Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

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The following is a list of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards winners.

<i>Metal Hammer</i> periodical literature

Metal Hammer is a monthly heavy metal and rock music magazine, published in the United Kingdom by Future and in several other countries by different publishers. Metal Hammer articles feature both mainstream bands and more unusual acts from the whole spectrum of heavy metal music.



The awards were conceived by Chris Ingham, John O'Sullivan & Dave Bianchi, and first held at the Kentish Town Forum in London 2003. The show was owned by Future Publishing till 2013, TeamRock 2014–16 and was bought back by Future in 2017. It has been produced by John O'Sullivan since its inception.

The shows


Held at the Forum, London
Hosted by Ian Campfield
Live main stage performance by Murderdolls, Shadows Fall, Soil and Raging Speedhorn.

Murderdolls were an American horror punk and heavy metal band, founded during 2002 in Hollywood, California. The band line-up consisted of core members Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison, while former members included Ben Graves, Acey Slade, Eric Griffin and Tripp Eisen.

Shadows Fall American metal band

Shadows Fall is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. Although Shadows Fall has experienced several line-up changes, for most of its recording career, Shadows Fall has been composed of Jon Donais, Matt Bachand, Paul Romanko (bass), Brian Fair, and Jason Bittner (drums).

Soil (American band) American metal band

Soil, often typeset as SOiL, is an American rock band that was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1997. After some independent releases, the band was the first rock group signed to J Records and achieved mainstream success with their major label debut, Scars, in 2001. The J Records second album Redefine was released in 2004 and the band embarked upon a worldwide tour to follow. In late 2004 frontman Ryan McCombs left the group. He would go on to become the new vocalist of Drowning Pool the following year.



Held at Ocean, London
Hosted by Ian Campfield
Live main stage performance by HIM, Akercocke and Young Heart Attack.

HIM (Finnish band) Finnish rock band

HIM was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki, Finland. Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo and bassist Mikko "Mige" Paananen under the name His Infernal Majesty, the band broke up in 1993, before being reformed in 1995 by Valo and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström. After being rejoined by Mige, as well as new additions keyboardist Antto Melasniemi and drummer Juhana "Pätkä" Rantala, the band, now called HIM, released their debut album Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666 in 1997. In 2000, now with drummer Mika "Gas Lipstick" Karppinen and keyboardist Juska Salminen, the band released the album Razorblade Romance, which reached the number one spot in Finland, Austria and Germany. Their first single, "Join Me in Death", also charted at number one in Finland and Germany, eventually going platinum and gold respectively. Following the addition of Janne "Burton" Puurtinen on keyboards, HIM released Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights and Love Metal in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Both cracked the top ten in several countries, and allowed the band to tour the United Kingdom and the United States for the first time.

Akercocke are an English extreme metal band from London, formed in 1997 by Jason Mendonca and David Gray. The band also features Paul Scanlan and Nathanael Underwood.

Young Heart Attack

Young Heart Attack (YHA) are a high-energy rock band from Austin, Texas, that formed in 2001. Chris "Frenchie" Smith and bassist Steven T. Hall had previously been in the Sixteen Deluxe and Joey Shuffield in Fastball.


Killswitch Engage American metalcore band

Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock. Killswitch Engage's current lineup consists of vocalist Jesse Leach, guitarists Joel Stroetzel and Adam Dutkiewicz, bassist Mike D'Antonio, and drummer Justin Foley. The band has released seven studio albums and two live performance albums. Their latest album, Incarnate, was released on March 11, 2016.

<i>The End of Heartache</i> 2004 studio album by Killswitch Engage

The End of Heartache is the third studio album by American metalcore band Killswitch Engage. It was released on May 11, 2004 through Roadrunner Records. It is the first album to feature lead vocalist Howard Jones and drummer Justin Foley.


Held at the Astoria, London
Hosted by Ian Campfield
Live main stage performance by Anthrax, Nightwish, Shadows Fall, Bullet for My Valentine and Trivium.

Anthrax (American band) American Thrash Metal Band

Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by rhythm guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. The group is considered one of the leaders of the thrash metal scene from the 1980s and is one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands with Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer; Anthrax is the only one of the four from the East Coast, and often credited as one of the early thrash metal bands to emerge from there, along with Overkill and Nuclear Assault. The band has released 11 studio albums, several other albums, and 26 singles, including collaborating on a single with American hip hop group Public Enemy. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Anthrax sold 2.5 million records in the United States from 1991 to 2004, with worldwide sales of 10 million.

