The MS Awards are now into their fourth year, and every year they seem to get better! This year featured some rather standout runaway winners (such as Behemoth, Symphony X), but also some extremely close battles. In the Grindcore category, we saw Pig Destroyer and Cephalic Carnage go neck and neck most of the way. It was only in the last few days that Pig Destroyer pulled away a little and could start breathing again!

But the best tussle was in the Power Metal category. There we saw the closest result in Metal Storm history! Only one vote separated Nightwish's Dark Passion Play album and Kamelot's Ghost Opera, with the latter taking the gold. For the whole week leading up to the end it was even, Nightwish by two, then four, then Kamelot pegged them back a few votes. It was exciting stuff even if you weren't such a keen Power Metal fan! All of you out there that voted for Kamelot can think to yourselves "wow, it would've been a draw if it wasn't for my vote!". The results Nightwish came home with though were extremely interesting. Almost winning the Power Metal category, and winning the Biggest Surprise and Biggest Letdown. It seems fans were quite divided on this one!

Other interesting results were in the Folk/Viking Metal category where Korpiklaani's stranglehold on the category came to an end. The band took out the 2006 and 2005 awards, but this year were bettered by Ensiferum (the winner), Arkona, Turisas, Moonsorrow and Primordial. It seems Korpiklaani weren't quite strong enough this year! (Although it must be said it was a pretty strong year for Folk/Viking Metal!) The just mentioned Arkona were quite a surprise too. This small six year old Russian band did well for itself considering its opposition!

Winners from this year such as Dark Tranquillity, Paradise Lost, Candlemass and Kamelot are all past winners as well, so it shows that each of these bands aren't just releasing good albums as a once-off! The results for Dimmu Borgir, Machine Head, Dream Theater and Nile also prove that you, the voters, can still be objective about casting your votes. None of these bands were nominated in their respective genre, as they all let us down somehow, and the votes reflect this decision was a wise one. They all received no more than a handfull of votes, let's hope they take this message seriously, and come back with better stuff next time!

It should also be noted that we received more votes than ever. A few categories even managed to break through the 1,000 votes barrier. A nice reward for those that worked their asses off for these Awards. We hope to increase the amount of votes again next year.
Best albums by genre

Other awards




Special award






The Best Alternative Metal Album


1. Apocalyptica - Worlds Collide 342
2. Antimatter - Leaving Eden 106
3. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works 94
4. Alchemist - Tripsis 50
5. Waltari - Release Date 45
6. Buckethead - Pepper's Ghost 43
7. Nahemah - The Second Philosphy 38
8. Psyopus - Our Puzzling Encounters Considered 24
9. C-187 - Collision 15
10. Zico Chain - Food 12




The Best Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal Album


1. Therion - Gothic Kabbalah 312
2. Epica - The Divine Conspiracy 241
3. After Forever - After Forever 104
4. Battlelore - Evernight 87
5. Tarja - My Winter Storm 60
6. Xandria - Salomé - The Seventh Veil 38
7. Visions Of Atlantis - Trinity 32
8. Autumn - My New Time 19
9. Aesma Daeva - Dawn Of The New Athens 12
10. Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything 10




The Best Avantgarde Metal Album


1. Cadaveria - In Your Blood 93
2. Elend - A World In Their Screams 68
3. Tomahawk - Anonymous 53
4. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - In Glorious Times 48
5. Kekal - The Habit Of Fire 33
6. Manes - How The World Came To An End 29
7. Vulture Industries - The Dystopia Journals 27
8. Today Is The Day - Axis Of Eden 22
9. Ulver - Shadows Of The Sun 13
10. Grayceon - Grayceon 11




The Best Black Metal Album


1. Rotting Christ - Theogonia 209
2. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao 129
3. Shining - V - Halmstad 79
4. Watain - Sworn To The Dark 70
5. Anaal Nathrakh - Hell Is Empty And All The Devils Are Here 62
6. Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli 55
7. Sigh - Hangman's Hymn 54
8. Deathspell Omega - Fas - Ite, Maledicti, In Ignem Aeternum 33
9. Drudkh - Estrangement 30
10. Marduk - Rom 5:12 18




