Metal Storm Awards 2011 - Now Open!


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.

Don't forget to share this news with your friends, or even start your own campaign over the internet for your favourite bands to win. We have done the hard work bringing you these nominations, now let's have some fun. Useful banners and buttons can be found here.

Results will be announced on the 1st March!

- The Metal Storm Staff

Source: metalstorm.net
 
Posted: 01.02.2012 by Ivan


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02.02.2012 - 21:28
Iskander
I discovered this site very recently and it has quickly become my favourite metal website. these awards are what convinced me the most. sure i got butthurt when i saw that a few of my favourite albums weren't among the nominees... but meh, i have discovered a few very nice new bands thanks to this, so that's just perfect.

i do have one suggestion, however... i think it would be cool to be able to vote, say, the top three in each category. especially in very "crowded" categories (death metal, for example), it's really hard to give a 100% of one's "voting power" to only one album and leave other very good albums with the same amount of support we would give something like the abomination that metallica offered us this year (0%, i hope you get what i mean).

other than that... thank you and keep up the good work.
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02.02.2012 - 21:35
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Kass on 02.02.2012 at 13:01

That did help a little, thank you.

Basically djent is an entire genre based on Meshuggah worship. But there are some, like Tesseract and Circles, who are considered djent because of a specialized "twang" in the sound of their guitars that is derived from the special "twang" that is present in Meshuggah's guitar tuning. The name "djent" is an onomatopoeia for how that specialized "twang" sounds when picked, djent djent djent djent...
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02.02.2012 - 21:55
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by psykometal on 02.02.2012 at 21:35

Written by Kass on 02.02.2012 at 13:01

That did help a little, thank you.

Basically djent is an entire genre based on Meshuggah worship.


I'm quite positive about the genre tbh. I know that a huge load of them are just Meshuggah worship but there are already bands that break the rule like those you mentioned likeUneven Structures and Vildhjarta to a lesser extent.

I think when the time comes... Djent will break the surfance as a more stablished sound. It is after all a very young genre.
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02.02.2012 - 22:03
Milena
Learning To "X"
Written by Iskander on 02.02.2012 at 21:28

i do have one suggestion, however... i think it would be cool to be able to vote, say, the top three in each category. especially in very "crowded" categories (death metal, for example), it's really hard to give a 100% of one's "voting power" to only one album and leave other very good albums with the same amount of support we would give something like the abomination that metallica offered us this year (0%, i hope you get what i mean).

This is a very good idea... I do not know how doable it would be and how difficult would it be to code it, but I already have a couple of faves in some categories and I'm torn between them.

However. It has been said before that the most popular bands will most likely win. So, doesn't matter who you give your vote to, if you discovered two or more bands in some category that you absolutely adore, you got the maximum out of the Awards experience
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02.02.2012 - 22:04
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.02.2012 at 21:55

I'm quite positive about the genre tbh. I know that a huge load of them are just Meshuggah worship but there are already bands that break the rule like those you mentioned likeUneven Structures and Vildhjarta to a lesser extent.

I think when the time comes... Djent will break the surfance as a more stablished sound. It is after all a very young genre.

Oh don't get me wrong, I am too. My description was just a basic explanation of the genre is all, wasn't meaning to disqualify it. However I do prefer the heavier side of the genre like Vildhjarta and Uneven Structure, not too particualr on Circles or Tesseract but as I get older and my tastes continue to mature and evolve I may come to enjoy the lighter side of the genre.
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02.02.2012 - 22:07
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by psykometal on 02.02.2012 at 22:04

Oh don't get me wrong, I am too. My description was just a basic explanation of the genre is all, wasn't meaning to disqualify it. However I do prefer the heavier side of the genre like Vildhjarta and Uneven Structure, not too particualr on Circles or Tesseract but as I get older and my tastes continue to mature and evolve I may come to enjoy the lighter side of the genre.


I actually share the same feelings towards Djent... I honestly don't dig Tesseract and Circles at all.
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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02.02.2012 - 22:09
Darkside Momo
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.02.2012 at 21:55

I'm quite positive about the genre tbh. I know that a huge load of them are just Meshuggah worship but there are already bands that break the rule like those you mentioned likeUneven Structures and Vildhjarta to a lesser extent.

I think when the time comes... Djent will break the surfance as a more stablished sound. It is after all a very young genre.

