Mike Bordin, Scott Ian, Duff McKagan
When it comes to metal awards, or any music awards for that matter, there really is only one unmissable event on the calendar.
Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods sure as hell didn’t disappoint this year with a Who’s Who of rock and metal descending on Indigo at London landmark The O2 for a celebration of all things hard n’ heavy.
Presenting the awards this year was none other than Anthrax man Scott Ian, and with gongs going to everyone from Dave Mustaine (Golden God award) and Gene Simmons (legend award) to Faith No More (best album, Sol Invictus), few events out there could compete for sheer rock star power.
On the performance front, the awards definitely delivered this year. Opening the proceedings were crossover legends Suicidal Tendencies, raising the roof right from the start.
Following them were hard rockers We Are Harlot, but they could barely compete with the spectacle of Babymetal, tonight aided and abetted by power metallers Dragonforce. They may have their fair share of detractors, but the sheer entertainment value cannot be denied.
If the evening threatened to be too much lighthearted fun, death metal legends At The Gates were on hand to bring the aggression, proving yet again that they are still on top of their game.
At The Gates
Ultimately, though, Killing Joke took the crown for band of the night by far. The ageing legends are still a live force to be reckoned with, and their closing 20 minutes or so here tonight only served to whet the appetite for more.
Stars, legends, performances – Golden Gods makes for an unbeatable night.
Faith No More’s Bill Gould
All photos: Jessy Lotti
The winners in full:
Inspiration: At The Gates
Best UK Band: Bring Me The Horizon
Riff Lord: Brian May
Golden God: Dave Mustaine
Best Independent Label: Epitaph
Best Album: Faith No More
Legend: Gene Simmons
Global Metal: District Unknown/Martyrs Of Metal
Spirit Of Hammer: Dr Matt Taylor
Dimebag Darrell Shredder: Richie Faulkner
Icon: Mike Muir
Defender Of The Faith: Tommy Thayer
Best New Band: We Are Harlot
Best Underground: Winterfylleth