Los Angeles, California’s Silent Planet have won the award for Best Underground Band at the 2017 Journey’s Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled By Monster!

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“This is by far the craziest birthday present I could ever ask for!” exclaimed Thomas Freckleton.

Fronted by charismatic vocalist Garrett Russell, Silent Planet are redrawing the lines of distinction between metal subgenres. The band’s ability to raise the consciousness of listeners via explorations of crunching riffs and post-rock textures (as well as thought-provoking videos) reveals a new evolution in aggressive rock. Check out their single for “Understanding Love As Loss” below.

After a fan vote, Silent Planet won against Broadside, Knocked Loose, Movements, Palaye Royale and With Confidence. This is the band’s first time taking home a Skully.

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The band’s latest release Everything Was Sound is available via Solid State Records. The LP follows their 2014 full-length The Night God Slept.

Watch their acceptance speech below!

You can catch them performing on Vans Warped this summer. See a list of dates below:

7/18 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
7/19 – Cincinnati, OH
7/20 – Noblesville, IN
7/21 – Auburn Hills, MI
7/22 – Tinley Park, IL
7/23 – Shakopee, MN
7/24 – Milawaukee, WI
7/26 – Maryland Heights, MO
7/27 – Bonner Springs, KS
7/28 – Dallas, TX
7/29 – San Antonio, TX
7/30 Houston, TX
8/01 Las Cruces, NM
8/04 Mountain View, CA
8/05 San Diego, CA
8/06 Pomona, CA

Read more: Take a look at the rest of our 2017 APMAs coverage