METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS Awards: Nominees Announced

The nominations for the 2005 Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the U.K.'s most prestigious rock and metal awards ceremony, were announced on Wednesday (April 20). On Monday, June 13, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods will relocate to the heartland of London's rock mecca, the London Astoria, for its third annual honors ceremony.

Organized by Metal Hammer magazine, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods are the only U.K. awards show to allow voting for half of the awards to the public and also uniquely combine a truly live element to the proceedings. With over 1,000 fans being invited to join their heroes and industry bigwigs, they will be treated to live sets from some of the pioneers of the current global rock scene as well as some of the most promising up and coming talent around. Confirmed to headline the 2005 Metal Hammer Golden Gods are one of metal's true originators, ANTHRAX. Joining ANTHRAX on stage will be the breakthrough operatic goth rockers NIGHTWISH, U.S. metal titans SHADOWS FALL, Roadrunner newcomers TRIVIUM and Welsh metal hotshots BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.
Metal Hammer magazine has announced the first round of nominations in the form of the Public Vote categories, which are voted for by the public and readers of Metal Hammer magazine:

Best U.K. Band:

LOSTPROPHETS
DRAGONFORCE
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
HURRICANE PARTY
VIKING SKULL

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Best Live Band:

RAMMSTEIN
MÖTLEY CRÜE
JUDAS PRIEST
MASTODON
SLIPKNOT

Best International Band:

LACUNA COIL
NIGHTWISH
VELVET REVOLVER
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
THE USED

Best Underground Band:

MESHUGGAH
MASTODON
MORTIIS
EXTOL
BEHEMOTH

Best Rock Record Label:

Roadrunner
Earache
Century Media
Nuclear Blast
Sanctuary

Best Newcomer Award:

EIGHTEEN VISIONS
TRIVIUM
ATREYU
NIGHTWISH
LORDI

Best Video:

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE – "Helena"
VELVET REVOLVER – "Fall to Pieces"
LORDI – "Blood Red Sandman"
ATREYU – "Right Side of the Bed"
CRADLE OF FILTH – "Nymphetamine"

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