About the MS Awards... RESULTS Edition!

Written by: BitterCOld
Published: 11.03.2011


So that famous historical dude was wrong in his assessment that there are but two certain things in life, death and taxes. There are, in fact, three: death, taxes, and whining about the Metal Storm Awards results.

"Boo hoo!" you cry.

"The popular bands always win!" you claim.

Well, sure. Kinda. Looking at this year, some of the most popular bands in metal didn't win. Sure, the staff didn't actually nominate favorites like Iron Maiden or Dimmu Borgir. But even still, their write-in candidacy movements amounted to a blip on the radar.

The truth is, year after year, the awards most often go to the most popular band, regardless as to whether or not their release actually stand's up to the lesser-known competition.

And we're ok with that.

Folks have a right to vote, and it's common sense the most popular band will win.

So if you don't like it, boo-fucking-hoo. You don't have the right to dictate to others how they should feel about certain releases.

The MSA's serve multiple functions, and the winner in each field is, to a certain extent, the least of those. It's swell that some bands get a nice, shiny, (virtual) trophy to display on their (virtual) trophy shelves. The win and $5 will get them a pint of their favorite barley soda.

The reality of the situation is this… for one month of each year Metal Storm recognizes the big and the small alongside each other. The Davids and Goliaths go toe-to-toe in the same arena. And while, ultimately, Goliath will invariably slay David time and again, the Staff, through the nomination process, provide a fighting chance. It also provides the band a platform for the ever-growing multitude of Metalstormers to check them out.

It's win-win.

The small bands get recognized alongside their popular compatriots… and thus a chance to earn fans. And you, the voters, get a chance to check out a slew of new acts, and maybe discover some new bands with some awesome tunes.

Consider Mar de Grises, for example. MdG is a band from Chile, far off the typical metal map. They've released three albums, all high quality. They started small and unnoticed with their first effort garnering some praise and 20 votes in our first ever awards. Their second, Draining The Waterheart, arguably should have won, but came in second thanks to a last minute internet push, to a band who got like 125 votes the last day of shop. This time around, in a field filled with some stiff competition, they ran away with the vote. It took a while, but they won folks over. Some folks just arrived (several years) late to the party.

Truth is that virtually any popular band wins based upon a certain level of popularity gained through years of work. Whether or not their releases are the "best" of any given year is completely subjective.

So as stated above, the winners are the fans that uncover new awesome bands… and the bands that gain new, awesome fans.

That is the ultimate purpose of the Metal Storm Awards.

Bands gaining fans, and fans gaining bands.

So you can whine all you want about how horrible the results are. You can froth at the keyboard because Anal Necro Llama lost in the Donkey Rape Metal field to the more popular Shredded Whore Fetus Quesadilla. (Duh. SWFQ are just a Hot Topic band!) It's pretty amusing to most of us. We certainly don't want you to stop. It's entirely too funny and we have developed some lethal drinking games we, the staff and elites engage in at Metal Storm Towers.

I'm just putting this out there so maybe a few more of you will "get it" and understand the whole thing. Maybe you, too, once it sinks in, can grab the "Froggie Feast" (Popcorn, a bucket of chicken wings, and a six-pack of beer… I know, it doesn't sound at all French, but Collin swears by it. It's been his post-awards regimen for half a decade now) and join us in laughing at the myopic folks that take things way too seriously.


 



Written on 11.03.2011 by
BitterCOld
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Captain Obvious - 11.03.2011 at 02:46  
I couldn't agree more with this. Well said, Bitter!
farfaramir - 11.03.2011 at 02:55  
Mar de Grises :')... How beautiful is to see a national band here. VIVA CHILE!!!
BitterCOld - 11.03.2011 at 03:12  
Written by farfaramir on 11.03.2011 at 02:55

Mar de Grises :')... How beautiful is to see a national band here. VIVA CHILE!!!


Chile had another in the doom section... Procession's latest was awesome as well.
Mr. Doctor - 11.03.2011 at 09:37  
I said it before... And I will say it again. Hopefully some people will get it as you said.

