Best Pinoy Bands of 2012


This is my opinion based on what I observed as a music lover/listener.

These are the indie and signed bands which we do not usually see in the commercial music scene and/or in major events. Some of them have been around for more than a decade but still continue to dish out quality and unique music. Sadly more foreigners around the world take interest of them than Filipino listeners (as i have seen on the net). I personally chose this set of bands because of their passion and dedication to grow and be masters of their craft given that they do not receive such recognition they deserve as true Pinoy Bands.

1. Skills/Knowledge
2. Quality of Songs produced
3. Professionalism
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The Top Ten

Their passion can be felt on stage, whether the gig be on the stadium or a street production.
I don't really the slightest idea about rock and roll metal... Until I came to know about and watched these guys on stage. They are very passionate about what they do and they have this innate ability to connect with their audience. They don't just sing and rock the stage, they COMMUNICATE. Plus, they are very humble and accommodating. They are very easy to approach and are very mindful of the needs and wants of their audience.

Kastigo is a rare breed of its kind.
Dude.. These guys are living proof that rock'n roll ain't dead just yet.. Who ever said Rock'n Roll metal is old school? These guys deliver a tremor that shakes the life out of you in every single show. Talk about Iron Maiden... Trust me, if you're playing in a gig with these guys in the line up, make sure you play first before them.. Just trust me hehe
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Progressive Metal


Good as musicians... Even better as friends.
Fuseboxx brings their music to life in an unexplainable manner. Stagnant and stale are two words that are not present on this album. It is either you are emotionally moved by the words in the song you can relate to; or you just can't help but bang your head, stomp your feet or tap your hands while listening to them. It is like watching a movie and each song represents different scenes from a story. Their music alone speaks... Reaching the inner depths of your intangible mind that even in the absence of words, you understand. This is probably why the non-Filipino speakers, who listened to their music, appreciate even the Tagalog songs. They don't have to know the meaning of the words, they just feel it. And that is what I like most about their music.

Without a doubt, think of Rush, Queensryche and Dream Theater that's the level they are at. Well structured songs that sync with Abby's demi god like voice and talk about singing while playing the chapman stick, add to that Lez' odd metered beats and Mico and Eric, well, no synth-guitar duo I know that can keep up with their sync soloing. The! N take this facts into paper and then its absolutely a no brainer
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World music sounds so delicious from this collaboration. Susie Ibarra, Johnny Alegre, Cynthia Alexander, Malek Lopez, Roberto Rodriguez and Abby Clutario comprise a supergroup with few equals.
Some of the Philippines' native gong and bamboo instruments find their way into the urban psyche through the sounds of Humanfolk. Their hit single, "Para Sa Tao", makes the Tagalog alphabet so much fun and accessible. We praise the extraordinary talents of this band.
The Humanfolk album is beyond compare! If you haven't heard it yet maybe you've been hiding under a rock. Google is just a mouse-click away, check out these guys for a dose of fandom coolness. Next step is iTunes, Amazon or Astrovision.
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My favourite band! Love listening to them! They just give off this chill relaxing feeling! They have great melody and lyrics! Plus they all look cute!

5The Chongkeys
Its one week of pure boredom.


Lets move and groove to the music of the CHONGKEYS. Brotherhood is the key. CHONG-KEYS! Go for social awareness, open mind set and respect. GO OPM! Lipad!
Rock Reggae! The Chongkeys :) keep the music growing & evolving... ! Much respct!
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6Eternal Now

The songs from their album Filipinas 1800 were very well written, combining a set of tasteful rock ballads and progressive metal instrumentals into one concept story remembering the country's history. Their live and studio performances always show the group's tightness, harmonious musical chemistry and passion not only for prog metal genre, but for OPM.

7Tanya Markova
Tanya Markova... You rocks

K24/7's music is superb! Their VOX, Paolo, Johann and Rye have different styles which compliment eachother well. Rye's super "lamig" voice plus Johann's breath-taking crystal clear "birit" style and Pao's "kakakilig" distinct rnb voice make K24/7 truly one of the best if not the best band in the Philippines today. I just LOVE them.

Please get a copy of their Album "New Era" I have a signed CD and trust me, you'll love it! Check it out!
If you ever mix technical musicality, creativity and style the result will always be K24/7. Folks from all walks of life will be able to enjoy listening to them. They are one of the top Hiphop-RnB acts in the country. It is always a joy to see them perform live and always a delight listening to their music.
This band is totally awesome! Keep it up k24/7! You guys deserved to be number ONE! Your voice makes us "kilig" especially the voice of PAOLO BANAGA! We love you guys!
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9Giniling Festival

Giniling Festival... PURE AWESOMENESS!
Bombee and Jeb's guitar riffs. Jeje and Bombee's vocalization. Plus the band's quirky and fun lyrics. Plus the fact that Bogart the Explorer is the band's drummer. Intense Drumming juggles! Come on!

I like this rock band
The best rock'n roll
Jay your d best

The Contenders

11The Dawn
The dawn will always be the dawn... For 25long yrs, and for ever... The dawn is already a legend of pinoy rock and roll... And the future hall of fame of pinoy rock...
They started it all and influenced a whole generation. Still doing it after 25 years and will still do it forever.

"I want you to sing this song with me,
We'll sing this song forever,
As it lasts forever,
Sing it with me,
This song is played for you and me... "

12Parokya ni Edgar
The best band for all season. You'll be amaze of their songs! Everyone can relate to it. They are good in making mellow songs, rock songs.. Name it, they can do it!
I love their song your song.. The best!
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Still number in pinoy band
The best pa din
Ito pa rin and"the Beatles of the phillipines" there rock all pinoy lesseners,
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Hanip kau kumanta... sarap pakinggan!




The legend of rap metal in the Philippines! Their passion to music never faded, their music never goes out of the rock trend and they continue to reign since the 90's up until now! Talking' about international!


They will rock your world!

Gutom na gutom na gutom na siguro sila sa atensyon! Mahusay at mabait na banda. They really deserve to be here.

I love your Staring Limelights guys! We'll watch your gigs sa Batangas area.

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20Up Dharma Down

I love this band! Full support tayo dito

Great band! I love their style! Their music! Blues!
Mart Manansala, Mark Fuentes, Jean Dean Babida and Ejay Viray, you all ROCK! Keep spreading OPM Music!
Astig na banda to


24Slash n Burn






Wala pa nung myx wala pa nung MTV.
Wala pa nung Internet.
Wala pa nung iPod at mp3.
Wala pa nung cable.
Wala pa nung cellphone.
Wala pa ring CD or DVD.
Meron lang Betamax.

Bat wala ito sa list? Andami din best bands nah wala?


Watch them every Monday night at Freedom Bar! The most awesome Pinoy jazz band ever! Mar Dizon is the boss!



35General Luna
. Magaling na cute pa san kapa.?

36She's Only Sixteen

37The Cohens

38Missing Felimon
Missing Filemon is the Eraserheads of the south!


40The Youth
They are the influences of the 2012 bands.

Mapa-live or studio same pa rin:))


43Bop and Beyond



46The Camerawalls

47Vhogieson Seven Up

48Green Department
You forgot the 'May libre kang toothpaste... May libre KANTOTbrush...

Indie rock band from Richmond, because

50Assembly Language
Bisrock band of CEBU I love this band

51Titi Ni Garapito

52King Kapre
US based pinoy band

53Flip Notes
All pinoy kiddie band... And I mean kiddie!

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