EP REVIEW: Four Stroke Baron – Monoqueen

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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Vile Creature Launches New Livestream Series

Epic Doom Metal band Vile Creature have launched a new livestream series and fully immersive interactive experience last night. If you missed the debut last night, the band will be in residency for the next few weeks and had the video of a choose your own adventure book mixed with heavy music. It was brilliant. There’s a suggested donation of $7, but no one will be turned away. There was also exclusive merch and new variants of their recent release, the excellent Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!, out now via Prosthetic Records. See you cats next Friday! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Judicator – Let There Be Nothing

While Judicator’s fifth full-length offers their signature brand of historically themed Power/Prog Metal, it comes at a more personal angle this time around. The story of Let There Be Nothing (Prosthetic Records) is based on the life of Belisarius, a 6th century Byzantine general who reclaimed remnants of the Western Roman Empire while wrestling with a crippling marriage. The album never quite reaches the catharsis of 2015’s At The Expense Of Humanity, but it’s nice to see their Blind Guardian worship be tempered with a little extra pathos. Continue reading

Gama Bomb Signs to Prosthetic Records, Drops a New Video for “Living For the Lockdown”

Prosthetic Records has signed Irish modern thrashers, Gama Bomb, who are currently preparing to record an album for release in the fall. They dropped a new standalone single,’Living For The Lockdown’, that will benefit homelessness charity, Dublin Simon Community. Produced by guitarist Domo Dixon with additional drum production by the band’s long-term producer Scott Atkins (Cradle Of Filth, Sylosis), and featuring the band’s former drummer Paul Caffrey, ‘Living For The Lockdown’ is available to stream everywhere from today. Watch the video below! Continue reading

Huntsmen to Livestream Concert Tonight from Chicago

Huntsmen just released their Doom/Americana masterpiece Mandala of Fear, via Prosthetic Records. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic the band will livestream a concert tonight, Live at Treehouse Studios. Sponsored by Metal Monkey Brewing, the band will be joined by Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Bloodiest, Led Zeppelin 2). It premieres at 9 PM, EST/8 PM CST. Don’t miss it! Continue reading

Wvrm to Support Napalm Death on Tour with Aborted and Tombs, New Single Streaming

Rising Grindcore band Wvrm band, recently signed to Prosthetic Records, will hit the road this winter to support Napalm Death on tour with Aborted and Tombs! Wvrm will be on tour supporting their forthcoming new album Colony Collapse, due out on April 3rd. You can hear the first ‘My Fucking Dixie (The New South)’ right now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Schammasch – Hearts of No Light

Never judge a book by its cover, kids. It’s a good lesson. Listen to your mother more often, you’ll learn something. I only bring up this time-worn adage because I was too quick and judged Schammasch‘s latest Hearts of No Light (Prosthetic Records) based on the merits of album title and art. What? I saw it and therefore immediately assumed it was another self-important Black Metal release that would ultimately sound like it was recorded in an old washing machine filled with loose gravel, nails and an uncomfortable badger. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 56: KW of Vile Creature Discusses New Music and Roadburn Festival

Ghost Cult caught up with KW of Vile Creature at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Vile Creature signed with Prosthetic Records and released a compilation on their past work, Preservation Rituals earlier in 2019. At the same time, the Toronto-based, extreme Doom and Drone duo are laser-focused on the future, as they write and prepare for a highly-anticipated full-length label début, perhaps arriving in 2020. KW chatted about signing with Prosthetic, how the group creates their art and music, the honor of being repeat performers at the prestigious Roadburn Festival, the crucial element of great music publicity, and much more. Continue reading

Schammasch Shares New Single, New Album Incoming

Swiss black metallers Schammasch have streamed a brand new single ‘Rays on Razors’ from their just-announced new album Hearts Of No Light, due out soon via Prosthetic Records on November 8th. Pre-order are also now live. Listen to the track and watch the visualiser curated by Schammasch and the SAROS Collective. Continue reading

Venom Prison Booked for Glastonbury 2019 Curated by Earache Records

Rising underground extreme band Venom Prison has been booked for the legendary Glastonbury Festival for their 2019 event. Glastonbury takes place June 26-30, 2019 in Somerset, UK. Venom Prison will perform twice at the Shangri La area of the festival. Venom Prison’s appearance is part of a stage curated by Earache Records which also features Gojira, Idles, and Employed To Serve. The band is riding high on the strength of their smash new album Samsara. Read our review here. The band will also head out on tour this month supporting Fit For An Autopsy, full dates are below. Continue reading