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“De cd-hoes probeert de benaming ‘horrormetal’ te dekken, maar is evenals de muziek simpel. Toch is het zeker geen slechte plaat. En de band heeft het geluk een prima producer in de arm te hebben genomen. Roger Lian (Slayer, Overkill, Pantera) geeft het schijfje een heerlijke volle sound mee. Inhoudelijk stelt de muziek niet al te veel voor: de meeste nummers bestaan uit strakke, maar eenvoudige riffs. De zang heeft af en toe wel wat weg van Metallica’s James Hetfield, maar daarmee houdt de vergelijking met Metallica ook wel op, al wil platenmaatschappij Slaney Records ons anders doen geloven. Het vlotte openingsnummer R.O.T.L.D. schiet prima uit de startblokken en ook Out Of The Fog weet met de aparte keyboardpartijen te boeien. Verder is de Ramones cover ‘Pet Sematary’ lekker energiek. Zo hebben de meeste nummers leuke elementen in zich, maar is het spelniveau te laag en zijn de nummers té eenvoudig om een album lang te boeien.”

“I like the fact that they have the logic of the 80’s bands and they create an album that has a duration that doesn’t tire you (it is a great way to avoid fillers). From the 8 songs that are included here the song “Pet Semetary” is a RAMONES cover and they have done a very good job at it since they actually gave it a pure thrash metal vibe. The rest of the compositions are dipped into the structures of the 80’s thrash metal sound, which means catchy riffs and solos that might not be long but are enough to give a depth and detail to the songs. I think that PROWLER are amongst the few bands that play 80’s oriented metal sound and they do it like they come from that era. As for their influences, I think you can find them in bands like METALLICA, ANTHRAX and OVERKILL. CONCLUSION: Once again PROWLER manages to release an album that has nostalgia for the 80’s, but not to the point that the album would lose its character. On the contrary the compositions are fresh and 8/10”

“Horror and ‘tallica, wie zou daar nou niet blij van worden? Het drietal dat Prowler vormt wel in ieder geval en zij zijn vast niet de enige. Verwar ze niet met de legio andere bands met dezelfde naam, waarvan overigens het grootste deel, net als deze band, uit de Verenigde Staten afkomstig is. Hun eerste full-length ‘From The Shadows’ komt uit via Slaney Records. De eerdergenoemde horror komt in elke song terug, evenals op hun eerdere EP’s. Zo gaat ‘Death On Wheels’ bijvoorbeeld over Stephen King’s ‘Christine’, terwijl de cover van The Ramones, ‘Pet Sematary’, eveneens op een verhaal van King is gebaseerd. De horror wordt bij elk nummer ondersteund door quotes uit de films waarop ze gebaseerd zijn. Zoals gezegd doet de stijl van Prowler vooral aan Metallica denken, zij het met een scheut heavy metal erbij. ‘From The Shadows’ is daarmee een leuk album geworden, alhoewel je wel echt een zwak voor horrorfilms moet hebben om de quotes tussendoor niet al te storend”

“Les huit chansons dont une très bonne reprise du "Pet Sematary" des Ramones sont dotées de riffs et d'arrangements très simples. Les compos sont très classiques mais solides et entraînantes. Portées par la voix de Patrick Best, calquée sur celle de Matt Drake (Evile), qui créer des mélodies vocales bien viriles et mémorables, les songs s'écoutent toutes seules et rentrent facilement. Si musicalement parlant, on serait tenté de trouver cela très pauvre (ce qui est voulu), Best prouve qu'un bon frontman peut faire la différence. On a tout de même droit à de petites surprises ça et là : la reprise bien pêchue de la bande à Dee Dee, l'intro sombre de "Creature Of The Black" ou encore les claviers très kitsch mais bien amenés de "Out Of The Fog". Le très bon "I Am Wolf", avec son passage clamant "For the gypsys, they must die !" fait partie des meilleurs du lot.”

