Even on borrowed gear, the metalcore pioneers are able to bring the thunder with a handful of ESP guitars, some Mesa/Boogie firepower, and a stash of gnarly fuzz pedals.

PG’s Perry Bean hung with Zao’s Scott Mellinger and Martin Lunn (above left) before their Nashville gig at The End. Zao has been melting faces and inciting hardcore dances since 1993 with 10 full-length albums, four EPs, a two-disc DVD documentary, and a tour that seemingly never ends.

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