G-Shock Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2016 Nominees Announced
Zygnema, Inner Sanctum and Third Sovereign lead nominations for the seventh edition of RSMA
If it was Delhi metal’s chance to shine amongÂ last year’s Rolling Stone Metal AwardsÂ nominees, the upcoming seventh edition of RSMA indicates that there was enough impressive metal coming in from all across the country.
Mumbai thrash/groove metal band Zygnema have got seven [out of a total of eight] nominations at the upcoming G-Shock Rolling Stone Metal Awards, which take place onÂ February 28thÂ at Hard Rock CafÃ© Worli, Mumbai. Following behind them with nominations in six categories are Bengaluru thrash/death metallers Inner Sanctum and Aizawl death metal band Third Sovereign.
Zygnema lead the RSMA 2016 nominations for their second albumÂ What Makes Us Human Is Obsolete, which released in 2015, while albums by Inner Sanctum [Legions Awake] and Third Sovereign [Perversion Swallowing Sanity] are representing death metal. Bengaluru’s sludge band Shepherd, who released their debutÂ Stereolithic RiffalocalypseÂ last year, have five nominations.
Of the lot, Zygnema have previously won at RSMA 2011, in the Best Band (Popular Choice) and Best Song (Popular Choice) [“Theory of Lies and Negation”], while [now] two-time nominees Inner Sanctum couldn’t pick up any of the Gibson Flying V guitar trophies despite being nominated for their debut EPÂ ProvenanceÂ at the inaugural RSMA in 2010. It was a similar fate for Third Sovereign, who were nominated for their earlier released single “Sarcophaga” in the Best Song category in 2010, but lost out to Mumbai extreme metallers Demonic Resurrection’s “The Unrelenting Surge of Vengeance.” But the North East has more representation, especially in the Best Drummer category, which includes Delhi-based Nishant Hagjer from Guwahati metal bands Rectified Spirit [nominated for a second time for their recent albumÂ The Waste Land] and Lucid Recess’ sticksman Partha Boro, for their new albumÂ Alive and Aware.
Mumbai heavy metal/horror band Albatross, who released their full length albumÂ Fear From the Skies last year,Â Kolkata metallers Yonsample’s debut full-lengthÂ ExtropyÂ and Mumbai “stone-age” metallers Primitiv, who released their doom/death mix concept albumÂ Immortal & VileÂ late last year, have picked up three nominations each.
Online voting in the top three categories of Best Band, Best Album and Best Song is now open.
This year, public voting will count for half the weightage, the other half being decided by our jury comprising Indian and international judges.
You can also head out to an upcomingÂ RSMA pre-gig in your cityÂ to vote for your favorite band, onÂ February 7thÂ in Bengaluru,Â February 12th in Guwahati andÂ February 18thÂ in New Delhi.
Inner Sanctum -Â Legions Awake
Primitiv -Â Immortal & Vile
Shepherd -Â Stereolithic Riffalocalypse
Third Sovereign -Â Perversion Swallowing Sanity
Zygnema -Â What Makes Us Human Is Obsolete
Albatross ”“ “Children of the Cloud”
Inner Sanctum ”“ “Guardian”
Shepherd ”“ “Crook”
Third Sovereign ”“ “Living This Hate”
Yonsample ”“ “Tibro”
Zygnema ”“ “The Phoenix Effect”
Inner Sanctum ”“ Gaurav Basu
Primitiv ”“ Nitin Rajan
Third Sovereign ”“ Vedant Kaushik
Zygnema ”“ Jimmy Bhore
Inner Sanctum ”“ Chintan Chinnappa & Suraj Gulvady
Primitiv ”“ Kiron Kumar & Rajashri Bhattacharyya
Shepherd ”“ Namit Chauhan
Yonsample ”“ Soumik Roy
Zygnema ”“ Sidharth Kadadi
Albatross ”“ Dr. Hex
Shepherd ”“ Abhishek Michael
Third Sovereign ”“ Jonah Hnamte
Zygnema ”“ Leon Quadros
Yonsample ”“ Anirban Banerjee
Inner Sanctum ”“ Abhinav Yogesh
Lucid Recess ”“ Partha Boro
Third Sovereign ”“ Reuben Lalchuangkima
Rectified Spirit ”“ Nishant Hagjer
Zygnema ”“ Mayank Sharma
Whitenoiz – Taz James
Diabolus Arcanium – Archon
Passages – Renin Raphael