“First his personality, forged in blood and the classics of horror cinema, every piece of movie LED cleverly introduced or ends with samples from the film set to music. Thus a real pleasure to be on "Out of the Fog" the narrator's voice and the musical theme of the famous "Fog" by John Carpenter, filling what had already done The Vision Bleak on the piece "Elizabeth Dane "name of the cursed ship visibly inspired more metalheads that too romantic" Titanic ". The other highlight of the combo is controlling atmospheres and relentless rhythmic choruses often inspired perfectly illustrating the Thematic Areas addressed. This is how we really feel the threat of fog advancing towards the town of Antonia Bay. The role of Shawn Bruce (bass, keyboards) is paramount here, reinforced by martial strike Jak Sumwalt behind the drums, all coated with an excellent production leaving nothing to chance. Remains only Prowlite Hail screaming verses and choruses with resentment all but irrelevant. 8/10”

“This latest outing is a real treat for these well trained ears and being a huge horror fan, I was immediately excited about the band’s choice of song selection. Frontman Patrick Best knows his horror history frontwards and backwards; often picking films that many horror fans adore. This time around the band dipped into the Universal crypt for inspiration and in addition tapping some of Stephen King’s most beloved film adaptations to give this release a huge bang for your buck. We open with “R.O.T.L.D.” and it begins with samples of Frank (James Karen) revealing to Freddy (Thom Mathews) the dreaded secrets of how the dead came back to life. Then the meaty riffs kick in and we’re off to the races. The gang vocals coupled with Patrick’s patented snarl (think James Hetfield) help to make this the catchiest number on the disc. Next we get “Out of the Fog” based on John Carpenter’s The Fog and this gets the blood pumping with some infectious thrash grooves. 9/10”

“In addition to paying homage to this collection of cinematic gems, ‘From The Shadows’ does the same to the thrash genre, as it is very much in the old-school tradition. Prowlite Hail has a very Mustaine feel to his vocals, right down to his intonation, while musically the band heavily reference the likes of early Exciter. While it’s nothing you haven’t heard a thousand thrash bands play before, and will no doubt hear another thousand play again in the future, it is a competent album. The performances are tight and thoughtful and the songs well-constructed, and they do make good use of sampled movie dialogue at the appropriate junctures. All of which makes for an entertaining enough listen.”

“Prowler hail from Myrtle Beach, SC and specialize in horror metal. That is heavy metal with a complete fixation on classic horror movies, and believe us, if your'e a metal head that loves fright flicks, Prowler's first full length, 'From the Shadows' is just what Doctor Frankenstein ordered, being a total chugfest a' la Meliah Rage and laden with more samples from films like "The Fog', 'Salem's Lot', and 'The Thing' than guitar solos. Including a killer metallic cover of 'Pet Sematary' by the Ramones, this is huge fun from start to finish.”

“Prowler would rather return to the time before the wheel was even invented and just party to old school thrash, until we end up on all fours. The problem however is that with the style Prowler is playing they will have to enter the ring with the likes of ‘Alice In Hell’, ‘Under The Influence’, ‘Ride The Lightning’, ‘The Legacy’ and numerous others. We all know this fight is going to end in a knock out for the new comers, but Prowler offers one hell of a fight.”

“Und dieser erinnert an alte Slayer und Metallica, ist zumeist im Midtempo und bedient sich thematisch im Horrorfilm Mileau. Eine Kombi, die sehr gut funktioniert und schleppenden, eher durchschnittlichen Tracks wie dem Zombieliedchen R.O.T.L.D. oder Out Of The Fog das gewisse Etwas gibt. Ebenfalls im Midtempo bietet I am A Wolf ein Sahnestückchen, von dem Metallica schon lange gesättigt sind, während das morbide The Thing Not Seen locker mit Slayer in ihrer seit 1990 befindlichen Klasse mithalten kann. Genauso wie die sehr ähnlichen Return To The Lot und Creature Of The Black. Mittendrin gibt es Speed mit dem starken Death on Wheels und dem großartigen Ramones Cover Pet Sematary.”

“Prowler are something akin to a thrash horror metal version of Mortician. Containing more film extracts than you can shake a bloodied cleaver at, these US thrashers cut a violent path through the shadows with this release. There are influences from the old school, with nods to bands such as Mortal Sin along with shades of Mercyful Fate cropping up in places, all fused to their own malevolent take on thrash. A massive production, including mastering from legendary Roger Lian (Slayer, Overkill), ensures that not an ounce of their savagery is lost. Horror has never sounded so good. - 4/5”

“ROTLD fits that criteria, the likeness to Metallica, particularly ‘One’ with its spoken word excerpts, is obvious, but it is its own track. The vocals are rougher and the over sound that Prowler has is one of horror metal, especially with tracks entitled ‘I Am Wolf’ and ‘Creature of the Black,’ and the use of an organ on ‘Out of the Fog’ to contribute to the image, as well as sound bites aplenty from classic horror movies like ‘Friday the 13th.’ Interestingly, the first single from the album is a cover of The Ramones ‘Pet Sematary,’ but done in true Prowler style. It starts with a doomy intro and then the thrash takes over with strong, powerful and convincing vocals, and they even manage to slip in a little guitar solo halfway through. For a moment you forget that they didn’t write this song….. There’s no bullshit or pretence to be found here; you come looking for some good old fashioned metal and that’s exactly what you’re given – 7/10”

