Metal Storm Awards 2016 - Results Are In!


Like all good things must, the Metal Storm Awards 2016 have come to a close. Set your pencils down and prepare to cry about the results; thanks for playing, and we hope you'll join us again next year. When we opened this edition of the Awards, we promised you more metal than ever before, and you threw it right back at us; 2016 may not have been the most colossal MSAs in terms of voter participation, but we certainly blew 2015 out of the water, and that sure feels good. That's not to say that the competitions were any fairer than usual; most categories had only one real contender, or came down to two or three obvious choices. Nonetheless, we gave a lot of bands a lot of attention, and that's why we're here. Let's count off the big kahunas.

Alcest picked up Metalgaze and ran with it, leaving the next-biggest draw in the dust 300 votes behind. Ulver swamped Ambient/Drone/Noise, and Apothecary is pissed. Transcendevin Profoundsend transcended his prog compatriots, Moonsorrow completely folked over the rest of its category, and Anaal Nathrakh CTRL+ALT+DELeted all competition in Industrial. Trees Of Eternity crushed Gothic just as badly as their music crushes our souls, and Vektor thoroughly thrashed Thrash. Alternative very nearly fell to The SLoT, an unknown contender, in a stunning upset, but when all was said and done, Gojira stuck to the roof like a ceiling. Believe it or not, for the first time in Metal Storm Awards history, the Melodeath category played host to a serious competition. 2016 was truly a banner year for melodeath, with a great deal of the genre heavyweights and all the past winners throwing down a massive metal gauntlet. No doubt some of us placed bets on who would come out victorious among names like Be'lakor, Dark Tranquillity, Amon Amarth, Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, and those other guys. Apologies to Death Grips, who did not win any of the categories they were written in for (all of them) with the name of their new album misspelled. Brilliant.

Speaking of spelling errors, let's discuss Metallica's new album. Hardwired... To Self-Destruct (note the format carefully) was written into Thrash, Biggest Surprise, and Biggest Letdown with so many variations that BitterCOld's head exploded. This symphony of self-destruction received recognition in Biggest Surprise as "Metallica - The Number Of Different Spellings Submitted For Hardwired etc." Ultimately, the album itself did take home Biggest Surprise, despite being the most boring and predictable Metallica album in forever (come on guys - Zeal And Ardor? Avenged Sevenfold? Babymetal? Schammasch? Hell, even Megadeth? Finsterforst released an EP called #‎YØLØ‬. Not surprising enough for you?).

Best Cover saw a write-in vote for Oceans Of Slumber's version of The Moody Blues' classic "Knights In White Satin." It's, uh, "Nights," folks. The Knights In White Satin are Rhapsody Of Fire. Now, the Cover cat would have gone to Disturbed for their electrifying version of "The Sound Of Silence"... if they had not already won last year. Because that came out in 2015. At least it was more recent than Death's version of "Painkiller," which received a few votes, and, yes, should definitely win Best Cover Song of 1998. You guys. Please. Ultimately, Anaal Nathrakh's slaughterrific rampage through Iron Maiden's classic "Powerslave" took the cake (and our souls).

Moving on to Biggest Letdown, it's clear that we need to have a serious talk. In Flames have already won Biggest Letdown THREE TIMES, the first of those being in 2004 (at our very first Metal Storm Awards 12 years ago), and even when they didn't win, their albums still received heaps of votes. They aren't coming back. Deal with it. Stop writing them in for Biggest Letdown. Thank goodness you guys apparently hate Opeth now, too, or else we'd look like idiots for handing out another award to In Flames as if we didn't expect them to release something mediocre (which very much negates the point of the category). Metal Storm's venerable staff itself received a nomination, apparently for our choice of nominees. Hey, it's not OUR fault that Babymetal got in. Actually, maybe it is. The best entry, though, definitely has to be "The Place Where I Work - My Shit Job." That's rough, buddy. Best Drama... Man, we're just falling apart here. Rhapsody Of Fire's eight separate nominations were a sight to behold (especially "stop stop its already dead"), but not as much as Wintersun's 12. Yes, 12 different varieties of write-in vote. Still not enough to unseat Agalloch's impressive ego-plosion, but that's one nomination for every year that Wintersun has been insufferable.

Well, that's enough rating, berating, commentating, and exacerbating for now. Go on and take a gander at the results, if you haven't already, and be sure to tell us what you think (in a civilized manner). We had a lot of fun putting this together and reaping the rewards; let's hope next year's ceremony can be just as grand. We'll see you all then.

