Headbanger’s Brawl is a weekly column where Metal Insider’s Bram and Zach take a moment to debate and analyze two opposing sides of a topical issue occurring in the world of metal and/or the music industry.
Yesterday, the nominees for the 3rd annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show were announced. In the past, the show’s credibility has been questions. While this year may not resolve those accusations, the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show still remains one of the only U.S. award shows to at the very least acknowledge the genre of metal. And at the very least, they do a better job than another award show we could name.
So with that in mind, Bram and Zach pick out who they predict will win each Golden Gods Award in this week’s Headbangers’ Brawl.
Epiphone Best Guitarist(s):
Zach: My bet’s on Gus G. winning it this year. He’s proven himself to be an awesome guitarist both on Ozzy’s latest album Scream and live. Plus, he’s easily won over many of Ozzy’s diehard fans, which is no easy task considering how loved Zakk Wylde was.
Bram: I’d put money on Gus G. as well, but I don’t think he really deserves to win. It’s not like the band wrote Scream together, and while he is a great guitarist live, I don’t think anyone can name a Firewind song, and until we get to hear songs that he’s written for and with Ozzy, I don’t know that he deserves it.
Who I think should win is Iron Maiden. First of all, they have three guitarists, which rules. Secondly, The Final Frontier is the best record the band’s put out in a decade. And finally, I don’t know if legacy counts for the Golden Gods, but Maiden have it wrapped up compared to everyone else
Drum Workshop Best Drummer:
Z: I’m going with Corey Taylor for the same Slipknot factor that gives Joey Jordison the edge for this year’s Best Drummer. Plus, everyone loves Corey Taylor, especially Velvet Revolver.
B: It depends on what they’re going for with the award. If it’s for being an icon, it would be a toss up between Ozzy and Danzig. If it’ for actual vocals, both of them are out of the running. I still don’t think that there’s a sympathy vote for Taylor, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he won. Personally, Chino Moreno wrote a great album, and I think their ‘ailing bassist’ story is better than Slipknots.
Affliction Album Of The Year:
Z: I’m going with my favorite album of 2010, Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare. This album also arguably has the edge since it was voted as the top album of 2010 by Revolver Magazine. Whether their readers agree with that statement will be seen at the award show.
Samson Zoom Best Live Band:
Z: Usually Iron Maiden would be the leading contender for such a nomination. But with the big boost of popularity Rammstein received for their first U.S. show in a decade last December, the German industrial flame throwers will most likely win.
B: I agree with you on that, to an extent. Anyone that’s seen Rammstein play in the last decade would think so. The problem is, that the only people that have seen them in the last decade were 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden. Even though they’ll be touring in May, that’ll be after the awards show. I’m gonna go with Maiden.
Most Metal Athlete:
Z: Anyone but The Miz. On a side note, it’s been a long time since I’ve watched wrestling, so I ask the following to all of our wrestling fan readers: Seriously?! The former Real World star is the f’n Heavyweight Champion?!
B: I’d go with Mike Vallely. He’s being managed by Good Fight, so he’s being kept top of mind as a metal athlete. That being said, I don’t really know much about any of them.
Best New Band:
Z: The Damned Things certainly deserve to win, as well as Times Of Grace. But seeing how popular Asking Alexandria have become, and that they are performing at the ceremony, Revolver readers will likely vote for them. :/
Eagle Rock Comeback Of The Year:
Z: Either Soundgarden and Faith No More will win this one despite not doing a full reunion tour in the States. Both are great bands and made a very graceful return, not overdoing it simply for profit.