The Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards will make fans brains ''liquefy'' according to Chris Jericho.

The 10th annual rock event will return next month, hosted by the retired WWE wrestler and frontman of Fozzy, who is excited about fronting the event for the first time.

He said: ''Your head is going to explode. Your brain is going to become liquefied. Your bones are going to crumble into dust... Crank it up! It's going to be awesome.''

Fozzy will also play a set on the HMS Hammer boat, a pre-show party on the water ahead of the awards.

Awards at the show will be voted for by readers of The Heavy metal magazine, and nominees include Iron Maiden, Metallica, Lamb of God and Anthrax.

Alex Milas, Editor of Metal Hammer, said: ''Over the course ten years the Metal Hammer Golden Gods have established themselves as the gold standard by which all other such affairs are measured.

''As the world's only genuine metal awards show, we pride ourselves in the quality of acts that come to perform, party, and indeed pick up a gong on the night.

''As we celebrate our mag's 25th year of publication we'll also be hoisting a goblet to over a decade of hosting the first, the best, and the heaviest metal awards show on the planet. Here's to another 10!''

Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards 2012, full list of nominees:

Best New Band:

Animals As Leaders


The Defiled

Kobra And The Lotus

Primal Rock Rebellion

Best Underground Band:

Ancient VVisdom

Black Breath

In Solitude

Shining (No)


Dimebag Darrell 'Shredder' Award:

Adam D (Killswitch)

Devin Townsend

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory)

Ol Drake (Evile)

Satchel (Steel Panther)

Breakthrough Artist:

Cancer Bats


Motionless In White

Parkway Drive

While She Sleeps

Best UK Band:

Black Spiders

Fields Of The Nephilim




Best Live Band:

Iron Maiden





Best Event:

Devin Townsend's UK shows

Iron Maiden's UK Tour

Manowar long-awaited return to the UK

Dave Mustaine joining Metallica on stage

Motley Crue/Tommy Lee's drum rollercoaster

Metal As F*ck:



Nik Kai


Zoltan Bathory

Best International Band:

Five Finger Death Punch

Lamb Of God




Video Of The Year:

Asking Alexandria - 'To The Stage'

Trivium - 'In Waves'

Mastodon - 'Curl Of The Burl'

Motionless In White - 'Creatures'

Red Fang - 'Wires'