Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Somerset Newcomers Zoltar Speaks Scoop Album of the Year for 2013

Somerset metal heads Zoltar Speaks have scooped the BCFM Sunday Rockshow Album of the Year award for 2013. In what proved to be the closest competition yet, they pipped Bristol thrash legends Onslaught - Who take the award for the best album by an act from the Bristol area - to the top spot by just one mark, with only 11 marks covering the entire twelve shortlisted albums.

The full final listing is as follows....

1) 'Save As I Save' - ZOLTAR SPEAKS
3) 'The Normalityville Horror' - SPIT LIKE THIS
4 = 'The Ragdoll Diaries' - DOLL
4 = 'Out Of The Barnyard' - FRIGHT PIG
4 = 'Take Me To The Future' - PARADISE 9
7 - Resurrection - MOURNBLADE
8 - Pissed and Driven' - BLACK WATER RISING
9 - The Poor Boys Song Book' - THE CRAFTY BEGGARS
10 - 'Infected' - BLATOIDEA
11 = 'Human Meat' - DEAF HORSE
11 = 'The Blackest Beautiful' - LETLIVE

Award rules....

To qualify an album must...
a) Be a full length album, or album length demo, ie contain at least 8 tracks and / or have a playing time of greater than 30 minutes
b) Be self released, on a SMALL independent label, or an import not officially released in the UK
c) Have been featured on the BCFM Sunday rockshow in the year the award is for.

This is how it works...
a) Through out the year any album that meets the above criteria is entered into a long list
b) The award is judged by a panel of twelve judges including regular listeners to the show, musicians, and other people from with in the music industry; dj's, gig promotors, record producers, music writers etc... The shortlist is compiled to give a representative balance so as many sub genres of rock are featured as possible
c) In December each year the long list is cut down to a short list of 12 based on the judges feedback and listener reaction to the album tracks featured on the show
d) In January the short list is announced
e) The judges then spend 8 weeks listening to and reviewing all the shortlisted contenders.
f) In early March the judges marks are collated and the award is announced on a special edition of the BCFM Sunday Rockshow.

There are two possible awards if no act from the Bristol area wins there is an award given to the best placed local act in the final listings...

The award (s) will be announced on the BCFM Sunday Rockshow early March
Previous winners...
Album of the year
(2007) ' Chemical Dogs' - CRASH STREET KIDS
(2008) 'Project Destiny' - DIGNITY
(2009) 'Lunacy Box' - LUNACY BOX
(2010) 'Zer0' - VOID
(2011) 'Songcycle 2011' - TODD DILLINGHAM
(2012) 'La Danza Del Cadvar' - LOS CRIPTIZOOS
Local Album of the Year

(2007) No Award Given
(2008) 'Psycles' - IAN RAGGETT
(2009) 'Misunderstood' - CRIMSON SKY
(2010) 'Who Am I?' - RITA LYNCH / 'Settle Up Or Settle Down' - JEBO (joint award)
(2011) 'Crack On' - RITA LYNCH
(2012) 'Return Of A Sonic Assassin' - LASTWIND

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