Bassist of the Year – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards
Although they can remain low-key, bassists are essential for holding down the rhythm section of a band. Despite a fewer amount of strings, there is something unique about watching or listening to a bassist shred with the same technical expertise as a guitarist.
These low-end masters have helped define 2012 through their playing along with their songwriting abilities. Check out the nominees for Bassist of the Year and be sure to vote for your favorite in the poll below:
Alex Webster, Cannibal Corpse
Original Cannibal Corpse member and longtime songwriting force Alex Webster delivered disgusting bass lines within the band's 12th studio album, 'Torture.' Along with his prowess behind a bass, Webster penned tracks such as 'Scourge of Iron' and 'Intestinal Crank' for the 'Torture' album.
Dan Briggs, Between the Buried and Me
If you like your metal bassists to dance around lead parts and create complex polyrhythms, Dan Briggs delivers like few can. His lines can be heard throughout Between the Buried and Me's 'Parallax II: Future Sequence,' proving to be one of metal's most valuable rhythm musicians.
D.D. Verni, Overkill
Along with the thrash-tastic parts showcased by Overkill's D.D. Verni, the bassist is also the primary songwriter for the band. Creating the foundation for every track on Overkill's must-hear 2012 album, 'The Electric Age,' there would be no 'Come and Get It' or 'Electric Rattlesnake' without the legendary bassist.
Eric Bass, Shinedown
Your name is Eric Bass and you play the bass?! Get right outta town! In fact, the Shinedown bassist has also contributed backing vocals and piano for the band since 2008. Bass also boasts writing credits for tracks such as 'Unity' and 'Enemies' from Shinedown's 2012 album, 'Amaryllis.'
Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers
There are few bassists more talented and beloved than Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band released 'Look Around' and 'Brendan's Death Song' as singles this year, and although the band share writing credits for such tracks, there is no denying the massive contribution Flea has brought to the band.
Frank Bello, Anthrax
Anthrax bassist Frank Bello has led a stellar year in 2012. Along with headlining the second stage at this year's Mayhem Festival, Bello took part in both the Los Angeles and New York City 'Metal Masters' clinics.
Lemmy Kilmister, Motorhead
Is it of popular opinion that Lemmy Kilmister is, in fact, God. Looking past his divine birth, Lemmy is one hell of a bassist and frontman. Motorhead were one of the 2012 Mayhem Festival's marquee acts, and the band rocked it like no others can.
Nikki Sixx, Motley Crue
As one of the most beloved hard rock bassists in history, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx saw success with the release of the single 'Sex' this year. Sixx also helped make Las Vegas history as Motley Crue completed a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a move that is quickly being adopted by bands such as Guns N' Roses.
Steve Harris, Iron Maiden / Solo
Legendary Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris embarked on the incredible 'Maiden England' tour in 2012, along with releasing his debut solo album, 'British Lion.' Harris is showing no signs of slowing down, and his presence has been heavily felt in 2012.
Wolfgang Van Halen, Tremonti / Van Halen
As the son of Eddie Van Halen, there are some monstrous expectations placed above your head when you choose to pursue music. Wolfgang Van Halen has been doing his father proud as a member of Van Halen, but stepping in at the last minute as the touring bassist for Mark Tremonti's solo project was truly remarkable.
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 bassist wins!