The Best Death Metal Album


1. Behemoth - The Apostasy 353
2. Obituary - Xecutioner's Return 104
3. Akercocke - Antichrist 69
4. Vital Remains - Icons Of Evil 51
5. Benighted - Icon 44
6. Immolation - Shadows In The Light 36
7. Nile - Ithyphallic 28
8. Vomitory - Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize 27
9. Mithras - Behind The Shadows Lie Madness 22
10. Farmakon - Robin 18




The Best Doom Metal Album


1. Candlemass - King Of The Grey Islands 195
2. Novembers Doom - The Novella Reservoir 174
3. Funeral - From These Wounds 55
4. Reverend Bizarre - III: So Long Suckers 45
5. Officium Triste - Giving Yourself Away 34
6. Warning - Watching From A Distance 24
7. Swallow The Sun - Hope 23
8. Mael Mórdha - Gealtacht Mael Mórdha 22
9. Novembre - The Blue 12
10. Keen Of The Crow - Hyborea 10




The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album


1. Evoken - A Caress Of The Void 85
2. Colosseum - Chapter I: Delirium 45
3. Worship - Dooom 29
4. Deinonychus - Warfare Machines 22
5. Abyssmal Sorrow - Abyssmal Sorrow 20
6. Wijlen Wij - Wijlen Wij 18
7. Night Must Fall - Dissonance Of Thought 16
  Longing For Dawn - A Treacherous Ascension 16
9. Funeralium - Funeralium 16




The Best Folk/Pagan/Viking Metal Album


1. Ensiferum - Victory Songs 316
2. Arkona - Ot Serdca K Nebu 206
3. Turisas - The Varangian Way 137
4. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead 127
5. Moonsorrow - V: Hävitetty 121
6. Korpiklaani - Tervaskanto 110
7. Finntroll - Ur Jordens Djup 100
8. Månegarm - Vargstenen - The Wolf Stone 26
9. Subway To Sally - Bastard 17
10. Elvenking - The Scythe 11




The Best Gothic Metal Album


1. Paradise Lost - In Requiem 226
2. Tristania - Illumination 125
3. Type O Negative - Dead Again 109
4. Virgin Black - Requiem - Mezzo Forte 74
5. The Old Dead Tree - The Water Fields 58
6. Lake Of Tears - Moons And Mushrooms 49
7. Trail Of Tears - Existentia 41
8. The Vision Bleak - The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey 33
9. Yearning - Merging Into Landscapes 11




The Best Grindcore Album


1. Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb 122
2. Cephalic Carnage - Xenosapien 105
3. The Berzerker - Animosity 64
4. Leng Tch'e - Marasmus 29
5. Inhume - Chaos Dissection Order 27
6. Antigama - Resonance 15
  Total Fucking Destruction - Zen And The Art Of Total Fucking Destruction 15
8. Inferia - Fucking Is A Great Way To Get To Know New People 10




The Best Heavy Metal Album


1. Amorphis - Silent Waters 290
2. Megadeth - United Abominations 226
3. King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul... Please 107
4. W.A.S.P. - Dominator 68
5. Saxon - The Inner Sanctum 58
6. Machine Men - Circus Of Fools 36
7. Non-Divine - Asylum 45 25
8. Sebastian Bach - Angel Down 24
  Nightmare - Genetic Disorder 24
10. Blitzkrieg - Theatre Of The Damned 19




The Best Industrial Metal Album


1. Samael - Solar Soul 146
2. Ministry - The Last Sucker 112
3. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero 92
4. Dødheimsgard - Supervilain Outcast 45
5. Jesu - Pale Sketches 25
6. Red Harvest - A Greater Darkness 24
7. Pain - Psalms Of Extinction 19
8. KMFDM - Tohuvabohu 18
9. Skinny Puppy - Mythmaker 10




