Sunday, 5 March 2017

Canadian Folk Metal Outfit Scythia Scoop Album of the Year for 2016

Canadian metal heads Scythia have scooped the BCFM Sunday Rockshow Album of the Year award for 2016 with their rather impressive full lenghter Lineage. The Vancouver based folk metal outfit saw off strong challenges from NWOBHM icons Demon and Lancashire classic rock revivalists Wytch Hazel to take the top spot with and album the judges praises for it's production, quality of musicianship and song writing and 'epic scope'

The award for best album by a band from the greater Bristol area was won by Bristol based country rockers Billy In The Lowground, with their latest release 'Ticket To Somewhere'. A release that the judges praised for its feel good accessibility, catchy danceable tunes and top notch musicianship.

The results in full...

1- 'Lineage' - SCYTHIA
2- 'Cemetery Junction' - DEMON
3- 'Prelude' - WYTCH HAZEL
4 - 'Unhallowed Ground' - SYSTEM OF HATE
5 - 'Building Castles In The Air' - LUCID FLY
6- 'Ticket To Somewhere' - BILLY IN THE LOWGROUND
7- 'Dreamarcher' - DREAM ARCHER
8- 'Dig Two Graves' - BLEAK
9- 'Tantia Furia' - BIRDEATSBABY
10 - 'To The Fire' - KINGBREAKER
11- 'Fotoromanza' - DELUDED BY LESBIANS
12 - 'Secret Circle' - BEST BOY ELECTRIC

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) are 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
(2013) 'Save As I Save' - ZOLTAR SPEAKS
(2014) '3' - KRANKSCHAFT 
(2015) 'Keep Fighting' - V0iD
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
(2013) 'VI' - ONSLAUGHT
(2014) 'The Hunt' - BLACK WOLF
(2015) 'Shakedown' - DYNAMITE PUSSY CLUB

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