It's stupid to not vote just because you know the party you will vote won't win. First of all: You never know. Second: It's about stating your opinion, givig the support to what you believe (in this case the music you like)... If you don't like to vote for the band you liked the best just because you know they won't win, well let me tell you: You don't like that band as much as you say you do... Hell, you don't even like music for that matter as it seems to be a popularity contest for you.*

*Compare this to a regular political voting, if politics were about popularity and not stating what you believe in... This will be a fucked up place.
Sadly, it is like that in many countríes... There are morons who don't understand what stating your opinion mean. There's NO shame in voting for the underdog... and more important: IT'S NOT USELESS.
Justicelust - 11.03.2011 at 10:18  
I'm totally with that ultimate purpose of the Metal Storm Awards. I found many great bands, thank you Metal Storm.
Kwis - 11.03.2011 at 12:35  
Written by Justicelust on 11.03.2011 at 10:18

I'm totally with that ultimate purpose of the Metal Storm Awards. I found many great bands, thank you Metal Storm.


So true. That's always been the best part of the Metal Storm Awards. Thanks again for doing an excellent job!
flamey - 11.03.2011 at 13:52  
I usually don't even vote without listening to all the bands in the category. This year for example I only voted for 2 categories I think, but who cares? I'm checking out all the nominated bands and discovering awesome stuff.
Sulac - 11.03.2011 at 15:43  
So true. I know full well that I discovered a whole slew of new bands through this years awards, from Graveyard Dirt to Accept to The Foreshadowing, who is now one of my favorite artists. Heck, I sat down and listened to Enslaved for the first time because of these awards.
schwanderen - 11.03.2011 at 15:43  
Nice statement, but why bother? The only one's whining about which bands are winning these digital trophies are kids and teenagers that think their life's are tough. So can't be bothered to take the whining seriously.

I love the Metal Storm awards - it's a great way too keep up with new releases worthwhile giving a spin.
ErnilEnNaur - 11.03.2011 at 15:47  
Am I the only one who thinks that the same people who whine about popular bands winning still vote for their favorite bands regardless of whether or not their nominated album is the best that year? It seems logical that those intelligent enough not to complain about the inevitable are also intelligent enough not to vote like fanboys. So, whiners, what we have here is the case of a man - just one man - standing in a room and telling himself to shut the fuck up. Take your own advice, hypothetical man.
MétalNoir - 11.03.2011 at 15:54  
Sorry, I don't get why you MS staff work so hard making lists of nominees but allow write-in votes... In any awards, voters have to choose a nominee, not vote for some obscure shit or Maiden/Metallica/Megadeth (the only bands they actually know).

I think you should delete write-in votes so Mstormers will make the effort of listening to your suggestions. If they want to bring the staff's attention to an album, they have plenty of time to do so in the MS Awards suggestions, right? I personnally listen to ALL your nominees before voting, but yes, I sometimes write-in vote for my favorite bands, even though they don't necessarily deserve the award, I just know my bands' albums better. Please, help me and my fellow Mstormers open our minds!
thanos shattered - 11.03.2011 at 16:09  
Nice article mate!!
Cheers!!
BitterCOld - 11.03.2011 at 18:08  
Written by MétalNoir on 11.03.2011 at 15:54

Sorry, I don't get why you MS staff work so hard making lists of nominees but allow write-in votes... In any awards, voters have to choose a nominee, not vote for some obscure shit or Maiden/Metallica/Megadeth (the only bands they actually know).

I think you should delete write-in votes so Mstormers will make the effort of listening to your suggestions. If they want to bring the staff's attention to an album, they have plenty of time to do so in the MS Awards suggestions, right? I personnally listen to ALL your nominees before voting, but yes, I sometimes write-in vote for my favorite bands, even though they don't necessarily deserve the award, I just know my bands' albums better. Please, help me and my fellow Mstormers open our minds!


Good question, but here's the why.

1. Popular bands make the nomination cut regularly. some don't, but a lot do. We generally don't care if the band is huge or has 7 fans, if it's good, it's good. if it gets the support, it gets in. in said cases, they're going to win. unless there is an even more popular band in the same category...

