Dear Metalstormers,

The 2010 Metalstorm Awards are here!

Throughout the year, a dedicated team at the Metal Storm HQ donates countless hours making the definitive list of all the worthwhile albums in every possible metal subgenre released throughout the year. In January, amidst heated arguments, we prune this list to an exclusive grouping of what we believe to be truly the best and most influential albums released. Our team also spends insane amounts of time preparing descriptions and making sure each and every nominee's music is easy to access and listen to.

This year, we're introducing the new Clandestine Cut Of The Year category. We're very excited to be promoting some of these fresh and hungry artists based on their excellent demos and EPs. Please take some time to check out this section.




Please don't ignore all this effort - check out all nominees before voting. Please vote for the best, not for the most well-known! You can cast your votes HERE. Voting will be open all month; winners will be announced March 1st.


Finally, don't forget to tell all of your friends to register at Metal Storm and help make these awards the most luxurious and definitive metal awards out there! Please feel free to post links to the awards on your blogs, twitter pages and social networks.

And most importantly - don't forget to have fun! 2010 was a year rich in awesome releases, here is your chance to discover some of them!

The Metal Storm Awards 2010 Team



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Deadmeat - 01.02.2011 at 19:23  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 18:44

Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 05:51

I wish the fanboys dont dominate and vote with some sensibility!!!


There's a simple way to stop fanboys from dominating this site and every other site ever made, where people can vote on recreational stuff, but it would be difficult to achieve. Here's what needs to change: you CANNOT vote on anything, without writing a SUBSTANCIVE REVIEW. And no review will be accepted, if isn't well-written.

No more fanboy domination. Will never happen, but as Vezzy put it: I can dream, damn it!

mate this could be awful. are you sure you'd like do write 5 or 10 little reviews just to be able to vote? at least for me (one reason is that i dont speak great english) it is not THAT fair. something else to do is that: the members of the site GAIN some more important RIGHTS by time and not from the moment they are registring. such as: MS AWARDS VOTING (many bands come out to claim proudly that they participate or win here). or even generall voting. specially for MS voting it could depend on the "Community points" each member has and generally his contribution or "right behavior" in the site...

ideas, ideas, ideas...
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 19:42  
Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 19:23

mate this could be awful. are you sure you'd like do write 5 or 10 little reviews just to be able to vote? at least for me (one reason is that i dont speak great english) it is not THAT fair.


Well, yes that would be unfair, which is why I said it would be difficult to achieve, because the idea of hiring translators for every language in the world is absurd and there would be tons of other difficulties as well. It cannot be done, it won't be done. But it would be oh so nice.

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something else to do is that: the members of the site GAIN some more important RIGHTS by time and not from the moment they are registring. such as: MS AWARDS VOTING (many bands come out to claim proudly that they participate or win here). or even generall voting. specially for MS voting it could depend on the "Community points" each member has and generally his contribution or "right behavior" in the site...

ideas, ideas, ideas...


The problem with this is that staff/elite members abuse the voting system too. Most of them don't, but some of them are just as whiny and bitchy about bands they think are overrated than your average fanboy.
ß - 01.02.2011 at 20:15  
Looks I have plenty of listening to do this up-coming month.
Xnoybis - 01.02.2011 at 20:36  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 19:42

The problem with this is that staff/elite members abuse the voting system too. Most of them don't, but some of them are just as whiny and bitchy about bands they think are overrated than your average fanboy.


we do? how so. cite examples.
Kamil - 01.02.2011 at 20:41  
Conclusion: "hit the table with scissors and they call themselves"

At least I know one thing:
DB hater - positive
DB defender - negative

This is not fair
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 20:51  
Written by Xnoybis on 01.02.2011 at 20:36

Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 19:42

The problem with this is that staff/elite members abuse the voting system too. Most of them don't, but some of them are just as whiny and bitchy about bands they think are overrated than your average fanboy.


we do? how so. cite examples.


Ever read the comments or seen the votes on albums by a certain Dutch prog multi-instrumentalist ? If no, check them out. This is all the hints you're getting though.
Xnoybis - 01.02.2011 at 20:56  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 20:51

Ever read the comments or seen the votes on albums by a certain Dutch prog multi-instrumentalist ? If no, check them out. This is all the hints you're getting though.


so you gave a guy 10-10-10 and some abuse their power by not scoring him such?

boo hoo.
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 21:01  
Written by Xnoybis on 01.02.2011 at 20:56

so you gave a guy 10-10-10 and some abuse their power by not scoring him such?


