SAMMA 2018: public polls are now open

Johannesburg, South Africa: The SAMMA (South African Metal Music Awards) 2018 is in full swing. Nominations received by the seven panelists from different parts of the country are now combined into single lists and published. Keep in mind that the SAMMA 2018 title is merely ceremonial. The awards do not include accomplishments within the year of 2018; they merit extraordinary achievements by bands within the year 2017 specifically, date range 01 January to 31 December.

Naturally, this may be an emotional time for many of us. Nobody who participates in the South African scene can be said to be without credit. It is, however, regrettable that often, many of us will feel overlooked and disappointed by the result. Note that this is also why the SAMMA repeats annually. The objective of the exercise is three-fold:

1. It aspires to put some wind into the sails of those whose efforts have demanded the public ear in a specific time period, and;
2. It aspires to keep us productive, year on year, and;
3. It aspires to keep the public informed and engaged with what is new and who is ascending within the scene.

The role of the public is not to determine winners for each category. However the public vote plays a vital role in the process. It lends itself to the point about demanding the attention of the public ear. From the many nominations received, it is likely that each panelist has put forward nominations that would not meet with public agreement. Therefore, the poll will assist the SAMMA in whittling the number of nominations down to a top-5 for each. The poll will also determine areas of indecision, such as in the “Best of Genre” categories in which one band might presently appear in more than one category. In these instances, bands nominated in multiple categories will only proceed to the top-5 in a single category based on in which it received the highest number of public votes. For full details on the SAMMA procedures, please visit the 2018 Operations Manual.

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For Best Metal Music video

13 th Empire – Cascade (January 2017)

L.A.Cobra – War (December 2017)

Mezzanine Floor – Behold!Lusca (March 2017)

Nerve Zero – Torture Chamber (December 2017)

New Skyline Fire – Ballad for a Mexican (November 2017)

Ohgod – Hungry Ghosts live video (November 2017)

Red Helen – Ode To The Corrupt (February 2017)

Technopath – Tripcat (June 2017)

Truth And Its Burden – Dead To The World (July 2017)

Urban Vitamin – Metempsychose, Slow (March 2017)

Vulvodynia – Flesh Tailor (January 2017)

For Best Metal Single release

Abhorrent Anomaly – Transcend Humanity (September 2017)

All We’ve Known – Perfect Disguise (June 2017)

As Time Divides – Flatline (June 2017)

Chaos Doctrine – FTG (November 2017)

Creating The Godform – Niggurath (August 2017)

Devilspeak – Unearth Hell (September 2017)

Dreams of Nightmares – All Eternity (September 2017)
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Gates of Aaru – Indoctrinated (October 2017)

Hypergiant A.E. – Dreadnought (July 2017)

Ill System – Holy War (December 2017)
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Insidious Reign – The Vile Maxim (January 2017)

Last one Alive – Blood and Salt (October 2017)

Megalodon – Sanctum (June 2017)
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My Columbine – Vigorish (December 2017)

Nerve Zero – Torture Chamber (December 2017)

Ohgod – Hungry Ghosts (October 2017)

Ohgod – Introspection (December 2017)

Ohgod – Kepler (May 2017)

Resurrection of Fetal Remains – Flesh Ripping Cunt (September 2017)

Technopath – Tripcat (June 2017)

The Alpha Sequence – Dietology Of The Succubus (May 2017)

The Fallen Prophets – Screams of a 1000 Deaths (July 2017)

Treehouse Burning – Ledger (January 2017)

Treehouse Burning – Overdose (April 2017)

Truth And Its Burden – Dead To The World (July 2017)

For Best Metal EP release

Atlantic South – Fall In Line (August 2017)
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Disarmageddon – Contagion (March 2017)
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Hypergiant A.E. – Ravenous (August 2017)
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Kadawer Dialoog – Sterfbed (February 2017)
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Killatoria – Internal Suffering (August 2017)
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Last One Alive – Last One Alive (November 2017)
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Life Below – Grim Reality (September 2017)
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Nebula disrupt – Libations of omnipitance (March 2017)
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Peasant – IV: Peak Fear (September 2017)
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Ruff Majik – A Finch in a Cherry Tree (September 2017)
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ShangriLah – Embrace The Tide (July 2017)
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Technopath – Ontology (December 2017)
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The Fallen Prophets – Death Conquers Life (July 2017)
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Treehouse Burning – Overdose (October 2017)
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With Dawn – Tethys (June 2017)
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For Best Metal Album release