The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Album


1. Dark Tranquillity - Fiction 431
2. Arch Enemy - Rise Of The Tyrant 277
3. Dawn Of Tears - Descent 75
4. Detonation - Emission Phase 46
  Raintime - Flies & Lies 46
6. Deadlock - Wolves 19
7. Omnium Gatherum - Stuck Here On Snake's Way 12




The Best Metalcore Album


1. Chimaira - Resurrection 177
2. Between The Buried And Me - Colors 113
3. War From A Harlots Mouth - Transmetropolitan 32
4. Pro-Pain - Age Of Tyranny: The Tenth Crusade 31
5. Demon Hunter - Storm The Gates Of Hell 23
6. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us 17
7. Hell Within - Shadows Of Vanity 10




The Best Post-Metal Album


1. Neurosis - Given To The Rising 99
2. Pelican - City Of Echoes 74
3. The Ocean - Precambrian 56
4. Zatokrev - Bury The Ashes 34
5. Jesu - Conqueror 33
6. Omega Massif - Geisterstadt 22
7. Minsk - The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment 14
  Rosetta - Wake/Lift 14
9. Crippled Black Phoenix - A Love Of Shared Disasters 13




The Best Power Metal Album


1. Kamelot - Ghost Opera 263
2. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play 262
3. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon 129
4. Helloween - Gambling With The Devil 128
5. Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free II 116
6. Manticora - The Black Circus Pt. II - Disclosure 47
7. Dark Moor - Tarot 42
8. Rebellion - Miklagard: The History Of Vikings Part II 31
9. Silent Force - Walk The Earth 14
10. Sonata Arctica - Unia 12




The Best Progressive Metal Album


1. Symphony X - Paradise Lost 335
2. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet 172
3. Vintersorg - Solens Rötter 76
4. Devin Townsend - Ziltoid The Omniscient 75
5. Circus Maximus - Isolate 59
6. Pain Of Salvation - Scarsick 51
7. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos 39
8. Threshold - Dead Reckoning 33
9. Winds - Prominence And Demise 29
10. Deadsoul Tribe - A Lullaby For The Devil 21




The Best Stoner/Sludge Metal Album


1. Down - III: Over The Under 131
2. High On Fire - Death Is This Communion 68
3. Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today 55
4. Monster Magnet - 4-Way Diablo 26
5. Bongripper - Hippie Killer 21
  Witchcraft - The Alchemist 21
7. Fu Manchu - We Must Obey 20
8. Om - Pilgrimage 16
9. Orange Goblin - Healing Through Fire 15
10. Heavy Lord - Chained To The World 14




The Best Thrash Metal Album


1. Exodus - The Atrocity Exhibition 190
2. Legion Of The Damned - Sons Of The Jackal 91
3. Municipal Waste - The Art Of Partying 70
4. Susperia - Cut From Stone 45
5. Onslaught - Killing Peace 40
6. Evile - Enter The Grave 38
7. Machine Head - The Blackening 37
8. Suicidal Angels - Eternal Domination 30
9. Dew-Scented - Incinerate 29
10. Agent Steel - Alienigma 27




The Best Cover Song


1. Turisas - Rasputin (Boney M) 150
2. Ensiferum - Lady In Black (Uriah Heep) 132
3. Apocalyptica - Helden (David Bowie, 'Heroes') 82
4. Graveworm - I Need A Hero (Bonnie Tyler) 74
5. Avantasia - Lay All Your Love On Me (ABBA) 71
6. Raintime - Beat It (Michael Jackson) 55
7. Ministry - Roadhouse Blues (The Doors) 48
8. Northern Kings - We Don't Need Another Hero (Tina Turner) 41
9. Metalium - Show Must Go On (Queen) 25
10. Axel Rudi Pell - Beautiful Day (U2 cover) 16




