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HMA17 Best Festival Longlist Revealed

Now the public voting has closed for the inaugural Heavy Music Awards, we are excited to reveal the longlist for Best Festival – a list of every single event nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

Unquestionably the UK is hotbed of amazing music festivals – for all genres – but the heavy music scene in particular is bursting with incredible events all year round, catering to all tastes.

The finalists in the Best Festival category – presented by Jackson Guitars – are as follows:

2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
ArcTanGent, Compton Martin
Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
Desertfest, London
Download Festival, Donington
Reading & Leeds Festival
Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham / Hatfield / Leeds

 


HMA17 Best Festival – The Longlist

2000 Trees
Arc Tan Gent
Beermageddon Metal Festival
Bloodstock Festival
Breaking Bands Festival
Butserfest
Camden Rocks
Damnation Festival
Desertfest
Doom Over London
Download Festival
Glastonbury Festival
Great Escape
Hammerfest
Hard Rock Hell
Holy Roar Records’ Holy Roar X
HRH AOR Festival
HRH Doom v HRH Stoner
Incineration Festival
Isle Of Wight Festival
Live Evil
Macmillan Fest
Manchester Punk Festival
Mellfest
North of the Wall Festival
Outbreak Fest
Planet Rockstock
Ramblin’ Man Fair
Raw Power
Reading & Leeds Festival
Ritual
Slam Dunk Festival
Sonic Rock Solstice
Stone Free Festival
Supersonic Festival
Teddy Rocks
Throwfest
UK Tech Fest
Wildfire

HMA17 Best Album Longlist Revealed

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, we are excited to reveal the longlist for Best Album – a list of every single album nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

To underline the incredible strength in depth across today’s rock and metal landscape, the longlist includes a massive 165 albums and spans a huge variety of styles and subgenres.

The finalists, as announced in May, are:

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise / Producer: Matt Hyde)
Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph / Producer: Will Putney)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner / Producer: Joe Duplantier)
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Blackened / Producer: Greg Fidelman)
Oathbreaker – Rheia (Deathwish / Producer: Jack Shirley)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (Vagrant / Producer: Eric Palmquist)

You can listen to tracks from every album – and discover some new artists while you’re at it – via the embedded playlist at the bottom of this post.

 


