It’s time to meet the first contenders for this year’s Queens Library Battle of the Bands!

Metal Hawks hail from Long Island, and have been playing together since 2014. They’re also veterans of the teen live music scene, and if you check out their videos on Facebook and Instagram, it’s clear that these guys know their sound in and out.

Metal Hawks consists of axeman John Barry, drummer Alex Hertler, and double-duty bass player and vocalist Ryan Daversa.

The three are dedicated to refining their hard rock and heavy metal craft, and have played at a range of venues, including The Hub, The Crooked Rail, and the West Village’s acclaimed musical proving ground, The Bitter End.

We can't wait to see them dominate the stage on Thursday, July 27!

Find out more about the Battle of the Bands here!