Insect To Monarch is a modern/progressive rock band from West Tennessee. It was formed by vocalist Michael Montoya, guitarist Matt Thomas, and guitarist Matt Hinson in 2015. They are 3 former members of Caskets and Cures.
Joining together Lucas Long on drums from Never To Fly and Cody Galloway from Herz. Insect To Monarch released their debut EP Chapter 1, featuring “Infinite Inferno” in 2016. Chapter 2 is set to release in fall of 2018. Taking influence from the full music spectrum, we are always making things more interesting, keeping things original and making a blend of different ends of the spectrum come together. Our sound changes from progressive, to post-hardcore, modern rock, with some punk elements as well, some southern flavor added in as well.
Influences: Tool, A Perfect Circle, Tesseract, Periphery, Bush, Karnivool, Sevendust, 30 Seconds To Mars, Deftones, Incubus, Korn, Primus, Bullet For My Valentine, Led Zeppelin, Animals As Leaders, He Is Legend.
Insect to Monarch has shared the stage and directly supported:
Hed PE, Saliva, Pop Evil, Flaw, Fulldeviljacket, Saving Abel, Shallowside, Deadset Society
2017 Metal Artist of the Year
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Michael has been playing music since 1995. His other projects include Infantdecibel and Caskets and Cures. He formed Insect To Monarch with former guitarist of Caskets and Cures in 2014. He has been playing with Matt Thomas (bass) and Matt Hinson (guitar) for 10 to 15 years. Montoya released two albums under Caskets an Cures. Later, he regrouped with two new members and released Insect To Monarch’s first EP in 2016, Chapter 1 with Justin Rimer of Crosstrax Studio in Memphis, TN (3 Doors Down, Full Devil Jacket). He owns a Tattoo Studio called M-Pyre Tattoo in Pinson, TN. Music and Ink are equal passions of his and he treats them with equal focus and respect. Music is his first love but art is a way of life.