Before being one of the 'go to' producers for the punk/hardcore/emo genres, Jay Maas was a founding member of melodic hardcore band 'Defeater'.
One of the most criminally underrated bands of the scene and released the best album in the Victory Records catalogue, "This Is Our Revenge". Yes, i'm well aware Earth Crisis, Hatebreed, Snapcase, Strife and A Day To Remember (ha!) have all released monumental albums on that label, so don't @ me!
Vale Tudo have been killing it since 2006. Their relentless brand of hardcore will appeal to fans of Lionheart, Madball & Terror.
Another band from my neck of the woods is Totally Unicorn. They play the sort of aggressive hardcore that will knock your cock in your wash-pocket, should you dig bands like Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan & Daughters.
Josh shreds in Outsider & BloodRitual. I had the pleasure of meeting him when Dead Heat rolled through Zurich on the last stop of tour as he was filling in on guitar. A nicer bunch of people you will never meet and no shit, Josh is one of the most talented guitar players I’ve seen live.
If you dig hardcore like Bane, Battery, Trial etc then you need Bystander in your life. If you want to check out Trial, the only think that’s in print is this. It’s all good, so check them out if you are unfamiliar with them. They had an EP out on New Age too, which is included in that compilation.