You can find the results here.

Metal Storm Staff


Source: metalstorm.net
 
Posted: 01.03.2017 by D.T. Metal


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02.03.2017 - 20:07
RaduP
Noob
Written by M C Vice on 02.03.2017 at 10:41

Written by RaduP on 01.03.2017 at 12:27

Feels bad when the worst album from a category wins just because the band is the most popular.

Well, if say 10% of the folks that heard an album voted for it, the band that has 1000 folks listening to them will always beat out the band with 200 listeners. Technically, bands win by being popular, but not in the way that people usually say.


I understand popular bands winning. My issue is with it being worse than the other ones *cough*black metal*cough*. For some categories I voted for a less known album despite liking the most popular one more (folk / ambient / gaze).
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02.03.2017 - 20:29
Dangerboner
:D
Fallujah winning the death metal category just shows how soft people are these days. Sad
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03.03.2017 - 03:02
Fearmeister
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I love all those votes that Blood Incantation got despite not being on the site

(Plz add Blood Incantation)
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03.03.2017 - 04:04
Overrwatcher
Cheeky MS staff changed my joke Six Feet Under "best cover" vote to Ghost. I'll take it, I guess.

Pretty standard and expected stuff. Big names win awards because they are most popular. I'm not criticizing it, after all I'm the one that voted for Vektor, Insomnium, Gojira, and Meshuggah. It's just the nature of awards.

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Best Drama... Man, we're just falling apart here. Rhapsody Of Fire's eight separate nominations were a sight to behold (especially "stop stop its already dead"), but not as much as Wintersun's 12. Yes, 12 different varieties of write-in vote. Still not enough to unseat Agalloch's impressive ego-plosion, but that's one nomination for every year that Wintersun has been insufferable.


Half the fun of the awards comes from being as simultaneously clever and obnoxious as possible in the drama category. I'm glad we lived up to it this year.
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Written by Dr. Strawberry on 12.06.2016 at 19:43

Overwatcher, MS Xena, crumbled him in no time. MS needs you to kill the boredom in here.
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03.03.2017 - 12:10
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
For me this year's edition was definitely worth it just for discovering Zeal And Ardor.
And the biggest surprise for me was that the winner of The Biggest Surprise category was THAT album.
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03.03.2017 - 13:12
VforVendetta
"Speaking of spelling errors, let's discuss Metallica's new album. Hardwired... To Self-Destruct (note the format carefully) was written into Thrash, Biggest Surprise, and Biggest Letdown with so many variations that BitterCOld's head exploded"
;D;D;D so funny :lol::lol:
I almost laughed for an hour because of this sentence.
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03.03.2017 - 13:56
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
My vote for "Biggest Surprise" and "Biggest Letdown" unabashedly ignored due to the fact that people were too busy in giving a cuck about "best" and "worst" releases respectively. I don't blame staff for this but YOU who severly underestimated the power of "change" that can have over those two noms. I'm angered and sad simultaneously but this can be quickly evaporated if i focus on my yoga sessions. Brb.
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03.03.2017 - 14:05
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Cynic Metalhead on 03.03.2017 at 13:56

My vote for "Biggest Surprise" and "Biggest Letdown" unabashedly ignored due to the fact that people were too busy in giving a cuck about "best" and "worst" releases respectively. I don't blame staff for this but YOU who severly underestimated the power of "change" that can have over those two noms. I'm angered and sad simultaneously but this can be quickly evaporated if i focus on my yoga sessions. Brb.

Your vote wasn't "ignored." It carries the same weight as every other vote made.
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03.03.2017 - 14:45
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Guest on 03.03.2017 at 14:05

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 03.03.2017 at 13:56

My vote for "Biggest Surprise" and "Biggest Letdown" unabashedly ignored due to the fact that people were too busy in giving a cuck about "best" and "worst" releases respectively. I don't blame staff for this but YOU who severly underestimated the power of "change" that can have over those two noms. I'm angered and sad simultaneously but this can be quickly evaporated if i focus on my yoga sessions. Brb.

Your vote wasn't "ignored." It carries the same weight as every other vote made.


It meant for "tongue in cheek" speech, sir.
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03.03.2017 - 15:41
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Cynic Metalhead on 03.03.2017 at 14:45

It meant for "tongue in cheek" speech, sir.

To be honest I can't even understand what you meant to say with that post.
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03.03.2017 - 15:42
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 03.03.2017 at 15:41


To be honest I can't even understand what you meant to say with that post.


