Ironically, a lot of good albums means a lot of headache for Staff members when it comes to our annual Awards. This year we had to write over 200 short descriptions for the nominees - please excuse the literary quality of some of them, the process was rather hasty. Anyway, the important thing here is of course the voting itself - and now we finally have the results of it!

Most of the winners are quite obvious, but there are also some surprises - both pleasant and unpleasant (like some of the better albums being trampled over by those more popular). Well, that's the nature of any voting - no matter the result, someone is guaranteed to get disappointed...

We have received a lot of feedback from the bands we nominated. Our congradulations to those who have won! Also, huge thanks to those who supported our Awards - we had a massive inflow of new users (over 3000!), let's hope at least some of them stay now that the voting is over

As last year, there's one category that doesn't require voting, but is chosen by the Staff - The Best Drama of the year. You're gonna love this one.
Best albums by genre

Other awards




Special award






The Best Alternative Metal Album


1. System Of A Down - Mezmerize 229
2. Soulfly - Dark Ages 211
3. System Of A Down - Hypnotize 134
4. Devildriver - The Fury Of Our Maker's Hand 118
5. Korn - See You On The Other Side 70
6. Burst - Origo 64
7. Life Of Agony - Broken Valley 26
8. Minus 45 Degrees - Mute 22
9. Cave In - Perfect Pitch Black 21




The Best Avantgarde Metal Album


1. Arcturus - Sideshow Symphonies 244
2. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute 95
3. Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw 85
4. Fantomas - Suspended Animation 69
5. Ephel Duath - Pain Necessary To Know 44
6. Sigh - Gallows Gallery 38
7. Buckethead & Friends - Enter The Chicken 28
8. Subterranean Masquerade - Suspended Animation Dreams 15
9. Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain 11




The Best Black Metal Album


1. Deathspell Omega - Kenose 60
2. Drudkh - The Swan Road 56
3. Shining - IV: The Eerie Cold 53
4. Satanic Warmaster - Carelian Satanist Madness 52
5. Gehenna - WW 29
6. Krieg - Sono Lo Scherno 23
7. Mütiilation - Rattenkönig 22
  Astrofaes - Those Whose Past Is Immortal 22
9. Kataxu - Hunger Of Elements 18
10. Ondskapt - Dödens Evangelium 18




The Best Death Metal Album


1. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked 327
2. Obituary - Frozen In Time 144
3. Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal 131
4. Coprofago - Unorthodox Creative Criteria 71
5. Gorefest - La Muerte 66
6. Hate Eternal - I, Monarch 50
7. Beheaded - Ominous Bloodline 24
8. Immolation - Harnessing Ruin 23
9. Withered - Memento Mori 12




The Best Doom Metal Album


1. Candlemass - Candlemass 211
2. Swallow The Sun - Ghosts Of Loss 152
3. Cathedral - The Garden Of Unearthly Delights 84
4. Mourning Beloveth - A Murderous Circus 33
5. Tyranny - Tides Of Awakening 27
6. Evoken - Antithesis Of Light 26
7. Reverend Bizarre - II: Crush The Insects 23
8. Pantheist - Amartia 22
9. Mournful Congregation - The Monad Of Creation 17
10. Beatrik - Requiem Of December 12




The Best Folk Metal Album


1. Korpiklaani - Voice Of Wilderness 183
2. Moonsorrow - Verisäkeet 149
3. Mägo De Oz - Gaia Ii (la Voz Dormida) 96
4. Equilibrium - Turis Fratyr 91
5. Falkenbach - Heralding - The Fireblade 76
6. Midnattsol - Where Twilight Dwells 67
7. Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness 59
8. Lumsk - Troll 47
9. Uaral - Sounds Of Pain 19




The Best Gothic Metal Album


1. Paradise Lost - Paradise Lost 227
2. Tristania - Ashes 180
3. Lacrimosa - Lichtgestalt 121
4. Beseech - Sunless Days 92
5. The Old Dead Tree - The Perpetual Motion 43
6. Macbeth - Malae Artes 40
7. Fields Of The Nephilim - Mourning Sun 34
8. The Vision Bleak - Carpathia - A Dramatic Poem 24
9. Evereve - Tried & Failed 15




