The votes are in, have been counted, vetted and verified.
So without further ado, we present the winners of the
2021 Global Metal Apocalypse (GMA) awards.
All categories except "Release Of The Year"
came with an 'other' option.
See you in December 2022
Release Of The Year
IRON MAIDEN - SENJUTSU
Global Metal Release Of The Year
WARRIOR OF LIGHT
Breakthrough African Band
Breakthrough Asian Band
Breakthrough European Band
GHOSTS OF ATLANTIS (ENGLAND)
Breakthrough North & Central American Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Band
Breakthrough South American Band
ALTARS OF REBELLION (COLOMBIA)
Breakthrough UK Band
BEYOND EXTINCTION (ESSEX)
GHOSTS OF ATLANTIS (ESSEX / SUFFOLK)
Breakthrough International Band
BLIND CHANNEL (FINLAND)
Music Video Of The Year
Cradle Of Filth - Necromantic Fantasies
The Algorithm blends his signature glitched out electronics and strong percussion with haunting synths and heavy guitars in his newest single "Cryptographic Memory", which is available now from the independent multi-genre label FiXT.
The Algorithm's previous album Brute Force, released in 2016 by FiXT, received prominent sales and streaming success.
Apparently, I have to write something here so people have an idea of who I am. Well. My name's Rémi Gallego, I'm French, I'm 26 years old, I live in Köln (Germany) and I'm mostly known for my award-winning electronic producer name 'The Algorithm'.
So, what happened? It aaaall started during a rainy night on the first full moon of the month, a cold breeze ran into my neck as I was drinking a fine Bordeaux in front of a fireplace. Well, yeah, ok, not exactly like that. I was born in Perpignan in 1989, I had a happy, normal, childhood listening to Daft Punk and Iron Maiden while studying science and guitar. I played in a few metal bands (Sons Of Chaos, Dying Breath, Floating Wood) but quit them all as I chose to focus on my study in networks and computer science. I shortly missed playing music and this is when I began to cultivate my interest about music sequencing and computer music in general.
I started the project The Algorithm in 2009 on Myspace, and my inspirations at the time were mostly driven by a need for controlled chaos and randomness. 2 years and 2 demos later, I played my first live show at Euroblast Festival using a single midi controller APC40 and I initiated a label contract with Basick Records, which led to the release of the debut album Polymorphic Code in November 2012. I met Mike Malyan, drummer from Monuments, at the same period and we played our first live show together in February 2013 at the Camden Barfly.
While progressively playing more shows more often in Europe, Australia (Big Day Out), Japan, Nepal, Israel, and many other countries. I also wrote music for the world's biggest sports TV channel ESPN, video games like Super Mutant Alien Assault or Hacknet, produced a lot of remixes of bands like Born of Osiris, Igorrr or Daft Punk, and helped shape the production value of musician and bands all around the world.
After the release of the second full album Octopus4 in June 2014, Jean Ferry from Uneven Structure replaced Mike Malyan on drums, I got endorsed by Keith McMillen, Line 6 and I picked up an Aristides guitar, all of this with a general goal to bring more musicianship and humanity to the mechanism of the computer music of the future.
In 2016 I joined Celldweller's label FiXT and released my third full length album Brute Force in April. This was followed by tours in Europe, Canada, and China as well as Festival shows at Graspop Metal Meeting, Brutal Assault, and many others.
End of 2016 and early 2017 Brute Force got two DLC expansions with the titles Brute Force: Overclock and Brute Force: Source Code. These DLC are a journey through the dark and warm corners of the Brute Force concept. Writing an album with a consistent atmosphere sometimes means some ideas have to be left off or just cannot be exploited to their fullest. More than a collection of tracks that didn't make it on the album, these EPs are an extension, another perspective on the Brute Force story.
The story continues...
French grinders Massive Charge release lyric video for "Capitalism Excesses", taken from the upcoming album For Those We Hate (out on November 19, 2021 via Music-Records).
Watch the video on Music-Records official YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/h4KeWVfLG60
For Those We Hate is available for pre-order: https://bit.ly/3BuuJLI
Massive Charge was formed in 2004 in Lorraine, the band plays old-school grindcore in the vein of Napalm Death, Brutal Truth or Terrorizer. After a number of concerts mainly in eastern France, the first album, "Silence" was self-released in 2007. The dates will then follow one another, on increasingly important posters.
In 2011, the album Charge This World saw the light of day, still in self-production, and enabled the group to perform concerts and festivals in Europe, alongside bands like Total Fucking Destruction, Rotten Sound, Blockheads, Mumakil, Benighted, Aborted, Nasum, Suffocation, Feastem, Kill the Client, The Arson Project, Brutal Turth, etc...
After a downtime, following the departure of the guitarist / composer in 2015, and some line-up changes, but still with the same rage, the group has composed a brand new album, in line with the previous one, which will be released at the end of 2021, and which promises to win some jaws.
