- May 18, 2001 — May 25, 2001
- Fairbanks Inn (aka the F.B.I.)
- Courtesy of © Killer Camera
The Orlando METAL Awards began as a hair-brained conversation between friends about what could be done to give the Orlando METAL scene a kick in the pants. Loosely based on the original "Tampa Bay Metal Awards" (during the 90’s), and another attempted awards show called the "Central Florida Music Awards".
The idea was to create something that the fans had never experienced before. The concept was born to attempt breaking through the "politics" and "cliques" (that seemingly existed at the time) with a concert for the people, by the people. METAL bands in Orlando had a very limited selection of places to perform and METAL was frowned upon as and “undesirable” crowd by most venues. Thus, the concept of bringing all forms of METAL together during one show in support of one another showcasing our strength in numbers was the initial goal.
Unfortunately, no one had any idea what kind they were getting themselves into or what kind of long lasting effects one simple little concert would have on the Orlando METAL scene. Therefore, not much thought was given to documenting the first OMA, with very little evidence to show. Anyone who might have photos, please contact FLmetal and share what you have.
The Award Winners
2001 OMA — METAL Band & CD Release of the Year
Lunatic Candy Kreep
2001 OMA — Best METAL Performance
Mandaddy — Gargamel!
2001 OMA — Best METAL Vocalist
Rick Renstrom — Rob Rock
2001 OMA — Best METAL Guitarist
Twyst — bLoc
2001 OMA — Best METAL Bassist
Chris Brown — Deform Nation
2001 OMA — Best METAL Drummer