The 2009 Metal Storm Awards were easily the largest to date. Last year saw two or three genre categories break 1,000 votes, this year's Awards saw a whopping 10 genres clear that mark!

As with the 2008 Metal Storm Awards, 2009 was another year of big names crushing their respective competition. Mastodon, Epica, Candlemass, Megadeth released new albums and then went on to win their respective categories by hundreds of votes. After a seven year lay-off running around Blashyrkh and posing for photos, the returning Immortal were our most decisive winners, grabbing 40% of the Black Metal vote and compiling almost four times as many votes as their closest competition. The tightest genre race was in the Metalcore category, where Converge managed to win a tight, to the wire, race over The Agonist.

The tightest race of all was in the Letdown category, where 1349, Lacuna Coil, Slayer, and Sonata Arctica fans voiced their displeasure, but all "lost" to what has to be an MS first... an album that hasn't actually been released yet. The saying goes "time waits for no fan", but it seems plenty of Wintersun fans are tired of waiting on "Time."

The biggest surprise was also, uh, surprising. Alice In Chains released their first studio album in 14 years and the 15 year old French band Kalisia released their first album in, oh, forever and both garnered strong support, but ultimately lost to Megadeth's "Endgame" - which is surprising considering "Endgame" (8.4 MS rating, 429 votes) is slightly better than their last album 2007's "United Abominations" (7.9 MS rating, 432 votes). If a marginal improvement counts as a surprise, I guess a lot of folks were expecting Megadave to Megadisappoint.

Finally, we want to hand out one more special award to the anonymous user who wrote-in Dissection's "Storm Of The Light's Bane". While the album is widely acclaimed within BM circles, I am sorry to inform you that you were just a tad late for the 1995 Metal Storm Awards. Vote deleted, but many LOLs to be sure.

So, as is also customary, there will be a nice thread where folks can discuss the results. You can find that here.
Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal
Mastodon - Crack The Skye


Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Epica - Design Your Universe


Black Metal
Immortal - All Shall Fall


Death Metal
Behemoth - Evangelion


Doom Metal
Candlemass - Death Magic Doom


Extreme Doom Metal
Ahab - The Divinity Of Oceans


Gothic Metal
Katatonia - Night Is The New Day


Grindcore
Napalm Death - Time Waits For No Slave


Hard Rock
Gotthard - Need To Believe


Heavy Metal
Amorphis - Skyforger


Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Be'lakor - Stone's Reach


Metalcore
Converge - Axe To Fall


Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Ensiferum - From Afar


Post-Metal/Avantgarde Metal
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious


Power Metal
Sonata Arctica - The Days Of Grays


Progressive Metal
Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings


Sludge/Stoner Metal
Baroness - Blue Record


Thrash Metal
Megadeth - Endgame


Other awards




Special award






The Best Alternative Metal Album


1. Mastodon - Crack The Skye 558
2. Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue 257
3. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs 84
4. Voivod - Infini 65
5. Therapy? - Crooked Timber 29
6. Waltari - Below Zero 28
7. Rammstein - Liebe Ist Für Alle Da 17
8. Living Colour - The Chair In The Doorway 12
9. Harvestman - In A Dark Tongue 11




The Best Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal Album


1. Epica - Design Your Universe 511
2. Sirenia - The 13th Floor 134
3. Delain - April Rain 89
4. Leaves' Eyes - Njord 81
5. Madder Mortem - Eight Ways 75
6. Stream Of Passion - The Flame Within 70
7. Whyzdom - From The Brink Of Infinity 41
8. Amberian Dawn - The Clouds Of Northland Thunder 35
9. Elysion - Silent Scream 34
10. Lunatica - New Shores 15




The Best Black Metal Album


1. Immortal - All Shall Fall 426
2. Anaal Nathrakh - In The Constellation Of The Black Widow 112
3. Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade 92
4. Deströyer 666 - Defiance 65
5. Shining - VI - Klagopsalmer 64
6. Woods Of Ypres - Woods IV: The Green Album 56
7. Vreid - Milorg 39
8. Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen Puhuu 35
9. The Ruins Of Beverast - Foulest Semen Of A Sheltered Elite 19
10. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With The Stars 13
  Marduk - Wormwood 13
12. Nazxul - Iconoclast 11
13. Cobalt - Gin 10




