IRISH METAL POLL AWARDS 2017

Welcome to what we hope to be, the first annual Irish Metal Poll Awards!

First and foremost sincere thanks to you and everyone else who voted for your favourites in the following eleven categories for 2017 which were:

  1. IRISH BAND OF THE YEAR

  2. IRISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  3. IRISH E.P. OF THE YEAR

  4. BEST NEW IRISH BAND

  5. IRISH SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  6. BEST ALBUM ARTWORK

  7. BEST PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

  8. BEST IRISH MEDIA SITE OF THE YEAR

  9. BEST FESTIVAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

  10. BEST RADIO SHOW OF THE YEAR

  11. VENUE OF THE YEAR

The idea was first tried out in 2014 but not since, so we decided to try it again this year, see how it went down and take it from there.

The feedback to the poll was pretty overwhelming with an final count of 1,850 individual responses. So to add a little more weight and recognition there are prizes, in the form of framed certificates designed by 'Seven8ths Creations', issued to each of the winners in the main categories:

  1. IRISH BAND OF THE YEAR

  2. IRISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  3. IRISH E.P. OF THE YEAR

  4. BEST NEW IRISH BAND

  5. IRISH SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  6. BEST ALBUM ARTWORK

(If you are reading this and have won in your category, but you are not listed above and would like to receive a prize certificate, please simply email: metalradioireland@gmail.com)

I think you'll agree that 2017 was a particularly strong year for Irish Metal, as the winners and runner ups wholly demonstrate, with some fantastic original releases by incredibly talented bands both upcoming and established.

So without any further ado, here are the results for 2017.

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IRISH BAND OF THE YEAR:

1st -The Crawling

(Photograph by Kerri Clarke of Exposing Shadows Photography)

2nd - Ten Ton Slug

3rd - The Vicious Head Society

4th - Baleful Ceeed

5th - Na Cruithne

6th - Conjuring Fate

7th - Marabou

8th - Jenova

9th - Archáos

10th - Rabid Bitch Of The North

11th - Ketos

12th - Coroza

13th - Sectile

14th - God Alone

15th (tied) - Words That Burn / Animator

(Created by Seven8ths Creations)

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IRISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

1st -The Crawling - Anatomy Of Loss

2nd - Na Cruithne - Gairm An Fhiántais

3rd -The Vicious Head Society - Abject Tomorrow

4th - Baleful Creed - Seismic Shifter

5th - Between The Lines - Between The Lines

6th (tied) -zhOra - Ethos Pathos Logos / Conjuring Fate - Valley Of Shadows

7th - Rabid Bitch Of The North - Nothing But a Bitter Taste

8th -Xero - Beyond The Glass

9th (tied) - Overoth - The Forgotten Tome / Elder Druid - Carmina Satanae

10th - Old Season - Beyond The Black

11th - Legion Of Wolves - Bringers of The Dark Sleep

12th - Unkindness Of Ravens - The Perfect Dark

13th - Nautilus - The Wrath Of The Sea

14th (tied) - Stereo Nasty - Twisting The Blade / Apostate Viaticum - Before the Gates of Gomorrah (tied)

15th - Acidwhore (Strawberry Stew) - Midas Touch

16th - Scimitar - Where Darkness Dwells

17th (tied) - Outis - The Sacred and the Profane / Slomatics - Futurians: Live At Roadburn

18th - Dread Sovereign - For Doom The Bell Tolls

19th - Debridement - Vomited Forth From The Earth

20th - Owlcrusher - Owl Crusher

(Created by Seven8ths Creations)

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IRISH EP OF THE YEAR:

1st -Ten Ton Slug - Blood & Slime

2nd - Drakonis - The Great Miasma

3rd - Jenova - The Less You Know, The More You Sleep

4th - Ketos - Rise

5th - Animator - The Venom Within

6th - Coroza - Coroza

7th - God Alone - Intivim

8th - Sectile -Sectile

9th - Shrouded - Ominous Divinity

10th - Cursed Sun - The Amygdala

11th - Bailer - PTSD

12th - Aponym - Deus Incognitus

13th - This Place Hell - Contempt

14th (tied) - Zhi Ren - Who Fucked The Monkey!?/ Weedpriest - Consummate Darkness

15th - Dream Awake - Don't Hold Your Breath

16th (tied) - Stonecarver - Doom Gloom & Shrooms/ Neamhní - Vermin

17th -The Magnapinna - #Hashtag

18th (tied) - Wild Rocket - Dissociation Mechanics/

The Dystopian Project - Paradigm/ Scáth

Na Déithe - Pledge Nothing But Flesh/

Coscradh - Of Death And Delirium

19th - Following the signs - Following the signs

20th (tied)- Hornets - Witch Hunt/ Death The Leveller - Death The Leveller

(Created by Seven8ths Creations)

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BEST NEW IRISH BAND

1st - Jenova

(Photograph by Laura Ní Dhuinn of Into The Woods Photography)

2nd - Unkindness Of Ravens

3rd - Elder Druid

4th - Stranglewire

5th - God Alone

6th - This Place Hell

7th - Archaos

8th - Sectile

9th (tied)- Xero / Ironborne / Neamhní

10th -Third Island

11th - Peasant To A King

12th - Acid whore (AKA Strawberry Stew)

13th - Slung From A Tree

14th - Death The Leveller

15th - Aponym

(Created by Seven8ths Creations)

