Revolver Golden Gods noms announced

Slash, Grohl among those vying for hard rock, metal nods

The metal gods smiled upon the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood on Wednesday as nominations were read for the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, saluting the year's best in hard rock and heavy metal.

Eras converged in several of the nine categories, but a half-dozen veteran shredders will vie for guitarist of the year: Slash, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Tony Iommi of Heaven & Hell, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Street Sweeper Social Club, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society.

Longtime Avenged Sevenfold basher Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who died in December at 28, is among the nominees for drummer of the year. Also in the running are Dave Grohl, reliving his Nirvana days behind the kit for Them Crooked Vultures; Lamb of God's Chris Adler; Mastodon's Brann Dailor; Slayer's Dave Lombardo; and Gene Hoglan of Dethklok and Fear Factory.

Up for vocalist of the year are Jonathan Davis of Korn, Ronnie James Dio of Heaven & Hell, Neil Fallon of Clutch, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour and Serj Tankian, who's flying solo while System of a Down takes a break.

The album of the year nominees feature discs by a new supergroup (the eponymous debut by Them Crooked Vultures), a recently re-monikered sort-of supergroup (Heaven & Hell's "The Devil You Know"), a pair of thrash pioneers ( Megadeth's "Endgame" and Slayer's "World Painted Blood"), a re-formed '90s favorite (Alice in Chains' "Black Gives Way to Blue") and a semi-veteran band that broke though big in 2009 (Mastodon's "Crack the Skye").

This year's career nods will go metal royalty Rob Halford of Judas Priest (the Revolver Golden God Award, which honors a rocker who "embodies all that is metal") and Motorhead croaker Lemmy Kilmister (the Revolver Golden Gods Lifetime Achievement Award).

Andrew W.K. and wrestler-actor Chris Jericho -- who will host the awards show April 8 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles -- announced the nominees along with a clutch of metalheads including Halford, Kilmister, Mustaine, Wylde, Vinnie Paul and Dallas Cowboys linemen Marc Columbo, Cory Proctor and Leonard Davis, a trio of 300-plus-pounders who moonlight in the metal band Free Reign.

The Golden Gods will be televised this year for the first time, with VH1 Classic airing the show May 22. Also new for 2010: Fans can vote online for their favorites in all nine categories. Voting kicked off Wednesday at and will continue through March 31.

"An award show celebrating the true power and artistry of this most overlooked, vilified and misunderstood form of music has been long overdue," Revolver editor in chief Brandon Geist said. "But award shows can be lame, self-congratulating affairs, which is why I'm particularly excited that most of this year's winners will be picked not by some mysterious panel of snotty critics or the incestuous members of whatever 'academy' but by the fans. May the best maniacs win."

Set to perform at the Golden Gods Awards are Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, As I Lay Dying, the Devil Wears Prada and Brian Posehn's all-star band featuring Scott Ian, Brendon Small, John Tempesta and Joey Vera, with a special performance by Wylde. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

A complete list of nominees can be found on the next page.

Revolver Golden Gods Award Nominees

Best guitarist
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Tony Iommi (Heaven & Hell)
Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Street Sweeper Social Club)
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

Best drummer
Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
Dave Grohl (Them Crooked Vultures)
Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Fear Factory)
Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold)

Best vocalist
Jonathan Davis (Korn)
Ronnie James Dio (Heaven & Hell)
Neil Fallon (Clutch)
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
Serj Tankian (Serj Tankian, System Of A Down)
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)

Album of the year
Alice in Chains, "Black Gives Way to Blue"
Heaven & Hell, "The Devil You Know"
Mastodon, "Crack the Skye"
Megadeth, "Endgame"
Slayer, "World Painted Blood"
Them Crooked Vultures, "Them Crooked Vultures"

Best live band
The Devil Wears Prada
Lamb of God
Rob Zombie

Best underground band
Between the Buried and Me
The Black Dahlia Murder
The Dillinger Escape Plan

Most metal athlete
Josh Barnett (MMA)
Marc Colombo, Cory Procter, and Leonard Davis (NFL)
Chris Jericho (WWE)
Mike Piazza (Major League Baseball)
Jason Ellis (skateboarding)
Jolene Van Vugt (motocross)

Hottest chick(s) in metal
Pearl Aday (Pearl)
Maria Brink (In This Moment)
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
Lacey Mosley (Flyleaf)
Alexia & Anissa Rodriguez (Eyes Set to Kill)
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)

Comeback of the year
Alice in Chains
Fear Factory
Heaven & Hell