Most Devoted Fans – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards
Music is all about connectivity, and those who establish that connection in the deepest of ways will surely create a fan base of rabid devotees. The love projected from the fans, to the band and back again is most notable with the following nominees, and if you're reading this, you will likely pledge your allegiance to one of these 10 acts.
From veteran acts to new addictions, these are your choices for Most Devoted Fans. Check it out and be sure to vote in the poll below:
It's no secret that Avenged Sevenfold have some of the most dedicated fans on the planet. Regardless of universal acclaim, mainstream success or negative criticism, A7X fans will be in it for life through thick and thin.
Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides possessed a massive fan base long before their debut studio album, 'We Stitch These Wounds.' The band are experiencing massive success driven by fans reminiscent of the emo and post-hardcore scenes in the mid-2000s.
Dir En Grey
When it comes to pure dedication, Japanese metal band Dir En Grey could easily build a legitimate cult with their listeners. Although underdogs from the beginning, the fans of Dir En Grey united with unmatched force for our Extreme Metal Olympics feature, leading the band to a gold medal.
Falling in Reverse
Although controversy seems to follow vocalist Ronnie Radke wherever he finds himself, his new band Falling in Reverse have exploded as one of the present day's most popular 'scene' bands. Since the release of 'The Drug in Me is You' last year, the band has seen rare success due to their rabid fans.
As one of metal's undisputed greatest bands in history, Iron Maiden fans are a breed of their own. Spanning all generations, Maiden are one of the few New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands who are still releasing brilliant material. Their American fans came in droves during this year's 'Maiden England' tour, boasting the band's grandest stage show to date. Up the Irons!
When you're the most commercially successful metal band in history, you can do anything and everything you want. For Metallica, this came in the form of their own Orion Music + More festival, where they performed both 'Ride the Lightning' and the 'Black Album' in full. You don't need to know much about metal to recognize the ridiculously large following Metallica have gained.
Suicide Silence have been one of deathcore's premiere acts for a number of years, but with the sudden death of vocalist Mitch Lucker on Nov. 1, fans of the band came together by the thousands in unity to memorialize the late singer.
Slipknot's fan base of 'Maggots' have an animalistic dedication to their masked heroes. Even when headlining over legendary acts such as Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax, the crowd was noticeably more massive for Slipknot throughout the 2012 Mayhem Fest. Maggots also rushed to the band's very own two-city Knotfest events in 2012.
Maynard James Keenan is the Charles Manson of music. He could easily lead his legions of fans into a coup d'etat of the entire world, but luckily, he seems to be content with making wine instead. Each member of Tool is a genuine master of their instrument, while acting as true visionaries through their songwriting, and this has created one of the most notable and naturally-acquired fan bases in history.
We witnessed the rabid nature of X Japan fans during a run of Loudwire Cage Matches earlier this year. The band's followers allowed X Japan to defeat Black Veil Brides, In Flames, the Used, Bush and Jane's Addiction in consecutive wins, proving how deeply-rooted and powerful their fan base truly is.
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!