Nightwish Finnish symphonic metal band

Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of their debut album, Angels Fall First (1997). In 2001, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers.

Bullet for My Valentine Welsh metal band

Bullet for My Valentine, often abbreviated as BFMV, are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, Wales, formed in 1998. The band is currently composed of Matthew Tuck, Michael Paget, Jason Bowld (drums) and Jamie Mathias. Former members include Michael Thomas, Jason James and Nick Crandle; the latter were on bass. They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine. A change of style from Jeff Killed John's style, led the band to change their name. In 2002, the band secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. The band has stated that their music is influenced by classic metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene.


Slipknot (band) American heavy metal band

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band was founded in 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. After several lineup changes in its early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Crahan, Jordison, Gray, Craig Jones, Mick Thomson, Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Chris Fehn, and Jim Root. Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced during 2011–2014 by guitarist Donnie Steele. Jordison left the band due to illness on December 12, 2013. Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter. The band found replacements in Alessandro Venturella on bass and Jay Weinberg on drums. After the departure of Jordison, as of December 2013 the only founding member in the current lineup is percussionist Crahan.

Roadrunner Records is an American record label that concentrates primarily on heavy metal and hard rock bands. It is a division of Warner Music Group and is based in New York City.

My Chemical Romance American pop punk group

My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Newark, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. The band's best-known lineup consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar, accompanied by keyboardist James Dewees. Founded by Gerard, Mikey, Toro, and Matt Pelissier, the band signed to Eyeball Records and released their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, in 2002. They signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major label debut, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, in 2004. Shortly after the album's release, Pelissier was replaced by Bob Bryar. A commercial success, the album was awarded platinum status over a year later.


Held at Koko, London
Hosted By Ian Campfield
Live main stage performance by Bullet for My Valentine, DragonForce, Lacuna Coil and Viking Skull.



Held at Koko, London
Hosted by Jamey Jasta
Live main stage performance by Machine Head, Dimmu Borgir, Lamb of God, Turisas and Priestess.



Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Oderus Urungus
Live main stage performance by Disturbed, Children of Bodom, In Flames, Apocalyptica and Testament.



Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Jason Rouse
Live main stage performance by Trivium, Anvil, Amon Amarth, DevilDriver and Saxon.



Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Steel Panther
Live main stage performance by Steel Panther, Airbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Skindred and Evile.
HMS Hammer performances by Nonpoint, Sonic Syndicate, Rise to Remain and Hellyeah.



Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Alice Cooper
Live main stage performance by Twisted Sister, Skindred, Devin Townsend, Sylosis and Buckcherry.
HMS Hammer performances by The Dead Lay Waiting, Tesseract, Black Spiders and Biohazard.



Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Chris Jericho
Live main stage performance by Anthrax, Sabaton, Ghost, Biohazard and Watain.
HMS Hammer performances by Shadows Fall, Fozzy, While She Sleeps, Attica Rage and Evil Scarecrow.


YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012 [1]
The Defiled Best New BandWon
Watain Best Underground BandWon
Devin Townsend 'Dimebag Darrell Shredder' AwardWon
Ghost Breakthrough Band AwardWon
Rammstein Best Live Band AwardWon
Iron Maiden’s U.K. TourBest Event AwardWon
Lamb of God Best International Band AwardWon
Saxon Best UK Band AwardWon
Mastodon The Hunter Best Album AwardWon
Anthrax Metal as #### AwardWon
Vinnie Paul Best DrummerWon
Roadrunner Records Inspiration AwardWon
Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel Riff Lord AwardWon
Bill Bailey Spirit of Hammer AwardWon
Fear Factory Icon AwardWon
Joey DeMaio The Golden God AwardWon


Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Devin Townsend
Live main stage performance by Motörhead, Airbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Coal Chamber and Paradise Lost.
HMS Hammer performances by Kvelertak, Visions Of Disorder, The Defiled and Heavens Basement.


