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* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
Puerto Rican frenzied thrashers Calamity bring forth a relentless neck-wrecking adventure through their awaited sophomore album, Kairos. As the previews of the album, they previously released the videos of the single The Truth, and later the second single Guerreros – their first song in Spanish.
“Kairos brings a new sound to the game -- the riffs, the lyrics, the sound. We are truly happy with everything. This is the realest we can get as a band so far!“
Premiered at New Noise Magazine, the album saw its worldwide release on May 10th digitally and on CD.
Calamity originally started off as a Metallica cover band under the moniker Silent Scream in 2009 and shortly after having own materials, they decided to continue under the name of Hush. Hush had their first gig on the local scene in 2010. After opening for Skeletonwitch in Puerto Rico, the band decided to adapt a full thrash metal style, rooted in the sonic aesthetics of both old school overlords and modern revival acts. In 2014, months before releasing their first EP, Let em’ burn, Hush changed their name to Calamity to have a better representation of their newly converted musical route.
The band released their first full length, Imminent Disaster, on December 18th of 2015, which was accompanied by their first US tour from December 2015 to January 2016. This album and the next single, End of the Road, led Calamity the way to get exposure on the local TV and later in Puerto Rico’s #1 radio station “La Mega”. The same year saw their second US Tour, “Northern Disaster”, and a supporting performance at Nervosa’s 2016 show in Puerto Rico. In 2018, Calamity played at Illinois Open-Air Festival “Full Terror Assault”.
Calamity brought fire and fury with their sophomore album, Kairos, released on 10th May 2019 digitally and on CD. Kairos offers reckless and lethal dose of headbanging tribulation throughout nine varied thrash metal anthems.
Progressive metal band Avandra have teamed up with Metal Injection to stream the entirety of their new album Descender. The album will be released tomorrow via Blood Music.
Listen to the album here: https://metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/avandras-new-album-descender-is-post-hurricane-prog-metal-fury-from-puerto-rico
Pre-order the album here: https://www.blood-music.com/store-us/avandra/977-avandra-descender-cd.html
Having started as a one-man project by Christian Ayala, Avandra is a Puerto Rican progressive metal band born from hurricane-fuelled strife, and now becoming one of the scene’s breakout acts. Given their humble origins, Avandra was never meant to play live. However, after releasing the band’s first record, Tymora, demand was so high that Ayala felt obligated to bring his work to life on stage in May of 2017. By the time their second show rolled around a few months, later Puerto Rico had been ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Alone in the dark, Christian wrote what became the second Avandra record, Descender.
Having gained international attention with their debut release, the band found themselves on multiple year end lists. One fan, Nelson Varas, the director of such award winning metal music culture documentaries in the Caribbean as Distorted Island, Metal Island, and Songs of Injustice, ended up writing to Blood Music about the band. Suddenly, an act with the most humble of beginnings found themselves signed to a top notch taste-maker label with the power to push them over the top. Avandra’s hard work was starting to pay off.
2018 was a whirlwind for the fledgling prog act as they travelled to New Hampshire to record their new album with Daniel Schwartz of Astronoid, then enlisting the mastering talent of the legendary Magnus Lindberg. Featuring guest spots from current and former members of Haken, Dream Theater, and Astronoid, the band seems poised to unleash something truly different and special. In the midst of it all, they even performed a home-town show in San Juan as opener for metal legends Orphaned Land. From out of the storm’s wreckage, Avandra have spent over a year preparing this stunning sophomore release, and shall soon come forth and unleash prog metal mayhem.
Brutal death metal band Hate Diplomacy have teamed up with Decibel Magazine to stream their entire new album Rant. The album is set to be released tomorrow.
The band commented:-
“After 10 years of hard work and dedication this album is finally here!” This album means the world to us and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it! There are deep messages in every song accompanied by punishing grooves and hardcore-influenced death.”
Listen to the album in full here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/06/28/full-album-stream-hate-diplomacy-rant/
Order the album here: http://hatediplomacy.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)
Puerto Rico-based hardcore thrashers, Calamity, recently released their new single, “End Of The Road”, which was produced by Ramon Ortiz (Puya, Ankla).
"With this single we wanted to show our followers the path we are taking before starting on our second album. We would say we went heavier this time, and the new ideas we are writing are taking pretty much the same direction; heavier, deeper and more powerful." - Vocalist/guitarist, Berny Santos.
