we're lousy with good metal bands in the indiana area, and I am not sure why. well, aside from the fact that there is nothing else to do. here's some of my area favorites: demiricous - sound a lot like slayer...opened for slayer...kerry king from slayer said in an interview that he loved them . http://www.demiricous.com/ year of desolation - straight up metal. these dudes are more melodic death metally...or something. not sure where to put them I guess. http://www.myspace.com/yearofdesolation salvation - straight up riff madness. if you like goatwhore or down or bands along those lines - http://www.myspace.com/riffinsalvation the dream is dead - kind of a metalcore thing, with the emphasis on metal. http://www.myspace.com/thedreamisdead the gates of slumber - viking/doom metal. just got off of their european tour. very, very good live band http://www.myspace.com/thegatesofslumber there's two dozen more I could link to, but these are the ones I tend to listen to a lot. post the ones in your area. this is how how I found a lot of the bands that I like now. for those of you in the new york area, you should keep an eye out for a band called Tides. Those dudes are amazing if you like stuff like isis or red sparowes.