Last week the Loudwire Music Awards took place honoring some of the finest talent in the heavy metal and rock music genres. Several of Monster Energy’s artists performed at the event with a number of them taking home prestigious awards.
Texas thrashers Power Trip took home the award for Metal Song of the Year for their track “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)” from their breakout album Nightmare Logic. The fans were to thank for Power Trip’s victory with this particular category being calculated by the number of streams a song received. Power Trip had some serious competition from tracks like Body Count’s “No Lives Matter,” Obituary’s “Sentence Day,” Pallbearer’s “I Saw the End,” Municipal Waste’s “Amateur Sketch” and DragonForce’s “Ashes of the Dawn.” "When we started this band, we just wanted to see the world, watch out old timers, we're here." said vocalist Riley Gale upon accepting the award.
The other highlight for Power trip came when the band was joined by fellow Monster Energy vocalist, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta for a thrashmetal rendition of Motorhead’s “(We Are) The Road Crew”, a great ode to the late Lemmy Kilmister who had the Lifetime Achievement Award named after him.
Starset demonstrated exactly why they are one of rock’s most unique acts with their live performance of “Satellite” and “Ricochet”. Showcasing their scifi influenced stage show with space-suits and jetpacks firing real smoke, the band was celebrating a trifecta of nominations for Hard Rock Artist, Song and Album of the Year.
In This Moment were up next with a performance of their own “Black Wedding”, a twisted rendition of the well-known original Billy Idol track from ITM’s most recent album Ritual. As a one-off treat for fans, the band were joined by recipient of the “Lemmy” Lifetime Achievement Award, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. Following the epic pairing, In This Moment rocked their own “Roots” which Fans ate up.
Halestorm delivered perhaps the most powerful sets of the night. The Pennsylvania rockers covered Soundgarden’s “Fell on Black Days” in memory of the late Chris Cornell before launching into The Runaways’ classic “Cherry Bomb” with Lita Ford! Both acts also welcomed an all-star cast of female vocalists on stage including Ash Costello, Jill Janus, Pearl Aday, Emma Anzai, Heidi Shepherd, Carla Harvey and Mixi Demner closing out “Cherry Bomb” in a powerful crescendo.
A special moment followed, to commemorate the memory of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington who’s tragic death is yet another horrible loss for music fans around the world. Received by Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Chester Bennington was posthumously awarded the Best Vocalist Award. Upon her symbolic acceptance, Lzzy gave hugely powerful and emotional words about mental health and bullying.
"This is for Chester Bennington," Hale said. "A voice of a generation, and I’d like to take this moment in front of all of you to remind you that you are not alone. Life is fucking hard. It is. And all of us, we have terrible beasts and demons and vices that we battle daily. And as humans we have a responsibility to everybody, to each other to lift each other up. We are in this fight together."
"So stop the cyberbullying," implored Hale. "And stop hating people for stupid fucking reasons. It’s 2017, we end this sh-t now. And instead of spewing hateful and ignorant comments, we leave comments of encouragement, of hope, of empowerment, of rock and roll. I’ve seen it first hand, the power of words one kind comment can change the course of someone's life, change what they want to do and what they live for. Before you start saying stupid shit on Facebook, know that what you say has the power to heal or hurt somebody. So choose wisely."
She continued, "Chester, we loved you, you will be missed, and I’m so sorry you felt you had to leave this way. But all of the men and women you healed with your music, you reminded us we are not alone. Your music and message will live on. Thank you for your time, Chester we love you."
Anthrax received multiple nominations throughout the evening, with Charlie Benante in the running for Best Drummer and Frank Bello in the hunt for Best Bassist. Storming the stage with their usual high energy, the thrash legends delivered “Caught in a Mosh” from their standout Among the Living album. Bringing home the night in true style, they followed with their own take on a classic, Kansas’ “Carry on Wayward Son.” Watch below!