With the Metal Storm Awards 2008, you, the metalhead, were given your say in which albums were the best of their respective genres in 2008.

We, the staff of Metal Storm, also had our own internal polling done to determine our selections for "best in show" of each genre. Just like you, we spent the month of February reviewing our final nominees for each category and voted for who we thought represented their respective genres best during the last calendar year.

As with some of the general MS awards (see Sludge, nearly a three way tie that was decided with, literally, Two Minutes to Midnight on the final day of voting), we had some close calls of our own to hash out. After much deliberation, much alcohol consumption, even more metal consumption, some heated words, a few fist fights, and one kick to the junk (sorry, Lucas, hope your "boys" are feeling better!), we've compiled our list of who we, as the staff, would hand out our awards to.

Now that you've had nearly two weeks to digest your results, and the initial furor over how "Band X should have won their genre, Band Y is complete bollocks and they should never have won, and Band Z should have been in a different genre" has died down, we figure the time is right to unveil our selections and let the bitching resume anew.

You may direct your comments, concerns, or outrage here.

Alternative Metal - Textures - Silhouettes
Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal - Haggard - Tales Of Ithiria
Avantgarde Metal - Transcending Bizarre? - The Serpent's Manifolds
Black Metal - Darkspace - III
Death Metal - Hail Of Bullets - ...Of Frost And War
Doom Metal - Mar De Grises - Draining The Waterheart
Extreme Doom Metal - Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
Gothic Metal - The Eternal - Kartika
Grindcore - Misery Index - Traitors
Hard Rock - AC/DC - Black Ice
Heavy Metal - Enforcer - Into The Night
Melodeath/Gothenburg Metal - Hollenthon - Opus Magnum
Metalcore - Heaven Shall Burn - Iconoclast
Pagan/Viking/Folk Metal - Thyrfing - Hels Vite
Post-Metal - Cult Of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
Power Metal - Helstar - The King Of Hell
Progressive Metal - Enslaved - Vertebrae
Sludge/Stoner Metal - Ufomammut - Idolum
Thrash Metal - Hexen - State Of Insurgency

Best Cover - Heaven Shall Burn - Black Tears [Edge Of Sanity cover]
Best Debut - Hail Of Bullets - ...Of Frost And War
Best Video - Dark Suns - The Chameleon Conflict

- The Metal Storm Staff


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Posted: 15.03.2009 by wrathchild



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WorpeX - 15.03.2009 at 17:12  
Interesting, the only band i've actually heard of in this list is AC/DC. Maybe I should check out a few of these bands.
Elio - 15.03.2009 at 17:18  
I want to know the details of what happened to Lucas' "boys" xD

Great writing skillz
Bas - 15.03.2009 at 17:41  
Written by Elio on 15.03.2009 at 17:18

I want to know the details of what happened to Lucas' "boys"

Some things are best left in the dark
Elio - 15.03.2009 at 17:58  
Written by Bas on 15.03.2009 at 17:41

Written by Elio on 15.03.2009 at 17:18

I want to know the details of what happened to Lucas' "boys"

Some things are best left in the dark

maybe you are right after all
Introspekrieg - 15.03.2009 at 18:02  
The true progressive metal album of the year...
Deadmeat - 15.03.2009 at 18:18  
And also the true Thrash metal album of the year!!!
Mr. Doctor - 15.03.2009 at 18:34  
Now here we have the real winners...

I agree with almost all the winners except avangarde [voted for Akphaezya]

... But Black metal, C'mon guys... Darkspace is eally good. But I've has seen more people being blowed away by A Forest Of Stars so I really thought you guys would put that album on the best Black or the best debut. But well... just two things I disagree, nothing seriours.