Like with most of his other posts.
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03.03.2017 - 15:44
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.03.2017 at 15:42

Like with most of his other posts.

Random big sounding words thrown together willy-nilly, yeah.
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04.03.2017 - 00:17
Maco
Handbanana
Add Blood Incantation x2
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06.03.2017 - 19:38
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
More or less the usual in terms fo result. I'm damn glad Opeth went down for Letdown, man... Fuck Opeth. Never thought I'd say that since I'm a huge fan of their period up to and including Watershed.

I don't feel like calling out a specific name because said user won't care, but I always find it hilarious when someone complains so much about the nominees... Because it's the type of user who would never do shit for the website in order to get promoted and, guess what, actually influence the outcome of the nominees. It was one of the reasons I wanted to be an elite on the site. Nothing is stopping you.

Written by Maco on 04.03.2017 at 00:17
Add Blood Incantation x2

It was a great album, I recall more than one staffer liking it as much as I did. Feel free to add them.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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07.03.2017 - 02:38
Maco
Handbanana
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.03.2017 at 19:38

Feel free to add them.

K but how?
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07.03.2017 - 19:33
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Maco on 07.03.2017 at 02:38

Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.03.2017 at 19:38

Feel free to add them.

K but how?


Ok, turns out you can't haha. But I did make the "shell" for the profile for anyone to edit and add albums and stuff. Was adding some demos when I saw that someone alreeady put the debut haha.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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08.03.2017 - 02:47
Fearmeister
Account deleted
Written by Mr. Doctor on 07.03.2017 at 19:33

Ok, turns out you can't haha. But I did make the "shell" for the profile for anyone to edit and add albums and stuff. Was adding some demos when I saw that someone alreeady put the debut haha.


Does this mean we can bug you to add bands now? Life just isn't the same without Johan being yelled at by us to add bands (and doing it)
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08.03.2017 - 07:55
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 08.03.2017 at 02:47

Written by Mr. Doctor on 07.03.2017 at 19:33

Ok, turns out you can't haha. But I did make the "shell" for the profile for anyone to edit and add albums and stuff. Was adding some demos when I saw that someone alreeady put the debut haha.


Does this mean we can bug you to add bands now? Life just isn't the same without Johan being yelled at by us to add bands (and doing it)


Yes and no.
I'm gonna be the dude who adds the shit I like and the shit I get yelled at which I also happen like. Hahahaha. So basically, don't request any power metal from me.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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08.03.2017 - 10:05
LuciferOfGayness
Happy fucker
Written by Mr. Doctor on 08.03.2017 at 07:55

Written by Guest on 08.03.2017 at 02:47

Written by Mr. Doctor on 07.03.2017 at 19:33

Ok, turns out you can't haha. But I did make the "shell" for the profile for anyone to edit and add albums and stuff. Was adding some demos when I saw that someone alreeady put the debut haha.


Does this mean we can bug you to add bands now? Life just isn't the same without Johan being yelled at by us to add bands (and doing it)


Yes and no.
I'm gonna be the dude who adds the shit I like and the shit I get yelled at which I also happen like. Hahahaha. So basically, don't request any power metal from me.

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08.03.2017 - 19:27
Fearmeister
Account deleted
Written by Mr. Doctor on 08.03.2017 at 07:55

Written by Guest on 08.03.2017 at 02:47

Written by Mr. Doctor on 07.03.2017 at 19:33

Ok, turns out you can't haha. But I did make the "shell" for the profile for anyone to edit and add albums and stuff. Was adding some demos when I saw that someone alreeady put the debut haha.


Does this mean we can bug you to add bands now? Life just isn't the same without Johan being yelled at by us to add bands (and doing it)


Yes and no.
I'm gonna be the dude who adds the shit I like and the shit I get yelled at which I also happen like. Hahahaha. So basically, don't request any power metal from me.


Dammit, I was going to ask you to add Eternal Champion
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09.03.2017 - 13:21
Paz
News Man
Written by Guest on 08.03.2017 at 19:27

Eternal Champion

Power metal? The last time I heard them, they were playing heavy metal.
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09.03.2017 - 18:16
Fearmeister
Account deleted
Written by Paz on 09.03.2017 at 13:21

Written by Guest on 08.03.2017 at 19:27

Eternal Champion

Power metal? The last time I heard them, they were playing heavy metal.


Oh, I know. But I don't think Rod listens to classic metal that often
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