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Must-see movies to watch this October in the run-up to Halloween 2019

Halloween is my favourite holiday ever! I’m one of those people that start thinking about their costume mid-summer and share “is it Halloween yet” memes in May – if you follow our Instagram you might have noticed – soz!

I just LOVE being creepy and there’s nothing as exciting as spooky season for me and the build up to it is just magical (even more than Christmas, my birthday, 4 puppies with red ribbons and a trip to Disneyland all together!) – cause basically Halloween is not just a day – it’s a season:


Just think of the autumn colours, leaves on the floor, pumpkin spice lattes… It’s also more socially accepted to wear black or dark lipsticks and be pale (let’s face it – when you’re too pale in summer you will always get that person making jokes about your skin tone to which you have to politely answer with a fake smile and a “funny, very funny! Never heard the joke about vampires/burning/or if I’m Marilyn Manson’s daughter before”) and it’s an excuse to buy new cosy jumpers and hoodies, boots and coats.
Plus the colder weather doesn’t make you feel as guilty for spending your evenings or days off indoors gaming, reading or watching horror movies to get into a creepy mood and look for Halloween outfit inspo.

So on the run up to Halloween I just love to keep some free time in my evenings or weekends to snuggle up with a fluffy blanket and cosy pyjamas and simply eat tonnes of junk food and watch all my favourite creepy/spooky or simply Halloweeny movies. Plus let’s say it, it’s great to avoid people and not have to be sociable from time to time:

Here’s a list of the movies you MUST see to get in the right mindset for the best night of the year! I’ve tried to keep the list mixed, with a variety of horror movies, animations, comedy horror etc.

 

The Shining (1980)

The Shining, a film based on Stephen King’s horror novel is simply a masterpiece – I’m sure I don’t need to sell it to you! And any occasion is good to re-watch this Stanley Kubrick wonder featuring an outstanding Jack Nicholson and a series of creepy scenes that are simply perfect to get you into Spooky Mood – Room 237, the Grady daughters, Danny and his tricycle are waiting for you at the Overlook Hotel.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Who said that Halloween movies have to be scary and bloody forcing you to sleep with the light on for a week??? You can get in the perfect Halloween spirit with something light and funny like Hocus Pocus. Of one thing we’re sure – this Disney classic featuring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as The Sanderson sisters is going to make you laugh!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

I used to be terrified of this movie growing up – and even if I’ve seen it a few times in the years I “watched” most of it hiding behind a pillow. I think this year is going to be easier to watch this Wes Craven classic (and enjoy the short appearance of Johnny Depp) thanks to Rick and Morty! I can’t un-see Scary Terry now – “You can run but you can’t hide, bi***!”. Sorry Freddy Krueger.

Check our A Nightmare on Elm Street merch here.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Like every good little Goth growing up I must have watched this Tim Burton classic at least 784837 times!
At some point I had a DVD that gave me the option of changing the language and I remember watching it in Italian, Spanish and French out of curiosity to see if the songs sounded better (the Italian ones are pretty cool, sang by an Italian singer called Renato Zero who looks just like Professor Snape! Google it if you don’t trust me).

But the best version of the song ‘This is Halloween’ is not in Italian, Spanish or French. And it’s not even the original… it’s this awesome cover by Marilyn Manson taken from the album Nightmare Revisited.

 

Check our The Nightmare Before Christmas merch here.

The Addams Family (1991)

There are many reasons why I LOVE this movie: it’s extremely funny thanks to its dark humour, Angelica Huston as Morticia Addams and Christina Ricci’s Wednesday simply mirror exactly how I feel towards people 98% of the time and gifted the world with meme material for the rest of our lives. You’re welcome, Internet.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Oh dear Tim Burton, thank you for this movie! It’s simply one of the greatest movies of all time.
Did you know that Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were happily engaged at the time they were filming this movie? That probably helped portraying the love and connection between Edward and Kim.
Also, am I the only one that is still upset about these two breaking up?!? #WinonaForever.

