The Best Band in Ohio is Prize the Doubt

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Back in August 2014 we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions and calling each other lots of names, we finally narrowed down our pick for the “God hates your pro teams” state. The best band in Ohio is Prize the Doubt.

We’ve covered a ton of bands with a ton of sounds in this feature: ambient noise, death metal, grind, power metal, hardcore, stoner metal, noise rock, black metal, post metal, and a whole lot of other jams. Today, our 50 state project has brought us to a genre I did not expect us to touch – SKRAMZ. “What the fuck is a skramz?”, you say to yourself because you stopped listened to anything other than Anthrax bootlegs over twenty years ago. Skramz is another word for “screamo”. Before you start shrieking “Poser” through Cheeto-chapped lips, please note that we’re not talking about the flat-ironed and bastardized form of screamo of the early-and-mid-aughts (relevant: the words “Hawthorne Heights” activate the spam filter in the comments). Today we’re talking about raw emotional and complex hardcore as practiced by Orchid or pageninetynine or other 90s bands for smart, sad kids.

Which brings us to Columbus, Ohio’s own Prize the Doubt. Though only a two-piece band, Jeremy Hill’s frenetic drums anchor Alex Webb’s chaotic fretwork and unconventional vocals to create huge waves of emotion much larger than the duo themselves. The true strength of Prize the Doubt comes from their smart songwriting and complex arrangements. The pair have an economy of sound that at times recalls the roller coaster compositions of Converge. Elsewhere, they adopt the dramatic builds and dynamic releases of Circle Takes the Square or City of Caterpillar.

Prize the Doubt’s 2014 full length New Aesthetic is easily the highest point of this young band yet. Expect equal parts rage, furious math, and shimmering depth.  Go like Prize the Doubt on Facebook and listen to New Aesthetic below:

 

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what a few of the friendly judges had to say:

Dubya: Listen here, Mr. Bigandtuffmetalguy, we all know you feel things, despite how much you want to act to the contrary. Maybe, and hear me out on this, maybe you’d be happier if you stopped resisting and let yourself feel those things. Skramz is the perfect skeleton key to unlock your grumpy heart, and there are few bands able to make you cry while still sounding jagged like Prize the Doubt. So go ahead, let it all out while PtD pound you with a shrieking feelhammer. I’m here for you.

HessianHunter: Prize the Doubt will raise your hairs until you raze your hairs. Sign me up.

Honorable Mentions:

Domestic TerrorThese Columbus Slam merchants will make you wave your arms like you just don’t care. Go listen on Bandcamp.

CoelacanthCrusty, dirty, stanky, smelly metallic hardcore from Cincy. Check out their Bandcamp.


The Toilet ov Hell is on an absurd quest to find the best unsigned band in each state of this glorious union. The purpose? To shine the spotlight on bands that deserve more exposure. Also, we’re going to determine once and for all the greatest state in the nation. Each state winner is decided by a collection of 25 judges. After we’ve announced the winner of each state, we’re gonna throw them all in a winner-take-all bracket and leave the votes up to you. Who will be the best unsigned band in the United States? Which state is superior? We can’t wait to find out.

Previous winners:

Alabama — Phylum
Alaska — Terraform
Arizona – Take Over And Destroy
Arkansas – Torii
California – Destroy Judas
Colorado – The Sleer
Connecticut – Autumn’s Eyes
Delaware – Sloss
Florida – Capracide
Georgia – Lost Hours
Hawaii – Darkest Path
Idaho – Rotten Hand
Illinois – Deus Ex
Indiana – Thorr-Axe
Iowa – Blizzard at Sea
Kansas – Bummer
Kentucky – Ad Infinitum
Louisiana – Withering Light
Maine – Sylvia
Maryland – Bereave
Massachusetts – Scaphism
Michigan – Blackgate
Minnesota – Noble Beast
Mississippi – Jared Moran (Yzordderrex/Uzumaki)
Missouri – Existem
Montana – Martriden
Nebraska – Borealis
Nevada – Elephant Rifle
New Hampshire – Eerie
New Jersey – Black Table
New Mexico – Void Ritual
New York – HUSH.
North Carolina – The Seduction
North Dakota – Gorgatron

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  • Dagon

    I think Prize The Doubt would sound amazing if produced by Kurt Ballou. That was one of my first thoughts while jamming them.