HMA17 Best Album – The Longlist

3 Doors Down – Us & The Night
40 Watt Sun – Wider Than The Sky
65daysofstatic – No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe
A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations
Aborted – Retrogore
Against Me – Shape Shift With Me
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Arc
Airbourne – Breaking Outta Hell
Alter Bridge – The Last Hero
Amenra – Alive
Angel Du$t – Rock The Fuck On Forever
Anthrax – For All Kings
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Area 11 – Modern Synthesis
Asking Alexandria – The Black
Avatar – Feathers & Flesh
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
Babymetal – Metal Resistance
Basement – Promise Everything
Beartooth – Aggressive
Belvedere – Revenge Of The Fifth
Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis
Billy Talent – Afraid of Heights
Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well
Black Peaks – Statues
Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky
Blink 182 – California
Blood Ceremony – Lord of Misrule
Blues Pills – Lady In Gold
Bossk – Audio Noir
Boston Manor – Be Nothing
Brian Fallon – Painkillers
Brutal Youth – Sanguine
Bury Tomorrow – Earthbound
Cane Hill – Smile
Carbomb – Meta
Casey – Love Is Not Enough
Cough – Still They Prey
Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
David Bowie – Blackstar
Death Angel – The Evil Divide
Decsendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Deftones – Gore
Delain – Moonbathers
Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
Devin Townsend Project – Transcendance
Downfall of Gaia – Atrophy
Dream Theater – The Astonishing
Elephant Tree – Elephant Tree
Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death
Evergrey – The Storm Within
Every Time I Die – Low Teans
Face To Face – Protection
Fallujah – Dreamless
Frameworks – Smother
Future of the Left – The Peace & Truth of Future of the Left
Garganjua – Garganjua
God Damn – Everything Ever
Gojira – Magma
Grand Magus – The Sword
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Hacktivist – Outside The Box
Hands Like Houses – Dissonants
Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
Head Wound City – A New Wave Of Violence
Heck – Instructions
Hellions – Opera Oblivia
Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
In Dynamics – Everything I See
Inglorious – Inglorious
Inter Arma – “Paradise Gallows”
Issues – Headspace
Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues
JPNSGRLS – Divorce
Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
King 810 – La Petit Mort Or A Conversation With God
King Dude – Sex
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Knocked Loose – Laugh Tracks
Korn – The Serenity Of Suffering
Kvelertak – Nattesferd
Last In Line – Heavy Crown
Letlive – If I’m The Devil
Losers – How To Ruin Other People’s Futures
Marillion – FEAR
Megadeth – Dystopia
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct
Milk Teeth – Vile Child
Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
Monster Truck – Sittin’ Heavy
Moose Blood – Blush
Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us
Napoleon – Newborn Mind
Necronautical – The Endurance at Night
Nervus – Permanent Rainbow
Neurosis – Fires Within Fires
Night Verses – Into The Vanishing Light
Norma Jean – Polar Similar
Normandie – Inguz
Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow
Oathbreaker – Rheia
Oceans of Slumber – Winter
Of Mice & Men – Cold World
Old Corpse Road – Of Campfires and Evening Mists
Opeth – Sorceress
Oranssi Pazuzu – Varahtelija
Pain – Coming Home
Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Pierce The Veil – Misadventures
Pup – The Dream Is Over
Purson – Desire’s Magic Theatre
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
Ricky Warwick – When Patsy Cline Was Crazy / Hearts On Trees
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
Royal Republic – Weekend Man
Russian Circles – Guidance
Sabaton – The Last Stand
Sixx:A.M. – Prayers For The Damned (Eleven Seven)
Skalmold – Vögguvísur Yggdrasils
Slaves – Take Control
Stone Broken – All In Time
Subrosa For This We Fought The Battle of Ages
Suicidal Tendencies – World Gone
Sum 41 – 13 Voices
Sumac – What One Becomes
Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave
The Agonist – Five
The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak
The Answer – Solas
The Black Queen – Fever Daydream
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
The Fall of Troy – Okay
The Hotelier – Goodness
The Interrupters – Say It Out Loud
The Melvins – Basses Loaded
The Quireboys – Twisted Love
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
Thunder – All You Can Eat
Tiny Moving Parts – Celebrate
Too Close To Touch – I Haven’t Been Myself
Touché Amoré – Stage Four
Trade Wind – You Make Everything Disappear
Trap Them – Crown Feral
Trophy Eyes – Chemical Miracle
Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier
Tyketto – Reach
Useless I.D. – State Is Burning
Valley of the Sun – Volume Rock
Vanishing Life – Surveillance
Vektor – Terminal Redux
Violent Soho – WACO
Vola – Inmazes
Volbeat – Seal The Deal & Lets Boogie
Wardruna – Runaljod – Ragnarok
Waterparks – Double Dare
Weezer – The White Album
Whores. – Gold
Wolf People – Ruins
Wovenhand – Star Treatment
Wretch – Wretch
Yearbook – I Stop Somewhere Waiting For You
Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II
Zoax – Zoax

 


HMA17 Best Photographer Longlist Revealed

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, we are excited to reveal the longlist for Best Photographer – a full list of every single photographer nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

Incredibly we received nominations for over 170 photographers – you can take a look at the full list below.

The category – presented by Olympus – will see its winner crowned on August 24 at House of Vans London.

