With five nominations, American metal outfit Lamb of God are the front-runners for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards ceremony, which will be held June 11 in London.

Lamb of God are up for best live band, best international band, album of the year ("Sacrament"), best video ("Redneck") and the Shredder award, which recognizes heavy-metal guitar playing.

British rock veterans Iron Maiden also feature heavily in the awards. They are up for best U.K. band, album of the year ("A Matter of Life and Death") and the Riff Lord category, with a combined nomination for Iron Maiden's three guitarists, Janick Gers, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray.

U.K. power metal band Dragonforce also have three nominations, while emo-rock outfit My Chemical Romance and metal innovators Mastodon are both up for two awards.

The Metal Hammer Golden Gods, now in their fifth year, are voted by readers of Metal Hammer magazine. A further three awards are announced on the night including the Golden God, previously won by Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Trivium's Matt Heafy.

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