Really good list anyway, specially with doom, stoner and thrash, those bands trully deserved the price.
MetalManic_Joel - 15.03.2009 at 18:47  
This is a great list! Not as skewed! Oh, and Textures is on it
Karasuman - 15.03.2009 at 18:56  
Yes! Mar De Grises as best Doom metal is definately the real winner there.
Great choices of winners. Agree with just about everyone of them.
a MasT - 15.03.2009 at 19:08  
Really guys, Vertebrae is better than Watershed?..........:nogood:
Pétur - 15.03.2009 at 19:38  
Wwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy better then "our" picks.
Only find Alternative Metal and Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal picks lame. And what's with Hail of Bullets? did Marcel bribe the rest of the staff?
Ellrohir - 15.03.2009 at 19:42  
Written by a MasT on 15.03.2009 at 19:08

Really guys, Vertebrae is better than Watershed?


for me Watershed was one big disappointment
Paradox0 - 15.03.2009 at 20:12  
Weird yet oddly predictable picks. Outside of Hollenthon I dont think I agreed with anything else (aside from the best video, which is just awesome). I probably ould have gone with Darkspace and esoteric as well but couldnt get my hands on anything by them by the end of the awards but enslaved for best progressive? I guess it would have been a descent album if the vocals just didn't conform to the entire black metal thing (really, they just dont fit). And my LAST cwalm is for the balck tears cover. It seems that every couple of years, someone covers the song, except with harsh vocals. Eternal tears of Sorrow did a cover of this awile ago and it sounded mostly the same. Dont get me wrong the original is a fucking MASTERPIECE of hooks (and this is usually a bad thing cept' for this case) but when they add harsh vocals, it just loses the haunting (if not barely audible) vocals of Dan Swano, and just doesn't do anything to the song. Now the cover of "would", THATS a good cover.
MetalManic_Joel - 15.03.2009 at 20:22  
Written by Ellrohir on 15.03.2009 at 19:42

Written by a MasT on 15.03.2009 at 19:08

Really guys, Vertebrae is better than Watershed?


for me Watershed was one big disappointment


I wouldn't say it is a disappointment but really not quite as 'wowing' as I would have liked. I hope they do not get 'Dream Theater Syndrome' by sticking with the formula that works for the next decade
Paradox0 - 15.03.2009 at 20:56  
Written by MetalManic_Joel on 15.03.2009 at 20:22

Written by Ellrohir on 15.03.2009 at 19:42

Written by a MasT on 15.03.2009 at 19:08

Really guys, Vertebrae is better than Watershed?


for me Watershed was one big disappointment


I wouldn't say it is a disappointment but really not quite as 'wowing' as I would have liked. I hope they do not get 'Dream Theater Syndrome' by sticking with the formula that works for the next decade


I dont know why people are saying that watershed was not creative. It continued the progression of their sound from the previously recorded album, which has beena tradition of them for awile now.
MetalAlex - 15.03.2009 at 22:33  
They've needed to wait until April first before posting the list Hollethon and Thyrfing are good but not best. And Power, thrash and symphonic metal winners are just bad!
Spyroid - 15.03.2009 at 22:44  
Not a lot of artists/albums I recognised, haha... but the post metal pick was absolutely right
Doc Godin - 15.03.2009 at 23:16  
A lot closer to my votes....still pretty off from my picks though. Interesting nonetheless.
mankvill - 15.03.2009 at 23:39  
Fuck yesh, Hail of Bullets and Helstar!
Darkside Momo - 15.03.2009 at 23:45  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.03.2009 at 18:34

... But Black metal, C'mon guys... Darkspace is eally good. But I've has seen more people being blowed away by A Forest Of Stars so I really thought you guys would put that album on the best Black or the best debut. But well... just two things I disagree, nothing seriours.

I was really close between the two of them, but Darkspace won... not two minutes to midnight, but maybe one hour to midnight
HardSide - 15.03.2009 at 23:46  
Transcending bizarre - avantgarde? i know fighting about genre is stupid and its like beating a dead horse, but its definately not avantgarde. not the last album anyway.
BitterCOld - 16.03.2009 at 00:06  
Written by Darkside Momo on 15.03.2009 at 23:45

Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.03.2009 at 18:34

... But Black metal, C'mon guys... Darkspace is eally good. But I've has seen more people being blowed away by A Forest Of Stars so I really thought you guys would put that album on the best Black or the best debut. But well... just two things I disagree, nothing seriours.

I was really close between the two of them, but Darkspace won... not two minutes to midnight, but maybe one hour to midnight


actually it wsa Coldworld and Darkspace that were tied and needed a run-off. the black metal category was extremely strong with no clear cut winner...
Darkside Momo - 16.03.2009 at 00:09  
Written by BitterCOld on 16.03.2009 at 00:06

Written by Darkside Momo on 15.03.2009 at 23:45

Written by Mr. Doctor on 15.03.2009 at 18:34

... But Black metal, C'mon guys... Darkspace is eally good. But I've has seen more people being blowed away by A Forest Of Stars so I really thought you guys would put that album on the best Black or the best debut. But well... just two things I disagree, nothing seriours.

