Metal stalwarts Iron Maiden have been given the title of 'Golden Gods' at the 2009 Metal Hammer Golden God awards.
At a ceremony held last night (June 15) in London, the seventh annual Metal Hammer awards also named Iron Maiden best U.K. band for the second consecutive year.
Slipknot joined Iron Maiden in winning two awards - best international band and best live band.
Other winners included Def Leppard in the legends category, last weekend's Download festival for event of the year, Five Finger Death Punch for best new band, Roadrunner Records for best metal label, Lamb of God's "Wrath" (Roadrunner) as best album and Marilyn Manson in the icon category.
The Metal Hammer Golden Gods are owned by the U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, part of Future media group.
"With the launch of the Revolver Golden God Awards in L.A. this year, the Golden Gods have made the final transition to become the most important rock and metal awards in the world," said Metal Hammer publisher Chris Ingham in a statement. "We have always been proud defenders of the faith in the UK and we'll continue to honor the metal greats no matter what."
As a pre-cursor to the awards show, a three-hour concert was held on the 'HMS Anthrax,' which sailed down the River Thames to end at the awards venue, IndigO2. The show -- played in front of a 500-strong crowd -- was headlined by Anthrax and also featured Clutch, Trigger the Bloodshed and Malefice.