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2017 Metal Hammer Golden Gods

Winners Of 2017 ‘Metal Hammer Golden Gods’ Awards Revealed


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The 2017 ‘Metal Hammer Golden Gods‘ award show took place today, June 12th, at IndigO2 at The O2 in London, England. The awards were primarily fan-voted, here’s who took home what:

Best New Band:
Venom Prison (Winner)

Other nominees:
Zeal & Ardor
Brutai
Puppy
Ocean Grove

Best Underground Band:
Pallbearer (Winner)

Other nominees:
Perturbator
Neurosis
Royal Thunder
Anaal Nathrakh

Best UK Band:
Architects (winner)

Other nominees:
Bury Tomorrow
While She Sleeps
Tesseract
Orange Goblin

Best International Band presented by Nuclear Blast:
Avenged Sevenfold (winner)

Other nominees:
Metallica
Opeth
Alter Bridge
Korn

Best Live Band:
Mastodon (winner)

Other nominees:
Steel Panther
letlive.
Killswitch Engage
Ghost

Best Independent Label:
Nuclear Blast (winner)

Other nominees:
Cooking Vinyl
Deathwish
Season Of Mist
Basick

Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’:
Joel O’ Keeffe (Airbourne) (winner)

Other nominees:
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)
Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)
Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan)

Game Of The Year:
Iron Maiden: The Legacy Of The Beast (winner)

Other nominees:
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Overwatch
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Breakthrough:
Avatar (winner)

Other nominees:
Code Orange
Creeper
Oathbreaker
Ho99o9

Non fan-voted categories awarded included:

Riff Lord: Devin Townsend
Defender Of The Faith: Ben Ward (Orange Goblin) & his partner Sandie Soriano
Inspiration: Exodus
Best Album: Gojira – “Magma
Spirit Of Hammer: Prophets Of Rage
Icon: The Dillinger Escape Plan
Golden God: Black Sabbath

Pro-wrestler/Fozzy frontman hosted the event, which saw performances from Mastodon, Clutch, Avatar and Orange Goblin. If you’re curious as to why Ben Ward and his significant other Sandie Soriano received the Defender Of The Faith, the pair were instrumental in keeping the ‘Metal Hammer‘ staff afloat with this crowdfunding campaign during the magazine’s recent bout of uncertainty.

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