MS Awards 2013 - Staff Picks And Band Feedback

Written by: D.T. Metal
Published: 12.03.2014
The dust has settled, the 2013 Metal Storm Award winners have been determined and you probably wonder which album we thought were the cream of the crop in their respective category. Right?

Ahhh, the mighty Staff Picks! As most of you already know, we do not vote during the Awards, we just nominate and leave all the fun to you fine folks; well, most of the fun that is. Come on, did you really think we didn't want to argue amongst us who should receive the moniker "Staff Pick" out of our nominees?

While some categories had slam dunk winners, others didn't. One of the many examples of our bickering would be during the pick in the Avantgarde category, where the comments ranged from:

Quote:
This poll is very homosexual
to
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That is just homophobic. Let this poll be who it is
which led to
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Not really, just callin it out. No need for it to hide in the closet, it's just unhealthy
and
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I bet its' partner is that folk poll. Just as gay
finally ended with
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I couldn't care less who wins this category. But would vote, if I voted here, for Vulture Industries just to see XXX throw a hissy fit (Name omitted to protect the innocent)

Good times And equal good times were that our Awards banner made it to Nr. 6 in the Drama Of The Year category. If we had known that this is what it takes, we would have done it sooner.

Nevertheless, we (somewhat) agreed, and here are the 2013 picks from your MS Staff, Elites and (for the first time) our Official Contributors:


2013 Metal Storm Staff Picks



Alternative Metal
Karnivool - Asymmetry

Avantgarde / Experimental Metal
Vulture Industries - The Tower

Black Metal
Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus

Death Metal
Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death

Djent / Math Metal
Uneven Structure - 8

Doom Metal
Evoke Thy Lords - Drunken Tales

Extreme Doom Metal
Funeralium - Deceived Idealism

Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal
Saor - Roots

Gothic / Symphonic Metal
The Eden House - Half-Life

Grindcore
Antigama - Meteor

Hard Rock
Clutch - Earth Rocker

Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Castevet - Obsian

Heavy / Melodic Metal
In Solitude - Sister

Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Shining (NOR) - One One One

Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
In Vain - Ænigma

Melodic Black Metal / Metalgaze
Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering

Post-Metal
Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother

Power Metal
Stratovarius - Nemesis

Progressive Metal
Leprous - Coal

Sludge / Stoner Metal
Weedpecker - Weedpecker

Thrash Metal
Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood

Debut
Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus

Clandestine Cut Of The Year
Pin-Up Went Down - B-Sides



Thank you all for voting and we hope you had as much fun as we did and maybe you discovered some new bands or reconnected with your old favorites. We also want to thank the bands for putting out some great music and letting their fans know about the Metal Storm Awards through their social media outlets.


In lieu of quoting all of their feedbacks or "vote for us" posts, we decided to list just a couple which stood out:

In Vain - brownie points
Quote:
Ænigma has been nominated in The Best Melodeath/Extreme Power/Gothenburg Metal Album category in the Metal Storm Awards 2013. Metal Storm is one of the world's largest metal webzines, and each year they run annual awards in February. Please help us out and cast a vote for Ænigma.


Empyrios - are dissing the genre
Quote:
Attention everyone, "ZION" has been chosen among the best top 10 Djent / Math Metal albums of 2013 on Metal Storm… Although this whole "djent" thing is getting rather stinky lately, we're in good company of heavyweights like Tesseract, Vildhjarta & Uneven Structure so it's indeed super cool. Toss your vote for us and spread the news… thanks!!


Obscure Sphinx - on being humble
Quote:
3rd place in The Best Post-Metal Album @ Metal Storm Awards 2013! Right after amazing albums by The Ocean and Cult Of Luna! We're honoured, thank you all for voting!


And last but not least - two of the best responses we read on the internet:

Vulture Industries - guitar give-away
Quote:
The Tower has been nominated best Avantgarde/experimental album of 2013 on the Metal Storm awards. All voters will be sent a free signature air guitar!

We are also happy to see our friends in Leprous nominated for best progressive album. Make sure to also pass them a vote!


Subrosa - awesome
Quote:
SubRosa has been nominated for the "Best Sludge/Stoner Metal Album of the Year" by Metal Storm.
Metal Storm has a sweet little spot in our heart because Senior Editor Susan Thieme interviewed us in the lady's bathroom of the Highline Bar in Seattle last year.



And with this - the 2013 Metal Storm Awards are a wrap. But to tide you over until next year, we have something special in store to commemorate the 10 glorious years of the Award's existence - Stay tuned!


