It is time again to vote and decide the new Independent Band of the Year here at www.happyheadbanger.com. Check out each of the following contestants and vote for your favorite! If you have a couple you can't decide between, you do have the option of voting for more than one. When the poll closes, the band with the most votes will become the featured independent band on this site for the 2016 calendar year.
MAKESHIFT TRAGEDY (NuMetal/Post Hardcore- Indianapolis, IN)
These guys from Indianapolis are tearing things up with their modern Nu-Metal sound. A hardcore vocal style with alternative-metal elements
Half Life Homicide
VIA (Melodic Death/Progressive Metal, New Castle, DE)
This band has a serious hardcore riff structure and a vocal repertoire to match. Primarily hardcore/death metal music and vocal styles, but they incorporate melodic elements and progressive song-structures.
EL FAMOUS (Melodic Metalcore- Chicago, IL)
Chicago natives deliver intense, furious metalcore riffage, with technical guitar elements and a peppering of melodic vocals. Lyrics convey self-empowering themes.
ARCANE FRAMEWORK (Melodic Metal/Alt Rock- Wauconda, IL)
A female-fronted metal band that delivers a great mix of heavy and melodic songs. Beautiful vocal qualities clash with thundering and heavy riffs broken up by melodic guitar passages.
-Some Kind of Grace
STAND WELL AMONG GIANTS (Electronic Post-Hardcore- Orlando, FL)
A hardcore metal band with a little something different. A melodic hardcore structure, layered throughout with electronic music elements and percussion.
-Pluto of Jupiter
SCARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Progressive-Power/Traditional Metal- McHenry, IL)
A tight heavy metal band with a full, heavy and balanced sound. Heavy traditional metal that incorporates progressive elements. There is no shortage of technical expertise in the guitar work while the vocals remind me of a fusion of grunge and power metal.
-Our Dying Day
-Edge of Darkness
ANCHORS OF EMPIRES (Alt. Rock/Post-Hardcore- Kenosha, WI)
A melodic metal band, with catchy hooks, melodic vocals, powerful hard rock riffs, and thrash-metal elements. These guys are poised for mainstream accessibility.