If giving an album a 1, just because it's not to your taste (knowing very well it doesn't deserve just 1) is not vote abuse, then what is? Isn't giving albums a 1 just to get their rating down vote abuse by definition? Also, "some people get a spontaneous hard-on" as an insult at people who like something you don't is rude at best and trolling at worst. That's not an abuse of power, it's an abuse of the comment section, it's being stupid, it is being a whiny, bitchy hater and it was written by a staff member. Which doesn't mean the staff sucks, it just means their human too, which was my only point to begin with.
Xnoybis - 01.02.2011 at 21:13  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 21:01

Written by Xnoybis on 01.02.2011 at 20:56

so you gave a guy 10-10-10 and some abuse their power by not scoring him such?


If giving an album a 1, just because it's not to your taste (knowing very well it doesn't deserve just 1) is not vote abuse, then what is? Isn't giving albums a 1 just to get their rating down vote abuse by definition? Also, "some people get a spontaneous hard-on" as an insult at people who like something you don't is rude at best and trolling at worst. That's not an abuse of power, it's an abuse of the comment section, it's being stupid, it is being a whiny, bitchy hater and it was written by a staff member. Which doesn't mean the staff sucks, it just means their human too, which was my only point to begin with.


meh. nearly a quarter of your 81 votes cast are perfect 10's... so i'm not entirely sure what makes you level-headed enough to disparage the tastes of others.

some people might despise that artist to the same extent you love him.

i think it's middle of the road plastic. skilled musician, boring work.

and this off-topic is done. this is about the MSAs. you can keep on bitching in another thread if you want. find somewhere appropriate.
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 21:13  
And your own comment is a perfect example of imperfection on the staff's behalf too. I never accused any staff member of "abusing their power". The only reason I can think of why you'd misinterpret what I said, is because you took my words personally, which you had no reason at all to do. Please, try to be nice and set an example to us regular users of MS
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 21:18  
Written by Xnoybis on 01.02.2011 at 21:13

and this off-topic is done. this is about the MSAs. you can keep on bitching in another thread if you want. find somewhere appropriate.


Because when you ask for backing evidence for a claim and I provide it, it's called bitching. As I said, being a staff member doesn't make you immune to rage that is completely uncalled for.

Good day, sir.
The Shape 1973 - 01.02.2011 at 21:43  
I don't really care much for the results. I know what I like.

My favourite part is the endless pointless bitching that goes on in the first day.

"Why didn't you nominate this?" "This band is the best in the world" "Only my view counts, you know nothing" "Wintersun Time will be the best thing to ever happen, it will cure cancer"

This year looks like it will continue the tradition. Thank you all for making my day.
Ozman - 01.02.2011 at 21:52  
@Ernil, how does, me, saying that some people get a hard on at the mere mention of the name arjen, a.k.a. Iron Anthony, Lucassen constitute to vote abuse? Did you check my votes? And also how is it power abuse? do you actually think I have that much power that people will believe what I saywithout checking for themselves? I surely hope not. And thank God I know no-one takes what I say as some sort of gospel without first checking for themselves.
This is a music zine with forum where also ALL members of satff have their own preferences and dislikes and of course vent all of those, just like all other users.
This site didn't become as big as it is now by being as impartial as possible. It became what it due to all our individual tastes. Regular users know what staff memeber stands for what taste.Prog fans know what to expect of me asdo doom fans.
Deadmeat - 01.02.2011 at 23:04  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 21:01

Written by Xnoybis on 01.02.2011 at 20:56

so you gave a guy 10-10-10 and some abuse their power by not scoring him such?