 


HMA17 Best Photographer – The Longlist

Mark Allan
Tom Barnes
Taylor Baron
Ashlea Bea
Penny Bennet
Sarah Louise Bennett
Falk-Hagen Bernshausen
Graham Berry
Peter Beste
Lisa Billingham
Svenja Block
Fernando Bonenfant
Justin Borucki
Joe Brady
Joe Brady
Derek Bremner
Cameron Brisbane
Steve Brown
PG Brunelli
Noel Buckley
John Burrows
Lindsey Byrnes
Stephanie Cabral
Juliette Carton
Scott Chalmers
Ryan Chang
Grace Chapman-Duke
Danny Clinch
Tina Coherty
Ian Collins
Gary Cooper
Tom Cosway
Ian Coulson
Corinne Cumming
Olly Curtis
Jordan Curtis Hughes
Shona Cutt
Cara Dattani
Miguel De Melo
Natasja de Vries
Jemma Dodd
Simon Dunkerley
Eric Duvet
Richard Ecclestone
Jacob Ehrbahn
Doug Elliot
Adam Elmakias
Max Fairclough
Rob Fenn
Corey Fernando
Ed Fielding
Graham Finney
Andy Ford
Shirlaine Forest
Mark Forrer
Katie Frost
Kyle Gaddo
Tony Gaskin
Steve Gerrard
Ben Gibson
Kris Gill
Tom Gold
Sophie Gray
Rachael Griffiths
Steve Gullik
Steven Haddock
Sam Haines
Oliver Halfin
Ross Halfin
Joshua James Halling
Paul Harries
Marianne Harris
Jay Hawkins
Brad Heaton
Kane Hibberd
Ali Horton
Rebecca Hughes
Mick Hutson
Elliott Ingham
Will Ireland
Don Jackson-Wyatt
Olivia Jaffe
Gobin Jhitta
Gobinder Jhitta
Lisa Johnson
Axel Jusseit
Adam Kennedy
Rachael King
Thomas Knight
Trudi Knight
Tina Korhonen
Marie Korner
Mark Latham
James Lehman
Andrew Lipovsky
Andre LL
Mark Lloyd
Jessi Lotti
Frank Maddocks
Zac Mahrouche
Tom Martin
Marcus Maschwitz
Ed Mason
Enzo Mazzeo
Clair McAllister
Katie McChillin
Jennifer McCord
John McMurtrie
Jess McPhee
Dominic Meason
Helen Messenger
Ed Miles
Bethan Miller
Ellie Mitchell
Marty Moffat
Alex Jay Moore
Mörat
Tony Mottram
Carla Mundy
Rob Nankivell
Yaz Narcin
Rebecca Need-Menear
Sally Newhouse
Kevin Nixon
Danny North
Ashley Osborne
Al Overdrive
Angela Owens
Jake Owens
Scarlet Page
Danny Payne
Carrie-Anne Pollard
George Powell
Sabrina Ramdoyal
Brian Rasic
Thanira Rates
Tom Russell
Felix Russell-Saw
Jeremy Saffer
Andrea Saini
Fabiola Santini
Kennerdeigh Scott
Esther Segarra
James Sharrock
James Shaw
Travis Shinn
Sean Shore
Giles Smith
Emma Stone
John Stone
Nick Suchak
Robert Sutton
Emma Swann
Connie Taylor
Ian Taylor
Gavin Thane
Matt Thomas
Justine Trickett
Tim Tronckoe
Gary Trueman
Will Tudor
Carly Tyrell
Leigh Van Der Byl
Geordy Van Velzen
Pierre Veillet
James Warbey
Matt Waterhouse
Jonathan Weiner
Jay Wennington
Frank White
John Williams
Natalie Wood
Martina Wörz

Olympus Sponsors Best Photographer at HMA17

Imaging giant Olympus is to sponsor the Best Photographer award at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Olympus will take to the HMA17 stage at House of Vans London on August 24 to help present the award.

The seven finalists in the Best Photographer category are Tom Barnes, Corinne Cumming, Ben Gibson, Ross Halfin, Paul Harries, Jennifer McCord and John McMurtrie.

Georgina Pavelin, Marketing Manager, explained why Olympus chose to get involved: “Olympus is celebrating music photography by supporting our friends at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

“Many photographers choose this genre for their passion – or in fact – music photography chooses them – and we are proud to sponsor the Best Photographer category to recognise some fantastic talent and inspiring imagery.

