2020 Metal Storm Awards - Voting Is Closed


Another February has been remanded to the custody of memory, and one of the most exciting editions of the Metal Storm Awards is now naught but a matter of record. The MSAs continue to expand slowly; if we can just pull Symphonic up to ten nominees next year (and we'll make an effort, we promise), we could hit a full 260 nominees in total (272, counting the Clandestine Cuts). We'll see how things go, but for now, thank you once again for taking the time to listen, vote, and enjoy all this music with us. Discuss the results below.

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Posted: 01.03.2021 by ScreamingSteelUS


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05.03.2021 - 14:34
skelator

Written by sgtrobo on 05.03.2021 at 06:01

Written by skelator on 04.03.2021 at 00:35

Power metal: Unleash The Archers HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Doom: WTF

Rest is disappointing and unknown like every year on this portal.


"Rest is disappointing and unknown"

translation: "you never bothered listening to them so you have no clue if they're good or not"

Some things should stay unknown and not be praised by media as 'the best in their genre'.
You can translate what you want, but as Bodhidharma said: "Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom."
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05.03.2021 - 17:58
sgtrobo

Then i shall not engage, thanks
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05.03.2021 - 23:42
NastyHero

Damn, had I known that Crippled Black Phoenix - Everything I Say was also a cover (it wasn't labeled as such on MS, I fixed it), I'd have voted for it. It's so, so powerful.
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06.03.2021 - 01:11
nikarg
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Written by NastyHero on 05.03.2021 at 23:42

Damn, had I known that Crippled Black Phoenix - Everything I Say was also a cover (it wasn't labeled as such on MS, I fixed it), I'd have voted for it. It's so, so powerful.

I had no idea either and I voted "She's In Parties" for best cover. "Everything I Say" was my favourite song on the album.
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07.03.2021 - 15:33
Danroush

So, for a longer response:


Alternative Metal: Weird to see Katatonia win it with such a weak album - I'm all for cleaner tones and progressive elements but the last two albums just sound washed out and bland to me.

Extreme Progressive Metal: Not a massive fan of the Enslaved album after a couple of listens but I can see why it'd be up there. BCI rings as melodeath to my ears but I can see why it's in this category and is a fair 2nd.

Gothic Metal: Glad to see Paradise Lost win, a genuinely great album, and I've felt Draconian was a little bit over-rated too.

Hard Rock: Weak album by a band long past their best, but I guess we don't listen to that much hard rock round here so it makes particular sense for the famous band to win in this category.

Melodeath: Probably my favourite category most years, some good stuff in there, although I found MPE to be a bit less interesting than the others around it.

Post-Metal: Finding it quite hard to accept this as a post-metal album, but it definitely deserved to win something as a great album yet again from these guys.

Progressive Metal: Clearly this needs checking out, going from nowhere to best album of the year all of a sudden! Can't judge the category in comparison in the meantime though ofc.

Thrash: mostly a weak year for me as someone that likes my thrash with a little groove and melody e.g. Kreator's Phantom Antichrist (see review I wrote on it) or Testament's Dark Roots of Earth, so can't complain about the winner either way.

Biggest letdown: Lamb of God made such a step forward with their previous album, so to see them 1) revert towards metalcore, 2) lambast anyone left-wing as "just as bad" as Trump supporters during their promo interviews, and 3) bring in Jamey Jasta on vocals was all quite disappointing.
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07.03.2021 - 17:00
musclassia

Written by Danroush on 07.03.2021 at 15:33

Alternative Metal: Weird to see Katatonia win it with such a weak album - I'm all for cleaner tones and progressive elements but the last two albums just sound washed out and bland to me.

Hard Rock: Weak album by a band long past their best, but I guess we don't listen to that much hard rock round here so it makes particular sense for the famous band to win in this category.



If in doubt, just assume the biggest name in the field will win; I thought the alt metal race might see more competition from Deftones but alas. I think we were only lucky enough to have a Havukruunu shock in folk because Ensiferum and Finntroll are both similarly big so split the vote
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07.03.2021 - 18:27
wrathchild

Thanks to the staff and all the voters! This look like some solid list of new music to help me reconnect.
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