The Best Death Metal Album


1. Behemoth - Evangelion 373
2. Nile - Those Whom The Gods Detest 279
3. Obscura - Cosmogenesis 190
4. Asphyx - Death... The Brutal Way 43
5. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles 40
6. Gorod - Process Of A New Decline 38
7. Vomitory - Carnage Euphoria 26
8. Necrophobic - Death To All 22
9. Pestilence - Resurrection Macabre 21
10. Vader - Necropolis 19




The Best Doom Metal Album


1. Candlemass - Death Magic Doom 317
2. While Heaven Wept - Vast Oceans Lachrymose 112
3. Isole - Silent Ruins 84
4. Process Of Guilt - Erosion 75
5. The 11th Hour - Burden Of Grief 44
6. Swallow The Sun - New Moon 38
  My Dying Bride - For Lies I Sire 38
8. Forsaken - After The Fall 30
9. My Lament - Broken Leaf 26
10. Spiritus Mortis - The God Behind The God 20
11. Griftegård - Solemn, Sacred, Severe 12




The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album


1. Ahab - The Divinity Of Oceans 233
2. Colosseum - Numquam 53
3. Mournful Congregation - The June Frost 47
4. Mourning Dawn - For The Fallen 31
5. Arcana Coelestia - Le Mirage de l'Idéal 27
6. Longing For Dawn - Between Elation And Despair 25
7. Stabat Mater - Stabat Mater 21
8. Moss - Tombs Of The Blind Drugged [EP] 17
9. Urna - Iter ad Lucem 14
10. Profetus - Coronation Of The Black Sun 13
11. Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions 10




The Best Gothic Metal Album


1. Katatonia - Night Is The New Day 396
2. Lacrimosa - Sehnsucht 301
3. Paradise Lost - Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us 269
4. Graveworm - Diabolical Figures 79
5. Trail Of Tears - Bloodstained Endurance 70
6. Theatre Of Tragedy - Forever Is The World 41
7. Darzamat - Solfernus' Path 38
8. Elis - Catharsis 35
9. Vanguard - Hydralchemy 16
  Cemetery Of Scream - Frozen Images 16
11. Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life 11




The Best Grindcore Album


1. Napalm Death - Time Waits For No Slave 261
2. Cattle Decapitation - The Harvest Floor 89
3. Brutal Truth - Evolution Through Revolution 59
4. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Agorapocalypse 47
5. Mumakil - Behold The Failure 32
6. Antigama - Warning 21
7. Afgrund - Vid Helvetets Grindar 15




The Best Hard Rock Album


1. Gotthard - Need To Believe 174
2. Clutch - Strange Cousins From The West 120
3. The Devil's Blood - The Time Of No Time Evermore 75
4. Hardcore Superstar - Beg For It 61
5. Ace Frehley - Anomaly 51
6. Kiss - Sonic Boom 18
7. Crucified Barbara - 'Til Death Do Us Party 16
8. Europe - Last Look At Eden 13




The Best Heavy Metal Album


1. Amorphis - Skyforger 475
2. Heaven And Hell - The Devil You Know 219
3. W.A.S.P. - Babylon 139
4. 3 Inches Of Blood - Here Waits Thy Doom 108
5. Saxon - Into The Labyrinth 57
6. Slough Feg - Ape Uprising 41
7. Bloodbound - Tabula Rasa 30
8. Wolf - Ravenous 28
9. Old Season - Archaic Creation 22




The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal Album


1. Be'lakor - Stone's Reach 329
2. Insomnium - Across The Dark 247
3. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - Children Of The Dark Waters 175
4. Novembers Doom - Into Night's Requiem Infernal 92
5. Nightrage - Wearing A Martyr's Crown 61
6. Hypocrisy - A Taste Of Extreme Divinity 40
7. Luna Mortis - The Absence 36
8. Destroy Destroy Destroy - Battle Sluts 30
9. Scar Symmetry - Dark Matter Dimensions 25
10. Coram Lethe - ...A Splendid Chaos 14




