UG Awards: Vote For Band Of The Year

We're doing an epic round of award nominations this year, and you can vote for the winners every day. Today, we're asking for the best band of 2012.

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Who will win an official UG Award this year?

We're opening nominations and votes for a huge range of categories, and want UG readers to take part.

Every day we're going to publish an award category. Your job is to place a nomination in the comments and upvote the ones you agree with. The one with the highest number of up votes wins the award. Simple!

Today's category:

Who has been the best band of 2012?

On each category post, we'll be publishing some guidance. For example, in this category the band had to be active in 2012 with either an album release or major tour.

You can choose to vote for your personal favorite band, but it would be nice if the winning act somehow represents 2012 for something they've done or achieved. That's up to you, of course.

These comment votes can get really messy, so we have some tips for making sure your nominations counts:

- Place ONE nominations per comment, or the upvotes won't count. You can place as many nominations as you want across different comments, though.

- Do a quick search of the page to make sure someone else didn't already nominate that band. Just scroll down to the bottom so all the comments have loaded, then do a search on the page (ctrl-f on a PC, cmd-f on a mac) for their name.

Otherwise, you're welcome to discuss the topic in the comments and reply to nominations, as usual.

All good? Great... let's get voting!

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    Black Sabbath...for coming back, through age and illness, to put on one of the most memorable shows i've ever witnessed, at download this year or soundgarden, for coming back and kicking ass just like they used to...
    I like how there are so many more -1s than +1s here. Proof that UG hates music.
    UG doesn't - the users however, do.
    lots of diff tastes in genres on this site make up for diff mind sets. i respect all of everyones opinions on who they think deserve this award. the -1s mean nothing to me.
    Rush not really a fan but congrats to them for finally getting on the RnR HoF ballet this year so ya...
    They've definitely deserved it for a long time! They also put out one hell of an album this year, it blew my mind!
    damn, i would love to see RNR Hall of Fame Ballet... sounds more epic than Swan Lake.
    Rush is an amazing band, but they haven't put out a great album in quite a long time. Clockwork Angels was just as mediocre and boring as their last few releases.
    I guess you just haven't really listened to the album. Geddy is playing some of the best riffs he has done in years.
    Machine Head; for being banned by Disney. lol
    Funny thing is, I seen him walking around at Disneyland with his family a while back.
    Lamb Of God - Holding it together through all the crap this year...
    Pope Toast
    Shouldn't this be about the music and not other happenings outside of it?
    Not necessarily its about what the band did over the year and how that reflects on them...of course album releases are going to be the main thing but not the only thing right? LoG have showed a lot of mettle this year! Pun intended...
    Lamb of God was my first thought. Here's to hoping they make it through the Prague shit, and into 2013.
    I totally agree and I wouldn't mind if Testament,Tremonti or Meshuggah won it though LoG is my favourite band
    Devin Townsend
    Can't believe it took this long before someone voted for Devin! Epicloud is awesome.
    Yeah, this man is amazing. Retinal Circus, Epicloud, and during his tour, he finished his newest album: Casualties of Cool. Also heard he might work with the singer from Rotting Christ (May be wrong about this). I'm happy to see he wasn't being down-voted.
    Grizzly Beer
    He also mixes and masters for several big bands, has produced a hell of a lot of albums and artists and for the likes of Lamb Of God and Steve Vai, made his carrear singing for Steve Vai, has several side projects running all at once and maintains an incredible fan base. He does all this with Bipolar disorder. The man is a ****ing legend.
    Sleeping in
    Led Zeppelin, coming out with Celebration Day, which was incredible by the way.
    I've never seen such a unique, talented, and consistently successful band like these guys. So heavy, yet so beautiful. They've definitely earned some recognition.
    I am voting for Rush as well. Clockwork Angels is a great album, I saw them in Philly and they were one of the best shows. Being nominated for the Hall of Fame, Alex Lifeson was named Canada's greatest Guitarist.
    Von II
    Gojira I have seen them three times this year, touring with Metallica, Graspop and then a smaller club show after which a friend and I spent half an hour talking with the guys. The touring they did this year and the release of L'enfant Sauvage mark an excellent year of damn good metal in my book.
    bruce springsteen. dudes 63 years old and is playing three hour shows every night for over a year, and released a record
    Agreed. Playing three hour sets, and jamming along with Paul McCartney, Tom Morello, Mike Ness...
    Also Meshuggah.
    Meshuggah definitely gets my vote. Normally I'd say Devin Townsend, but Epicloud just wasn't that good compared to all his amazing albums from the past couple of years. Meshuggah also, with the huge influx of djent bands since their last release, it's good to hear the band whose roots are firmly seated in thrash and groove metal break through the widdly-widdlyness of the djent guys rooted in metalcore.
    Slash w/Myles Kennedy and the Cospirators. Best set of songs on one album I've heard in a long time.....mabe since Appetite!
    Best album of the year hands down. It might've not been as heavy, fast or progressive as other releases this year, but it was the most consistent. "made in stoke," their live recording, also proved that Myles Kennedy can also handle classic GNR songs and make them his own practically. Band of the year, for sure.
    Nero Galon
    The Gaslight Anthem.
    You they are an interesting band not as good as Metallica but stillbeter than nickelback
    Absolutely. Handwritten is the best album I've bought in a while.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have done an excellent job replacing John Frusciante and keeping the fans happy. I also saw them recently and they kicked major ass playing live.
    I don't think there is any such thing as replacing Frusciante, but I do completely agree that they are kicking ass on this tour
    Danjo's Guitar
    I really liked the new album actually, despite what anyone else says, but it didn't quite stand up to By The Way or Stadium Arcadium. The album was released last year anyway. I saw them on October 30th and loved the show. It wasn't really world changing though, I wouldn't really say their tour defined 2012. (I'd still go see them 100 more times though.)
    BARONESS....Yellow/Green double album is an AMAZING creation!
    green day. iUNO! is one the best albums i have ever heard and its such a relieve that they can still write pure headbanging punk rock. especially after they came out with 21th century breakdown. that was just awful
    Green Day.... ik what everyones thinking, "Not ****ing Green Day," but they put out 3 records in 5 months, only one song (imo) off of all 3 albums was bad, and they gave a big **** you to to what the music industry has become at the iHeartRadio concert!