SAMMA 2018: Top-5 results from public polls

Johannesburg, South Africa: the top-5 nominations for the 2018 South African Metal Music Awards have been concluded. The awards seek to acknowledge and celebrate achievements by SA bands within the year of 2017.

The process began in January with seven panelists from different parts of South Africa each submitted a list of five nominations per category, giving rise to a number of long lists. In March, these lists were put to the public where a vote determined the top-5 choices in each category. The task now goes back to the panel to assess what the public has returned to them, and to determine via a democratic process a recipient for an award in each category. (More detail on the SAMMA process here)

A few voluntary exclusions

For the record, we have to state that three nominees who were successful in the public voting requested to be removed from the awards. Each was contacted by as the Independent Observer to formally verify these requests. In respect of those nominees wishes to be removed, they shall not be named.

The poll scores moved each of the existing top-5’s into a higher position, and the 6th highest score allowed into the top-5 where these instances occurred.

The Top-5 for each category (listed A-Z):

Best Music Video:

    L.A.Cobra – War
    Mezzanine Floor – Behold! Luca
    Nerve Zero – Torture Chamber
    Ohgod-Hungry Ghosts
    Red Helen – Ode To The Corrupt

Best Single

    DevilSpeak – Unearth Hell
    Megalodon – Sanctum
    My Columbine – Vigorish
    Nerve Zero – Torture Chamber
    Ohgod – Hungry Ghosts

Best EP

    Disarmageddon – Contagion
    Last One Alive – Last One Alive
    Ruff Majik – A Finch in a Cherry Tree
    The Fallen Prophets – Death Conquers Life
    Technopath – Ontology

Best Album

    Deadline – Black Wolf City
    Kings of Improg – Henosis
    Megalodon – Illusion of Origin
    Ohgod – The Great Silence
    Red Helen – Trading Past for Pathways

Best Live Band

    Red Helen

Best Metal Newcomer

    13th Empire
    Last One Alive

Best Metal Event

    Krank’d Up 2017
    M4A Summerfest’17
    Metal Feast 2017
    Ragnarok 2
    Wacken Metal Battle SA: The Finals 2017

Best Death Metal

    Maximum Carnage
    My Columbine
    Nerve Zero
    The Fallen Prophets

Best Black Metal

    Adorned in Ash
    Nebula Disrupt
    Sinister Superstar
    Spectral Realm

Best Old School Metal

    De Wallen
    L.A. Cobra
    The Slashdogs

Best Core Metal Band

    13th Empire
    Red Helen
    Treehouse Burning
    Truth and It’s Burden

Best Alternative Metal Band

    Aimed At You
    Deity’s Muse
    Dirty Moonshine
    Last One Alive
    With Dawn

Best Progressive Metal Band

    Kings of Improg
    Mezzanine floor

Final results: SAMMA 2018 Awards Ceremony on 7 April

The final results will be announced at the 2018 South African Metal Music Awards Ceremony on 7 April. The ceremony takes place at the prestigious Rumours Rock City live music venue in Cresta, nearby Johannesburg. Join the official facebook event page for updates.

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