2. We are not infallible, either. I can think of some glaring omissions. Cobalt didn't make the 2009 awards because for whatever reason Gin flew under the radar for a while, and i personally didn't get a copy until January of 2010. It was an awesome album that easily would have made the Black Metal list. This year Ihsahn didn't make the list for Prog (not forgotten, just basically a vote short)... it was one of three write-ins i made this year. We miss stuff. And our opinions on what is good are not be-all/end-all. write in votes also serve the purpose of exposing bands to fans, fans to bands... and maybe even staff to bands!

as for people listening to nominees, i'll finish this post quoting a famous proverb:

you can lead a metalhead to water... er, new tunes, but you can't make them \m/.
MétalNoir - 11.03.2011 at 20:30  
Written by BitterCOld on 11.03.2011 at 18:08

Written by MétalNoir on 11.03.2011 at 15:54

Sorry, I don't get why you MS staff work so hard making lists of nominees but allow write-in votes... In any awards, voters have to choose a nominee, not vote for some obscure shit or Maiden/Metallica/Megadeth (the only bands they actually know).

I think you should delete write-in votes so Mstormers will make the effort of listening to your suggestions. If they want to bring the staff's attention to an album, they have plenty of time to do so in the MS Awards suggestions, right? I personnally listen to ALL your nominees before voting, but yes, I sometimes write-in vote for my favorite bands, even though they don't necessarily deserve the award, I just know my bands' albums better. Please, help me and my fellow Mstormers open our minds!


Good question, but here's the why.

1. Popular bands make the nomination cut regularly. some don't, but a lot do. We generally don't care if the band is huge or has 7 fans, if it's good, it's good. if it gets the support, it gets in. in said cases, they're going to win. unless there is an even more popular band in the same category...

2. We are not infallible, either. I can think of some glaring omissions. Cobalt didn't make the 2009 awards because for whatever reason Gin flew under the radar for a while, and i personally didn't get a copy until January of 2010. It was an awesome album that easily would have made the Black Metal list. This year Ihsahn didn't make the list for Prog (not forgotten, just basically a vote short)... it was one of three write-ins i made this year. We miss stuff. And our opinions on what is good are not be-all/end-all. write in votes also serve the purpose of exposing bands to fans, fans to bands... and maybe even staff to bands!

as for people listening to nominees, i'll finish this post quoting a famous proverb:

you can lead a metalhead to water... er, new tunes, but you can't make them \m/.


Mmmkay, thanks for the explanation. So, the goal of the MSA isn't to let people choose between a selection of albums decided by an elite (like, say, the Oscars), but to expose "bands to fans, fans to bands". Glad to see the staff doesn't see itself as an aristocracy
qlacs - 11.03.2011 at 21:39  
Great article, absolutely right!
Salbitani - 11.03.2011 at 22:41  
Why dont the MS staff selectcs the winner too??
it would be:
Staff Awards
Fan awards
?
BitterCOld - 12.03.2011 at 01:00  
Written by Salbitani on 11.03.2011 at 22:41

Why dont the MS staff selectcs the winner too??
it would be:
Staff Awards
Fan awards
?


We do. Our awards come out a week to two after voting closes and the general winners are announced. we do this to for heightened antici.....




































...pation.
ErnilEnNaur - 12.03.2011 at 01:17  
Written by BitterCOld on 12.03.2011 at 01:00

Written by Salbitani on 11.03.2011 at 22:41

Why dont the MS staff selectcs the winner too??
it would be:
Staff Awards
Fan awards
?


We do. Our awards come out a week to two after voting closes and the general winners are announced.


But if somebody doesn't have a life, then he can check each staff member's votes and figure out who'll win before you can announce it
BitterCOld - 12.03.2011 at 01:23  
Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:17

But if somebody doesn't have a life, then he can check each staff member's votes and figure out who'll win before you can announce it


how? who did I vote for? eager to see if you can tell.
Mr. Doctor - 12.03.2011 at 01:27  
Written by MétalNoir on 11.03.2011 at 20:30

Mmmkay, thanks for the explanation. So, the goal of the MSA isn't to let people choose between a selection of albums decided by an elite (like, say, the Oscars), but to expose "bands to fans, fans to bands". Glad to see the staff doesn't see itself as an aristocracy


Oh gorgeous day... One person udnerstood the obvious fact. I'm not messing with you... It's really good that youg ot it right compared to all the morons whos till don't get the point.
ErnilEnNaur - 12.03.2011 at 01:30  
Written by BitterCOld on 12.03.2011 at 01:23

Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:17

But if somebody doesn't have a life, then he can check each staff member's votes and figure out who'll win before you can announce it


how? who did I vote for? eager to see if you can tell.