Coraline (2009)

Simply a great movie – brilliant soundtrack, bizarre characters, interesting story and creepy villain… the perfect recipe for a Halloweeny movie.

I’ve dressed up as the Coraline doll a few times for Halloween – any excuse to wear a yellow raincoat!

 

Casper (1995)

Do I need to say spoiler alert if I talk about the ending of a movie that came out 24 years ago? I will just in case – ***SPOILER ALERT***

Ok, let’s talk! Casper shouldn’t be a kids’ movie, kids’ movies should have a happy ending right? This is like if in Beauty and the Beast the Beast dies despite Belle crying and saying she loves him. Not cool. Not cool…

But still, a classic and a must see this Halloween. Just keep some tissues nearby.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Growing up I was TERRIFIED of clowns thanks to my older brother who let me watch IT with him when I was only 5 years old – thanks bro! Even now I’m still scared of clowns but I got over how terrifying Pennywise the Dancing Clown is thanks to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! To see Tim Curry (aka Pennywise in the original IT movie) dancing and singing in fishnet tights and heels as Dr. Frank-N-Furter made it impossible for me to take Pennywise seriously again.

This cult classic is a must see, not scary, but great fun!

Check our IT – The Movie merch here.

The Exorcist (1973)

Absolutely terrifying, still makes me jump despite how many times I’ve seen it.
Even scarier when you find out it’s based on real life events and start reading all the urban legends about the set and the movie itself being cursed

Beetlejuice (1988)

Once again thank you Tim Burton for another brilliant movie! Beetlejuice turned 30 last year and it’s still a must see! And what a cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Catherine O’Hara (the mum from Home Alone in case you didn’t know) and Winona Ryder as Lydia are simply amazing! And it gives us so many ideas for Halloween costumes

Check our Beetlejuice merch here.

Donnie Darko (2001):

Donnie Darko is one of my favourite movies of all time! And my huge crush on Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t even play a part in rating this movie so highly! It’s simply brilliant… From the film’s story to its incredible soundtrack, cast and acting.

And the list could go on and on… Just to name a few:
Carrie (1976) or the remake from 2013
The Craft (1996)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Halloween (1978)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Ghostbusters (1984)
ParaNorman (2012)
Poltergeist (1982)
Scream (1996)
Practical Magic (1998)
Friday the 13th
(1980)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Frankenweenie (2012)

And without forgetting all the James Wan movies like The Nun, The Conjuring 1 & 2, Insidious 1, 2 & 3, Annabelle 1 & 2, Lights Out and all the Saw films. This man is an evil genius!

 

What about you? What are your must-see movies to watch in the run-up to Halloween?
We haven’t listed them? Comment below.

 

Popcorn ready? Have you checked under the bed and in the wardrobe? Everything clear?
Good let’s start this Halloween movie marathon.


Check our movies & TV merch here!

Need inspiration for your Halloween 2018 look? Check out our huge Halloween range and costume ideas here.

Happy Halloween,
🖤🎃☠️👻🦇
Elena x

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Harry Potter Gift Ideas For Her

When you’re a massive Harry Potter fan, life is magical most of the time. But for the muggle world, it’s now the most magical time of the year. It’s a time where we’re encouraged to swap Butterbeer for mulled wine, chocolate frogs for advent calendars and broom riding for sleigh riding. Of course, there’s no chance of that happening but one thing you do have to swap is shopping for yourself to shopping for other people (sigh). So if you’re looking for a present for a Harry Potter lover, you’re in the right place! Here are my top picks to make any Harry Potter fan happy on Christmas morning.

Hedwig Funko Pop!

 

(Instagram: @funko.pop.army)

 

Ever since I first saw Harry Potter in 2001 when I was six years old, I wanted a pet owl. At the bottom of every shopping list my mum made for her trip to the supermarket, I would complete it with the final most important item… an owl. How this trickery didn’t work, I really don’t know. However, all my Christmases came at once when this adorable Hedwig Funko Pop! hit the site! She’s the cutest little thing and would make someone’s Christmas very special. Not for you? We have lots of other Funko Pop!s too.

