Some of you may have heard of this through emails, MySpace, Facebook, etc. Here's some info I've cobbled together from the stuff on their site. I'll be cross-posting this to every Aussie band forum on UM. The Association for Australian Heavy Metal (AAHM) and the Australian Metal Awards (AMA) were formed to give Heavy Metal in Australia the support and backing it has lacked since it began to flourish during the 1980s. AAHM and AMA is governed and operated by dedicated individuals who are passionate about this genre of music and have been heavily involved in the organising and running of events for both Australian and International Heavy Metal acts for a number of years. AAHM and AMAs objectives are to: - provide support and backing to all Australian Heavy Metal bands / artists - actively promote Australian Heavy Metal nationally - reward and recognise the bands that have made a significant contribution to the Heavy Metal genre of Australian music. Submission forms are currently being finalised for bands and artists to nominate and be nominated for the Australian Metal Awards 2009. A basic press kit (bio) and cd (demo/EP or full length album) will be required for all band entries. Bands must show they have been active* between the period of 1 March 08 and 1 March 09. (* playing gigs, releasing, recording or composing) If you would like to nominate a band, forward us their details (myspace / email etc) and we will contact them on your behalf. Overall best band 2009 Best album Best live band Song of the year Best film clip Best producer / recording engineer Best unsigned demo / ep Best guitarist Best drummer Best vocalist Best bass player Best keyboard player Best album cover Best new band Best export Most popular merch Best regional band Best youth band Best metal magazine / press / fanzine Best band name These awards are designed specifically so that bands (signed and unsigned) can participate. These awards will be divided between popular vote and the judging panel. Submissions are open from 1st of December 08 through to the 1st of March 09. The judging panel is comprised of: Glenn Dyson - Prime Cuts / Soundworks Touring Rok - Sadistik Exekution John Howarth - Riot! Entertainment Jeanna Sims - Stomp Amy Simmons - Blunt Magazine Cameron Edney - Inside Out Webzine Ben Steer - Ex Sony / EMI / Head of Music Business JMC Academy Further information and contact details can be found at www.australianmetal.com.au Submissions will be open 1 DECEMBER 2008!