METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS 2008 Nominees Announced

JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, MACHINE HEAD and SLIPKNOT are among the nominated bands at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards.

The monthly metal magazine's annual ceremony, now in its sixth year, takes place for the first time at London's 02 on June 16.

The complete list of nominations is as follows:

Best UK Band:

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IRON MAIDEN
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
PARADISE LOST
SAXON
JUDAS PRIEST

Best Live Band:

GALLOWS
MACHINE HEAD
MEGADETH
ARCH ENEMY
TURISAS

Breakthough Artist:

STILL REMAINS
APOCALYPTICA
DEVILDRIVER
EVERY TIME I DIE
BLOODSIMPLE

Riff Lord:

Slash (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER)
Ace Frehley (KISS)
Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH)
Mikael kerfeldt (OPETH)
Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH)

Shredder:

Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
Dan Donegan (DISTURBED)
Jesper Strmblad (IN FLAMES)
Dino Cazares (DIVINE HERSY, FEAR FACTORY)
Mike Amott (ARCH ENEMY, CARCASS)

Best Underground Band:

MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
MUNICIPAL WASTE
GALLHAMMER
TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED

Best International Band:

NIGHTWISH
AVENGED SEVENFOLD
IN FLAMES
DOWN
DIR EN GREY

Best Video:

HIMSA - "Unleash Carnage"
GOAT THE HEAD - "Darwinian Minions"
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - "Scream Aim Fire"
AS I LAY DYING - "Nothing Left"
DIMMU BORGIR - "The Serpentine Offering"

Best Metal Label:

Roadrunner
Metal Blade
Century Media
Nuclear Blast
SPV
Spinefarm

Best Album:

AVENGED SEVENFOLD "Avenged Sevenfold"
DOWN - "Over The Under"
CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Blooddrunk"
ATREYU - "Leads Sails Paper Anchor"
TESTAMENT - "The Formation of Damnation"

Incoming! Best Band:

BARONESS - "The Red Album"
EVILE - "Enter The Grave"
ENGEL - "Absolute Design"
AIRBOURNE - "Runnin' Wild"
SUICIDE SILENCE - "The Cleansing"

Inspiration Award:

CARCASS
NINE INCH NAILS
KISS
MESHUGGAH
SLIPKNOT

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