If giving an album a 1, just because it's not to your taste (knowing very well it doesn't deserve just 1) is not vote abuse, then what is? Isn't giving albums a 1 just to get their rating down vote abuse by definition? Also, "some people get a spontaneous hard-on" as an insult at people who like something you don't is rude at best and trolling at worst. That's not an abuse of power, it's an abuse of the comment section, it's being stupid, it is being a whiny, bitchy hater and it was written by a staff member. Which doesn't mean the staff sucks, it just means their human too, which was my only point to begin with.

in the begining it seemed that you had right but now you lost it. Doc Godin is the guy i think you are mentioning at. he has almost 500 votes and only 4 of the rating "1". it is logicall and not vote abusing -also he hasn't listened-voted to anything else of this band after this album. dont lose your sense mate....
Deadmeat - 01.02.2011 at 23:07  
Written by Xnoybis on 01.02.2011 at 21:13


and this off-topic is done. this is about the MSAs. you can keep on bitching in another thread if you want. find somewhere appropriate.

on the other hand, it seems that you staffers sometimes like more than us the "bitching" so thats why you've created -or allow- certain places/topics for the members to bitch with each other...
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 23:11  
Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 23:04

in the begining it seemed that you had right but now you lost it. Doc Godin is the guy i think you are mentioning at. he has almost 500 votes and only 4 of the rating "1". it is logicall and not vote abusing -also he hasn't listened-voted to anything else of this band after this album. dont lose your sense mate....


That's interesting. I only have one 1 vote and it went to Bakteria's album, the title of which was something along the lines of: Deffecate! Mutilate! Suffocate! Masturbate! Why? Because it's shit. It's designed to be shit and not a shitbit of effort went into it. OTOH, I couldn't care less for Iron Maiden, but I am not going to give them a 1 and deny their hard work and great musicianship just because they bore me to tears.
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 23:18  
Written by Ozman on 01.02.2011 at 21:52

@Ernil, how does, me, saying that some people get a hard on at the mere mention of the name arjen, a.k.a. Iron Anthony, Lucassen constitute to vote abuse?


That was actually my example of a staff member bitching, not an example of vote abuse.

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Did you check my votes? And also how is it power abuse? do you actually think I have that much power that people will believe what I saywithout checking for themselves?


I never spoke of power abuse, the other guy did. I spoke of vote abuse and bitching. Your comment was an example of the latter.

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This is a music zine with forum where also ALL members of satff have their own preferences and dislikes and of course vent all of those, just like all other users.


No one - be it staff member or regular member - has the right to insult fans of a type of music instead of insulting the music itself the way you did. I don't suffer this kind of behaviour and I don't apologize for not suffering it.
Deadmeat - 01.02.2011 at 23:18  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 23:11

Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 23:04

in the begining it seemed that you had right but now you lost it. Doc Godin is the guy i think you are mentioning at. he has almost 500 votes and only 4 of the rating "1". it is logicall and not vote abusing -also he hasn't listened-voted to anything else of this band after this album. dont lose your sense mate....


That's interesting. I only have one 1 vote and it went to Bakteria's album, the title of which was something along the lines of: Deffecate! Mutilate! Suffocate! Masturbate! Why? Because it's shit. It's designed to be shit and not a shitbit of effort went into it. OTOH, I couldn't care less for Iron Maiden, but I am not going to give them a 1 and deny their hard work and great musicianship just because they bore me to tears.

you have 81 votes and already gave an "1". i have 290 votes and NO rating of 1, 2 or 3... do you know why mate? cause i truly believe that to create an album that deserves to be rated with "1" you should have a completely untalented musician, who also didnt "want" to write this album (lets say that he was forced at the moment from the label), with an awful production, and ONLY awful songs. it's almost impossible but surely there are some albums that meet those criteria.

so after saying all these i find it a bit "wrong" (for me at least) that some people rate easily albums with "1". so i dont agree with dic godin but also dont agree with you mate...
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 23:22  
Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 23:18

you have 81 votes and already gave an "1". i have 290 votes and NO rating of 1, 2 or 3... do you know why mate? cause i truly believe that to create an album that deserves to be rated with "1" you should have a completely untalented musician, who also didnt "want" to write this album (lets say that he was forced at the moment from the label), with an awful production, and ONLY awful songs. it's almost impossible but surely there are some albums that meet those criteria.

so after saying all these i find it a bit "wrong" (for me at least) that some people rate easily albums with "1". so i dont agree with dic godin but also dont agree with you mate...


Check out the album that got a 1 vote from me. Then get back to me and say I should have given it a higher rating. Seriously, I want to see you do that.

EDIT: here's a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10jXqVznhtw
Deadmeat - 01.02.2011 at 23:29  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 23:22

Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 23:18

it's almost impossible but surely there are some albums that meet those criteria.

so after saying all these i find it a bit "wrong" (for me at least) that some people rate easily albums with "1". so i dont agree with dic godin but also dont agree with you mate...


