Launching just last March, the HMAs have already established themselves as being an immensely exciting and significant event within our cherished heavy music scene. The fully independent and democratic program works to shift the spotlight onto those incredibly talented artists, producers, festivals, venues and designers that have earned and deserve wider recognition. The finalists are determined by a panel of several hundred key figures in the industry, however, the winners are decided by you.

The awards ceremony will take place on August 23rd at London’s prestigious KOKO and will later be shown exclusively on Scuzz TV. Who wouldn’t want to be there? Well you, dearest reader, have the chance to win tickets for the event. Simply, CAST YOUR VOTES HERE to be automatically entered into the prize draw. Note: Voting closes on June 27th.

To see the finalists, either check out this hot video from HMA themselves or just keep scrolling – we’ve listed them below too!

Heavy Music Awards 2018 Finalists:

Best Album.

Code OrangeForever (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Kurt Ballou & Will Yip)
ConvergeThe Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Produced by Kurt Ballou)
CreeperEternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Neil D. Kennedy)
Enter ShikariThe Spark (Ambush Reality – Produced by David Kosten & Rou Reynolds)
MastodonEmperor Of Sand (Reprise Records – Produced by Brendan O’Brien)
The MenzingersAfter The Party (Epitaph Records – Produced by Will Yip)
While She SleepsYou Are We (Independent – Produced by While She Sleeps)

Best UK Band.

Arcane Roots (Easy Life)
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Creeper (Roadrunner Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Marmozets (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best International Band.

Code Orange (Roadrunner Records)
Converge (Epitaph Records)
Mastodon (Reprise Records)
The Menzingers (Epitaph Records)
Metallica (Blackened Recordings)
Parkway Drive (Epitaph Records)
Trivium (Roadrunner Records)

Best Live Band. (Presented by Jackson Guitars).

Architects (Epitaph Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph Records)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista Recordings)
Gojira (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best UK Breakthrough Band.

Bad Sign (Basick Records)
Conjurer (Holy Roar Records)
Employed To Serve (Holy Roar Records)
Holding Absence (Sharptone Records)
Loathe (Sharptone Records)
Milk Teeth (Roadrunner Records)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic Records)

Best International Breakthrough Band.

Brutus (Hassle Records)
Can’t Swim (Pure Noise Records)
Knocked Loose (Pure Noise Records)
Palaye Royale (Sumerian Records)
Sløtface (Propeller Recordings)
Stand Atlantic (Rude Records)
Waterparks (Equal Vision Records)

Best Album Artwork. (Presented by The Pit).

Bell WitchMirror Reaper (Profound Lore Records – Artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski)
ConvergeThe Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Artwork by Jacob Bannon)
CreeperEternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Artwork by Nicky Barkla)
Frank Carter & The RattlesnakesModern Ruin (International Death Cult – Artwork by Dean Richardson / Studio Yuck)
MastodonEmperor of Sand (Reprise Records – Artwork by Donny Phillips)
NorthlaneMesmer (UNFD – Artwork by Jacques Duquette / Fvckrender)
SikthThe Future In Whose Eyes? (Millennium Night – Artwork by Meats Meier)

Best Festival.

2000trees Festival (United Kingdom)
Arc Tan Gent (United Kingdom)
Bloodstock Open Air (United Kingdom)
Download Festival (United Kingdom)
Hellfest Open Air (France)
Slam Dunk Festival (United Kingdom)
UK Tech Fest (United Kingdom)

Best Photographer.

Corinne Cumming
Ben Gibson
Joshua Halling
Paul Harries
Tina Korhonen
Jennifer McCord
Ed Mason 

Best Producer.

Kurt Ballou
Romesh Dodangoda
Neil D Kennedy
Dan Lancaster
Brendan O’Brien
Will Putney
Will Yip

HMA18 is sponsored and supported by War Child, Scuzz, Jackson Guitars, BIMM, Rise Records, Jägermeister, The Pit, Centre Point, Allianz, Rock Steady, Believe Distribution, Ticketmaster, Eleven Seven Music and Safe Gigs For Women.


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