Metalstormers, the time is here once more.

The Metal Storm Awards 2011 are now open!

Throughout January we have been painstakingly working to provide you with a run-down of our nominations for what we feel are the best albums of 2011. It is now your job to check out the cream of the crop, and vote for your favourites.

This is the eighth year of the Metal Storm Awards, and as always you have the month of February to cast your judgement. This year however, we have introduced a couple of new categories; Melodic Black and Djent/Math metal, and also split up a few of the categories that were coupled in previous years.

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Results will be announced on the 1st March!

- The Metal Storm Staff


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Posted: 01.02.2012 by Ivan



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BitterCOld - 16.02.2012 at 01:28  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.02.2012 at 01:01

Who cares if your favourite album doesn't win. As llong as it gets exposure.
I really don't get why people get so hung up over the fact that the albums they voted for didn't win/



if an unknown, i agree. i routinely cast my vote for bands that end up in the 7-10 slot once results are published. i've cast 9 votes, of which i think two might/should win, a couple will finish middle of the pack, and most at the tail-end.

i can see getting "upset" if some lame band wins because of a name over a far more deserving band thanks to a massive last minute push or something. but for the most part the results are obvious and inevitable.
M C Vice - 16.02.2012 at 03:32  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.02.2012 at 01:01

Who cares if your favourite album doesn't win. As llong as it gets exposure.
I really don't get why people get so hung up over the fact that the albums they voted for didn't win/

I'm only expecting one of my votes to win (chthonic). Thought Fleshgod Apocalypse might untill I saw Vader in the nominees.
tea[m]ster - 16.02.2012 at 05:56  
Written by Darkside Momo on 16.02.2012 at 00:48

I have the same problem with Lazuli in prog, actually


Almost feel hopeless, but Marcel is right: at least the exposure is there!
tea[m]ster - 16.02.2012 at 05:58  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.02.2012 at 01:01

Who cares if your favourite album doesn't win. As llong as it gets exposure.
I really don't get why people get so hung up over the fact that the albums they voted for didn't win/



OMG, a glass-half-full comment from Marcel! But I do agree with you on 85% of that comment. The other 15% of me wants to beat my chest and say "I told you so, this cd rocks!"
Cynic Metalhead - 16.02.2012 at 11:01  
Well, out of 30 votes..if my 7 votes are considered to be a winner...then probably i will jump from houses to houses in a nerdy celebration that alteast i thought of something winning out of my exact votes. Not like a bitch sitting on a softy bed crying/ whining that i casted my vote in this and fuck! it doesn't come out as a winner. Totally shit.
M C Vice - 16.02.2012 at 11:40  
Written by Milena on 15.02.2012 at 12:40

Written by M C Vice on 15.02.2012 at 06:34

Tarot are still elegable though, right?

Well, it kinda doesn't make sense to vote for a remake for a best NEW album... they are different but those are still the same songs as they were on the original Spell Of Iron

But by that logic (albeit a streching of it) Northern Kings would never be eligable because they have no original songs. Spell Of Iron MMXI was a studio album of new recordings and is listed as a proper album here, so I'll assume it's elegable unless someone can find the rule that disqualifies it. I'm still not sure which to vote for, but I'm leaning towards Tarot (In Paradisia is just so purple! The cover looks like something from Prince.)

And can someone remind me a day or two before voting closes to cast my doom vote. (Omit's Repose and Ixion's To The Viod). I may have to toss a coin on this one.
Milena - 16.02.2012 at 12:22  
Written by M C Vice on 16.02.2012 at 11:40

But by that logic (albeit a streching of it) Northern Kings would never be eligable because they have no original songs.

Well you're right, they probably wouldn't
Koen Smits - 17.02.2012 at 23:22  
Damn, we need more subdivisions in death metal this year. I'm in a real struggle.
We 've got the doomy death releases from Sonne Adam, Cianide, Vallenfyre, Necros Christos etc...
We've got the more technicals: Benighted, Origin, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Obscura etc...
The old schools: Disma, Miasmal, Morbus Chron, Bastard Priest etc...
The casuals: Vader, Demonical, Vomitory, Hate Eternal etc...
The blackened ones: Azarath, Belphegor, Panzerchrist etc...
The specials: The Rotted, Ouroboros, Ulcerate, Mitochondrion etc...
I can't choose between subgenres, let alone between bands.
M C Vice - 18.02.2012 at 08:34  
Does biggest letdown have to be an album?
Oh, and somehow Lacuna Coil's new album has been nominated in both biggest letdown and biggest surprise.
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.02.2012 at 12:23  
Written by M C Vice on 18.02.2012 at 08:34

Does biggest letdown have to be an album?
Oh, and somehow Lacuna Coil's new album has been nominated in both biggest letdown and biggest surprise.


Letdown doesn't have to be an album.

