BAND BIOS

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

Insect to Monarch is

Lucas Long
DRUMS

Influences
Incubus - Jose Pasillas II, Tool - Dany Carey, KoRn - David Silviera, Pantera - Vinnie Paul Abbott, Sevendust - Morgan Rose, ABR - Matt Greiner, Slipknot - Joey Jordison, Karnivool - Steve Judd The Who - Keith Moon, Blink 182 - Travis Barker

Equipment
Ludwig, Pearl, Meinl, Zildjian, DW, Vic Firth, Evans, Aqurian, Alesis

Years Playing
21

Matt Hinson
GUITAR

Influences
Darkest Hour, Killswitch Engage, Deftones, As I Lay Dying, He is Legend, Periphery, Tesseract, Impending Doom

Equipment
Peavey, Line 6, Carvin, Orange, Blackstar, PRS, Schecter, Ibanez, ESP

Cody Galloway
GUITAR

Influences
Korn, Bullet For My Valentine, Incubus, Avenged Sevenfold, Audioslave, Paramore

Equipment
Jackson, Schecter, PRS, Boss, Mesa, Blackstar, Peavey

Years Playing
14

Matt Thomas
Bass

Influences
Tool, Maynard James Keenan, Bucket Head, Les Claypool, Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius, Deftones, Sevendust, Animals as Leaders, Victor Wooten, Rage Against The Machine

Equipment
Schecter, Ibanez, Warwick, Hartke, Peavey, Carvin

Years Playing
19

Michael Montoya
Vocals

Influences
Tool, A Perfect Circle, Tesseract, Periphery, Bush, Karnivool, U2, Elvis, Pink Floyd, Bonham, Savatage, Steeheart, Sven Gali, Mad At Gravity, Cinderella, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones, Incubus, Nothing More, Korn, Primus, Bullet For My Valentine, Led Zeppelin

Equipment
Digitech, Shure, AKG, Dean, Gibson, Washburn

Years Playing
23

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.

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