LAMB OF GOD, IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER, MACHINE HEAD Among 'Golden Gods' Nominees

According to The Sun Online, LAMB OF GOD is the favorite to walk off with the silverware at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

The Virginia-based group is up for an impressive five gongs, including "Best Album", "Best Live Band" and "Best International Band".

And the fifth annual Metal Hammer bash, set to be held on June 11 at Koko in London, should be quite a party.

In attendance will be emo kings MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee and Marilyn Manson along with his new girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood.

Also up for awards are British IRON MAIDEN, VELVET REVOLVER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

The full list of nominees for 2007 is:

Best U.K. Band:

IRON MAIDEN
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
BRING ME THE HORIZON
BREED 77
MENDEED

Best Live Band:

LAMB OF GOD
IN FLAMES
GALLOWS
DRAGONFORCE
NINE INCH NAILS

Best International Band:

SLAYER
VELVET REVOLVER
LAMB OF GOD
DIMMU BORGIR
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

Best Underground Band:

TURISAS
JOB FOR A COWBOY
THE END
GOJIRA
MUNICIPAL WASTE

Best Newcomer:

CANCER BATS
HE IS LEGEND
GALLOWS
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS
DEATHSTARS

Best Video:

AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Seize The Day"
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - "The Black Parade"
SLAYER - "Eyes Of The Insane"
DRAGONFORCE - "Operation Ground N Pound"
LAMB OF GOD - "Redneck"

Riff Lord:

Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER)
Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH)
Robert Flynn and Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD)
Janick Gers, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray (IRON MAIDEN)
Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN N HELL)

Shredder:

Willie Adler and Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD)
Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu (TRIVIUM)
Herman Li and Sam Totman (DRAGONFORCE)
Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds (MASTODON)

Best Metal Label:

Roadrunner
Century Media
Metal Blade
Nuclear Blast
Candlelight
Earache

Best Event:

Download
Bloodstock
Reading/Leeds
Give It A Name
Unholy Alliance Tour

Album Of The Year:

IRON MAIDEN - "A Matter Of Life And Death"
LAMB OF GOD - "Sacrament"
MASTODON - "Blood Mountain"
MACHINE HEAD - "The Blackening"
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - "The Black Parade"

A further three awards will be unveiled on the night, including the prestigious "Spirit of Hammer" and "Golden God" awards.

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