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10 instrumental bands that prove you don’t need a vocalist to rock

July 26 2017, 12:00 PM EDT By Piotr Brozyna


[Photos by: Instagram/plinirh, totorromusic, strawberrygirlsmusic, polyphia]

Many can argue that the vocalist can make or break a band. While we agree that the frontman or frontwoman of a band does heavily contribute to their identity, sound and overall persona, we certainly value each and every member of a band, even if there are nine of them (we're looking at you, Slipknot). Here are 10 instrumental outfits that prove that you don't even need a vocalist to rock.

This Patch Of Sky

This Patch Of Sky definitely sound like they could fill in for a fantastic movie score. Their soothing cinematic sound inspires a curious sense of adventure and motivation, while their Oregon roots line up with their creation of a symphonic landscape. 

Polyphia

Polyphia is most known for their technical lead guitar harmonies and catchy riffs that create a unique sound far from their contemporaries in the djent movement. The Dallas, Texas band admits that their influences come from all genres of music, which certainly makes sense. 

CHON

CHON is a progressive math rock band from San Diego, California and have a wide variety of inspirations, from the Fall Of Troy to Rush. Odd time signatures and seventh chords combine with major keys to produce an upbeat, peppy, yet complex tone. 

Covet

Finger-tapping is the most dominant sound of this San Jose, California-based band. They've toured with fellow California instrumentalists CHON and have a slightly similar but somewhat heavier sound. 

Plini

This Sydney, Australia-based guitarist/composer is a champion in the instrumental rock and progressive metal subgenres. He even endorses his own guitars through a Swedish guitar company.

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