Second Place: Gritter
Third Place: Lamb of God
Gwar had another crazy year of headlines — some wanted, some unwanted. The band has really picked things up in the wake of the untimely death of lead singer Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus. This past year saw the launch of the GwarBar restaurant in Jackson Ward, more touring, a coffee table book tracing the band’s history, an appearance at TEDxRVA, the coming and going of Kim Dylla as Vulvatron, and an ugly lawsuit from Brockie’s estranged father that made national news. Somehow we think these mutants will keep spewing on, and our voters certainly notice the increased chunks of visibility. The metal band Gritter has been slowly but steadily earning fans over the past few years. Lamb of God, a group with an international fan base, is still killing it. The band’s preparing for a seventh album slated for the fall. And lead singer Randy Blythe continues to expand his horizons, with a photography show in New York and a new book, “Dark Days: a Memoir” (Da Capo Press) ready to drop in July. And drummer Chris Adler is recording with Megadeath.