“Olympus are working with various music photographers to share this message; from father and son team, Ross and Oliver Halfin, Tony McGee with his iconic Bowie images, Jill Furmanovski with Rock Archives collection and many more; we want to educate and support photographers at all stages to create high quality images that last.

“Music photography is notoriously tough; whether just starting out and getting jostled in the crowds, dropping your kit in the mud, finding the right lenses to capture the stage and working with difficult lighting; we are pleased to launch our flagship OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera to deliver in tough environments.

“Compatible also with our audio music recorders and LS-100 multi track, you have the perfect solution for great images, video, audio and more!”

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are thrilled to have Olympus, a true photography powerhouse, behind the HMAs.

“We received nominations for almost 150 photographers for HMA17 – the strength in depth is absolutely staggering. With that in mind, we feel strongly that music photographers deserve more recognition across the board and we are very proud to help celebrate their work with the help of Olympus.”

To explore the Olympus range of camera and audio equipment click here.

Jackson Guitars Sponsor Best Festival at HMA17

Jackson Guitars has lent its iconic name to the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The Californian-based manufacturer – which counts members of such diverse acts as Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Anthrax, Machine Head, Limp Bizkit, Trivium, Gojira and Periphery among its artist portfolio – will sponsor and present the Best Festival Award at HMA17 on August 24.

The finalists for the Best Festival award are 2000 Trees, ArcTanGent, Bloodstock Open Air, Desertfest, Download, Reading & Leeds, and Slam Dunk.

Jackson Guitars – synonymous with breakthrough designs – was founded in the late 1970s and produces a series of custom and production instruments.

Iconic Jackson models include the Kelly™, King V™, Double Rhoads, Soloist™, bolt-on neck Dinky™, Concert™ Bass PC1 (based on Jackson’s signature model for Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen) and their most outlandish body design, the X-shaped Warrior™.

The HMA event, at House of Vans London, will feature a showcase display of Jackson Guitars allowing guests to shred on some of the latest models.

Helen Varley, EMEA Head of Marketing for Jackson said: “We are thrilled to support the new Heavy Music Awards and help to celebrate the diverse world of rock and metal music”.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the HMAs, said: “It is an honour to welcome such a globally revered brand to the Heavy Music Awards.

“Jackson Guitars has a rich heritage of working with some of the most iconic guitarists in rock and metal history and we’re privileged to have them sponsor the Best Festival award.

“We look forward to welcoming the Jackson team to the HMAs and giving our guests the chance to get hands on with these amazing instruments.”

Click here to explore the Jackson Guitars range

Category Spotlight: Best Breakthrough Band

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 Breakthrough Band, a category presented by House of Vans London.

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, and are not an indication of the total number of nominations.


Black Foxxes

Following their acclaimed debut EP ‘Pines’, Black Foxxes released their debut album ‘I’m Not Well’ via Spinefarm in 2016. The Plymouth trio have rapidly built a dedicated fanbase thanks to non-stop touring and an ability to craft songs that marry melody, heaviness and a bristling nervous energy to devastating effect.

Black Foxxes received nominations from*: Jamie Otsa (Wall of Sound PR), Dave Rajan (Parlophone), Andy Bayley (Spinefarm), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Louis Dale (Eagle Rock), Helen Buffett (Eagle Rock), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show), Tom Stabb (Sony)…

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), Warul Islam (Communion)…

Casey

One of two Welsh five-piece acts on this shortlist, Casey released their debut album ‘Love Is Not Enough’ on Hassle Records (Lonely The Brave, We Are The Ocean) at the tail end of 2016. The band bring together emotionally-charged post-hardcore with crushing, intricate guitarwork in the vein of California’s scene stalwarts Being As An Ocean, underpinned by a fragility that belies their tender years. This year has already seen their stock rise thanks to a string of high energy live shows, but the best, most excitingly, is yet to come.

