It was no surprise to us that 2008 was the year of the big names: Opeth, Testament, Moonspell, AC/DC and Metallica all released new albums and they all won in their respective category without much competition at all. Out of these bands only Opeth had two big competitors, Ayreon and Enslaved, but still they took the trophy with a difference of almost 300 votes. However, the most convincing victory was for Amon Amarth's "Twilight Of The Thundergod". By winning the category with almost 60% of the votes and 500 votes more than the runner-up Scar Symmetry, they re-defined the meaning of "crushing the competition".

A few other things we noticed was that Virgin Black proved that it does help to have a loyal fan base, as they were the doomed runner-up behind Mar de Grises, but after posting a news bulletin the votes for their " Requiem - Fortissimo" album sky-rocketed and they ended up with almost twice the amount of votes. Metallica almost pulled a "Nightwish" (i.e. winning both The Biggest Letdown and The Biggest Surprise), but they had to give in to In Flames' "A Sense Of Purpose" in The Biggest Letdown category. Our guess is that they're not too sad about that.

The neck-by-neck race of '08 took place in the Sludge/Stoner Metal category, where the long-lasting tie between Ufomammut and Black Mountain was broken on the last day, in favour of the Italians of Ufomammut. '08 also brought a new treble forward, after Angtoria's success in '06's (winning the Best Atmospheric/Symphonic, Best Debut and Best Cover Song categories). This time the honour befell to the one and only Opeth, winning not only the Best Progressive Metal category, but also the Best Cover song and Best DVD categories.

Metal Storm won an award too, for Best Drama, concerning our little feud with Wikipedia. Congratulations dear readers, you have proven your own insanity as clearly, Metal Storm does not exist and neither are you actually reading this. It's all a big conspiracy, that's what we say.
Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal
Meshuggah - ObZen


Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal
Haggard - Tales Of Ithiria


Avantgarde Metal
Oceans Of Sadness - The Arrogance Of Ignorance


Black Metal
Darkthrone - Dark Thrones and Black Flags


Death Metal
Septicflesh - Communion


Doom Metal
Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo


Extreme Doom Metal
Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale


Gothic Metal
Moonspell - Night Eternal


Grindcore
Misery Index - Traitors


Hard Rock
AC/DC - Black Ice


Heavy Metal
Metallica - Death Magnetic


Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal
Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God


Metalcore
Heaven Shall Burn - Iconoclast


Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal
Eluveitie - Slania


Post-Metal
Cult Of Luna - Eternal Kingdom


Power Metal
Avantasia - The Scarecrow


Progressive Metal
Opeth - Watershed


Sludge/Stoner Metal
Ufomammut - Idolum


Thrash Metal
Testament - The Formation Of Damnation


Other awards




Special award






The Best Alternative Metal Album


1. Meshuggah - ObZen 394
2. Cryptopsy - The Unspoken King 78
3. Textures - Silhouettes 71
4. Burst - Lazarus Bird 70
5. Klimt 1918 - Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again (Soundtrack For The Cassette Generation) 56
6. Dagoba - Face The Colossus 35
7. Ultra Vomit - Objectif: Thunes 25
8. Melvins - Nude With Boots 21
9. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone 19




The Best Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal Album


1. Haggard - Tales Of Ithiria 270
2. Battlelore - The Last Alliance 177
3. Edenbridge - MyEarthDream 91
4. Todesbonden - Sleep Now, Quiet Forest 84
5. Midnattsol - Nordlys 48
6. Almôra - Kıyamet Senfonisi 30
7. Unshine - The Enigma Of Immortals 24
8. Silentium - Amortean 22
9. Katra - Beast Within 14




The Best Avantgarde Metal Album


1. Oceans Of Sadness - The Arrogance Of Ignorance 96
2. Mirrorthrone - Gangrene 66
3. Virus - The Black Flux 57
4. Transcending Bizarre? - The Serpent's Manifolds 48
5. Jarboe - Mahakali 37
6. Akphaezya - Anthology II: Links From The Dead Trinity 26
  Aarni - Tohcoth 26
8. Nucleus Torn - Knell 23




The Best Black Metal Album


1. Darkthrone - Dark Thrones and Black Flags 161
2. Nachtmystium - Assassins: Black Meddle, Part 1 114
3. Dark Fortress - Eidolon 68
4. Woods Of Ypres - Woods III: The Deepest Roots And Darkest Blues 52
5. Coldworld - Melancholie² 46
6. Leviathan - Massive Conspiracy Against All Life 42
7. Darkspace - III 40
8. A Forest Of Stars - The Corpse of Rebirth 31
9. Satyricon - The Age Of Nero 27
10. Gorath - Misotheism 22
  Keep Of Kalessin - Kolossus 22
12. Krallice - Krallice 13




The Best Death Metal Album


1. Septicflesh - Communion 211
2. Krisiun - Southern Storm 101
3. Unleashed - Hammer Battalion 92
4. Origin - Antithesis 86
5. Dismember - Dismember 76
6. Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery 54
7. The Monolith Deathcult - Trivmvirate 47
8. Hail Of Bullets - ...Of Frost And War 40
9. Prostitute Disfigurement - Descendants Of Depravity 24
10. Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh 19
11. Recueil Morbide - A Neverending Fight 14
12. The Rotted - Get Dead Or Die Trying 13