Watch the lyric video for “End Of The Road” below which is also available at BandCamp, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Calamity started in 2010 as a cover band named Silent Screams. In 2011 the Puerto Rican band had their debut show on the local scene, but already as a Thrash band under the name Hush. After the co-founder and at that time singer Gabriel Quiñones left the band in 2013 the group has taken into a heavier and deeper kind of Thrash Metal. Now as Calamity the founders Berny Santos in Vocals and Guitar, Gonzalo Ortiz with the Guitar, Fernan Rivera the Bass man and Eduardo Acevedo in the Drums, have released their first EP "Let em' Burn" in September 2014 and their first Full Album, "Imminent Disaste" on December 18, 2015. Imminent Disaster was supported by the band's first US tour alongside their local partners, Zafakon during winter 2015/2016. Calamity released their single End of the Road on October 17, 2016.
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Grammy® Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Metallica will unleash “Atlas, Rise!” to fans this coming Halloween at 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST / 8.00 PM BST. The song is the third track to be released from Metallica’s forthcoming album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, due for release on the band’s own Blackened Recordings on November 18th and follows previously released tracks “Hardwired” and “Moth Into Flame”.
To help fans get into the Halloween spirit, starting this Friday, October 28th, Metallica fans around the world can visit select independent record stores for the chance to obtain a free limited edition Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Halloween mask. Inside of each mask fans will find a special access code that will allow them to hear “Atlas, Rise!” 30-minutes prior to its official release on Halloween.
Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is Metallica’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum Death Magnetic. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed Death Magnetic, and is available for pre-order at www.Metallica.com in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Deluxe, and Deluxe Deluxe Versions.
The band have started to roll out dates for their ‘WorldWired’ Tour – which promises to take them to all corners of the globe. Additional shows are being added all the time.
Oct 26th Coliseo De Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oct 29th Parque Bicentenario, Quito, Ecuador
Nov 1st Hipodromo De Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Nov 3rd Estadio Cementos Progreso, Guatamala City, Guatemala
Nov 5th Estadio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica
Jan 11th 2017 Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul, South Korea
Feb 3rd Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 5th Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 7th Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 9th Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 25th – 26th Mar Lollapalooza, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mar 31st – Apr 1st Lollapalooza, Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 1st - Apr 2nd Lolloapalooza, Santiago Chile
This video is both one of our crowning achievements as a band, and also a subject for reflection on our current situation. For us, and for me personally, it is a symbol of overcoming adversity.
After a complex pre-production process filled with many hurdles, we were finally able to nail a day for shooting. Friday, December 20, 2013. The crew was assembled, the studio set, the band ready. All the months of work, the setbacks, the brain storming, lead to that date.
On Wednesday, December 18th, 2016, I had a serious car accident. A drunk driver brought me face to face with the reality that life is short. I was lucky, and even though some pain me to this day, my injuries were not catastrophic.
We considered cancelling the video shoot. But, maybe unwisely, I charged on and said screw this, I won't let a drunk driver ruin my art, my dreams, or half a year of planning and work. With massive support from the rest of the band, as well as the amazing director and dp team of Luis Freddie Vazquez and Carlos García, the above and beyond help from Angel Correa, J Humberto Jimenez and the Radio Activa crew, as well as the superb post production work of Jorge Castillo, we came, we filmed, and we conquered.
Then I slept for days, satisfied with our work, and pleased at overcoming the odds. This video, to me, stands as a watershed moment that both I, as a person, and Tavú, as a band and group, can face hardship and perservere, both as individuals, and together as a group.
We might be away from the stage for a few months, we might be ill or injured, but we will always triumph. This is me, opening my heart to you all. This is me sharing my music, sharing my art, which means the world to me.
Yogi, Joen, Marcos, I love you guys. You are family.
And to all of you, fans, bands, and peers alike, I love you all. WE love you all.
Play this loudly. Share it with everyone. Enjoy it deeply. And know it came from the bottom of our hearts.
Expect more from us soon enough! - David F. McCloskey -
Puerto Rico's very own Aura Azul has officially had it's latest release 'Beyond The Doors Of Time' become sold out in Japan.
The single has had three achievements given by ourstage.com - 'top 10 metal' in July 2012 and 'top 40 metal' in August and September 2012 respectively. Ourstage is owned by the MTV network.
Evidence of it selling out in Japan can be seen here: http://rockstakk.shop-pro.jp/?pid=56797196
Also here: http://www.metalpesado.com/mailorder/shop.cgi?order=&&keyword=aura%20azul&FF=0&price_sort=&pic_only=&mode=p_wide&id=27131&superkey=1
Furthermore Iron Maiden and Iron Maiden's management handpicked Aura Azul to open for them in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The video of which can be seen here:
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