The winners of the third annual Heavy Music Awards have been announced at a packed O2 Forum Kentish Town, hosted by Laura Jane Grace alongside live performances by Cancer Bats, Loathe, Nova Twins and Delaire The Liar.

Following wins at both HMA17 and HMA18, Architects continued their run with two awards here – the first time any winner has picked up multiple awards at the same HMAs. The Brighton act picked up Best Album for Holy Hell, as well as Best Live Band.

Architects continue their run of awards at HMA’s 2019 and here’s why they came out on top:

Australian heavyweights Parkway Drive picked up Best International Band, capping off a summer that saw them smash a headline performance at first-time Best Festival winners Bloodstock Open Air.

Elsewhere, Best UK Band was taken out by Bring Me The Horizon in the year they topped the All Points East line-up and celebrated a number one album in amo, while Dream State picked up Best UK Breakthrough Band.

HMA18 headliners Fever 333 won Best International Breakthrough Band, Ghost won Best Album Artwork for the second time in three years thanks to Zbigniew M. Bielak‘s work on Prequelle, legendary snapper Paul Harries won Best Photographer, and Dan Weller picked up Best Producer.

Aussie metal titans Parkway Drive came away with “Best International Band” and you can see why here:

Finally, the hugely popular Dixon family received The H for their services to the heavy music scene. The family are revered on the live circuit for selflessly offering accommodation to bands touring the north east for many years.

Heavy Music Awards 2019: The Winners

Best Album – Presented by EMP
Architects – Holy Hell
Epitaph Records

Best UK Band – Presented by Spotify
Bring Me The Horizon
RCA Records

Best International Band – Presented by The Pit
Parkway Drive
Epitaph Records

Best Live Band – Presented by O2 Forum Kentish Town
Epitaph Records

Best UK Breakthrough Band – Presented by Believe
Dream State

Best International Breakthrough Band – Presented by Fireball
Fever 333
Roadrunner Records

Best Festival
Bloodstock Open Air

Check out some of our photos from this year’s “Best Festival” here:

Bloodstock Open Air @ Catton Hall (Derby, UK) on August 10, 2019

Best Photographer
Paul Harries

Best Producer – Presented by Allianz Musical Insurance
Dan Weller

The H – Awarded for exceptional positive contribution to the heavy music scene
The Dixon Family


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.