YearNominee / workAwardResult
2013 [2]
Bleed from Within Best New BandWon
The Algorithm Best Underground BandWon
Eric Calderone 'Dimebag Darrell Shredder' AwardWon
Asking Alexandria Breakthrough Band AwardWon
Gojira Best Live Band AwardWon
The Heavy Metal Census CampaignBest Event AwardWon
Stone Sour Best International Band AwardWon
Black Sabbath Best UK Band AwardWon
Black Sabbath 13 Best Album AwardWon
Burgerkill Metal as #### AwardWon
Paradise Lost Inspiration AwardWon
Scott Gorham Riff Lord AwardWon
Brian Blessed Spirit of Hammer AwardWon
Alice in Chains Icon AwardWon
Motörhead The Golden God AwardWon
Doro Legend AwardWon


Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Steel Panther
Live main stage performance by Steel Panther, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Stone Cherry, While She Sleeps and Behemoth.
HMS Hammer performances by Orange Goblin, Kill Devil Hill, Upon a Burning Body, Hounds and Dying Fetus.


YearNominee / workAwardResult
2014 [3]
Devil You Know Best New BandWon
Wardruna Best Underground BandWon
Misha Mansoor 'Dimebag Darrell Shredder' AwardWon
Of Mice & Men Breakthrough Artist AwardWon
Killswitch Engage Best Live Band AwardWon
Avenged Sevenfold Best International Band AwardWon
Iron Maiden Best UK Band AwardWon
Behemoth The Satanist Best Album AwardWon
Hanoi Rocks Inspiration AwardWon
Mark Tremonti Riff Lord AwardWon
David Prowse Spirit of Hammer AwardWon
Michael Schenker Icon AwardWon
Mikael Åkerfeldt The Golden God AwardWon
Orphaned Land and KhalasGlobal Metal AwardWon
Devin Townsend King of the InternetWon
Grand Theft Auto V Game of the YearWon
Steel Panther – "Party Like It's the End of the World"Video of the YearWon


Held at Indigo at the O2, London
Hosted by Scott Ian
Live main stage performance by Suicidal Tendencies, We Are Harlot, Babymetal featuring Dragonforce, At the Gates and Killing Joke.
HMS Hammer performances by Code Orange, Butcher Babies, Upon a Burning Body and Napalm Death.


YearNominee / workAwardResult
2015 [4]
We Are Harlot Best New BandWon
Winterfylleth Best Underground BandWon
Richie Faulkner 'Dimebag Darrell Shredder' AwardWon
Babymetal Breakthrough Band AwardWon
Of Mice & Men Best Live Band AwardWon
Slipknot Best International Band AwardWon
Bring Me the Horizon Best UK Band AwardWon
Faith No More Sol Invictus Best Album AwardWon
At the Gates Inspiration AwardWon
Matt Taylor Spirit of Hammer AwardWon
Mike Muir Icon AwardWon
Dave Mustaine The Golden God AwardWon
District Unknown/Martyrs of MetalGlobal Metal AwardWon
Anthony Vincent King of the internetWon
Epitaph Records Best Independent LabelWon
Tommy Thayer Defender of the FaithWon


Held at the Hammersmith Apollo, London
Hosted by Jamey Jasta
Live main stage performance by Amon Amarth, Halestorm, Gojira and 'A Salute to Lemmy' with Saxon featuring Phil & Mikkey.


YearNominee / workAwardResult
2016 [5]
Creeper Best New BandWon
Enslaved Best Underground bandWon
Lzzy Hale ’Dimebag Darrell Shredder’ AwardWon
Beartooth Breakthrough Band AwardWon
Lamb of God Best Live Band AwardWon
Ghost Best International Band AwardWon
Asking Alexandria Best UK Band AwardWon
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls Best Album AwardWon
Anthrax Inspiration AwardWon
Phil Campbell Riff Lord AwardWon
Nikki Sixx Icon AwardWon
Joey Jordison The Golden God AwardWon
Chthonic Global Metal BandWon
Parkway Drive - "Vice Grip"Video of the YearWon
Prosthetic Records Best Independent LabelWon


Held at Indigo, O2, London
Hosted by Chris Jericho
Live main stage performance by Orange Goblin, Avatar, Clutch and Mastodon.


Non fan-voted categories


Held at Indigo O2, London
Hosted by Jamey Jasta
Live main stage performance by Carpenter Brut, Baroness, Myrkur, Meshuggah and Parkway Drive.


Non fan-voted categories

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