The Best Grindcore Album


1. Napalm Death - The Code Is Red… Long Live The Code 168
2. Cryptopsy - Once Was Not 146
3. Rotten Sound - Exit 59
4. Cephalic Carnage - Anomalies 49
5. Origin - Echoes Of Decimation 33
6. Cliteater - Eat Clit Or Die 26
7. Prostitute Disfigurement - Left In Grisly Fashion 20
8. Antigama - Zeroland 11




The Best Heavy Metal Album


1. Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution 313
2. Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny Of Souls 237
3. Black Label Society - Mafia 175
4. Grave Digger - The Last Supper 74
5. Freak Kitchen - Organic 50
6. Nightmare - The Dominion Gate 49
7. Machine Men - Elegies 43




The Best Industrial Metal Album


1. Fear Factory - Transgression 218
2. Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth 131
3. Jesu - Jesu 61
4. KMFDM - Hau Ruck 48
5. Rammstein - Rosenrot 20




The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Album


1. Dark Tranquillity - Character 357
2. Arch Enemy - Doomsday Machine 245
3. Hypocrisy - Virus 183
4. Soilwork - Stabbing The Drama 97
5. Detonation - Portals To Uphobia 36
6. Aborted - The Archaic Abattoir 32
7. Nightrage - Descent Into Chaos 31
8. Hatesphere - The Sickness Within 24




The Best Power Metal Album


1. Kamelot - The Black Halo 371
2. Gamma Ray - Majestic 189
3. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy 187
4. Masterplan - Aeronautics 91
5. Kiuas - The Spirit Of Ukko 45
6. Shaman - Reason 42
7. Thunderstone - Tools Of Destruction 33
8. Heed - The Call 26
9. Firewind - Forged By Fire 23
10. Dreamaker - Enclosed 17




The Best Progressive Metal Album


1. Opeth - Ghost Reveries 693
2. Dream Theater - Octavarium 170
3. Beyond Twilight - Section X 49
4. Porcupine Tree - Deadwing 43
  Vanishing Point - Embrace The Silence 43
6. Stream Of Passion - Embrace The Storm 42
  Riverside - Second Life Syndrome 42
8. Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring 30
9. James Labrie - Elements Of Persuasion 22
10. Shadow Gallery - Room V 22




The Best Suomi Metal Album


1. Sentenced - The Funeral Album 358
2. HIM - Dark Light 178
3. Charon - Songs For The Sinners 171
4. Lullacry - Vol. 4 66
5. To/Die/For - IV 57
6. Entwine - Sliver 30




The Best Symphonic Metal Album


1. Epica - Consign To Oblivion 232
2. Leaves' Eyes - Vinland Saga 204
3. After Forever - Remagine 152
4. Epica - The Score 34
5. Stravaganzza - Sentimientos 30




The Best Thrash Metal Album


1. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor 309
2. Kreator - Enemy Of God 293
3. Exodus - Shovel Headed Kill Machine 124
4. Meshuggah - Catch 33 90
5. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius 57
  Annihilator - Schizo Deluxe 57
7. Destruction - Inventor Of Evil 38
8. Biomechanical - The Empires Of The Worlds 29
9. Dead Head - Haatland 12
10. Arise - The Beautiful New World 10




The Best Cover Song


1. Demons And Wizards - Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) 206
2. Nightwish - High Hopes (Pink Floyd) 187
3. Swallow The Sun - Solitude (Candlemass) 76
4. Fear Factory - I Will Follow (U2) 52
5. Exhumed - Trapped Under Ice (Metallica) 51
6. To/Die/For - New Years Day (U2) 45
7. Entwine - Carry On Dancing (Savage Garden) 44
8. Anorexia Nervosa - La Chouanne (Forbidden Site) 28
9. Children Of Bodom - Oops I Did It Again (Britney Spears) 20




The Best Debut Album


1. Equilibrium - Turis Fratyr 141
2. Stream Of Passion - Embrace The Storm 118
3. Savage Circus - Dreamland Manor 113
4. Tyranny - Tides Of Awakening 31
5. Wraith Of The Ropes - Ada 21
6. Hell Militia - Canonisation Of The Foul Spirit 12
  Anachronia - The Endless Agony 12
8. Withered - Memento Mori 11
9. Remembrance - Frail Visions 10




The Best Demo


1. Nanowar - Other Bands Play Nanowar Gay! 134
2. Evile - All Hallows Eve 63
3. Kivimetsän Druidi - Taival 55
4. Nicta - Let The Darkness Welcome You 35
5. Sarsekim - Paroxysm 27
6. Led Astray - Denying The Inevitable 26
  It Will Come - 47 26
8. Eyeconoclast - Clustered Dead Ending Corridors 18
9. Bios - Theater Control Law 17