Casey received nominations from*: Dom Patience (Chalk Inc), Paul Towers (Impericon), Luke Logemann (UNFD), Zach Redrup (Dead Press), Steph Van Spronsen (Live Nation), Satvir Bhamra (Warner), Andrew Dex (Stencil)…

Dead!

South coast alt-rockers Dead! have been building a buzz thanks to a huge raft of live shows – often in rooms that could barely call themselves venues – and yet, most satisfyingly, the band have been delivering on the hype. Their music is relentlessly adventurous and almost impossible to categorise, but having signed to Infectious/BMG for the UK and Rise Records in the US, Dead! look set to continue their sonic assault in a big way.

Dead! received nominations from*: Jack Parker (All Things Loud), Tom Lynam (Tone Management), Arun Chamba (Shazam), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Andy Bayley (Spinefarm)…

I Prevail

While their social numbers may be lightyears ahead of many of their contemporaries, Michigan’s I Prevail are the archetypal overnight success – four years on from their formation, the band are now enjoying success on an international level thanks to their 2016 debut album ‘Lifelines’. The band’s twin vocal set-up gives them scope to explore many aspects of the heavy spectrum, but I Prevail always keep the energy levels up to create an exciting live spectacle.

I Prevail received nominations from*: Smiley Dave (DJ / Presenter), Sian Hainsworth (Freelance), Sophie K (Freelance), Kieron Fensome (Guitarguitar), Sue Reinhardt (Eleven Seven)…

Venom Prison

Welsh five-piece Venom Prison bring brutally relentless death metal to the HMA party alongside some refreshingly unflinching lyrics taking in a variety of social and political issues. Fronted by Larissa Stupar – who is rapidly making her name for herself thanks to some vicious vocal performances on debut album ‘Animus’ – and backed by a band that is taking a new approach to traditional death metal, Venom Prison are earning new fans fast and can look ahead to a very bright future.

Venom Prison received nominations from*: Thea de Gallier (Freelance), Lais Martins-Waring (LD Communications), Simon Robinson (Tour Manager), Paul Towers (Impericon), Jamie Graham (Sumerian), Dean Whitaker (Imperial), Callum Galbraith (Universal)…

Zeal & Ardor

Zeal & Ardor is a unique musical project fusing black metal and traditional slave songs, started by Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American musician who had previously created a chamber pop project called Birdmask. The band’s star has risen quickly, with debut album ‘Devil Is Fine’ hitting Bandcamp in 2016 to widespread acclaim, before a re-release on MKVA in early 2017.

Zeal & Ardor received nominations from*: Sam Kelly-Wallace (Jackson), Judith Fisher (BJF PR)…

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

The Pit Signs Up For HMA17

A social platform, which celebrates all things in the world of heavy music through Facebook, is sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The Pit is rapidly building a community of passionate rock and metal fans, uniting them through great music, news, giveaways and humour. Since launching earlier this year, The Pit has amassed 105,000 fans on Facebook and regularly reaches millions of metal heads worldwide.

The Pit will sponsor the “Best Album Artwork” award at HMA17 and the team will attend the big night on August 24 at House of Vans London.

A spokesman for The Pit told the HMAs: “As another fresh face to the heavy music space, we’re delighted to join forces with the Heavy Music Awards to bring the most passionate fans in the world the best in all things heavy.”

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Pit into the HMAs.

“It’s great news all around. The Pit are building something really exciting, a genuinely switched-on community, so it’s great to partner that with the HMAs.”

To explore The Pit you can visit their Facebook page.

Category Spotlight: Best UK Band

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.

Rocksteady Backs Heavy Music Awards 2017

The UK’s largest rock school for children has been named an “Official Supporter” of the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Now in its tenth year, Rock Steady Music School is inspiring a new generation of young people and teaches more than 10,000 four to eleven year old’s every week to play music in their own bands, while also providing full-time employment opportunities to credible musicians all over the country.

