Metal Band of the Year – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards
Here we have a batch of stellar bands who just happened to shape the metal music landscape in 2012. The accomplishments made by the following acts cannot be underestimated, as metal as a genre continues to dominate the underground music world.
Once again, we've got veterans facing new-school heroes for the title of Metal Band of the Year, and it's the fans who will decide who deserves the award. Check out the 10 nominees in the Metal Band of the Year and be sure to vote in the poll below:
Having released 'Worship Music' in 2011, the thrash legends of Anthrax released 'I'm Alive' as a single in 2012, along with headlining the second stage at this year's Mayhem Festival and touring extensively with Testament and Death Angel.
As I Lay Dying
Metalcore leaders As I Lay Dying had a strong year in 2012, releasing the album 'Awakened' to critical acclaim. The band turned the tracks 'Cauterize' and 'A Greater Foundation' into singles this year, along with performing on the 2012 Mayhem Festival.
Between the Buried and Me
Guitarist Paul Waggoner was hoping to create similar excitement for their 2012 album, 'The Parallax II: Future Sequence' that they conjured with 'Colors' in 2007. From fan reaction, Between the Buried and Me succeeded with their 2012 masterpiece. The prog metal act even gave fans a taste of 'The Parallax II' during the 2012 Summer Slaughter tour.
Phil Anselmo and the rest of Down crunched their Southern sludge into an EP this year with 'Down IV Part 1 - The Purple EP.' Fans are absolutely rabid to check out these new tracks live, and they'll get the chance to do so when Down hit the road early next year.
The French mad scientists of Gojira absolutely exploded in 2012 with the album 'L'Enfant Sauvage.' The masterful album brought in a massive new group of fans while keeping the old ones happy, a feat that is among the most difficult of accomplishments for a progressive act.
Lamb of God
Having released 'Resolution' in early 2012, Lamb of God embarked on various tours before being stopped in their tracks by the arrest of vocalist Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic. Lamb of God persevered through the controversy, hitting the road once again later in the year to a red-hot 'Welcome Home' from fans.
Along with creating a more-than-impressive video for the song 'Darkness Within' in 2012, Machine Head treated fans worldwide to a string of live performances. After headlining a tour with support from Suicide Silence and Darkest Hour, Machine Head continued to play gigs with Dethklok, All That Remains and the Black Dahlia Murder.
The British grindcore legends of Napalm Death blew away grind fans with their 2012 album, 'Utilitarian.' Having created one of this year's most brutal and imaginative albums, Napalm took grindcore into a new realm proceeding their tour with Municipal Waste and Exhumed.
After a five-year wait, grind masters Pig Destroyer released yet another pummeling triumph, 'Book Burner.' Under the influence of mastermind Scott Hull, 'Book Burner' showcases brilliant sonic attacks by all involved, including Kat Katz, Richard Johnson and broadcasting legend Larry King via his reading of Henry Miller's 'Tropic of Cancer' audiobook.
Boasting one of metal's most purely talented lineups, Testament crushed the world of thrash with their 'Dark Roots of Earth' album. The band made memorable videos for 'True American Hate' as well as 'Native Blood,' while touring with fellow thrash legends Anthrax and Death Angel.
Voting for the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards closes on Jan. 15 at 11:59 PM EST. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure your favorite band wins!