MS Awards 2010 Staff Picks and Feedback

Written by: jupitreas
Published: 17.03.2011
Every year, we spend countless hours nominating candidates for the Metal Storm Awards. Its a tough job since we select from a pool of thousands of metal albums. While some can easily be dismissed for simply being utter crap, hundreds still need to be discussed. After all this hard work, one thing is for sure: every single band that has been nominated this year can certainly feel that they are already winners. As we grow as a community and webzine, the exposure that being nominated for an award here is already enough to promote these great albums. With this said, there is of course always one real winner in every category. And there is always a Staff Pick.

During the Awards, the Staff hold their own private voting procedure and here are our results. These are the best albums of 2010 according to the votes of the collective Staff body. If you haven't heard these albums yet, what are you waiting for?

2010 Metal Storm Staff Picks


Alternative Metal
Deftones - Diamond Eyes

Avantgarde/Shoegaze/Post-Metal
Year Of No Light - Ausserwelt

Black Metal
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini

Death Metal
Hour Of Penance - Paradogma

Doom Metal
Mar De Grises - Streams Inwards

Extreme Doom Metal
Ophis - Withered Shades

Gothic Metal
Throes Of Dawn - The Great Fleet Of Echoes

Grindcore
Misery Index - Heirs To Thievery

Hard Rock
Black Country Communion - Black Country Communion

Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Ion Dissonance - Cursed

Heavy Metal
Volbeat - Beyond Hell/Above Heaven

Industrial Metal
Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent

Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
In Mourning - Monolith

Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Finntroll - Nifelvind

Power Metal
Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

Progressive Metal
Haken - Aquarius

Sludge/Stoner Metal
High On Fire - Snakes For The Divine

Symphonic Metal
Edenbridge - Solitaire

Thrash Metal
Helstar - Glory Of Chaos

The Best Debut Album
Kvelertak - Kvelertak

Clandestine Cut Of The Year
Rising - Legacy Of Wolves

Best Video
Heaven Shall Burn - Combat



As the Metal Storm Awards become bigger every year, some bands are nice enough to send us some feedback:

Dino Cazeras of Fear Factory
Wow, that is so cool winning the award for Best Industrial Metal!
We want to thank our fans for voting and we will see you in 2012 with a awesome new album!


Niege of Alcest
Uff...I don't know anything to say, I just feel glad that Metal Storm readers have chosen Alcest for this music category

Mar De Grises:
It is amazing to know someone remembered we had a great review score this last year! Thanks to Double Dragon, Jonas the Pleiadian and the Arcane Order for all the love, poetry and blood inspiration, and for enlightening the path of all the great exponents of pest-doom metal.

But above all many thanks to our fans for their big support and to the Metal Storm community for introducing and supporting honest and original music. Feeling this kind of genuine feedback enhances and purifies a staged yet timeless creative process. We will keep on doing what we love, from the end of the world. Thank you all so much for this double award.


Kobi Farhi of Orphaned Land
We're very exited to hear about it! it's so great to know that hard working is worth it and that we get such a great feedback! many thanks to everyone who is and were involved in it! forever orphaned!

Ivar Bjornson of Enslaved:
It is a total honor to receive the Metal Storm award! People, us included, might question how Black Metal we actually are - the main point is the compliment that we cherish deeply. As much as we sail by the rule of making music to satisfy our own artistic hunger; we are acutely aware of the fact that the listeners and concert-goers are those who make our ongoing adventure possible. So thank you, this will certainly serve as a motivational fuel to keep working harder and harder, to travel further and further; to keep trying to make Enslaved all that it possibly can be.

Immolation:
We just want to thank the fans and Metal Storm for their great support for "Majesty and Decay"! We really appreciate it! After 25 years of playing death metal its nice to still have such strong support and devotion from our fans! We plan to be out there touring more this year, so we hope to see you then!