“Dopo una serie di EP realizzati in rapida successione nel 2011, poi raccolti un paio di anni dopo dalla Slaney Records su "After You" (con in aggiunta l'inedito "Book of the Dead"), cui era seguito, sempre per l'etichetta irlandese, il MCD "The New Blood", gli statunitensi Prowler giungono ora al loro vero debutto sulla lunga distanza. "From the Shadows" è foriero di molteplici soluzioni, con tanto di inserti parlati, citazioni e effetti assortiti che hanno il compito di sottolineare il dichiarato attaccamento del terzetto statunitense nei confronti dei film Horror, ben evidente anche nei titoli delle singole tracce. La colonna sonora su cui si snodano è un un Heavy Metal robusto, riottoso e ruvido tanto quanto le vocals stile carta vetrata di Prowlite Hail, canzoni che spesso e volentieri sfociano nel Thrash, come nel caso di una "I Am Wolf" che davvero molto deve ai Metallica dell'esordio (e lo stesso vale per "Death on Wheels") o della slayeriane "The Thing Not Seen" e "Return to”

“Prowler – ‘From the Shadows’ (Slaney) Genre: Thrash Metal Following in the footsteps of Deceased’s Fearless Undead Machines and Rigor Mortis’ debut release, Prowler take all of their content from classic horror movies. Their sophomore release From the Shadows is a throwback release heavily influenced by the ‘80s thrash movement. Harkening back to movie classics like Return of the Living Dead, Salem’s Lot and The Fog, all of the tracks feature samples from the actual movies to add authenticity to their vision. One of the record’s highlights is a ripping cover of The Ramones “Pet Sematary.” - 3.5/5”

“It’s not all out thrash and in fact some of the riffs have a doomy quality from time to time such as the beginning of their cool cover of The Ramones’ Pet Sematary as one such instance. This CD is right up there with their other releases in quality and as of now I can’t decide if it is better than After You or not as I have played that release pretty religiously over the last couple of years. I can see me doing similar to this one as there is something very infectious about the Prowler approach. Prowlite Hail is the mastermind here and he does the guitar and vocals, both of which he handles with gusto and aplomb. His particular vocal style fits the kind of music they play rather nicely. The riffs are strong and crunchy and with so many classic horror movies out there, there is still plenty of material waiting to be written. Can’t end the review without a shoutout to the very good work the rhythm section has done to keep things in line here - 9/10”

“The album opens with R.O.T.L.D and the first of the individual film samples bookending each track within the album; here a slither of Return Of the Living Dead triggering a swiftly contagious rhythmic stroll. A riff and groove sculpted swing soon adds to the dynamic theatre and persuasion of the song, whilst vocally with a whiff of Wednesday 13 to his delivery, guitarist Patrick Best opens up the cinematic narrative. It is a raw and magnetic concoction with a horror punk scent brewing up its enmity within a thrash spawned prowl, and a rousing start to the album. The excellent track makes way for Out Of The Fog, riffs and beats encasing the opening sample just as the theme of the lyrics impose within the cinematic source. Keys soon add spicy colouring to the antagonistic prowl of sound whilst the bass of Shawn Bruce and beats of drummer Jak Sumwalt cast their own sinister and rampant cage.”

“The mix of horror and metal are tradition and what a great mix they are --even shows more here as we have some samples of Pet Semetary the cover of the Ramones song from Stephen Kings movie of the same name. Also Kurt Russell from The Thing in The Thing not Seen. Being a huge fan of metal and horror this is some great stuff. The other horror films they have tribute songs to on this album are Return of the Living Dead, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Christine, The Fog, Salem's Lot, The Wolfman (1941) They all have samples of the movies they tribute and are clearly Stephen King fans as well. This album all sounds like it was recorded in the mid 80's and that is great as that was a great time for Heavy Metal. The best song on the album for me is Creature of the Black. Great riff and overall beat - everything has that classic metal sound - this whole album is great , this song is a nice way to end of the album. - 4/5”

“This is pretty good stuff from South Carolina. Prowler, formed in 2010, is delivering this cool thrash package that is full of headbanging presents. After some EP's and the debut called "After you", the trio went in the studio again to work on the new masterpiece called "From the shadows". What you get are eight thrash metal tracks that are oldschool; not being squared at all. The sound of the trio is inspired by the old classics from Metallica, Annihilator,.... Sometimes it goes even that far having those bands delivered a blueprint for "From the shadows". But there is enough own identity in the tunes which makes the album to thrilling listening experience. The new longplayer feels more like a horror story told in thrash metal. Song titles like "Return of the living dead", "Out of the fog" and "Creature of the black" are speaking for itself. What ended up in a quite good song is the Ramones cover "Pet semetary". Prowler made a real thrash version out of this melodic punk - 8/10”

