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Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2014 Will Feature Axl N’ Roses, Korn, Lots of Five Finger Death Punch Ball-Tickling

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Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2014

Revolver Magazine completely ignored my call to book Manowar to headline this year’s Golden Gods Awards. How dare they! My thinking: after last year’s Metallica headline performance, how much bigger could they get? MAN-O-WAR! MAN-O-WAR!

An official press release brings us the news that apparently the brass at Revolver decided Axl N’ Roses are a suitable follow-up to Metallica. GNR 2k14 aren’t nearly as popular as Metallica 2k14, but Axl’s perpetual mercurial nature is sure to make this show a big draw anyway. They’ve also got Korn, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, A Day to Remember and presumably Black Label Society and The Devil You Know, both of whom are on “The Road to Golden Gods” Tour, confirm to perform. “Appearances” (which I interpret to mean award presenters) will include Dave Navarro, Orianthi, Ace Frehley, Scott Ian, Jamey Jasta and Chino Moreno.

Elsewhere this year’s awards are quite commercial, to be expected from Revolver these days. Rather than get butthurt that Five Finger Death Punch or Halestorm will win another ten awards each, I choose to look at it this way: if some kid tunes in to see FFDP or Korn or because someone from Asking Alexandria or an equally terrible band was nominated, and in the process he or she gets turned onto Gojira or The Dillinger Escape Plan or Behemoth — all of whom are nominated for awards this year — well, that’s pretty cool. We all had to start somewhere, and I’m sure you’ve got all sorts of embarrassing musical skeletons in your closet too.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 23rd at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Tickets will be available here starting February 28th.

The 2014 awards nominees are listed below. You can vote here, although we’ve been told by anonymous sources that the public voting is mostly just for show.

Album of the Year
· Avenged Sevenfold, Hail to the King
· Black Sabbath, 13
· Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 and 2
· Korn, The Paradigm Shift
· Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork
· Volbeat, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

Best Vocalist
· Jeremy McKinnon (A Day to Remember)
· M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
· Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
· Papa Emeritus II (Ghost B.C.)
· Jonathan Davis (Korn)
· Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age)

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist(s)
· Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)
· Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
· Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
· John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
· Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
· Munky & Head (Korn)

Paul Gray Best Bassist
· Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold)
· Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
· Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
· Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
· Fieldy (Korn)
· Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies)

Best Drummer presented by Razor & Tie
· Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold)
· Brad Wilk (for his work with Black Sabbath)
· Vinnie Appice (Kill Devil Hill)
· Matt Halpern (Periphery)
· Chris Adler (for his work with Protest the Hero)
· Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs)

Best Live Band
· The Dillinger Escape Plan
· Gojira
· Lamb of God
· Mötley Crüe
· Slayer
· Rob Zombie

Song of the Year presented by Randall Amplifiers
· Alice in Chains, “Hollow”
· Avenged Sevenfold, “Hail to the King”
· Bring Me the Horizon, “Shadow Moses”
· Five Finger Death Punch, “Lift Me Up”
· Of Mice & Men, “You’re Not Alone”
· The Pretty Reckless, “Going to Hell”

Best Film & Video presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
· Behemoth, “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”
· Huntress, “Zenith”
· Lamb of God, As the Palaces Burn
· Metallica, Through the Never
· Motionless in White, “America”
· Pierce the Veil, This is a Wasteland

Best New Talent presented by Victory Records
· Deafheaven
· Heaven’s Basement
· Issues
· Scar the Martyr
· Twelve Foot Ninja
· ††† (Crosses)

Comeback of the Year
· Black Sabbath
· Carcass
· Deep Purple
· Nine Inch Nails
· Queens of the Stone Age
· Suicidal Tendencies

Most Metal Athlete
· Tony Alva (skateboarder)
· Grant Balfour (MLB)
· Josh Barnett (mixed martial artist, UFC)
· Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors, NBA)
· Derek Garland (Metal Mulisha, motocross)
· Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins, NHL)

Most Dedicated Fans
· A Day to Remember
· Avenged Sevenfold
· Five Finger Death Punch
· Of Mice & Men
· The Pretty Reckless
· Slayer

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