If Man Is Five

Don't let the fact their name comes from a Pixies song ("Monkey Gone to Heaven”) or the fact that three-quarters of this Binghamton, NY band are chicks fool you. This band's fusion of Metallica meets Type O Negative goth-y tech metal and dual vocals was anything but mellow or girly. Lead singer Angela Timon's soaring operatic voice (which is for sure the product of some kind of art school training) and drummer Evan McNamara's screams were a perfect clash of styles that somehow managed to work in the grander context.