Welcome one and all to the launch of the Crunchys, Heavy Blog’s brand new, hopefully annually recurring, year-end readers choice awards! This is something I know many of you have requested for years now and something I have wanted to do for a while. In the past, though, our Decembers and end of year slate of content that we had to organize and assemble in a short period of time pretty much made this an impossibility without one of us cloning ourselves.

With the shift to our new content model and the decision to post our 2020 In Review issue in January though, we actually have a little bit of breathing room to try out some fun new ideas like this!

Here’s how it works. Embedded below is a Google Form containing the survey. We have split it up into multiple sections based on the category. So in addition to asking you for your favorite overall albums of the year, we also have sections dedicated to a few genres or categories of music, including death metal, black metal, doom metal, metalcore, prog, post-, and pop. Then there are a few other questions we thought would be interesting to ask about the year in general, the upcoming year, and a few questions that will help us with feedback and planning for the coming year.

You can read this mandatory info at the beginning of the survey, but I will post it here as well for posterity. It is crucially important that you follow these rules when submitting albums in order for our system to recognize your entry properly.

PLEASE READ THE BELOW INFORMATION BEFORE CONTINUING

In order for your entries to count, you MUST do the following when entering albums:

1) Spell both the artist and album “correctly,” meaning as listed by the band. This includes any capitalizations and punctuations.

2) Enter fields as such: Band – Album

Use a hyphen separated by one space on each side to separate the band and album.

3) Enter ALL fields for a section. The only required sections are the below question to ensure you read this and the next 2020 AOTY section, where you will need to enter 10 albums. Everything else is optional, but if you decide to enter any albums for those sections, PLEASE FILL OUT THE AVAILABLE NUMBER OF ALBUM SLOTS (i.e. 5 for genre-specific sections).

VOTING IS OPEN THIS WEEK ONLY, FROM 10AM EST MONDAY, DEC. 28 THROUGH 10AM EST MONDAY, JAN. 3. PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONCE.

Results will be published in our 2020 In Review issue next month. And if you don’t like the results, well, I guess you could do what others have in the US the past couple of months and blame Dominion or some other shadowy conspiracy network. I will gladly fight Lin Wood and punch him in his stupid face. Happy voting!

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