 



Written on 12.03.2014 by
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Darkside Momo - 12.03.2014 at 22:35  
I must say I'm the proud owner of 2 signature air guitars. And both are awesome
Troy Killjoy - 12.03.2014 at 22:39  
Weedpecker
Monolithic - 12.03.2014 at 22:42  
I think I know the innocent who's going to throw a fit on VI's case.
Mr. Doctor - 12.03.2014 at 22:48  
I take my words back: The folk poll isn't the partner of the avantgarde poll (yes, that was me) and it ended just as I hoped it would... The thrash metal poll on the other hand, jeez.
Gelati - 12.03.2014 at 23:07  
I love the MS Awards every year but my main beef is that EP's are on here and not in their own catagory (or subcategory within each category).
Apothecary - 12.03.2014 at 23:12  
Written by Monolithic on 12.03.2014 at 22:42

I think I know the innocent who's going to throw a fit on VI's case.

I'm honored that my cranky weird shit elitism is well recognized
Mr. Doctor - 12.03.2014 at 23:13  
Written by Gelati on 12.03.2014 at 23:07
My main beef is that EP's are on here and not in their own catagory or subcategory within each category.

No offence, dude but...
1) The first suggestion doesn't work because we can't have a category full of EPs of completely different genres.
2) A sub-category for every genre category... Trust me, you can't imagine the workload. Simply put: Double categories? Then we need double staff/elite/contributors... and it will STILL be a HUGE pain in the ass of workload.

As I said, no offence. I understand your opinion, but the suggestion ain't practical at all. :/
Gelati - 12.03.2014 at 23:21  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 12.03.2014 at 23:13

Written by Gelati on 12.03.2014 at 23:07
My main beef is that EP's are on here and not in their own catagory or subcategory within each category.

No offence, dude but...
1) The first suggestion doesn't work because we can't have a category full of EPs of completely different genres.
2) A sub-category for every genre category... Trust me, you can't imagine the workload. Simply put: Double categories? Then we need double staff/elite/contributors... and it will STILL be a HUGE pain in the ass of workload.

As I said, no offence. I understand your opinion, but the suggestion ain't practical at all. :/


I totally understand just stating my opinion is all. I'm well aware that it's a ton of work compiling all this stuff for you guys and I appreciate everything you do but it's kinda weird seeing "8" (as good as it was) take it over a landmark work like "Altered State." There are other examples too but that's just the one that popped to mind.
Apothecary - 12.03.2014 at 23:21  
So yeah, in other news, all of my fellow d̶y̶s̶f̶u̶n̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶f̶a̶m̶i̶l̶y̶ ̶m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶ Staff who didn't vote Meads for Avantgarde... the kindred battle carcasses strewn about the bloodied dunes of Gilgamesh mute in the frenzied clamor of death's rolling tongue and ravenous bursting steel are coming for all of you. You were warned. Beware.

Stoner I'd give to Domovoyd, E Doom to Station Dysthymia, and Black to Cult Of Fire. Alright, just had to get all the disappointment out. Feels somewhat similar to passing a massive shit. Aaaaaaaaahhhh
Darkside Momo - 12.03.2014 at 23:30  
Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:21

So yeah, in other news, all of my fellow d̶y̶s̶f̶u̶n̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶f̶a̶m̶i̶l̶y̶ ̶m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶ Staff who didn't vote Meads for Avantgarde... the kindred battle carcasses strewn about the bloodied dunes of Gilgamesh mute in the frenzied clamor of death's rolling tongue and ravenous bursting steel are coming for all of you. You were warned. Beware.

Well, with my signature air guitars, I don't fear anything. BRING IT ON!!!!
Apothecary - 12.03.2014 at 23:33  
Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:30

Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:21

So yeah, in other news, all of my fellow d̶y̶s̶f̶u̶n̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶f̶a̶m̶i̶l̶y̶ ̶m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶ Staff who didn't vote Meads for Avantgarde... the kindred battle carcasses strewn about the bloodied dunes of Gilgamesh mute in the frenzied clamor of death's rolling tongue and ravenous bursting steel are coming for all of you. You were warned. Beware.

Well, with my signature air guitars, I don't fear anything. BRING IT ON!!!!

As a certain someone previously noted, Metatron can fly, so air isn't much of a problem for him
Mr. Doctor - 12.03.2014 at 23:37  
Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:33
As a certain someone previously noted, Metatron can fly, so air isn't much of a problem for him

Don't you mean Megatron? D:
Apothecary - 12.03.2014 at 23:40  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 12.03.2014 at 23:37

Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:33
As a certain someone previously noted, Metatron can fly, so air isn't much of a problem for him

Don't you mean Megatron? D:

Metatron as well, he's an Angelwhore, don'tcha know?
Darkside Momo - 12.03.2014 at 23:43  
Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:33

Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:30

Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:21

So yeah, in other news, all of my fellow d̶y̶s̶f̶u̶n̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ ̶f̶a̶m̶i̶l̶y̶ ̶m̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶ Staff who didn't vote Meads for Avantgarde... the kindred battle carcasses strewn about the bloodied dunes of Gilgamesh mute in the frenzied clamor of death's rolling tongue and ravenous bursting steel are coming for all of you. You were warned. Beware.

