Here it is folks, what we've all been waiting for! The 2011 Metal Storm Awards results!

The big surprise this year? None, really. Most of the bigger name bands won in their respective categories. Is that a disappointment? In one respect, maybe. Admittedly, the conclusion will always be fairly predictable in competitions like this; the popular vote goes to the popular bands. Sure, that might be a disappointment for some, but in the grand scheme of things, whoever wins is not the spirit of the awards in their entirety. If you took the month of February to peruse all your favorite categories, chances are most of you found some new, great bands to get into.

On the flip side, there's a lot of unknown acts who walk away with a handful of new followers. Any band that made it into the awards this year, regardless of whatever small vote count, will be watched from here on out, perhaps earning a more prominent spot in the awards with future releases down the road. Esoteric made their Metal Storm Award debut in 2004 with Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum, racking up an unimpressive 6 votes. This year, they cleared 250. Wolves In The Throne Room tallied 92 two years ago with Black Cascade, this year they dominated their category in a stunning victory with well over 300 votes, standing head-and-shoulders above the second place contestant. So be sure to keep your eyes on bands like Indian, Memory Of A Melody, Konstantin Seleznev, ReinXeed or Sacred Ally. They may not have racked up the votes this year, but that doesn't mean they won't be back with a vengeance in years to come.

The winners? Well, there's too many to list here, but a few notable victories: Amorphis take home the award for best heavy/melodic album of the year for their 3rd time consecutively! The Clandestine Cuts EP/Demo of the year category saw substantially more votes than its inception in 2010, and of course, Metal Storm is that one step closer to world domination; 2011 saw the continuing trend of having exponentially more votes over all than any of the previous years. We used to consider 1000 votes the threshold for awesome... This year saw 15 categories top that mark, two top 1,400 and three see a whopping 1,500+ votes. Thank you to all who helped spread the word! You rule!

We'd also like to thank MetaLouca, Opeth, and Morbid Angel for really stepping their game up and releasing disappointing enough albums to ensure the boring, tired "Wintersun - Time" response didn't medal in the Let Down field. Thanks, guys!

That wraps the year up in a nice little bow. Keep your eyes peeled for the staff picks for the awards, as well as feedback from the winning bands. If you're a regular around here, see you in the forums! If you just stop in for the awards, see you next year!

(You can discuss the results on the news thread, found here.)
Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal
In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading


Avantgarde / Experimental Metal
Devin Townsend - Deconstruction


Black Metal
Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage


Death Metal
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony


Djent / Math Metal
Animals As Leaders - Weightless


Doom Metal
40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room


Extreme Doom Metal
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance


Gothic Metal
Draconian - A Rose For The Apocalypse


Grindcore
Lock Up - Necropolis Transparent


Hard Rock
Whitesnake - Forevermore


Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Born Of Osiris - The Discovery


Heavy / Melodic Metal
Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times


Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Korn - The Path Of Totality


Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising


Melodic Black Metal
Chthonic - Takasago Army


Metalgaze
Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain


Pagan / Viking / Folk Metal
Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa


Post-Metal
Long Distance Calling - Long Distance Calling


Power Metal
Iced Earth - Dystopia


Progressive Metal
Symphony X - Iconoclast


Sludge / Stoner Metal
Mastodon - The Hunter


Symphonic Metal
Septicflesh - The Great Mass


Thrash Metal
Machine Head - Unto The Locust


Other awards




Special award






The Best Alternative Metal Album


1. In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading 576
2. Lunatic Soul - Impressions 119
3. Amebix - Sonic Mass 115
4. Madam Trashy - Book Of Dead 53
5. Spellbound Dazzle - Unreal FairyTales 35
6. Czar - Vertical Mass Grave 34
7. Digamma - Guidance 32
  Red - Until We Have Faces 32
  Fluxious - Why So Serious? 32
10. Illuminatus - Glasnost 26
11. Primus - Green Naugahyde 15
12. Cynic - Carbon-Based Anatomy 11




The Best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal


1. Devin Townsend - Deconstruction 520
2. Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg 275
3. Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire 225
4. Aenaon - Cendres et Sang 62
5. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels 47
6. Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert 43
7. Smohalla - Resilience 33
8. Cave In - White Silence 21
  Rain Delay - Slumber Recon 21
10. Xes Dreams - NC-17 11




The Best Black Metal Album


1. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage 342
2. Anaal Nathrakh - Passion 200
3. Fen - Epoch 100
4. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification 66
5. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument 57
6. Infestus - E x I I s t 56
7. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s) 51
8. Rudra - Brahmavidya: Immortal I 46
9. Glorior Belli - The Great Southern Darkness 41
10. Taake - Noregs Vaapen 33
11. Burzum - Fallen 26
12. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason 23
13. Cloak Of Altering - The Night Comes Illuminated With Death 18
14. Shining - VII - Född Förlorare 17
15. Absu - Abzu 13