The Best Metalcore Album


1. Converge - Axe To Fall 129
2. The Agonist - Lullabies For The Dormant Mind 118
3. Neaera - Omnicide - Creation Unleashed 65
4. Sworn Enemy - Total World Domination 33
5. Burnt By The Sun - Heart Of Darkness 29
6. It Dies Today - Lividity 24
7. Killswitch Engage - Killswitch Engage 19
  Chimaira - The Infection 19
  Five Finger Death Punch - War is the Answer 19
10. Black Bomb A - From Chaos 17
11. Shadows Fall - Retribution 11




The Best Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal Album


1. Ensiferum - From Afar 488
2. Arkona - Goi, Rode, Goi! 223
3. Týr - By The Light Of The Northern Star 134
4. Suidakra - Crógacht 75
5. Finsterforst - ...Zum Tode Hin 69
6. Heathen Foray - The Passage 19
7. Black Messiah - First War Of The World 15
  Fjoergyn - Jahreszeiten 15
  Wolfchant - Determined Damnation 15
10. Dalriada - Arany-Album 12
  Korpiklaani - Karkelo 12
  Eluveitie - Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion 12




The Best Post-Metal/Avantgarde Metal Album


1. Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing-Along Songs For The Damned & Delirious 277
2. Isis - Wavering Radiant 164
3. Sólstafir - Köld 83
4. Pelican - What We All Come To Need 50
5. Long Distance Calling - Avoid The Light 42
6. Minsk - With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone 34
7. Russian Circles - Geneva 33
8. Jesu - Opiate Sun [EP] 25
  Giant Squid - The Ichthyologist 25
10. Buried Inside - Spoils Of Failure 21




The Best Power Metal Album


1. Sonata Arctica - The Days Of Grays 277
2. Dark Moor - Autumnal 117
3. Heavenly - Carpe Diem 79
4. Adagio - Archangels In Black 78
5. Primal Fear - 16.6: (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead) 67
6. Fairyland - Score To A New Beginning 60
7. Savage Circus - Of Doom And Death 42
8. Stratovarius - Polaris 23
9. Dawn Of Destiny - Human Fragility 21
10. Hammerfall - No Sacrifice, No Victory 18
  Powerwolf - Bible of the Beast 18
  Wizard - Thor 18
13. Cain's Offering - Gather The Faithful 17
14. Alestorm - Black Sails At Midnight 14




The Best Progressive Metal Album


1. Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings 318
2. Kalisia - Cybion 186
3. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition 181
4. Devin Townsend - Addicted 165
5. Between The Buried And Me - The Great Misdirect 110
6. Redemption - Snowfall On Judgment Day 38
7. Echoes Of Eternity - As Shadows Burn 31
8. Freak Kitchen - Land Of The Freaks 24
9. Darkology - Altered Reflections 17
10. Porcupine Tree - The Incident 16




The Best Sludge/Stoner Metal Album


1. Baroness - Blue Record 201
2. Ghost Brigade - Isolation Songs 165
3. Kylesa - Static Tensions 83
4. Om - God Is Good 46
5. Shrinebuilder - Shrinebuilder 42
6. Church Of Misery - Houses Of The Unholy 26
7. Birds Of Prey - The Hellpreacher 18
8. Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul 17
9. Tombs - Winterhours 16
10. Saviours - Accelerated Living 10




The Best Thrash Metal Album


1. Megadeth - Endgame 432
2. Slayer - World Painted Blood 252
3. Artillery - When Death Comes 76
4. Kreator - Hordes Of Chaos 72
  Profane Omen - Inherit The Void 72
6. Warbringer - Waking Into Nightmares 65
7. Gama Bomb - Tales From The Grave In Space 28
8. Sacrifice - The Ones I Condemn 26
9. Suicidal Angels - Sanctify The Darkness 25
10. Vektor - Black Future 22
11. Savage Messiah - Insurrection Rising 17
12. Lamb Of God - Wrath 12




