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As the leading Hardrock- and Metal magazine in Germany, Metal Hammer started its own award ceremony ten years ago. After the initiation at Wacken Open Air 2009, the event found a permanent location in 2011 at Berlin Kesselhaus. For the ten years anniversary event, the evening featured all shades of black and a most illustrious guestlist.

Proper party people: Night Demon

On Friday, September 14th stars of the international Rock- and Metalscene gathered to witness new talents being awarded with the prestigious price after walking down the black carpet next to the likes of David Draiman (Disturbed), Attila Dorn (Powerwolf) and Phil Campbell (Motörhead). And of course an event like this would only be half the fun without some live shows. After opening acts Thunder And Lightning, as the local support and King Creature from Cornwall, co-headlining acts Night Demon (last years winner of the Up & Coming award) and Dirkschneider playing a final set with Accept classics, the night was on fire.

Metal Hammer staff cleans up nicely: Gernot Krebs & Thorsten Zahn

All recipients personally took home their awards, only Judas Priest, who received the Maximum Metal Award, were forced to send a laudatory speech via video. The legendary band is currently touring the US. Upon its 50th anniversary, the band thanked their fans. And even without winning any price, Berlin-based trio Kadavar joined the party as well – next year a new category could be created, honouring “Best Facial Hair”. The German trio would clearly be a runner-up for this one, coming in second after everyone’s favourite bearded bros, ZZ Top.

Every fan’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed band: Kadavar