Pay the Fiddler
'I can't explain how, but the guys in MIBMusic have the talent to discover groups that seem to be left untouched by the modern trends. Prowler Inc. is another band that gives you the sense that they come straight from the 80s. In the 6 tracks that are included in this release, they deliver to us a good dose of U.S. power metal with some speed elements. To make it clearer to you, I will tell you that if you adore bands like HELLSTAR, HEATHEN, OCTOBER 31, JAG PANZER and METAL CHURCH, then Prowler Inc.'s music will become a sweet oasis for you. However, I don't want to be unfair to them and I have to make it clear that the band is not a simple copy cat or anything like that. What they manage to do is create a personal sound imbued in the above mentioned bands. Finally, the production is good, but it could have been better. Anyway, the power metal maniacs should grab this album and play it loud till you blow your speakers!!!' Nick 'William_Kidd' Parastatidis Behind the Veil Reviewed at: pittriff.com PROWLER INC. is another attempt by Pacific Northwest label MIB Music to make 80's styled heavy metal en vogue again. Much like his band BABYLON Bryce Van Patten has uncovered a band that seems to share his vision. Pay the Fiddler contains 6 tracks that carry a very NWOBHM feel to them, and at times recalls the early days of thrash. This one took me a couple of listens to warm up to, but warm up to it I did. Van Patten seems to live by the mantra of 'if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right' when it comes to production. Like his own band BABYLON the sound calls for heavy bottom end, thick as granite riffs with high wire solos, and vocals that are mixed slightly behind everything else. This is the way I like it, focus being on the power in power metal. You can almost hear the MERCYFUL FATE influences on 'Mortis'. My favorite tracks were 'Mountains of Madness' 'Marching On Your Head' and the loose and rolling 'Minor In Possession'. While I don't like this as much as the BABYLON ep I still enjoyed it a lot and would like to see where the bands goes from here. PITRIFF RATING - 7/10 Tuesday, May 24, 2005 Reviewer: Shawn Gould Reviewed at: Hardrock Haven by Derric Miller Staff Writer Comments: There are a shitload of bands out there that you'll probably never hear, and aren't better off for it. While that observation may also work the exact opposite way, a band out of Oregon called Prowler Inc. IS one of those bands you'll probably never here but should ... but you can remedy that after reading this review. Prowler Inc. is an '80s style metal band - think Bay Area era - with thrash tendencies. They also seem to have a sense of humor and a disregard for normality. They don't go that far, but the weirdness of a band like Faith No More pops up in their compositions as well. Their new EP, called Pay the Fiddler, is a 6-song foray into old school metal, with none of the pissy attitude you find in new music. Take, for instance, the second track, 'Marching on Your Head.' It sounds like Metallica at times, vocally, but also Persistence of Time-era Anthrax musically. Basically, it's heavy, with all the riffs you could ever want, and a shout along chorus. In other words ... fun with fun. 'Pay the Fiddler' starts off with the sound of a cash register, and gets into a solo intro, before drummer/vocalist Brad Kubik joins in. The sound is sort of muddy and simple, but that matches exactly what the song calls for. This isn't Kubik's best vocal moment, but musically, their strongest track. Now, for guys obviously older than 21 years old to write a song called 'Minor in Possession' is just damn funny. This song is more funky, something similar to really hard Rainbow song, maybe ... just a cool groove. Kubik talks throughout the song, and guitarists Al Rhay and Don McBee sound their most expert here. They end things with 'Killer By Night,' and you'll hear footsteps and heavy breathing to start things off. Kubik's voice starts off with, 'Excuse me ma'am ... my that's a wonderful fragrance you have on,' while the guitars go nutso. This is another heavy riffing song, bass heavy too, allowing Ed Jensen to shine. Lots of evil laughing and guitar solos are prevalent as well. The drum has an odd sound on this song, though. All in all, it'd be cool to hear a full album from these guys, but this is a good start. So try something you'd probably never have a chance to hear, and buy Pay the Fiddler.