So this, the 10th Annual Metal Storm Awards, have come to pass.

The awards have continued to grow, with numerous categories surpassing 1000 votes cast, despite a lack of big name clout. For point of comparison, Therion was the biggest vote getter in our first ever awards, racking up 191 for Lemuria. In 2014 they barely would have cracked the Top 25. And that is only if Kvelertak doesn't score two more votes as I type this during the waning hours of the month. That is some growth.

While in general this lack of big names in many genres lead to some closer contests, as with each of the prior 9 editions, we also had the typical big name beat downs. Carcass racked up nearly 600 votes, nearly half cast in the Death Metal field. Tesseract also pulled nearly half the votes in Djent, thumping their competitors. Ever popular Amorphis exorcised Ghost B.C. by over 200 votes, and garnering a third of the vote in a busy Heavy/Melodic metal.

Conversely Orphaned Land won a relatively tight 20 vote victory over Finntroll in a strong Folk / Pagan / Viking cast, and Amaranthe for eeking out a "count the difference on your fingers" victory over Shining in Industrial/Cyber Metal. Congrats and hails to Gloryhammer for winning Best Debut.

Best Clandestine Cut was the newest, bestest, tightest race ever. How tight? Try a tie. Our first tie ever. Deception was winning by a paltry two votes over Pin-Up Went Down as I wrote this up with about an hour before voting closed and went down to the wire as a tie with 20 minutes to go. This has left me furiously typing and updating this piece so it's accurate. Maybe we can find the brick who voted for My Dying Bride to break the tie…

Earlier this year your humble narrator didn't have great things to say about the latest Megadeth… Looks like the Metal Storm masses found it equally limp, Burn!ing it with Biggest Letdown, with more than double the write-ins of second place "winner" Turisas.

And much to my surprise, Black Sabbath took Biggest Surprise for making an album that wasn't even remotely surprising. Not sure what y'all were expecting from them? Grind Zydeco? Death Doom Himalayan Throat Singing?

So 10 up, 10 down. Congratulations to our winners. But more importantly, congratulations to those fans who found new bands, and those bands who found new fans.\m/

(Make sure you discuss the results on the news thread, here.)
Best albums by genre

Alternative Metal
James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance


Avantgarde / Experimental Metal
Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen


Black Metal
Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse


Death Metal
Carcass - Surgical Steel


Djent / Math Metal
Tesseract - Altered State


Doom Metal
Avatarium - Avatarium


Extreme Doom Metal
The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer)


Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal
Orphaned Land - All Is One


Gothic / Symphonic Metal
Enshine - Origin


Grindcore
Exhumed - Necrocracy


Hard Rock
Alter Bridge - Fortress


Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Kvelertak - Meir


Heavy / Melodic Metal
Amorphis - Circle


Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Amaranthe - The Nexus


Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods


Melodic Black Metal / Metalgaze
Summoning - Old Morning's Dawn


Post-Metal
The Ocean - Pelagial


Power Metal
Stratovarius - Nemesis


Progressive Metal
Leprous - Coal


Sludge / Stoner Metal
Kylesa - Ultraviolet


Thrash Metal
Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood


Other awards




Special award






The Best Alternative Metal Album


1. James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance 234
2. Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor 165
3. Karnivool - Asymmetry 158
4. Blindead - Absence 127
5. Hacride - Back To Where You've Never Been 87
6. Drowning Pool - Resilience 47
7. Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here 36
8. Boil - aXiom 26
9. earthtone9 - IV 11
10. Cyrenic - Selective Memory 10




The Best Avantgarde / Experimental Metal


1. Ihsahn - Das Seelenbrechen 370
2. Vulture Industries - The Tower 224
3. Terra Tenebrosa - The Purging 67
4. Omb - SwineSong 65
5. The Meads Of Asphodel - Sonderkommando 56
6. Kayo Dot - Hubardo 46
7. Nocte Obducta - Umbriel (Das Schweigen Zwischen Den Sternen) 27
8. Pensées Nocturnes - Nom D'une Pipe ! 26
9. Way To End - Various Shades Of Black 17
10. Cloak Of Altering - NONE 13




