Prosthetic Label Roundup

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Prosthetic Records is home to one of the most diverse lineups in metal today. Fans of the genre can find anything to suit their tastes on the label’s roster. The fine folks at Prosthetic were kind enough to send me a whole slew of promos, so I threw some darts at a wall and picked three very different releases to share with you. A select few of you may enjoy all three; most will probably only like one or two, but there will be something to suit all comers, from the mall ninja to the occult church burner, and everyone in between. Diversity is the spice of life, after all.

Villains – Freudian Slip (July 10, 2015)

Self-proclaimed “noisey street metal” act Villains are being given the reissue treatment from Prosthetic for their debut album Freudian Slip. So what exactly does “noisey street metal” mean? A chaotic mixture of hardcore, deathcore, mathcore, and djent with deep grooves and electronic influences. If that sentence sounds like a recipe for disaster, I don’t think actually jamming this record is going to change your mind. There are breakdowns aplenty and bizarre rhythms all over, and the songs generally follow a set formula. However, the record does succeed at scalping listeners with some intriguing lead lines, only to crush your bones into pizza topping with heavy-as-all-hell Acacia Strain style grooves. In fact TAS’s album Death Is the Only Mortal is easily the closest sonic touchstone for this band. I would like to give special note to the manic hardcore vocals reminiscent of The Chariot. They tend to fly helter skelter across each track, invoking a whirling dervish of a bar fight, and I can’t think of a universe where that would be a bad comparison for a young hardcore band. Ultimately, if you like polyrhythms and grooves upon grooves, I think you’ll dig this mightily. If not, skip on down to the next selection.

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SchammaschSic Lvceat Lvx (May 18, 2015)

Way back in September 2014, I pleaded with you to check out enigmatic black metal mystics Schammasch’s newest release Contradiction. Although black metal is no stranger to epic scope, Contradiction was a monolithic album with a true sense of grandeur. Thankfully, Prosthetic are generously releasing a remastered version of Schammasch’s debut album Sic Lvceat Lvx. So how does the group’s debut album stack up to the glorious Contradiction? Remarkably well, actually. The band’s trademark sprawling and majestic sound is in full form on this debut, with serpentine songs slithering and coiling along long winding tracks. Thoughtful riffs like the one that pops up in “Chaos Reigns” shiver and shimmer like solar mirages on a spiraling road. Others like those at 1:45 in “No Light from Fires” peel flesh from bone. The human drums and powerful bass rumble and toil to uplift the glorious weight of each track, at times coming to a juddering halt before launching into a massive headbanger like in “The Venom of Gods.” Every part, from the raspy vocals to the lengthy composition, serves to make this one hell of a debut, and not one you should miss. If you like your black metal villainous and regal, get on it.

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Tempel – The Moon Lit Our Path (June 16, 2015)

Much has been made about Arizona instrumental darlings Tempel, and rightly so. For such a young band, the group displays an impressive maturity and confidence on their sophomore album, deftly avoiding the pitfalls of so many of their contemporaries. Even more impressive is that such a labyrinthine sound is able to be conjured by just a duo. The Moon Lit Our Path is a cyclopean, massive record with songs seemingly carved from the cliffs of Crete themselves. Riffs and rhythms wind and converge like different paths through the maze at Knossos, and though passive listeners may potentially lose themselves in the solid edifices and abrupt dead ends, active ears will find carefully designed compositions from the mind of Daedalus himself. Stellar songcraft is on display throughout, with the duo flowing like Minos’ molten gold from subgenre to subgenre, incorporating elements of post, sludge, melodeath, and pure rock while never lingering too long in one corner of the maze. The end effect, as evidenced by the emotional climax of “Tomb of the Ancients”, is an engrossing listen that will reward both those actively engaging the music and those listening for entertainment while going about other tasks. Tempel have done it again.

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  • FUKKBEARD

    Prosthetic has some great stuff. Tempel is obviously the highlight here. I really didn’t dig that last schammasch album

    • The W.

      The last one was a bit overlong. This album is thankfully more succinct.

      • FUKKBEARD

        Which others did you guys get promos for

        • The W.

          North, as well as some other stuff I don’t remember off the top of my head. I think they have a So Hideous release planned that Im excited about.

  • Schammash is awesome, temple is pretty great considering I usually don’t enjoy purely instrumental stuff. As far as villains go, the vox totally kill it for me.

  • Lacertilian

    Tempel will undoubtedly make my top 10 this year.
    Giving Schammash a listen now but it’s 2:05 am and I’m dead already

  • Howard Dean

    Some of y’all will certainly be interested in this:

    Dark Descent just announced Horrendous will release a new(!) album in October. Fuck yes! Certainly did not expect a new album this soon:

    https://www.facebook.com/DarkDescentRecords?fref=nf

    • Lacertilian

      Their latest sampler was unexpectedly deathy/thrashy, which I didn’t mind at all.
      Keen to see the new cover art for Horrendous, the last one was very distinctive.

    • OHSHIT OHSHITOHSHITOHSITSOHSOITHIOSOITHOSHT
      *SIMULTAENOUSLY EXPLODES AND IMPLODES, BREAKS LAWS OF PHYSICS*

      • Lacertilian

        are you interstellar?