 

Whomping Willow necklace

 

My favourite kind of merch is the kind that only true fans would know. That’s why this gorgeous Whomping Willow necklace is perfect for a Harry Potter fan who likes their merch a little more subtle. *Disclaimer* this Whomping Willow comes without the attitude.

 

Forbidden Forest – Thestral t-shirt

 

 

When it comes to t-shirts, I’m very picky with the fit. That’s why this Forbidden Forest – Thestral t-shirt is the perfect gift if the person you’re buying for likes something with a more flattering fit. And the Thestral on the font is glow in the dark… now that’s seriously cool. AND it has a hood. Okay, it’s basically just the best top ever.

 

 

I’m a Catch Golden Snitch mug

I’m a big fan of mugs (the type of crockery, not the type of people… although my love life might say something different).  I think they’re a really good way of capturing someone’s personality; you get to be thoughtful without actually putting in too much effort. Also, you know that they’re going to use them. To take your mug gift up a notch, why not get one covered in gold that would make any Niffler go crazy. This I’m a Catch Golden Snitch mug is the perfect addition to any desk or cupboard and the perfect way to boost someone’s confidence (or ego).

Hufflepuff slippers

 

 

It’s against the law not to wear slippers on Christmas morning, right? Make sure no ones ends up in Azkaban and get them a cosy pair of slippers. I’m a Hufflepuff so of course I have included these ones but they are available in Slytherin, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, too.

 

Hogwarts bathrobe

 

 

To take the comfort to the next level, add this Hogwarts bathrobe. It’s literally a hug in the form of a dressing gown. This, together with the slippers and a belly full of Christmas dinner, it will take you till the next Fantastic Beasts movie release to get up from the sofa.

 

Forbidden Forest Hippogriff shirt

 

 

This checked Forbidden Forest Hippogriff shirt is seriously cool and adorable at the same time. From the front, it has a very subtle Hogwarts logo and on the back it shows the magnificent Buckbeak standing proud. Again, a lovely addition to a Harry Potter fan’s wardrobe who like their merch less bold.

 

 

Lumos Beret

 

 

 

This next gift idea is for the fashion lovers. A Beret will always be in style and this one is no exception with gorgeous embellishments and ‘Lumos’ embroidered amongst them. A sophisticated addition to any outfit and a present that is bound to make any Harry Potter lover one happy wizard or witch on Christmas day.

 

Hermoine’s Time Turner

 

 

A staple in the Harry Potter franchise, the Time Turner is a timeless present (excuse the pun). Both rings as well as the clock can be turned to mimic the real thing down to the last detail… apart from the traveling in time part unfortunately (I know, we were disappointed, too).

There you have it. My top presents for a Harry Potter fan that is bound to have you winning points like you’ve just caught the Golden Snitch. Still not found what you want? Why not check out our gift finder tool to help you find something even more perfect. Happy shopping and I wish you the most magical of Christmases!

 

Rebecca Merry 

Social Media Executive

EMP, Movies, Special, TV

Must-see movies to watch this October in the run-up to Halloween

 

 

Halloween is my favourite holiday ever! I’m one of those people that start thinking about their costume mid-summer and share “is it Halloween yet” memes in May – if you follow our Instagram you might have noticed – soz!

I just LOVE being creepy and there’s nothing as exciting as spooky season for me and the build up to it is just magical (even more than Christmas, my birthday, 4 puppies with red ribbons and a trip to Disneyland all together!) – cause basically Halloween is not just a day – it’s a season:


Just think of the autumn colours, leaves on the floor, pumpkin spice lattes… It’s also more socially accepted to wear black or dark lipsticks and be pale (let’s face it – when you’re too pale in summer you will always get that person making jokes about your skin tone to which you have to politely answer with a fake smile and a “funny, very funny! Never heard the joke about vampires/burning/or if I’m Marilyn Manson’s daughter before”) and it’s an excuse to buy new cosy jumpers and hoodies, boots and coats.
Plus the colder weather doesn’t make you feel as guilty for spending your evenings or days off indoors gaming, reading or watching horror movies to get into a creepy mood and look for Halloween outfit inspo.