The Best Black Metal Album


1. Inquisition - Obscure Verses For The Multiverse 156
2. Gris - À l'âme enflammée, l'äme constellée... 132
3. Cult Of Fire - मृत्यु का तापसी अ 114
4. Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu 111
5. Progenie Terrestre Pura - U.M.A 93
6. Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus 68
7. Aosoth - IV: An Arrow In Heart 47
8. Watain - The Wild Hunt 41
9. Autolatry - Native 37
10. Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom 29
11. Lychgate - Lychgate 23
12. Satyricon - Satyricon 19
13. Altar Of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury 15




The Best Death Metal Album


1. Carcass - Surgical Steel 591
2. Gorguts - Colored Sands 164
3. Ulcerate - Vermis 88
4. Revocation - Revocation 82
5. Tribulation - The Formulas Of Death 66
6. Autopsy - The Headless Ritual 55
7. Bölzer - Aura 47
8. Portal - Vexovoid 36
  Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth 36




The Best Djent / Math Metal


1. Tesseract - Altered State 328
2. Vildhjarta - Thousands Of Evils 95
3. Pomegranate Tiger - Entities 87
4. Empyrios - Zion 33
5. Circles - Infinitas 30
6. Uneven Structure - 8 24
7. Akeldama - Everything Beautiful 20
  Being - Anthropocene 20
9. Nemertines - Death, My Love 13




The Best Doom Metal Album


1. Avatarium - Avatarium 266
2. Kauan - Pirut 142
3. Mourning Beloveth - Formless 104
4. Officium Triste - Mors Viri 93
5. Procession - To Reap Heavens Apart 45
6. The Flight Of Sleipnir - Saga 43
7. Age Of Taurus - Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times 33
8. Black Sabbath - 13 28
  Lesbian - Forestelevision 28
10. Evoke Thy Lords - Drunken Tales 22
11. Dark Buddha Rising - Dakhmandal 20
12. My Dying Bride - The Manuscript 10




The Best Extreme Doom Metal Album


1. The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer) 153
2. Eye Of Solitude - Canto III 118
3. Monolithe - Monolithe IV 108
4. Ataraxie - L'Être Et La Nausée 60
5. Lycus - Tempest 40
6. Funeralium - Deceived Idealism 34
7. The Nihilistic Front - Procession To Annihilation 24
8. Eibon - II 23
9. Station Dysthymia - Overhead, Without Any Fuss, The Stars Were Going Out 22
10. Usnea - Usnea 20




The Best Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal Album


1. Orphaned Land - All Is One 288
2. Finntroll - Blodsvept 270
3. Falkenbach - Asa 166
4. Thrawsunblat - Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings 99
5. Thyrfing - De Ödeslösa 67
6. Saor - Roots 56
7. Ereb Altor - Fire Meets Ice 50
8. Gwydion - Veteran 27
  Bucovina - Sub Stele 27
10. Darkestrah - Manas 25
11. Aether Realm - One Chosen By The Gods 11




The Best Gothic / Symphonic Metal Album


1. Enshine - Origin 214
2. Tristania - Darkest White 134
3. The Vision Bleak - Witching Hour 130
4. ReVamp - Wild Card 109
5. Tarja - Colours In The Dark 102
6. Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies Of The Night 86
7. Edenbridge - The Bonding 54
8. Trail Of Tears - Oscillation 44
9. Sirenia - Perils Of The Deep Blue 21
10. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth 17
  Factory Of Dreams - Some Kind Of Poetic Destruction 17
12. Lingua Mortis Orchestra - LMO 14
  The Eden House - Half-Life 14




The Best Grindcore Album


1. Exhumed - Necrocracy 176
2. Nails - Abandon All Life 129
3. Antigama - Meteor 62
4. A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Bloom 55
5. Machetazo - Ruin 24
6. Mumakil - Flies Will Starve 22
7. Blockheads - This World Is Dead 19
8. Distaste - Black Age Of Nihil 18
9. Feastem - Avaritia Humanae 15
10. P.L.F. - Devious Persecution And Wholesale Slaughter 11




The Best Hard Rock Album


1. Alter Bridge - Fortress 255
2. Clutch - Earth Rocker 178
3. Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork 173
4. Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark 67
5. Spiritual Beggars - Earth Blues 62
6. Jess And The Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat 37
7. Audrey Horne - Youngblood 29
8. Scorpion Child - Scorpion Child 26
9. Airbourne - Black Dog Barking 11




