Ozzy Osbourne, Lacuna Coil, and Maynard James Keenan were crowned 'Golden Gods' at Metal Hammer's annual awards bash on Monday night (11th June 2018). Taking place at the Indigo at the O2 in London, the star-studded event followed on from the weekend's Download festival, and saw many of the event's acts attending.
Honouring the achievements of those from the worlds of rock and metal, the bash was attended by Ozzy Osbourne, who was on hand to collect the evening’s main accolade, The Golden God Award. The night also featured an incredible full-production set from Parkway Drive, who closed the ceremony.
Hosted by Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta, the Golden Gods was all about the fans. There were no tables, no sit-down dinners, no industry backslapping – this was a room full of genuine fans who have voted in their hundreds of thousands to see their favourite bands be victorious.
“The Golden Gods aren’t just the biggest metal awards on the planet – they’re the only music awards that put our community at the very heart of it all,” says Metal Hammer Editor, Merlin Alderslade. “Thank you to everyone who came out to support the awards and who continue to support the magazine. What a night. Same again next year, yeah?”
With a career dating back almost five decades, Ozzy Osbourne’s status saw him presented with the ultimate Golden God accolade. On receiving the award, Ozzy said, "What an immense honour it is to be getting a second Golden God Award after Sabbath picked one up last year. The fans who have supported me and this music mean everything to me, which is why getting this award is so special.”
The awards ceremony was woven together with live performances, with an exciting five-artist bill. Synthwave sensation Carpenter Brut opened the show playing alongside Baroness, Myrkur and Meshuggah, ahead of Parkway Drive's incendiary finale.
The evening's awards once again honoured the very best new and established artists from around the globe, as well as the events and record labels that make this genre the force it is. Japan’s latest metal sensations, Lovebites, won Best New Band, while Wolves In The Throne Room won Best Underground Band.
Judas Priest, walked off with the Best British gong, and Best Live Band was won by Italy’s multi-award-winning gothic metallers, Lacuna Coil. Best International Band meanwhile went to Sweden's melodic death metallers Arch Enemy.
A driving force for modern metal, US-based Sumerian Records won the Best Independent Label, while the Best Event was deservedly bestowed upon Download festival. Taking place the weekend before the Golden God Awards, the festival’s headliners this year were Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and the Golden God himself, Ozzy Osbourne.
Breakthrough winners this year went to Code Orange, and Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, was crowned the 'Riff Lord', for his work with the nu metal linchpins, as well as with alternative and industrial metal bands Black Light Burns and Big Dumb Face.
Finally, the Icon award went to Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle vocalist Maynard James Keenan.
eonmusic was on hand at the event to chat to the winners, and caught up with Keenan, Zakk Wylde, Lucana Coil, Wes Borland, and a host of others. Stay tuned for our full coverage.
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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2018 Winners:
Best New Band sponsored by Röad Crew - Lovebites
Best Underground Band sponsored by Relapse Records - Wolves In The Throne Room
Best British Band sponsored by Nuclear Blast - Judas Priest
Best Live Band sponsored by Monster Energy - Lacuna Coil
Best International Band - Arch Enemy
Best Independent Label - Sumerian Records
Best Event sponsored by Spinefarm Records - Download Festival
Breakthrough sponsored by Sumerian Records - Code Orange
Riff Lord sponsored by Chapman Guitars - Wes Borland
Global Metal sponsored by Century Media - Kaoteon
Inspiration sponsored by uDiscover - Meshuggah
Best Album sponsored by Roadrunner Records - Myrkur 'Mareridt'
Spirit Of Hammer sponsored by Sliptrick Records - Jessica Pimentel
Icon sponsored by Zippo Encore - Maynard James Keenan
Golden God sponsored by LouderSound.com - Ozzy Osbourne