmark for the band and their incredibly adventurous, genre-entangling style of eclectic hardcore punk.
As recently announced, the Norwegian mavericks are hitting the road again this Spring, with new tour dates constantly being updated. See all confirmed live listings HERE, and watch for more dates to be announced.
While paying homage to their native region's 1990s black metal heritage, the cinematic synth/goth rock of the prior decade, and the raging early punk movement ahead of that, Okkultokrati still manages to create sincerely original and infectious music through every bar of Raspberry Dawn, resulting in a starkly raw and original sounding album.
See Okkultokrati's videos for "Magic People HERE, "Raspberry Dawn" HERE, and "Hidden Future" HERE, and stream all of Raspberry Dawn at Bandcamp HERE.
Raspberry Dawn is available on CD, LP, and digital platforms via the Southern Lord store.
Okkultokrati Tour Dates:
3/21/2017 Gleis 22 - Münster, DE
3/22/2017 The Plaque - Leipzig, DE
3/23/2017 DasBACH - Wien, AT
3/24/2017 P.M.K - Innsbruck, AT
3/25/2017 Tetris - Trieste, IT
3/26/2017 Scum - Pescara, IT
3/27/2017 Freakout Club - Bologna, IT
3/28/2017 Cinema Metropolis Umbertide - Umbertide, IT
3/29/2017 Spazio Ligera - Milano, IT
3/30/2017 Trokson - Lyon, FR
3/31/2017 Hipster Cafe - Rouen, FR
4/01/2017 301 Live Club - Lille, FR
4/02/2017 The Flapper - Birmingham, UK
4/03/2017 Black Heart - London, UK
4/05/2017 Audio Glasgow - Glasgow, UK
4/06/2017 The Cluny - Newcastle, UK
4/07/2017 Antwerp Music City - Antwerp, BE
4/08/2017 Merleyn - Nijmegen, NL
4/09/2017 The Pit's - Kortijk, BE - Bang Zoom Noise Produktions VZW
4/10/2017 Magasin 4 - Bruxelles, BE
2017 will once again be a loud year for the Swedish metal institution, In Flames!
Yesterday they kicked off the year with a UK arena tour as special guests to Avenged Sevenfold, followed by a European headline tour in select cities (see below) this spring. In addition to their busy touring schedule ahead, their recent album ‘Battles’ has now been nominated for the Swedish Grammis as ‘Hard Rock / Metal Album of the Year’, marking it the group’s 8th nomination to date. The awards will take place in Stockholm on February 28th. Other bands nominated in this category include Dark Tranquility and Ghost.
The band states:
"We are very honoured to have received our 8th Swedish Grammis nomination for our newest album, ‘Battles’. We can’t thank our fans enough, who, throughout their years of support and dedication to our music, have kept In Flames alive and inspired. Jesterheads, this one's for you!"
In March, the band will kick off their European tour named 'In Our Room - An Evening With In Flames'. They will perform in spectacular, intimate locations such as churches and theatres. Most of the shows are already sold out. Tickets are available from InFlames.com. These are all of the dates:
March 18 NO Oslo, Kulturkirken SOLD OUT!
March 19 S Gothenburg, Pustervik SOLD OUT!
March 20 S Stockholm, Berns SOLD OUT!
March 22 D Berlin, Admiralspalast
March 23 D Bochum, Christuskirche SOLD OUT!
March 24 D Offenbach, Capitol SOLD OUT!
March 26 D Munich, Freiheiz SOLD OUT!
March 27 I Milan, Teatro Dal Verme
March 28 F Strasbourg, La Laiterie
March 29 F Paris, Alhambra
March 31 CH Zurich, Theatre 11
You can order their new record ‘Battles’ here:
'Battles' Limited Edition Mail Order Box Set'Battles' Limited Edition Double Gatefold 180gm White Vinyl
'Battles' Limited Edition Double Gatefold 180 gm Picture Disc vinyl
'Battles' Limited Edition Double Gatefold 180gm Green Vinyl
‘Battles’ Limited Edition CD
‘Battles’ Limited Edition 2LP Vinyl
‘Battles’ Digital Album
In Flames Links:
Wrapping up their USA and Canadian tour last week, power new wave metallers Striker returned home just in time to receive their award win at this year's Edmonton Music Awards for Metal Recording of The Year for their track 'Too Late' from their latest album 'Stand In The Fire' released this past February.
"Huge thanks to Edmonton Music community, as well as everyone that has helped us out over the years including the AFA, Edmonton Arts Council, FACTOR, and many others! We hope this award can bring some awareness to all the other great bands coming out of Edmonton these days as well." comments guitarist Tim Brown.
