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Metal Storm Awards 2005

Ironically, a lot of good albums means a lot of headache for Staff members when it comes to our annual Awards. This year we had to write over 200 short descriptions for the nominees - please excuse the literary quality of some of them, the process was rather hasty. Anyway, the important thing here is of course the voting itself - and now we finally have the results of it!

Most of the winners are quite obvious, but there are also some surprises - both pleasant and unpleasant (like some of the better albums being trampled over by those more popular). Well, that's the nature of any voting - no matter the result, someone is guaranteed to get disappointed...

We have received a lot of feedback from the bands we nominated. Our congradulations to those who have won! Also, huge thanks to those who supported our Awards - we had a massive inflow of new users (over 3000!), let's hope at least some of them stay now that the voting is over

As last year, there's one category that doesn't require voting, but is chosen by the Staff - The Best Drama of the year. You're gonna love this one.

The Best Alternative Metal Album

The Best Avantgarde Metal Album

The Best Black Metal Album

The Best Death Metal Album

The Best Doom Metal Album

The Best Folk Metal Album

The Best Gothic Metal Album

The Best Grindcore Album

The Best Heavy Metal Album

The Best Industrial Metal Album

The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Album

The Best Power Metal Album

The Best Progressive Metal Album

The Best Suomi Metal Album

The Best Symphonic Metal Album

The Best Thrash Metal Album

The Best Cover Song

1. Demons And Wizards - Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin) 206
2. Nightwish - High Hopes (Pink Floyd) 187
3. Swallow The Sun - Solitude (Candlemass) 76
4. Fear Factory - I Will Follow (U2) 52
5. Exhumed - Trapped Under Ice (Metallica) 51
6. To/Die/For - New Years Day (U2) 45
7. Entwine - Carry On Dancing (Savage Garden) 44
8. Anorexia Nervosa - La Chouanne (Forbidden Site) 28
9. Children Of Bodom - Oops I Did It Again (Britney Spears) 20

The Best Debut Album

1. Equilibrium - Turis Fratyr 141
2. Stream Of Passion - Embrace The Storm 118
3. Savage Circus - Dreamland Manor 113
4. Tyranny - Tides Of Awakening 31
5. Wraith Of The Ropes - Ada 21
6. Hell Militia - Canonisation Of The Foul Spirit 12
  Anachronia - The Endless Agony 12
8. Withered - Memento Mori 11
9. Remembrance - Frail Visions 10

The Best Demo

1. Nanowar - Other Bands Play Nanowar Gay! 134
2. Evile - All Hallows Eve 63
3. Kivimetsän Druidi - Taival 55
4. Nicta - Let The Darkness Welcome You 35
5. Sarsekim - Paroxysm 27
6. Led Astray - Denying The Inevitable 26
  It Will Come - 47 26
8. Eyeconoclast - Clustered Dead Ending Corridors 18
9. Bios - Theater Control Law 17

The Best DVD

The Best Video

1. Dark Tranquillity - Lost To Apathy 141
2. Nightwish - Sleeping Sun 2005 139
3. Kamelot - The Haunting 126
4. Sentenced - Ever-frost 106
5. Korpiklaani - Kädet Siipina 62
6. Leaves' Eyes - Elegy 46
7. Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure 37
8. Meshuggah - Shed 34
9. Darkane - Secondary Effects 22

The Biggest Letdown

The Best Drama


Once upon a time, Iron Maiden and the Osbournes lived happily on two sides of the pond, having absolutely no troubles, harsh feelings nor blood feud between them. Until the Osbournes decided to invite Iron Maiden to participate in their most fabulous and renowned festival: Crapfest Ozzfest.

While on tour, Bruce Dickinson, being the true english gentleman, couldn't miss the opportunity to poke some fun at Ozzy and his TV-show. He also dared to bring the English flag on stage every evening, when performing The Trooper. In America! When "American boys are going to war alongside the English boys, how dare he forget the American troops on their home turf?!" (Sharon Osbourne's words) She missed the point of the song completely, of course, since it's about the British Light Brigade, with the events dating back to 1854. No Americans participated. Anyway, Sharon was so shaken by these acts of unbelievable ungreatfulness, that she decided to plan and execute the most cunning revenge.

And so, during their final show something went terribly wrong with Maiden's performance. The band had been pelted with eggs, bottle caps, beer cups, spit on, had Eddie delayed from his onstage entrance, had members of the entourage rush the stage with American flags and had the power cut off seven times - all of that orchestrated by the evil mastermind Sharon Osbourne.

First, just as the show started, the intro was interrupted by the loud chanting 'Ozzy, Ozzy' recorded on tape and played from the soundboard. The crowd did their best to drown this highly inappropriate sound with their own 'Maiden, Maiden', but the same thing repeated again a couple of times during the show. The next in line were the egg-throwers, all in the front row, with Ozzfest credentials and entourage bandanas - with full blessing of the security. Many witnesses say Kelly Osbourne was among them as well.

Events escalated when Bruce launched a hard-hitting rant, heating up the audience and advising them to break arms of anyone seen with an egg in hands. He then stated the the next song wouldn't be heard on "Your local cocksucking corporate radio station, wouldn't be seen on MTV anymore, and sure as hell wouldn't be played on a fucking reality TV show" met by a huge roar from the crowd. He continued his attacks throughout the whole show and succeeded in having some egg-throwers removed from the front row. "It's gonna take more than eggs to stop Iron Maiden, NOTHING is going to come between us and our fans, and it will be death before dishonor, this is Iron fucking Maiden!"

During 'Iron Maiden' Eddie, the band's mascot, was purosely delayed, only briefly appearing in the end of the song. After the band left the stage, evil Sharon took the microphone and tried to fake out some praise for the band's performance, but eventually ended up calling Bruce 'a prick', after which she was collectively booed off the stage, never to be seen again. (Well, she has been seen again, of course, but that was such a tempting way to say it...)

That wasn't the end of it, of course. Every publication somehow related to news or music (not mentioning metal music!) was praising the Lord for such a wonderful scandal, and published articles in dozens - thanks to Sharon and Maiden exchanging official statements and Sharon being unable to shut up for a long time since the incident. Fans took sides and poured shit on each others camps, arguing hard who was REALLY right and who was wrong. And Ozzy... Well, Ozzy, as usually, had absolutely no idea what the hell happened anyway...