We’re taking a closer look at the finalists for the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – if you’re still trying to decide your favourite, or if you’d like to discover some new artists, this is a great place to start.

First up it’s Best UK Band, a category presented by Uprawr.

Please note: judges had the option to keep their votes private. The lists you see below are from judges who were happy to publicise their selections.


Architects

The release of ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ preceded a period of intense public grief for Brighton’s Architects, following the passing of guitarist Tom Searle. The band had just turned in what many critics hailed as a career-best album, and yet, even with such a huge emotional challenge to overcome, the band continue to build a reputation for their incendiary live show and genuine connection with their fanbase.

Architects received nominations from*: Tom Taaffe (UTA), Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR), Warul Islam (Communion), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Tom Stabb (Sony), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Sophie K (Freelance), Peu Cheung (ADA), Paul Towers (Impericon), Luke Logemann (UNFD), Louis Dale (Eagle Rock), James Monteith (Hold Tight PR), Joe Naan (Live Nation)…

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro straddle the fence between rock and pop – with a set that can easily be tweaked for Download or BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend – but with a catalogue that features more than its fair share of genuinely enormous riffs, their place among more traditionally heavy artists is assured. Seventh album ‘Ellipsis’ was released in July 2016 and promptly set up camp at the top of album charts in five countries, giving the Scottish trio their second UK number one album.

Biffy Clyro received nominations from*: Christian D’Acuna (The O2), Roberto Bua (Twickets), Smiley Dave (DJ / Presenter), Carly Maile (Somethin’ Else), Jo Kendall (Freelance), Jennyfer J. Walker (Freelance), Jack Parker (All Things Loud)…

Black Peaks

Brighton’s Black Peaks formed in 2012 under the name Shrine, and have gone on to produce a debut album, ‘Statues’, that is beloved to critics, fans and fellow artists. Vocalist Will Gardner possesses a unique range, often pivoting from guttural bellows to a delicate falsetto to rabid screams in the same song. The band’s invitation to open for fellow HMA17 finalists Deftones at their mammoth Wembley Arena show demonstrates their acceptance at the top table of heavy music.

Black Peaks received nominations from*: Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Rob Collins (Cooking Vinyl), Lauren Reading-Gloversmith (Inception PR), Lottie Hunt (BIMM), Mark Rawlings (EMP), Andy Saiker (Warner), Callum Galbraith (Universal), Christopher Lee (Punktastic), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show)…

Black Sabbath

If you need an introduction to Black Sabbath, you’re on the wrong website.

Black Sabbath received nominations from*: Michelle Wood (Songkick), Renaud Doucet (Deezer), Ben Ward (UTA), Tony Wilson (TotalRock), Tom Lynam (Tone Management), Will Beardmore (Warner), Ryan J. Downey (Superhero Artist Management)…

Bring Me The Horizon

Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon have carved out a career many of their contemporaries can only envy – creative freedom, a steady growth to arena-level success across the world, and – almost in spite of their detractors – the talent and courage to venture into areas few would even dream of visiting. The success of their 2016 Royal Albert Hall show in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust – backed by a full orchestra – hints at even more exciting curveballs in the future.

Bring Me The Horizon received nominations from*: Andrew Daw (Universal), Jon Mahon (Generation Entertainment), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show), Helen Buffett (Eagle Rock), Jack Davis (Uprawr), Mel Clarke (DJ), Paul Shuff (Freelance), James Loughrey (Producer), Lais Martins Waring (LD Communications)…

Creeper

Having emerged from Southampton’s dark underworld and signed to Roadrunner Records, Creeper have made fast work of winning over fans and industry alike. Their debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ arrived in March 2017, but while their rapid success has elevated them to cover stars seemingly overnight, it is the band’s impeccable attention to songcraft and visual detail that has transcended the horror punk scene they cherish so dearly, firming up that indisputable connection with listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

Creeper received nominations from*: Gus Hully (Official Charts Company), Will Beardmore (Warner), Mike Heath (Dead Press), Dave Rajan (Parlophone), Jack Parker (All Things Loud), Jamie Graham (Sumerian), Liam Spencer (Artery Global), Chloe Scannapieco (Freelance), Jack McGurran (Rock Entertainment), James Isaacs (Blackfinch Design), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Emma Davis (CAA), Corinne Cumming (Captured By Corinne), Lauren Reading-Gloversmith (Inception PR)…

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes

Having enjoyed critical success in both Gallows and Pure Love, Frank Carter’s latest project sees him settling into a role that the Watford vocalist says himself fits better than ever. Their relentless touring schedule has seen them build a reputation as a fearsome live spectacle, while the fearlessness of their songwriting endears the band to fans of anything from crusty streetpunk to Britpop.

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes received nominations from*: Christopher Lee (Punktastic), Sue Reinhardt (Eleven Seven), Will Beardmore (Warner), Judith Fisher (BJF Media & PR), Mike James (TotalRock), Christian D’Acuna (The O2), Ben Davis (Ben Davis Touring), Adrian Storry (DJ / Promoter), Steph Van Spronsen (Live Nation)…

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*This list is just a selection of judges to have nominated this artist.

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