It is again time for my annual contest for HappyHeadbanger's Independent Band of the Year. 7 talented, unsigned rock and metal bands. Here with samples of their music for you to stream, view, download, jam, and bang your head to! Check out each one, click on the link at the bottom to visit the Google Form to cast your vote! Then share this article with your metal-head friends. Keep checking back to see which band will end up with the most votes and become my featured artist for the 2019 calendar year!
Here are brief descriptions of each band. Click the images to visit each band's facebook page or website. Click on song titles to hear the music through either Youtube, Bandcamp or Spotify. Happy Headbanging!
Genotype (Rockford, IL Metalcore/Technical Hardcore)
Genotype are a metal band from Rockford, IL that fuse hardcore and melodic vocal elements with a technical metalcore guitar tone and some electronic elements. The result is music that is in one moment brutally heavy, the next a catchy melody, and then a dark ambiance. You won't want to miss this band's music!
Ditchwater (Chicago, IL Alt-Metal)
Ditchwater are a Chicago alternative rock/metal band that have been around since 1993! After some personnel changes, a creative core was established in 2002. After a 2016 full-length album, new music is again on the horizon for this band! For a heavy, post-grunge, alt rock experience give this band your attention!
Guardsman (Chicago, IL Progressive Power Metal)
Dark Days Ahead
One of the Missing
Silverside (Chicago, IL Alternative Rock)
Help is on the Way
Mediums (Chicago, IL Indie/Blues Rock)
Only in Moonlight
Shadowstrike (New York, NY Epic Power Metal)
Gales of Winter
Wind in the Sky
Living Terror (Plano, IL Speed/Thrash/Blackened Thrash)
To vote YOU MUST VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK, then enter your email address and cast your vote! 2018 Independent Band of the Year Readers Poll