2006 was a very interesting year in Metal: a lot of releases and many by "big names." Now that the voting is over, it is time to announce what albums can truly be called Metalstormers' choice for "Best Album Of 2006" in all the different categories. It were your votes that have decided which albums deserve this title. It is also a high time to make some critical reflections on these results.

A remarkable observation is that "big names" have won in almost every genre. One could ask oneself if this is truly surprising. As striking as it is, some of the "big names" also appear in the Top 10 of Letdown of the year. Among the first six ranks alone, we find one silver second place and three golden winners of the Awards in their specific genre! Take a moment to reflect whether these bands have truly made outstanding albums or if it is their fame and reputation that has helped them on the throne once again crushing contestants on the way. Can a band's name outweigh the quality and effort?

The biggest winners of this third edition of the Metal Storm Awards are Angtoria and Moonspell, the former winning in three categories, the latter in two, and both of them winning all the categories in which they were nominated for! Talk about a remarkable performance. Angtoria has even another silver second place in The Biggest Surprise of the year, close behind Metal Storm's cuddly toy Diablo Swing Orchestra, who came second in both categories they were nominated for.

Another remarkable surprise was the battle in the Death Metal category with Cannibal Corpse taking the win. In addition the Grindcore category was pretty tense between Cattle Decapitation and Whorecore, the former becoming the winner, and with Napalm Death popping up fourth out of the blue without even being nominated! Some of the more convincing winners of their genre this year were Tool, Celtic Frost, Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Moonspell, Evergrey and Slayer, who all left a relatively big and sometimes even an impressive gap to gape at by their pursuers.

On a side note, Metal Storm Awards 2006 were also marked by a little "drama" which cannot stay unmentioned. Namely, the Dissection management were not pleased with the nomination of "Reinkaos" in the Melodeath/Gothenburg category, and kindly asked to pull back the bands nomination in that genre. That wish was respected. However, for the completeness of the record, "Reinkaos" ended up 9th as The Biggest Letdown of the year.

In conclusion it must be said that whatever the results, another great year filled with music has passed. Let us treasure the best of it and move on, as 2007 promises to be at least as good as 2006. Hereby, Metal Storm Staff would like to congratulate all the winners and everyone who made it to the awards nominations. No good effort ever goes unnoticed!
Best albums by genre

Other awards




Special award






The Best Alternative Metal Album


1. Tool - 10,000 Days 360
2. Ministry - Rio Grande Blood 116
3. Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist 67
4. Textures - Drawing Circles 33
5. Converge - No Heroes 21
6. Danko Jones - Sleep Is The Enemy 20
7. Killing Joke - Hosannas From The Basement Of Hell 12
8. Therapy? - One Cure Fits All 10




The Best Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal Album


1. Angtoria - God Has A Plan For Us All 327
2. Lunatica - The Edge Of Infinity 91
3. Edenbridge - The Grand Design 89
4. Silentium - Seducia 71
5. Delain - Lucidity 61
6. Madder Mortem - Desiderata 52
7. Dol Ammad - Ocean Dynamics 18




The Best Avantgarde Metal Album


1. Celtic Frost - Monotheist 282
2. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom 100
3. Sunn O))) & Boris - Altar 47
4. Sleep Terror - Probing Tranquility 21
5. Unexpect - In A Flesh Aquarium 14
6. John Zorn - Moonchild 13




The Best Black Metal Album


1. Satyricon - Now, Diabolical 169
2. Enslaved - Ruun 115
3. Keep Of Kalessin - Armada 76
4. Negura Bunget - OM 75
5. Darkthrone - The Cult Is Alive 69
6. Belphegor - Pestapokalyspe VI 52
7. Melechesh - Emissaries 43
8. Drudkh - Blood In Our Wells 38
9. Forest Silence - Philosophy Of Winter 20
10. Xasthur - Subliminal Genocide 14




The Best Death Metal Album


1. Cannibal Corpse - Kill 159
2. Deicide - The Stench Of Redemption 133
3. Vader - Impressions In Blood 114
4. Zyklon - Disintegrate 56
5. Suffocation - Suffocation 55
6. Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis 51
7. God Dethroned - The Toxic Touch 30
8. Unleashed - Midvinterblot 29
9. Grave - As Rapture Comes 11