And it is possible that f.e. gets nominated in biggest letdwon and biggest surprise. One person't letdwon might be another's surprise. And tbh surprise doesn't always have to be positive.
M C Vice - 18.02.2012 at 13:32  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.02.2012 at 12:23

Written by M C Vice on 18.02.2012 at 08:34

Does biggest letdown have to be an album?
Oh, and somehow Lacuna Coil's new album has been nominated in both biggest letdown and biggest surprise.


And it is possible that f.e. gets nominated in biggest letdwon and biggest surprise. One person't letdwon might be another's surprise. And tbh surprise doesn't always have to be positive.

I mean Dark Adrenaline was released this year. So it shouldn't be in the 2011 awards. At least two idiots don't know that the year changed a month and a half ago.
(if the letdown or suprise was it not being released last year, then I retract the idiot comment.)
Cuca Beludo - 18.02.2012 at 16:06  
Biggest Letdown ever: Metallica - Lulu
Marcel Hubregtse - 18.02.2012 at 16:07  
Written by Guest on 18.02.2012 at 16:06

Biggest Letdown ever: Metallica - Lulu


So, you actually originally expected it to be good?
Cuca Beludo - 18.02.2012 at 16:09  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.02.2012 at 16:07

Written by Guest on 18.02.2012 at 16:06

Biggest Letdown ever: Metallica - Lulu


So, you actually originally expected it to be good?


Before the first song came out... Yeah.
Cynic Metalhead - 18.02.2012 at 21:32  
Written by Guest on 18.02.2012 at 16:09

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 18.02.2012 at 16:07

Written by Guest on 18.02.2012 at 16:06

Biggest Letdown ever: Metallica - Lulu


So, you actually originally expected it to be good?


Before the first song came out... Yeah.


You didn't knew it before the making of "Lulu"??
Cuca Beludo - 19.02.2012 at 03:22  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.02.2012 at 21:32

You didn't knew it before the making of "Lulu"??


No, I just knew that the album was a collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed.
Cynic Metalhead - 19.02.2012 at 11:27  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 03:22

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.02.2012 at 21:32

You didn't knew it before the making of "Lulu"??


No, I just knew that the album was a collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed.


Man, the moment i came to know that Lou is collaborating with Metallica...instantly i came to know it gonna be weak record/ crappy slow Rock record. I think when they announced the title "Lulu" only few days after their first track was on internet. Anyways, LULU can be awarded in"Record never made" crap.
Cuca Beludo - 19.02.2012 at 16:18  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 11:27

Man, the moment i came to know that Lou is collaborating with Metallica...instantly i came to know it gonna be weak record/ crappy slow Rock record.


I never listened to Lou Reed before this colaboration, but I already knew him, of course. That's why I didn't expected nothing out of this world.

In the final, I was wrong...
Cynic Metalhead - 19.02.2012 at 16:37  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 16:18

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 11:27

Man, the moment i came to know that Lou is collaborating with Metallica...instantly i came to know it gonna be weak record/ crappy slow Rock record.


I never listened to Lou Reed before this colaboration, but I already knew him, of course. That's why I didn't expected nothing out of this world.

In the final, I was wrong...


So, it should gonna go in Biggest Surprise or Letdown??
Cuca Beludo - 19.02.2012 at 16:48  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 16:37

Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 16:18

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 11:27

Man, the moment i came to know that Lou is collaborating with Metallica...instantly i came to know it gonna be weak record/ crappy slow Rock record.


I never listened to Lou Reed before this colaboration, but I already knew him, of course. That's why I didn't expected nothing out of this world.

In the final, I was wrong...


So, it should gonna go in Biggest Surprise or Letdown??


At first I expected something at least enjoyable from Metallica... Maybe another Load or Reload.

BUT I SUCKS!

So I voted Lulu for the biggest letdow. I don't have a album to put under Biggest Surprise yet... Nothing this year was a great surprise (for me).
Mr. Doctor - 19.02.2012 at 16:50  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 16:37
So, it should gonna go in Biggest Surprise or Letdown??


If you ask me... I think it's completely retarded to vote for it in biggest letdown. You have to actually expect something good about an album to consider it a letdown. If you just "didn't expected nothing out of this world"... that is just being indifferent.

Not to mention that pretty much everyone and their mothers knew already it was going to suck and when "The View" was released it was a big confirmation.
Cynic Metalhead - 19.02.2012 at 16:54  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 16:48

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 16:37

Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 16:18

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 11:27

Man, the moment i came to know that Lou is collaborating with Metallica...instantly i came to know it gonna be weak record/ crappy slow Rock record.


I never listened to Lou Reed before this colaboration, but I already knew him, of course. That's why I didn't expected nothing out of this world.

In the final, I was wrong...


So, it should gonna go in Biggest Surprise or Letdown??


So I voted Lulu for the biggest letdow.


For me, (may be) it gonna be Megadave's Thirteen. Nothing new. Pretty weak record and expected great output but it turn out to be very amateur record , nothing impressive too. Meh.
Cynic Metalhead - 19.02.2012 at 16:59  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.02.2012 at 16:50

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 16:37
So, it should gonna go in Biggest Surprise or Letdown??