The Best Doom Metal Album


1. Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo 226
2. Mar De Grises - Draining The Waterheart 135
3. Mourning Beloveth - A Disease For The Ages 60
4. Isole - Bliss Of Solitude 55
5. Forest Of Shadows - Six Waves Of Woe 54
6. Bilocate - Sudden Death Syndrome 38
7. Memory Garden - Carnage Carnival 33
8. Lord Vicar - Fear No Pain 21
9. Fall Of The Idols - The Séance 11
10. Daylight Dies - Lost To The Living 10




The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album


1. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale 114
2. Doom:VS - Dead Words Speak 93
3. Skepticism - Alloy 54
4. Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations 43
5. Pantheist - Journey Through Lands Unknown 42
6. Faal - Abhorrence - Salvation 19
7. Abyssmal Sorrow - Lament 15
8. Coffins - Buried Death 14
9. Moss - Sub Templum 11




The Best Gothic Metal Album


1. Moonspell - Night Eternal 492
2. Tiamat - Amanethes 117
3. Flowing Tears - Thy Kingdom Gone 54
4. UnSun - The End Of Life 33
5. Draconian - Turning Season Within 28
6. The Eternal - Kartika 19
7. Cradle Of Filth - Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder 15




The Best Grindcore Album


1. Misery Index - Traitors 96
2. The Berzerker - The Reawakening 75
3. Rotten Sound - Cycles 66
4. Genghis Tron - Board Up the House 54
5. Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation - Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation 21




The Best Hard Rock Album


1. AC/DC - Black Ice 335
2. Airbourne - Runnin' Wild 92
3. Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad 87
4. Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper 51
5. Pure Inc - Parasites & Worms 17
6. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy 15
7. Danko Jones - Never Too Loud 14




The Best Heavy Metal Album


1. Metallica - Death Magnetic 478
2. Judas Priest - Nostradamus 185
3. Poisonblack - A Dead Heavy Day 66
4. Grand Magus - Iron Will 62
5. Jon Oliva's Pain - Global Warning 55
6. Benedictum - Seasons Of Tragedy 50
7. Chrome Division - Booze, Broads And Beelzebub 32
  Axel Rudi Pell - Tales Of The Crown 32
9. Motörhead - Motörizer 17
10. Manilla Road - Voyager 13
11. Enforcer - Into The Night 12




The Best Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal Album


1. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God 614
2. Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe 118
3. Kalmah - For The Revolution 114
4. Hollenthon - Opus Magnum 56
5. Deadlock - Manifesto 39
6. Before The Dawn - Soundscape Of Silence 31
7. In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose 19
8. Red Descending - Where Dreams Come To Die 13
9. Falchion - Chronicles Of The Dead 11




The Best Metalcore Album


1. Heaven Shall Burn - Iconoclast 135
2. Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire 132
3. Protest The Hero - Fortress 111
4. Walls Of Jericho - The American Dream 85
5. Trivium - Shogun 22
6. Dyscord - Dakota 10




The Best Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal Album


1. Eluveitie - Slania 250
2. Equilibrium - Sagas 225
3. Moonsorrow - Tulimyrsky 137
4. Týr - Land 89
5. Thyrfing - Hels Vite 57
6. Forefather - Steadfast 53
7. Obtest - Gyvybės Medis 19
8. Korpiklaani - Korven Kuningas 14
  Kivimetsän Druidi - Shadowheart 14




The Best Post-Metal Album


1. Cult Of Luna - Eternal Kingdom 172
2. Russian Circles - Station 53
3. Jesu - Why Are We Not Perfect 45
4. Caldera - Mist Through Your Consciousness 26
5. 5ive - Hesperus 13




The Best Power Metal Album


1. Avantasia - The Scarecrow 215
2. Iced Earth - The Crucible Of Man 209
3. Firewind - The Premonition 117
4. Pyramaze - Immortal 80
5. Serenity - Fallen Sanctuary 47
6. Falconer - Among Beggars And Thieves 44
7. Stormwarrior - Heading Northe 35
8. Helstar - The King Of Hell 27
9. Brainstorm - Downburst 23
10. Sabaton - The Art of War 16
11. Royal Hunt - Collision Course 14
12. Dragonforce - Ultra Beatdown 11




The Best Progressive Metal Album


1. Opeth - Watershed 525
2. Ayreon - 01011001 246
3. Enslaved - Vertebrae 115
4. Cynic - Traced In Air 88
5. Evergrey - Torn 75
6. Amaseffer - Slaves For Life 63
7. To-Mera - Delusions 58
8. Communic - Payment Of Existence 24
9. Dark Suns - Grave Human Genuine 22
10. The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath 16




The Best Sludge/Stoner Metal Album


1. Ufomammut - Idolum 47
2. Black Mountain - In The Future 46
3. Lair Of The Minotaur - War Metal Battle Master 44
4. Withered - Folie Circulaire 35
5. Birds Of Prey - Sulfur And Semen 25
  Drug Honkey - Death Dub 25




