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* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
Uruguayan-Finnish trio Upon Shadows announce new album "Modern Obscurantism"; first single released, pre-order now
Atmospheric female-fronted dark metal act Upon Shadows will release their new album Modern Obscurantism as a digital and physical digipak version with 12 pages booklet edition worldwide via Ground Media Group (due out October 18th). Now they stream first official single "Illusion of Freedom" watch it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVB_OA4coZU&feature=youtu.be
Pre-order album here : groundmediagroup.bandcamp.com
Modern Obscurantism consists of 10 atmospheric dark/black metal tracks with twisted industrial influences. Album was mixed and mastered at Soundmix Studios, in Oulu, Finland by Mika Pohjola.
Natalia Arocena - Bass
Tamara Picardo - Keyboard, guitar & Vocals
Joonas Alaräihä - Session drummer for the album
Upon Shadows comments about the concept behind the new album:
"It establishes a parallelism between the obscurantism of the Middle Ages and the new forms of control and censorship, reminding us of the importance of keeping rebelliousness alive and fighting for utopias."
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)
Oh wow! Back in 2008, Alestorm were mere newcomers and beginners - and yet they created a modern metal classic and a completely new subgenre. Captain Morgan`s Revenge marks the birth of Pirate Metal as we know it today and turned a couple of young Scotsmen into the hottest band the modern metal scene has to offer! Ten years later and sold-out shows all over the world, their boozy debut gets its well-deserved anniversary treatment and will be re-released on January 26th 2018 with Napalm Records!
Captain Morgan`s Revenge – 10th Anniversary Edition has received a fresh remix and remastering by original producer Lasse Lammert at his LSD studios and will be coming with a rejuvenated artwork. Alongside the 'Live At Summer Breeze' bonus disc, this re-release will be a true gem for all collectors, new fans and nostalgics alike!
The pirates about their upcoming Anniversary Edition:
"Oh wow! Can't believe it's been 10 years already since we made this record. We were all terrible musicians back then, and it was only thanks to the immense skill of our producer Lasse Lammert that we managed to salvage a passable bunch of songs. But anyway, it seems a bunch of you people seemed to like this album, so we decided to give it a bit of spit and polish for the 10th anniversary. NO, this is not one of those shitty 'brickwall' remasters that some bands do, and NO, this is not a re-recording by a bunch of disinterested and jaded old musicians. We've taken the original multitrack source material from 10 years ago (bad playing, cheap keyboards, awful vocals and everything), and just re-mixed the whole album to be punchier, tighter, more dynamic, and more sonically delightful than before. You probably won't even notice the difference! But it's there. And it'll sound awesome on vinyl, for the first time ever!"
Captain Morgan`s Revenge – 10th Anniversary Edition, coming as CD digi pack, LP gatefold and digital download, is now available for pre-order HERE!
After the band just returned from the US Vans Warped Tour as well as an extensive European run this year, Alestorm will continue to drop their anchor live on the following dates. Turn on your eyepatch and let the rum flow freely here:
25.11.17 MX – Mexico City / Cosa Nostra
26.11.17 CO – Bogota / Auditorio Lumiere
28.11.17 PE – Lima / Mangos
01.12.17 BR – Curitiba / John Bull
02.12.17 BR – Sao Paulo / Tropical Butanta
03.12.17 BR – Porto Alegre / El Toro Pub
04.12.17 UY – Montevideo / Montevideo Music Box
06.12.17 AR – Rosario / Animal
07.12.17 AR – Buenos Aires / Uniclub
08.12.17 AR – Cordoba / Casa Babylon
09.12.17 CL – Santiago / Nuevo Club Rock & Guitarras
Piratefest UK Tour 2018:
with support from Rumahoy and The Dread Crew Of Oddwood
09.02.18 UK – Liverpool / O2 Academy
10.02.18 UK – Sheffield / Corporation
11.02.18 UK – Newcastle / Northumbria Uni
13.02.18 UK – Aberdeen / Garage
14.02.18 UK – Glasgow / O2 ABC
15.02.18 IRE – Belfast / Mandela Hall
16.02.18 IRE – Dublin / Tivoli
17.02.18 UK – Birmingham / HRH Metal
18.02.18 UK – Manchester / O2 Ritz
20.02.18 UK – Leeds / Stylus
21.02.18 UK – Norwich / Waterfront
22.02.18 UK – London / O2 Forum
23.02.18 UK – Brighton / Concorde 2
24.02.18 UK – Bristol / Motion
25.02.18 UK – Southampton / Engine Rooms
October 18th marked the release date for "Fatal Stigma of the Realist", Uruguayan Black / Gothic duo Upon Shadows' new single.
The album, which was mixed and mastered by Mika Pohjola at Soundmix recording studio in Oulu, Finland, also features Matti Torro on drums.
Vocalist / guitarist Tamara Picardo comments: “We are very pleased to have the special participation of Matti Torro on drums for the recording of our new single “Fatal stigma of the realist”. Matti is an excellent drummer with a wide musical experience, is part of the Finnish band Myon, and has collaborated on countless bands of different styles, what makes his participation in Upon Shadows very interesting from a creative point of view”.
"Fatal Stigma of the Realist" is available at Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and all the best digital stores.
Bandcamp : https://uponshadows.bandcamp.com/
To celebrate their 15 year anniversary, female black / gothic metal Upon Shadows are releasing a book that contains all the band's lyrics, complete album informations, pictures and a detailed bio which was written by Kosta Bayss from Canada's Goetic Records.
The book can be ordered at Amazon.com or at www.lulu.com but is also available in pdf for free download at: http://tamarapicardo.blogspot.fi/2017/08/upon-shadows-book-of-lyrics.html
Upon Shadows have also published a brand new video for their latest single "Fatal Stigma Of The Realist", which you can watch at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsKrxUWNw9U
Upon Shadows is proud to present their new single "Geometry Of Music" to be released on October 18th, 2016.
"Geometry Of Music" was recorded in Oulu, Finland and Montevideo, Uruguay and have a special participation of Kimmo Luttinen Luttinen (ex-Impaled Nazarene ,ex-Isänmaa, ex-Legenda, The Perforators, ex-Beherit, ex-Catamenia, ex-The Black League, ex-Plan E, ex-Terveet Kädet) on drums.
“We feel extremely grateful and honoured to have the participation of one of the biggest Finnish black metal legend!"
Upon Shadows - "Geometry Of Music"
Mixed and mastered by Mika Pohjola at Soundmix recording studio, Oulu, Finland.
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