Check out the album that got a 1 vote from me. Then get back to me and say I should have given it a higher rating. Seriously, I want to see you do that.

EDIT: here's a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10jXqVznhtw

i cannot listen to this album at the moment. i'll be able to do it in the next week. but as you see i never said NO album deserves a "1". also i was going to listen to "st anger" in the next weeks and i am really curious to see how i'll rate it cause i think it may be my lowest to date rating! -i've listened to it in the past but never completely- hahaha!
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 23:33  
Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 23:29

i cannot listen to this album at the moment. i'll be able to do it in the next week. but as you see i never said NO album deserves a "1". also i was going to listen to "st anger" in the next weeks and i am really curious to see how i'll rate it cause i think it may be my lowest to date rating! -i've listened to it in the past but never completely- hahaha!


It's ok if you cannot listen to it, you might need to use your ears in the future. You can take my word for it (or Baz Anderson's who for some weird reason actually bothered to write a review), this is an album that deserves -10 points. Here's quote from their album's title track: Bury your baby sister in an elephant's rectum.

They must have lost a bet or something to make this album.
Deadmeat - 01.02.2011 at 23:39  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 23:33

Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 23:29

i cannot listen to this album at the moment. i'll be able to do it in the next week. but as you see i never said NO album deserves a "1". also i was going to listen to "st anger" in the next weeks and i am really curious to see how i'll rate it cause i think it may be my lowest to date rating! -i've listened to it in the past but never completely- hahaha!


It's ok if you cannot listen to it, you might need to use your ears in the future. You can take my word for it (or Baz Anderson's who for some weird reason actually bothered to write a review), this is an album that deserves -10 points. Here's quote from their album's title track: Bury your baby sister in an elephant's rectum.

They must have lost a bet or something to make this album.

probably they prefer to be something like a joke band. generally there are many stupid assholes out there and i believe you that this would be pure shit! in the first chance i'll listen in youtube a song and tell you how i find it!!!
Mr. Doctor - 02.02.2011 at 00:03  
Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 23:33

(or Baz Anderson's who for some weird reason actually bothered to write a review)


The reason is pretty simple... He's from the staff and therefore he gets albums by different labels to review. That is all.

Even thought I found it to be crap to the max, I don't believe in the rating 1 like deadmeat... But I also will never rate an album a 10.
Because I don't believe in perfection, music... art... will never be perfect. I take that word very seriously, perfection doesn't exist. If an album was perfect then I wouldn't listen to other music at all, then it means that everybody in the whole world will love that album (which is impossible obviously).
Those are my views.... So: People rating 1 is as laughable as people rating an album 10.

I also think you're making a storm in a glass of water... You can't prove that someone rate an album 1 just because they want to lower the rating. The staff has never said "hey, we're totally immune and can do whatever I want".

Also... damn, we're in the internet FFS, of course there will be people saying stuff like "hard-on" and shit,... But if that really bothers you.... Then I don't know how you visit the internet everyday without being crazy.
Xnoybis - 02.02.2011 at 00:15  
Written by Deadmeat on 01.02.2011 at 23:07

Written by Xnoybis on 01.02.2011 at 21:13


and this off-topic is done. this is about the MSAs. you can keep on bitching in another thread if you want. find somewhere appropriate.

on the other hand, it seems that you staffers sometimes like more than us the "bitching" so thats why you've created -or allow- certain places/topics for the members to bitch with each other...


i have never denied being amused by it. most of us consider it the payoff for the countless hours this process takes. folks have a right to voice their opinion, and if they happen to do so in meltdown fashion, so much more the entertaining. if they start throwing f-bombs, or something, we'll jump in and hand out time in the penalty box.

as for me an Ayreon - as you mentioned in another post. might be a talented musician, but made music i found utterly boring. scored it a six long ago, and it's sat there. prior to this discussion, i've not even discussed him... there are many bands i won't hesitate to mock. him? i just am so ambivalent to his music, i wouldn't bother.

now let's keep this on target before i break out the demolition hammer and just start deleting useless posts.
ErnilEnNaur - 02.02.2011 at 00:18  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.02.2011 at 00:03

The reason is pretty simple... He's from the staff and therefore he gets albums by different labels to review. That is all.


