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Metal Storm Awards 2016 - Now Open!

It's February 1st, which means it's the moment you've all been waiting for! The 12th Annual Metal Storm Awards are upon us. Take your time and check out our nominees, we've got LOTS of interesting albums that made the cut and are worth taking a listen to before casting your vote. And for any questions regarding what category a band belongs in, ask.


Team MS.


Posted: 01.02.2017 by Ivan | Comments (80)

Metal Storm - Design Update

Hi all!

It's been a while since Metal Storm had a proper update. A lot of layouts were rather outdated and it looked terrible on mobile devices.

I started working on a redesign over a year ago, but due to chronic lack of time and Metal Storm's insane amount of pages, the progress was very slow. Now, while not every page has been redesigned, I feel it's ready for release - I certainly wouldn't want to drag it for another year. The remaining pages can then slowly follow as I complete them.

The biggest improvements are centered around responsive layout, which should now scale nicely all the way down to smartphones. A lot of layouts, some sections and functionalities have been updated, most notably the front page and private messaging. My biggest efforts were directed at the most vital parts of the site, like band pages, the forum and publications.

Due to the increased image sizes, many old album and band images wil appear stretched - please replace them with new ones, they will be saved in higher resolution. I will also work on automatically updating gallery thumbnails, which used to be very small and now will look stretched as well.

Please report any broken layouts and bugs here. Though make sure you clear your browser cache before you complain

Happy New Year!

Posted: 14.01.2017 by Ivan | Comments (193)

Metal Storm Awards 2015 - Results Are Up!

The voting is closed, the votes are counted, the results are up.


Posted: 01.03.2016 by Ivan | Comments (129)

Nightwish - Hit #34 On Billboard US Chart

Finland-based symphonic metal masters Nightwish sold 18,342 copies of Endless Forms Most Beautiful in its first week of sales in the United States. The record hit # 34 on Billboard U.S. Top 200, making it the third time that Nightwish made the coveted chart. Their last full length release, the 2011 Imaginaerum, sold just under 12,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release.


Band profile: Nightwish
Posted: 11.04.2015 by Ivan | Comments (13)

Edge Of Attack Giveaway

Metal Storm and Asher Media present a chance for YOU, lucky reader, to win a free CD and some swag from Canadian metallers Edge Of Attack! Back in February, these talented young musicians released their self-titled debut which is full of traditional heavy and power metal with a healty dose of modern metal and energy.

Read Metal Storm's interview with the band here and our album review here. Stream the album at Bandcamp page.

Enter your contact details HERE to win this free Edge Of Attack pack!


Band profile: Edge Of Attack
Posted: 19.04.2013 by Ivan | Comments (4)

Metal Storm - Drowning Pool Contest

Alternative metallers Drowning Pool are heading out on tour TODAY in support of their latest album, Resilience. Check out the tour dates below.

One way you can get pumped for this tour is entering to win some gear from the band! Metal Storm has teamed up with Drowning Pool's label Eleven Seven Music to bring one lucky reader a free copy of the album and a poster signed by the band. To enter, head over to the contest page and answer a simple trivia question. Closing date is the 18th April 2013.

So what can you expect on tour, other than their classic hits "Tear Away", "Sinner", "37 Stitches" or the massive "Bodies"? Well, check out our review on Resilience to find out. Or make up your own mind and listen to the new album in full right here:

And these are the dates where you can listen to these tunes live:

Drowning Pool - European Tour with Fozzy & Revoker
11.04.2013 - GBR, Southampton, The Cellar
12.04.2013 - GBR, Plymouth, White Rabbit
13.04.2013 - GBR, Brighton, Concorde 2
14.04.2013 - GBR, Norwich, Waterfront
16.04.2013 - GBR, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
17.04.2013 - GBR, Rugby, The Vault
18.04.2013 - GBR, Stoke-on-Trent, Underground
19.04.2013 - GBR, York, Fibbers
20.04.2013 - GBR, Manchester, NQ Live
21.04.2013 - GBR, Wrexham, Central Station
23.04.2013 - GBR, Bristol, The Fleece
24.04.2013 - GBR, London, Electric Ballroom
25.04.2013 - FRA, Paris, La Maroquinerie
26.04.2013 - GER, Cologne, Essigfabrik
27.04.2013 - GER, Munich, Feierwerk
28.04.2013 - AUT, Vienna, Flex
30.04.2013 - RUS, Moscow, Москва Hall (w/o Fozzy & Revoker)

Metal Storm and Eleven Seven Music wish you good luck!


