Prowler Inc. - Pay The Fiddler
By: Eric Compton
Published: Thursday, February 3, 2005
|Prowler Inc. - Pay The Fiddler
1. Mountains Of Madness
2. Marching On Your Head
3. Pay The Fiddler
4. Minor In Possession
6. Killer By Night
It is absolutely crazy to see something in this kind of "cult status" come
out of the United States, the Pacific Northwest I might add. Prower Inc. make their home
on true metal label Man In Black Music, a label that specializes in power and progressive
goods. Their roster of talent includes bands like Babylon, Celestial Dawn, and Wild Dogs.
Prowler Inc. fits into this stable perfectly, with their blend of true and powerful tunes
creating the perfect formula for success, with "Pay The Fiddler" a rather short
but nonetheless enjoyable ride.<< back >>
The band is made up of Brad Kubik (Drums,Vocals), Al Rhay (Guitars), Ed Jensen (Bass), and
Don McBee (Guitar). Musically the band are really hard to narrow down to just one element,
with bands like Skyclad, Annihilator, and Force Of Evil all coming to mind during
playback. The band mostly relies on groovy stylings, with the vocals of Kubik hitting
highs and lows much like Wade Black and Tim Owens.
The production on this record doesn't quite display the band's heaviness or flash, with
the production here being somewhat muddy and fuzzy. Nevertheless the group create six good
tracks that emphasize groove, vocals, and some quick, punchy rhythm.
"Mountains Of Madness" is an extremely effective opener, with Kubik in high gear
right out of the gate. His voice is really sadistic and vengeful here, with string man
McBee backing him with a steady, heavy riff that stays pro-active throughout.
"Marching On Your Head" adds in a good bit of Sabbath doom and gloom, at times
sounding like Detroit's shock rockers Halloween. Other favorite cuts for me are the title
track and "Mortis".
Bottom Line - Great kickstarter for me! Prowler Inc. are a very enjoyable band with their
eyes on the future. I'd like to see better production and more horror themed songwriting.
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