““From The Shadows” is a very strong album, as in every song packs in enough meat in it to keep the listener hooked, offering what’s expected of it and more. Every song follows similar patterns like starting and ending with a short story passage giving more flavor and variety that the genre very much promises its listener. The music is very much of a familiar old school traditional Heavy Metal sound that the band promises as every song is filled with ear piercing sharp riffs almost giving a lube for your neck to headbang along, and not to mention the rightly timed cheesy solos like in “Out Of The Fog”. The mild and nasty growling vocals by Patrick Best is excellent and works great for the band keeping the 80's feel intact, but I feel the sound volume of his vocals is tad low leading to a slight disappointment for me, but everything else here is nothing short of bliss. - 9/10”

“Eight songs and a playing time of just over 35 minutes makes the quality is consistently high and the interest of the listener is kept on top all the time. Compared to the debut "After You" as the band has taken a few steps in the development and moved closer to total perfection. "From The Shadows" is the year's biggest positive surprise so far and it deserves to be noticed by a larger mass metalhead! Band: Prowler Title: From The Shadows Genre: Thrash metal Label: Slaney Records Duration: 35:13 Released: 2015-07 -20 Score: 9/10 Best Song: ROTLD / I Am Wolf 9/10”

“‘From the Shadows’ is essentially a heavy metal horror soundtrack. With a fair chunk of the album about several of John Carpenter’s films from the 80’s. While metal and horror have always been linked, Prowler wears this connection on its sleeve and it is obvious the band is big time horror fans and proudly display it on this album. With songs about ‘The Thing’, ‘Return of the Living Dead’ and ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon’ it is obvious these guys know their horror. Mixing that with the early days of the metal sound, basically what sounds like an analog sound of a band that stepped out of 1983. Think of production values akin to the early thrash bands of the Bay Area. ‘From the Shadows’ is a fun album and a nostalgic metal ride through a horror fun house of the 80’s. They are not reinventing anything, they will even admit that. They are not trying to have a new sound and they do not want to, which is fine by me and I wish the band best of luck f”

“'R.O.T.L.D.' mit Zitaten aus klassischen Horrorfilmen garniert, was für die nötige Atmosphäre sorgt. Dieser stilistische Einsatz wird in den folgenden Tracks immer wieder genutzt und zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Scheibe, wodurch sich "From The Shadows" quasi zu einem Horror-Konzeptalbum auswächst. Sogar die sehr eigenwillige Thrash-Interpretation des RAMONES-Klassikers 'Pet Sematary' wird so ungezwungen durch metallischen Fleischwolf gejagt, dass es völlig problemlos in das Gesamtbild einfügt. Stimmlich macht Gitarrist Patrick Best ebenfalls einen sehr traditionellen Eindruck und ist sehr nah an den jungen James Hetfield und Tom Araya dran. Auch instrumental ist man besonders von diesen alten Vorbildern nicht weit entfernt und mischt vor allem den Spirit von "Ride The Lightning" und "Show No Mercy" kräftig mit unter. 8/10”

“However, on occasion we’re brought back to the classics, the old Metallica records, early Annihilator and so forth; the exact records we discovered on the voyage of metal discovery. Yet sometimes those old classics just don’t quite hit the spot… And that’s exactly what makes bands such as Prowler a breath of fresh fucking air. Everything we’ve heard before is there, it’s familiar, but it’s new and that’s the fundamental difference. Formed in 2010, Prowler went on to release four EP’s and a box set before signing to Slaney Records to release their debut album After You in 2013, and The New Blood EP later that same year. The thrash titans hailing from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are now on the verge of unleashing yet another beast of a record, their second full length entitled From The Shadows. Overseen by Roger Lian, the same man that was responsible for Slayer’s South Of Heaven and countless others including Overkill, Pantera and Damageplan; you can be assured ”

“News from PROWLER from South Carolina who are at Slaney Records. Why is `only sends back an EP into the race after quite meaningful mini-CD` After You certainly a valid question. Because Qualitatively, the trio is sure to hammer a solid album in the situation. As on the previous album, there is a mix of power and thrash metal. Your texts are based on stories of various horror films, and as sequences of these films were incorporated into the songs again and again, exactly as on the previous album. The four tracks on 'The New Blood' join seamlessly to the predecessor”