I was really close between the two of them, but Darkspace won... not two minutes to midnight, but maybe one hour to midnight


actually it wsa Coldworld and Darkspace that were tied and needed a run-off. the black metal category was extremely strong with no clear cut winner...

Oops, memory lapse! (hides in shame)
LeChron James - 16.03.2009 at 01:58  
Totally surprised that Austrian Death Machine wasnt picked for best hardcore album.
Raiden - 16.03.2009 at 02:48  
Yes even the staff picks are a democratic voting process so not everyone voted for the same thing even amongst the staff
Black Conundrum - 16.03.2009 at 04:11  
Good choices for the most part. Some I didn't expect on there, although still nice choices. The metalstorm staff have my respect.
Kincaid - 16.03.2009 at 04:36  
I'm gonna check Hexen - State Of Insurgency and if it's really better than Testament's Formation of Damnation i'll go to the USA and shake their hands personally
Syk - 16.03.2009 at 04:52  
Written by Kincaid on 16.03.2009 at 04:36
I'm gonna check Hexen - State Of Insurgency and if it's really better than Testament's Formation of Damnation i'll go to the USA and shake their hands personally
I wish I had the money to pay for your fuel costs.

Hmm... I even would have taken Metallica's album over the one by Enforcer Surprised HSB won out over PTH, and Textures over Burst, but it's nice to see something that isn't totally lame claimed Best Video
Daggon - 16.03.2009 at 09:10  
Yeah, Hollenthon and Mar De Grises really deserve something like this, and also the video for "The Chameleon Conflict" (still gives me creeps). Nice picks, I have to check some of them.
Angel_Lament - 16.03.2009 at 13:48  
Is this list of Unknown nominated bandsor what???
munson - 16.03.2009 at 16:18  
Glad to see someone picked the new Heaven Shall Burn album. It's a pretty great album.
Diabolos - 16.03.2009 at 16:29  
The results are way better than the one of the users, especially Hollenthon deserved a win this year
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.03.2009 at 17:39  
Written by Pétur on 15.03.2009 at 19:38

Wwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy better then "our" picks.
Only find Alternative Metal and Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal picks lame. And what's with Hail of Bullets? did Marcel bribe the rest of the staff?



Not bribe them, I brainwashed them, that's much cheaper than bribing
Mr. Doctor - 16.03.2009 at 17:52  
Written by BitterCOld on 16.03.2009 at 00:06

actually it wsa Coldworld and Darkspace that were tied and needed a run-off. the black metal category was extremely strong with no clear cut winner...


Now.. THAT'S really confusing. I don't understand how Coldworld could be that near to won the award. It was nice and all, but it was way more ambient than black metal.
I thought the strongest ones would be A Forest Of Stars, Darkspace and Gorath
BitterCOld - 16.03.2009 at 18:08  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 16.03.2009 at 17:52

Written by BitterCOld on 16.03.2009 at 00:06

actually it wsa Coldworld and Darkspace that were tied and needed a run-off. the black metal category was extremely strong with no clear cut winner...


Now.. THAT'S really confusing. I don't understand how Coldworld could be that near to won the award. It was nice and all, but it was way more ambient than black metal.
I thought the strongest ones would be A Forest Of Stars, Darkspace and Gorath



well, everyone has their own individual preferenes. some staffers really liked Coldworld the best, others Darkspace, and others preferred other bands from the list.

the very fact that Gorath and A Forest of Stars made our top 10 nominees while larger bands Keep of Kalessin and Satyricon didn't should say something of staff taste.
Mr. Doctor - 16.03.2009 at 18:10  
Written by BitterCOld on 16.03.2009 at 18:08

well, everyone has their own individual preferenes. some staffers really liked Coldworld the best, others Darkspace, and others preferred other bands from the list.

the very fact that Gorath and A Forest of Stars made our top 10 nominees while larger bands Keep of Kalessin and Satyricon didn't should say something of staff taste.