Alinea – Delineation (November 2017)
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Deadline – Black Wolf City (October 2017)
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Displeased Disfigurement – Origin of Abhorrence (June 2017)
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Insidious Reign – Ficticious Obsession (March 2017)
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Kings Of Improg – Henosis (June 2017)
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Mad God – Tales of a Sightless City (July 2017)
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Maximum Carnage – Blackened Sun (July 2017)
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Megalodon – Illusion of Origin (July 2017)
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Ohgod – The Great Silence (December 2017)
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Red Helen – Trading Past for Pathways (February 2017)
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The Alpha Sequence – Hologram (August 2017)

Truth and its Burden – I Labour (July 2017)
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Urban Vitamin – Ekphrasis (February 2017)
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For Best Live Performers

Adorned in Ash
De Wallen
Deity’s Muse
Dirty Moonshine
Held On Till May
My Columbine
Red Helen
Ruff Majik

For Best Newcomer band

13 th Empire
As Time Divides
Bottom Feeder
Creating The Godform
Hiraeth – 2017
Last One Alive
New Skyline Fire
Puppet on Strings – 2016
Return To Aether
Till Terminus

Best Metal Event

18 till I Die 2017
Emalyth Arts Expo : Nine Lives
Emalyth’s Big Day Out 2017
Facemelt Fest JHB
Hellington 2017
Krank’d Up 2017
M4A SummerFest’17
M4A WinterFest’17
Metal Feast 2017
Our Last Night JHB
Ragnorok 2
Tesseract Live JHB
Thy Art Is Murder
Wacken Metal Battle: SA Finals 2017
Witchfest JHB
Yeti Fest 2017

Best Death Metal

DevilSpeak (7 live points)
Displeased Disfigurement (Album)
Insidious Reign (Album)
Maximum Carnage (Album)
My Columbine (7 live points)
Nerve Zero (7 live points)
Psordid (7 live points)
The Fallen Prophets (EP)
Thread Of Omen (Album)
Vulvodynia (Album)

Best Black Metal

Adorned in Ash (7 live points)
Demogoroth Satanum (7 live points)
Nebula Disrupt (EP)
Sinister Superstar (Album)
Spectral Realm (7 live points)
Wildernessking (7 live points)

Best Oldschool Metal

Aimed At You (EP)
De Wallen (7 live points)
Deadline (album)
Disarmageddon (EP)
Killatoria (EP)
L.A. Cobra (Album)
Mad God (Album)
Ruff Magik (EP)
The Slashdogs (EP)

Best Core Metal

13 th empire (EP)
All We’ve Kown (7 live points)
Atlantic South (EP)
Boargazm (7 live points)
Bottom Feeder (Album)
Life Below (EP)
Peasant (EP)
Red Helen (album)
The Alpha Sequence (Album)
Treehouse Burning (EP)
Truth and its Burden (Album)
Vulvodynia (7 live points)
With Dawn (EP)

Best Alternative/Crossover Metal

Aimed At You (EP)
All These Yesterdays (EP)
All We’ve Known (7 live points)
Avade (7 live points)
Boargazm (7 live points)
De Wallen (7 live points)
Dead Man Risen (Album)
Deity’s Muse (7 live points)
Dirty Moonshine (7 live points)
Held On Till May (7 live points)
L.A Cobra (Album)
Last One Alive (EP)
My Columbine (7 live points)
Psordid (7 live points)
ShangriLah (EP)
Urban Vitamin (Album)
With Dawn (EP)

Best Progressive Metal

Alinea (Album)
Kings of Improg (Album)
Megalodon (Album)
Mezzanine Floor (7 live points)
Ohgod (album)
Red Helen (Album)
Technopath (EP)
The Alpha Sequence (Album)
With Dawn (EP)

Note that all of the “Best in Genre” sub-categories are characterized by a description in brackets. This represents the minimum qualifying criteria required for bands to be eligible in these categories. The fact that each band has released an EP or an Album and/or heard achieved a minimum number of live points as described in the 2018 Operations Manual.

Access the public poll and have your say here.