The Best Doom Metal Album


1. Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance 222
2. My Dying Bride - A Line Of Deathless Kings 175
3. Saturnus - Veronika Decides To Die 48
4. Solitude Aeturnus - Alone 40
5. The Prophecy - Revelations 23
6. Krux - II 11




The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album


1. Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea 58
2. Doom:VS - Aeternum Vale 45
3. Dolorian - Voidwards 40
4. Catacombs - In The Depths Of R'lyeh 29
5. Nortt - Ligfaerd 28
6. Wormphlegm - Tomb Of The Ancient King 23
7. Wreck Of The Hesperus - The Sunken Threshold 19
8. Until Death Overtakes Me - Symphony III: Monolith 14
9. Celestiial - Desolate North 13
10. Asunder - Works Will Come Undone 11




The Best Folk/Pagan/Viking Metal Album


1. Korpiklaani - Tales Along This Road 203
2. Tyr - Ragnarok 117
3. Elvenking - The Winter Wake 95
4. Suidakra - Caledonia 79
5. Cruachan - The Morrigan's Call 43
6. Wuthering Heights - The Shadow Cabinet 34
7. Runic - Liar Flags 31
8. Folkearth - By The Sword Of My Father 30
9. XIV Dark Centuries - Skithingi 16
10. Nomans Land - Raven Flight 12




The Best Gothic Metal Album


1. Moonspell - Memorial 305
2. Elis - Griefshire 146
3. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain 141
4. Lacrimas Profundere - Filthy Notes For Frozen Hearts 39
5. Crematory - Klagebilder 36
6. Scream Silence - Saviourine 16
7. Cradle Of Filth - Thornography 13
8. Lacuna Coil - Karmacode 12




The Best Grindcore Album


1. Cattle Decapitation - Karma.Bloody.Karma 85
2. Whorecore - Protection 81
3. !T.O.O.H.! - Rad A Trest (Order And Punishment) 31
4. Napalm Death - Smear Campaign 20
5. Haemorrhage - Apology For Pathology 18
6. Last Days Of Humanity - Putrefaction In Progress 16
7. Gadget - The Funeral March 13
8. Waco Jesus - Receptive When Beaten 11
9. Neuropathia - Bubba Luciferi 10




The Best Heavy Metal Album


1. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death 409
2. Amorphis - Eclipse 180
3. Black Label Society - Shot To Hell 64
4. Benedictum - Uncreation 34
5. Metal Church - A Light In The Dark 30
6. Beautiful Sin - The Unexpected 17
7. Motörhead - Kiss of Death 14
8. Eidolon - The Parallel Otherworld 11
9. Bloodbound - Nosferatu 11




The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Album


1. Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side 282
2. In Flames - Come Clarity 154
3. Kalmah - The Black Waltz 136
4. Norther - Till Death Unites Us 50
5. Insomnium - Above The Weeping World 49
  Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress 49
7. Mercenary - The Hours That Remain 39




The Best Post Metal Album


1. Isis - In The Absence Of Truth 125
2. Cult Of Luna - Somewhere Along The Highway 72
3. Scald - Vermiculatus 15
4. Year Of No Light - Nord 12
5. Generation Of Vipers - Grace 10




The Best Power Metal Album


1. Blind Guardian - A Twist In The Myth 279
2. Edguy - Rocket Ride 96
3. Rhapsody Of Fire - Triumph Or Agony 85
4. Angra - Aurora Consurgens 79
5. Firewind - Allegiance 46
6. Dream Evil - United 42
7. Falconer - Northwind 32
8. Celesty - Mortal Mind Creation 26
9. Manticora - The Black Circus Part 1 - Letters 22
10. Dragonforce - Inhuman Rampage 20




The Best Progressive Metal Album


1. Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse 138
2. Communic - Waves Of Visual Decay 78
3. Beyond Twilight - For The Love Of Art And The Making 74
4. To-Mera - Transcendental 71
5. Adagio - Dominate 67
6. Vanden Plas - Christ.0 43
  Andromeda - Chimera 43
8. Wolverine - Still 21
9. Wastefall - Self Exile 18
10. Cloudscape - Crimson Skies 16




The Best Suomi Metal Album


1. Poisonblack - Lust Stained Despair 164
2. To/Die/For - Wounds Wide Open 113
3. Entwine - Fatal Design 49
4. Negative - Anorectic 29
5. End Of You - Unreal 24




