After one month of voting, nearly 6,000 votes cast and countless sharing across all social media platforms by us and nominees alike, the time has come to announce the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
But before that happens, there will be a change to how the nominees are cast. For 10 months of the year we will be running a series of rounds from which the 10 finalists will be recognised for the annual event.
The system will work as thus: nominees elected in the month of January are voted for in February... February nominees voted in March, etc and finishes with nominees in October being voted for in November - the finalists will then be voted for across the month of December and into early January 2021; finishing 8th January 2021.
Now that's put out into the open, we can finally reveal the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
Release Of The Year
Best Live Act
Breakthrough African Metal Band
Breakthrough Asian Metal Band
Breakthrough European Metal Band
Breakthrough UK Metal Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Metal Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Metal Band
Breakthrough South American Metal Band
Breakthrough International Metal Band
Festival Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Global Metal Ambassador 2019
* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
The great fascination for folklore and its authentic implementation determines the musical and lyric fortunes of these Bulgarian nature lovers since the band was founded in 2011.
In the Rhodopes, the magnificently wooded, majestically towering mountains in South Bulgaria, the stylishly traditional Aegonia feel most comfortable.
The seductively melodic and enormously atmospheric sound of these expressive aesthetes is based on exquisite ingredients from Doom, Gothic and Fantasy Metal.
Most aptly, the quartet's music is described as ATMOSPHERIC FOLKLORE METAL.
Nikolay Nikolov • Guitars, Kaval, Vocals
Elitsa Stoyanova • Vocals, Violin
Atanas Georgiev • Bass
Ivan Kolev • Drums
With "The Forgotten Song" Aegonia release their deeply touching debut album, which goes extraordinary quickly into the ear.
A noble concept-work that is based on the eponymous fantasy novel by Nea Stand, the first book in the series "Tales From The Lands Of Aegonia".
The song "Samodiva" features a sequel to the story told in "The Maid And The Mountain".
Official music video - YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSyat22vAqM
The accompanying music video was shot at the scenic Krushuna Falls in the summer of 2018.
Aegonia will release their further video in May 2019
Bulgarian thrasher metallers Mosh-Pit Justice has revealed the definitive track-list of their new fourth album titled "Fighting The Poison". The new effort, that will be released in 2019 via Punishment 18 Records, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Staffa at Revenge Studio.
01. Bound To Decay
02. Feed Me To The Flames
03. God Wills It
04. The Serpent’s Call
05. State Of Damnation
06. In The Final OF days
07. Prove Your Faith
08. Forging our Fate
Recently, Bulgarian thrashers Mosh-Pit Justice has signed for Punishment 18 Records that will release their fourth titled "Fighting The Poison". The new effort, that will be released in 2019, was recorded, mixed and mastered by Staffa at Revenge Studio.
Bulgarian thrashers Mosh-Pit Justice has signed for Punishment 18 Records that will release their fourth album next year. The new effeort was recorded, mixed and mastered by Staffa at Revenge Studio. New information wuill follow soon.
Romanian new age melodic metal group Scarlet Aura have been forced to re-organize their proposed tour of the US due to visa issues out of their control (read more on their Facebook page …here). Not to let a bad situation get them down, the band have managed to secure dates in Eastern Europe running from September 22nd to October 25th, so the US loss becomes Europe’s gain. Scarlet Aura will play numerous dates covering Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania featuring tracks from their forthcoming album Hot’n’Heavy to be released via Sliptrick Records on December 11th. Lucky punters attending the show will have an opportunity to buy the album prior to the official release date direct from the bands merchandise stand.
22.09 | Ruse, BG
28.09 | Kiev, UA
29.09 | Zhelty Vody, UA
30.09 | Zaporozhe, UA
01.10 | Krivoy Rig, UA
02.10 | Kharkov, UA
03.10 | Elec, RUS
04.10 | Voronezh, RUS
05.10 | Bryansk, RUS
06.10 | Ivanovo, RUS
07.10 | Kolomna, RUS
08.10 | Obninsk, RUS
09.10 | Moscow, RUS
11.10 | Riga, LV
12.10 | Liepaja, LV
13.10 | Alytus, LT
25.10 | Suceava, RO
Hot’n’Heavy | Released Dec 11th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records Hot’n’Heavy
Scarlet Aura are:
Aura Danciulescu – Lead Vocals
Mihai Danciulescu – Lead guitar/Vocals
Rene Nistor – Bass
Sorin Ristea – Drums
Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | VK | On Sliptrick
Italian epic metallers Sound Storm are both excited and proud to introduce the new members who have recently joined the symphonic metal band.
