Voting is open for the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods. I’m not crazy about all the nominations; I feel a lot of deserving artists were left out. Here’s how I voted…
- Best drummer: Charlie Benante (Anthrax) – Anthrax and Foo Fighters were the only bands mentioned here that I was really familiar with. If I could have written in a vote, I would have given it to Alex Van Halen.
- Best guitarists: Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth) – Again, the only ones that I know anything about. I’ve seen Five Finger Death Punch in concert, but I was not impressed.
- Best vocalist: Sebastian Bach – His latest album was not that great, but I didn’t like any of the other nominees. Honestly, I’m not sure who I would have written in on this one. Most of my favorites are way past their prime.
- Album of the year: Anthrax, ‘Worship Music’ – “The year” is evidently 2011. While this made my list of best releases of the year, it wasn’t at the top. Alice Cooper and Sixx:A.M. tied for the best of the year in my book.
- Best live band: Guns N’ Roses – I only saw two hard rock concerts last year: Judas Priest (with Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society), and Guns N’ Roses (with D Generation). Both were nominated, and as great as Priest was, GNR was better.
- Most metal athlete: Evan Longoria (MLB baseball) – The only baseball player on the list.
- Comeback of the year: Van Halen – As if there was any question.
- Riff lord: Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) – Best hard rock guitarist ever.
- Best bassist: Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen) – This was a difficult category. Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot) was also nominated, but I really don’t like Chickenfoot that much. Nikki Sixx (Sixx:A.M.) was also nominated, and as I already mentioned, they released a great album in 2011. But after seeing Van Halen in concert last week and hearing what Wolfie can do on record, he’s the winner.
- Best international band: -blank-– Not familiar with any of the bands, so I decided to leave this one blank.
- Most dedicated fans: -blank- – I don’t understand this category at all. I don’t like any of the bands, so why would I vote for their fans?