The Best Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore


1. Kvelertak - Meir 190
2. Killswitch Engage - Disarm The Descent 153
3. Heaven Shall Burn - Veto 135
4. The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer 132
5. Born Of Osiris - Tomorrow We Die Alive 107
6. Castevet - Obsian 37
7. All Pigs Must Die - Nothing Violates This Nature 27
8. Breakdown Of Sanity - Perception 22
9. Misery Signals - Absent Light 14
10. Trivium - Vengeance Falls 10




The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album


1. Amorphis - Circle 492
2. Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam 280
3. Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance 99
4. Hell - Curse And Chapter 87
5. In Solitude - Sister 86
6. Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess 46
7. Satan - Life Sentence 41
8. Black Sabbath - 13 36
9. Twilight Of The Gods - Fire On The Mountain 35
10. Enforcer - Death By Fire 32
11. Argus - Beyond The Martyrs 16
12. A Sound of Thunder - Time's Arrow 14
  Motörhead - Aftershock 14




The Best Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal Album


1. Amaranthe - The Nexus 161
2. Shining (NOR) - One One One 156
3. Mechina - Empyrean 108
4. Neurotech - The Decipher Volumes 90
5. Aborym - Dirty 74
6. Scar The Martyr - Scar The Martyr 64
7. The Amenta - Flesh Is Heir 31
8. Obsidian Kingdom - Torn & Burnt - The Mantiis Remixes 30
9. Combat Astronomy - Kundalini Apocalypse 18




The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal Album


1. Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods 336
2. Omnium Gatherum - Beyond 284
3. Dark Tranquillity - Construct 193
4. Persefone - Spiritual Migration 181
5. In Vain - Ænigma 150
6. Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood 105
7. Wolfheart - Winterborn 68
8. The Black Dahlia Murder - Everblack 66
9. Fractal Gates - Beyond The Self 35
10. Soilwork - The Living Infinite 34
11. Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony 20
12. Moth - Endlessly In Motion 15




The Best Melodic Black Metal / Metalgaze


1. Summoning - Old Morning's Dawn 269
2. Rotting Christ - Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy 221
3. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane 207
4. Deafheaven - Sunbather 182
5. Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle 98
6. An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love 51
7. Amiensus - Restoration 49
8. Vreid - Welcome Farewell 42
9. Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering 32
10. Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius 31




The Best Post-Metal Album


1. The Ocean - Pelagial 289
2. Cult Of Luna - Vertikal 233
3. Obscure Sphinx - Void Mother 166
4. Russian Circles - Memorial 90
5. Year Of No Light - Tocsin 26
  Rosetta - The Anaesthete 26
7. Černá - Restoring Life 16
  Consciousness Removal Project - Tacit 16
9. A Storm Of Light - Nations To Flames 14




The Best Power Metal Album


1. Stratovarius - Nemesis 275
2. Týr - Valkyrja 229
3. Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time 154
4. Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife 103
5. Rhapsody Of Fire - Dark Wings Of Steel 89
6. Serenity - War Of Ages 69
7. Hammerforce - Access Denied 50
8. Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell 36
9. Warlord - The Holy Empire 33
10. Civil War - The Killer Angels 26
11. Armory - Empyrean Realms 18
12. Powerwolf - Preachers of the Night 17
13. Keldian - Outbound 10




The Best Progressive Metal Album


1. Leprous - Coal 279
2. Haken - The Mountain 210
  Riverside - Shrine Of New Generation Slaves 210
4. Scale The Summit - The Migration 100
5. Anciients - Heart Of Oak 88
6. Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything 78
7. Dream Theater - Dream Theater 68
8. Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End 52
9. Dreadnought - Lifewoven 50
10. Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2) 41
11. Kingcrow - In Crescendo 29
12. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) 14
  Witherscape - The Inheritance 14
14. Protest The Hero - Volition 11




The Best Sludge / Stoner Metal Album


1. Kylesa - Ultraviolet 162
2. Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods 124
3. Monster Magnet - Last Patrol 94
4. Kongh - Sole Creation 57
5. New Keepers Of The Water Towers - Cosmic Child 56
  Windhand - Soma 56
7. Weedpecker - Weedpecker 53
8. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber 40
9. Domovoyd - Oh Sensibility 23
10. Black Willows - Haze 18
11. Red Fang - Whales And Leeches 11