The Best Cover Song


1. Vader - Fight Fire With Fire (Metallica) 226
2. Jorn - I Walk Alone (Tarja Turunen) 98
3. Leaves' Eyes - Scarborough Fair (Traditional English song) 83
4. W.A.S.P. - Burn (Deep Purple) 69
5. Fferyllt - Lai Lai Hei (Ensiferum) 54
6. Grave Digger - Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy) 33
7. W.A.S.P. - Promised Land (Chuck Berry) 29
8. Vanguard - Black No. 1 (Type O Negative) 19
9. Netherbird - Nepenthe (Sentenced) 17
10. Ensiferum - Vandraren (Nordman) 12
11. Kalisia - I Am The Black Wizards (Emperor) 10




The Best Debut Album


1. Kalisia - Cybion 281
2. Guilt Machine - On This Perfect Day 90
3. Whyzdom - From The Brink Of Infinity 67
4. The 11th Hour - Burden Of Grief 62
5. Oranssi Pazuzu - Muukalainen Puhuu 53
6. My Lament - Broken Leaf 27
7. Ironwood - :Fire:Water:Ash: 19
8. Cain's Offering - Gather the Faithful 15
9. Tenet - Sovereign 14
10. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs 13
11. Unsilence - Under A Torn Sky 12
12. Griftegård - Solemn, Sacred, Severe 11
  Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles 11
14. Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds... 10




The Best DVD


1. Iron Maiden - Flight 666 114
2. Dark Tranquillity - Where Death Is Most Alive 98
3. Therion - The Miskolc Experience 30
4. Metallica - Français Pour Une Nuit 28
5. Agalloch - The Silence of Forgotten Landscapes 26
6. Leaves' Eyes - We Came With The Northern Winds - En Saga I Belgia 21
7. Rotting Christ - Non Serviam - A 20 Year Apocryphal Story 20
  Emperor - Live Inferno 20
9. Anvil - The Story Of Anvil 17
  Pain Of Salvation - Ending Themes: On The Two Deaths Of Pain Of Salvation 17
11. Cain's Offering - Gather the Faithful 15
12. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs 13
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles 11
14. Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds... 10




The Best Video


1. Behemoth - Ov Fire And The Void 72
2. Rammstein - Pussy 57
3. Epica - Unleashed 34
4. Amon Amarth - Guardians Of Asgaard 28
5. Ensiferum - From Afar 22
6. Megadeth - Headcrusher 21
7. Kamelot - Love You To Death 20
8. Within Temptation - Utopia 17
  Mastodon - Divinations 17
10. Arkona - Goi, Rode, Goi! 16
11. Cain's Offering - Gather the Faithful 15
12. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs 13
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles 11
14. Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds... 10




The Biggest Letdown


1. Wintersun - Time (for not being released yet) 45
2. Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life 40
3. Slayer - World Painted Blood 39
4. Sonata Arctica - The Days of Grays 37
5. 1349 - Revelations of the Black Flame 36
6. Dio - Hearing that Ronnie James Dio has Cancer 23
7. Rammstein - Liebe Ist Für Alle Da 20
8. Scar Symmetry - Dark Matter Dimensions 18
9. Korpiklaani - Karkelo 17
  Helloween - Unarmed 17
11. Cain's Offering - Gather the Faithful 15
12. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs 13
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles 11
14. Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds... 10




The Biggest Surprise


1. Megadeth - Endgame 47
2. Kalisia - Cybion 39
3. Be'lakor - Stone's Reach 30
  Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue 30
5. Immortal - All Shall Fall 24
6. Mastodon - Crack the Skye 21
7. Epica - Design Your Universe 19
8. Sonata Arctica - The Days of Grays 18
  Obscura - Cosmogenesis 18
  Diablo Swing Orchestra - Sing-Along Songs For The Damned And Delirious 18
11. Cain's Offering - Gather the Faithful 15
12. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs 13
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles 11
14. Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds... 10




The Best Drama


Dimmu Borgir - Bassless Keyboardless Garden (299 votes)

Former keyboardist Mustis broke the news he and bassist ICS Vortex were no longer with the band, and not by their own accord in a sane, well worded piece that thanked fans for their support, noted his contributions towards their albums, and, some might say, professionally, backed off direct shots at the band. Instead he noted it would be in the hands of lawyers. (Yay! Lawyers! m/!) The next day the band responded citing, basically, they were tired of dealing with "unprofessionalism" (not a real word) and then proceeded to air their dirty laundry in a completely unprofessional "TL,DR" statement that exceeds any of Tolstoy's masterpieces in length and perhaps matches the Encyclopedia Britannica in word count. The big losers in all this? The Dimmu fans who go to gigs will no longer be able to enjoy the charismatic Vortex's stage antics. If they are lucky, the high point of their evening will now be catching part-time touring drummer Hellhammer teasing his hair… if they aren't lucky, the best part of their night will be watching Galder make ridiculous faces.