So on the run up to Halloween I just love to keep some free time in my evenings or weekends to snuggle up with a fluffy blanket and cosy pyjamas and simply eat tonnes of junk food and watch all my favourite creepy/spooky or simply Halloweeny movies. Plus let’s say it, it’s great to avoid people and not have to be sociable from time to time:

Here’s a list of the movies you MUST see to get in the right mindset for the best night of the year! I’ve tried to keep the list mixed, with a variety of horror movies, animations, comedy horror etc.

 

The Shining (1980)

The Shining, a film based on Stephen King’s horror novel is simply a masterpiece – I’m sure I don’t need to sell it to you! And any occasion is good to re-watch this Stanley Kubrick wonder featuring an outstanding Jack Nicholson and a series of creepy scenes that are simply perfect to get you into Spooky Mood – Room 237, the Grady daughters, Danny and his tricycle are waiting for you at the Overlook Hotel.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Who said that Halloween movies have to be scary and bloody forcing you to sleep with the light on for a week??? You can get in the perfect Halloween spirit with something light and funny like Hocus Pocus. Of one thing we’re sure – this Disney classic featuring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as The Sanderson sisters is going to make you laugh!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

I used to be terrified of this movie growing up – and even if I’ve seen it a few times in the years I “watched” most of it hiding behind a pillow. I think this year is going to be easier to watch this Wes Craven classic (and enjoy the short appearance of Johnny Depp) thanks to Rick and Morty! I can’t un-see Scary Terry now – “You can run but you can’t hide, bi***!”. Sorry Freddy Krueger.

Check our A Nightmare on Elm Street merch here.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Like every good little Goth growing up I must have watched this Tim Burton classic at least 784837 times!
At some point I had a DVD that gave me the option of changing the language and I remember watching it in Italian, Spanish and French out of curiosity to see if the songs sounded better (the Italian ones are pretty cool, sang by an Italian singer called Renato Zero who looks just like Professor Snape! Google it if you don’t trust me).

But the best version of the song ‘This is Halloween’ is not in Italian, Spanish or French. And it’s not even the original… it’s this awesome cover by Marilyn Manson taken from the album Nightmare Revisited.

 

Check our The Nightmare Before Christmas merch here.

The Addams Family (1991)

There are many reason why I LOVE this movie: it’s extremely funny thanks to its dark humour, Angelica Huston as Morticia Addams and Christina Ricci’s Wednesday simply mirror exactly how I feel towards people 98% of the time and gifted the world with meme material for the rest of our lives. You’re welcome, Internet.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Oh dear Tim Burton, thank you for this movie! It’s simply one of the greatest movies of all time.
Did you know that Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were happily engaged at the time they were filming this movie? That probably helped portraying the love and connection between Edward and Kim.
Also, am I the only one that is still upset about these two breaking up?!? #WinonaForever.

Coraline (2009)

Simply a great movie – brilliant soundtrack, bizarre characters, interesting story and creepy villain… the perfect recipe for a Halloweeny movie.

I’ve dressed up as the Coraline doll a few times for Halloween – any excuse to wear a yellow raincoat!