The Best Death Metal Album


1. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony 371
2. Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich 345
3. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All 118
4. Benighted - Asylum Cave 116
5. Vallenfyre - A Fragile King 104
6. Krisiun - The Great Execution 88
7. Nervecell - Psychogenocide 67
8. Nader Sadek - In The Flesh 54
9. Obscura - Omnivium 38
10. Flourishing - The Sum Of All Fossils 18
11. Decapitated - Carnival is Forever 15
12. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes 14
13. Medeia - Abandon All 12
14. Beyond Creation - The Aura 10




The Best Djent / Math Metal


1. Animals As Leaders - Weightless 277
2. Textures - Dualism 208
3. Tesseract - One 131
4. Vildhjarta - Måsstaden 121
5. Xerath - II 77
6. Uneven Structure - Februus 43
7. Scale The Summit - The Collective 32
8. Circles - The Compass [EP] 26
9. The Interbeing - Edge Of The Obscure 25
10. Aliases - Safer Than Reality 11




The Best Doom Metal Album


1. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room 175
2. Isole - Born From Shadows 150
3. Before The Rain - Frail 101
4. Krux - III - He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars 92
5. Pantheist - Pantheist 84
6. Ixion - To The Void 63
7. Black Oath - The Third Aeon 39
  Argus - Boldly Stride The Doomed 39
9. Serpentcult - Raised By Wolves 29
10. Antropophobia - Scream In Emptiness 14
11. KYPCK - Nizhe 13
12. Pentagram - Last Rites 10
  Lord Vicar - Signs Of Osiris 10




The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album


1. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance 261
2. Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings 101
3. Colosseum - Chapter 3: Parasomnia 98
4. 1000 Funerals - Butterfly Decadence 62
5. Loss (USA) - Despond 39
6. Abruptum - Potestates Apocalypsis 34
7. Night Of Suicide - Desire 33
8. Bong - Beyond Ancient Space 30
9. MurkRat - Drudging The Mire 19
10. Wreck Of The Hesperus - Light Rotting Out 12




The Best Gothic Metal Album


1. Draconian - A Rose For The Apocalypse 405
2. Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece 190
3. Ava Inferi - Onyx 106
4. Lake Of Tears - Illwill 103
5. The Man-Eating Tree - Harvest 72
6. Weeping Silence - Theatre Of Life 43
7. To Cast A Shadow - In Memory Of 31
8. Kamlath - Stronger Than Frost 28
9. NeraNature - Foresting Wounds 23
10. Ravenscry - One Way Out 20




The Best Grindcore Album


1. Lock Up - Necropolis Transparent 131
2. Rotten Sound - Cursed 102
3. Wormrot - Dirge 86
4. Brutal Truth - End Time 84
5. Trap Them - Darker Handcraft 64
6. Fuck The Facts - Die Miserable 59
7. A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Force Fed Enlightenment 45
8. Landmine Marathon - Gallows 39
9. Japanische Kampfhörspiele - Kaputte Nackte Affen 36
10. Maruta - Forward Into Regression 20




The Best Hard Rock Album


1. Whitesnake - Forevermore 338
2. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues 214
3. Uriah Heep - Into The Wild 123
4. The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre 120
5. Black Country Communion - 2 68
6. Autumn - Cold Comfort 67
7. Shakra - Back On Track 65
8. Rival Sons - Pressure And Time 18
9. Firebrand Super Rock - Firebrand Super Rock 15
10. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light 12




The Best Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore


1. Born Of Osiris - The Discovery 229
2. All Shall Perish - This Is Where It Ends 181
3. The Human Abstract - Digital Veil 84
4. Carnifex - Until I Feel Nothing 47
5. Becoming The Archetype - Celestial Completion 41
6. Wolves Like Us - Late Love 32
7. Trivium - In Waves 25
8. KEN Mode - Venerable 22
9. The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual 16
10. Last Chance To Reason - Level 2 14
11. Catalepsy - Bleed 12




The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album


1. Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times 648
2. Saxon - Call To Arms 168
3. Evergrey - Glorious Collision 148
4. Hell - Human Remains 129
5. In Solitude - The World. The Flesh. The Devil. 45
6. DoomSword - The Eternal Battle 34
7. Hibria - Blind Ride 26
8. Cauldron - Burning Fortune 20
9. Portrait - Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae 15