French Progressive metal combo Moonshine Oversight have signed a deal with Wormholedeath for the release of their concept album "The Frame".
"The Frame" will be out on 05 11 2021 on all digital platforms worldwide. CD release TBA.
"Moonshine Oversight are very proud to be part of the WormHoleDeath artists. We hope that our collaboration will lead to great things. We would like to thank the label for their trust."
Band statement about the album:
"The Frame" is a concept album about a protagonist living in a dystopian system where certain values have been hijacked creating a world where ultra-competition, ultra-individualism and over-consumption are virtues. To not want to be part of it or to fail, is to be part of the "misfits". Each song describes the dogmas of this System through the eyes of the protagonist who progressively questions its workings and its "virtues", until his exclusion from the System for his contrary thoughts.
The album ends with an injunction from the protagonist to change the System and to join him in this change."
Hailing from Toulon, Moonshine Oversight is an alternative rock / progressive metal band founded in late 2014. Connected to the rock / metal scene, the band stands out for its progressive approach, borrowing the energy of rock, the power of metal, and even the delicacy of folk, creating powerful, introspective, and personal music. The band released their first demo EP in mid-2016, including a preliminary version of four songs from their upcoming debut album as well, and began playing numerous concerts in France.
In 2017, the band began recording their debut album at CoxInHell Recording Studio in Saint-Aygulf( France) with producer Anthony Belguise. The tracks were mixed by Sebastien Gros and the album mastered by François Fanelli at Sonics-Mastering Studio (Marseille, France). "Vanishing Lines", the band's debut LP, was released on December 8, 2017.
This first effort was well received by the music press and the band started a French tour in April 2018. In 2019, WormHoleDeath, an independent label specializing in metal music, discovered the band and offered to join them. This is how the band started to compose our second album. At the beginning of 2020, the drummer Julien Sorel left the band for personal reasons and was quickly replaced by François Mayer, a drummer with a solid experience.
At the end of 2020, the band finished the composition and during the month of February 2021, they recorded it in Italy in Pistoia at The Grid Europe studio directed and produced by Jonathan Mazzeo. The band is ready to share its music with the support of the label WormHoleDeath and to introduce the album with a video clip with the song "Ghosts", the first single from their second album: "The Frame".
French modern metallers Dagoba are back and have signed a worldwide contract with premier Austrian rock and metal label Napalm Records to bring their career to the next level. The signing is crowned with the announcement of their new 7” single “The Hunt” (out July 20), strictly limited to a rare selection of copies at Napalm Records mail-order.
The exciting new piece of art is stirring up the anticipation even more, as Dagoba are currently working on their new, eighth full-length album. More to be announced soon!
Singer Shawter on the signing:
“We are thrilled to announce that we are now part of the Napalm Records family. We thank the label team for the warm welcome and are so excited to work with such a dedicated and professional record company!
We spent the last year working on our 8th album, which is for sure the most amazing record we have written and produced so far. You better get prepared for something you have never heard from us before. Something new is coming! We thank our great fans for their trust and endless support and look forward to the cooperation with Napalm Records. Stronger together!”
Pre Order your copy of “The Hunt” NOW!
After putting their stamp on the metal scene with their unique blend of metal and neckbreaking grooves, relentlessly touring and sharing the stage with legendary acts like Metallica, Machine Head, and In Flames, Dagoba’s new single “The Hunt'' features their most ambitious material yet. Punishing vocals, groove and modern metal infused guitars and hard-hitting production make this song feel like Dagoba are on top of their game, pushing their boundaries and incorporating electronic elements seamlessly into their groove metal formula!
“The Hunt” will be available as a stand-alone single, as well as a strictly limited 7” Vinyl that features an exclusive remix of the track, showcasing how far Dagoba can take their electronic influences on their upcoming material – a must-have for true fans of modern metal!
French progressive alternative outfit Sunbeam Overdrive release new live acoustic video for "Fainted Core"
French Progressive Metal / Alternative Rock band Sunbeam Overdrive are delighted to share an acoustic live version of "Fainted Core", originally released as an advanced track on their first EP, which is still available through their Bandcamp page: https://sunbeamoverdrive.bandcamp.com
You can watch the video at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAKjock_58M&ab_channel=SUNBEAMOVERDRIVE
By working on final mastering touches, the band is now taking the final steps to release their first
album, hopefully coming later this year. Expect alternative and progressive metal with 90's overtones!
Sliptrick Records are proud to announce the signing of French electro industrial group Lecks Inc.
