Here we are with a brand new Loudwire Radio readers poll. Every weekend, Loudwire Radio will play the Top 20 active rock songs of the week. However, we will also be playing one extra song on the show chosen by — you guessed it — the Loudwire readers! Congrats to the most recent winner Dead Sara and their track ‘We Are What You Say.’ You’ll be able to hear the song on next week’s broadcast, but right now we’ve got five brand new songs for you to choose from.
Loudwire Music Awards
Music is all about connectivity, and those who establish that connection in the deepest of ways will surely create a fan base of rabid devotees. The love projected from the fans, to the band and back again is most notable with the following nominees, and if you're reading this, you will likely pledge your allegiance to one of these 10 acts.
As the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards continue, we take a look at the artists keeping things fresh. Sure, there are a lot of bands we all know and love, but the real exciting thing about music is making new discoveries and watching the upstarts you had never even heard of at the beginning of the year emerge to rock your radio or playlist right next to those big time acts. With that in mind, it's time to select 2012's Best New Artist.
Many will argue that the drummer is often the most important member of any band. Along with acting as a human metronome, drummers facilitate transitions, set the mood for each individual part of a song and add a tremendous amount of character to their band's music. Simply put, drummers act as the foundation, provided they don't spontaneously combust!
Although they can remain low-key, bassists are essential for holding down the rhythm section of a band. Despite a fewer amount of strings, there is something unique about watching or listening to a bassist shred with the same technical expertise as a guitarist.
You know them, you love them, and though the singer may get most of the spotlight, we all know that a good guitarist is what typically drives a band. Whether it be a flashy solo or just keeping time with the band, hanging on a heavy chord, the guitarist is one of the most key elements to a group, especially when it comes to hard rock and heavy metal.
The human voice comes in many forms, and in our list of nominees for 2012 Vocalist of the Year, an incredibly wide range is covered. Along with your classic clean style of singing, we've got musicians who wail, scream, yell and, in a few cases, create evil gutturals.
Here we have a batch of stellar bands who just happened to shape the metal music landscape in 2012. The accomplishments made by the following acts cannot be underestimated, as metal as a genre continues to dominate the underground music world.
Which rock band stood out among the rest in 2012? These 10 acts all had huge years in 2012, creating notable accomplishments with their records, singles, tours and the growth of their respective fan bases.
It was a stellar year for metal, and we've got 10 very strong contenders in our Metal Album of the Year category in the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards.