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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:

This poll is very homosexual
That is just homophobic. Let this poll be who it is
which led to
Not really, just callin it out. No need for it to hide in the closet, it's just unhealthy
I bet its' partner is that folk poll. Just as gay
finally ended with
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

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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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 Former boss lady. Now just a professional concertgoer... dangerously armed with a camera!

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Comments: 63   [ 1 ignored ]   Visited by: 589 users
20.03.2014 - 09:24

The only thing better in Hard Rock than Clutch "Earth Rocker" is the vinyl "Earth Rocker Live" - nice choice!!
20.03.2014 - 22:34
X-Ray Rod
Written by M C Vice on 20.03.2014 at 09:20
did Susan trap them in the stall until they answered some questions?

Hmmmmmmmmm... Kinky!
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
28.03.2014 - 12:12

The truly post metal ever album was MEMORIAL by RUSSIAN CIRCLES.
the 4th is very disappointing for post metal fans. nevermind just keep on pUrE!! voting

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