If you ask me... I think it's completely retarded to vote for it in biggest letdown. You have to actually expect something good about an album to consider it a letdown. If you just "didn't expected nothing out of this world"... that is just being indifferent.

Not to mention that pretty much everyone and their mothers knew already it was going to suck and when "The View" was released it was a big confirmation.


Well, if you dig outta 1 good song out of the whole album, album doesn't considered to be good/pleasing. You know it very well. Even i won't put down LULU in a letdown category but i won't deny the fact either that it's a strong contender.
Cuca Beludo - 19.02.2012 at 17:20  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 16:54

Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 16:48

So I voted Lulu for the biggest letdow.


For me, (may be) it gonna be Megadave's Thirteen. Nothing new. Pretty weak record and expected great output but it turn out to be very amateur record , nothing impressive too. Meh.


I gave this one a listen to a few songs only. I was never a fan of Megadeth music, so I can't vote for Thirteen in any category.
Everyone like this album, anyway...
Cynic Metalhead - 19.02.2012 at 17:29  
Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 17:20

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 19.02.2012 at 16:54

Written by Guest on 19.02.2012 at 16:48

So I voted Lulu for the biggest letdow.


For me, (may be) it gonna be Megadave's Thirteen. Nothing new. Pretty weak record and expected great output but it turn out to be very amateur record , nothing impressive too. Meh.


Everyone like this album, anyway...


i didn't like it. I spun only once and it was something really painful to get through that. Somehow, i manage to get 1 to 2 songs really good but overall, Meh.
Slayer666 - 19.02.2012 at 20:25  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.02.2012 at 16:50

If you ask me... I think it's completely retarded to vote for it in biggest letdown. You have to actually expect something good about an album to consider it a letdown. If you just "didn't expected nothing out of this world"... that is just being indifferent.

Not to mention that pretty much everyone and their mothers knew already it was going to suck and when "The View" was released it was a big confirmation.


I don't think anyone expected it to suck that much.
Mr. Doctor - 19.02.2012 at 20:42  
Written by Slayer666 on 19.02.2012 at 20:25
I don't think anyone expected it to suck that much.


But still, everyone knew it was going to be bad... It's not a letdown just because it happens to suck more. You are already thinking it's bad.
Slayer666 - 19.02.2012 at 20:44  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.02.2012 at 20:42

But still, everyone knew it was going to be bad... It's not a letdown just because it happens to suck more. You are already thinking it's bad.


Hm... maybe it's a letdown to him because his childhood hero, James Hatfield, finally admitted he's just a small town girl?
M C Vice - 29.02.2012 at 11:06  
And the winners will be:
Alternative - Lunatic Soul
Aventguarde - Devin Townsend
Black - Wolves in the Trone Room
Djent/Math - The Interbeing
Death - Vader
Doom - 40 Watt Sun
Extreme Doom - Colosseum
Gothic - Draconian
Grindcore - Landmine Marathon
Hard Rock - Uriah Heap
Hard/Metal/Deathcore -Born of Osiris
Heavy - Amorphis
Industrial/Electro - Korn
Melodeath, etc. - Insomnium
Melo Black - Chthonic
Metalgaze - Deafheaven
Pagan/Folk/Viking - Moonsorrow
Post-metal - Earth
Power - Powerwolf
Prog - Symphony X
Sludge/Stoner - Mastadon
Symphonic - Septicflesh
Thrash - Skeletonwitch

Disclaimer - Don't put money on any of my tips, They're mainly guesswork with a small amount of research. Like my Melbourne Cup tips.
Marcel Hubregtse - 29.02.2012 at 13:18  
Written by M C Vice on 29.02.2012 at 11:06

And the winners will be:
Alternative - Lunatic Soul
Aventguarde - Devin Townsend
Black - Wolves in the Trone Room
Djent/Math - The Interbeing
Death - Vader
Doom - 40 Watt Sun
Extreme Doom - Colosseum
Gothic - Draconian
Grindcore - Landmine Marathon
Hard Rock - Uriah Heap
Hard/Metal/Deathcore -Born of Osiris
Heavy - Amorphis
Industrial/Electro - Korn
Melodeath, etc. - Insomnium
Melo Black - Chthonic
Metalgaze - Deafheaven
Pagan/Folk/Viking - Moonsorrow
Post-metal - Earth
Power - Powerwolf
Prog - Symphony X
Sludge/Stoner - Mastadon
Symphonic - Septicflesh
Thrash - Skeletonwitch

Disclaimer - Don't put money on any of my tips, They're mainly guesswork with a small amount of research. Like my Melbourne Cup tips.


12 guessed correctly
M C Vice - 01.03.2012 at 09:41  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 29.02.2012 at 13:18

Written by M C Vice on 29.02.2012 at 11:06




12 guessed correctly

Really? I pulled most of them out of my arse. Only about 4 of them would be genuine predictions. I figured Septicflesh was a certinty cause it was the top album of the year for about 6 months.

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