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MOST PERFORMED HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL WORK Category Added To 2024 APRA MUSIC AWARDS – Nominees Announced

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APRA AMCOS has today revealed the nominees for the 2024 APRA Music Awards, with an outstanding list of songwriters across pop, rock, country, R&B, hip hop, rap, soul, blues & roots, dance, and a brand-new category representing hard rock and heavy metal artists.

The inaugural Most Performed Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Work category features five of Australia’s finest songwriters in the genre. Melbourne-based metal outfit Alpha Wolf land on the list with 60cm of Steel from their split EP, The Lost & The Longing. Metal heavyweights Parkway Drive are nominated with Darker Still, the title track from their seventh album of the same name.

Shapeshifters King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard appear with their almost 10-minute-long grimy metal song Dragon, while Sydney metalcore outfit Polaris get a nod with their fierce track Inhumane from their third album Fatalism. Rounding out the category is metalcore trailblazers The Amity Affliction with It’s Hell Down Here, a song which addresses the topic of mortality.

First time nominees include Tex Perkins, The Buoys, Frank Sultana, Alan Boyle and Christian Harvey (pka Blues Arcadia), Ian Moss, Dean Brady, Kaylee Bell, Skin on Skin, Forest Claudette, Elliott Hammond, Jordan Samatua, Jack Madin and Edward Service (the electro duo Shouse), Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, Polaris, Alpha Wolf and more.

The 2024 APRA Music Awards will be held on Wednesday 1 May at ICC Sydney, Gadigal land with host Tom Gleeson, and guest presenters Jen Cloher and Bumpy. Brand new Musical Director Julian Hamilton will mix and match music collaborators who will put their spin on the five nominated Peer-Voted APRA Song of the Year compositions.

We are honoured to and humbled to be nominated for the first time, in such a strong category with such amazing peers. It’s great to see recognition for how powerful and valuable this style of music is to the Australian music community and industry. We’re stoked to represent.” – Winston McCall/Luke Kilpatrick (Parkway Drive).

We’re stoked to be nominated for the first hard rock / heavy metal category. As a whole the heavy community has never been stronger around the world and in Australia specifically, there are so many great bands around our country working their asses off to get worldwide recognition, and I think it often gets under looked and underappreciated as a genre. I hope all the bands nominated proves that wrong, and people keep supporting and championing the under dogs from home.”Alpha Wolf.

“We are always really happy to be nominated for awards that are decided by stats or fan votes rather than industry votes. Especially being the first year with this new category for heavy music at the APRA’s. It’s always great to see our genre being highlighted more at these events as it’s such a huge part of the Australian music landscape.“Ahren Stringer (The Amity Affliction).

MOST PERFORMED HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL

Darker Still Parkway Drive

Inhumane Polaris

Dragon King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

60cm Of Steel Alpha Wolf

It’s Hell Down HereThe Amity Affliction

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