 

Casper (1995)

Do I need to say spoiler alert if I talk about the ending of a movie that came out 24 years ago? I will just in case – ***SPOILER ALERT***

Ok, let’s talk! Casper shouldn’t be a kids’ movie, kids’ movies should have a happy ending right? This is like if in Beauty and the Beast the Beast dies despite Belle crying and saying she loves him. Not cool. Not cool…

But still, a classic and a must see this Halloween. Just keep some tissues nearby.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Growing up I was TERRIFIED of clowns thanks to my older brother who let me watch IT with him when I was only 5 years old – thanks bro! Even now I’m still scared of clowns but I got over how terrifying Pennywise the Dancing Clown is thanks to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! To see Tim Curry (aka Pennywise in the original IT movie) dancing and singing in fishnet tights and heels as Dr. Frank-N-Furter made it impossible for me to take Pennywise seriously again.

This cult classic is a must see, not scary, but great fun!

Check our IT – The Movie merch here.

The Exorcist (1973)

Absolutely terrifying, still makes me jump despite how many times I’ve seen it.
Even scarier when you find out it’s based on real life events and start reading all the urban legends about the set and the movie itself being cursed

Beetlejuice (1988)

Once again thank you Tim Burton for another brilliant movie! Beetlejuice turned 30 this August and it’s still a must see! And what a cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Catherine O’Hara (the mum from Home Alone in case you didn’t know) and Winona Ryder as Lydia are simply amazing! And it gives us so many ideas for Halloween costumes

Check our Beetlejuice merch here.

Donnie Darko (2001):

Donnie Darko is one of my favourite movies of all time! And my huge crush on Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t even play a part in rating this movie so highly! It’s simply brilliant… From the film’s story to its incredible soundtrack, cast and acting.

And the list could go on and on… Just to name a few:
Carrie (1976) or the remake from 2013
The Craft (1996)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Halloween (1978)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Ghostbusters (1984)
ParaNorman (2012)
Poltergeist (1982)
Scream (1996)
Practical Magic (1998)
Friday the 13th
(1980)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Frankenweenie (2012)

And without forgetting all the James Wan movies like The Nun, The Conjuring 1 & 2, Insidious 1, 2 & 3, Annabelle 1 & 2, Lights Out and all the Saw films. This man is an evil genius!

 

What about you? What are your must-see movies to watch in the run-up to Halloween?
We haven’t listed them? Comment below.

 

Popcorns ready? Have you checked under the bed and in the wardrobe? Everything clear?
Good let’s start this Halloween movie marathon.


Check our movies & TV merch here!

Need inspiration for your Halloween 2018 look? Check out our huge Halloween range and costume ideas here.

Happy Halloween,
🖤🎃☠️👻🦇
Elena x

EMP, Music

We Came As Romans – Forever remembered in loving eyes

We came As Romans has always been in the top 5 of my favourite bands, I will go so far as to say that their album “Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be” is a metalcore masterpiece. That album does something cool that it got 12 tracks, the first 5 is very dark and negative and lead writer Joshua Moore talks about his own flaws as a human, the 6th track “A War Inside” is 5 minutes long and in the middle of the song almost down to the second there is a piano break and from that point the album switched themes to something positive and the next 5 songs is about overcoming mental illness, just spread love and be kind to each other, before ending with a reflection in the last song that also is the title track. I could honestly talk about that album and why its brilliant for hours. As you can probably tell I am a huge We Came As Romans fan and unfortunately for me the show sold out before I could get tickets so I panic-emailed their press contact hoping to get an interview and a guest list spot, and I luckily did!

I came to Underworld a normal May day, the sky was grey as is tradition in London and the temperature was fairly warm. The first band was hours away but already the queue almost went around the block, which is understandable with a brilliant line up consisting of Polaris, The Plot In You, Alazka, and of course We Came As Romans everything was in the cards that it would be a brilliant night!

I got a text from the tour-manager to meet him behind the venue and he would take me in the backdoor, the walls inside were covered in stickers, and I was just mesmerized by all the shows that had taken place in the venue. So much history on these prisonesque walls. After a short set of stairs, I was in the surprisingly big greenroom, all the bands were chilling with their stuff. Drinks were being consumed and Dave (unclean vocals WCAR) sat on his mac in the corner. I was meeting Josh (lead guitar) and David (drummer) but Josh had disappeared so while the TM was hunting him down I got to have a short talk with Kyle which in retrospect is something I will forever cherish. After Josh had been located we headed to the tour bus and had a 20 min talk you can check in this video.

