Juno Awards 2014 – And the Winner Is….

Well, the Juno Awards have come, and Hellbounders and Canadian metalheads have been keeping an eye on the new-ish “Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year” category. The committee in charge has been rather successful at embracing underground metal – previous winners include KEN mode and Woods of Ypres.

Nominees for this year’s award were:

Heart of Oak – Anciients (Season of Mist) (Listen/Purcahse | Hellbound’s Review)
Colored Sands  – Gorguts (Season of Mist) (Listen/Purchase)
Entrench  – KEN Mode (New Damage) (Listen/Purchase | Hellbound’s Review)
Volition – Protest the Hero (Protest) (Listen/Purchase)
Dead Language – The Flatliners (New Damage) (Listen)

Hellbound approved of 3 of the 5 albums in our Top 10 Canadian Albums of 2013, but were we in line with what the judges thought?

Apparently not.

The winner for 2014 Juno Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year is…

Protest the Hero – Volition

Congratulations to  Protest the Hero on their victory! Interestingly enough, this was the band’s first album not released through a label – instead, it was crowd-funded through Indiegogo (extremely successfully, as well).

Who did you think was most deserving this year? Let us know in the comments below!