Last Tuesday we closed the polls for the Euroblast Festival band competition. The stakes were high: the winning band gets to play at the festival! We've taken some time to count the votes and we are now ready to announce the winner.
First, we would like to thank all the bands that participated. We had a very nice mix of bands, and we were pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the submitted music. The number of candidates was an order of magnitude larger than we had expected, which posed some problems initially, but in the end it all seems to have worked out.
Second, we would also like to thank all the fans that took the time to vote for their favourites. over 1400 votes were cast! And finally, we would like to thank the Euroblast Festival team for making this competition possible.
Now, onto the results! Let's get straight to the point. The top 10 can be viewed below. Recall that each voter could select a shortlist of up to 5 bands, where the first band in the list would get 5 points, the second would get 4 points, and so on. This means that each voter could hand out 15 points in total. We have included the total number of points that the bands have received in the list.
Out of curiosity, we also decided to find out what would happen if only votes cast by users registered before July 5th were counted. Although these results are unofficial, they reflect the opinion of the got-djent.com users more accurately, seeing as many new users have signed up specifically to cast a vote. The top 10 is then as follows:
The Euroblast festival vol. 7 band competition voting has now started! 50 bands are battling for a spot on the lineup of this year's edition of the festival, taking place on October 21st-22nd in Cologne, Germany. All got-djent.com users are invited to cast their votes. The winner of the competition will be the band that has received the most points. They will be added to the festival line-up.
Select up to five bands from the list at the bottom left of the page. They will be added to your shortlist. Then, you can reorder the shortlist according to preference. The first band on your list will be awarded 5 points. The second band will get 4 points, and so on. The 5th band gets 1 point. This means you can hand out 15 points in total.
Periphery have uploaded a tour update video (posted below). It features information about a competition the band is running which will give a fan the chance to write the concept or lyrics for a new Periphery song.
In the video, the band also reveals a few details about some of the guest musicians who will be appearing on the band's upcoming self-titled debut album due to be released on 20th April. These include guitar solos from Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) on 'Racecar' and Nolly Getgood (Red Seas Fire) on 'Totla Mad', as well as vocal contributions from Elliot Coleman (Sky Eats Airplane, Of Man Not Of Machine) and Casey Sabol (ex-Periphery).
UPDATE: The video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3zQtRM1nbU) seems to have been unpublished in the meantime. Presumably it was not supposed to be posted yet.