All That Remains

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Born out of the blossoming metal/metalcore scene in Massachusetts in 1998, All That Remains has been delivering crushing riffs, powerful vocals, and heavy breakdowns since day one. Singer Philip Labonte was originally leading the charge with Shadows Fall, but after a split, shifted focus to All That Remains full time. With a debut album arriving on the well-known Prosthetic Records, the band kicked off with a bang. Their second record, This Darkened Heart, arrived in 2004 with Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz at the producing helm. Complete with their now customary riffage and harmonized solos, the band seemed to enter a new era of professional delivery. In 2010 and into 2011, the band started touring alongside bands like Hatebreed, Five Finger Death Punch, The Devil Wears Prada, Haste The Day, and more. Their For We Are Many record debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 in 2010. Now nine full-length albums in, countless tours, and a few member changes, the band is still hitting it hard on the road and their latest album, Victim of the New Disease, which saw the guys heading back to a slightly heavier sound. After the tragic death of founding member guitarist Oli Herbert in 2018, Ernie Ball Music Man signature artist Jason Richardson was asked to step in for some touring, which ultimately turned into an official membership. 

Watch: Official music video for “Everything’s Wrong

Sounds Like: Killswitch Engage, Darkest Hour, As I Lay Dying

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Gear: Regular Slinky, Super Slinky, Custom 12-54 electric guitar strings, and Cobalt Regular 7-string Slinky electric guitar strings and Power Slinky 5 bass strings. Jason plays his Artist Series signature Ernie Ball Music ManJason Richardson Cutlass guitar collection.

Iya Terra

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Combining elements of roots reggae with a modern approach, Iya Terra is the emerging soundwaves of awareness and progression of now. Blending dynamic dueling guitar solos with deep rhythms, Iya Terra takes a hands-on approach to their production shifting dynamics and presents their songs in a fresh ear-catching way. The band began in 2013 when guitarist/vocalist Nathan Feinstein and bassist Nick Loporchio began singing songs on the sidewalks of their college campus. Since then, the band has exploded onto the scene as a full band spreading messages of simple living, rebelling, and positive lifestyles.

Watch: “Ease & Grace” official music video.

Sounds Like: Stick Figure, Expendables, Passafire

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Gear: Ernie Ball Super Slinky and Regular Slinky electric guitar strings and 5-String Flatwound bass. Bassist Nick Loporchio also plays an Ernie Ball Music ManStingRay5 bass.

Ron Gallo

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After Ron Gallo split from the Philadelphia-based group Toy Soldiers, Ron Gallo has been making waves as a solo musician ranging from art rock, bluesy-tinged psych rock, and everything in-between. Ron caught our ear with the track “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” which is off his 2017 record, HEAVY META. The record has slightly distorted vocal delivery, urgent guitar riffs, and choruses that aren’t afraid to get real hook-driven. After hitting the road with bands like FIDLAR, Twin Peaks, Thee Oh Sees, and White Reaper, Ron Gallo decided to explore a little more in the sonic space with the release of a joke EP, Really Nice Guys. The EP goes from thrash punk to psych-pop and a skit. After another record and expansion in sounds which pushed more post-punk/indie, then some R&B and hip-hop vibes, Ron’s newest album, PEACEMEAL, saw a settlement with almost all genres while recording in Nashville. One thing is for sure, delivering six releases in under 8 years is pretty impressive.

Watch: HIDE (MYSELF BEHIND YOU)” official music video.

Sounds Like: Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, King Tuff

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Gear: Flatwound 11-50 gauge and Regular Slinky Short Scale bass strings.

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