Well, with my signature air guitars, I don't fear anything. BRING IT ON!!!!

As a certain someone previously noted, Metatron can fly, so air isn't much of a problem for him

bah! flying? what help will it be? (If need be, I'll call Ziltoid The Omniscient and Captain Spectacular to my side)
Apothecary - 12.03.2014 at 23:47  
Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:43

bah! flying? what help will it be? (If need be, I'll call Ziltoid The Omniscient and Captain Spectacular to my side)

A fair duo of allies on your part, but they'll be nothing in the face of my psychotic sand deity!
Darkside Momo - 12.03.2014 at 23:56  
Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:47

Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:43

bah! flying? what help will it be? (If need be, I'll call Ziltoid The Omniscient and Captain Spectacular to my side)

A fair duo of allies on your part, but they'll be nothing in the face of my psychotic sand deity!

The only fitting answer would be "Phooey! Indeed, phooey!"
Apothecary - 13.03.2014 at 00:10  
Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:56

The only fitting answer would be "Phooey! Indeed, phooey!"

Momo, plz.
Xnoybis - 13.03.2014 at 00:10  
The funniest thing about this thread is Team MS members coming off as whiny as users in the regular awards thread.
Darkside Momo - 13.03.2014 at 00:14  
Written by Apothecary on 13.03.2014 at 00:10

Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:56

The only fitting answer would be "Phooey! Indeed, phooey!"

Momo, plz.


Written by Xnoybis on 13.03.2014 at 00:10

The funniest thing about this thread is Team MS members coming off as whiny as users in the regular awards thread.

yup. we all tried to hide it behind the dark wall of MS towers, but it's too late now...
Cynic Metalhead - 13.03.2014 at 08:12  
Cool.

I voted for almost staff picked up here. I think MS staff is in love with me. Hey, I can't marry you(MS Staff), need some time to adjust the itching under my balls before I say yes.

Anyway, someone really appreciated the work Evoke put it up. It was terrific record. /biased-whining
BloodTears - 13.03.2014 at 11:10  
Can I complain too? Orphaned Land should have been the pick for best folk by a mile.

Being and Avatarium in their categories as well. I think that's mostly it
Spirit Molecule - 13.03.2014 at 13:43  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.03.2014 at 22:39

Weedpecker


Hahaha. You loved that album didn't you? As much to even review it, even though you rarely review the genre.

I didn't vote at all. I didn't have time to listen to all the albums nominated. But I definitely found some gems like domovoyd
Mr. Doctor - 13.03.2014 at 13:44  
Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 11:10
Can I complain too? Orphaned Land should have been the pick for best folk by a mile.

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. <3
BloodTears - 13.03.2014 at 13:55  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 13.03.2014 at 13:44

Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 11:10
Can I complain too? Orphaned Land should have been the pick for best folk by a mile.

Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. <3


I kill you

Anyway, Vulture Industries won, so take that in the gut!
Mr. Doctor - 13.03.2014 at 13:57  
Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 13:55

I kill you
Anyway, Vulture Industries won, so take that in the gut!

I dare you to try. :3
I'm ok with the result... It was too good for some people to get it anyways. I prefer to just sit back and let Che rage about it.
Spirit Molecule - 13.03.2014 at 14:06  
Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 13:55

Anyway, Vulture Industries won, so take that in the gut!


I'm sure you're pleased that Kylesa won as well.
BloodTears - 13.03.2014 at 14:21  
Written by Spirit Molecule on 13.03.2014 at 14:06

Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 13:55

Anyway, Vulture Industries won, so take that in the gut!


I'm sure you're pleased that Kylesa won as well.


Absolutely, one of my fav bands and not just that, the album was really good
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.03.2014 at 14:32  
Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:33

As a certain someone previously noted, Metatron can fly, so air isn't much of a problem for him

I didn't realise my name had taken on Voldemort-like proportions
Spirit Molecule - 13.03.2014 at 14:33  
Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 14:21

Absolutely, one of my fav bands and not just that, the album was really good


Haha, yeah I know you're a fangirl. I liked the album a lot as well, but I enjoyed some of the other on the list a lot more. I think this year had some really strong sludge/stoner releases.
Apothecary - 13.03.2014 at 14:41  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.03.2014 at 14:32

Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:33

As a certain someone previously noted, Metatron can fly, so air isn't much of a problem for him

I didn't realise my name had taken on Voldemort-like proportions

"Name omitted to protect the innocent"
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.03.2014 at 14:42  
Written by Apothecary on 13.03.2014 at 14:41

"Name omitted to protect the innocent"

I haven't been called "innocent" for a while... not sure I could get used to that again
Mr. Doctor - 13.03.2014 at 15:07  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.03.2014 at 14:42
I haven't been called "innocent" for a while...

