Rob Zombie wins Metal Hammer magazine's golden god


Rob Zombie

Metal veteran Rob Zombie has won Metal Hammer magazine's golden god award at a ceremony in London.

Zombie was presented with the award by Alice Cooper, which Metal Hammer said commemorated his 26 years of "the most raucous rock music and terror inducing films".

Elsewhere rockers Judas Priest won the icons award, while Iron Maiden claimed best UK band.

1,500 people attended the show at the IndigO2, with many dressed as zombies.

Other winners included US band Twisted Sister, who won the inspiration award, and West Midlands band Diamond Head, who claimed the spirit of Hammer prize.

British band Killing Joke won the best album award for their 14th studio record Absolute Dissent with Down guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein named riff lords.

Welsh rockers Skindred were named best live band.

A spokesman for Metal Hammer magazine said: "Seeing metal legends and metal's new blood equally celebrated is something Metal Hammer are proud to make happen."

Rob Zombie performed at the Download festival at the weekend but has been forced to cancel shows on his European tour that were due to take place after 26 June.