Friday, 7 April 2017

Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2017 - VOTE NOW

The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2017
in association with Orange Amplification

The return of the UK’s heaviest awards show from
the world’s greatest rock and metal magazine,
Metal Hammer

Chris Jericho
Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar returns as host

Monday, June 12, 2017
IndigO2 at The O2, London
@MetalHammer #GoldenGods

For more than 30 years, Metal Hammer has been the biggest heavy metal magazine on the planet, and after a turbulent end to 2016, and with Future plc buying them in January, the brand is delighted to be cementing its triumphant comeback in style. On Monday, June 12, the IndigO2 at The O2 will play host to the 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Orange Amplification, capping a whirlwind six months that saw the magazine make international headlines after returning bigger and better than ever earlier this year.

Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar Chris Jericho – who also appeared at this year's Wrestlemania event in front of 70,000 people – will be coming straight from playing this year's Download Festival to host what will undoubtedly be the biggest party of the year! After fans, bands, festival organisers, magazines, websites and record labels across the rock community pulled together in a show of solidarity for Hammer to help us come back all guns blazing, we're very excited to be paying back some of that amazing goodwill with a night that no one will ever forget.

Voting is open now at

For a full list of nominations please see below.

"In December, we were told that Metal Hammer may never exist again," comments Editor Merlin Alderslade. "What happened in the weeks and months after didn't just show the power and strength of our scene when we come together, but showed the world that Hammer is a central part of our community and can still make amazing things happen like no other mag can. We were blown away by the amazing support everyone showed us, and with the magazine now back on shelves and stacked with the best in heavy music every month, we can't wait to raise a glass to celebrate an amazing story and cement our comeback with a few thousand dear friends. You made this possible, and it's time to show the world what we can do. Let's party."

Chris Jericho, the Golden God Awards host says, “Metal Hammer is back and so is Chris Jericho! And it's gonna be amazing to host the comeback party on the 15th anniversary of the Golden Gods! Metal Hammer call themselves the Defenders Of The Faith and I call myself Ian Hill, so it's a perfect match yet again. Metal Hammer is a torch bearer for metal and rock around the world – without them heavy rock as we know it would be an entirely different place… a boring, stinky, One Direction-loving place. F*ck that, Let's rock!!"

Full list of nominees below:

Best New Band
Zeal & Ardor
Venom Prison
Ocean Grove

Best Underground Band
Royal Thunder 
Anaal Nathrakh 

Best UK Band
Bury Tomorrow
While She Sleeps
Orange Goblin

Best International Band presented by Nuclear Blast
Alter Bridge
Avenged Sevenfold

Code Orange

Best Live Band
Steel Panther
Killswitch Engage

Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’
Joel O’ Keeffe (Airbourne)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)
Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)
Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan)

Best Independent Label
Nuclear Blast
Cooking Vinyl
Season Of Mist

Game Of The Year
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Iron Maiden: The Legacy Of The Beast
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Editorial-chosen awards include Riff Lord presented by Century Media, Defender Of The Faith presented by Orange Amplification, Album Of The Year, Icon, Inspiration, Spirit Of Hammer and The Golden God.