Lecks Inc. is a French band from Marseille creating experimental industrial metal, criss-crossing diverse and extreme universes. Formed in 2009 as a studio project, the success of the first 2 albums led to the creation of a line up to play live shows throughout Europe. As of 2021, Lecks Inc. has 5 albums, 4 European tours (several hundred dates) and have opened for groups such as Combichrist, Tim Skold, Vader, Belphegor, Testament, Exodus, Harakiri for the Sky, Ktulu, Wormed, Sidilarsen, Misanthrope and many more. Their live performances have put them in front of thousands of spectators, playing in about twenty countries at many European festivals including the famous Hellfest, Vagos Metal Fest, Eradication festival, etc… from Wales to Romania, through Portugal or Ibiza.
The group is a human project that has welcomed many international artists within their ranks and has included the collaboration of former musicians from Iron Maiden, Venom, Sirenia, Adagio, Ultra Vomit to name a few. Lecks Inc. is in constant ascension, evolving its line up with each album, alternating between tour and studio before going back on tour, never relaxing their efforts and always trying to go further.
Lecks Inc. are:
Band links: Facebook | Youtube | On Sliptrick
French brutal black thrash metal band Conquerors have signed with Music Records for the release of their new album "Stormbringer" which will be released on May 21, 2021. Now they have released their new single "Dawn Of War"; taken from the new album. Listen now on Music Records official YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/mHxu8cR-l4s
At the same time, Conquerors will reissue the album "Dawn of War" with a new mix.
The mixing and mastering of "Dawn Of War" and "Strombringer" will be done at the Track Down Music studio; Music-Records own recording studio. "Stormbringer" will be distributed in France, Europe, USA, Canada, Asia & Oceania as well as on more than 250 digital platforms.
Conquerors was founded on July 13th, 2013 by Morty (guitar and vocals), Hordos (drums) and Ottar (bass). The band's first self-produced EP, “Deceptive Condolences” was released in March 2014.
With the release of the first album "Conqueror" in April 2015, Conquerors takes a turn that will direct him to his current style. Ottar left the band at the same time and Conquerors played for several years as a duo.
Anfauglith joined the project in May 2018 on bass and then on drums from December 2018. The band's second album "Dawn Of War" was released in February 2019 and definitely marks the style of Conquerors: 'Brutal Black Thrash Metal'.
French alternative metal band ODC present their newest track 'I Love The Way You Fall'. The single is now available across all platforms.
'I Love The Way You Fall' twists the codes of mainstream love songs to display the image of today's woman: free to choose and free to act. This track is very typical of ODC's sound as it results from a great mix of influences: alternative metal, electronic sounds, strong 8 strings guitar riffs and melodic vocals with touches of saturation.
The release is supported by a modern music video shot in the streets of Paris, we want rock / metal to be part of today's urban culture. The 'I Love The Way You Fall' music video is also now available on YouTube and IGTV.
ODC is an alternative metal band founded by vocalist Celia Do in 2017 in Paris, France. ODC's sound is a fusion of different influences: alternative rock, metal and punk. Modernising rock / metal is the ODC credo. ODC's first EP was released in 2019 followed by a series of single.
French Thrash Metal band Dead Tree Seeds present their new lyric video "Thru God For Vengeance" from their album "Push the Button".
From the ashes of the Thrash Triakanthos project, Nico and Alex decided in 2009 to continue the adventure, and completed a line-up by finding Franck on guitar, Tom on bass and Alban "Shamane" on vocals.
The foundations of a solid band resolutely oriented towards old-school thrash are laid. The band makes its first concerts in very modest rooms but keeps a steady rhythm. The arrival of Pierre to replace Franck gives a more technical and ambitious direction to the sound, without leaving aside the brutal violence and they continue to scour the halls of the Paris region (in particular the Bastille Stage) with a few dates in the south of France.
The style becomes more complex, going from a thrash inspired by the great classics of Metallica or Megadeth and Slayer, to the most violent fringe of the first Kreator or Sepultura, passing by some more groovy forays like Testament or Pantera. Finally in April 2013 the 1st album of Dead Tree Seeds (Seeds of Thrash) is released. Following this album, Pierre and Tom decide to leave the band to devote themselves to other projects, both musical and family.
2014, Aurelien (guitar) and Sidi (bass) joined the band, followed by numerous concerts almost everywhere in France with in particular the first part of Angelus Apatrida.2016 marks yet another change following the departure of Alban in Germany and that of Nico for musical differences.
Dead Tree Seeds continues its journey and composes 8 songs in order to prepare the recording of the 2nd album in line with the first.
At the end of 2017 Ivanne on guitar and at the start of 2018 Frank Vortex on vocals joined the band with directly 3 concerts in 2018 including the first parts of no return, Mercyless, Insanity Alert... In early 2019, Ivanne left the band for professional reasons and was replaced in the process by Francois.
April 2020, the group signs with the Music Records label for the release of the 2nd album "Push the Button" scheduled for July 2020 (digital) and October 2020 (physical).
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