Giulio of Hour Of Penance:
On behalf of Hour of Penance i would like to thank the crew of Metalstorm.net for this big reward, it means a lot to us! 2010 is over but we still have a lot of work to do starting from our summer European tour with Deicide and Belphegor ! Thanks a ton!

Jason of Misery Index:
Thanks for picking our album as a favorite. We are honored and humbled to be among such great artists and friends. And although the term 'grindcore' might be a bit narrow to describe us, and we feel there are other bands that do it better, we are supremely stoked that so many people out there like our tunes, Cheers to everyone, and have a good 2011.

Jari of Wintersun:
I'm sure this award was meant only for me, since I'm responsible of the delay. So I will take the honor&glory for it and I want to say that it's my first "Time" for winning any award, so thank you! It's nice to be remembered.

It sure is, Jari!

Once again, thank you all for voting and remember to come back and vote in future Awards as well! Now, lets finally get back to the year 2011...


 



Written on 17.03.2011 by
jupitreas
With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. Privately not actually an asshole, he lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he runs his small graphic and web design business.
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Elodie Artour - 18.03.2011 at 00:34  
Nice article! It's good to read musicians' feedback. (Especially Jari's message, lol.)
Luneth - 18.03.2011 at 03:04  
Written by Elodie Artour on 18.03.2011 at 00:34

Nice article! It's good to read musicians' feedback. (Especially Jari's message, lol.)


Haha yeah, guess that message from him is an acknowledgement that he'll never release the album
Elodie Artour - 18.03.2011 at 03:09  
We shall see, you never know...

Even I have actually set my hopes high that this album will be released some "Time" in the near future!
Troy Killjoy - 18.03.2011 at 03:54  
A nice compilation from a variety of genres this would make. Good work...us.

All joking aside, it's really nice to see the musicians' responses. Top-notch down-to-earth, humble responses. And kudos mostly to Jari for his gamesmanship.
Introspekrieg - 18.03.2011 at 08:06  
Quote:
People, us included, might question how Black Metal we actually are - the main point is the compliment that we cherish deeply. As much as we sail by the rule of making music to satisfy our own artistic hunger


Say no more... no artist should ever have to justify what they do. It doesn't matter what people think, as long as there are genuine reasons behind it, people will always be attracted to true beauty.
RafaRata - 18.03.2011 at 09:21  
Lol, and he reveals nothing about the time album.
Mr. Doctor - 18.03.2011 at 10:44  
Hhahahah Jari's answer is fucking win, totally trolling the impatient fanboys

It's nice to see how down-to-earth some metal musicians are...
BloodTears - 18.03.2011 at 12:15  
Well done

I'd like to highlight the fact that In Mourning's Monolith was the staff pick. I think it deserved that thoroughly.
Bad English - 18.03.2011 at 12:52  
Best mesiagde was from teh Chile
Mikyz - 18.03.2011 at 13:30  
I enjoyed reading the Artists' feedback, the picks weren't what I expected in some categories but its fine either way
MétalNoir - 18.03.2011 at 15:03  
It's cool to read the feedbacks. It makes you realize the awards aren't just a game between us metalstormers and that they "serve as a motivational fuel to keep working harder and harder, to travel further and further".
Lit. - 18.03.2011 at 21:29  
Not really what I expected, but a good article.
Silpelit - 18.03.2011 at 21:33  
Written by BloodTears on 18.03.2011 at 12:15

Well done

I'd like to highlight the fact that In Mourning's Monolith was the staff pick. I think it deserved that thoroughly.


Couldnt agree more.
The Shape 1973 - 18.03.2011 at 21:44  
Is the Jari quote genuine?
BloodTears - 18.03.2011 at 21:57  
Written by Silpelit on 18.03.2011 at 21:33

Written by BloodTears on 18.03.2011 at 12:15

Well done

I'd like to highlight the fact that In Mourning's Monolith was the staff pick. I think it deserved that thoroughly.


Couldnt agree more.