The Best Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal Album


1. Korn - The Path Of Totality 162
2. Threat Signal - Threat Signal 118
3. Neurotech - Antagonist 85
4. KMFDM - WTF?! 64
5. Seth.ECT - Godspeak 43
6. Gary Numan - Dead Son Rising 38
7. The Amenta - VO1D [EP] 37
8. Blood Stain Child - εpsilon 34
9. Tyrant Of Death - Alice's Heroin Wonderland 33
10. Samael - Lux Mundi 26
11. Mechina - The Conqueror 24
12. Pain - You Only Live Twice 20
13. NeWBReeD - NeWBReeD 13
14. Ulver - Wars Of The Roses 11




The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album


1. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising 583
2. Insomnium - One For Sorrow 382
3. Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows 231
4. Novembers Doom - Aphotic 114
5. Before The Dawn - Deathstar Rising 78
6. Mayan - Quarterpast 62
7. Mercenary - Metamorphosis 46
  The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Bleeding the New Apocalypse 46
9. Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions 19




The Best Melodic Black Metal


1. Chthonic - Takasago Army 223
2. Vreid - V 140
3. Thurisaz - The Cimmerian Years 109
4. Forgotten Tomb - Under Saturn Retrograde 99
5. Dornenreich - Flammentriebe 84
6. Thulcandra - Under A Frozen Sun 83
7. Noctem - Oblivion 77
8. The Fallen Divine - The Binding Cycle 32
9. Saille - Irreversible Decay 26
10. Smargroth - Empyreal Cycle 16
11. ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker 11




The Best Metalgaze


1. Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain 120
2. Deafheaven - Roads To Judah 113
3. Lantlôs - Agape 112
4. An Autumn For Crippled Children - Everything 70
5. Heretoir - Heretoir 48
6. Cold Body Radiation - Deer Twillight 36
7. Alrakis - Alpha Eri 30
8. Verwüstung - Beyond The Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life 22
9. Sleeping Peonies - Ghosts, And Other Things 19
10. Woods Of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason 18
11. Hypomanie - A City In Mono 16
12. Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar 11




The Best Pagan / Viking / Folk Metal Album


1. Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa 499
2. Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hands 284
3. Suidakra - Book Of Dowth 115
4. Brymir - Breathe Fire To The Sun 76
5. Falkenbach - Tiurida 73
6. Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - Návaz 59
7. Yggdrasil - Irrbloss 32
8. Turisas - Stand Up And Fight 24
9. Forefather - Last Of The Line 23
10. Týr - The Lay Of Thrym 22
11. Darkest Era - The Last Caress Of Light 19
  Arkona - Slovo 19
13. XIV Dark Centuries - Gizit Dar Faida 15




The Best Post-Metal Album


1. Long Distance Calling - Long Distance Calling 96
2. Giant Squid - Cenotes 95
3. Jesu - Ascension 91
4. A Storm Of Light - As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade 90
5. Earth - Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I 86
6. Obscure Sphinx - Anasthetic Inhalation Ritual 77
7. Dirge - Elysian Magnetic Fields 56
8. Corrupted - Garten Der Unbewusstheit 28
9. EndName - Anthropomachy 26
10. Russian Circles - Empros 20
11. Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar 19
12. The Sullen Route - Apocalyclinic 15




The Best Power Metal Album


1. Iced Earth - Dystopia 458
2. Rhapsody Of Fire - From Chaos To Eternity 279
3. Powerwolf - Blood Of The Saints 151
4. Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy 139
5. While Heaven Wept - Fear Of Infinity 74
6. Borealis - Fall From Grace 66
7. Ancient Bards - Soulless Child 62
8. Iron Savior - The Landing 40
9. Stratovarius - Elysium 21
10. Shadowside - Inner Monster Out 14
11. Theocracy - As The World Bleeds 12
  Stormwarrior - Heathen Warrior 12
13. ReinXeed - 1912 11




The Best Progressive Metal Album


1. Symphony X - Iconoclast 586
2. Myrath - Tales Of The Sands 190
3. Leprous - Bilateral 148
4. Haken - Visions 114
5. Riverside - Memories In My Head 104
6. Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors 64
7. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events 57
8. Opeth - Heritage 49
9. Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate 46
10. Grayceon - All We Destroy 36
11. Cormorant - Dwellings 19
12. Lazuli - (4603 Battements) 14
13. Obscura - Omnivium 12
14. Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance 11
15. Thence - These Stones Cry From The Earth 10




The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album


1. Mastodon - The Hunter 552
2. Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us 292
3. Red Fang - Murder The Mountains 94
4. Yob - Atma 55
5. Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones 47
6. TOAD - Rotten Tide 33
7. Omega Massif - Karpatia 23
8. Rwake - Rest 22
9. Sleestak - Fall Of Altrusia 18
10. Indian - Guiltless 12




