Opening up tonight were Nevada three-piece Four Stroke Baron, a band who are difficult to classify. Heavy slabs of groove-laden prog smash funkily across a packed audience. The set is marred only by the fact that in a couple of songs the singer notably loses his voice and the band without missing a beat goes on to deliver their first instrumental set from the dark smoke-laden stage of Rebellion and its notoriously bad lighting. Handling an awkward situation very well indeed they still delivered a solid and enjoyable set that had the audience’s heads bobbing along in time.
French Death Metallers Akiaval will perform a special set for Knotfest’s Pulse Fest 3×22! The online festival will be streamed on Friday, March 11th, at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 9pm CET on Knotfest.com. The will join a gang of fresh bands including Shadow of Intent, Creeping Death, Enforced, Four Stroke Baron, Kid Bookie, Vexed, Urne, and many more. See the full list below.
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Killer experimental prog outfit Four Stroke Baron have released “Khera,” the third single off their upcoming album Classics (Prosthetic Records). The record was mixed by the legendary Devin Townsend and is slated for release on October 1st on all streaming platforms. Check out the video for “Khera” below.
When I first heard Four Stroke Baron, I had no idea they were going to be one of my favorite finds of the year. “What kind of a name is that?” I thought, bracing for the worst. Man, was I floored by what I found. A pummeling barrage of progressive metal with crushing riffs and a blazing 1980’s synth crescendos that just don’t quit, yet really lit my fire was the vocals. Bucking the metal cliche of trying to come off as heavy and bröötal as possible, vocalist Kirk Witt delivers powerful lyrics in a meek and almost anxious style that puts you on edge and adds a sense of forlorn urgency to many of the tracks.
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