The Best Thrash Metal Album


1. Testament - The Formation Of Damnation 402
2. The Haunted - Versus 85
3. Death Angel - Killing Season 83
4. Destruction - D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. 56
5. Toxic Holocaust - An Overdose Of Death... 46
6. Gama Bomb - Citizen Brain 24
7. Cavalera Conspiracy - Inflikted 19
8. Hexen - State Of Insurgency 18
9. Guillotine - Blood Money 16
10. Warbringer - War Without End 12




The Best Cover Song


1. Opeth - Would? (Alice In Chains cover) 276
2. Firewind - Maniac (Michael Sembello cover) 94
3. Benedictum - Balls To The Wall (Accept cover) 52
4. Northern Kings - I Should Be So Lucky (Kylie Minogue cover) 50
5. Heaven Shall Burn - Black Tears (Edge Of Sanity cover) 46
6. Moonsorrow - For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica cover) 29
7. Debauchery - Angel Of Death (Slayer cover) 24
  Hollenthon - The Bazaar (The Tea Party cover) 24
9. Helstar - White Witch (Angel Witch cover) 12
10. Dark Tranquillity - Broken (Sentenced cover) 10
  Metallica - Remember Tomorrow (Iron Maiden cover) 10




The Best Debut Album


1. Warbringer - War Without End 96
2. Kivimetsän Druidi - Shadowheart 65
3. Hail Of Bullets - ...Of Frost and War 53
4. Coldworld - Melancholie² 42
5. Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations 38
6. A Forest Of Stars - The Corpse Of Rebirth 35
7. In Mourning - Shrouded Divine 25
8. Saattue - Jäähyvästi 23
9. Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge 19
10. Amaseffer - Slaves For Life 17
11. Enforcer - Into The Night 16
12. Faal - Abhorrence - Salvation 15
13. Krallice - Krallice 12




The Best DVD


1. Opeth - The Roundhouse Tapes 56
2. Within Temptation - Black Symphony 44
3. Iron Maiden - Live After Death 23
  Gamma Ray - Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome 23
  Nevermore - The Year Of The Voyager 23
6. Arch Enemy - Tyrants Of The Rising Sun: Live In Japan 20
7. Turisas - A Finnish Summer with Turisas 17
8. Dream Theater - Chaos In Motion 2007-2008 16
  Moonspell - Lusitanian Metal 16
10. Cannibal Corpse - Centuries Of Torment: The First 20 Years 15




The Best Video


1. Arkona - Slavsya Rus 369
2. Kamelot - Rule The World 190
3. Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God 170
4. Behemoth - At The Left Hand Ov God 155
5. Moonspell - Scorpion Flower 90
6. Gojira - Vacuity 63
7. Dream Theater - Forsaken 55
8. Evergrey - Broken Wings 38
9. Hollenthon - Son Of Perdition 26
10. Dark Suns - The Chameleon Conflict 25
11. Opeth - Burden 10




The Biggest Letdown


1. In Flames - A Sense Of Purpose 60
2. Metallica - Death Magnetic 52
3. Children of Bodom - Blooddrunk 45
4. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy 43
5. Iced Earth - The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked - Part 2) 35
6. Cryptopsy - The Unspoken King 32
7. Avantasia - The Scarecrow 17
  Judas Priest - Nostradamus 17
9. Opeth - Watershed 16
10. DragonForce - Ultra Beatdown 13




The Biggest Surprise


1. Metallica - Death Magnetic 68
2. Cradle Of Filth - Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder 27
3. Cynic - Traced In Air 22
4. Equilibrium - Sagas 15
5. Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge 14
  Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy 14
7. Judas Priest - Nostradamus 13
8. Cavalera Conspiracy - Inflikted 11
  Trivium - Shogun 11
10. Amaseffer - Slaves For Life 10




The Best Drama


Not nearly as publicized as the other battles above, but every bit as mundane (only more self-referential), is the ongoing struggle between the few, the proud, the staff of Metal Storm and the uberposeurs of Wikipedia. Apparently, the vault of all human knowledge is hellbent on denying MS a page on their site, despite the fact every single scrap of information obtained since the big bang itself has an entry on their site, complete with obligatory arguments over worthless parsimonious minutiae. Despite the many reviews, bands interviewed, work with labels, work with festivals, dragons slain, and chicks bedded by MS staff, they claim we do not exist, and, ergo, do not deserve entry in their site so that valuable web space can be spent arguing theories over the eating habits of the dung beetle. Of course, if MS does not exist, and you are reading this, either you do not exist or you are clearly insane. Have fun bouncing that notion around your melon.

Results:

Metal Storm vs. Wikipedia | 173
Rhapsody of Copyright Infringement Cease Musical Activities, Slaying Dragons | 124
Enslaved Download a Sheep, Film at 11 | 105
Chinese Democracy Leakage | 97
Brain Drill, Butt Probed | 51
Glen Benton vs. Blabbermouth Youth | 37
Gorgoroth - Gaahl coming out of the closet | 36
Stratovarius - Stratovarius vs. Timo Tolkki | 19
Nightwish - Anette Olzon leaving the stage | 12