Steve Harris of Iron Maiden

Steve Harris of Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden and Steel Panther were just some of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award winners last night.

The ceremony, in association with World of Tanks, was held at London's IndigO2 and Of Mice and Men and Avenged Sevenfold were also among the acts who took home big awards.

Death metal band Behemoth opened the show and Steel Panther also performed a mind-blowing set.

The 2014 best band awards, as voted for by the readers of Metal Hammer magazine, included Best UK, Best International and Global Metal Act, which were won by Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold and Orphaned Land.

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas said: "Heavy metal's been around for over 40 years, and as this year's winners prove, it remains as vibrant as ever.

"From world-beating prog metal visionaries Opeth to a genuine guitar hero like Michael Schenker, to absolute legends Hanoi Rocks who first married the words 'glam' and 'metal' and inspired a movement, to Orphaned Land, whose integrity as artists and spokespeople for the power of metal to unite people genuinely blew us all away tonight, this was a night for the history books.

"Add to that a genuine screen legend like David Prowse, and you might even say the Force was strong with this one."

The award winners:

Best New Band - Devil You Know

Dimebag Darrell 'Shredder' - Misha Mansoor of Periphery

Breakthrough Artist - Of Mice & Men

Best Underground Band - Wardruna

Best UK Band - Iron Maiden

Best Live Band - Killswitch Engage

Best International Band - Avenged Sevenfold

Global Metal Act - Orphaned Land and Khalas

Riff Lord - Mark Tremonti

King of the Internet - Devin Townsend

Inspiration - Hanoi Rocks

Album of the Year - 'The Satanist' - Behemoth

Icon - Michael Schenker

Spirit of Hammer - Darth Vader - Dave Prowse

The Golden God - Mikael Åkerfeldt

Game of the Year - Grand Theft Auto V

Video of the Year - 'Party Like It's The End Of The World' - Steel Panther

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