What I mean is that you can check each staff member's ratings for all the albums that came out that year in every genre. That's why only someone without a life could possibly do it. I'm sure as hell not going to waste time on that lol.
Troy Killjoy - 12.03.2011 at 01:33  
Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:17

But if somebody doesn't have a life, then he can check each staff member's votes and figure out who'll win before you can announce it

Not all of the Staff or Elites vote, and not all have voted on every nominated album. Good luck to those that try making an educated guess though.
BitterCOld - 12.03.2011 at 01:40  
Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:30

Written by BitterCOld on 12.03.2011 at 01:23

Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:17

But if somebody doesn't have a life, then he can check each staff member's votes and figure out who'll win before you can announce it


how? who did I vote for? eager to see if you can tell.


What I mean is that you can check each staff member's ratings for all the albums that came out that year in every genre. That's why only someone without a life could possibly do it. I'm sure as hell not going to waste time on that lol.


i honestly was eager to see how transparent i was. some are indeed obvious wtih me, some are less so.
ErnilEnNaur - 12.03.2011 at 01:45  
Written by BitterCOld on 12.03.2011 at 01:40

Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:30

Written by BitterCOld on 12.03.2011 at 01:23

Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:17

But if somebody doesn't have a life, then he can check each staff member's votes and figure out who'll win before you can announce it


how? who did I vote for? eager to see if you can tell.


What I mean is that you can check each staff member's ratings for all the albums that came out that year in every genre. That's why only someone without a life could possibly do it. I'm sure as hell not going to waste time on that lol.


i honestly was eager to see how transparent i was. some are indeed obvious wtih me, some are less so.


If you want me to take a guess, I'd say that Enslaved winning the BM category is pretty much certain. But I don't need to be a genius to think so, since it's a masterpiece and everybody on MS loves it, including myself.
BitterCOld - 12.03.2011 at 01:51  
Written by Guest on 12.03.2011 at 01:45


If you want me to take a guess, I'd say that Enslaved winning the BM category is pretty much certain. But I don't need to be a genius to think so, since it's a masterpiece and everybody on MS loves it, including myself.


yeah, that one was obvious. at least as far as my voting goes. most of my votes are apparent, though, with my best of list. i wouldn't advertise theme during the voting period, but won't hide them after the fact.
Salbitani - 12.03.2011 at 04:44  
Quote:
Written by BitterCOld on 12.03.2011 at 01:00

Written by Salbitani on 11.03.2011 at 22:41

Why dont the MS staff selectcs the winner too??
it would be:
Staff Awards
Fan awards
?


We do. Our awards come out a week to two after voting closes and the general winners are announced. we do this to for heightened antici.....


oh ok, sorry but i cant see those awards in 2009 for example :/



































...pation.
BitterCOld - 12.03.2011 at 05:19  
Written by Salbitani on 12.03.2011 at 04:44


oh ok, sorry but i cant see those awards in 2009 for example :/



here you go...
Lit. - 12.03.2011 at 05:30  
I suppose I can agree with you.
Without the Awards I probably never would have listened to Blood of the Nations and I'm actually giving that Enslaved album a try.
Metal Storm is credit to life.
Salbitani - 12.03.2011 at 06:27  
Written by BitterCOld on 12.03.2011 at 05:19

Written by Salbitani on 12.03.2011 at 04:44


oh ok, sorry but i cant see those awards in 2009 for example :/



here you go...

Thank you
Axe Argonian - 12.03.2011 at 23:19  
I have a question, though it may be off-topic. Why is there not a "Best Overall Album of the Year" award? I think that a category comprising 30 of the year's best albums would be quite interesting. I'm not sure whether you would agree, but I think that watching albums by unrelated yet popular bands like Enslaved, Mar de Grises, Accept, Dark Tranquility, etc. compete for user's votes would be quite thrilling, actually.
moe5512 - 13.03.2011 at 01:50  
Just wondering, are the nominations based on album ratings or MS staffs personal opinions?
Troy Killjoy - 13.03.2011 at 02:09  
Written by moe5512 on 13.03.2011 at 01:50

Just wondering, are the nominations based on album ratings or MS staffs personal opinions?

