Metal Song of the Year – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards
Metal music was at it's finest this year, and the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards category of Metal Song of the Year features 10 incredibly diverse tracks from a wide-range of bands.
We've got veteran metal acts going against the young craftsmen of today's metal music landscape, but the voting is all up to you, the fans. Which tune will you pick as the Metal Song of the Year for 2012? Check out the nominated songs and be sure to vote in the poll below:
Anthrax, I'm Alive'
Although it appears on Anthrax's 2011 album, 'Worship Music,' the killer track 'I'm Alive' was officially unleashed as a single on Jan. 4, 2012, and features Joey Belladonna delivering an epic vocal performance.
Between the Buried and Me, 'Telos'
Between the Buried and Me guitarist Paul Waggoner describes 'Telos' as "the meat" of their 2012 full-length, 'The Parallax II: Future Sequence,' which we named as the top metal album of 2012.
Gojira, 'L'Enfant Sauvage'
Gojira made a huge jump in their career with their 2012 album, 'L'Enfant Sauvage.' The record's title track displays stellar songwriting with an original and pummeling approach.
High on Fire, 'King of Days'
Although somewhat of a deep cut from High on Fire's 'De Vermis Mysteriis,' the song 'King of Days' displays every strength of the band in a solid seven-minute package.
Lamb of God, 'Ghost Walking'
Lamb of God chose the apocalyptic tale known as 'Ghost Walking' as the spearheading track from their 'Resolution' album.
Machine Head, 'Darkness Within'
Featured on Machine Head's 2011 album, 'Unto the Locust,' the haunting tune 'Darkness Within' was unleashed as a single in July of 2012, along with a masterful music video.
Napalm Death, 'The Wolf I Feed'
Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway and guitarist Mitch Harris share some brutal vocal duties in 'The Wolf I Feed.' The track was inspired by the "rat race" of the business world.
Pantera released this lost track from their 'Vulgar Display of Power' album for its 20th anniversary. The band's crunch and powerful aggression hasn't aged a day.
Pig Destroyer, 'The Bug'
Featuring a contribution from Larry King (kind of), Pig Destroyer's 'The Bug' is a perfect grind anthem with dueling vocals from J.R. Hayes and Kat Katz.
Testament, 'True American Hate'
When it comes to thrash, it doesn't get much better than Testament and 'True American Hate.' Billy, Skolnick, Peterson, Christian, Hoglan … that's all you need to know.
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 song wins!