Striker were nominated alongside the following Edmonton bands listed below for Metal Recording of The Year.
In additional news, Striker are nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for 'Metal / Hard Rock Artist of The Year' alongside KEN mode (MB), Shooting Guns (SK), Third Ion (SK), Van Halst (AB). The awards will be held in Regina, SK on October 13th. For more info, please visit the following link here.
Last weekend in Las Vegas, Doro received her well-deserved award, acknowledging her decades-long dedication, passion and love of music. She was met with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation by the crowd when she received the ‘Metal Goddess’ Legends Award at the Vegas Rocks Hair Metal Awards at the Casablanca Event Center of Eastside Cannery Casino.
"It was incredibly nice, the people celebrated endlessly and everyone in the hall stood up and clapped for me - even my colleagues couldn't rest on their chairs!"
Those colleagues were Scorpions, who received a lifetime achievement award, as well as Twisted Sister amongst other legendary artists. Doro received her third Legend Award in Las Vegas - she has already been honoured with two ‘Living Legend’ awards; at the awards shows of prominent magazines in London and Berlin in 2013.
"The first two award shows were already phenomenal, but how the Americans celebrated the evening here in Vegas, that's unbeatable,"
Doro explains after her return to hometown Dusseldorf.
But there isn't much time for Doro to enjoy this happiness as today, she will fly to Krasnodar, Russia with her band for another show on her world tour - which will take place next weekend.
The Pale Emperor himself - platinum-selling rock legend Marilyn Manson - will receive the evening's ultimate honour, the 'Icon Award' presented by Equal Vision Records / MerchNOW, at the 2016 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy!
Marilyn Manson's groundbreaking and maniacal career as arguably the biggest, most controversial artist of his time has undoubtedly left a huge mark on not just the alternative music world, but alternative society as a whole. Since the creation of Marilyn Manson in the early '90s, the seer, scribe, painter, actor, criminal, panderer of chaos, live performer and rock and roll demagogue has sold over 50 million records worldwide, including his latest offering, "The Pale Emperor".
His ninth studio album sees Manson roaring back above the froth of mass-media and mediocrity to deliver a set of soul-stripping, kiss-smearing, church floor-burning songs that comprise, unequivocally, his most fully-wrought album since 1998's epochal "Mechanical Animals". Marilyn Manson has appeared on the cover of Alternative Press Magazine four times, with his first appearance in the magazine in 1996 (AP 93). "The Pale Emperor" is also nominated for the 2016 Album of the Year award, presented by Journeys, a full 20 years after the release of his legendary 1996 album "Antichrist Superstar". Manson's unique ability to continually make trends and break the mold of the music industry is why he, along with his legacy, is the perfect candidate for this year's Icon Award, presented by Equal Vision Records / MerchNOW.
This year's APMAs, hosted by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of eight-time AP cover stars All Time Low, will broadcast live the evening of July 18 from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio (schottensteincenter.com). The APMAs are offering a "punk-rock convention" as an alternative to the Republican National Convention taking place in the magazine's hometown of Cleveland that night.
Confirmed 2016 APMAs performers include platinum-selling headliners A Day To Remember, Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, Of Mice & Men, Papa Roach, BABYMETAL, Issues, the Maine, Mayday Parade and Beartooth, with more artists still to be announced. The 2016 APMAs also will feature a special appearance from Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of post-hardcore favourites Underøath, who just finished their 2016 "Rebirth" tour. Gillespie is nominated in the Best Drummer category, presented by DW Drums.
Visit the APMAs Vans Voting Site at altpress.com/apmasvote2016 to check out all of this year's nominees and vote for your favourites now! Voting has become an international phenomenon, with ballots coming in from over 130 countries. Also, visit this location for information regarding future performing artists, honorees and presenter announcements, tickets and VIP packages, pre-show parties, red carpet appearances and beyond.
Alternative Press Music Awards tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster here, and VIP experience packages are available via SoundRink - An Experience Company! SoundRink VIP packages will include limited merchandise, elite access to the red carpet and prime indoor seating and VIP meet-and-greets. The APMAs is also partnering with PromoWest Fest (www.promowestfest.com, Columbus, July 15 to 17), so tickets will be available via their box office through Ticketmaster as well.
Last year's event earned the title of "The Grammy's of Alternative Music" from TIME Magazine. The 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards achieved over one million views on AXS TV and over three million views on YouTube. Re-live 2015's best moments via the highlight reel here. The APMAs have featured performances by some of today's biggest rock artists and bona fide legends-from Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco and Paramore's Hayley Williams to Weezer, Joan Jett and Guns N' Roses co-founder Slash.
