The First Annual Keno Awards – Winners

The time has come: It’s time to announce the winners of this year’s Keno Awards! Without any delay, here are the winners!

Best Rock Album of 2014

“Hitchhiking to Byzantium” – Anubis

There are so many reasons why Anubis wins this category. 80 minutes of pure progginess, “Hitchhiking to Byzantium” has everything the listener wants in a rock album: fantastic guitar solos, soaring vocals, passionate drumming and bass lines. If you ever have 80 minutes to devote to some music, I definitely recommend this one.

Best Metal Album of 2014

“Restoration” – Haken

Although this pick for best metal album is an EP, “Restoration” has everything great about metal: wailing guitar, vocal range, a wide array of sound. Try and listen to this album without playing your air guitar; I guarantee you won’t make it through!

Best Musician of 2014

Tom Monda (guitar) – Thank You Scientist

I have determined this individual to be the best of the best in his  band. I had the chance to see him live last year, and was absolutely stunned by his ability. His guitar solos and quick-paced rhythms stole the show. I couldn’t keep my eye off of him.

Best Find of 2014

“The Tide, The Thief, and River’s End” – Caligula’s Horse

I can’t stop playing this album. Simple as that. I had never heard of this band until a few weeks ago, and I’ve already played this album more than some bands in my iTunes library that I’ve had for years. It’s a must listen, so please check them out!

There you have it, the winners of the First Annual Keno Awards. I can’t wait to do this next year.

The First Annual Keno Awards – Nominees

Hey everyone! I was bored one day while watching the Critic’s Choice Awards, and I thought in the spirit of award season I would create my own awards. So, here it is: The First Annual Keno Awards! I’ve decided on three categories with six nominees each, all contenders being albums or bands that I have reviewed on my blog. Without further ado, here are the categories:

Best Rock Albums of 2014

“Replacements” – Hibernal
“Countenance” – The Mercury Tree
“Phases” – Eden Shadow
“Through Art We Are All Equals” – Slaves
“Hitchhiking to Byzantium” – Anubis
“Aphelion” – State of Illusion

Each of these albums have stood out as great rock albums. Whether because of amazing vocals, guitar solos, or drum beats, these albums are the best of the best from my blog. Check them out and sound off below who you think should win.

Best Metal Albums of 2014

“Sound of Majestic Colors” – Fire Garden
“Once More ‘Round the Sun” – Mastodon
“Restoration” – Haken
“Curve” – Miroist
“Nebulae” – Hemina
“Maps of Non-Existent Places” – Thank You Scientist

Again, these are what I believe are the best metal albums on my blog. Check them out and tell me who you think should win.

Best Musicians of 2014

Jim Grey (vocals) – Caligula’s Horse
Richard Henshall (guitar) – Haken
Tom Monda (guitar) – Thank You Scientist
Tom Burgress (drums/synths) – Eden Shadow
Jonny Craig (vocals) – Slaves
Dave Turncrantz (drums) – Russian Circles

I have determined these individual musicians to be the best of the best in their bands. Listen to each of them, admire them, and sound off below!

Best Find of 2014

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I’m keeping this one a secret that I’ll reveal when I announce the winners. The winner of this category is the album that I had never heard of before I reviewed them, yet cannot stop playing them. You can let me know what your greatest find is below.

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So there you have it: the nominees for the first ever Keno Awards. I’ll reveal the winners next week. Tell me who should win!

Update: Be sure to check out the winners here!