Awards Voting Now Closed


So this, the 10th Annual Metal Storm Awards, have come to pass.

The awards have continued to grow, with numerous categories surpassing 1000 votes cast, despite a lack of big name clout. For point of comparison, Therion was the biggest vote getter in our first ever awards, racking up 191 for Lemuria. In 2014 they barely would have cracked the Top 25. And that is only if Kvelertak doesn't score two more votes as I type this during the waning hours of the month. That is some growth.

While in general this lack of big names in many genres lead to some closer contests, as with each of the prior 9 editions, we also had the typical big name beat downs. Carcass racked up nearly 600 votes, nearly half cast in the Death Metal field. Tesseract also pulled nearly half the votes in Djent, thumping their competitors. Ever popular Amorphis exorcised Ghost B.C. by over 200 votes, and garnering a third of the vote in a busy Heavy/Melodic metal.

Conversely Orphaned Land won a relatively tight 20 vote victory over Finntroll in a strong Folk / Pagan / Viking cast, and Amaranthe for eeking out a "count the difference on your fingers" victory over Shining in Industrial/Cyber Metal. Congrats and hails to Gloryhammer for winning Best Debut.

Best Clandestine Cut was the newest, bestest, tightest race ever. How tight? Try a tie. Our first tie ever. Deception was winning by a paltry two votes over Pin-Up Went Down as I wrote this up with about an hour before voting closed and went down to the wire as a tie with 20 minutes to go. This has left me furiously typing and updating this piece so it's accurate. Maybe we can find the brick who voted for My Dying Bride to break the tie…

Earlier this year your humble narrator didn't have great things to say about the latest Megadeth… Looks like the Metal Storm masses found it equally limp, Burn!ing it with Biggest Letdown, with more than double the write-ins of second place "winner" Turisas.

And much to my surprise, Carcass Black Sabbath took Biggest Surprise for making an album that wasn't even remotely surprising. Not sure what y'all were expecting from them? Grind Zydeco? Death Doom Himalayan Throat Singing?

Check out all our winners here.

So 10 up, 10 down. Congratulations to our winners. But more importantly, congratulations to those fans who found new bands, and those bands who found new fans.
 
Posted: 01.03.2014 by BitterCOld


Comments page 5 / 5

‹‹ Back to News
Comments: 128   Visited by: 653 users
05.03.2014 - 17:46
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Written by Hex_Omega on 05.03.2014 at 14:10

Inquisition deserves it more than Leprous. 'Obscure Verses For The Multiverse' is their best or at least one of their best albums. 'Coal' is (some might agree with me, some might not) generally a letdown and not as good album as 'Bilateral' or 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'. Haken should have won in Prog Category, because they have released their finest album.


I have to disagree with you on the Leprous award. Coal was exceptional. I think it was very well deserved, but also think that Haken could win and it would be fair too. Progressive was very strong this year, and I had 8 other bands who could win and make me happy.

Still think Leprous continue to release masterpieces one after the other. I know many ppl don't see it that way.
----
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
Loading...
05.03.2014 - 22:58
Lethrokai
Written by Hex_Omega on 05.03.2014 at 14:10

Written by BloodTears on 05.03.2014 at 12:52

Inquisition released a great album as far as I'm concerned. Not mad at all they won. A lot of amazing releases in that category. Not sure I would call Inquisition "popular" though.

Inquisition deserves it more than Leprous. 'Obscure Verses For The Multiverse' is their best or at least one of their best albums. 'Coal' is (some might agree with me, some might not) generally a letdown and not as good album as 'Bilateral' or 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'. Haken should have won in Prog Category, because they have released their finest album.

Well, I'd have to say I'm certainly not with you on that one. While I will agree that The Mountain is Haken's best, I'd still say that Coal was better than Tall Poppy Syndrome, and one of the few bands here that actually deserved their award. For me, Coal > The Mountain, even though both were genuinely impressive (like a surprisingly large amount of the prog scene in 2013, for that matter...)

Besides... we all know that if Ayreon was put in the votes, it would have won anyway!
----
Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
Loading...
07.03.2014 - 07:21
wintress
This is really random but I am so happy this site exists. I've found so much music I would have otherwise bypassed.
Loading...
07.03.2014 - 10:25
Spirit Molecule
spirit molecule
Written by wintress on 07.03.2014 at 07:21

This is really random but I am so happy this site exists. I've found so much music I would have otherwise bypassed.


Honestly, I think that's what the awards are meant for. Well to me at least.
----
If you never wake up from a dream does it become reality?

Last fm
Don't click here
Loading...
08.03.2014 - 03:00
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Spirit Molecule on 07.03.2014 at 10:25

Honestly, I think that's what the awards are meant for. Well to me at least.

That is exactly what the Awards are meant for. That's why we don't just pick all of the most famous, popular bands. We actually gauge all the bands very critically, and we look all over the internet constantly for bands we've not heard of before so that we can make the pool of bands to choose from as large as possible. So if a popular band makes it into the Awards, then they actually really do deserve to be in the Awards.
----
~Zep, Database and Forum Moderation~

Loading...
09.03.2014 - 20:03
Maco
Handbanana
At least Stratovarius won, I'm still amazed by Nemesis.
----
I'm derp.
Loading...
11.03.2014 - 13:28
Fredd
Account deleted
No.
Loading...
06.12.2014 - 01:03
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
I don't care too much for Behemoth or music videos (all of my favorite bands either have shitty music videos or none at all), but I gotta say, that Behemoth video is pretty cool.
----
Loading...

Hits total: 6743 | This month: 14