SAMMA 2019: final wrap up!

Johannesburg, South Africa: the facilitator of the South African Metal Music Awards hosted the final ceremony for 2019 on Saturday. The SAMMA ceremony encourages the community to “suit up” (interpreted very freely) for an evening of fun celebration and recognition for the achievements of local Metal music in the previous year. The SAMMA 2019 was the sixth year for the initiative.

Final results

The outcome is the result of a months-long process including three vital phases.

First, the seven invited panelists from various cities and industry spheres must each submit five nominations for each category. Once vetted against the required criteria, those valid nominations are offered up to a public poll in which the public narrows each category down to a top-five. Lastly, the list goes back to the panelists for a more rigorous assessment.

Best Metal Music Video

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Chaos Doctrine, with ‘My Demise (Part II): The Rage’.
  • Deadline, with ‘Bloodbeast’.
  • Facing The Gallows, with ‘Tides of Terror’.
  • Hiraeth, with ‘Undying’.
  • Zombies Ate My Girlfriend, with ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’.

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Zombies Ate My Girlfriend for ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’.

Best Metal Single

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Chaos Doctrine, with ‘My Demise (Part II): The Rage’.
  • Deadline, with ‘Bloodbeast’.
  • Dirty Moonshine, with ‘Shake The Roof’.
  • Facing The Gallows, with ‘Doom II’.
  • My Columbine, with ‘3:00am’.

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Facing The Gallows for ‘Doom II’.

Best Metal EP

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Demogoroth Satanum, with Becoming.
  • Fenriswulf, with Wolves of Odin.
  • Human Nebula, with Pillars of Creation.
  • In Misery, with All Things Dead.
  • Resurrection of Fetal Remains, with Lords of Gore.

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Human Nebula for ‘Pillars of Creation’.

Best Metal Album

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Abaddon, with The Fractured Race.
  • Chaos Doctrine, with Chaos Doctrine.
  • Facing The Gallows, with Dead Mindset.
  • My Columbine, with Ritual Violence.
  • Zombies Ate My Girlfriend, with Shun The Reptile.

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Facing The Gallows for Dead Mindset.

Facing The Gallows 2018 Dead Minset album art

Best Live Metal Band

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Chaos Doctrine
  • Deadline
  • Facing The Gallows
  • Vulvodynia
  • Zombies Ate My Girlfriend

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Vulvodynia.

Best Metal Newcomer

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Fenriswulf
  • Hiraeth
  • Human Nebula
  • Koedoe
  • Treehouse Burning

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Treehouse Burning.

Best Metal Event

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Halloween, hosted by RAMfest.
  • Knave, Deadline & more, hosted by Brochella.
  • Krank’d Up 2018, hosted by Turning Tricks Entertainment.
  • SummerFest’18, hosted by metal4africa.
  • WinterFest’18, hosted by metal4africa.

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Krank’d Up 2018, hosted by Turning Tricks Entertainment.

Krankd Up 2018

Best Extreme Metal Band

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Chaos Doctrine
  • Fenriswulf
  • My Columbine
  • Vulvodynia
  • Zombies Ate My Girlfriend

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Vulvodynia.

Best Progressive Metal Band

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Deity’s Muse
  • Hiraeth
  • Human Nebula
  • Ohgod
  • Posthumous

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Ohgod.

Best Oldschool Metal Band

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Deadline
  • Disarmageddon
  • L.A. Cobra
  • Son Of Hawk
  • Undertone

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Deadline.

Best Alternative Metal Band

The finalists, as chosen from the initial nominations by the public were, in A-Z order:

  • Dirty Moonshine
  • Facing The Gallows
  • OneDaySky
  • Polar Dust
  • Terminatryx

Taking the highest honour as selected by the SAMMA panel: Facing The Gallows.

SAMMA 2019 some of the team members
SAMMA 2019 team members: Franki Jean, Nathan Smith and Sashquita Northey. (photo courtesy of David Devo Oosthuizen)