To mark the beginning of the Heavy Music Awards’ second year, we are proud to reveal the first wave of names for the HMA18 voting panel.

The initial list includes in excess of 300 figures from diverse roles across the heavy music spectrum, with roles at the likes of (in no particular order) Universal, Warner, Sony, PPL, Island, Music Week, BBC Radio 1, AIM, Roadrunner, Gibson, UTA, Punktastic, DHP, Believe, Nuclear Blast, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Live Nation UK / France / Denmark, YouTube, Eagle Rock, Ents24, MTV, Shazam, Cooking Vinyl, Orange, The O2, Unified, Killing Moon, Holy Roar, Northern Music, Incendia, ITB, Sumerian, Rise, DawBell, KMGMT, MJR, Scuzz, Bauer, Devil PR, BIMM, TotalRock, Ticketmaster, Official Charts Company, Noisey / VICE, BBC Music Introducing, Caroline, Face Down, LD Communications, Public City PR, Russells, Hassle, Kinda, ADA, Eccentric Gent, Rocket Music, Overdrive, All Things Loud, Inception Press, The Metal Tris, Discovered, Already Heard, Wacken, Raw Power, K2, Moshhh, Generation Entertainment, Atlantic Records, X-Ray Touring, Artery Global, Venn Records, Earache, Eleven Seven, Impericon, Music For Nations, Imperial Music, AC Promotions, the European Space Agency and many, many more.

View the panel here.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “The Heavy Music Awards is firmly built around the involvement of our panel – their backgrounds and tastes are wonderfully eclectic, but they are all united by their passion for heavy music and the desire to see these incredibly talented people given the recognition they deserve. Every single person on this panel lives and breathes heavy music.

“We’re still welcoming names to the panel, but we’re proud that the goals we set ourselves after 2017 are already being hit – for example an increased percentage of women on the panel, further representation from further afield geographically, and a conscious effort to welcome more talented individuals who are invested twenty-four-seven within the live circuit around the entire UK, the beating heart of the heavy music ecosystem.”

Matt Taylor of the European Space Agency – famed for both his work on the Rosetta mission and his love of metal – joins the panel for the first time in 2018. He said, “I am honoured and slightly nervous to be honest, this isn’t my normal day to day activity. However, I listen to metal while doing my normal day to day activity. So, for the HMAs, It’s not rocket science. I hope.”

Once again offering a democratic cross-section which forms the basis of the Heavy Music Awards voting process, before the public has their say on the overall winners. The panel’s selections form the HMA18 shortlists for each category, which will be announced publicly at the HMA18 launch event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April. To register for the ticket ballot for Gorilla, click here.

Winners will be announced at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 at KOKO, London on 23 August.

If you work professionally or semi-professionally in the music industry and would like to apply to be on the HMA18 panel, please click here.