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21st August 2012

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Female fronted mix of power/thrash metal band Shadowside, one of the rising stars of Brazilian Metal music, has just added an important international award to their career. The fans have spoken and the band is the winner of the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards on the Best Metal/Hardcore album category, in the Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the influential international awards program for independent bands and fans. The quartet competed against Asking Alexndria, 16 Second Stare, Hemoptysis and Scarab.

"We are absolutely stoked! We really did not expect to win, the guys in the band thought I was joking when I broke the news to them. All we can say is thank you to all the fans that took the time to vote for us, you guys rock!", says lead singer Dani Nolden.

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More than 60000 music fans from all around the world have voted online for their favorite self-released and independent label artists. This year's Vox Pop winners represent more than 350 Nominees in more than 70 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories.

Artist and industry judging pannel included Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne, Tori Amos, Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Gwar, Benji Madden (Good Charlotte), Kevin Lyman (Mayhem Festival), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone Magazine), Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Alan Light (Live From Artists Den), Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour) and Bill Bragin (Lincoln Center), among many other artists and industry professionals.

"The IMAs celebrate artists who follow their own muse and the music fans who support them," said Executive Director, Martin Folkman. "The Vox Pop award is one of the many ways the program motivates fans to discover and support incredible independent talent, which is the purpose of The Independent Music Awards," Folkman said.

Winners of the contest will be awarded expressive promotion, distribution and opportunities that places them in front of millions of fans, programmers, talent buyers, film, TV & Gaming Music Supervisors, Media and other gatekeepers. The complete list of winners in all categories can be found at

Bands such as Lacuna Coil, All that Remains, Diablo Swing Orchestra and Vixen have also participated in the Independent Music Awards in previous editions.

At this very moment, Shadowside is on tour in support of their latest album Inner Monster Out, produced, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Hammerfall and more) and features special guest appearances of Björn 'Speed' Strid (Soilwork), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) and Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil) on the title track.

Promoters interested in booking the band that has toured 21 countries so far should contact the band's booking agency B. Musik Management at



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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