Metal Storm Awards 2015

Friends, Romans, countrymen: pencils down. You came, you saw, you voted, and now the die is cast - behold them, the conquerors of the [ed: wait, what? We're still doing the Star Wars theme? Hang on.] Gands, Devaronians, Calamarians: turn off your datapads. Another edition of the Metal Storm Awards has come and gone, like only so many nomadic Alwari. Observe the results; have your prophecies been fulfilled?

While 2014's Awards shook up the competition with some fresh and unexpected victors, in the case of 2015, like any good Death Star, you could sense the results from lightyears away - as if millions of voices suddenly cried out and immediately voted only for the bands they recognized. In many of these categories, the winner was the only nominee to break a hundred votes, and then often by a margin more expansive than the Rakatan Infinite Empire. The only category with a reasonably close competition was Power, in which Blind Guardian and Symphony X traded places more times than Darth Vader has had to replace his right hand; otherwise, nobody managed to bring balance to the votes. Enslaved, Paradise Lost, Ghost, Ensiferum, Lamb Of God - just about every field got swept. It might be about time to present Amorphis with a Lifetime Achievement Award and excuse them from future competitions.

Nightwish ran through the Symphonic category like a fleet of World Devastators, snatching victory from the jaws of... well, completely foreseeable victory, as they pulled away with more than ten times as many votes as the runner-up. Interestingly, Nightwish also comfortably secured the dubious distinction of Biggest Letdown, crushing other reputable acts like Iron Maiden, Slayer, and The Avengers II: Age of Ultron (whose nomination we're pretty sure was Joss Whedon's first-ever on this or any metal site). While two of our users seem to have declared ar'krai against that film, another took it upon themselves to defend Robert Downey, Jr.'s honor by nominating him for Best Power Metal Album.

Biggest Surprise went to Swallow The Sun and their three-disc, multi-genre epic Songs From The North I, II & III (and not to Michael Kiske on account of "how much he looks like a potato now"). Metal Storm itself received four separate nominations for Biggest Drama. It means a lot to us, guys, but we have to hand it to Immortal - not since the Max Rebo Band nearly became sarlacc food has a band died such an undignified death, only to be resurrected after some faffing about technicalities. The Blizzard Beasts even topped Wintersun (nominated again; might be Time II give up on that one, folks). On a lighter note, we at Metal Storm Towers heeded your requests, and this year we reintroduced the Best Album Artwork category, which generated a lot of attention.

Win or lose, we maintain our philosophy that the Metal Storm Awards are about the music, and not about who gets our lovely, prestigious trophies. If you're feeling disenfranchised about the results (which were more thoroughly predictable than The Force Awakens), just remember that the nominees are all still down there, still available to be uncovered by potential fans. But enough talk; go check out the results!

(Make sure you discuss the results on the news thread, here.)

Metal Storm Staff

 
Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal
Faith No More - Sol Invictus

Ambient / Drone
Midnight Odyssey - Shards Of Silver Fade

Avantgarde / Experimental Metal
Thy Catafalque - Sgùrr

Black Metal
Mgła - Exercises In Futility

Death Metal
Tribulation - The Children Of The Night

Djent / Math Metal
TesseracT - Polaris

Doom Metal
Paradise Lost - The Plague Within

Extreme Doom Metal
Ahab - The Boats Of The Glen Carrig

Extreme Progressive Metal
Enslaved - In Times

Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal
Ensiferum - One Man Army

Gothic Metal
Moonspell - Extinct

Grindcore
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

Hard Rock
Ghost - Meliora

Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Thy Art Is Murder - Holy War

Heavy / Melodic Metal
Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud

Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Fear Factory - Genexus

Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
Wolfheart - Shadow World

Melodic Black Metal
Melechesh - Enki

Metalgaze
Deafheaven - New Bermuda

Post-Metal
Kauan - Sorni Nai

Power Metal
Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror

Progressive Metal
Leprous - The Congregation

Sludge / Stoner Metal
High On Fire - Luminiferous

Symphonic Metal
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Thrash Metal
Lamb Of God - VII: Sturm Und Drang



Other awards

Clandestine Cut Of The Year
Exgenesis - Aphotic Veil

The Best Album Artwork
Ghost - Meliora

The Best Cover Song
Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence [Simon And Garfunkel cover]

The Best Debut Album
Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire

The Best DVD
Katatonia - Sanctitude
Devin Townsend - Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall

The Best Video
Slayer - Repentless

The Biggest Letdown
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

The Biggest Surprise
Swallow The Sun - Songs From The North I, II & III



Special awards

Drama Of The Year
Immortal - Members Fighting Over Name Credits, Abbath Going Solo [Gorgoroth II: The Gorgoroth-ing]