Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Bullet For My Valentine have picked up nominations for this year's (08) Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards.
The bands will go head-to-head in the Best U.K. Band category at the magazine's annual awards ceremony in June (08).
MAChine Head, Megadeth and Arch Enemy received nods for Best Live Band and Still Remains, Bloodsimple and Devildriver are vying for the Breakthrough Artist gong.
Nightwish, In Flames and Down feature in the Best International Band category while Carcass, Nine Inch Nails, Kiss, Meshuggah and Slipknot will compete for the Inspiration Award.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony at London's O2 arena on 16 June (08).