NEWS: Finalists confirmed for Heavy Music Awards 2017; public voting open now!

Following an intensive period of voting by more than 300 of names across several areas of the music industry, including DEAD PRESS! editors Zach Redrup and Mike Heath, the final seven nominations for each respective category at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards have now been unveiled.

The debut Heavy Music Awards, which will be hosted in London on August 24th 2017, covers seven different categories (Best Album, Best UK Band, Best International Band, Best Live Band, Best Breakthrough Band, Best Album Artwork, Best Producer, Best Photographer, Best Festival, and Best Venue).

Public voting has opened now, and will close at 5:00PM on June 30th 2017. You can cast your votes over on the official website (here).

You can find all seven of the award categories along with their respective nomination finalists listed below:

BEST ALBUM (presented by EMP):
Architects – ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
Deftones – ‘Gore’ (Reprise / Producer: Matt Hyde)
Every Time I Die – ‘Low Teens’ (Epitaph / Producer: Will Putney)
Gojira – ‘Magma’ (Roadrunner / Producer: Joe Duplantier)
Metallica – ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ (Blackened / Producer: Greg Fidelman)
Oathbreaker – ‘Rheia (Deathwish / Producer: Jack Shirley)
Thrice – ‘To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere’ (Vagrant / Producer: Eric Palmquist)

BEST UK BAND (presented by Uprawr):
Architects (Epitaph)
Biffy Clyro (Warner)
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Sabbath (Vertigo)
Bring Me The Horizon (Columbia)
Creeper (Roadrunner)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND:
A Day To Remember (ADTR)
Beartooth (Red Bull)
Deftones (Reprise)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)
Metallica (Blackened)

BEST LIVE BAND (presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment):
Architects (Epitaph)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (Party Smasher)
Enter Shikari (Hopeless)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND (presented by House of Vans London):
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK:
Architects – ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ (Epitaph)
Black Foxxes – ‘I’m Not Well’ (Universal)
Deftones – ‘Gore’ (Reprise)
Ghost – ‘Popestar’ (Loma Vista)
Gojira – ‘Magma’ (Roadrunner)
Meshuggah – ‘The Violent Sleep Of Reason’ (Nuclear Blast)
Opeth – ‘Sorceress’ (Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast)

BEST PRODUCER:
Tom Dalgety
John Feldmann
Greg Fidelman
Matt Hyde
Dan Lancaster
Fredrik Nordström
Will Putney

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER:
Tom Barnes
Corrine Cumming
Ben Gibson
Ross Halfin
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
John McMurtrie

BEST FESTIVAL:
2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
ArcTanGent, Compton Martin
Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
Desertfest, London
Download Festival, Donington
Reading & Leeds Festival
Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham / Hatfield / Leeds

BEST VENUE:
Black Heart, Camden
The Dome, Tufnell Park
KOKO, Camden
O2 Academy, Brixton
O2 Forum, Kentish Town
Rock City, Nottingham
The Underworld, Camden

This year’s Heavy Music Awards will be hosted at the House Of Vans, London on August 24th 2017. The after party will then be hosted by alternative/rock club night, Uprawr.

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