Metal Storm Awards 2011

Here it is folks, what we've all been waiting for! The 2011 Metal Storm Awards results!

The big surprise this year? None, really. Most of the bigger name bands won in their respective categories. Is that a disappointment? In one respect, maybe. Admittedly, the conclusion will always be fairly predictable in competitions like this; the popular vote goes to the popular bands. Sure, that might be a disappointment for some, but in the grand scheme of things, whoever wins is not the spirit of the awards in their entirety. If you took the month of February to peruse all your favorite categories, chances are most of you found some new, great bands to get into.

On the flip side, there's a lot of unknown acts who walk away with a handful of new followers. Any band that made it into the awards this year, regardless of whatever small vote count, will be watched from here on out, perhaps earning a more prominent spot in the awards with future releases down the road. Esoteric made their Metal Storm Award debut in 2004 with Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum, racking up an unimpressive 6 votes. This year, they cleared 250. Wolves In The Throne Room tallied 92 two years ago with Black Cascade, this year they dominated their category in a stunning victory with well over 300 votes, standing head-and-shoulders above the second place contestant. So be sure to keep your eyes on bands like Indian, Memory Of A Melody, Konstantin Seleznev, ReinXeed or Sacred Ally. They may not have racked up the votes this year, but that doesn't mean they won't be back with a vengeance in years to come.

The winners? Well, there's too many to list here, but a few notable victories: Amorphis take home the award for best heavy/melodic album of the year for their 3rd time consecutively! The Clandestine Cuts EP/Demo of the year category saw substantially more votes than its inception in 2010, and of course, Metal Storm is that one step closer to world domination; 2011 saw the continuing trend of having exponentially more votes over all than any of the previous years. We used to consider 1000 votes the threshold for awesome... This year saw 15 categories top that mark, two top 1,400 and three see a whopping 1,500+ votes. Thank you to all who helped spread the word! You rule!

We'd also like to thank MetaLouca, Opeth, and Morbid Angel for really stepping their game up and releasing disappointing enough albums to ensure the boring, tired "Wintersun - Time" response didn't medal in the Let Down field. Thanks, guys!

That wraps the year up in a nice little bow. Keep your eyes peeled for the staff picks for the awards, as well as feedback from the winning bands. If you're a regular around here, see you in the forums! If you just stop in for the awards, see you next year!

(You can discuss the results on the news thread, found here.)

The Best Alternative Metal Album

The Best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal

The Best Black Metal Album

The Best Death Metal Album

The Best Djent / Math Metal

The Best Doom Metal Album

The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album

The Best Gothic Metal Album

The Best Grindcore Album

The Best Hard Rock Album

The Best Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore

The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album

The Best Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal Album

The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album

The Best Melodic Black Metal

The Best Metalgaze

The Best Pagan / Viking / Folk Metal Album

The Best Post-Metal Album

The Best Power Metal Album

The Best Progressive Metal Album

The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album

The Best Symphonic Metal Album

The Best Thrash Metal Album

Clandestine Cut Of The Year

The Best Cover Song

1. Rhapsody Of Fire - Flash Of The Blade [Iron Maiden cover] 181
2. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Heartwork [Carcass cover] 149
3. Caliban - Sonne [Rammstein cover] 65
4. Forgotten Tomb - I Wanna Be Your Dog [The Stooges cover] 55
5. Gorod - Textures [Cynic cover] 52
6. Benighted - Wrath [Nasum cover] 45
7. Dying Fetus - Born In A Casket [Cannibal Corpse cover] 40
8. Hibria - I'm Gonna Live Till I Die [Frank Sinatra cover] 33
9. Amon Amarth - Aerials [System Of A Down cover] 32
10. Caliban - My Girlfriend's Girlfriend [Type O Negative cover] 30
11. Machine Head - The Sentinel [Judas Priest cover] 23
12. Dying Fetus - Unchallenged Hate [Napalm Death cover] 22
13. Leaves' Eyes - To France [Mike Oldfield cover] 12
14. Týr - I [Black Sabbath cover] 11

The Best Debut Album

The Best DVD

The Best Video

1. Behemoth - Lucifer 257
2. Rammstein - Mein Land 143
3. Red Fang - Wires 89
4. Mastodon - Deathbound 75
5. Mastodon - Curl Of The Burl 69
6. Novembers Doom - What Could Have Been 66
7. Chthonic - Broken Jade 58
8. Kvelertak - Blodtørst 57
9. Amebix - Knights Of The Black Sun 29
  Anathema - Dreaming Light 29
11. Nightwish - Storytime 12

The Biggest Letdown

The Biggest Surprise

1. Opeth - Heritage 45
2. Nightwish - Imaginaerum 38
3. Iced Earth - Dystopia 32
4. Black Sabbath - Original Line-Up Reunion 31
5. Anthrax - Worship Music 27
6. Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows 24
7. Within Temptation - The Unforgiving 21
8. Amaranthe - Amaranthe 14
  Septicflesh - The Great Mass 14
10. Metallica & Lou Reed - Lulu 13