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.



 



Posted on 11.03.2011 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


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13.03.2011 - 01:50
moe5512
Just wondering, are the nominations based on album ratings or MS staffs personal opinions?
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13.03.2011 - 02:09
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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15.03.2011 - 19:16
Yojimbo
Right, right. But, still...Heirs to Thievery was not better Sovereign Descent.
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15.03.2011 - 19:18
demonsarising
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
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15.03.2011 - 19:37
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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15.03.2011 - 19:40
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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15.03.2011 - 19:45
BitterCOld
Gringo
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.
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15.03.2011 - 23:34
KvltovKthvlhv
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.
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16.03.2011 - 22:46
Elodie Artour
Slania
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.
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17.03.2011 - 02:03
BitterCOld
Gringo
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.
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17.03.2011 - 19:38
Aluminum Alloy
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)
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17.03.2011 - 21:52
Chino
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!
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19.03.2011 - 06:29
DoomGuard
Didn't you guys post something like this last year?
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27.03.2011 - 07:28
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
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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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
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Rod, let me love you.
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