For those of you who do not know what Metal Storm is, it is sort of a mix between a metal encyclopaedia, rating site and forum. In other words, a good site if you want to dig deeper into metal. I mostly visit this site for release dates, but I have learned to enjoy several other things, like the interesting Clandestine cut's, the well written reviews and also the funny stuff section with unbored album covers and other shit.
Each year, all the contributors and staff members in this site comes together to organize a massive poll to see what has been the best in metal the past year. I really enjoy this idea since it gives a small hint on what the metal community enjoyed the most. I have been active to check out the polls and vote myself, so here are my votes on the various categories.
Alternative metal: Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Death metal: Carcass - Surgical Steel
Djent/Math metal: TesseracT - Altered State
Folk/Pagan/Viking metal: Finntroll - Blodsvept
Gothic/Symphonic metal: ReVamp - Wild Card
Hard rock: Clutch - Earth Rocker
Hardcore/Metalcore/Deathcore: The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us Is The Killer
Heavy/Melodic metal: Ghost - Infestissumam
Industrial/Cyber/Electronic metal: Mechina - Empyrean
Melodeath/Extreme Power/Gothenburg metal: Children of Bodom - Halo of Blood
Melodic black metal/Metalgaze: Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
Post-metal: The Ocean - Pelagial
Power metal: Hammerforce - Access Denied
Progressive metal: Ayreon - The Theory of Everything
Thrash metal: Death Angel - The Dream Calls For Blood
The best video: Dream Theater - The Enemy Inside
The biggest letdown: Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - Walk Through Exits Only
The biggest surprise: Drowning Pool - Resilience
Drama of the year: Joey Jordison leaves Slipknot
There are more categories, but I did not vote on all because of bad knowledge of the genre or I did not find any album worthy of my vote. btw, the voting goes on until the end of Febuary, so take the chance and vote for your favourites.