I don't really understand what's so groundbreaking about Uneven Structure to be honest. It's good, that for sure, but the mix between Meshuggah-worship and amiant was already done by Textures on their first album (Polars, 2004), with for exampel the same kind of ambiant-only closing track. What Uneven Structure did was to improve on that ground and raise both quality and songwriting a few notches up
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02.02.2012 - 22:11
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Darkside Momo on 02.02.2012 at 22:09
What Uneven Structure did was to improve on that ground and raise both quality and songwriting a few notches up


Still way better than flat out rip Meshuggah's stuff but that's just me though. I do see them as one of the strongest in the awards together with Vildhjarta.
I do have to check out Textures a bit more... I don't remember that much from the album and band in general.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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02.02.2012 - 22:15
Mountain King
K i K o
Pagan's Mind should be in the Progressive Metal catergory. They have always been more on the progy side of metal...
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02.02.2012 - 22:19
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.02.2012 at 22:11

Still way better than flat out rip Meshuggah's stuff but that's just me though. I do see them as one of the strongest in the awards together with Vildhjarta.

Well I don't mind so much the Meshuggah worship but I do agree that Vildhjarta and Uneven Structure are the best in the genre...
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02.02.2012 - 22:33
Darkside Momo
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.02.2012 at 22:11

Written by Darkside Momo on 02.02.2012 at 22:09
What Uneven Structure did was to improve on that ground and raise both quality and songwriting a few notches up


Still way better than flat out rip Meshuggah's stuff but that's just me though. I do see them as one of the strongest in the awards together with Vildhjarta.
I do have to check out Textures a bit more... I don't remember that much from the album and band in general.

I agree, it's better to do something better than just ripping off Meshuggah, but I don't consider them to be one of the strongest actually. Vildhjarta, Tesseract, even the latest Textures, are abit above Februus. But sure it's a very promising first album from a very promising band.

As for Textures, Polars (first album, 2004) is their weakest by far. Drawing Circles (2006), Silhouettes (2008) and Dualism (2011) are all different, all awesome (fanboy inside )
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02.02.2012 - 22:46
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Darkside Momo on 02.02.2012 at 22:33


As for Textures, Polars (first album, 2004)


2003
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02.02.2012 - 23:00
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.02.2012 at 22:46

Written by Darkside Momo on 02.02.2012 at 22:33


As for Textures, Polars (first album, 2004)


2003

we have it in 2004 in the database, and for all I remember it was indeed released by Listenable in early 2004. But maybe the band released it themselves in the Netherlands in 2003?
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02.02.2012 - 23:21
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Why on earth isn't Obscura under death metal with Omnivium? Suggested that today, hope it gets up...
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02.02.2012 - 23:21
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Darkside Momo on 02.02.2012 at 23:00

we have it in 2004 in the database, and for all I remember it was indeed released by Listenable in early 2004. But maybe the band released it themselves in the Netherlands in 2003?


I was indeed self released in 2003 (the version I have) and rereleased by Listenable in 2004
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02.02.2012 - 23:22
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Apothecary on 02.02.2012 at 23:21

Why on earth isn't Obscura under death metal with Omnivium? Suggested that today, hope it gets up...


Because when counting points the other 10 scored higher so they were the ten nominated.
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02.02.2012 - 23:24
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.02.2012 at 23:22

Written by Apothecary on 02.02.2012 at 23:21

Why on earth isn't Obscura under death metal with Omnivium? Suggested that today, hope it gets up...


Because when counting points the other 10 scored higher so they were the ten nominated.

Wow, that's a tad surprising. Alright, Krisiun it is for me then.
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So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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02.02.2012 - 23:27
tibosax
Living skeleton
I think Septic Flesh is in a wrong box. It's obvious there are a lot of symphonic influences but, this kind of extreme stuff don't fit most fans of symphonic. However, I don't know if "Death metal" is better, even if Fleshgod is classify as a death metal band for the awards, and Melodeath may don't fit either
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02.02.2012 - 23:43
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Apothecary on 02.02.2012 at 23:24

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.02.2012 at 23:22

Written by Apothecary on 02.02.2012 at 23:21

Why on earth isn't Obscura under death metal with Omnivium? Suggested that today, hope it gets up...


Because when counting points the other 10 scored higher so they were the ten nominated.

Wow, that's a tad surprising. Alright, Krisiun it is for me then.


