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* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
Nuclear War Now! Productions sets February 28th, 2020 as the international release date for vinyl LP reissues of Loits' first two albums, Ei kahetse midagi (2001) and Vere kutse kohustab (2004).
For more than two decades, Loits has been producing some of the most meticulously crafted and unique black metal. Hailing from the tiny nation of Estonia in northeastern Europe, Loits draw upon the history of their proud people for inspiration, particularly the Estonian underground guerilla resistance movement—often referred to as “the Forest Brothers”—that struggled against Soviet occupation during and after WWII.
With its 2001 debut full-length, Ei kahetse midagi, Loits carved out a distinct, idiosyncratic niche. Though originally self-released as a cassette, Ei kahetse midagi has gained greater attention through the years as the band’s stature has risen, resulting in more than 10 additional reissues on various formats. And for good reason: From the first track, this album is captivating, rich in texture and atmosphere, and operating with an intellectual depth and emotional valence far beyond many of the band’s peers. The eight tracks on this album are compositionally dynamic and epic in scope. Loits demonstrate a penchant for seamless shifts in mood—furious blastbeat-driven riffs suffused with lilting melodies deftly adjoined with folkish passages and atmospheric segues.
On this debut album, Loits draw influence from Norwegian pioneers like Satyricon, Ulver, and In The Woods, but add to that concoction eccentric elements of Masters Hammer and Ved Buens End. But Loits’ sound cannot be captured or described simply by comparison to other bands; there is something very singular about Loits, something deviant and peculiarly Estonian in their sound.
Complementing the musical complexity on Ei kahetse midagi are the lyrics, laden with poetic expressions of the pride and sorrow of life and war. The band characterized the conceptual intent of the album as “reviving the bonds between modern-day man's courage and the ancient events that defined Estonian identity as an ethnos.” Indeed, though delivered in the band’s native Estonian language, the English translations provided in the liner notes demonstrate a remarkably literate and evocative approach to lyrical content that adds further depth to the profound impact of this album.
With their second album, Vere kutse kohustab, released in 2004, Loits further defined their musical identity, which the band describes as “Militant Flak ‘N’ Roll”—a hybrid of black metal and rock ‘n’ roll with reference to anti-aircraft artillery fire, evoking the band’s historical and military interests. The photo accompanying the album depicts the five members of the band completely dressed in WWII-era Estonian military uniforms. (The only exception is female keyboardist Karje, who wears a military nurse’s uniform.) Though the uniforms may appear similar to those worn by the Germans, this was because, in an effort to preserve their independence from the Soviet Union, the Estonian resistance was briefly aligned with Germany. An explanation of this complex and tortured history is provided in the liner notes. As the band has said, this album “is dedicated to those young men who might have been wearing a wrong uniform but fought against the right enemy.”
More conceptually focused than the band’s esoteric debut album, Vere kutse kohustab is steeped in the odour of blood and gunpowder, capturing the essence of battle beneath the soot-stained skies of Estonia. Loits’ influences on this album are less obvious. The early Norwegian sound forms a foundation—comparisons to Enslaved, Satyricon, and Fluerty are justifiable—but Loits’ expansive palette and advanced musicianship allow for radical deviations from any formula. At times, Loits incorporate a more raw, elemental approach, drawing upon the influence of Motörhead and Estonian punk pioneers J.M.K.E., while at other points on the album, the band’s approach is abstract and atmospheric.
Vere kutse kohustab is a finely tuned expression of Loits’ intentions. Musically and lyrically, the album is visionary, summoning with every song the spirit of fallen warriors fighting for their homeland. The drama of war—the glory of conquest, the horror and sorrow, all of the adrenaline-drenched sensations of combat—find complete expression on Vere kutse kohustab in a way that few, if any, bands have managed to achieve.
In the meantime, both albums can be streamed in their entirety at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp: Ei kahetse midagi can be heard HERE, while Vere kutse kohustab can be heard HERE.
Emphasis has shared teaser video for what will be the band's big reveal on October 31, 2019. The members of Emphasis are expected to unveil brand-new music video for the song "Electric God" produced by Alexandr "Maiden" Korsak (Black Films). The song taken from the second studio album "Soul Transfer".
