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To somewhat little fanfare, the seemingly understated and conservative UK Metal Hammer Golden God Awards ceremony for 2014 was held the other day. I’m not entirely sure if the statue winners were decided by a public vote but looking at the winners list, and considering the mag would encourage reader participation, the winners aren’t much different to recent publicly-voted award winners. Amongst the awards, Behemoth took out the ‘Album of the Year’; the ‘Dimebag Darrell Shredder’ award went to Periphery’s Misha Mansoor; ‘Best UK Band’ went to Iron Maiden; ‘Best Live Band’ was taken out by Killswitch Engage; ‘Best International Band’ went to Avenged Sevenfold; and Mikael Akerfeldt was named ‘Golden God’. FYI, ‘Best New Band’ didn’t go to Twelve Foot Ninja but a band called Devil You Know.
It’s hard to compare this UK awards ceremony to the recent US ceremony, mainly because Metal Hammer didn’t appear to stream the event. Notable differences include the absence of Axl Rose from the UK event, but to make up for it the UK event included a boat ride up the Thames on the Vans HMS Hammer, which sounds pretty wicked, but the audience consisted of 200 or so competition winners and VIPs.
In other news…
Sydney metallers As Silence Breaks shall henceforth be known as Daemon Pyre and will release their self-titled album later this year.
Story of the Year will be at 170 Russell on Sunday, June 29.
Chelsea Grin is set to release their third studio album entitled Ashes to Ashes on Friday, July 11.
Perth prog-rockers Voyager will play The Workers Club on Saturday, July 12.
Corrosion of Conformity and special guests Lo! were to play 170 Russell St on Sunday, July 20 but that has recently been cancelled.
The Midyear Mayhem Tour featuring Buried in Verona, Antagonist A.D. and Stories will be held at the Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne for an all-ages show on Friday, July 25 and for a licensed show at the Evelyn Hotel on Saturday, July 26.
Neurosis will play The Corner Hotel on Thursday, August 7.
Anathema will be at The Corner Hotel on Saturday, August 23.
Opeth will release their new album, Pale Communion, on Tuesday, August 26.
DevilDriver will be at 170 Russell on Sunday, September 7.
John Garcia will play The Espy’s Gershwin Room on Friday, September 12.
Cannibal Corpse will play 170 Russell on Friday, September 12.
Veruca Salt will play The Corner on Friday, September 26 to a sold-out audience. Another show has been added at The Corner Hotel on Tuesday, September 30.
Sepultura will be at 170 Russell on Friday, October 3.
Gorguts will play Northcote Social Club on Friday, November 14.
Toxic Holocaust and Iron Reagan will be at The Reverence in Footscray on Sunday, November 16.
Primordial are slated to release their new album, Where Greater Men Have Fallen, on Friday, November 21.
Body Count will release their new album, Manslaughter, later this year.
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Written by Paul S Taylor
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