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2. Touche Amore
I'm going to be honest here: I'm a huge proponent of Touche Amore, but they seem to be resting on their laurels a bit. Their newest record, Is Survived By, plays a whole lot like their last two records. Not that we're looking at a case of diminishing returns. The band can still pack a huge emotional punch when they want to, and they succeed throughout the record in doing that.

Regardless of my vague feeling that they might be stagnating a little bit creatively, the band is hotter than ever. Is Survived By hit No. 86 on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Vinyl Sales chart. It's not often you hear a band in their vein who have achieved such commercial success, but there you go. Hedge your bets on these guys sticking it out as one of your go-to headliners for a few more years to come (at least after they finish opening for AFI at Warehouse Live on Thursday).


1. Nails
Holy hell, has anyone else released anything as heavy and as crazy this year as Nails' sophomore album, Abandon All Life? Another great Southern Lord release, it comes bearing the production of legendary Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. The band really dug deep to get even fucking heavier than their debut record, but they managed to top themselves.

These guys are really riding high right now, so it's no surprise that they top this list. Expect more absolute hardcore insanity from them in the years to come. Plus, man of the hour drummer Taylor Young is making headway playing guitar in his other band, Twitching Tongues, which Rocks Off has previously named a band to watch this year. These guys are seriously taking over the world of heavy music.


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