    • Next post:

      “Dagon and Kurt Ballou encountered in a Brasilian jungle, and this is what happened next!”

      • Guacamole Jim

        “This Toilet Author Never Thought He’d Have Kurt Ballou’s Babies Just By Writing About Him! You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next!”

        (luv u Dagon)

        • They made a new sludge record entirely of Dagon’s fart bubbles!

          • Dagon

            That’s actually an album called Nespithe, Link, It’s pretty good, a little ahead of its time though.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Local Mom Outraged By What This One Weird Website Does For Her Bellyfat While Earning $9000 Per Month Working From Home

          • Guacamole Jim

            Professors Hate This One Weird Trick To Learn The New Organic Diet Eating Local Moms In A Month

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Millenials Are Ditching Delivery For This One Weird Dinner Hack That Boosts Testosterone Over $9000 Per Month With New Car Insurance Rates Obama Doesn’t Want You To Know

          • Guacamole Jim

            Maximum clickbait achieved.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            21 Gifs Of Dave Mustaine Snuggling Up To Golden Retriever Puppies, Number Fifteen Melted My Heart!

          • *clickclickclickclickclickclickclick*

          • This is gorgeous :’) I even clicked to it and I don’t know why!

          • Stockhausen

            I’M CLICKING SO HARD BUT NOTHING IS HAPPENING.

          • I’m hoping that weird website is http://www.toiletovhell.com :3

      • This Stay At Home Mom Cracked Open A Coconut Using Her Butt. And She Makes $6500/wk Just By Sitting On Her Computer!

      • Dagon

        *Sex*

  • Tyree

    Masterlord, totally voted for this band.

    • Dagon

      (He did)

      • Tyree

        Did not expect that one.

        • Dagon

          Just joking. He was on the Coelacanth train sitting by my right side.

  • Also did not expect to write about a “Verb the Noun” band.

    • Joe, do you dig this Skramz sound? If that so, which band do you recommend me?

    • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

      And to boot, their name works as a “verb the noun” band even if you reverse the order of the words, i.e., Doubt The Prize.

    • i’d have to say the best “Verb the Noun” band — in name AND sound — is Slice the Cake. some quality deathcore right thur!

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        No shit Jimmy? Slice the Cake?

        • i got no idea if any of you are gonna dig it, but here goes:
          https://slicethecake.bandcamp.com/album/the-man-with-no-face

          • They’re named Slice the Cake and they have a very “deep” (pretentious) description. Wtf.

          • Maik Beninton

            ”Composed entirely by Jack “Magero” Richardson, the album features 10
            tracks of mind-expanding, visionary progressive metal, including a 20+
            minute epic composed of 5 movements with its own musical mythology.Aside from that, the album explores technical death metal savagery, an
            increased focus on orchestral composition, and bold new ambience laden
            realms of metal, with a more experimental approach to vocals and
            powerful philsophical lyrics that weave an epic tale about a spiritual
            quest to transcend dualism in a world of black and white morality.”
            Wow, as much as I like the sound, if cancer was pretentious that would be this band.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Oh for fuck’s sake… almost as bad of a name as these lolbuttzes

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwLGYSIAe-k

          • CyberneticOrganism

            RIP mid-2000s neon scenecore

          • JamesGrimm

            Salt the ground where it is buried.

          • J.R.

            i am ridiculously excited for “Odyssey to the West”. The name and album art (and the number of times I have played “Stone and Silver i, The Mountains of Man”) are pointing in all the right directions.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        can we just try some fun “verb the nouns” in sequence?: shit my pants?

        • Punching the Clown

          /jkjk <3

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            ouch! lol

        • Crush the dick

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Shit The Pants (fixed)

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            thx

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Squeeze the weasel!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Whip the Walrus

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Rubbin the Rhino

        • Punish the Malandros!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            my personal favorite!

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Grenade the Bro

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

          Masticate the Marsupial

          • Dagon

            Tickle The Weiner

        • BBQ the Tapir

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

          Ignore the Lolbuttz

        • Spank the Monkey

        • JW(E)G

          I think I may start a band called “Decline the Noun”, just to be totally ‘meta’ about it.