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IRISH SINGLE OF THE YEAR

1st -Na Cruithne - Búltúr Marú

2nd - The Crawling - The Right To Crawl

3rd - Weedpriest - Vampyr

4th (tied) - Rabid Bitch Of The North - The Missionary / Jenova - Walking Dead

5th - Conjuring Fate - Trust No One

6th - Marabou - Pig Killers

7th - Animator - Sticks And Stones

8th - Archaós - The Temptress

9th - Hedfuzy - The Lost Star

10th - The Magnapinna - Uniform

11th - Stranglewire - The Games They play

12th - B A I L E R - In For A Penny, In For A Pound

13th - Warpath - Upon His Return

14th - Overoth - The Keeper

15th - Outis - Deadbutterfly

(Created by Seven8ths Creations)

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BEST ALBUM ARTWORK

1st - Conjuring Fate - Valley Of Shadows Artwork By Kym Horner

2nd - The Crawling - Anatomy Of Loss Artwork By Travis Smith (Seempieces)

3rd - Rabid Bitch Of The North - Nothing But a Bitter Artwork By Taste Jason Hendry

4th - Ten Ton Slug - Blood & Slime Artwork By Eoghain Wynne

5th (tied) - Jenova - The Less You Know, The More You Sleep Artwork By

David Mooney and Martin McCormack/

Na Cruithne - Gairm An Fhiántais Artwork By Tia Friedel

6th (tied) - Sectile - Sectile Artwork ByGabriel Gaba /

Nautilus- Wrath Of The Sea Artwork By Luciana Nedelea

7th - zhOra - Ethos Pathos Logos Artwork By Jake Kobrin

8th (tied) - Archaos Artwork By Sarah Mackey Media /

Baleful Creed - Seismic Shifter Artwork By Mark Hylands

9th - Drakonis - The Great Miasma artwork – Artwork/Photo By Kerri Clarke of Exposing Shadows Photography

10th - The Vicious Head Society - Artwork By Fresh Fleshart

11th - Aponym - Deus Incognitus Artwork By Daniel Howard

12th - Old Season - Beyond The Black Artwork By Markus Vesper

13th - Overoth - The Forgotten Tome Artwork By Will Simpson

14th (tied) - Shrouded - Ominous Divinity Artwork By Tata Kumislizer Art /

Stereo Nasty - Twisting The Blade Artwork By Marc Schoenbach

15th - (tied) Humanity Check - Humanity Check/ Xero Beyond The Glass

(Artist's Unknown)

(Created by Seven8ths Creations)

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BEST PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

1st - The Distortion Project

2nd - Dublin Metal Events

3rd - Bad Reputation Limerick

4th - Pethrophile Promotions (Cork)

5th - Overdrive (Dublin)

6th - Hexan Haus (Galway)

7th - Cosmonaut Music Cork

8th - Damage Inc Galway

9th - Subtle Beast Promotions

10th - Jetrocker (Dublin)

11th - EHT promotions (Dublin)

12th - PYRE (Cork)

13th - Hels Bells Promotions (N.Ireland)

14th - Finbar Hoban Presents (Mayo)

15th - Feast (Galway)

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BEST FESTIVAL OR EVENT OF THE YEAR

1st -Siege Of Limerick

2nd -Bloodstock Metal To The Masses

3rd -Urban Assault Cork

4th -Wacken Metal Battle Ireland

5th -No Sleep 'Til Dublin

6th -Dublin Doom Days

7th -Poser Holocaust (N.Ireland)

8th -Seshtival Festival

9th -Rock 4 Choice Ireland

10th -Rally of Lúgh LongArm

11th -Walpurgis Night

12th -Emerald Haze

13th -Gothic Species

14th -Rebellion Dublin

15th -Dark Arts Galway

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BEST IRISH MEDIA SITE OF THE YEAR

1st -Metal Ireland

2nd -Irish Metal Archive

3rd -Overdrive

4th -Burning Metal

5th -Overblown

6th -Black Staff Music

7th -Resounding Footsteps

8th - Planet Mosh

9th - Metal Radio Ireland

10th -Nialler 9

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BEST RADIO SHOW OF THE YEAR

1st -The Cranium Titanium Metal Show

(Flirt FM)

2nd -The Metal Show (Limerick City FM)

3rd -Rebel Radio (Phoenix FM)

4th -The Moshpit (Dublin City FM)

5th -The Dark Side (Wired FM)

6th -Bleeding Eardrums (Flirt FM)

7th -High Voltage (Liffey sound FM)

8th -The Rock Stop​ (Wired FM)

9th -Blashyrkh (Room 101)

10th -Dead Air (Dublin City FM)

11th -Fuzzed Up radio show (Near FM)

12th -Caffeinated Frequencies (Room 101)

13th -Rotten Square Wave (Room 101)

14th -TTLG (Room 101)

15th - Across The Lines - BBC Radio

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BEST VENUE OF THE YEAR

1st - Dolans Warehouse Limerick

2nd - Lime Light Belfast

3rd - Fibber Magees Dublin

4th - Voo Doo Lounge (Dublin/ Belfast)

5th - The Academy Dublin

6th - Fred Zeplins Cork

7th - Spailpin Fanach Cork

8th - Sally Longs Galway

9th - Warzone Belfast

10th - Vicar St Dublin

11th - The Cellar Bar Galway

12th - Whelans Dublin

13th - Fozzy's Clonmel

14th -The Grand Social

15th -The Gypsy Rose

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The awards were also announced first and in collaboration with Flirt Fm's Cranium Titanium Metal Show.

You can find a link to the whole show here:

So thats it for another year!

Massive congrats to everyone who is listed above.

To be featured amongst such an array of talent is no mean feat.

Thank you for your outstanding contribution to the metal music scene here in Ireland.

'Til next year :)


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