The Best DVD


1. In Flames - Used And Abused... In Live We Trust 168
2. Evergrey - A Night To Remember 103
3. My Dying Bride - Sinamorata 77
4. Pain Of Salvation - Be 75
5. Sodom - Lords Of Depravity 69
6. HIM - Love Metal Archives Vol. 1 62
7. The Gathering - A Sound Relief 50
8. Danzig - Il Demonio Nera 12




The Best Video


1. Dark Tranquillity - Lost To Apathy 141
2. Nightwish - Sleeping Sun 2005 139
3. Kamelot - The Haunting 126
4. Sentenced - Ever-frost 106
5. Korpiklaani - Kädet Siipina 62
6. Leaves' Eyes - Elegy 46
7. Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure 37
8. Meshuggah - Shed 34
9. Darkane - Secondary Effects 22




The Biggest Letdown


1. Children Of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet? 45
2. Stratovarius - Stratovarius 23
3. Dream Theater - Octavarium 21
4. Rammstein - Rosenrot 12
5. Arch Enemy - Doomsday Machine 12
6. Soilwork - Stabbing The Drama 11
  Opeth - Ghost Reveries 11
8. Fear Factory - Transgression 10




The Best Drama


THE EGG INCIDENT

Once upon a time, Iron Maiden and the Osbournes lived happily on two sides of the pond, having absolutely no troubles, harsh feelings nor blood feud between them. Until the Osbournes decided to invite Iron Maiden to participate in their most fabulous and renowned festival: Crapfest Ozzfest.

While on tour, Bruce Dickinson, being the true english gentleman, couldn't miss the opportunity to poke some fun at Ozzy and his TV-show. He also dared to bring the English flag on stage every evening, when performing The Trooper. In America! When "American boys are going to war alongside the English boys, how dare he forget the American troops on their home turf?!" (Sharon Osbourne's words) She missed the point of the song completely, of course, since it's about the British Light Brigade, with the events dating back to 1854. No Americans participated. Anyway, Sharon was so shaken by these acts of unbelievable ungreatfulness, that she decided to plan and execute the most cunning revenge.

And so, during their final show something went terribly wrong with Maiden's performance. The band had been pelted with eggs, bottle caps, beer cups, spit on, had Eddie delayed from his onstage entrance, had members of the entourage rush the stage with American flags and had the power cut off seven times - all of that orchestrated by the evil mastermind Sharon Osbourne.

First, just as the show started, the intro was interrupted by the loud chanting 'Ozzy, Ozzy' recorded on tape and played from the soundboard. The crowd did their best to drown this highly inappropriate sound with their own 'Maiden, Maiden', but the same thing repeated again a couple of times during the show. The next in line were the egg-throwers, all in the front row, with Ozzfest credentials and entourage bandanas - with full blessing of the security. Many witnesses say Kelly Osbourne was among them as well.

Events escalated when Bruce launched a hard-hitting rant, heating up the audience and advising them to break arms of anyone seen with an egg in hands. He then stated the the next song wouldn't be heard on "Your local cocksucking corporate radio station, wouldn't be seen on MTV anymore, and sure as hell wouldn't be played on a fucking reality TV show" met by a huge roar from the crowd. He continued his attacks throughout the whole show and succeeded in having some egg-throwers removed from the front row. "It's gonna take more than eggs to stop Iron Maiden, NOTHING is going to come between us and our fans, and it will be death before dishonor, this is Iron fucking Maiden!"

During 'Iron Maiden' Eddie, the band's mascot, was purosely delayed, only briefly appearing in the end of the song. After the band left the stage, evil Sharon took the microphone and tried to fake out some praise for the band's performance, but eventually ended up calling Bruce 'a prick', after which she was collectively booed off the stage, never to be seen again. (Well, she has been seen again, of course, but that was such a tempting way to say it...)

That wasn't the end of it, of course. Every publication somehow related to news or music (not mentioning metal music!) was praising the Lord for such a wonderful scandal, and published articles in dozens - thanks to Sharon and Maiden exchanging official statements and Sharon being unable to shut up for a long time since the incident. Fans took sides and poured shit on each others camps, arguing hard who was REALLY right and who was wrong. And Ozzy... Well, Ozzy, as usually, had absolutely no idea what the hell happened anyway...