Fear Factory vs. Fear Factory (149 votes)

Fear Factory have pulled a Gorgoroth with a twist. Former band members Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares, who had left the band, kissed, made up with each other - but not their other former band mates - and decided to get the band back together. So Dino and Burton reformed as Fear Factory. Despite the fact Christian Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, the other half of Fear Factory, were still active as… you guessed it, Fear Factory. Seeing as each individual represents ¼ of Fear Factory Incorporated, that pits two original members against two original members. Woe is us. What is the legal system to do? Our suggestion? Have them appear on a special episode of a resurrected Fear Factor, where host Joe Rogan has them compete - eating moose testicles, lighting themselves on fire, and throwing themselves out a 3rd story window for rights to the name.

Grumpy Old (Sabbath) Men (94 votes)

Ozzy and Iommi are at it. Again. 2009 saw Ozzy take legal action against Iommi, in what are clearly not his words, given their coherency, to protect Iommi from taking sole ownership of the Black Sabbath name. Per the former reality tv star, the "brand" of the metal gods was "literally in the toilet"… and he claimed it was the work of his management company (SHARON!) that helped resurrect interest and the net value of the "brand" name. Well, that, and the fact the group reunited a dozen years ago and toured some… Per the former Pepsi pitch man, apparently Iommi toiling in clubs under the moniker in the early 90's was a far worse transgression to the Black Sabbath "brand" than whoring his family out to appear on eMpTy Vee… and this has nothing to do whatsoever with the recent return of Dio and the Heaven and Hell project. Bits and pieces of this write up have been partially sanitized, lest Sharon, Kelly, and co show up at MetalStorm HQ at MetalStorm Towers in MetalStormistan and pelt the lot of us with eggs.

Danthrax No More! (63 votes)

Dan Nelson, who replaced Joey Belladonna, who replaced John Bush, who replaced Joey Belladonna, who replaced Madonna, who replaced Vince Turbin as the front man for Anthrax was booted from the band, a la Turbin, Madonna, Belladonna, Dan Spitz, Pope John Paul II, Frank Bello, Bush (both John and George W.), Rob Caggiano… (Jesus! Scott and Charlie fire more people than Trump!) The official line was due to illness. The rumor 'round the net was that Nelson had taken a shit on bassist Frankie Bello's back. If there was a vaguely credible source that this happened, this paragraph would be titled "Spreading the Feces" in honor of their classic album. In the mean time, Nelson, the previously relatively unknown front man, has proven himself just as big a douche as the Ian & Benante Two Man Firing Squad by claiming Anthrax gained fans because of him. Rumor has it Bush (John, not W.) might rejoin the band. Else maybe they can host Anthrax Idol on VH-1 to find a replacement.

Negura Bunget vs. Negru Bunget (42 votes)

The band had agreed to split from continued cooperative projects together and simply cease to exist as Negura Bunget with nothing more than a short, simple, boring press release. Hupogrammos and Sol Faur were to continue as band TBA (now Dordeduh), and Negru as Din Brad. Instead Negru opted to hijack the name and carry on under the Negura Bunget moniker; despite the fact Hupogrammos and Sol Faur composed virtually all of the band's lyrics and music. While perhaps the most sad of our Gorgoroth-inspired splits of '09 (NB were coming off a highpoint in "Om", as opposed to the other bands pulling a Gorgoroth, who have long passed their creative bests) - this is perhaps the most boring as there is only some insinuations into motives as opposed to trashtalking, myspace fights, and back-shitting, let alone the good old public threats and stabbings we used to get from feuding black metal musicians.

Dio - Stomach cancer (18, write-in vote)
Rammstein - Pussy Videoclip (12, write-in vote)