Metal Storm Awards 2017


Metal Storm Awards 2017

All that build-up, all that preparation, and once again the month of February seemed to fly right by (being the shortest month, it's probably entitled to do that). We hate to see the Awards go after such a fleeting adventure, but this is what the whole shebang leads up to: determining the champions of the year's metal offering.

It's quite common that we get one album nominated for everything (by the way, uh, don't do that). Last year, it was Death Grips's Bottomless Pit (first of all, she doesn't even go here); this year, it was Igorrr's Savage Sinusoid, an album that, if nothing else, is actually featured on Metal Storm. Now, Savage Sinusoid is a great album - some would say an exceptional album - some would say a wicked pissah album, but they all live in Boston - but no album can be the best in EVERY category, and if it were, we'd put it in Avant-Garde and call it a day. Our other contender for "Unseemly MSA Perpetrator of the Year" goes to the knobhead who wrote in a trap album for every category. Please learn to read.

Moving right along, as always, y'all could have predicted the winners in most categories within the first five minutes. Gothic was pretty close, Ex Prog was neck-and-neck for a while, and Power had enough big names to make pretend competition, but Alternative, Death, Heavy, and others fell to comfortable leads. Thrash got annihilated, as expected, and poor Extreme Doom never stood a chance, even with the success of last year's #AddSpectralVoice2017 campaign. You guys can be viciously decisive sometimes. One of these days, we're just going to give Septicflesh the "Permanent Victors of Symphonic Metal Forever" award and move along. Biggest Letdown was almost interesting: we had Ensiferum, Arch Enemy, and Anathema, three titanic presences of sadly dwindling report, all vying for the lead - or second place, rather. You'll remember why once you see who won. They might be nothing more than a big inside joke at this point, but we'll have to let you guys have it this time. It's a genuine homespun tradition.

Speaking of Arch Enemy color us shocked, because our prediction turned out to be embarrassingly incorrect. What was seemingly the unquestioned biggest contender in Melodeath (a category that gets brutally swept up every year) has, in fact, been overtaken. At the end of the day, it's still Mors Principium Est - it's not as though a serious underdog like Duskmourn or Noumena came up to swipe the gold - but, hey, an upset's an upset, no matter how small.

Equally unanticipated was Dream Theater's fifth-place run in Biggest Letdown, with their (read carefully) 2016 album The Astonishing. Come on, guys. It was two years ago. Get over it. Biggest Surprise, meanwhile, fell to Trivium. Fair play, we suppose; The Sin And The Sentence ain't exactly Shogun, but it was admittedly unexpected of a declining metalcore-turned-hard rock band to put out something actually pretty okay. The real Biggest Surprise, though, was, as one sagacious write-in put it, "Wintersun - Releasing something other than a statement about why they haven't released anything."

We've given away some of the exciting bits, but there are more categories than we care to mention all at once here, so by all means continue your foray into the MSA results and start complaining about who got robbed and who's overrated. Remember: it's not about who won or lost; it's about discovering new music. Just because the voting is closed doesn't mean you can't keep listening.

Feel free to chime in here.

Metal Storm Staff


Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal
Soen - Lykaia

Ambient / Drone / Noise
Schammasch - The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite [EP]

Avantgarde / Experimental Metal
Ex Eye - Ex Eye

Black Metal
The Ruins Of Beverast - Exuvia

Death Metal
Immolation - Atonement

Djent / Math Metal
SikTh - The Future In Whose Eyes?

Doom Metal
Paradise Lost - Medusa

Extreme Doom Metal
Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

Extreme Progressive Metal
Ne Obliviscaris - Urn

Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal
Myrkur - Mareridt

Gothic Metal
Moonspell - 1755

Full Of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy

Hard Rock
The Night Flight Orchestra - Amber Galactic

Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers

Heavy / Melodic Metal
Accept - The Rise Of Chaos

Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Samael - Hegemony

Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
Mors Principium Est - Embers Of A Dying World

Melodic Black Metal
Wormwood - Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth

Sólstafir - Berdreyminn

Power Metal
Iced Earth - Incorruptible

Progressive Metal
Ayreon - The Source

Sludge / Stoner Metal
Elder - Reflections Of A Floating World

Symphonic Metal
Septicflesh - Codex Omega

Thrash Metal
Kreator - Gods Of Violence

Other awards

Clandestine Cut Of The Year
Tchornobog - Tchornobog

The Best Album Artwork
Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper

The Best Cover Song
Cradle Of Filth - Alison Hell (Annihilator cover)

The Best Debut Album
Wormwood - Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth

The Best DVD
Dimmu Borgir - Forces Of The Northern Night

The Best Video
Septicflesh - Portrait Of A Headless Man

The Biggest Letdown
Wintersun - The Forest Seasons

The Biggest Surprise
Trivium - The Sin And The Sentence

Special awards

Drama Of The Year
Decapitated - Hoo Boy, Where To Even Begin