Music industry veteran and CEO of Rocksteady, Scott Monks said: “I have been impressed by the level of involvement Heavy Music Awards has achieved from the industry and also their voting mechanic which uses credible industry experts in a vote to create a list of nominees and then ultimately gives the fans the final say.

“Rocksteady love to celebrate all that is good about the music scene, plus we love a good party so I said count us in!”

Explaining why it is important to empower young people through music at an early age, Monks added: “Through our unique methodologies and passionate culture developed over the last ten years, we are able to get any child playing real music on quality instruments in their own band within ten minutes, even if they have never played before.

“This has a massive impact on their confidence and is transformational for music education.”

The team at Rocksteady will attend HMA17 at House of Vans London on August 24.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “Discovering and nurturing talent is such an important part of the music scene and we are very proud to be working with Rocksteady Music School to showcase the opportunities they provide for young children, many of whom will be picking up a guitar or drumstick for the first time.”

Rocksteady is the largest and fastest growing rock school for children in the UK.

In addition to weekly band lessons to more than 10,000 kids, Rocksteady also delivers free live music experiences to tens of thousands of children every year.

Through its in-house, self-funded Rocksteady Foundation, Rocksteady also provides free charity days and hundreds of free bursary spaces to young people who would not otherwise be able to access the programme.

More information about Rocksteady can be found at rocksteadymusicschool.com or by emailing info@rocksteadymusicschool.com

Heavy Music Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Heavy Music Awards 2017 have been announced.

Following an intensive period of voting by more than 300 of the music industry’s leading lights, the final seven for each category at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards have been unveiled.

Spread across ten categories, the finalists represent the heavy music industry’s favourite artists, albums, album covers, photographers, producers, venues and festivals for the calendar year of 2016 – taking in everything from undisputed heavyweights to the very freshest artists on the scene.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are so excited to see that the industry has produced shortlists that span the vast breadth of the heavy music landscape.

“Beyond the seven finalists in each category, the judges produced a staggeringly comprehensive list of nominees – almost 150 individuals were nominated for Best Photographer, while a similar number were put forward for Best Producer. A huge testament to the strength in depth currently on offer across this amazing scene.

“Rock and metal fans are among the most loyal and well-informed music lovers on the planet, so it comes as no surprise to see such an eclectic mix of the absolute highest quality. Every one of these finalists would be a worthy winner – but it’s up to the public to decide who that should be!”

 


 

The HMA17 Finalists

BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise / Producer: Matt Hyde)
Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph / Producer: Will Putney)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner / Producer: Joe Duplantier)
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Blackened / Producer: Greg Fidelman)
Oathbreaker – Rheia (Deathwish / Producer: Jack Shirley)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (Vagrant / Producer: Eric Palmquist)

BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
Architects (Epitaph)
Biffy Clyro (Warner)
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Sabbath (Vertigo)
Bring Me The Horizon (Columbia)
Creeper (Roadrunner)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND
A Day To Remember (ADTR)
Beartooth (Red Bull)
Deftones (Reprise)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)
Metallica (Blackened)

BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Architects (Epitaph)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (Party Smasher)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph)
Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well (Universal)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise)
Ghost – Popestar (Loma Vista)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner)
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
Opeth – Sorceress (Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast)

BEST PRODUCER
Tom Dalgety
John Feldmann
Greg Fidelman
Matt Hyde
Dan Lancaster
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
Will Putney

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Tom Barnes
Corrine Cumming
Ben Gibson
Ross Halfin
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
John McMurtrie

BEST FESTIVAL
2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
ArcTanGent, Compton Martin
Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
Desertfest, London
Download Festival, Donington
Reading & Leeds Festival
Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham / Hatfield / Leeds

BEST VENUE
Black Heart, Camden
The Dome, Tufnell Park
KOKO, Camden
O2 Academy, Brixton
O2 Forum, Kentish Town
Rock City, Nottingham
The Underworld, Camden

 


 

The Heavy Music Awards 2017 will take place on 24 August at House of Vans London.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW

Voting closes 5pm, 30 June 2017.

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