5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show Details Announced At Hard Rock Hollywood

5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show Press Conference
Photo By: Michael Sandoval/M.U.S.E. – Music Unity Sports Entertainment

Details on the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Award Show presented by Epiphone was announced at a press conference held at the Hard Rock Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Returning as host of the rock award show WWE superstar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho announced that this will be the biggest show ever to be held on May 2, 2013 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles at LA Live.

In attendance at the press conference with Jericho was Sebastian Bach, Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Maria Brink and Chris Howorth (In This Moment), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan) and Zakk Wylde to announce the nominees. Halestorm performed a special live set, including a guest appearance by Sebastian Bach on a cover of the Skid Row classic “Slave to the Grind.”

Metallica was announced to be performing at the award show as well they will be receiving the Ronny James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Ernie Ball). The band will soon be releasing a 3D movie Through the Never in August. (Previous honorees include RUSH, MÖTLEY CRÜELemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD and Ozzy Osbourne.)

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich commented, “Since the Revolver Golden Gods Awards is fast becoming THE most rocking awards ceremony in the hard rock world, we are beyond psyched to be at the receiving end of this shout out and in the distinguished company of Rush, Lemmy, Ozzy and Motley Crue. I was hanging out and presenting at the shenanigans two years ago and the energy in the room and the vibe backstage was beyond fucking cool, so Metallica is chomping at the bit to partake in this year’s event. Once again, we are honored to be recognized as achievers (!!) and we can’t wait to get up and jam onstage and sweat for and on everybody gathered.”

Rob Zombie will be receiving the Golden God Award (presented by Sumerian Records) which is given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal. Rob Zombie, who commented, “What can I say? It is a complete honor to receive this award and have my name join the list of such legendary past winners as Alice Cooper and Gene Simmons. Pretty cool deal to be part of the Golden God club.”

Previous honorees are Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETHRob Zombie will be releasing his brand new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor on April 23 and his latest feature film, The Lords of Salem, on April 26.

The Riff Lord Award (presented by EMG Pickups) is given each year to a legendary guitarist in the field of hard rock & heavy metal. This year it’s going to none other than Black Sabbath axeman, Tony Iommi, who had this to say about the honor, “What a great honour to receive the Golden Gods Riff Lord Award for 2013, especially with our new Sabbath album coming out. I hope there will be some new favorite riffs in these songs.” Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver won the award last year.

Nominations also were announced for the awards show and fans have the opportunity to vote at for the following categories “Best Guitarist” (presented by Epiphone®), “Best Drummer” (presented by Drum Workshop®), “Best Vocalist” (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), “Album of the Year” (presented by Orange Amplification®), “Song of the Year,” “Best Live Band” (presented bySamson®/Zoom®), “Best New Talent,” “Most Metal Athlete” (presented by Roadrunner Records®),  “Comeback of the Year,” “Paul Gray Best Bassist” (presented by Dean Markley®) and “Most Dedicated Fans” (presented by Xbox LIVE®). You can vote now on the website until April  15, 2013. Tickets for the show at Club Nokia also go on sale February 4 via Ticketmaster at

Nominees for 2013Â REVOLVERÂ GOLDEN GODS AWARDSÂ presented by Epiphone:

BEST GUITARIST presented by Epiphone

  • John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
  • Stephen Carpenter (Deftones)
  • Alex Lifeson (Rush)
  • Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
  • Brendon Small (Dethklok)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

BEST DRUMMER presented by Drum Workshop

  • Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
  • Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
  • Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
  • Gene Hoglan (Dethklok & Testament)
  • Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
  • Neil Peart (Rush)

PAUL GRAY BEST BASSIST presented by Dean Markley

  • Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
  • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden & solo)
  • Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
  • Geddy Lee (Rush)
  • Jason Newsted (Newsted)
  • Sergio Vega (Deftones)

BEST VOCALIST presented by Rockstar Energy Drink

  • Phil Anselmo (Down & solo)
  • Maria Brink (In This Moment)
  • Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
  • Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
  • Chino Moreno (Deftones)
  • Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)


  • Device
  • Ghost
  • Kvelertak
  • Miss May I
  • Of Mice & Men
  • Young Guns

MOST METAL ATHLETE presented by Roadrunner Records

  • Tom Crabtree (Green Bay Packers, NFL)
  • Tanner Faust (Rally and drifting car racing)
  • Clay Guida (Mixed Martial Arts fighting, UFC)
  • Triple H (WWE wrestling)
  • Geoff Rowley (Skateboarding)
  • CJ Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB)

BEST LIVE BAND presented by Samson/Zoom

  • Anthrax
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Hatebreed
  • Lamb of God
  • Slipknot
  • Volbeat


  • Aerosmith
  • The Darkness
  • Quicksand
  • Refused
  • Soundgarden
  • Tenacious D


  • Asking Alexandria, “Run Free”
  • Avenged Sevenfold, “Carry On”
  • Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
  • Dethklok, “I Ejaculate Fire”
  • Halestorm, “Love Bites (So Do I)”
  • In This Moment, “Blood”


  • Black Label Society
  • Black Veil Brides
  • A Day To Remember
  • HIM
  • Rammstein
  • Slipknot

ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Orange Amplification

  • Deftones, Koi No Yokan
  • Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage
  • Halestorm, The Strange Case of…
  • Marilyn Manson, Born Villain
  • Soundgarden, King Animal
  • Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 1
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Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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