Last night (Monday, June 11), Devin Townsend Project mastermind Devin Townsend took home the ‘Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award’ at the 2012 Metal Hammer Golden Gods. A full list of winners can be found below.
Townsend was presented with the award by Dimebag Darrell’s brother and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul, for his incredible technical prowess and ruthless talent.
A statement posted on Metal Hammer’s website reads as follows: “One of metal’s most adored maniacal geniuses, Devin blew our minds with an ace headlining set at Download this past weekend, and will be returning to the UK later this year! Bring it on!”
Townsend overcame some stiff competition; with Steel Panther’s Satchel, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares, Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz and Evile’s Ol Drake all nominated for the award.
Meanwhile, Townsend has announced that his upcoming album ‘Epicloud’ will be released as a double album of sorts, on September 18. Townsend explained via Twitter: “So when the ‘Ghost‘ album was finished, I had 12 songs that came out here and there, supposed to be Ghost 2, couldn’t convince label etc… However, Epicloud has 12 extra songs as well, and they have agreed to let me do a digipak version that is essentially a ‘double album’ =] The second disk wont be mixed in the same way, a bit more ‘demo-ish’ in quality, but it completes this cycle without having stragglers after”
Townsend will be embarking on a short, four-date tour of the UK in support of the album at the end of the year. Dates are listed below.
2012 Metal Hammer Golden Gods winners:
Best Album – Mastodon, ‘The Hunter’
Best New Band – The Defiled
Best Underground Band – Watain
Breakthrough – Ghost
Best U.K. Band – Saxon
Best International Band – Lamb of God
Best Event – Iron Maiden’s U.K. Tour
Best Live Band – Rammstein
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award – Devin Townsend
Metal as F— – Anthrax
Spirit of Hammer – Bill Bailey
Best Drummer – Vinnie Paul
Inspiration – Roadrunner Records
Icon – Fear Factory
Riff Lord – Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel
Golden God – Manowar’s Joey DeMaio
Devin Townsend Project UK Tour Dates:
Thu 13th December 2012 – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
Sat 15th December 2012 – HMV Ritz, Manchester
Sun 16th December 2012 – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
Mon 17th December 2012 – Mo Club, Southampton