Did you vote for them?
BitterCOld - 18.03.2011 at 22:12  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 18.03.2011 at 21:44

Is the Jari quote genuine?


yep. otherwise it would be libel. or slander. or some other shifty, illegal practice that would erode our credibility.
The Shape 1973 - 18.03.2011 at 22:20  
Written by BitterCOld on 18.03.2011 at 22:12

Written by The Shape 1973 on 18.03.2011 at 21:44

Is the Jari quote genuine?


yep. otherwise it would be libel. or slander. or some other shifty, illegal practice that would erode our credibility.

That album is not going to come out is it.
BlueMobius - 19.03.2011 at 07:15  
Written by BitterCOld on 18.03.2011 at 22:12

Written by The Shape 1973 on 18.03.2011 at 21:44

Is the Jari quote genuine?


yep. otherwise it would be libel. or slander. or some other shifty, illegal practice that would erode our credibility.


In this case, that would be libel, which is written defamation. Slander is pretty much the same thing, but it applies to oral defamation.
Necrodamus - 19.03.2011 at 12:25  
Cool to see some feedback from these artists, and agreed on a lot of the picks.
White Winter Sun - 19.03.2011 at 12:36  
Really nice to read bands' feedback.
K†ulu - 19.03.2011 at 14:52  
Happy to see Haken get the stuff award in the prog section. I would expect Echoes to get that. As far Thrash, am I missing something? All the highly-praised albums including Helstar's are totally boring for me.

The artists' feedback is pretty cool I have to admit, and it actually must have made MS staff proud.
corrupt - 19.03.2011 at 14:53  
Enslaved are actually a band caring for genre boundaries. Who'd have thought that. You usually hear the typical "we don't want to be labeled" crap.
Milena - 19.03.2011 at 23:00  
Haha, Jari one of the mysteries of our "Time".
Fat & Sassy! - 20.03.2011 at 02:58  
Written by Introspekrieg on 18.03.2011 at 08:06

Say no more... no artist should ever have to justify what they do. It doesn't matter what people think, as long as there are genuine reasons behind it, people will always be attracted to true beauty.


^ This. Artistic integrity matters the most, for sure.
Metal Meltdown - 22.03.2011 at 01:34  
Written by BitterCOld on 18.03.2011 at 22:12

Written by The Shape 1973 on 18.03.2011 at 21:44

Is the Jari quote genuine?


yep. otherwise it would be libel. or slander. or some other shifty, illegal practice that would erode our credibility.

ok wait this might be dumb, but what? wintersun isnt mentioned?
BitterCOld - 22.03.2011 at 01:49  
Written by Metal Meltdown on 22.03.2011 at 01:34


ok wait this might be dumb, but what? wintersun isnt mentioned?


huh? not exactly sure what you are asking here. the quote follows, and Wintersun is mentioned:

Jari of Wintersun:
I'm sure this award was meant only for me, since I'm responsible of the delay. So I will take the honor&glory for it and I want to say that it's my first "Time" for winning any award, so thank you! It's nice to be remembered.
Darkside Momo - 22.03.2011 at 02:10  
Written by Metal Meltdown on 22.03.2011 at 01:34

Written by BitterCOld on 18.03.2011 at 22:12

Written by The Shape 1973 on 18.03.2011 at 21:44

Is the Jari quote genuine?


yep. otherwise it would be libel. or slander. or some other shifty, illegal practice that would erode our credibility.

ok wait this might be dumb, but what? wintersun isnt mentioned?

Wintersun won the "biggest letdown" award for the second year, for not releasing Time
Marcus - 24.03.2011 at 08:26  
Wow that's pretty sweet that some musicians actually took the time to respond. Couldn't believe the Jari response was real. Awesome.
Saeed_P - 01.05.2011 at 00:59  
Great !!! awesome!!!
this is the real ms awards
love this article
(except power metal . in my opinion the best was wuthering heitghs)

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