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Best Hard Rock/Metal Band

1st Place: 4th Floor
2nd Place: The Ronald Raygun
3rd Place: Our Judgment

Though Three Lakes’s 4th Floor may not be a strictly local band, the Chippewa Valley seems to be their adopted home. Regular gigs in town plus ferocious metal hooks reminiscent of Shinedown and Linkin Park jams garnered the group enough support to snag first. Last year’s second place winners The Ronald Raygun hold their spot for another year – the drone and psychedelic metal project featuring Dwarfcraft Devices’ Ben Hinz, plus drummer Matt Haapala and local audio engineer Jaime Hansen. Local technical death metal band Our Judgment scored themselves third place this year. We may not be seeing them in the polls next year however, as despite the release of their fantastic Concepts EP last December and an ambitious summer tour, the band disbanded after five years last August. –Tyler Griggs

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