Ahh, I undertstand you, I didn't want to sound agressive
Of course it a matter of tastes.
GT - 16.03.2009 at 18:19  
Written by Angel_Lament on 16.03.2009 at 13:48

Is this list of Unknown nominated bandsor what???

If you haven't heard about any of the bands then yes, to you it is. If you read the news post you see what it's all about
DragonWisdom - 16.03.2009 at 20:18  
I cant believe Helstar ares till making music... thats super sic... "suicidal... NIGHTMARE!!!"
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.03.2009 at 22:48  
Written by a MasT on 15.03.2009 at 19:08

Really guys, Vertebrae is better than Watershed?..........:nogood:


Yes, we, the staff, find it much much better than Watershed.
Angel_Lament - 16.03.2009 at 22:48  
Written by GT on 16.03.2009 at 18:19

Written by Angel_Lament on 16.03.2009 at 13:48

Is this list of Unknown nominated bandsor what???

If you haven't heard about any of the bands then yes, to you it is. If you read the news post you see what it's all about


I know what it is about, Im just trynig to say that you guys didnt pick a band I know except for Haggard, thats all, especially my votes failed to win, I guess that was a hope for a win!
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.03.2009 at 22:50  
Written by Angel_Lament on 16.03.2009 at 22:48

Written by GT on 16.03.2009 at 18:19

Written by Angel_Lament on 16.03.2009 at 13:48

Is this list of Unknown nominated bandsor what???

If you haven't heard about any of the bands then yes, to you it is. If you read the news post you see what it's all about


I know what it is about, Im just trynig to say that you guys didnt pick a band I know except for Haggard, thats all, especially my votes failed to win, I guess that was a hope for a win!


You mean to say you don't even know Enslaved and AC/DC?
Throne Dweller - 16.03.2009 at 22:54  
Extreme Doom is different to just Doom? Lol. ^_^
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.03.2009 at 23:37  
Written by Throne Dweller on 16.03.2009 at 22:54

Extreme Doom is different to just Doom? Lol. ^_^


Yes...
-DC-002- - 17.03.2009 at 03:49  
Written by Throne Dweller on 16.03.2009 at 22:54

Extreme Doom is different to just Doom? Lol. ^_^


seriously?
In Bone Factory - 17.03.2009 at 08:05  
Nice list but is the hollenthon's better than amon amarth's?
GT - 17.03.2009 at 11:03  
Written by In Bone Factory on 17.03.2009 at 08:05

Nice list but is the hollenthon's better than amon amarth's?

Maybe not better, but it's as good as AA at least
HarmonyCorruptio - 17.03.2009 at 12:10  
Gama Bomb neglected? Insolence!
Marcel Hubregtse - 17.03.2009 at 13:58  
Written by In Bone Factory on 17.03.2009 at 08:05

Nice list but is the hollenthon's better than amon amarth's?



IMO it certainly is. But then again I have always found AMon Amarth derivative and boring and generic at best. Too gimmicky for my liking.
Angel_Lament - 17.03.2009 at 13:58  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.03.2009 at 22:50

Written by Angel_Lament on 16.03.2009 at 22:48

Written by GT on 16.03.2009 at 18:19

Written by Angel_Lament on 16.03.2009 at 13:48

Is this list of Unknown nominated bandsor what???

If you haven't heard about any of the bands then yes, to you it is. If you read the news post you see what it's all about



I know what it is about, Im just trynig to say that you guys didnt pick a band I know except for Haggard, thats all, especially my votes failed to win, I guess that was a hope for a win!


You mean to say you don't even know Enslaved and AC/DC?


well, not Ive never heard of them, but I never listened to any of them!
Søren - 17.03.2009 at 16:14  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.03.2009 at 17:39

Written by Pétur on 15.03.2009 at 19:38

Wwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy better then "our" picks.
Only find Alternative Metal and Atmospheric/Symphonic Metal picks lame. And what's with Hail of Bullets? did Marcel bribe the rest of the staff?



Not bribe them, I brainwashed them, that's much cheaper than bribing


Hmm .... I seem to recall *someone* sending me a copy of the 12" and the laser-etched double vinyl ... that sure sounds like bribery to me ...

Then again, I didn't vote in this, so it's all sort of irrelevant, isn't it? (Well, not entirely irrelevant - I did get a copy of the single best death metal album of the year out of the deal!)

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