I'll always call you that, babe. <3

Written by Apothecary on 13.03.2014 at 14:41

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.03.2014 at 14:32

Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:33

As a certain someone previously noted, Metatron can fly, so air isn't much of a problem for him

I didn't realise my name had taken on Voldemort-like proportions

"Name omitted to protect the innocent"


Wasn't that aimed at you originally?
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.03.2014 at 15:19  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 13.03.2014 at 15:07

I'll always call you that, babe. <3

Perhaps when compared to you and your dirty, depraved antics I could be considered innocent
Sand - 13.03.2014 at 17:04  
Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:47

Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:43

bah! flying? what help will it be? (If need be, I'll call Ziltoid The Omniscient and Captain Spectacular to my side)

A fair duo of allies on your part, but they'll be nothing in the face of my psychotic sand deity!

You need me?
Frodd - 13.03.2014 at 18:06  
Pleasant.
Unhealer - 13.03.2014 at 18:11  
Liked these results a lot more than the ones chosen by the users!
Just curious, how do you all meet to decide this?
D.T. Metal - 13.03.2014 at 18:22  
Written by Unhealer on 13.03.2014 at 18:11

Just curious, how do you all meet to decide this?

Easy - us females Staffers do this and the men follow us blindly
Mr. Doctor - 13.03.2014 at 18:26  
ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTITS!
BloodTears - 13.03.2014 at 18:34  
Yes, pretty much. DT and I bring whips and things get done!
Unhealer - 13.03.2014 at 18:42  
Oh, I see. I guess I'll be contributing a lot from now on so in the future I might get some of that
R Lewis - 13.03.2014 at 21:21  
Clutch winning over Alter Bridge??
BloodTears - 13.03.2014 at 21:43  
Written by R Lewis on 13.03.2014 at 21:21

Clutch winning over Alter Bridge??


Come on, you fanboy!
R Lewis - 13.03.2014 at 22:04  
Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 21:43

Come on, you fanboy!

U no call me fanboy, I'm 18, I'm a big big child, I've seen the world and know muzik better than y'all idiots!
I'm so br00tal I use the grater as toilet paper.
Alter Bridge ftw.


(xdxd)
deadone - 14.03.2014 at 00:16  
Written by R Lewis on 13.03.2014 at 22:04

Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 21:43

Come on, you fanboy!

U no call me fanboy, I'm 18, I'm a big big child, I've seen the world and know muzik better than y'all idiots!
I'm so br00tal I use the grater as toilet paper.
Alter Bridge ftw.


(xdxd)




We are not worthy, we are not worthy.
Apothecary - 14.03.2014 at 01:09  
Written by Sand on 13.03.2014 at 17:04

Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:47

Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:43

bah! flying? what help will it be? (If need be, I'll call Ziltoid The Omniscient and Captain Spectacular to my side)

A fair duo of allies on your part, but they'll be nothing in the face of my psychotic sand deity!

You need me?

You're a deity?
deadone - 14.03.2014 at 01:20  
Written by Apothecary on 14.03.2014 at 01:09

Written by Sand on 13.03.2014 at 17:04

Written by Apothecary on 12.03.2014 at 23:47

Written by Darkside Momo on 12.03.2014 at 23:43

bah! flying? what help will it be? (If need be, I'll call Ziltoid The Omniscient and Captain Spectacular to my side)

A fair duo of allies on your part, but they'll be nothing in the face of my psychotic sand deity!

You need me?

You're a deity?



We're gonna wear out our knees doing all this worshipping of all these superior beings. Not to mention the awkward moments when someone asks us how we got the grass stains on our knees...
Rulatore - 14.03.2014 at 01:24  
Written by D.T. Metal on 13.03.2014 at 18:22

Written by Unhealer on 13.03.2014 at 18:11

Just curious, how do you all meet to decide this?

Easy - us females Staffers do this and the men follow us blindly

Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 18:34

Yes, pretty much. DT and I bring whips and things get done!

That's interesting. Are you accepting new people to these meetings ? Where can I get an invite ?
Apothecary - 14.03.2014 at 02:12  
Written by BloodTears on 13.03.2014 at 18:34

Yes, pretty much. DT and I bring whips and things get done!

Your succubi mammaries shall not tempt me!
BloodTears - 14.03.2014 at 11:00  
Ahaha And all of a sudden, everyone wants to be Staff

And Che, we can make a few deals, I'll pay you.
Spirit Molecule - 14.03.2014 at 13:24  
Written by BloodTears on 14.03.2014 at 11:00

Ahaha And all of a sudden, everyone wants to be Staff


I think bouncy tits will do that to a man.
How many female staffers anyway? Just, you, Susan and DT yeah?

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