The Best Symphonic Metal Album


1. Septicflesh - The Great Mass 746
2. Nightwish - Imaginaerum 429
3. Within Temptation - The Unforgiving 178
4. Battlelore - Doombound 71
5. Leaves' Eyes - Meredead 45
6. Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody 28
7. November-7 - Season 3 18
8. The Rain I Bleed - Narcissist 11
  Crysalys - The Awakening Of Gaia 11




The Best Thrash Metal Album


1. Machine Head - Unto The Locust 474
2. Vektor - Outer Isolation 213
3. Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination 175
4. Havok - Time Is Up 152
5. Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder 104
6. Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence 98
7. Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command 70
8. Megadeth - Th1rt3en 44
9. Anthrax - Worship Music 21
10. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth 10
  SSS - Problems To The Answer 10




Clandestine Cut Of The Year


1. Butterfly Trajectory - EP 2011 110
2. Assyrian - Self-Portrait 62
3. Pandemonium - Promo 2010 43
4. Human Sculpture - Our World / Torn Down EP 34
  Mercury Eye - Promo 2010 34
6. High Rise Fall - Morbide Unterhaltungsmusik 33
7. Milk White Throat - Milk White Throat 27
8. Eulen - Enlightened [split] 24
9. Pallor Mortis - Pallor Mortis 22
10. Cloud Zone - demo 18




The Best Cover Song


1. Rhapsody Of Fire - Flash Of The Blade [Iron Maiden cover] 181
2. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Heartwork [Carcass cover] 149
3. Caliban - Sonne [Rammstein cover] 65
4. Forgotten Tomb - I Wanna Be Your Dog [The Stooges cover] 55
5. Gorod - Textures [Cynic cover] 52
6. Benighted - Wrath [Nasum cover] 45
7. Dying Fetus - Born In A Casket [Cannibal Corpse cover] 40
8. Hibria - I'm Gonna Live Till I Die [Frank Sinatra cover] 33
9. Amon Amarth - Aerials [System Of A Down cover] 32
10. Caliban - My Girlfriend's Girlfriend [Type O Negative cover] 30
11. Machine Head - The Sentinel [Judas Priest cover] 23
12. Dying Fetus - Unchallenged Hate [Napalm Death cover] 22
13. Leaves' Eyes - To France [Mike Oldfield cover] 12
14. Týr - I [Black Sabbath cover] 11




The Best Debut Album


1. Vallenfyre - A Fragile King 147
2. Tesseract - One 138
3. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room 111
4. Uneven Structure - Februus 46
5. Neurotech - Antagonist 43
6. Ixion - To The Void 37
7. Amaranthe - Amaranthe 35
  Smohalla - Resilience 35
9. TOAD - Rotten Tide 28
10. Fluxious - Why So Serious? 22
11. Beyond Creation - The Aura 20
12. Spellbound Dazzle - Unreal Fairy Tales 15
13. Brymir - Breathe Fire to the Sun 14
  Euphoreon - Euphoreon 14
15. Nader Sadek - In The Flesh 10
  Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain 10




The Best DVD


1. Orphaned Land - The Road To Or-Shalem 43
2. Hypocrisy - Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion 39
3. Sonata Arctica - Live in Finland 38
4. Avantasia - The Flying Opera 30
5. Iced Earth - Festivals Of The Wicked 21
6. Ulver - Live In Concert: The Norwegian National Opera 18
  Cannibal Corpse - Global Evisceration 18
8. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times MMXI 16
9. Theatre of Tragedy - Last Curtain Call 15
10. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising 14




The Best Video


1. Behemoth - Lucifer 257
2. Rammstein - Mein Land 143
3. Red Fang - Wires 89
4. Mastodon - Deathbound 75
5. Mastodon - Curl Of The Burl 69
6. Novembers Doom - What Could Have Been 66
7. Chthonic - Broken Jade 58
8. Kvelertak - Blodtørst 57
9. Amebix - Knights Of The Black Sun 29
  Anathema - Dreaming Light 29
11. Nightwish - Storytime 12




The Biggest Letdown


1. Metallica & Lou Reed - Lulu 223
2. Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus 102
3. Opeth - Heritage 91
4. Wintersun - Time 73
5. Nightwish - Imaginaerum 38
6. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events 32
7. In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading 21
8. Megadeth - Th1rt3en 18
  Children Of Bodom - Relentless Reckless Forever 18
10. Queensrÿche - Dedicated to Chaos 13




The Biggest Surprise


1. Opeth - Heritage 45
2. Nightwish - Imaginaerum 38
3. Iced Earth - Dystopia 32
4. Black Sabbath - Original Line-Up Reunion 31
5. Anthrax - Worship Music 27
6. Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows 24
7. Within Temptation - The Unforgiving 21
8. Amaranthe - Amaranthe 14
  Septicflesh - The Great Mass 14
10. Metallica & Lou Reed - Lulu 13