It's the 6th annual Revolver Magazine Golden God Awards. Live from Club Nokia in sunny Los Angeles! I've made mention before, it's nice that there's an awards show for Rock & Metal fans... given the fact Billboard, Grammy's, etc have all gone and taken a giant dump upon our genre of music. That's fine. The expression "Rock is Dead" has been played out over and over and over again, one wonder's if it was truly alive.
But I digress.... Let's break down the nominees:
Album of the Year AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Hail to the King" BLACK SABBATH - "13" FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "The Wrong Side of Heaven & the Righteous Side of Hell" Vol. 1 & 2 KORN - "The Paradigm Shift" QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "...Like Clockwork" VOLBEAT - "Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies"
I predict FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH walks away with the trophy in this one.
JEREMY McKINNON - A DAY TO REMEMBER M. SHADOWS - AVENGED SEVENFOLD IVAN MOODY - FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH PAPA EMERITUS II - GHOST B.C. JONATHAN DAVIS - KORN JOSH HOMME - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
This one's really a toss up between Ivan, Davis & M. Shadows but I'm gonna say... M.Shadows FTW!
Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist(s) JERRY CANTRELL (ALICE IN CHAINS) SYSNSTER GATES & ZACKY VENGEANCE (A7X) TONY IOMMI (BLACK SABBATH) JOHN PETRUCCI (DREAM THEATER) ZOLTAN BATHORY & JASON HOOK (5FDP) MUNKY & HEAD (KORN)
After some careful consideration, as this one's tough with all these nominees, I feel like the return of HEAD to Korn will be the deciding factor for them winning this award!
Paul Gray Best Bassist JOHNNY CHRIST (A7X) GEEZER BUTLER (BLACK SABBATH) CHRIS KAEL (5FDP) REX BROWN (KILL DEVIL HILL) FIELDY (KORN)
This is another one of those toss up, situations. It's either gonna be CHRIST or KAEL!
Best Drummer ARIN ILEJAY (A7X) BRAD WILK (For Work With BLACK SABBATH) VINNIE APPICE (KILL DEVIL HILL) MATT HALPERN (PERIPHERY) CHRIS ADLER (For WoRK With PROTEST THE HERO) MIKE PORTNOY (THE WINERY DOGS)
Personally, I feel like there's a few other drummers out there that should've been nominated but for this I'll go with ILEJAY.
Best Live Band THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
LAMB OF GOD
Tough one, for sure. LAMB OF GOD crushed it back in November in KC and I've heard so many times how insane THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN is live but I'm gonna go with ROB ZOMBIE for Best Live Band!
Song Of The Year ALICE IN CHAINS - "Hollow" A7X - "Hail to the King" BRING ME THE HORIZON - "Shadow Moses" FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "Life Me Up" OF MICE & MEN - "You're Not Alone" THE PRETTY RECKLESS - "Going to Hell"
Have to go with A7X since "Hail to the King" hit number 1 on the charts.
Best Film & Video BEHEMOTH - "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" HUNTRESS - "Zenith" LAMB OF GOD - "As the Palaces Burn" METALLICA - "Through the Never" MOTIONLESS IN WHITE - "America" PIERCE THE VEIL - "This is a Wasteland"
Gotta be "As the Palaces Burn" for LAMB OF GOD, though I wouldn't be surprised if METALLICA scored this one.
Best New Talent DEAFHEAVEN
SCAR THE MARTYR
TWELVE FOOT NINJA
I think the fanbase of TWELVE FOOT NINJA might surprise a lot of people and champion them with the crown of Best New Talent.
Comeback of the Year BLACK SABBATH
NINE INCH NAILS
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
Most Metal Athlete TONY ALVA (Skateboarder) GRANT BALFOUR (MLB) JOSH BARNETT (UFC) STEPHEN CURRY (NBA) DEREK GARLAND (Motocross) TUKKA RASK (NHL)
No F*cking Idea.
Most Dedicated Fans A DAY TO REMEMBER
OF MICE & MEN
THE PRETTY RECKLESS
5FDP. I've seen the numbers of their fans grow exponentially over the last few years.
Now let me state that I don't necessarily agree with all the winners I've chosen. Some, GASP, aren't my favorites but they're the ones I think the FANS will have chosen. And seeing as how this is all driven by fan voting, that's what my guesses are here. So let's kick back tonight, fire it up, crack open a cold one and enjoy ROCK & METAL getting just a wee bit of love! Live Stream starts at 7:00 PM out West, which means 9:00 PM in KC and 10:00 PM on the East Coast. Click this Link for all the details and make sure you follow me on Twitter @nivens because I'll be tweeting tonight throughout the show!