The worlds of politics and metal converged recently when Pennsylvania's governor, Tom Wolf, reached out to the band Code Orange with a letter of recognition for their accomplishments in this past year. The band's Forever album was widely hailed, but it was their Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance that caught the politician's eye.

"It is my pleasure to join with the Recording Academy to recognize your remarkable contributions to music and to congratulate you on your nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance," opened the official letter.

Wolf went on to add, "Music transcends culture, age, and race, uniting communities. Since 1959, The Recording Academy has honored the outstanding work of musicians, writers, producers, and performers from across the globe. You have proven your dedication to learning and honing your creative skills. Through your passion, you have cultivated the important characteristics of determination and discipline that are necessary for success. You have generously shared your extraordinary talents through your time and hard work. As a Grammy Award nominee, you serve as an example to all by displaying the positive impact music can have on the lives of all individuals. I commend you for your inspiring talent, virtuosity, and commitment to the arts. I am certain you will continue to represent Pennsylvania with a great distinction for many years to come."

The governor shared his delight in recognizing their accomplishments and offered his best wishes for continued success. In return, the band tweeted out a photo of the letter with the caption, "Official Pennsylvania HC. thank you governor. please prepare our office in the big house. signed, the thinners of the herd."

Code Orange did not take home the Grammy, as Mastodon won the Best Metal Performance category for "Sultan's Curse," but the band did attend the ceremony. The Forever disc did place third in our Best Metal Albums of 2017 list, while their title track single topped our Best Metal Songs of 2017 list.

Best Metal Albums of 2017