The Best Thrash Metal Album


1. Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood 247
2. Havok - Unnatural Selection 109
3. Toxic Holocaust - Chemistry Of Consciousness 104
4. Onslaught - VI 76
5. Artillery - Legions 59
6. Power Trip - Manifest Decimation 42
7. Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed 38
  Black Fast - Starving Out the Light 38
9. Dream Death - Somnium Excessum 19
10. Annihilator - Feast 17
  Condor - Condor 17
12. Voivod - Target Earth 14
13. Megadeth - Super Collider 13
14. Sodom - Epitome Of Torture 10
  Körgull The Exterminator - Metal Fist Destroyer 10




Clandestine Cut Of The Year


1. Pin-Up Went Down - B-Sides [EP] 44
  Deception - Break The Silence [EP] 44
3. Brutai - Brutai [EP] 32
4. Enceladus - Time In A Dream [Single] 29
5. Devil's Rage - Rise Of Insanity [EP] 27
6. Aphelium - Demo 19
7. Bölzer - Aura 11




The Best Cover Song


1. Týr - Cemetary Gates 47
2. Revocation - Dyers Eve 43
3. Heaven Shall burn - Valhalla 37
  Ghost B.C. - If You Have Ghost 37
5. Caladan Brood - The Passing of the Grey Company 23
6. Omnium Gatherum - Subdivisions 19
7. Children of Bodom - Sleeping in My Car 17
  Anthrax - T.N.T. 17
9. Rob Zombie - We're An American Band 11




The Best Debut Album


1. Gloryhammer - Tales From The Kingdom Of Fife 130
2. Anciients - Heart Of Oak 112
3. Amiensus - Restoration 72
4. Carpe Noctem - In Terra Profugus 52
5. Vallendusk - Black Clouds Gathering 48
6. Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle 36
7. Avatarium - Avatarium 32
8. Regarde Les Hommes Tomber - Regarde Les Hommes Tomber 31
9. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 01: Parallel Infinities - The Inner Universe 26
10. Witherscape - The Inheritance 23
11. Lantern - Below 19
12. Slugdge - Born Of Slime 18
13. Wolfheart - Winterborn 16
  Lycus - Tempest 16
  Enshine - Origin 16
16. Newsted - Heavy Metal Music 11




The Best DVD


1. Devin Townsend - The Retinal Circus 81
2. Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime 79
3. Anathema - Universal 64
4. Epica - Retrospect 44
5. Kreator - Dying Alive 26
6. Metallica - Through the Never 24
  Dream Theater - Live at Luna Park 24
8. Black Sabbath - Live… Gathered In Their Masses 17
9. Empyrium - Into The Pantheon 16
10. Iron Maiden - Maiden England '88 15




The Best Video


1. Behemoth - Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel 75
2. Amon Amarth - Father Of The Wolf 34
3. Haken - Cockroach King 29
4. Shade Empire - Ruins 24
5. Ghost B.C. - Year Zero 22
6. Within Temptation - Paradise (What About Us?) 19
7. Omnium Gatherum - The Unknowing 17
8. Black Sabbath - God Is Dead? 14
9. Portal - Curtain 13
  Kalmah - Seventh Swamphony 13




The Biggest Letdown


1. Megadeth - Super Collider 127
2. Turisas - Turisas2013 52
3. Dream Theater - Dream Theater 24
4. Rhapsody Of Fire - Dark Wings Of Steel 22
5. Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods 20
6. !T.O.O.H.! - Democratic Solution 17
7. Todtgelichter - Apnoe 15
  Satyricon - Satyricon 15
9. Burzum - Sôl austan, Mâni vestan 14
  Avantasia - The Mystery Of Time 14




The Biggest Surprise


1. Black Sabbath - 13 62
2. Carcass - Surgical Steel 53
3. Children Of Bodom - Halo Of Blood 38
4. Avatarium - Avatarium 22
5. Stratovarius - Nemesis 21
6. Ayreon - The Theory of Everything 18
7. Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle 17
8. Persefone - Spiritual Migration 16
9. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) 13
10. Sirenia - Perils Of The Deep Blue 11




Drama Of The Year


1. Slayer - Jeff Hanneman's Death, Dave Lombardo leaves, Slayer continues 118
2. As I Lay Dying - Tim Lambesis hiring a hitman, who was secretly a cop, to kill his wife 74
3. Motörhead - Lemmy's Health Problems 18
4. Lostprophets - Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years in prison 15
5. Metal Storm Users - The ass on the banner of the MS Awards 13