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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

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Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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One of metalcore’s biggest bands allows PG to check out their signature instruments and the minimal gear they use to punish crowds on a nightly basis.

Joel Stroetzel, Adam Dutkiewicz, and Mike D’Antonio of Killswitch Engage met with PG's Perry Bean before their 2016 tour stop in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Orange Peel—where the trio gladly breezed through their barebones-but-brutal setups.

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The UK brand designs a new combo that allows players to blend the amount of output and preamp sections are in a guitarist's signal.

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