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


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.


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)…


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)…


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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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.


Voting closes 5pm, 30 June 2017.

Cloven Hoof Rum Partners With HMA17

The Heavy Music Awards is delighted to raise a glass to Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum, an official Drinks Partner for the event.

Imported from Guyana and Trinidad and blended with a secret concoction of natural spices, Cloven Hoof is a new spirit created by “a bunch of rebels and renegades from Sussex who love rum and drinking with good mates”.

Paul Stanley, the main behind Cloven Hoof Spice Rum, said: “We are honoured and immensely excited to be an official partner of the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.

“The voting system is the best out there, with no politics and the fans having the final say.

“There is so much synergy with our ethos and this event we simply had to commit to.

“Cloven Hoof was born out of a passion for the rock and metal scene, not just the music, but the imagery, the people, and the spirit of a festival.

“We don’t do corporate and main stream events, so the Heavy Music Awards gives us a great chance to raise a glass with our own people, the real music fans, and crucially to celebrate the achievements of proper bands …….. we can’t wait to Raise The Hoof!”

EMP Headline Sponsor of Heavy Music Awards 2017

Rock and metal merchandise company, EMP, has been confirmed as Headline Sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Described as “Europe’s leading multi-channel retailer of music and entertainment-inspired apparel and accessories”, EMP will present the award for Best Album at the inaugural HMAs on August 24 at House of Vans London.

Having become a regular fixture across the heavy music landscape both in the retail and the live music arena, EMP will now enjoy exposure at the event, through the HMAs’ rapidly expanding online audience, and via the extensive television coverage on Sky channel 367 thanks to our Broadcast Partner, Scuzz.

EMP’s Ajay Nassa said: “As Europe’s number one retailer of rock and metal merchandise, EMP is a natural fit to partner with the Heavy Music Awards.

“Founded over 30 years ago in Lingen, Germany by a group of die-hard rock and metal fans, we now operate in 18 countries across Europe, with more than 11,000 pieces of band merchandise available, including hundreds of exclusive items unavailable anywhere else.

“Sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards is a chance for EMP to engage with its fans and celebrate the talent and diversity of the metal world and its importance within the music industry.”

You can explore EMP’s Online Store at this location.

House of Vans London to Host Heavy Music Awards 2017

House of Vans London has been unveiled as the venue for the first Heavy Music Awards on August 24.

Just months after the intimate Metallica: Hardwired At House Of Vans show, the unique 30,000 square foot labyrinth beneath Waterloo station, will play host to the inaugural HMAs.

The space – which boasts a main stage, art gallery, cinema and skate bowl, mini ramp and street course – will welcome 800 guests for the big night.

House of Vans London opened in 2014 and has since hosted some of the most exciting names in rock and metal including Bring Me The Horizon, Slaves, Turbonegro, Cancer Bats and Foo Fighters.


Metallica at House of Vans London


It regularly hosts modern art exhibitions, creative workshops, film screenings, gigs, boasts the UK Vans Skate Team and provides a platform for street culture and fashion.

In addition, House of Vans will sponsor the Best Breakthrough Act category at the HMAs – underlining Vans’ commitment to promoting new music.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “House of Vans is hugely excited to host the first ever Heavy Music Awards. Music and creativity is deeply-rooted in the Vans and House of Vans identity and we are delighted to support in this way.”

The House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives. It’s a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs, rolls, or stomps through its door. Located in Brooklyn, New York and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us.

Find out more about House of Vans London here: houseofvanslondon.com

The Heavy Music Awards 2017 is an invitation-only event. Stay tuned for details of how you can win the chance to attend.


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