Check out the video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYzLwZA85pA&feature=youtu.be
Progressive Metal act Emphasis was formed in 2010 in Estonia. They play kind of a mix of classical harmonies, heavy guitar riffs and powerful operatic vocals of gorgeous front lady Anna Ganina. For the last five years, the band played dozens of shows. Their debut full-length album "Revival" was released in spring 2016 under Italian label Underground Symphony and received a lot of positive reviews. The second 14-track concept LP "Soul Transfer“ released worldwide in March 2018 on the label Red Rivet Records (Japan).
Swedish groove metallers Methane will release a new monster into the world on September 27, 2019. After the band’s successful debut album “The Devil’s Own” released on Sony/ Dark Star Records, Methane has been busy touring with bands such as Nervosa, Warbringer and the Haunted. The first single and video from the band’s sophomore album ‘Thin the Herd’ can be listened at this location: https://soundcloud.com/user-297833215/thin-the-herd-1/s-FeGva
"Thin the Herd" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jonas Arnberg at Sellnoise Studio.
Methane formed in the fall of 2012 by American brothers, living in Sweden, Tim Scott (former bassist of Revenant and HatePlow) and Dylan Campbell together with Tim’s long time friend Jimi Masterbo and drummer Andreas Strom. After gaining underground recognition for their previous EP releases, 2014's 'Southern Metal', and 2015's 'Spit On Your Grave', Methane was signed in 2016 by Sony's Dark Star Records. The band has also appeared on the soundtrack for Scottish mini series Metalhedz (S03E02 and S03E03) as well as the first ever E-Novel with music "How an Atomic Fart Saved The World".
Thin The Herd Tour 2019
10/04 Borlänge Sweden @House of Blues
10/05 Karlstad Sweden @The Rock Bar
10/10 Narva Estonia @Art Club Ro-Ro
10/11 Rakvere Estonia @Kära Kants
10/12 Riga Latvia @Republika
10/30 Hollywood CA @The Haley
10/31 Los Angeles CA @ 5 Star Bar
11/01 San Diego CA @ The Bancroft
11/02 Tucson AZ @ House of Bards
11/06 Gallup NM @ Wowie’s Event Ventrr
11/07 Colorado Springs CO @ Sunshine Studios
11/08 Greeley CO @ Moxi Theater
11/09 Denver CO @Bar Bar
A double single "Toona“ ("Before") and "Katk kutsariks“ ("Plague Coachman") from the new album are out today. The album release concert and Metsatöll’s 20th anniversary party will be held in cooperation with Eesti Kontsert in Rock Cafe on February 23, Tallinn, Estonia. The full album will be available the day after the release concert.
“Stay, companion, and think of the journey which you began when you first opened your eyes. It is you who is the coachman. And the horse you are too, and the burden you are carrying. But if you were ever to forget why the devil are you on this road, the Plague itself will seize the reins. Be you then prepared to suffer the consequences: the ones who sow the wind will have to reap the storm.” /Metsatöll 10232/
Metsatöll will release their 7th studio album "Katk Kutsariks“ on February 23. The album has 12 tracks from which a two-part song „Toona“ and „Katk kutsariks“ is released on radio today.
The album “Plague Coachman” was recorded and produced by Keijo Koppel and Metsatöll, in fall 2018 in Tallinn.
Front cover: Jüri Arrak “People with Bubo”, 2018. Lithography, coloured pencils. Private collection. Designed by Kristjan “Luix” Luiga.
Photography by Erlend Štaub.
Lyrics translated into English by Silver “Factor” Rattasepp.
KuriRaivo - bass, vocals
Tõnis - drums, vocals #
Markus - vocals, guitars
Lauri – vocals, torupill, flutes, kannel, instrument of angst, acoustic guitar
The album release concert will be held on February 23 in Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia
On the stage will be:
Metsatöll with the original lineup
The Estonian National Male Choir
Tiit Kikas on the laser harp and the world’s first drone music instrument.
Tickets are on sale at Piletilevi:
The second full-length album by Estonian progressive metal act Emphasis entitled "Soul Transfer" will be released worldwide on March 21st by Red Rivet Records (Japan).
