The 1st Annual Metal Descent Heavy Metal Music Awards

by Bill Nihill and Mike Lawrence on February 11, 2014


2013 was an absolutely amazing year for heavy metal.  We got new albums from metal veterans including Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Dream Theater and Queensryche as well as some great stuff from metal’s new school of bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Battlecross and The Dillinger Escape Plan.  Now we are excited to present you with the First Annual Metal Descent Heavy Metal Music Awards to celebrate and honor the amazing artists and albums of the past year.  Award categories include best albums in each subgenre, best live act, song of the year, album of the year and many more.  We hope you enjoyed 2013 as much as we did so without further adieu, here are the winners:

pth-volition-album-reviewBest Album Lyrics:
Protest The Hero – Volition




black-sabbath-13-album-cover-6-11-2013Best Root (Traditional) Metal Album:
Black Sabbath- 13





Best Album Title:
Alice In ChainsThe Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (For its creative jab at organized religion and creationism.)



Tomahawk Oddfellows

Best Alternative Metal Album:
Tomahawk – Oddfellows




flotsam-and-jetsam-ugly-noise-album-cover-new-4-16-13Best Album Cover:
Flotsam and Jetsam – Ugly Noise




shade-empire-omega-arcane-best-2013Best Black Metal Album:
Shade Empire: Omega Arcane





Best Cover Song:
(Tie) DevilDriver – “Sail” and Rob Zombie – “We’re An American Band”


Exhumed-Necrocracy-cover-new-releaseBest Death Metal Album:
Exhumed – Necrocracy




Kylesa-Ultraviolet-2013-bestBest Doom/Sludge Metal Album:
Kylesa – Ultraviolet




Best Concert/Tour:
Tomahawk – Oddfellows 2013 North American Tour


Darkthrone-The-Underground-Resistance-200x200-album-coverBest Extreme Metal Album:
Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance




AmonAmarth-DeceiverOfTheGods-cover-6-25-2013Best Folk/Viking Metal Album:
Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods




Battlecross-1Best Live Act of 2013:




stryper-no-more-hell-to-pay-new-11-5-2013Best Glam Metal Album:
Stryper – No More Hell to Pay




TheVisionBleak-WitchingHourBest Gothic Metal Album:
The Vision Bleak – Witching Hour




Best Collaboration:
Amon Amarth featuring Messiah Marcolin – “Hel”


When-Worlds-Collide-Exhale-ReviewBest Grindcore Album:
Exhale – When Worlds Collide




hatebreed-the-divinity-of-purpose-album-coverBest Hardcore Album:
Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose




Nine Inch Nails Hesitation MarksBest Industrial Metal Album:
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks




Battlecross-3Best New Metal Artist/Band:




Killswitch_engage_disarm_the_descent_cover_4_2_2Best Metalcore Album:
Killswitch EngageDisarm The Descent




Motorhead AftershockBest NWOBHM/Speed Metal Album:
Motorhead – Aftershock




Stratovarius-nemesis-album-coverBest Power Metal Album:
Stratovarius – Nemesis




dream-theater-2013-john-petrucciBest Production:
John Petrucci for Dream Theater – Dream Theater




dillinger-escape-plan-one-ofus-is-a-killer-album-cover-5-14-2013-2Best Progressive Metal Album:
The Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us Is the Killer




Battlecross War of WillBest Thrash Album:
Battlecross – War of Will




alter-bridge-albumBest *Metal (Asterisk Metal) Album:
Alter Bridge – Fortress




Metal Song of The Year:
Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?”



battlecross-war-of-will-300x2261Metal Album of The Year:
Battlecross – War of Will




What would some of your awards look like for 2013? Let us know in the comments section.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex February 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Must say this looks like a decent list. Battlecross were indeed amazing live and Shade Empire’s Omega Arcane is a masterpiece. But how are Battlecross the Best New Metal Artist when they’ve been around for a good 10 years?


Mike February 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

First successful major label record


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