“For me though the crown jewel among this batch is “What’s Your Pleasure” utilizing a killer riff and sampling from some of Pinhead’s most iconic lines from the film Hellraiser. I am going on record to boldly say this is even a better version than the one Entombed wrote many years back. This song is that good as far as I am concerned. Other notable mentions go out to “Haddonfield” (paying homage to Halloween) and “Knives for Fingers” (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Of course the album gets capped off with “The Tall Man” an ode to one of my favorite horror flicks of all time Phantasm. Prowler’s first full length is pure genius as far as I am concerned. The pedigree of horror films they drew upon for musical inspiration is strong and every track is smoking hot, coupled with riffs aplenty. I dig their core sound and firmly champion these guys as hall of fame entrants if HMS ever gets to that stage in our existence. In the meantime though, buy a copy of this record”

“But what sets Prowler apart is that every song on this EP is homage to such films as Children of the Corn, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shinning and Pumpkin Head. Now that is an impressive list of horror films created around beautiful music and it warms the cockles of my horror laden heart. In fact I am sure this will appeal to anyone who loves horror and metal as much as I do. The EP is entitled The New Blood and I can’t think of a better title to adorn the cover of this baby. The opening track “He Who walks Behind the Rows” starts out with an ominous intro and then goes balls-out into the song. Vocalist/guitarist Patrick Best rips into it, sounding so full of piss and vinegar. His vocal approach reminds me of a cross between Tom Araya James Hetfield and a dash of Chuck Billy, but there’s still much more to his set of pipes. This is followed with the catchy “No Life Till Leatherface” and I hear hints of Motorhead’s driving core sound seeping into it;”

“For the third instalment of this column, I took some time out to chat with Patrick Best of the thrash band Prowler. I will admit that Prowler is a recent discovery for me, but now that I am acquainted with the band I am all the happier for it. What’s unique about this group is their choice to create metal that blends themes of classic horror films and mixes them into their lyrics, sound and overall look. Perhaps this might be the first true horror metal hybrid band, what with song titles like “No Life Till Leatherface”, “Haddonfield” and “The Tallman” just to name a few.”

“Neither preconceived notion would be correct. Instead the trio plays a rockin’, blue-collar, unpretentious sort of with nods to Metallica and the NWOBHM (that riff in “Say hello to the nite” reminds me a lot of “Breadfan” or the one in “The stalker” is a variation of the Hetfield/Ulrich riff in “No remorse”, for instance). Prowler definitely flirts with the thrash realm at times (see the Mustaine-ish “Knives for fingers” or the even thrashier “The tall man”, the latter of which is replete with raspier half-whispered accents). In contrast to most of the Slaney Records roster, though, I wouldn’t classify Prowler as a full-blown thrash act by any stretch of the imagination. Riffs are simple and effective, and vocalist Patrick Best has a mid-range twangy gruff yet tuneful snarl that is reminiscent of young Hetfield. The playing is good, the production values are fine, and the songs plunge onward like steamrollers leveling all in their path. Prowler are at their ”

“This is the very first album pickup I made for 2013, so I figured it would be appropriate to make it the LP of the week. The first full-length from this South Carolina trio and it is a fun thrashy romp with an old school feel. This is not a true all out thrasher as they mix some straight up heavy stuff with the thrashier aspects and do it rather nicely. They are not trying to reinvent the wheel here or anything, but it is a rather enjoyable listen all the way through and the movie soundbites do not really distract from some really decent music. As an aside I think Patrick Best does a really solid job with the vocals and the rhythm section do a solid job, though nothing that would blow the doors away. Highlights include The Dead Shall Rise, Haddonfield, Say Hello To The Nite, The Stalker, Book Of The Dead, etc etc etc. Just put your favorite slasher flick on in the background and turn the knob to eleven already!!”

“n my relentless search for new and interesting bands and therefore reading countless of reviews on a weekly basis, my interest was triggered by a review of a young thrash metal band named Prowler. I visited the site of their record label (Slaney Records) and wondered how I could pay for the album. The friendly people at Slaney (in this matter Kieran) were even so friendly to send me a copy for review! I’m a big thrash metal fanatic, but unfortunately the new breed of thrash metal bands haven’t really convinced me to step away from the old classics. Of course on a very rare occassion there’s still a young band that can convince me, but it doesn’t happen very often. Luckily Prowler know how to be convincing!”