The Best Debut Album


1. Alcest - Souvenirs D'Un Autre Monde 113
2. Ride The Sky - New Protection 69
3. SpellBlast - Horns Of Silence 24
4. Funeralium - Funeralium 21
5. Essence Of Sorrow - Reflections Of The Obscure 18
6. Pathosray - Pathosray 14
  C-187 - Collision 14
8. Abyssmal Sorrow - Abyssmal Sorrow 13
  Sanctity - Road To Bloodshed 13
10. Wijlen Wij - Wijlen Wij 13




The Best DVD


1. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys - The Legacy World Tour 2005/2006 - Live On 3 Continents 118
2. Vader - And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw 80
3. Megadeth - That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires 74
4. The Gathering - A Noise Severe 71
5. Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same: In Concert And Beyond 65
6. Deicide - Doomsday In L.A. 34
7. Candlemass - 20 Year Anniversary Party 31
8. Obituary - Frozen Alive 16
9. Solitude Aeturnus - Hour Of Despair 13




The Best Video


1. Kamelot - Ghost Opera 117
2. Nightwish - Amaranth 98
3. Symphony X - Serpent's Kiss 77
4. Serj Tankian - Empty Walls 72
5. Swallow The Sun - Don't Fall Asleep 62
6. Turisas - Rasputin 60
7. Epica - Never Enough 42
8. Manowar - Die For Metal 33
9. After Forever - Energize Me 27
10. Avantasia - Lost In Space 26




The Biggest Letdown


1. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play 45
2. Sonata Arctica - Unia 41
3. Manowar - Gods Of War 27
4. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos 18
  Tarja - My Winter Storm 18
6. Soilwork - Sworn To A Great Divide 15
  Korn - Untitled 15
  Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli 15
9. Megadeth - United Abominations 13
10. Elvenking - The Scythe 12




The Biggest Surprise


1. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play 30
2. Dethklok - The Dethalbum 16
3. Machine Head - The Blackening 15
4. Ensiferum - Victory Songs 12
5. Symphony X - Paradise Lost 11
6. Tarja - My Winter Storm 11




The Best Drama


Quarrels in the Black Metal neighbourhood are no longer solved with some old fashioned killing or scratching each other's eyes out with an evil and dark long fingernail like in the good ol' days, but they are now fought in legal disputes. Even the devil has an advocate, right?

It more or less all began when Gaahl got released from jail (in what kind of krieg world are we living if you can't even threaten to drink one's blood anymore?) and started fighting with Infernus over the future of the band. On a dark Sunday night in October, Gaahl and King Ov Hell sent a text message through Satan's Message Service to Infernus saying his pale corpsepainted ass was kicked out of the band. Although it is King who is full-time employed as a primary school teacher, it was Regain Records who entered the stage as intervener between the cry-babies and sided with Infernus. In a statement, the label recognized Infernus as the rightful owner of the band's name, logo and trademark, and is prepared to take any legal steps necessary to prevent any third party from exploiting it, artistically and commercially.

Gaahl and King then racked their brains and started thinking for a new kvlt name. Ingenious and creative as they are, they temporarily renamed to "The Dark Power Of The Force Of Gorgoroth Of Steel", in short "The Force Gorgoroth". But thank God for Gaahl and King, another force joined their dark legion, namely the frostbitten Norwegian authorities themselves. The Norwegian patent office decided Gaahl and King could retain the rightful ownership and use of the name and logo, now and in the future. They also decided any third parties who use the name Gorgoroth will be met with legal prosecution, and probably with a badly produced several-hour torture session by Gaahl on top.

Infernus shook his spiked fist angrily and is now hatching a revengeful plan in his grim underground lair. Furthermore, he already promised for saTan himself that he will be coming back (muhahaha!) and is planning to appeal the decision, something he's pretty good at so it seems. In the meantime, poor JRR Tolkien must be turning in his grave, while we from the staff already start burning down our houses and inversely crucify each other on beforehand for writing such blasphemy.