You can still wrte in Obscura. You don't have to choose from the ten nominated ones.
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02.02.2012 - 23:57
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by tibosax on 02.02.2012 at 23:27

I think Septic Flesh is in a wrong box. It's obvious there are a lot of symphonic influences but, this kind of extreme stuff don't fit most fans of symphonic. However, I don't know if "Death metal" is better, even if Fleshgod is classify as a death metal band for the awards, and Melodeath may don't fit either

You exactly understand what we endure when choosing categories But for Septicflesh it was pretty easy, as the symphonic elements dominate over the DM roots
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03.02.2012 - 00:00
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Agree with Momo... no one from the staff/elite thought too much about Septicflesh.... It went straight to the symphonic category.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
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03.02.2012 - 00:29
tibosax
Living skeleton
It was more about the kind of stuff that symphonic fans like and not like than a question of style. I mean, most of them do like symphonic metal because it is one of the sweetest style. That's why I think that, if Sceptic Flesh is obviously an extreme symphonic metal bands, symphonics fans may not judge the true value of this band. For instance, I immediately voted for Sceptic Flesh without listening the others because I don't like "sweet" stuffs. I know this is a misbehaviour because these kind of voted has to be thinking but I think a lot of people will do the same, or the exact opposite.
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03.02.2012 - 00:43
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by tibosax on 03.02.2012 at 00:29

It was more about the kind of stuff that symphonic fans like and not like than a question of style. I mean, most of them do like symphonic metal because it is one of the sweetest style. That's why I think that, if Sceptic Flesh is obviously an extreme symphonic metal bands, symphonics fans may not judge the true value of this band. For instance, I immediately voted for Sceptic Flesh without listening the others because I don't like "sweet" stuffs. I know this is a misbehaviour because these kind of voted has to be thinking but I think a lot of people will do the same, or the exact opposite.

I guess you're right about that 'problem'. But we can't multiply categories ad nauseam, so SF went with the other, mellower, symphonic bands...
And well, if at least a few people listen to everything, maybe they'll broaden their taste one way or another...? And in that case, the awards will have achieved their goal
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03.02.2012 - 00:46
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Quote:

For Septicflesh it was pretty easy, as the symphonic elements dominate over the DM roots

So for the genre-mixing bands, it's just a matter of deciding which elements take precedence? I'm sure that can generate some fun debate
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03.02.2012 - 00:49
Darkside Momo
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Written by Apothecary on 03.02.2012 at 00:46

So for the genre-mixing bands, it's just a matter of deciding which elements take precedence? I'm sure that can generate some fun debate

Oh be sure it does
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03.02.2012 - 01:04
Iskander
Written by Milena on 02.02.2012 at 22:03

Written by Iskander on 02.02.2012 at 21:28

i do have one suggestion, however... i think it would be cool to be able to vote, say, the top three in each category. especially in very "crowded" categories (death metal, for example), it's really hard to give a 100% of one's "voting power" to only one album and leave other very good albums with the same amount of support we would give something like the abomination that metallica offered us this year (0%, i hope you get what i mean).

This is a very good idea... I do not know how doable it would be and how difficult would it be to code it, but I already have a couple of faves in some categories and I'm torn between them.

However. It has been said before that the most popular bands will most likely win. So, doesn't matter who you give your vote to, if you discovered two or more bands in some category that you absolutely adore, you got the maximum out of the Awards experience


that's probably true. allthough i must admit that, aside from getting to know new bands, the whole competition and supporting bands one likes element (and that includes nerdraging at vote results and nominee lists and all that silly stuff) is also part of the fun of awards like these, at least for me.

another solution could be to introduce even more sub-genres, so that you could vote for fleshgod AND obscura AND origin (that's my main dilemma in the death metal category right now. oh and ulcerate... arghhh!) because they would be in different genres for some strange reason...
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03.02.2012 - 02:02
Doc Godin
Obnoxious
Written by moe5512 on 02.02.2012 at 21:21

I don't think I have listened enough to metal this year when I only know 10% of the bands

Don't rush, we don't expect everyone to know every band in there, and you've got a month to vote, so I highly recommend checking some unknown's out. There's definitely some unknown gems in there.
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03.02.2012 - 02:27
BitterCOld
Gringo
The funny thing is we have discussions on who goes where, but at no point does it devolve into the whining we see 'round these parts once the awards go up.

so long as bands bend or straddle multiple genres, there really is no answer. just like our nomination process, you cannot please everyone...
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03.02.2012 - 03:18
sq_xeper
I still dont know why Metalstorm ALWAYS puts a band that NO ONE KNOWS into the voting, example: Medeia, not even Metal Archives has a review for that album, Im guessing this site is friend of the band. There was so many other great death metal releases i.e. Entrails, Demonical, Blaspherian, Disma, Supreme Pain, Funerus, etc
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03.02.2012 - 03:48
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by sq_xeper on 03.02.2012 at 03:18

I still dont know why Metalstorm ALWAYS puts a band that NO ONE KNOWS into the voting, example: Medeia, not even Metal Archives has a review for that album, Im guessing this site is friend of the band. There was so many other great death metal releases i.e. Entrails, Demonical, Blaspherian, Disma, Supreme Pain, Funerus, etc

2 part answer. A) It's not about if ANYONE knows the bands. B) The MS Awards are also about introducing EVERYONE else to bands they probably didn't know existed...
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