Oh...right. I knew that!

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Even thought I found it to be crap to the max, I don't believe in the rating 1 like deadmeat... But I also will never rate an album a 10.


The ratings are there to be used. If everybody refused to use 1 and 10 as a rating, then we might as well have a 2-9 scale, in which case the 2 would be the new 1 and the 9 would be the new 10. That's just silly.

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Because I don't believe in perfection, music... art... will never be perfect. I take that word very seriously, perfection doesn't exist. If an album was perfect then I wouldn't listen to other music at all, then it means that everybody in the whole world will love that album (which is impossible obviously).
Those are my views.... So: People rating 1 is as laughable as people rating an album 10.


A maximum rating doesn't mean that a work of art is perfect, it just means that it deserves the highest possible rating. Loads of reviews by staff and guest members give perfect scores, but also point out flaws.

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I also think you're making a storm in a glass of water... You can't prove that someone rate an album 1 just because they want to lower the rating.


Nope, the BitterCold guy made this into a storm, I was just pointing out the obvious - that only letting elite/staff members vote on things would not get rid of fanboyish behaviour (it was proposed by ehm...someone). And yes, I can prove that a staff member voted an album a 1 just to get it's overall rating down, because on the Opeth Damnation review he wrote that the album deserved 4/10. How else do you explain that?

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The staff has never said "hey, we're totally immune and can do whatever I want".


I don't understand how you could have gotten that from anything I wrote.

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Also... damn, we're in the internet FFS, of course there will be people saying stuff like "hard-on" and shit,... But if that really bothers you.... Then I don't know how you visit the internet everyday without being crazy.


First of all, I reject the idea that I am not crazy. Second, insulting fans by claiming that a band's popularity is the result of them being stupid/having poor taste/being blind fanboys, is something that should be completely unacceptable on Metalstorm. I will not apologize for taking this position.
BlueMobius - 02.02.2011 at 00:35  
No drama? In my opinion Mike Portnoy was the drama last year. End of story.
Kamil - 02.02.2011 at 00:40  
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insulting fans by claiming that a band's popularity is the result of them being stupid/having poor taste/being blind fanboys, is something that should be completely unacceptable on Metalstorm

I would agree with this if there will be some balance between critics and fans - some situations are really stupid.
There shouldn't be situation when hater of x band = positive and defender of x band = negative. We all at least should make some acceptable balance.

BTW. Maybe MS should change forum formula into something more traditional and separated from the main page, with rules and moderators?
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 02.02.2011 at 00:49  
I don't see ENTIRELY the fuss over the results as of what I've seen it dosen't look like as if the award logo/ title is STILL now present on the album pages..... jeezus.
Troy Killjoy - 02.02.2011 at 01:18  
Apparently we have our drama of 2011 already... Jeeze there's a lot of negativity floating around here.

Written by Vivi' on 01.02.2011 at 10:49

Grave's new album wasn't present in the DM album section? Really?

I liked their latest quite a bit. I don't know if I'd nominate it over any of the DM albums we agreed on, but it's far from a bad release.

Written by JD on 01.02.2011 at 11:52

Aeon - Path Of Fire, deserve to be in the Death poll.

I liked their previous albums better - this one didn't really stray from the path of their style, but maybe that's why I didn't enjoy it as much. Regardless, it's a good enough album worth mentioning; I don't know many who'd consider it "top 10" worthy.

Written by Guest on 01.02.2011 at 19:42

The problem with this is that staff/elite members abuse the voting system too. Most of them don't, but some of them are just as whiny and bitchy about bands they think are overrated than your average fanboy.

Simply laughable.

Everyone reserves the right to laugh at whatever band they want and for whatever reason - the difference, for the most part, is that Staff members explain their reasons for disliking certain bands (even if that reason is merely popularity, which is a rarity).

As for vote abuse - you'll notice some Staff members don't even cast their votes, and some reviewers don't even score albums.

That's all I have to say about that - no fuel feeding the fire, rest assured. I just thought I'd let you know it's not as bad a "dictatorship" as you make it out to be.
JCJen7 - 02.02.2011 at 09:22  
^^To stray away from the mind numbingly stupid debate raging above^

Is anyone else finding it hard to cast their Hard Rock vote? I mean, there is really nothing worthy this year. Scorpions or Ratt I have narrowed it down to.