The interview wrapped up and I headed inside to catch the show, and what a show! Every band completely knocked it out of the park. I stood so close to barrier as I could and kept getting kicked in the back of my head by crowd surfers, which most of the time is a sure sign of a good show. The newcomers in the scene Polaris did put on a great show, and I am really convinced they are a band that we will see grow and grow. The Plot in You is a band I have enjoyed for a long time and was excited to see them Landon is an extremely strong vocalist and the emotion he conveys in his voice is second to none. Alazka the co-headliner was probably the band I was least familiar with, but after their set I would definitely call myself a fan.
We Came As Romans however, wow. What a set. They started off with Vultures With Clipped Wings and the second Dave screamed “I never found peace, but now I am fighting a war” people went insane and was just in awe song after song. David and Kyle did a duo thing in the middle of the set combining a drum solo with an EDM sound and even that made people jump. It was the first show in a long time I wish wouldn’t end but alas during their second to last song “Tracing Back Roots” I had to back down to the bar and get a million litres of water before dying of dehydration. The show ended with them playing “Hope” and even with aching bones and a ringing in my ears me and so many others went home with a smile on their faces.

 

But, to end this with the elephant in the room… After the production of this video finished We Came As Romans vocalist Kyle Pavone sadly passed away.

Because of that I was honestly struggling to write this blog. For weeks I stared at the screen trying to come up with what to say. If I wrote it just after the show I’d be fine, if I wrote it in July I’d be fine, if I wrote it August 24th I’d be fine, everything before August 25th would be fine, but since its currently October 1st I have to struggle to hold back the tears thinking back to seeing a show I absolutely loved and will never be able to see again. I remember when in 2016 Architects‘ guitarist Tom Searle died of cancer it hit me like a brick, then last year when Chester Bennington died I saw the article and had to go to the backroom of the 7/11 I worked at the time just to have a decent cry and listen to some Linkin Park. And now just over a month ago, I was on holiday in my home country (Norway) having a beer with some friends and having a good time before getting a text from a friend saying “Kyle Pavone is dead.”…

 

It felt like time stopped for a second, I refused to believe it, thinking it was a messed up joke. But at one point I had to accept the truth. I guess in the end you just have to appreciate the music we got from Kyle and try to take a lesson from him, mainly that life kinda suck, but that doesn’t mean we cannot make it a bit less shit by trying to spread love, make other people smile and live for each other. Rest in peace Kyle, in “Promise me” you worry about not being remembered after your passing, but I can assure you: you will be remembered in loving eyes.

Our thoughts go out to the band and Kyle’s family and friends. Please check out The Kyle Pavone Foundation that works to help people in the music community that are struggling with mental illness or addiction. https://kylepavonefoundation.org/

– Alex Dante

Check out We Came As Romans and more band merch here! 👉 emp.me/177Y

BACKSTAGE, EMP, Music, Special

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards – An evening with Parkway Drive, Ozzy Osbourne and a lot of fire

Us metalheads have to face the harsh truth that the Grammy’s is never going to acknowledge our genre. It is true that they give out an award for “Best metal performance” but it’s usually announced before the actual show during an un-televised event where the house band introduce Megadeth with “Master Of Puppets” and the bands just show up for the open bar. Luckily the magazine Metal Hammer decided to take matters into their own hands and founded the “Golden Gods Awards” in 2003. EMP have been invited to many over the years and here we’re going to give you the low down on what happened on the 16th anniversary!

The evening started off on the black carpet. Artists and journalists alike were all excited to see who would take the awards home and were all mingling in front of the media wall sharing laughs and stories. I had the honour of once again bumping into Betraying the MartyrsAaron Matts, whom the observant EMP follower would know I interviewed a few months ago and we had a quick catch-up before heading upstairs to catch the main event!