Nominees are decided by a collective voting process by Staff and some Elite members, similar to how pro sports writers and managers vote for MVPs and whatnot.
Yojimbo - 15.03.2011 at 19:16  
Right, right. But, still...Heirs to Thievery was not better Sovereign Descent.
demonsarising - 15.03.2011 at 19:18  
Well said. However, and I understand the irony of what I'm saying, there are bands that may have deserved a nomination but aren't on the radar for being put on the site. My only gripe with this year was that one of my favorite bands, Allegaeon, isn't on the site, and didn't get a nomination for Best Debut Album, but it is hard to keep up with all the demands, so I'm glad you were dealing with what you could.ß
Troy Killjoy - 15.03.2011 at 19:37  
Written by demonsarising on 15.03.2011 at 19:18

there are bands that may have deserved a nomination but aren't on the radar for being put on the site

During the voting process we toss out several names of bands who aren't in our site's database. Write-ups for non-database bands are also an option for user votes.
Troy Killjoy - 15.03.2011 at 19:40  
Written by Yojimbo on 15.03.2011 at 19:16

Right, right. But, still...Heirs to Thievery was not better Sovereign Descent.

I think we've all learned this by now: one person's opinion does not matter in the grand scheme of things. I don't agree with a lot of the winners, and I don't agree with a lot of the losers, but it's a voting process decided by more than one person. So, collectively, as per this site's users who have listened to both albums, Heirs to Thievery was actually better than Sovereign Descent.
BitterCOld - 15.03.2011 at 19:45  
Written by Yojimbo on 15.03.2011 at 19:16

Right, right. But, still...Heirs to Thievery was not better Sovereign Descent.


that's entirely your opinion. i don't think it was close... i enjoyed Heirs To Theivery a lot more. and I'm a Landmine Marathon fan.
KvltovKthvlhv - 15.03.2011 at 23:34  
I agree fully with the original post, I didn't particularly agree with some of the results but I did have loads of fun checking out the nominees.
Elodie Artour - 16.03.2011 at 22:46  
Written by flamey on 11.03.2011 at 13:52

I usually don't even vote without listening to all the bands in the category. This year for example I only voted for 2 categories I think, but who cares? I'm checking out all the nominated bands and discovering awesome stuff.

Yup, same here. This year, I only voted in very few categories but had checked out all of the albums in them on the other hand.

Oh, yeah - I also did discover lots of awesome stuff!

However, I still don't fully agree on the "whining" part. For instance, I had the total right to claim that "Rubicon" by Tristania deserved no praise. It's an average, mediocre failure.

P.S.: No, I'm not acting like some fangirl. I actually voted for the ones I considered being the best.
BitterCOld - 17.03.2011 at 02:03  
Written by Elodie Artour on 16.03.2011 at 22:46

However, I still don't fully agree on the "whining" part. For instance, I had the total right to claim that "Rubicon" by Tristania deserved no praise. It's an average, mediocre failure.

P.S.: No, I'm not acting like some fangirl. I actually voted for the ones I considered being the best.


oh, we're not saying you don't have the right. there are various levels of whining. you complaining because a band you think shouldn't have won but didn't is just mildly amusing. the people frothing at the keyboard that this whole thing is a sham, this is why democracy fails, i'm gonna slit my wrists stuff is what really makes us all fall over guffawing, holding our gut while rolling around the floor of our offices in Metalstorm Towers.
Aluminum Alloy - 17.03.2011 at 19:38  
Couldn't agree more, finding great stuff i would've missed is the whole point of the awards
the '08 Debut category, with Warbringer and Hail of Bullets is probably still my favorite single category

which makes we ask, is it possible to bring back those short write-ups that were posted during the voting each year?
they were indespensible in pointing me to the albums i figured i'd like (unfortunately i'll never have time to listen to all 200 or so)
Chino - 17.03.2011 at 21:52  
Written by Kwis on 11.03.2011 at 12:35

Written by Justicelust on 11.03.2011 at 10:18

I'm totally with that ultimate purpose of the Metal Storm Awards. I found many great bands, thank you Metal Storm.


So true. That's always been the best part of the Metal Storm Awards. Thanks again for doing an excellent job!
DoomGuard - 19.03.2011 at 06:29  
Didn't you guys post something like this last year?
Mr. Doctor - 27.03.2011 at 07:28  
Written by DoomGuard on 19.03.2011 at 06:29

Didn't you guys post something like this last year?

Yet the same people keep whining everytime.

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