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This past year, we were treated to an assortment of diverse rock and metal bands, all of which solidified their status in the music industry, including:

With 2011 around the corner, there is a fresh crop of talented music artists looking to make their breakthrough in an industry that desperately seeks new stars.

Five diverse bands to listen to in 2011

#5 Black Gold: Most Overlooked Band

Black Gold is the music industry’s most overlooked gem,waiting to be adored on a global scale. Since their formation in 2006, the Brooklyn tandem has toured alongside mega pop rock band Panic! At The Disco, had their single “Plans & Reveries” featured on The CW’s One Tree Hill, and their radio-friendly smash “Shine” appeared as the farewell song on the seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance.

#4 XFactor1: The Right Direction

XFactor1 truly personifies the DIY mentality. Since their formation in late 2005, the Ohio-based metal quintet have released three projects (2006’s Something Inside EP, 2007’s full-length studio debut and live CD Live Another Day and 2008’s sophomore set American Dream) and moved over 40,000 units independently.

#3 Soulidium: Trapped and Vampires

Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails always had powerful music accompanied by unforgettable theatrical shows. Nowadays, that’s a lost art but not to worry. Soulidium has arrived to fill that void. The Tampa-based quintet has a fascination with vampires, but not in a Twilight kind of way. Instead, the hard rock collective draws their inspiration from the sophistication of the creatures and incorporates that element into their records and live performance.

#2 Twin Atlantic: Next Euro Band to Blow Up

After spending the past four years putting the United Kingdom on lockdown, Twin Atlantic is ready to impose their will on the ‘States with a delectable pop rock flavor that is bound to saturate the mainstream market. Having already toured with groups like the Smashing Pumpkins, Funeral For A Friend and the Lost Prophets, the Scottish-bred quartet released their mini album Vivarium, which yielded indie highlights “What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?” and “You’re Turning Into John Wayne.”

#1 I Fight Dragons: Lyrics Galore

They aren’t necessarily knights in shining armor, but I Fight Dragons are slaying everything in their path. Formed in 2008, the Chicago-based sextet uniquely combined elements of pop rock with a Nintendo-influenced flavor (both sound wise and visually) that quickly stole the hearts of boys, girls and, unsurprisingly, video game fanatics. After releasing a plethora of songs off their website for free and dropping their official EP Cool Is Just A Number in 2009, the group’s following became even stronger.

Other Memorable Rock Moments from 2010:

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