I can't believe Airbourne or Black Country Communion got nominated, their music is carbon copies of 70's bands work.

Danko Jones was decent, pretty stupid cock rock though, and barely entertains me through the first listen, and Negative i thought would get the vote for me, but after listening to the album 3 or so times, I can't really stand it anymore.

I never got the chance to check out Human Temple's album, does anyone here know if I should bother, and if it could possibly sway my vote?
Ozman - 02.02.2011 at 09:25  
Written by JCJen7 on 02.02.2011 at 09:22

^^To stray away from the mind numbingly stupid debate raging above^

Is anyone else finding it hard to cast their Hard Rock vote? I mean, there is really nothing worthy this year. Scorpions or Ratt I have narrowed it down to.

I can't believe Airbourne or Black Country Communion got nominated, their music is carbon copies of 70's bands work.

Danko Jones was decent, pretty stupid cock rock though, and barely entertains me through the first listen, and Negative i thought would get the vote for me, but after listening to the album 3 or so times, I can't really stand it anymore.

I never got the chance to check out Human Temple's album, does anyone here know if I should bother, and if it could possibly sway my vote?


Black Country Communion though firmly rooted in the 70s and 80s blows the competition right out of the water. By far the best hard rock album released this year, if you ask me. Damn the musicianship is the best there is with Hughes brilliant vocals Bonham's great drumming and Bonamassa's superb guitar work.
JCJen7 - 02.02.2011 at 09:29  
Written by Ozman on 02.02.2011 at 09:25

Written by JCJen7 on 02.02.2011 at 09:22

^^To stray away from the mind numbingly stupid debate raging above^

Is anyone else finding it hard to cast their Hard Rock vote? I mean, there is really nothing worthy this year. Scorpions or Ratt I have narrowed it down to.

I can't believe Airbourne or Black Country Communion got nominated, their music is carbon copies of 70's bands work.

Danko Jones was decent, pretty stupid cock rock though, and barely entertains me through the first listen, and Negative i thought would get the vote for me, but after listening to the album 3 or so times, I can't really stand it anymore.

I never got the chance to check out Human Temple's album, does anyone here know if I should bother, and if it could possibly sway my vote?


Black Country Communion though firmly rooted in the 70s and 80s blows the competition right out of the water. By far the best hard rock album released this year, if you ask me. Damn the musicianship is the best there is with Hughes brilliant vocals Bonham's great drumming and Bonamassa's superb guitar work.


I wish I agreed with you. I don't like having to decide between a 30 year old band on their deep downswing, or a 40+ year old band 's retirement album, but for me, it's what it has come down to. Not sure why I can't get in to the Black Country Communion album, maybe I just listened the fuck out of all my Zeppelin and Deep Purple albums, that I don't wanna hear it anymore, not sure haha.
Ozman - 02.02.2011 at 09:38  
Written by JCJen7 on 02.02.2011 at 09:29

I wish I agreed with you. I don't like having to decide between a 30 year old band on their deep downswing, or a 40+ year old band 's retirement album, but for me, it's what it has come down to. Not sure why I can't get in to the Black Country Communion album, maybe I just listened the fuck out of all my Zeppelin and Deep Purple albums, that I don't wanna hear it anymore, not sure haha.


BCC sounds nothing like Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin, and to be honest I can't really see a connection with Led Zep. The only connection is that BCC has John Bonham's son on drums. And Jason only drummed with Led Zep a couple of years back at a one-off gig.
ErnilEnNaur - 02.02.2011 at 10:12  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 02.02.2011 at 01:18

Simply laughable.

Everyone reserves the right to laugh at whatever band they want and for whatever reason - the difference, for the most part, is that Staff members explain their reasons for disliking certain bands (even if that reason is merely popularity, which is a rarity).

As for vote abuse - you'll notice some Staff members don't even cast their votes, and some reviewers don't even score albums.

That's all I have to say about that - no fuel feeding the fire, rest assured. I just thought I'd let you know it's not as bad a "dictatorship" as you make it out to be.


Your comment contains zero amount of anything I actually said. Before you respond to a comment, go backtrack to the beginning of the conversation and maybe the next time your comment will actually stand a chance of making some sense.

