6 MARCH 2018

The South African Metal Music Awards was born in 2014 out of a desire to honour the hard work of South African metal music, a genre often overlooked in conventional awards ceremonies.

A key objective includes building a strong sense of South African pride in the Metal which this nation produces, and to encourage bands and fans from different parts of the country to become familiar with great music and entertainment from other cities.

The SAMMA team comprises of various volunteers who all want to see the South African metal scene and industry grow both within our borders, and then to the greater world. What better way to showcase this, than an awards ceremony that acknowledges the bands who have worked hard to produce a great product!

In the build up towards the SAMMA’s ceremony, the team aims to showcase the top five nominated bands in as much media as possible – both locally and internationally.

The procedure of how a winner is determined is no small feat. All nominations have to meet strict criteria and undergo a vigorous elimination process by both the public and an a panel of well-known judges – all within the South African metal music industry, including event promoters, sound engineers and journalists.

This process is thoroughly outlined in the document – the SAMMA Operations Manual. For more information on this, please click this link.

The 2018 South African Metal Music Awards ceremony will be held at Rumours Rock City on the 7th April 2018.

This is always a beloved event, as South African Metalheads, musicians and other industry people from as far afield as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban suite up for a night of spectacular performances, awards, photos in front of the media wall and a celebration of our bands among their peers.

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The Top-5 for each category (listed A-Z):


Best Music Video:

L.A.Cobra – War
Mezzanine Floor – Behold! Luca
Nerve Zero – Torture Chamber
Ohgod-Hungry Ghosts
Red Helen – Ode To The Corrupt


Best Single

DevilSpeak – Unearth Hell
Megalodon – Sanctum
My Columbine – Vigorish
Nerve Zero – Torture Chamber
Ohgod – Hungry Ghosts


Best EP

Disarmageddon – Contagion
Last One Alive – Last One Alive
Ruff Majik – A Finch in a Cherry Tree
The Fallen Prophets – Death Conquers Life
Technopath – Ontology


Best Album

Deadline – Black Wolf City
Kings of Improg – Henosis
Megalodon – Illusion of Origin
Ohgod – The Great Silence
Red Helen – Trading Past for Pathways


Best Live Band

Red Helen


Best Metal Newcomer

13th Empire
Last One Alive


Best Metal Event

Krank’d Up 2017
M4A Summerfest’17
Metal Feast 2017
Ragnarok 2
Wacken Metal Battle SA: The Finals 2017


Best Death Metal

Maximum Carnage
My Columbine
Nerve Zero
The Fallen Prophets


Best Black Metal

Adorned in Ash
Nebula Disrupt
Sinister Superstar
Spectral Realm


Best Old School Metal

De Wallen
L.A. Cobra
The Slashdogs


Best Core Metal Band

13th Empire
Red Helen
Treehouse Burning
Truth and It’s Burden


Best Alternative Metal Band

Aimed At You
Deity’s Muse
Dirty Moonshine
Last One Alive
With Dawn


Best Progressive Metal Band

Kings of Improg
Mezzanine floor

A few voluntary exclusions

For the record, we have to state that three nominees who were successful in the public voting requested to be removed from the awards. Each was contacted by as the Independent Observer to formally verify these requests. In respect of those nominees wishes to be removed, they shall not be named.

The poll scores moved each of the existing top-5’s into a higher position, and the 6th highest score allowed into the top-5 where these instances occurred.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the top 5 nominees \m/

Pictured below are the Panelist Judges, who now start the grueling task of step no 6, as seen in the Ops Manual. All the best to the panelists, may the force of metal be with you \m/

By Heidi de Villiers

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