        • Is that a good movie? Should I watch it? Looking for something to watch at work this weekend, otherwise I will just continue house of cards.

          • Lacertilian

            You might enjoy it.
            I don’t like either Matt featured but it was worth watching once.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Its good. The soundtrack rules in my opinion.

      • I think you are speaking of the Archspiring Effect™. It is taking the laws of physics by storm.

        GL

        • It can only happen whilst archspiring and listentening to from mars to sirius simultaneously.

          • You sure know the way to a mans heart.

            GL

          • Lacertilian
          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Howard Dean
          • CT-12

            Woah dude, you like Reinkaos? Not trying to be a dick, but I just wouldn’t expect you to like it.

          • Howard Dean

            I used to really dislike it, cause it wasn’t The Somberlain or Storm of the Light’s Bane. But it has grown on me considerably in the last few years. I can dig it.

          • CT-12

            Yeah man, Somberlain and Storm are fucking amazing albums, but Reinkaos is still really good, just with a completely different mood. If I’m driving or barbecuing or something, Reinkaos is hitting the stereo at some point.

          • Sargeant Honkey Poopypanties

            You’re the first person I’ve ever heard saying they like it.

          • Lacertilian

            Saurian Meditation was a good album too, I would like more of this stuff from him. I really get into those egyptian sounding modes.

    • Scrimm

      Awesome. I’d be more exited about a new Morpehus Descends but still.

      • DCLXVI

        Did you listen the Kaos Vortex from Tuesday new releases?

        • Scrimm

          No, must have overlooked good?

          • DCLXVI

            excellent. try it

          • Scrimm

            Yeah I like this.

      • Sargeant Honkey Poopypanties

        Oh, and here’s this. Lemmy still hasn’t slowed down. This one is a fucking steamroller.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hNQxMqZLbM

    • Tyree

      This has to be my favorite release from that label this year. Fucking unrelenting fury.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN2x0wtc_v4

      • Howard Dean

        Shit rips!

      • Stanley

        This is a great record but took me a little time to get into. My favourite part are the vocals…that dude never pauses for breath and there are hardly any musically sections that don’t have vocals!

    • DCLXVI

      thanks for introducing me to this one!

    • omg! :O

  • ME GROG™

    GROG SCHAMMASCH!!!!

  • Void Dweller

    Wow, didn’t know this label was still around.

  • Tyree

    My favorite part about Tempel, are the vocals.

  • That Tempel is great. No lolbuttzy vocalist ruining the track! killer killer chinchilla swimmer

    GL

    http://chinchilla.co/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/chinchilla-facts.jpg

  • Sargeant Honkey Poopypanties

    Another underrated band from Prosthetic.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_UUMY7vHj0

  • KJM

    Tempel is decent.

    • DCLXVI

      they’re fucking fantastiche is what they are

  • Say what you want about the genre Villians is playing in but I found them pretty enjoyable. The vocals definitely give it some added intensity. They’ve got some originality going there with the noisy guitar passages.

  • Tyree

    Hey you know what. I don’t think that lovely lady is really regurgitating those pills. I think they were photoshoped. All those pills are the same pill just positioned differently. You don’t fool me artwork that pretends to be something real but is not.

  • Maik Beninton

    Am I the only one that is digging Villains?
    I would call the vocals the hardest part to get through but is still good.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I kinda like it. The djenty-ness was iffy, but they compensated with a really enjoyable dash of dissonance that kinda fit the mood of the song. I’m thinking it’s worth looking into further.

    • They’re probably my favorite out of the three. The vocals are what set them apart. If it was your standard deathcore vocals it would be less enjoyable.

      • Maik Beninton

        Well I’m not a big fan of those vocals, they look hard to pull off right.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    prosthetic records—something that is beyond words
    greater than the propaganda ‘gods’

    actual creativity—in a forced stagnant time
    (all 3 at once–full vol)
    -https://youtu.be/wrxzJjrUUVA
    -https://youtu.be/gI-7lvnAlYw
    -https://youtu.be/KBWfUc5jKiM

  • CyberneticOrganism

    I like new music. I like good mew music even better.

  • Howard Dean

    Hey Prosthetic,

    Just release a new goddamn Dragged Into Sunlight album and kindly fuck off until then.

    Sincerely,

    HD

    P.S. I’m not actually as pissed as I sound. Thanks.

    • Sargeant Honkey Poopypanties

      Never heard of them. Mind sliding me over a song?

    • The W.

      Have you checked out Schammasch? There isn’t a ton of black metal on the label overall.

      • Howard Dean

        I heard a song or two off of that double album they released last year. Decent stuff, but didn’t get me too jazzed up.

        I’m just not a fan of Prosthetic’s roster. Overall, it’s pretty weak–past and present.

        • The W.

          Fair enough!

      • Schammasch is speaking to me. I am most delighted.

        GL

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    I’ll give that Villains album a listen when I get back from work. I like the description of it.

  • Guy Dudesman

    Deathrite (also signed to Prosthetic) announced a new album too

    https://deathrite-official.bandcamp.com/releases

    • The W.

      Right on.