I am truly lost for words after last night.

I preach over and over again that the local metal scene here in the Twin Cities is truly the best in the world. Last night was proof of that.

Last night was the first ever Mettys and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I watched as some of my best friends walked (or stumbled) onto stage to accept awards for all of the hard work they put into their band and this scene. I watched as my friends in the crowd, some of who absolutely hate metal music, cheered for every single person that took the stage and made friends with complete strangers. People had drinks in their hands, smiles on their faces, and warmth in their heart. You could feel the energy in the room and to say it was electric would be an understatement.

I could talk about the drama that led up to last night’s event. I could talk about what bands chose to not show up and what bands were talking crap online. I could bitch about certain bands winning certain awards that I didn’t think they deserved but, when push comes to shove, that’s not at all what last night was about.

Last night was about that the fact that our scene pulled together. Majority of us were dressed to the nines in suits, dresses, ties, and heels (I even wore heels and they lasted a whole hour!). It was about the fact that people literally rented limos to show up in. The fact that here we were, a bunch of misfit metal heads who look like trouble all dressed up, walking a red carpet, and truly enjoying being where we were with who we were with.

The Mettys is the brainchild of my friend, and owner of Metalsota, Bill Jelberg. As much as I hate to admit it, our metal scene has a giant flaw and that is that it’s super divided and cliquey. The point of last night was to bring it all together and make it the giant happy family that it should be. Although, obviously, just one event can’t make all of that happen, I genuinely feel like it was a step in the right direction and couldn’t be more excited for what the future may hold for this scene.

Being a good friend of Bill, I somehow got roped  into presenting the award for Best Show of the Year. I was nervous as shit and, no matter how many shots I took, I just couldn’t calm down. I’m not one for public speaking. When I started this blog, I wanted to stay anonymous. Although that clearly didn’t work out, I still like to hide in the background instead of in the spotlight. Now, all of a sudden, I didn’t have anywhere to hide. I avoided Bill’s eye contact like the plague but he caught me and, before I knew it, I had stumbled my way on to stage and had a microphone in my hand.

Greg Chilton, MC of the night and the man behind (the amazing) Ritual Madness Podcast introduced me to the larger than expected crowd and I braced for the impact of boos and possibly a beer can or two. Okay, so maybe deep down I knew nobody was going to through a beer can at me but, I hate public speaking and could only assuming the worst was going to happen. The packed house was full of local bands some of which I had praised in this blog, and others which I had beyond ripped apart in this blog. I knew that there were certain individuals in the crowd that can’t stand me or what I do and are still extremely hurt over what I wrote about them. As soon as Greg handed the microphone to me, the crowd clapped and cheered. I even spotted a couple of my haters cheering for me and that, right there, that’s what this scene is about. Even though I don’t like certain bands in this scene, and maybe I said some not-so-nice things about them, they still support what I do just like I still support them as people and appreciate what they bring to the table. Standing up on that stage, shaking from nerves, and trying not to fall over due to the mix of alcohol and heels was terrifying but, as soon as I heard that crowd, it went from terrifying to feeling like home.

Throughout the night it was presenter after presenter after winner after winner and some live music on top of that. I have to be honest, there were moments that I wasn’t paying attention. There was too much going on, too many people I wanted to say hi to and too many people I wanted to meet. That was the who point of last night though and, although I might have missed a couple awards and maybe didn’t quite catch why Failing To Wake gave me a shout out before they played their quick set (love you guys!), being able to surround myself with my family and celebrate this scene that I call home was everything I needed.

I wish I had more to say about last night but unless you were there, it wouldn’t make sense. I can’t paint that picture for you and can only tell you that if you want a great group of friends to call your family, come on out to a local metal show up here in the Twin Cities. It doesn’t matter if you like the music or not, we are a family and currently accepting brothers and sisters!

A couple of quick shoutouts:

Everyone That Came Out Last Night- You the real MVP’s. Thank you so much for spending your Friday night celebrating this scene.

Failing To Wake- Thank you so much for the shout out on stage. I don’t think I’ve ever blushed that much in my life.

My Dad & Stepmom- These guys had a beautiful corsage waiting for me at the bar. I mean, come on, how cute is that?!

The Haters and Naysayers- Well, to quote my idol, Taylor Swift, “Haters gunna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”. Also, to quote myself, “Make better music!”

Bill Jelberg- What you pulled off last night was truly beautiful. This scene wouldn’t be half of what it is if it weren’t for you pulling all of us together. Thank you for doing what you do and being such a great guy to everyone. I am more than honored to call you my friend.

And the winners were…

Show of the year-Rock the Boat
Best live performance- Blue Felix
Album Artwork-MASTIFF
Album Production- Buried Above Ground
Keyboardist/Sampler- Liz Ziegler- Portraits of War
Drummer- Matt Grozdanich- Aetheric/ Portraits of War/ Immoralis
Bassist-Adam Sullivan- By The Thousands
Guitarist-Dustin Korth- By The Thousands
Vocalist- Lee Mintz- Mithya
Music video- Buried Above Ground
EP of the year-Buried Above Ground
Song of the year-ROYAL’Z
Album of the year-Roads Of Glass
Breakout Artist-Buried Above Ground
Band of the Year –By the Thousands
Dig Deep Award- Luke Moran- Portraits of War
People’s Choice Award- Sin7