Megadeth, Metallica and Ghost were among the big winners at the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards (formerly the Revolver Golden God Awards), held this week in New York City.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who co-hosted the live-streamed event, received a Lifetime Achievement Award and shared the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist prize with Megadeth bandmate Kiko Loureiro.
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler, meanwhile, took home the Best Drummer award for his playing on Megadeth's latest album, Dystopia.
Metallica's Hardwired...To Self-Destruct was named Album of the Year, Ghost's "Square hammer" was Song of the Year and Slipknot was named Best Live Band.
Metallica's album was only out for barely two weeks before the ceremony, so guitarist Kirk Hammett tells us it was gratifying to have Hardwired... received so well so quickly:
"At this point it seems like it's taken wings and it's flying pretty high and pretty far right now, so (I'm ) very happy about that...When you make an album and it finally comes out, it feels like a birthing. And, of course, being a male, how could I know that much about birthing? But, y'know if there's anything I could imagine feels like giving birth to something, it's an album."
Other winners included: Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men, Best Vocalist; Dick Lovgren of Meshuggah, Paul Grey Best Bassist; Pierce The Veil, Most Dedicated Fans; Avatar, Best New Talent; Gojira's "Silvera," Best Film/Video; and the WWE's Baron Corbin, Most Metal Athlete.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.