          …Though that would only be its in-studio name. The touring version would be Conjugate the Verb.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I was kidding with George….(as if I don’t know because I never got one)!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            i like your thinking on this….or

            diggin the concept

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

          I heard this one in the course of training at work today: “Invite the Details”

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            thats hot!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fuck, what a terrible band name. Was Rape the Sansa taken?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ZZ2Bj31kA

    • Tyree

      Well, she didn’t say no, so…

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Valid.

    • In all seriousness I really hope ramsay gets castrated at some point before dying an extremely painful death.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        I dunno, the “bad” guys win a lot in Game of Thrones.

  • Scrimm

    Uh, no.

  • Spear

    Really though, nothing good comes out of Ohio.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

    • CyberneticOrganism

      HOLY FUCK I wanna visit that city

    • Tyree

      Hells Headbangers is out of Ohio. Same with Hells Headbash festival.

    • “Our economy is based on Lebron James”
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM

      • Spear

        At least they’re not Detroit.

      • FUCK LEBRON JAMES!

        • It’s LeJohn Brames,.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I read Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich and it was fire.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You can read, that’s fucking great.

          • im a bulls fan but yea thats an offensive foul

          • It’s a righteous slam is what it is.

          • Ill show you a righteous slam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRAp00SxP30

          • Before his knees turned to dust.

          • yea….

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            end this madness please…great heart-shitty knees.

          • Maik Beninton

            It looks like he didn’t see the guy though.

          • Still an offensive foul whether he saw him or not though

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            J rose gots to go bro..we’ve hitched our wagon far to long to this broken down horse…

          • Nah man, Rose was fantastic in the playoffs. Problems stemmed from Thibbs working everyone too hard in the regular season and we just ran out of gas. Plus those times when the offense jut goes stale need to be fixed. If anyone has to go it’s noah and he will probably get traded this offseason.

          • May he never shave his shitty, shitty patch beard.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Ok maybe Ill give you a decent (loosing) playoff effort this year. Im speaking more in terms of his games played in the last three years. Its not much to build a championship team on and I would bet on the fact his future availability remains highly questionable. Great heart and ability but you got to play the game.

          • Give the kid a chance man. He was once MVP and he showed flashes of that in the playoffs. Westbrook had the same kind of injury thing happen to him and look at him now. Let’s wait and see how Rose is next season.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Fair enough, what other options do we realistically have, total rebuild? Good pont on Noah too and it hurt that Gasol was out for sure. I just get frustrated and lost faith in D Roses body not his heart or abiility.

          • I honestly don’t know about options, hopefully niko and snell improve over the offeseason. Niko is oozing potential he just has to learn how to harness it. Hopefully they keep brooks too,hes a great backup. I think me mostly need to wait and see what happens with Thibbs.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Agreed makes sense. Truth be told, I was amazed D Rose even played in the post season this year. I thought the knee was bad. I’m still not sure how he was available, hes tough as hell.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          LUCK BREJON FAMES

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          yep

      • Stockhausen
      • JW(E)G

        I can name far more cities in Ohio than any other State except the ones which I’ve actually visited. This is far more likely due to pop culture penetration (hurr) than to successful Ohio tourism campaigns.

        PS: that video didn’t mention Drew Carey. You’d think given how often he reminds people he’s from Cleveland that they’d reciprocate.

        Unless it’s not actually official… Oh…

    • Scrimm

      I came out of Ohio, that pretty much supports your statement.

    • i know one TovH “Power User” who resides in Ohio!!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        you got to be the closest…

      • Spear

        Toileteers are, of course, exempt from this statement.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      please hold while tabulating results:

      rock n roll (lol) hall of fame-NOPE
      the browns NOPE
      the Cavs-NOPE
      the “flats”-NOPE-TIRED AS FUCK!
      The Indians-NOPE
      THE OHIO STATE FOOTBALL PRORAM-YEP
      Prize the Doubt-YEP…

      Early results: Too much NOPE

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Pies & Stout

  • A lot of people would probably dig pg. 99, then just don’t know it. Some of these screamo bands actually play some heavy stuff.
    http://youtu.be/M3YULUgfU1A

    • Totally. I listened to a ton of this stuff in college. It goes hard if you’re not committed to hating on anything that sounds different.

