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Formerly the frontman of Philadelphia-based rock and roll band Toy Soldiers, Ron Gallo has gone through the return of Saturn and the wringer of life over the last couple of years and has come out the other side a person that dances where the infuriated fighter-of-the-good-fight and the observational jokester hang out. Like some big-haired spiritual punk raised in the ’90s, Gallo is well-informed of the 20th century roots of American music and obsessed with the now in a time where people are drugged by distraction, bullshit and mediocrity. On Gallo’s second solo record, Heavy Meta, he candidly tackles the heavier topics and dark experiences he lived through during these transformative years. From his personal ideology on refraining from drug and alcohol use, self-empowerment, domestication, dead love, not knowing someone or yourself, having a stalker, the “struggle” of being an “artist” in 2016, to the disastrous cycle created by terrible parenting, mental illness and post-apocalyptic tales of a world where “all the freaks have gone to bed,” this record reflects it’s subject matter drenched in aggression, fuzz, and walls of Gallo’s unconventionally primal approach to the guitar. It is a lyrically driven album laid upon a bed of electricity attempting to wake you up with each listen.