Band profile: Drowning Pool
Posted: 11.04.2013 by Ivan | Comments (1)

Metal Storm Presents MetalQuiz

We have devised a neat little trivia game for you to flex you metal knowledge muscles.

The idea is very simple: we (and you!) add questions in form of trivia, image or short audio sample - and everyone can then try to guess the band (and sometimes the album).

- Questions appear randomly
- You have 2 tries and one hint (if provided)
- Questions have point value from 2 to 6, depending on difficulty. Half of the value is determined by band popularity on MS, and half by the submitter.
- Using a hint subtracts half of the points, failing on first try subtracts 25% of the points. Guessing the album is +1 point.
- If you're the submitter or have been to the question's edit screen (meaning, you know the answer), the question will never appear for you.

At the moment there are only 80 questions (most of them submitted by myself, so please excuse the lack of variety), but we're hoping that with your help this number would soon expand tenfold!

Try it out here:


Posted: 04.09.2012 by Ivan | Comments (59)

Metal Storm T-shirts Are Back!

More good news from Metal Storm - the t-shirts are back after 5 years of absence!

As before, we offer 6 basic types - regular/sleeveless/longsleeve for men/ladies. All t-shirts are black Fruit Of The Loom. The front side image is the MS logo with a faint background (view in higher resolution). The back side is blank.

New t-shirts are printed once a month, based on paid orders during that month. Getting the t-shirt should take somewhere between 1-6 weeks.

Collecting orders, printing and shipping is handled by Barry Anderson - if you have any questions, please contact him by PM or e-mail.

The t-shirts page:

Posted: 03.02.2012 by Ivan | Comments (43)

Metal Storm Awards 2011 - Now Open!

Metalstormers, the time is here once more.

The Metal Storm Awards 2011 are now open!

Throughout January we have been painstakingly working to provide you with a run-down of our nominations for what we feel are the best albums of 2011. It is now your job to check out the cream of the crop, and vote for your favourites.

This is the eighth year of the Metal Storm Awards, and as always you have the month of February to cast your judgement. This year however, we have introduced a couple of new categories; Melodic Black and Djent/Math metal, and also split up a few of the categories that were coupled in previous years.

Don't forget to share this news with your friends, or even start your own campaign over the internet for your favourite bands to win. We have done the hard work bringing you these nominations, now let's have some fun. Useful banners and buttons can be found here.

Results will be announced on the 1st March!

- The Metal Storm Staff


Posted: 01.02.2012 by Ivan | Comments (431)

Titans Eve - MS Contest Announced

Canadian thrashers Titans Eve are teaming up with Metal Storm to give away 3 combo prize packs, including a copy of the band's debut full-length The Divine Equal CD and a Titans Eve t-shirt.

All you have to do is answer the following question: what concept is The Divine Equal based upon?

Follow the link to the official contest page to participate! The contest closes on Friday, June 17th. Good luck!


Posted: 12.06.2011 by Ivan | Comments (0)

MSv4 Is Online

The new Metal Storm version is now online, just in time for the closing of the MS Awards! Quite a few things changed in the layout, but hopefully it won't present a challenge - we tried to keep things simple.

Navigation menu is now on the top, with the login/user and search menus. Instead of two sidebars, there's now only one. Several things from the old layout are missing, but some of them will come back (New releases/Top 200 in the sidebar). Other things will be adjusted with time.

It's now also possible to register/login with Facebook. If you want to connect your account to Facebook account, go to the 'Edit profile' page and enter your Facebook ID there. After that logging in will be a single-click thing.

Many of you will probably miss the old Metal Storm and wonder if the changes were really necessary - but here at MS we continue moving forward, and this is the look of Metal Storm for the 2010's.