On the MS awards: I am surprised that Kamelot hasn't received tons of votes in the biggest disappointment category.
Mr. Doctor - 02.02.2011 at 10:18  
Written by Guest on 02.02.2011 at 10:12

On the MS awards: I am surprised that Kamelot hasn't received tons of votes in the biggest disappointment category.


How do you know that not many people has voted for that? If more than one person votes for an album in the write-in it won't show two votes, just one nominee unless this two persons wrote the name of the album/band in a different way
ErnilEnNaur - 02.02.2011 at 10:56  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.02.2011 at 10:18

How do you know that not many people has voted for that? If more than one person votes for an album in the write-in it won't show two votes, just one nominee unless this two persons wrote the name of the album/band in a different way


Oh...OH....OOOHHHH!

Can't read my, can't read my, no he can't read my negative votes on Kamelooooooot. (I've got to love no shitty albums) Can't ready my, can't read my...
Ozman - 02.02.2011 at 11:17  
Written by Guest on 02.02.2011 at 10:12


On the MS awards: I am surprised that Kamelot hasn't received tons of votes in the biggest disappointment category.


Actually it has.
ErnilEnNaur - 02.02.2011 at 11:25  
Written by Ozman on 02.02.2011 at 11:17

Written by Guest on 02.02.2011 at 10:12


On the MS awards: I am surprised that Kamelot hasn't received tons of votes in the biggest disappointment category.


Actually it has.


You just made my day. Durr-hey!
Kamil - 02.02.2011 at 13:05  
Written by Ozman on 02.02.2011 at 11:17

Written by Guest on 02.02.2011 at 10:12


On the MS awards: I am surprised that Kamelot hasn't received tons of votes in the biggest disappointment category.


Actually it has.

I remember, that 'Ghost Opera' haven't made an impression on me, but 2 years later I was listening this stuff with pleasure. Maybe with 'Poetry For The Poisoned' it's the same situation?
Their stuff in general isn't easy to listen.

Btw. could we know some potential leaders of ranks? I am curious especially about thrash stuff - it's really impressive in 2010. Maybe the most impressive during last years.
shadowdragonfly1 - 02.02.2011 at 18:48  
Its going to be very difficult to cast my vote in the Avant-garde/Postmetal section, there are very good releases this year.
Does anyone find it strange that ihsahn and solefald aren't there? and borknagar in the viking section?
IronAngel - 02.02.2011 at 19:26  
Argh. I feel bad for voting Anathema and Enslaved, because both categories and especially the BM one had such great competition. Agrypnie, The Meads of Asphodel, Imicus etc. all deserve more attention, they just fall a little short of these big names. Oh well, better start tracking down candidates in the other categories. I'm going to discover so many new albums here.
Daydream Nation - 03.02.2011 at 01:19  
Thanks for doing such a great job in setting up these Metal Awards! I have some listening to do! That being said...here's a suggestion for next year from me personally. Would you mind making two categories for avant-garde and post-metal? I could have voted for Rosetta or Alcest or TONS of other awesome avant-garde and post metal stuff...but of course I had to go with Shining. Man...Rosetta had one of the best albums of the year and it's a shame I can't vote for it. It deserves as much praise on the metal sites as possible, and I think there's honestly enough albums for two categories.
As well...I would have recommended putting Periphery on the list for the best debut album. It's stellar. (Minor quibble, though...very few seem to have voted for it on MS)

And to those dissing the MS members: Shut up. They take time to run this site, they have their own tastes and preferences and I do see lots of discretion in voting. Not all albums deserve tens...and I've had my fair share of albums that I like, but nobody else seems to enjoy. You just have to live with it. And if you don't like it, by all means go. Nobody gives a FUCK.
Promonex - 03.02.2011 at 02:26  
Written by Guest on 03.02.2011 at 01:19

Thanks for doing such a great job in setting up these Metal Awards! I have some listening to do! That being said...here's a suggestion for next year from me personally. Would you mind making two categories for avant-garde and post-metal? I could have voted for Rosetta or Alcest or TONS of other awesome avant-garde and post metal stuff...but of course I had to go with Shining. Man...Rosetta had one of the best albums of the year and it's a shame I can't vote for it. It deserves as much praise on the metal sites as possible, and I think there's honestly enough albums for two categories.
As well...I would have recommended putting Periphery on the list for the best debut album. It's stellar. (Minor quibble, though...very few seem to have voted for it on MS)

