VOIVOD, CANCER BATS and KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are among the nominees in the "Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year" category at this year's Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards), set to be held on on March 17 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, Canada. It was announced this morning that Sarah McLachlan will host the show, which will be broadcast live on CBC.
Artists who released albums between September 1, 2017 and November 9, 2018 were eligible for nominations.
Eligible musicians must be Canadian citizens. This is defined by CARAS as 50 percent or more of group members holding Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.
"Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year" nominees:
* BEYOND CREATION - "Algorythm" (Season Of Mist)
* CANCER BATS - "The Spark That Moves" (New Damage)
* KEN MODE - "Loved" (New Damage)
* KOBRA AND THE LOTUS - "Prevail II" (Napalm)
* VOIVOD - "The Wake" (Century Media)
KEN MODE is no stranger to the Juno Awards, winning in the same category for 2011's "Venerable" and earning nominations for 2013's "Entrench" and 2015's "Success".
"It's always cool to be nominated, as with the kind of music we play it would be a ridiculous expectation to have — especially since this album is the most anti-social we've maybe ever written," Jesse Matthewson, guitarist and vocalist of KEN MODE, says in an e-mail to the Winnipeg Free Press.
"We actually kind of thought this might be the one that ruins our streak of nominations. Of the bands nominated, we're definitely the dirtiest and most underground, sonically speaking; so it will be interesting to see what happens!"