"Soul Transfer" is a masterpiece for the fans of old-school progressive metal, operatic vocals, and classical jazz. Heavy guitar riffs perfectly intertwined with complex rhythms and strong bass lines, melancholic melodies precisely developed with the delicate, noble and powerful voice of Anna Ganina. In addition to the core line-up, five guest musicians took a part in the recording process, including two well-known Estonian jazzmen Raul Sööt (sax) and Allan Järve (trumpet). They brought the bright elements of classical jazz, which blend in powerful metal music without any discomfort.
Progressive metal band Emphasis was formed in 2010 by guitarist Pavel Korotaev and bassist Katya Gritskova. For the last seven years, the band released debut EP "Into Infinity“ (2012), the full-length album "Revival" (2016) on the Italian label Underground Symphony, and played dozens of shows across the Baltic States and Finland.
Go Loud Agency is proud to announce a new entry: Goresoerd from Tallinn, Estonia!
Formed in 2004, Goresoerd has quickly “evolved into the spearhead of intelligent, vicious and tongue-in-cheek extreme music in the Estonian scene” and are a “hectic, hyper-driven and entertaining” live act.
Goresored stems from the creative minds of Stig and Kari of Symbolic State, and was originally intended as a side project to quench the two Estonian’s thirst for creativity; however, soon enough it became their main commitment. Despite its grind-oriented beginnings, the addition of humorous and parodic elements largely contributed to Goresoerd‘s current sound. The band’s latest and fourth album, “Antikeha” (“Antibody”), was released in December 2016 by Crunch Industry and distributed by Inverse RecordsNeetud and 66 are a good example of that.
Eero “Nagy” Soomere (Vocals)
Stig Lindeberg (Guitars & Backing Vocals)
Tõnis Noevere (Drums)
Rasmus Tauk (Guitars)
René Jõhve (Turntables & Sampling)
Tõnu Jalakas (Bass)
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube
Listen to Goresoerd on Spotify.
A new 14-track concept album from Estonian female fronted progressive formation Emphasis is set to drop later this spring under Red Rivet Records (Japan).
Today, the band proudly presents the cover artwork and track list of the new record. The artwork was brought to life by Tallinn based photographer Terje Talts. She is a well-known Estonian professional freelance artist and fantasy photographer.
"We are extremely happy to cooperate with such a creative nature as Terje. In addition to the cover, she also made fantastic illustrations for a 12-page booklet of the upcoming album. We cannot wait to share the results of this great job with all of you! We’d also like to express our appreciation to the "face" of Soul Transfer – Mr. Jan Talts. His charisma, masterfully transmitted through the lens of Terje’s camera perfectly complemented the album from a graphical view point“, - Emphasis said.
The second full-length album Soul Transfer consists of 14 tracks, including 6 instrumentals:
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)
In July Estonian progressive metallers Emphasis have revealed details for their second LP "Soul Transfer“. The concept album, consisting of 14 tracks, will be released worldwide in early 2018 on Japanese label Red Rivet Records.
The band has repeatedly noted that they got an unexpected result due to the huge number of musical experiments. “Obviously, this album has a lot of jazz influences. Our guest musicians did an excellent job! So far, this is our most serious work for us. It’s more progressive than a symphonic metal album. And we’re happy about that!"- Emphasis said.
LP "Soul Transfer" was recorded at StoneOil Studio (Kivioli, Estonia) by Pavel Korotaev, guitarist, and songwriter of Emphasis. 5 guest musicians also took part in the work on the album, including well-known Estonian jazzmen Raul Sööt (saxophone) and Allan Järve (trumpet), blues guitarist Oleg Lyutskevich (Moscow, Russia), violoncellist Alexandr Smirnov and violinist Julia Mets. “Soul Transfer” is totally concept album: the story of a man, his fate and enticing prospects of eternal life in the context of global digitalization.
Female fronted progressive metal act Emphasis was formed in 2010 in Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, by bassist Katya Gritskova and guitarist Pavel Korotaev. Their music is a mix of classical harmonies, heavy guitar riffs and powerful operatic vocals of their gorgeous front lady Anna Ganina. For the last five years, the band played dozens of shows in Baltics and Finland. Their debut full-length album "Revival" was released in spring 2016 under Italian label Underground Symphony and received a lot of positive reviews.
Red Rivet Records was founded in early 2009 in Japan. Red Rivet Records worked with a lot of metal bands from over the globe as a distributor, organizing Japanese tours as a promoter so far.
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