“Slaney Records Brzmi jak: metallikowy power/thrash Po czterech dwuutworowych EPkach nadszedł czas na pełnoczasowy debiut. Bez niespodzianek, większość numerów znana jest już z rzeczonych wydawnictw. Power/thrash będący wypadkową wpływów Metalliki z „czarnej płyty” i „...And Justice For All”. Rzecz na jedno przesłuchanie i do zapomnienia, ale ten klimat! Doskonałym pomysłem było poświęcenie każdego kawałka innemu klasycznemu horrorowi, wrzucenie paru sampli i gotowe! Słuchalność wzrasta o 100%. Zdecydowanie najlepiej broni się refren „Say Hello To The Nite”, lecz całość okazuje się zaskakująco fajna. Idee muzyczne wtórne do bólu, za to jaka wspaniała otoczka! Nic nie poradzę, jestem fanem horrorów i tu mnie kupili. Więcej na www.reverbnation.com/prowlermusic”

“Horrorthematik und harte Mucke miteinander zu verknüpfen, ist so neu nicht, da gab es schon andere Bands, die das gemacht bzw. immer noch machen. Allerdings hat das amerikanische Trio zur Abrundung und Intensivierung auch Filmsequenzen mit eingebaut, was Filmkennern bestimmt zu gefallen weiß. Und obwohl die Musik dem Album-Debüt „After You“ kein neues Testament des Thrash Metals eröffnen wird (wie man meiner Kritik entnehmen kann), die Songs aber durchgängig als „gut“ durchgehen und obengenanntes Element dazukommt, wollte ich doch mehr über diese Band wissen. Leider wurden gerade die Fragen über die Rechte über die Verwendung der Original-Filmausschnitte oder Soundtrack-Passagen schlichtweg ignoriert – gerade das hätte mich ja brennend interessiert. Na ja, eigentlich sagt das aber auch schon genug aus, oder!? Zumindest zu den anderen Fragen bezog Sänger/Gitarrist Patrick Stellung. Jetzt hast du die Chance, deine Band unserer Leserschaft vorzustellen.”

“The arrangements and production of 'After You' are top notch. The sometimes Hetfield-esque vocalist can deal with anything in the broad spectrum between melodic and death and instrumentally the three band brothers stand their ground; everything is subjected to catchy, groovy, memorable thrash songs. Prowler holds a strong trump card with their excellently worked out concept of horror thrash and if they follow this line, hold the band together and deliver live, a fine future indeed may be expected for them.”

“Es gibt Bands, die in ihren Lyrics komplett durchdachte, fein ausgetüftelte Fantasy-Konzepte vor dem inneren Auge des Hörers ausbreiten. Andere wiederum prangern aktuelle, weltpolitische Missstände an, ohne dabei mit Sozialkritik zu geizen. Und dann gibt es die Sorte von Acts, deren Texte überhaupt keinen tieferen Sinn haben, und die einfach nur zusammenhangslos über Dinge schreiben, die ihnen irgendwie "zugeflogen" kommen. Die US-Thrasher von PROWLER gehören zu keiner dieser genannten Gruppen...gehen aber auf ihrem Silberling "After you" dennoch nach einem gewissen inhaltlichen Konzept vor: Sie singen einfach über Horror-Filme! Das macht Spaß, tut keinem weh - und die Ideen kommen von ganz alleine! So trifft der Hörer während der 43 Minuten gaaanz viele alte Bekannte aus seiner Jungendzeit wieder...denn kultige Gruselschinken wie "Freitag der 13." , "The lost boys" , "Halloween" , "Hellraiser" oder "Night of the living dead" haben aus nostalgischer Sicht schon einen gewissen”

“PROWLER- After You Slaney Records 2013. Great new band on the same label as POSSESSOR and VINDIKATOR. They really know what thrash metal fans cares about. This is a fantastic concept album, every song based on an horror classic movie! The voice is really close to James Hetfield in the glory MASTER OF PUPPETS/RIDE THE LIGHTNING days. They could play fast songs , but also some stuff like old ABATTOIR. This is a coming classic and should be in every metal collection! Tracks: 1 - The Dead Rise Again 2 - Friday the 13th 3 - Say Hello to the Nite 4 - Whats your Pleasure 5 - The Stalker 6 - Knives for Fingers 7 - Haddonfield 8 - The Tall Man 9 - Book of the Dead”

