Our man on the ground in Atlanta, USA checks in and chats about September. Metal Mark had a quieter month than normal but still saw DOWN, Gojira and had a chat to Max Cavalera. Nice.
What’s up my metal people! September was a rather slow month when it comes to shows in Atlanta, but there were two great ones. The first day of the month, DOWN rolled into town with a killer lineup of bands, which included Evil Army, Weedeater, and The Melvins. All the opening acts were awesome, but everyone was there to see one band and one band only – DOWN.
I See Red
05 October 2009
by Stephen Milnes
When an album has a tracks with titles such as ‘Evil University’ and ‘Raining Shit’ on it, it’s a pretty good bet that it’s going to be fun. Maybe even to the point of a cartoonish caricature of metal itself.
Hanging around in the VIP bar however, the likes of Kerry King from Slayer (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) and Phil Demmel from Machine Head were drinking up the copious free drink on offer. The Golden Gods were hosted by Oderus Urungus of GWAR.
Watch Oderus Urungus from GWAR backstage at the Golden Gods
Unconfirmed reports that Frank Carter from Gallows had shunned the Golden Gods in favour of a night in tattooing his knob and playing Call Of Duty 4 were confirmed by his band members. The Hemel Hempstead hardcore heroes were up for Best Live Band. They didn’t win.
Rumours were flying around about various drugs being snorted off some incredibly peachy bums. Those rumours refused to go away once the quite wonderful Fuel Girls (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) started breathing fire and spraying milk at the crowd at the raucous, suitably debauched afterparty at Sin. They definitely know how to party.
Most importantly, however, lots and lots of members of the heavy metal hierarchy were honoured with a Metal Hammer Golden God award. Here is the full list of winners.
Best Breakthrough: Apocalyptica Best Underground Band: The Black Dahlia Murder Best UK Band: Iron Maiden Metal For The Masses: William Gledhill Best Live Band: Machine Head Best Video: Dimmu Borgir – The Serpentine Offering Best Metal Label: Roadrunner Records Spirit Of Hammer: Max and Igor Cavalera Best Debut: Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild Icon Award: Eddie Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award: Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) Event Of The Year: Hard Rock Hell Riff Lord: Dave Mustaine Best Album: Testament – The Formation Of Damnation Best International Band: In Flames Golden God: Kerry King, presented by Kat Von D