Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2017

Last Monday Night I attended the 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods  award ceremony in London with my sister after winning tickets to the event after taking part in fan vote poll.

The event Mc’d by Comedian Ed Gamble, Hosted by WWE superstar & lead singer of Fozzy : Chris Jericho.



We Qued for ages but somehow got right to the front


(Photo by Punkrocksal)

I was really excited when I found out Chris was hosting as I am a huge Wrestling & Fozzy fan. This slightly made up for missing them at Download this year. Me and Mel recently got married and moved house, you can literally get a bus from our house to Donington !! Next Year…..


Orange Goblin opened the show


The Awards themselves then started and the following were announced

Fan Voted Categories:

Best New Band: Venom Prison

Best Underground Band: Pallbearer

Best UK Band: Architects

Best International Band: Avenged Sevenfold

Best Live Band: Mastodon

Best Independent Label: Nuclear Blast

Dimebag Darrell “Shredder” award : Joel O’ Keeffe (Airbourne)

Game Of The Year : Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast



I have to Admit I had never heard of or seen Avatar, but after seeing them on stage I have spent the last few days listening to their entire Discography. I posted a video of them playing to our WhatsApp family group and the reactions were great.


(Photo by Punkrocksal)


I love love love Clutch !!!! they also played some really new un-released tracks.

Then some more awards which were:

Non Fan Voted

Riff Lord: Devin Townsend

Defender Of The Faith: Ben Ward (Orange Goblin) and Partner Sandie Soriano

Inspiration: Exodus

Best Album: Gojira Magma

Spirit Of Hammer: Prophets Of Rage

Icon: The Dillinger Escape Plan

Golden God: Black Sabbath


This might be heresy to some but after Clutch played I was pretty much done & didn’t see Mastodon play TBH I’m not their biggest fan but the real reason I didn’t see them play was because I wore stupid boots that hurt my feet, I had a Migraine coming on due to tiredness and severe lack of food. I was traveling home the next day so really had to leave. I will say again the Indigo is a great venue for gigs and I really think it should be used a lot more. My first Golden Gods experience was really enjoyable and I hoping to go next year.

Thanks again to Punkrocksal   for the use of some of the pics. Please click the link to check out more photos

Did you attend the awards ?

What do you think of the winners list ?