Feb 16, 2012


The term rock god is thrown around pretty loosely in the music business. There have been many notable cases where it’s just plain not true. Jennifer Lopez and Train will never, ever reach that status no matter how many albums they release. Not so with the Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

Entering its fourth year the award show brings together some of the biggest and baddest names in rock history. As America’s only hard rock and heavy metal awards show around they know how to throw a party.

This Wednesday rock gods past and present gathered to announce who will big to join their pantheon. This year’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards will take place April 11 at Los Angeles’ own Club Nokia. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages.

“Every year, the Revolver Golden Gods grows bigger and more badass. The 2012 edition is without question the most epic one yet,” said Revolver editor-in-chief Brandon Geist at the press conference.

Hosting duties this year will be handled by FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestler Chris Jericho, who returns for his third consecutive year. “You’re the Billy Crystal of metal,” Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde joked during the announcements.

The 2012 awards will present KISS frontman and musical legend Gene Simmons with the “Golden God” award of lifetime achievement. The night will also include the first live performance by Marilyn Manson in almost three years along with Evanescence and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Xbox LIVE viewers should also watch the special pre-show red carpet event hosted by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister.

Here is your guide for the most essential awards being presented that night.

Best Guitarist

Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
Willie Adler and Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth)
Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)

Best Drummer

Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
Taylor Hawkins (Food Fighters)
Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
Brann Dailor (Mastadon)
Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)

Best Vocalist

Sebastian Bach
Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)
James Durbin
Amy Lee (Evanescence)
Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Album of the Year

Anthrax “Worship Music”
Evanescence, “Evanescence”
Five Finger Death Punch, “American Capitalist”
Foo Fighters, “Wasting Light”
Korn, “The Path of Totality”
Lamb of God, “Resolution”

It should be noted that there are other categories like Most Metal Athlete and Best Live Band but those are so relative and abstract it’s almost not worth mentioning. Looking over the roster there is a clear sense of variety among the nominees. Having both Korn and the Foo Fighters fighting for the same award will be a tough decision for fans everywhere. Both bands put out exemplary albums but their styles are so completely different it’s hard to gauge one against the other.

I am always surprised to find Black Veil Brides on any awards list, much less one so full of legendary names. Although still new on the scene, I stand by the fact that they haven’t earned their place on the roster. Bands like Anthrax, Lamb of God and the Foo Fighters can play infinitely better than the Brides without even trying. They have potential, that’s clear, but nowhere near what it takes to be considered a rock god.

The awards show also coincides with The Grammy Museum first ever exhibit dedicated to the history of heavy metal. “This exhibit is dedicated to the legions of metalheads around the world who have made the genre what it is today,” said Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli. Attendees will get an in-depth look at the history of heavy metal and a rare chance to interact with artifacts from some of the world’s greatest metal bands.

“It’s my hope that everyone that comes to the exhibit will learn something. I want kids that have never heard of Anthrax to go home and listen to them. I want people that have been metalheads their whole lives to come away with something new they didn’t know about the genre. We want to reach everyone with this exhibit, even the 80 year olds that have never heard of Korn. We would love for them to come away from this with piqued interest and a new love of the genre,” said museum coordinator Andie Cox, an avid metalhead herself.