Live Review: Golden God Awards - Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 22:43:23
Wax and wane. Ebb and flow. Peaks and valleys. Recessions and surpluses. Those aren’t just broad stroke economic terms; they’re adjectives that can be (and have been) applied to heavy metal throughout the years. No genre has experienced such hills and plains. Metal is back in vogue, so to speak, and it was evident at the first annual Golden Gods Awards, a single evening event put on by Revolver. In Europe, where metal is the lifesblood genre of the masses, rags like Metal Hammer sponsor such events annually, and to great success of the adoring fans. It was now America’s turn to shine a glaring spotlight on the metal and the sold-out show was a smashing success.
Held at the so-new-it-has-a-new-car-like-smell Club Nokia in the brand spanking new complex across from the Lakers’ home turf at the Staples Center, the Golden Gods was modeled after a typical, Hollywood red carpet event. Only in true metallic, horns up fashion, this was a black carpet, where rockers adorned in leather, bullet belts and illegible band logo tees congregated. Some of the attendees included the likes of Alice in Chains, Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, DevilDriver and Trivium, all of whom were the belles of this headbanger’s ball.
Comedian Brian Posehn was the evening’s host, popping off masturbation and metal nerd jokes while announcing presenters and performers. KsE opened the show, performing a new song sandwiched between two of their “hits” from the last album. The energized performance set the tone for the rest of the bloody good night. Awards for “Most Awesomely Good Drummer,” “Golden God,” “Honorary Headbanger,” and “Best New Talent” were dispersed among the performances and skits. Everyone from Maynard James Keenan to Ozzy Osbourne to Jonathan Davis was in attendance. It was a veritable roll call of “Who’s Who?” in the heavy metal scene. Other powerhouse performances were delivered by Hatebreed, All That Remains and Megadeth, who closed the night with a fan-selected set packed with shreddery of the highest order.
The awards will be broadcast on MTV2 on May 2, so don’t boo-hoo if you missed it! We’re not going to spoil the fun and list the winners, since you can read that on every other website out there! Nor are we going to reveal what happened, except that three members of Slipknot, who won for “Best Riff” and “Best Live Band,” appeared to accept their awards and that there will be a lot of bleeps in the telecast, since metalheads enjoy saying bad words. And three members of Slayer appeared onstage when the band’s two guitarists were being honored. It was the afterparty that was most fun. Like metal itself.
— Amy Sciarretto