“Kieran hat sich mal wieder durch den weltweiten Thrash-Dschungel gewühlt und mit Prowler einen Trupp unter Vertrag genommen, der sich seinen Namen mit geschätzten 20 weiteren Combos teilt. Diese Prowler hier kommen aus Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, welches eher als Touristen-Strandbad am Atlantik denn als Metalhochburg bekannt ist. Trotzdem hat es das Trio in den Jahren seit der Gründung in 2010 auf nicht weniger als vier eigenproduzierte EPs (Part 1 – 4 mit jeweils 2 Songs) gebracht, bevor das irische Underground-Label Slaney Records sich die Dienste der Amis sicherte und die bisherigen Songs plus einen Bonus-Track auf dem Full Length „After You“ zusammenfasste. Musikalisch tummeln sich die drei Musiker in der Schnittmenge aus Thrash und Heavy Metal, weshalb die Songs nicht durchgehend schnell zur Sache gehen, sondern auch in gemäßigteren Gefilden abgehen und sich hier und da gar Einsprengsel aus der NWoBHM finden („The Stalker“). Das thematische Konzept wiederum ist”

“The album is chock full of crunchy, mid-paced riffs that are a nice mix of heavy groove and speed metal. I know having "groove" in the description will scare most thrash metal purists, but the best thrash bands always had a sense of groove to them. With Prowler, think along the lines of "Toxic Waltz" or "Practice What You Preach". Each song on "After You" represents a different slasher/horror movie. Many of them are fairly obvious from the song titles, others are brought more to life with the lyrics themselves. There are movie clips brought into the songs as well, which is pretty fun. On "Friday the 13th", the band cleverly mixes in the "cha cha cha ha ha ha" sound from the movie into the hook of the song. Very cool. Songs like "The Dead Rise Again", "Haddonfield" and especially "What's Your Pleasure" should have any self-respecting metalhead moshing around the room or at the very least, banging his head. The riffs and songs are immediately infectious.”

“What initially caught my eye regarding this band was the full on connection to classic horror movies, so much so that their initial 4 part EP series included cover art directly picked from the movies each of the songs represented. Being an avid horror movie collector myself growing up, I found it really cool that Prowler wrote songs inspired by some of my favorites, including 'Friday The 13th', 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' and 'Phantasm'. Upon hearing these songs I was so pleasantly surprised when the music portrayed the lyrics really well also. Heck, they even add sound clips from the movies in each song as well. And check out how they incorporate the theme from 'The Lost Boys' in the song "Say Hello To The Nite" and 'Halloween' in "Haddonfield". Prowler, to me, manage to create something fresh by doing things a little old school. The new wave of thrash metal is becoming stale pretty quick, so Prowler is a welcome addition, not doing the same "we-want-to-be-Exodus-anno-1986 as so many”

“So yes, we had a lot of horror heavy metal bands out there, but what about thrash metal? Well, PROWLER from the U.S.A. come to fill this gap with their debut album entitled “After You”. The 9 songs that are included in their debut release are all inspired by known horror movies that have achieved a cult status in the fans of the genre. The guys really do a very good job since their power/thrash metal sound fits their horror influenced lyrics perfectly. Besides the reference to the horror movies in the lyrics, the thing that I have enjoyed about this release is that the band sounds like it came straight from the 80’s. Their sound is influenced by bands like early METALLICA, METAL CHURCH, ANTHRAX and even ICED EARTH. “After You” is a rock solid album that the more you listen to the more you like (at least this is the way it worked for me). So try to check them out and support”

“PROWLER Record Review for "AFTER YOU" by Walter Tyler of EXTREME METAL OF THE CAROLINAS - \h/\m/ This weeks review features Prowler's new "After You". If you like old school Thrash, classic Horror and Slasher films then Prowler's "After You" on Slaney Records is the album for you. "After You" is a nine song onslaught of fast paced, yet melodic metal at its finest. Prowler features Patrick Best on vocals and guitar, Shawn Bruce on Bass and Jak Sumwalt on drums. Prowler is a veteran band of the Coastal Carolinas and they spotlight their talent on "After You". Once you hear this album, their is no doubt that Thrash Metal is still alive and kicking. This album is absolutely KICK ASS from track 1 through track 9 and will leave you waiting on their next release. If you are looking for an album to add to your collection, "After You" by Horror Thrash band Prowler (Slaney Records) should be at the top of your list.”


“Local horror/metal group Prowler announced Thursday that it has been signed to a distribution deal with Slaney Records. "We're very excited. I think it's great for us to get distribution around the world and to get our music out — especially overseas," said Prowler frontman Patrick Best. "Plus, it's always good for the scene for other bands to see that people out of Myrtle Beach can get noticed and can do things beyond just the beach." Based out of Ireland, Slaney is an independent label which specializes in Thrash and Metal music and represents a roster of more than a dozen different artists including Posessor, Vindicator, Fatal, Vanlade, Suicide Watch and others. Prowler recently released the last in its four-part series of two-song EPs and is working on recording a final track before putting together its debut full-length album this fall.”