      • One of my favorite breakdowns of all time comes from a screamo band. At 1:20, it’s like bowling pins – they set em up and then knock em down.
        http://youtu.be/xXE0JqNlfJ0

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I heard these guys on Pandora a couple years ago (labeled as screamo for some reason), but they struck me as more of an SYL/Mnemic hybrid.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BSgKU12nEI

      • CyberneticOrganism

        wtf disqus you cock

      • This is not bad. Not sure why the screamo tag, maybe the vocals. Sounds more metal core that isn’t garbage.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Exactly, you could do a lot worse in terms of #xXxscenecorexXx bullshit.

  • Interesting thing about Ohio: It have two bands called Meridian:

    Extreme Nerdy Metal:
    https://officialmeridian.bandcamp.com/

    Indie bandcampy prototype stuff:
    https://meridianohio.bandcamp.com/album/the-cathedral

  • Guacamole Jim
  • Good props to the band for being inducted here.

    It seems that Screamo genre is a very difficult genre to pull off in this age after the 2000 exploitation.

    I searched Screamo in google, btw:

    • CyberneticOrganism

      GAH!

    • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

      To be fair all of those bookmarks are hurting way more than the search results.

    • Grease Sells… But Who’s Frying

      Delete your history, ASAP…

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Like what you’ve done with your username.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    doubt=free thought——000

    listen to the track in the op—while watching this alex jones vid

    alex jones works for Disney/pro u.n. forces—against pro America feds—-also illegally harasses “doubters” on the internet

    alex jones did 911
    -https://youtu.be/PxTrSGIyTz4

  • The Beargod

    Hawthorne Heights.

    • The Beargod

      You lied to me. Lying is ugly.
      Also this is The Worst band in this competition.

      • It is in the spam filter. Not sure why it’s not working. Also, your opinions are meaningless to me.

  • For what it is worth (which is nothing), I went to school with some of the guys who started Hawthorny Bleights.

    Also, these tunes are good!

    Also, I love Ohio.

    GL

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      GL!

    • Stockhausen

      Did they cut their wrists and black their eyes?

      So they can sleep tonight?

      • HA, the one dude still lives at home. I am fairly confident he is at least 32 year of age. Talk about failure to launch!

        GL

        • Stockhausen

          What a doooouche!

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Wwwoooooowww

  • Stockhausen

    Dubya, the only feels I feel are the ones lying dead and bloody at my feet. Skramz can scram, for all I cram.
    -Bigtuffmetalguy

    • Stockhausen

      Prize the Doubt shares 11 letters with Cattle Decapitation. Therefore, this is on topic and acceptable.

      • NO WAY DAWG, IF I POST ABOUT ANYTHING I GET AT LEAST 45 DOWNVOTES. NO WORRIES. FUCK THE HATERS

        GL

        • WTF, who can hate and downvote you?!

          Let’s kill some posers with steel!!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            hey link whats a downvote? what is george talking about?

          • Taquito, you can give props or down comments here with the little arrows up or down.

            If you got a red down arrow is that someone didn’t want to comment, I think.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I was kidding with George….(as if I don’t know because I never got one)!

    • Wowww welcome to ten minutes ago join the Facebook group wowwwowow.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I’m playing this now for the second time GL.

      • I am so anxious that I have not yet clicked play!

        GL

        • The Beargod

          It’s aight. Travvis is gut. Solo is nize.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          The longest journey begins with the first step.

    • Tyree

      They have the worst album covers. They all look like terrible CGI.

      • Dagon

        I’m always drawn to cool B&W art or trippy shit.

        Purple tech covers and CGI don’t tote my goat.

        • Tyree

          Yup. No good.

    • I’m not a Cattle Decapitation follower…

      But this is good!

  • >nothing from Cleveland

  • Alex Webb

    Alex from PTD here.
    I love my dad. You should call your dad.
    Get wrecked m8.
    -Prize the Gout

    *airhorn
    *drops mic

  • Alex Webb
  • JamesGrimm

    This is a dark day for metal fans in Ohio.