 

 

The show started off with a hilarious MC warming up the crowd, mostly by making us yell, growl and scream in a matter that took me back to my college days studying music. After the vocal warm-up, the show started with a brilliant performance from “Carpenter Brut” firing the starting gun. After a performance with a ton of energy to make sure the crowd was in a good mood, it was time for the awards.

The time from there on out flew by! The ever so talented Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed guided us through the nominees and guest presenters brilliantly and it was exhilarating seeing bands like Wolves in The Throne Room and Code Orange getting the awards and recognition they deserved! (full list of winners at the end of the blog)

After the first half of the awards the stage was made ready for the band that would win the Inspiration Award later in the evening: Meshuggah! Meshuggah, to no one’s surprise, delivered an amazing show with great songs and a performance for the ages, showing that even though they have been around a while and are starting to get older, they have no intention of stopping! After the progressive-djent metal that is Meshuggah wrapped up their last song, it was time for an acoustic performance by Myrkur! She walked on stage with a cello and a single drum preforming a haunting song that instantly took you to the dark forests of Scandinavia with trolls and hulders – a truly a mesmerizing performance that proved she was worthy the “Best album” award. The last band before the second half of awards were Grammy nominated band Baroness. Baroness preformed a set that combined punk and sludge in a fun way and was the perfect choice to wake up the audience before the last half of the awards with heavy hitter awards like the “Icon” and “Golden God Award”!

 

The second half of the show starts of Jamey Jasta making some jokes and once again introducing guest presenters to give out awards like “Defenders of Faith” and the “Inspiration award” One of the highlights however was the “Global Metal Award” that made its debut this year, and the recipient Kaoteon from Beirut was well deserving. Kaoteon came from a world where they’ve been arrested and beaten simply for playing the music they love; they truly deserve our respect for standing steadfast and facing adversary for the genre we all love. The last award of the evening however was the famous “Golden God” award introduced by none other than Zakk Wylde himself honoring the winner Ozzy Osbourne with a brilliant speech about Ozzy’s accomplishments throughout a 50-year long career. After Ozzy received the award with a simple “Thank you, it’s an honor” it was time for the main event and fresh “Defender of The Faith” winner: Parkway Drive!

Parkway Drive is a band I’ve seen 4 times already and their shows always include a lot of fire – something which the fire department in Oslo, Norway can attest to after a show I went to 2016 where front man Winston got a bit too excited playing with flares. This show also included a lot of pyro and the stage production quality was through the roof with drummer Ben Gordon spending a large portion of the set playing upside down in a huge hamster-wheel! The set (which I wish never ended) flew by playing both new and old songs; but alas it had to come to an end and with it a brilliant evening honouring the musicians and bands we all love.

 

 

 

I must give a huge thank you to Metal Hammer for putting this together. Metal is a wonderful genre in that it’s so vast and inclusive: you could stand in the crowd and see strangers from all walks of life hugging and having a great time because at the end of the day, we were all there sharing the same passion and same love; and with that it’s okay that the Grammys might not ever properly acknowledge us. Us metalheads are a huge family with friends at every show, and that shared community is worth more than all of Kanye West’s awards multiplied by 4. (he got 231 if you were wondering)

-Alex Dante

All the winners:

Best New Band: Lovebites

Best Underground Band: Wolves in The Throne Room

Best UK Band: Judas Priest

Best International Band: Arch Enemy

Best Event: Download Festival

Best Live Band: Lacuna Coil

Best Independent Label: Sumerian Records

Breakthrough Artist: Code Orange

Riff Lord: Wes Borland

Defender Of The Faith: Parkway Drive

Inspiration: Meshuggah

Best Album: Myrkur“Mareridt”

Global Metal Award: Kaoteon

Spirit Of Hammer: Jessica Pimentel

Icon: James Keenan

Golden God: Ozzy Osbourne