As a co-founding member of Massachussetts' metal heroes Shadows Fall, Jon Donais has been instrumental in reviving the American heavy metal scene in the early 2000's by bringing metal out of the musical despair and dullness of the 90's alternative rock/nu-metal movement that dominated much of the mainstream rock scene in that decade. With Shadows Fall Jon helped bring back guitar solos to the forefront for a new generation of rock and metal fans who have grown without any guitar heroes of their own. Shadows Fall, along with other metal acts like Unearth, Lamb of God, Trivium, Killswith Engage and As I Lay Dying, ushered in what the press labeled a New Wave of American Heavy Metal. His bone-crunching riffs, furiously fast but melodic solos and incredible, distinct vibrato combines the influences of legendary metal guitarists such as Zakk Wylde and Dimebag Darrell with a new millenium thrash attitude and fierceness not seen since the 80's and early 90's when metal reigned supreme.

In this site you'll find current news on Jon's projects and appearances aswell as archived footage, pictures and some guitar tips for beginner and experienced guitarists. Click here to learn more about him and his musical journey so far.


Brand new interview featuring Jon and Scott Ian from Anthrax. Click here for more!

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Find and purchase all available Shadows Fall albums online. Click here to the discography.

Learn valuable tips and tricks to improve your guitar playing whether you're a beginner or an experienced player. Articles cover a wide range of information like speed picking, sweep picking, vibrato, pinch harmonics, scales, modes, chords, rhythm guitar, palm-muting, riffs and much more. All lessons include tabs to follow and practice along to. Go here to view a list of lesson content.