Flick Of The Finger’s writer Katie Clare has been a vocal advocate of the Heavy Music Awards since the organisation’s inception in 2017. We are told it is all about the acknowledgement of the skills, talents and output of an often overlooked creative, eclectic and diverse music scene. Along with a public democratically, determined winners plus they host some truly exciting artists. We’ll let Katie take over to tell you all about this year’s event, nominations and how you can cast your votes.

Yes, it is Heavy Music Awards voting time, we have the finalists so time to vote – go go go!

Okay, I understand you need a little more information on what the Heavy Music Awards are all about before you start clicking links. Regardless of the heavy music genre, you relish the most be it metal, rock, punk, goth or a mass of all those genre’s sliced, diced and meshed together: if it’s heavy then the Heavy Music Awards embraces that sounds.

Back in chilly January a panel of several hundred people working within the music industry set about nominating three favourite bands, albums, festivals, producers and photographers across ten categories. These nominations were tallied up and the top seven in each category became the finalists.

Don’t misunderstand the Heavy Music Awards are not only voted by those entrenched in the industry; the next stage is where you all come into the mix. As the very people who exchange their hard-earned cash for the records, festivals, and gigs; your voice counts as you’ll vote on the finalists deciding who the ultimate winners will be. Those winners will be announced at the Heavy Music Awards annual live awards ceremony in August.

With voting live now and here is a rundown of the categories and this year’s finalists:

BEST ALBUM – Presented by EMP
Architects – Holy Hell (Epitaph Records, Produced by Dan Searle & Josh Middleton)
Black Peaks – All That Divides (Rise Records, Produced by Adrian Bushby)
Ghost – Prequelle (Loma Vista Recordings, Produced by Tom Dalgety)
IDLES – Joy As An Act Of Resistance (Partisan Records, Produced by Space)
Judas Priest – Firepower (Epic, Produced by Tom Allom & Andy Sneap)
Parkway Drive – Reverence (Epitaph Records, Produced by George Hadjichristou)
Turnstile – Time & Space (Roadrunner Records, Produced by Will Yip)

BEST UK BAND – Presented by Spotify
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Black Peaks (Rise Records)
Bring Me The Horizon (RCA)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Iron Maiden (Parlophone)
Judas Priest (Epic)
While She Sleeps (Sleeps Brothers / Spinefarm Records)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND – Presented by The Pit
Beartooth (Red Bull Records)
Behemoth (Nuclear Blast)
Ghost (Loma Vista Recordings)
Halestorm (Atlantic Records)
Parkway Drive (Epitaph Records)
Turnstile (Roadrunner Records)
Twenty One Pilots (Fueled By Ramen)

BEST LIVE BAND – Presented by O2 Forum Kentish Town
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Bring Me The Horizon (RCA)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Fever 333 (Roadrunner Records)
Ghost (Loma Vista Recordings)
Parkway Drive (Epitaph Records)
Slayer (Nuclear Blast)

BEST UK BREAKTHROUGH BAND – Presented by Believe
Conjurer (Holy Roar Records)
Dream State (UNFD)
Holding Absence (Sharptone Records)
Parting Gift (Fearless Records)
Puppy (Spinefarm Records)
Sleep Token (Spinefarm Records)
Yonaka (Asylum Records)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH BAND – Presented by Fireball
Alien Weaponry (Napalm Records)
Bad Wolves (Eleven Seven Music)
Fever 333 (Roadrunner Records)
MØL (Holy Roar Records)
Pagan (Hassle Records)
The Faim (BMG)
Vein (Closed Casket Activities)

BEST PRODUCER – Presented by Allianz Musical Insurance
Tom Dalgety
Romesh Dodangoda
Lewis Johns
Nick Raskulinecz
Andy Sneap
Dan Weller
Will Yip

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Derek Bremner
Thomas Lisle Coe-Brooker
Corinne Cumming
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
Tom Pullen
Ester Segarra

BEST FESTIVAL
2000 Trees, UK
Arc Tan Gent, UK
Bloodstock Open Air, UK
Download Festival, UK
Hellfest, France
Slam Dunk Festival, UK
Wacken Open Air, Germany

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
Architects – Holy Hell (Epitaph Records, Artwork by Dan Hillier)
Behemoth – I Loved You At Your Darkest (Nuclear Blast, Artwork by Nicola Samori)
Boston Manor – Welcome To The Neighbourhood (Pure Noise Records, Artwork by Josh Halling)
Bullet For My Valentine – Gravity (Spinefarm Records, Artwork by Daniel Holub)
Don Broco – Technology (Sharptone Records, Artwork by Charlotte Smith)
Ghost – Prequelle (Loma Vista Recordings, Artwork by Zbigniew M. Bielak)
Judas Priest – Firepower (Epic, Artwork by Claudio Bergamin)

You can cast your votes by clicking this link.

Voting closes on 27 June 2019 and when voting you’ll be entered into a draw to win tickets to the awards night in London. The event, the Heavy Music Awards third, will take place on Thursday 22 August 2019, and once again the Heavy Music Awards have expanded capacity moving to London’s famous O2 Forum Kentish Town.

(EVENT: STRICTLY 14+ / UNDER 16’s MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT).

More about the Heavy Music Award on their official website and on Twitter from where they tweet as @heavymusicawds.