The Best Thrash Metal Album


1. Slayer - Christ Illusion 278
2. Sodom - Sodom 83
3. Sepultura - Dante XXI 65
4. The Haunted - The Dead Eye 61
5. Legion Of The Damned - Malevolent Rapture 39
6. Voivod - Katorz 23
7. Gwar - Beyond Hell 21
8. Sadus - Out For Blood 17
9. Lamb Of God - Sacrament 11
10. Necrodeath - 100% Hell 10




The Best Cover Song


1. Angtoria - Confide In Me (Kylie Minogue cover) 203
2. Lacuna Coil - Enjoy The Silence (Depeche Mode cover) 185
3. Stream Of Passion - When The Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin cover) 88
4. Draconian - Forever My Queen (Pentagram cover) 48
5. Vanden Plas - Gethsemane (Andrew Lloyd Webber cover) 43
6. Folkearth - Heathenpride (Falkenbach cover) 39
7. Adagio - Fame (Irene Cara cover) 36
8. Gwar - School's Out (Alice Cooper cover) 30
9. Melechesh - Gyroscope (The Tea Party cover) 27
10. Grave - Them Bones (Alice In Chains cover) 20




The Best Debut Album


1. Angtoria - God Has A Plan For Us All 293
2. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom 78
3. To-Mera - Transcendental 70
4. Benedictum - Uncreation 31
5. Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea 28
6. Doom:VS - Aeternum Vale 24
7. Sleep Terror - Probing Tranquility 14
8. I - Between Two Worlds 11
9. Wormphlegm - Tomb Of The Ancient King 11




The Best DVD


1. Nightwish - End Of An Era 128
2. Amon Amarth - Wrath Of The Norsemen 97
3. Kamelot - One Cold Winter's Night 76
4. Dream Theater - Score 72
5. Arch Enemy - Live Apocalypse 65
  Therion - Celebrators Of Becoming 65
7. Stream Of Passion - Live In The Real World 59
8. Sentenced - Buried Alive 52
9. Sam Dunn - Metal: A Headbanger's Journey 40
10. Anathema - A Moment In Time 37




The Best EP/MCD


1. Ensiferum - Dragonheads 169
2. Leaves' Eyes - Legend Land 99
3. Draconian - The Burning Halo 78
4. Jesu - Silver 24
5. Metsatöll - Sutekskäija 21
6. Skyclad - Jig-a-Jig 20
  SpiRitual - Pulse 20
8. Twilightning - Bedlam 15
9. Fejd - Eld 10




The Best Video


1. Moonspell - Finisterra 126
2. Blind Guardian - Another Stranger Me 101
3. Devin Townsend - Vampira 66
4. Negura Bunget - Cunoasterea Tacuta 57
5. Celtic Frost - A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh 51
6. Poisonblack - Rush 40
7. Firewind - Falling To Pieces 28
  SpiRitual - Pulse 28
9. Dream Evil - Fire! Battle! In Metal! 24




The Biggest Letdown


1. Cradle Of Filth - Thornography 37
2. In Flames - Come Clarity 31
3. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death 30
4. Blind Guardian - A Twist in the Myth 22
5. Trivium - The Crusade 21
6. Slayer - Christ Illusion 19
7. Lacuna Coil - Karmacode 16
8. Edguy - Rocket Ride 15
9. Dissection - Reinkaos 14
10. Satyricon - Now, Diabolical 13




The Biggest Surprise


1. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom 29
2. Angtoria - God Has A Plan For Us All 26
3. I - Between Two Worlds 20
4. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death 16
  Deicide - The Stench Of Redemption 16
6. To-Mera - Transcendental 15
7. Kalmah - The Black Waltz 14
8. Stream Of Passion - Live In The Real World 12
9. Moonspell - Memorial 11
10. Scar Symmetry - Pitch Black Progress 10




The Best Drama


This year saw one of the most talked about band name changes for a long time. It was due to copyright and trademark issues that the band formerly known as Rhapsody ingeniously coupled their name with "Of Fire" to reflect the increasing grandiose of their symphonic wizardry.

Will fans ever come to terms with the new name or still persist in calling them by their former name. One thing is for sure and that is "Rhapsody Of Fire" doesn't roll off the quite tongue as well.
With all the previous albums to be re-issued with the Rhapsody Of Fire name on them; fans had better get used to seeing that name.

Luca Turilli stating "The power of the dragonflame will burn brighter than ever before" will probably be remembered for a long time as one of the most power-metal things ever said!