“Prowler stepped up to the plate and smashed it out of the park on the first song. An ominous sample followed by vicious lead in heralded what the crowd was in store for and expected. Say Hello to the Nite, a song dedicated to one of the best vampire movies in the history of the medium The Lost Boys, greeted the assembled crowd to the merger of classic thrash and iconic horror, like an abomination constantly feeding on itself and gaining strength and proximity. Best's fingers blurred across the fretboard in unison to his gravel throat-ed delivery, becoming the hero, villain, and narrator in his own story. He was joined by Shawn Bruce on bass who provided a low-end heartbeat like something excited for the kill and Jak Sumwalt on drums beating the skins carnally as if they personally offended him before he killed whatever they were made from. On Friday the 13th it was imperative to be treated to the song, Friday the 13th, an unstoppable force about the indomitable evil that is Jason.”

“With this in mind, we introduce Prowler – A horror/metal band from Myrtle Beach SC! As soon as we heard these guys, our first thought was an evil Metallica! They’re AWESOME. As far as we’re concerned, this is a prime example of what horror bands should be!”

“partes que durante este año ha editado este power trío. Sus influencias parten de gente clásica en materia de heavy horror metal, como los legendarios Halloween americanos, maestros en este arte de combinar heavy tradicional con líricas de terror, aunque a ello también debemos añadir ciertos toques del estilo Judas Priest, Megadeth, logrando en general un muy buen sonido y temas que logran todo el gancho necesario para dejarles en un muy buen pie tratándose esto tan solo de un EP. Aparte del citado “Friday the 13th” que es un gran corte de armonías punzantes y agresivas, también logra su cometido el siguiente “The Dead Rise Again” es un tema de melodía galopantes en que se advierten influencias a lo Maiden en la partida para luego dar paso a un riff mucho más veloz y thrashero en plan Metallica u Overkill de gran factura. Una banda que apunta a lo alto, tan solo resta esperar que pasará con el tiempo, al menos para nosotros queda claro que aquí se huele algo intere”

“Myrtle Beach is not the city you think of when trying to find a decent metal scene; however, Prowler have taken the city by force as one of (if not the best) metal bands to come out of SC in a while. Prowler's influences lie within the Thrash metal realm. Their sound is similar to bands from the Bay area in the 80's (Metallica, Testament, etc.). With great hooks, articulate picking, a phenomenal rhythm section, and Horror movie themes; Prowler breathes some fresh air into a genre that has been stagnant for years with metallica copy-cats.”

“Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 Nightmare on Glenns Bay Road By Paul Grimshaw - For Weekly Surge Movies and the music that accompanies them are often a match made in heaven, or as is the case with local thrash/metal act Prowler, a match made in hell. Patrick Best, guitarist and vocalist with power trio Prowler, puts a spin on famous horror flicks by writing songs that take your scariest Hollywood nightmares (and I don't mean Danny Bonaduce's arrest records) and creates an original head-banging song around the movie's theme. If zombies, vampires, and knife-wielding netherworld psychopaths are your scene, then Prowler's CD release party and video premier promise to deliver thrills and spine-tingling chills. ”

““We all love horror movies and we all love metal,’” said Best of his band’s decision to pursue the mash-up of media which has led to a string of tunes centered around films such as “Night of the Living Dead,” “The Lost Boys” and “Halloween.” Saturday, the band will celebrate two of these tunes with a CD Release Party for “Prowler Part 1” at the Island Bar & Grill in Surfside Beach. During the show, the band will be selling the EP for $5 a piece, debuting its zombie-themed video for “The Dead Rise Again” and performing alongside a slew of other local band including Hawiian Shirt Day, Take Cover and Laissez Faire. ”

“If you've ever heard of Prowler chances are you aren't suprised to see them here. The three-piece band's mission is to take 70s and 80s-style metal riffs and combine them with lyrics and themes from classic horror and thriller films, making them the perfect pick for a Halloween thrash fest. Led by local rocker Patrick Best the band strives to make sure that each song is written about a different horror, slasher, or crime thriller film. For instance, "The Dead Rise Again" takes an opening quote from the 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead" and goes off from there. What results is grooving guitar-driven jam that sounds like early Metallica but with fun lyrics about zombies. Fittingly, the band will perform as Metallica (aka Three-tallica) this Saturday at Drink! for "HorrorFest II." Learn more about Prowler on their blood-spattered Myspace page.”