Earlier this evening, Webster Hall in NYC was taken over by the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal elite for the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards which was a rebranded “Golden Gods Awards” show and was happening in our media metropolis for the very first time. I wasn’t able to attend the awards despite wanting to be there with fans and friends but you can’t be everywhere. In addition to the fan voted winners two other awards were given out and let’s start with those.
Revolver Innovator Award:
Now let’s get on to all of the winners from the fan voting that we shared weeks ago to spark you into action. If you didn’t vote and someone that you admire the music of most didn’t win the award, you only have yourself to blame. Check out the list.
Album of the Year, presented by eOne
Metallica, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”
Beating Deftones, “Gore”, Megadeth, “Dystopia”, Meshuggah, “The Violent Sleep of Reason” and Volbeat, “Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie”.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I felt that Metallica would win this one when I posted the fan voting post several weeks ago. What I wasn’t expecting to hear were boos from some parts of the audience and a confirmation that I wasn’t hearing things from a friend that was situated right in the front. That both surprised and disappointed me considering how strong the new Metallica album actually is.
Song of the Year, presented by Century Media
Ghost, “Square Hammer”
Beating Amon Amarth, “Raise Your Horns”, Megadeth, “The Threat Is Real”, Metallica, “Hardwired” and
Testament, “Brotherhood of the Snake”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I wanted this one to win as well so congratulations to Ghost on bringing more acolytes into your dark church.
Best Vocalist, presented by Spinefarm
Of Mice & Men, Austin Carlile
Beating Amon Amarth, Johan Hegg; Deftones, Chino Moreno; Killswitch Engage, Jesse Leach and Lacuna Coil, Cristina Scabbia
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve yet to listen to OMAM so congrats to Austin on beating out some really impacting Metal lead singers.
Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist(s), presented by Epiphone
Megadeth, Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro
Beating Alter Bridge, Mark Tremonti; Opeth, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson; Metallica, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett and Zakk Wylde
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I had wanted Mark Tremonti to win this one to have someone that’s doing new good for the Metal scene but am still happy for Dave and Kiko.
Paul Gray Best Bassist
Meshuggah, Dick Lövgren
Beating Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler; Hellyeah, Kyle Sanders; Rob Zombie, Piggy D and Metallica, Robert Trujillo
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I really thought that Geezer would have taken this one home since the band is on the retirement path as you read this.
Megadeth, Chris Adler
Beating The Dillinger Escape Plan, Billy Rymer; Hellyeah, Vinnie Paul; Meshuggah, Tomas Haake and
Of Mice & Men, Valentino Arteaga
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Good work Chris (who is now back to full detail with Lamb Of God and apparently Nitro as well). He was terrific in Megadeth but now they have the great Dirk Verbueren and all is well in Megadeth drumming land.
Best Live Band, presented by Metal Blade Records and Black Light Media
Beating Black Sabbath, Ghost, Hatebreed and Rob Zombie
PiercingMetal Thoughts: There is no doubt about Slipknot being an incendiary live show so this win makes sense even though I would have preferred Zombie or Ghost and Sabbath in terms of live music presentation.
Most Dedicated Fans
Pierce the Veil
Beating Anthrax, Periphery, Trivium and Volbeat
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I wanted Volbeat for this one and since I have not yet seen Pierce The Veil I cannot speak about their fans at all. Kudos to their win. I’ll be trying to catch one of their shows in the new year should a tour be happening in our region.
Best New Talent, presented by Napalm Records
Beating Babymetal, Nails, Stitched Up Heart and Toothgrinder
PiercingMetal Thoughts: For this one I had hoped for Stitched Up Heart more than the rest and am a little surprised that Avatar took the win. Don’t get me wrong since I love the stuff but I have seen them a couple of times here in the Big Metal Apple in smaller rooms while BabyMetal had packed venues that held thousands. Congrats to the masked men of Avatar. Make sure to see them when they come around because it is good stuff.
Best Film & Video
Beating Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, “Blood Moon”, Kvelertak, “1985”, Red Fang, “Shadows” and Slayer, “Pride in Prejudice”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I had selected Gojira in my picks so congrats to them on the win. Truthfully speaking they are a band that needs to be seen live and a video cannot possibly do them any justice.
Most Metal Athlete
Baron Corbin, WWE
Beating Drew Stafford, NHL; Julianna Peña, UFC; Matt Brown, UFC and Robin Lehner, NHL
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I didn’t understand the relevance or need for this category and honestly still don’t so that is all I can say about it.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: In addition to the awards presentations there were performances by Megadeth, Anthrax, Lacuna Coil, Stitched Up Heart and Zakk Wylde along with a multiple notables jam session that featured Ace Frehley, Bumblefoot, Butcher Babies and several more. Hopefully a lot of videos were taken from the crowd so I can peruse them since I was not 100% following the live stream. Please let me know what you think about the winners in the comments below because I would love to hear from you on this stuff.
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