METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, LAMB OF GOD, OPETH Among 'Metal Hammer Golden Gods' Nominees

METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, LAMB OF GOD, OPETH and MESHUGGAH are among the nominees at this year's edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, set to take place on Monday, June 11 at Indigo2 in London, England.

The nominees for the 2012 Golden Gods are:

Best New Band

* ANIMALS AS LEADERS
* HEIGHTS
* THE DEFILED
* KOBRA AND THE LOTUS
* PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION

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Best Underground Band

* BLACK BREATH
* ANCIENT VVISDOM
* WATAIN
* IN SOLITUDE
* SHINING (Norway)

Breakthrough

* CANCER BATS
* PARKWAY DRIVE
* WHILE SHE SLEEPS
* MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
* GHOST

Best U.K. Band

* SAXON
* FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
* TESSERACT
* TRC
* BLACK SPIDERS

Best International Band

* OPETH
* MESHUGGAH
* LAMB OF GOD
* FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
* NIGHTWISH

Best Event

* MANOWAR returning to the U.K.
* IRON MAIDEN's U.K. tour
* Dave Mustaine playing with METALLICA
* Devin Townsend's DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT London shows
* Tommy Lee bringing his drumcoaster to the U.K.

Best Live Band

* IRON MAIDEN
* METALLICA
* RAMMSTEIN
* SKINDRED
* WATAIN

Dimebag Darrell Shredder

* Satchel (STEEL PANTHER)
* Devin Townsend
* Dino Cazares (FEAR FACTORY)
* Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)
* Ol Drake (EVILE)

Metal As F*ck

* Zoltan Bathory (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH)
* HELL
* SABATON
* ANTHRAX
* Nik Kai

The following awards will also take place on the night, as voted for by the esteemed team at Metal Hammer:

* Drummer Of The Year
* Album Of The Year
* Riff Lord
* Icon
* The Golden God

To cast your vote, go to this location.

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