Now made up of 7 experienced musicians each bringing their own elements to the music, Sound Storm will feature two different style of vocals both of which are quite different from the previous singers.
Due to ex members’ quitting over the years (due to personal decisions), the band wanted something different than before, as they've been craving for something totally different from the past. Sound Storm is a continuous evolutionary process, and these changes are just the start of their (r)evolution.
The new line-up is made of:
Chiara Tricarico - Vocals
Andrea Racco - Vocals
Valerio Sbriglione - Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Elena Crolle - Piano, Keyboards and Arrangements
Massimiliano Flak - Bass
Rocco Mirarchi - Rhythm Guitar
Mattia Rubino - Drums
Sound Storm know their fans will give the warmest welcome to Chiara, Andrea and Mattia as permanent members of the band both in the studio and live activities as they are immensely talented and will help the band reach new heights. The new members will have their official touring debut with Sound Storm in September and October alongside the mighty Haggard on the upcoming "Bards of Symphony and Metal" tour, it will definitely be a blast!
Confirmed tour dates:
Tue 18 Sep - Essen, Turock (GER)
Wed 19 Sep - Z7 , Pratteln (SWI)
Thu 20 Sep - Substage, Karlsruhe (GER)
Fri 21 Sep - Backstage, München (GER)
Sat 22 Sep - Hellraiser, Leipzig (GER)
Sun 23 Sep - Bi Nuu, Berlin (GER)
Mon 24 Sep - Markthalle, Hamburg (GER)
Tue 23 Oct - Szene ,Wien (AT)
Thu 25 Oct - Form Space, Cluj-Napoca (ROM)
Fri 26 Oct - Quantic, Bucharest (ROM)
Sat 27 Oct - TBA, Sofia (BUL)
Tue 30 Oct - Dom Im Berg, Graz (AT)
Wed 31 Oct - Dagda Live Club, Retorbido (ITA)
Art Gates Records are more than proud to announce Hyperborea as the new artist to become part of the Art Gates Records family!
Being around for almost 20 years, Hyperborea has established its name as one of the most solid and experienced Bulgarian death metal bands.
This five-pieced combo has the ability to play its complex music as a one entity in a live situation – with precision timing, crushing power, bite and heaviness that are the milestone of any death metal act worth its name.
During its career the band has performed with artists such as Arch Enemy, Obituary, Vader (to name a few ...)
Hyperborea's third album will come out from the darkness through Art Gates Records in 2018.
More info on www.artgatesrecords.com
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Watch "Animal Farm" live at Metal Gates Festival here:- https://youtu.be/WTLUyylFJAE
Eufobia was founded in the city of Sofia by Niki (Guitar & Vocals) and a couple of friends, Steff (Bass & Vocals) and Blago (Drums). They invited later their friend Ivan (Guitar) to join the band and since then no band member has ever been replaced. The first album of Eufobia, called "Insemination", was released in January 2010 by the Romanian label AxaValaha Productions. At the beginning of the following year 2011 the second album "Cup of Mud" was released by the biggest Bulgarian metal label, Wizard LTD, and distributed worldwide by the German company Twilight Vertrieb, which was one of the biggest distributors of metal music in the world.
Eufobia tours regularly across Europe. So far the the band has given more than 200 concerts and has shared the stage with well known bans such as Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Rotting Christ, Kreator, Vader, Immolation, Onslaught, Malevolent Creation, Pyogenesis, Christ Agony, Gorgoroth, Sinister, Broken Hope, Dragonforce, Eluveitie, Keep of Kalessin, E-force, Agathocles, Negura Bunget and Suicidal Angels and many more.
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