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Metal Storm Awards 2016

Like all good things must, the Metal Storm Awards 2016 have come to a close. Set your pencils down and prepare to cry about the results; thanks for playing, and we hope you'll join us again next year. When we opened this edition of the Awards, we promised you more metal than ever before, and you threw it right back at us; 2016 may not have been the most colossal MSAs in terms of voter participation, but we certainly blew 2015 out of the water, and that sure feels good. That's not to say that the competitions were any fairer than usual; most categories had only one real contender, or came down to two or three obvious choices. Nonetheless, we gave a lot of bands a lot of attention, and that's why we're here. Let's count off the big kahunas.

Alcest picked up Metalgaze and ran with it, leaving the next-biggest draw in the dust 300 votes behind. Ulver swamped Ambient/Drone/Noise, and Apothecary is pissed. Transcendevin Profoundsend transcended his prog compatriots, Moonsorrow completely folked over the rest of its category, and Anaal Nathrakh CTRL+ALT+DELeted all competition in Industrial. Trees Of Eternity crushed Gothic just as badly as their music crushes our souls, and Vektor thoroughly thrashed Thrash. Alternative very nearly fell to The SLoT, an unknown contender, in a stunning upset, but when all was said and done, Gojira stuck to the roof like a ceiling. Believe it or not, for the first time in Metal Storm Awards history, the Melodeath category played host to a serious competition. 2016 was truly a banner year for melodeath, with a great deal of the genre heavyweights and all the past winners throwing down a massive metal gauntlet. No doubt some of us placed bets on who would come out victorious among names like Be'lakor, Dark Tranquillity, Amon Amarth, Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, and those other guys. Apologies to Death Grips, who did not win any of the categories they were written in for (all of them) with the name of their new album misspelled. Brilliant.

Speaking of spelling errors, let's discuss Metallica's new album. Hardwired... To Self-Destruct (note the format carefully) was written into Thrash, Biggest Surprise, and Biggest Letdown with so many variations that BitterCOld's head exploded. This symphony of self-destruction received recognition in Biggest Surprise as "Metallica - The Number Of Different Spellings Submitted For Hardwired etc." Ultimately, the album itself did take home Biggest Surprise, despite being the most boring and predictable Metallica album in forever (come on guys - Zeal And Ardor? Avenged Sevenfold? Babymetal? Schammasch? Hell, even Megadeth? Finsterforst released an EP called #‎YØLØ‬. Not surprising enough for you?).

Best Cover saw a write-in vote for Oceans Of Slumber's version of The Moody Blues' classic "Knights In White Satin." It's, uh, "Nights," folks. The Knights In White Satin are Rhapsody Of Fire. Now, the Cover cat would have gone to Disturbed for their electrifying version of "The Sound Of Silence"... if they had not already won last year. Because that came out in 2015. At least it was more recent than Death's version of "Painkiller," which received a few votes, and, yes, should definitely win Best Cover Song of 1998. You guys. Please. Ultimately, Anaal Nathrakh's slaughterrific rampage through Iron Maiden's classic "Powerslave" took the cake (and our souls).

Moving on to Biggest Letdown, it's clear that we need to have a serious talk. In Flames have already won Biggest Letdown THREE TIMES, the first of those being in 2004 (at our very first Metal Storm Awards 12 years ago), and even when they didn't win, their albums still received heaps of votes. They aren't coming back. Deal with it. Stop writing them in for Biggest Letdown. Thank goodness you guys apparently hate Opeth now, too, or else we'd look like idiots for handing out another award to In Flames as if we didn't expect them to release something mediocre (which very much negates the point of the category). Metal Storm's venerable staff itself received a nomination, apparently for our choice of nominees. Hey, it's not OUR fault that Babymetal got in. Actually, maybe it is. The best entry, though, definitely has to be "The Place Where I Work - My Shit Job." That's rough, buddy. Best Drama... Man, we're just falling apart here. Rhapsody Of Fire's eight separate nominations were a sight to behold (especially "stop stop its already dead"), but not as much as Wintersun's 12. Yes, 12 different varieties of write-in vote. Still not enough to unseat Agalloch's impressive ego-plosion, but that's one nomination for every year that Wintersun has been insufferable.

Well, that's enough rating, berating, commentating, and exacerbating for now. Go on and take a gander at the results, if you haven't already, and be sure to tell us what you think (in a civilized manner). We had a lot of fun putting this together and reaping the rewards; let's hope next year's ceremony can be just as grand. We'll see you all then.

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The Best Alternative Metal Album

The Best Ambient / Drone / Noise Album

The Best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal

The Best Black Metal Album

The Best Death Metal Album

The Best Djent / Math Metal

The Best Doom Metal Album

The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album

The Best Extreme Progressive Metal Album

The Best Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal Album

The Best Gothic Metal Album

The Best Grindcore Album

The Best Hard Rock Album

The Best Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore

The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album

The Best Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal Album

The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album

The Best Melodic Black Metal Album

The Best Metalgaze Album

The Best Post-Metal Album

The Best Power Metal Album

The Best Progressive Metal Album

The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album

The Best Symphonic Metal Album

The Best Thrash Metal Album

Clandestine Cut Of The Year

The Best Album Artwork

The Best Cover Song

1. Anaal Nathrakh - Powerslave (Iron Maiden cover) 47
2. Allegaeon - Subdivisions (Rush cover) 31
3. Oceans Of Slumber - Nights In White Satin (The Moody Blues cover) 23
4. Katatonia - Night Comes Down (Judas Priest Cover) 16
5. Metallica - Ronnie Rising Medley 13
  Delain - Scandal (Queen Cover) 13
7. Ghost - Missionary Man (Eurythmics cover) 12
  Devin Townsend - Transdermal Celebration (Ween cover) 12
9. Moonsorrow - Non Serviam (Rotting Christ cover) 10

The Best Debut Album

The Best DVD

The Best Video

1. Gojira - Silvera 25
2. Dark Tranquillity - Forward Momentum 22
3. Devin Townsend - Stormbending 19
4. Ghost - Square Hammer 17
5. Metallica - Spit Out The Bone 11

The Biggest Letdown

The Biggest Surprise

Drama Of The Year

1. Agalloch - Ashes Against All Common Decency 157
2. Phil Anselmo - This Isn't Libel Because We Aren't Accusing Him Of Anything 137
3. AC/DC - AXL/DC And Other Assorted Mishaps 122
4. Leaves' Eyes - Liv Leaves Leaves' Eyes, Says Leaves' Eyes Lies 103
5. Immortal - Yep, This Is Still Happening 93