The underground lives and shakes! Dozens of great acts are populating the American underground-jungle and even that even though officially nobody in the United States really gives a damn about "real" Metal. That crap like LIMP BIZKIT or KORN are labelled as "Metal" is bad enough…
The next hammer comes from Califuckingfornia and is called PROTOTYPE, playing best US-Power Metal without the usual clichés! Yes, my gentlemen, that is possible! Here you won't find any lyrics about knights, iron eagles or killing posers. The stuff is powerful and demanding, slightly proggy. But do not fear, they do not lose themselves in frills nor are the songs super-complex. As a bottom line it still is detailed, but straight Power Metal, with high musical demand. The vocals also are anything but typical for this style! Very harmonic, with multi-layered passages, then energetic. Not a typical high Power Metal-singer, but rather in tradition of a James Hetfield, just better, younger and with more facets!
The drumming, too, is absolutely divine and almost reaches RUSH-level. Here and there you could almost call it a Power Metal-version of RUSH, but that doesn't hit it either. Good that there still are bands that you just cannot squeeze into a category. For one PROTOTYPE have a pretty modern sound, but also use many acoustic passages, which RUSH had been playing in the late 70s, too.
But before I get even more confusing than before, I rather stop here and hand out my recommendation to all freaks. (Online August 4, 2002)