Next time you might want to bring up your favs of the year in this thread. Well, obviously not this one, but the one we'll have for 2011. Some bands like Grey Waters or Vasalaeth would've also passed under our radar if it wasn't for the feedback of the users

As for the categories: there are several categories we would've loved to see as well, but in some years there have just not been enough releases we've considered worthy. The Metal Storm Awards 2009 haven't seen an industrial metal category for example. But with the most recent developments in metal, we might have a post-metal, an avantgarde metal AND a 'shoegaze metal' category next year. I personally wouldn't mind to see that. But of course that depends on the quality of the releases in each category. And just in case we miss some quality ones, feel free to post them in the suggestions thread. That's what it's there for after all
JCJen7 - 03.02.2011 at 04:13  
Written by Ozman on 02.02.2011 at 09:38

Written by JCJen7 on 02.02.2011 at 09:29

I wish I agreed with you. I don't like having to decide between a 30 year old band on their deep downswing, or a 40+ year old band 's retirement album, but for me, it's what it has come down to. Not sure why I can't get in to the Black Country Communion album, maybe I just listened the fuck out of all my Zeppelin and Deep Purple albums, that I don't wanna hear it anymore, not sure haha.


BCC sounds nothing like Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin, and to be honest I can't really see a connection with Led Zep. The only connection is that BCC has John Bonham's son on drums. And Jason only drummed with Led Zep a couple of years back at a one-off gig.


Is it tough having the only opinion that matters
Jon - 03.02.2011 at 08:57  
There's a really easy way to weed out thoughtless voting. Before you can vote, you take a short survey. It might go something like this.

"1. Do you have a habit of claiming each album by your favourite band is their best yet? Possibly writing a tedious review on metal-archives.com with the header "Their best yet?".

2. Do you have a habit of viciously attacking bands you haven't heard much music from as sellouts in an effort to seem trve?

3. Do you listen to metal predominantly from the '00s due to an obsession with overly loud and digitalised production values?

If you answered yes to 1 or 2 of these questions, we are afraid you will not be allowed to participate in voting.

If you answered yes to all 3, we are sorry to inform you that your account on metalstorm.net has been permanently banned. Your home address details have been forwarded to Kerry King, who will be around shortly to eat you while Fenriz and Cronos look on and laugh."
Darkside Momo - 03.02.2011 at 12:06  
Written by Jon on 03.02.2011 at 08:57

If you answered yes to all 3, we are sorry to inform you that your account on metalstorm.net has been permanently banned. Your home address details have been forwarded to Kerry King, who will be around shortly to eat you while Fenriz and Cronos look on and laugh."


But please, don't spoil our plans already
IronAngel - 03.02.2011 at 14:41  
Regarding the post-metal/avant-garde stuff: the "avant-garde" category should probably be renamed to experimental/crossover metal or just "odds and ends" because the very nature of the category is a lack of common denominator. Avant-garde is simply French for experimental, and it's not commonly used in rock, metal or most popular music.

Post-rock and shoegaze are such close genres these days that there's no reason to differentiate between post-metal and so-called "shoegaze metal" either; especially since the latter is focused on a certain scene and will probably not become a long-lived, self-sufficent genre. Post-metal or atmospheric sludge is firmly its own style and is far from experimental or avant-garde.
Daydream Nation - 03.02.2011 at 14:59  
No...but there were enough good albums in post-rock and enough in shoe-gaze/experimental-crossover metal to warrant two sections, in my opinion...and knowing shoegaze, in the future there will be enough for a whole category on its own. It's blossoming like nobody's business.
Thryce - 03.02.2011 at 18:14  
Public service announcement: all those super-duper-hilarious Wintersun votes have been merged into one, but thanks anyway (...as if voting for an album that hasn't been released yet wasn't already dumb enough).

Funny thing about Time is that the year it will be released - assuming MS still exists by then - it will undoubtedly win the biggest letdown award by a landslide again, because y'know, the band isn't even good to begin with. Plus, there's no way in hell Mäenpää will manage to live up to the expectations. Just saying.

EDIT: And to whoever voted Troy Gallant as biggest letdown, you're a hero!
JohnDoe - 05.02.2011 at 13:59  
Someone voted for Opeth - Still Life - "write in" vote in the alternative metal category. WTF?

lame...

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