EDIT: New layout settings added: Collapse header and Hide scroller - you can adjust them in your Settings. Also, left menu panels are now collapsible, and the opened tabs are saved in cookies for the next session.


Posted: 28.02.2011 by Ivan | Comments (147)

In Legend - New Video And Website

In Legend, the new project of Van Canto drummer Bastian Emig, which introduces the piano as primary element into heavy metal music, has now released its first official music video for the song "Pandemonium" (off the debut EP Pandemonium).

Just in time for the release of this insane and destructive visual work, the band also launched its new official homepage, which can now be found at and which contains a lot of information and specials about the band and their music! In order to always stay up-to-date in terms of the visual releases of the band, feel free to subscribe to their official YouTube channel!


Posted: 07.05.2010 by Ivan | Comments (0)

Metal Storm Awards 2009 Results

The voting is now closed and we'd like to thank all voters who participated. This year we had 10 categories breaking the 1000 votes mark, pretty awesome!

Results can be found here!

OK, enjoy browsing the results, and remember that they are the product of public voting, so that you know who to blame. Just making sure...

Feel free to discuss the outcome in this thread.

Posted: 02.03.2010 by Ivan | Comments (151)

Metal Storm Awards 2009 - Now Open For Voting!

The 6th annual Metal Storm Awards are here, and they need your votes! To make your life easier we picked a selection of nominees for most categories, though in some (like The Biggest Surprise/Letdown) the decision is traditionally entirely up to you. Still, if your favorite album of the year is not included, please don't trash your monitor or send us hatemail - in each category you can add a write-in vote (on second thought, hatemail is our favorite form of entertainment, so it's OK too). And feel free to use this thread for discussion.

The voting will be wrapped on the 28th of February, with results posted the next day.
Posted: 01.02.2010 by Ivan | Comments (142)

Wacken Open Air - Live Online Broadcast And Giveaway Winners

The Wacken Livestream - presented by Tempodome, and - started on 29th of July! Party on and heavy metal for everyone, who was not able to purchase a ticket for the legendary Wacken Open Air.

Amongst others, the following bands will be broadcast during the livestream: Lacuna Coil, Running Wild, Napalm Death, Doro, Gwar, Amon Amarth, Saxon, Volbeat, Coheed And Cambria, Bring Me The Horizon and Der W. The up-to-date line up can be found at

The 20th Wacken Open Air metal festival has been sold out for months already, but the fun continues online since is broadcasting the event live and exclusively in the internet in cooperation with and The transmission begins in the morning and goes on until the early morning. Gigs happening simultaneously on two separate stages will be filmed and broadcast one after the other.

Tickets for the big weekend are price scaled and can be purchased at The full 3 Days ticket guarantees a minimum of 40 hours live program and costs 15.90,- Euro. A day access ticket starts from 5.90,- Euro. The six hours of stream on Wednesday July 29th are for free to allow users to get an impression for free on http//, specialist for interactive Live-Streaming, transmits the Open Air stream to the internet. provides the virtual tickets for the live stream and handles the execution., a portal for hard & heavy music lovers, presents the stream exclusively on its website.

Wacken Open Air takes an exceptional position at the Festival division: Wacken is completely sold out months before Wacken starts. More than 70.000 metal fans from all over the world celebrate a three-day-party from 30th of July to 1st of August in a small northern town of Germany.

Already confirmed Lineup on Livestream:

July 30th: D:A:D, Schandmaul, Der W, Running Wild, Lacuna Coil

July 31st: Suidakra, Vreid, Endstill, Walls of Jericho, Nevermore, Callejon, Bring Me The Horizon, Hammerfall, Coheed & Cambria, Doro, Amon Amarth

August 1st: Napalm Death, Heaven Shall Burn, Volbeat, Saxon, Gwar, Subway to Sally

...and many more!

Metal Storm giveaway winners:

Live broadcast tickets: 1763 and 22728
DVD winners: 666 and 42352



Event: Wacken Open Air 2009
Posted: 30.07.2009 by Ivan | Comments (13)