Building upon the success of last year's event, the APMAs is thrilled to once again be supported by returning title sponsor Journeys, a leader in the teen speciality retail scene focused on lifestyle-driven branded footwear and accessories in over 800 stores across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition to Journeys, the APMAs also welcomes fellow sponsors Monster Energy, CreativeLive, DW Drums, CD Baby, Disc Makers, Rise Records, Eleven Seven Music, Better Noise Records, Musicians Institute, EarthQuaker Devices, Razor & Tie, Hopeless Records, Sub City, Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen, Ernie Ball, Epitaph Records, Equal Vision Records, MerchNOW, Vans, Fearless Records, Jeffree Starr Cosmetics, AKT, SharpTone, Lovers Are Lunatics and SoundRink.
Don't miss the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and your chance to cast your vote for your favourite bands! Check altpress.com/apmas over the coming weeks for new announcements and information.
The APMAs are produced by Mike Shea, Joe Scarpelli, Josh Bernstein, Kevin Lyman and Marc Grant.
This year, Metal Hammer magazine celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the Golden God Awards 2016 are going to be the biggest ever! Taking place on Monday June 13th, this year's awards are moving to a new home at the legendary Eventim Apollo (formerly Hammersmith Apollo) for the first time in the event’s history.
Tickets are available in two ways:
Simply vote for this year's winners at www.metalhammer.com/awards to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets - voting is open NOW.
Alternatively, tickets are available to buy now for £6.66 at www.eventim.co.uk/goldengods. TeamRock and Eventim UK, the official ticketing partner of the Golden Gods, will donate all profits from ticket sales to the charity Heavy Metal Truants in aid of Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.
Each Golden God Awards ticket includes a FREE 3-month TeamRock+ membership worth £11.97, giving unlimited access to full magazine content online from Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog and The Blues Magazine as well as exclusive content, events and offers.
The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Fireball is the heaviest awards show in the world, and the only one that truly involves the fans. There are no tables. This event is unique and brings the fans shoulder-to-shoulder with the bands and artists. One giant mosh pit celebrates the evening's winners, alongside live performances from some of rock's most exciting and influential bands. Previous years’ performances have come from Motörhead, Anthrax, Machine Head, Steel Panther and Ghost to name just a few, and this year's live performances will be announced imminently.
Steeped in musical history, the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo is one of the most iconic music venues in the world, and over the years has played host to the world's most important bands, including the mighty Motörhead, who named their iconic ‘No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith’ live album after the venue. The album famously reached Number 1 in June 1981, 35 years to the month of this year's awards, making the Apollo the perfect venue to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Motörhead's iconic frontman, Lemmy. There'll be more on this celebration to be announced soon.
"The Metal Hammer Golden Gods are our way of saying thank you to the genuine fanatics out there who've supported us for 30 years," says Metal Hammer editor-in-chief and TeamRock Executive Director Alexander Milas. "It's a party, it's an award show, it's a horn-throwing salute to the great and good of our community who've made our music the greatest cultural phenomena of the 20th, and now, 21st centuries. It's only fitting that we're holding them at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. As a cultural landmark and a living institution, it's hosted some of the greatest, most iconic artists of our age, including the dearly departed Lemmy Kilmister who we'll be paying tribute to on the night. With the help of our friends at Eventim we'll be putting proceeds from our £6.66 cover charge towards TeamRock's very own charity, the Heavy Metal Truants, whose annual cycling pilgrimage from London to Download Festival has already raised £232,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and Childline. It's not just going to be a great night, it's going to support some great causes, too."
Simon Presswell, CEO EVENTIM UK, says:
"We are delighted to have been appointed ticketing partner to The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. The Golden Gods are an institution in the metal community and it’s a real honour to be involved in this very special year where we will not only see the mighty Lemmy Kilmister remembered, but the proceeds on the night will go to a number of hugely important charities.”
There are 17 awards in total, with 10 fan-voted:
Best New Band - Honouring the new noise that's been making our jaws drop
Best Underground - Hailing the bands who are doing great things beneath metal's crusty surface
Best UK Band - More evidence that the UK scene is on fire right now
Best International Band - Kicking ass around the world – the bands that have dominated the globe this year
Breakthrough - High-fiving the bands blazing trails and cruising into metal's upper leagues
Best Live Band - Through showmanship or smashing stages, fistbumps for these venue-wrecking heavyweights
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award - Think guitar heroics are for golden oldies? We honour these modern day six-string mavericks
Best Independent Label Repping for the people on the frontlines of the world's metal scenes
Best Video - Giving props to the bands that have gone beyond the call of visual duty
Best Videogam - Dedicated to the games that have turned our digits to mush over the past 12 months
Editorial Awards (non voted):
Global Metal Apocalypse