Orange Goblin will open this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods with Orange Amplification.
The band will kick off the 15th annual event at London’s IndigO2 at The O2 on Monday, June 12, which will be hosted by Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar Chris Jericho.
Last year, frontman Ben Ward helped organised a crowdfunding campaign for Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog staff who were made redundant when their parent company collapsed in late December.
And Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade reports he’s delighted to welcome Orange Goblin to the biggest metal event of the year.
He says: “Keeping in the spirit of Metal Hammer itself, the Golden Gods are an awards show by fans, for fans, and few bands in our history have personified that mantra better than Orange Goblin.
“Ben Ward and his comrades were a beacon of unification for metalheads around the world when Metal Hammer’s future looked uncertain last year – and we couldn’t be more delighted to have them officially kick off the show that will be cementing the magazine’s place back at the very heart of our scene.
“Plus, they know how to throw a party. See you down the front – and trust us when we say we have some more amazing Gods announcements coming very soon…”
Voting is now underway with fans able to register their favourites by visiting the Metal Hammer Golden Gods website.
See the full list of nominations below.
Editorial-chosen awards include Riff Lord presented by Century Media, Defender Of The Faith presented by Orange Amplification, Album Of The Year, Icon, Inspiration, Spirit Of Hammer and The Golden God.
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Metal Hammer Golden Gods full list of nominees
Best New Band
Zeal & Ardor
Best Underground Band
Best UK Band
While She Sleeps
Best International Band presented by Nuclear Blast
Best Live Band
Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’
Joel O’ Keeffe (Airbourne)
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)
Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)
Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Best Independent Label
Season Of Mist
Game Of The Year
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Iron Maiden: The Legacy Of The Beast
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard