Best Rock Band of 2015 – 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards
A number of rock acts left an indelible stamp on the year, and 10 of them are competing for Best Rock Band of 2015 in our 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.
2015 gave us the returns of Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed and Faith No More after long periods away. Meanwhile, acts like Five Finger Death Punch and Halestorm had relatively short turnarounds between albums.
Foo Fighters gave us one of the year’s most memorable tours, while digging deeper into their Sonic Highways disc. Pop Evil, Papa Roach and Shinedown continued their musical excellence, while Three Days Grace did the same, but with a new frontman.
But which of these rock bands truly ruled 2015? That’s up to you to decide in the Best Rock Band category of the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards. See the nominees and then vote in the poll at the bottom of this post. You can vote once per hour through the deadline of Dec. 1 at 8AM ET. So make those votes count.
Welcome back Breaking Benjamin! After dealing with legal issues and health problems over the last few years, frontman Benjamin Burnley returned with a reconstructed lineup and the fanfare reached a fevered pitch. The band’s Dark Before Dawn album debuted at No. 1 and the group scored major hits with “Failure” and “Angels Fall.” Plus, they became one of the in-demand acts on the road.
After announcing a hiatus in 2011, Disturbed‘s members went off and did other things. But they surprised fans this year with the unveiling of their single “The Vengeful One” and announcement of their Immortalized album. While the band is holding off on touring until 2016, they did fill the ears of listeners with a string of new tracks like “Immortalized,” “The Light” and their cover of “The Sound of Silence,” reclaiming their place in the rock hierarchy of bands.
Faith No More
After a couple of years playing a reunion tour, the members of Faith No More decided to push forward with a new album, their first since 1997. Sol Invictus was a creative triumph, yielding such standout tracks as “Motherf—er,” ‘”Superhero” and “Sunny Side Up.” In addition, the band’s North American tour dates were some of the most memorable and buzzed about shows of the year.
Five Finger Death Punch
Is there a band on a bigger roll than Five Finger Death Punch? Coming on the heels of their two-disc The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, the band released their Got Your Six album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The group hit radio with the singles “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Wash It All Away” and continue to be a top touring draw, launching a co-headlining run with Papa Roach in the fall.
Foo Fighters carried over their Sonic Highways album into 2015 with arguably the biggest rock tour going. Songs like “Congregation,” “What Did I Do? / God As My Witness” and “Outside” kept them active at radio, but the live show was where their star shone the brightest. Despite Dave Grohl’s broken leg, the band played epic shows, invited a wide array of special guests and incorporated all kinds of great cover songs, essentially becoming a live jukebox and showing off the band’s true skills.
Halestorm hit 2015 with their feet running. After completing an unrelenting tour schedule for their second album, the band climbed the charts early in the New Year with the brand new single “Apocalyptic.” Their Into the Wild Life album followed, along with a string of songs that included “Amen” and “I Am the Fire” and the preview tracks “Mayhem” and “Dear Daughter.” The group continued to be one of the top touring acts and Lzzy Hale popped up in all sorts of cool collaborations, both live and on record.
Papa Roach issued their eighth studio album with F.EA.R., incorporating some electronic elements in a few songs to give their music a fresh take. The album yielded the major singles “Face Everything and Rise” and the killer duet with In This Moment’s Maria Brink on “Gravity.” The group also took part in one of the fall’s biggest tours, sharing stages with Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment and From Ashes to New.
Pop Evil just keep raising the bar, and with Up, the band’s fifth release, they kept the momentum going with their chart-topping single “Footsteps.” Preview tracks like “In Disarray” and “Dead in the Water” also garnered some attention. Pop Evil have steadily toured in support of the disc and continue to grow their audience with each disc.
Shinedown returned in 2015 with one of their heaviest discs to date. Threat to Survival featured the monster hit “Cut the Cord,” as well as preview tracks “State of My Head,” “Oblivion” and “Black Cadillac.” Sharing stages with Breaking Benjamin and Sevendust on a fall run, the group continues to deliver energetic concerts.
Three Days Grace
The Three Days Grace transition became complete in 2015 with the release of Human, their first album with Matt Walst on vocals. The disc spawned two chart-topping singles — “Painkiller” and “I Am Machine” — prior to its release, and added “Human Race” and “Fallen Angel” after its release. The group also continued to be one of the harder touring acts of 2015.