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Northern California’s SHADOWKILLER are living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty can still prevail in a very large metal music community. With their debut record Slaves Of Egypt, and sophomore album Until The War Is Won, they look to expand their world wide fan base with their new partners at Pure Steel Records!
By aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic with a signature sound, singer/guitarist Joe Liszt, bassist Dan Lynch, and drummer Gary Neff have helped to define the landscape of today’s nor cal metal music scene. The backbone of their work? Stylistically metal songs, suggesting a range of influences from Iron Maiden to Symphony X to Savatage.
Ghoulish Overkill-Some called it the apocalypse, some called it the final war, but 5 brave men called it a damn good time. Surviving only on metal and ramen, they set out on a journey to rediscover their broken land and find survivors to rage with. Little did they know that battle awaited them at every turn. Murder became second nature and death a warm blanket of familiarity that kept them warm on the coldest of nights. Eventually they grew bored with regular murder and developed the secret martial arts technique called “Ghoulish Overkill” to thus further indulge in their lust for gore and visceral pleasures. Not being so good with super secret martial arts moves though, they decided to use it as a band name instead. Thus Ghoulish Overkill was born and a legacy began…
Four Stroke Baron-n energetic blend of new-wave and heavy progressive rock, Four Stroke Baron aspire to bring forth a lively and refreshing new voice. Comprised of three members — Kirk Witt on guitars and vocals, Matt Vallarino on drums, and Keegan Ferrari on bass — the group crafts massive and immersive soundscapes juxtaposed over catchy, pop-like song structures. It is this penchant for blending familiar sounds and styles into something altogether new that has allowed the band to undergo a dramatic metamorphosis from their humble beginnings improvising in a shed outside of Reno, Nevada, to preparing for the debut of their second full-length album, “Planet Silver Screen,” on Prosthetic Records.
Reactions to the group have consistently exhibited an air of positivity and excitement from its very inception. The band’s introductory self-titled EP was released in January of 2014, catching the eye of internet-metal extraordinaire Ben Sharp, aka Cloudkicker. As interest began to grow for a follow-up release, those in Four Stroke Baron began to realize their potential and take matters more seriously. Their next endeavor, a full-length titled “King Radio,” was released in the winter of 2015 to substantially more fanfare and acclaim. Sputnik Music claimed in an album review, “Simply put, Four Stroke Baron is a band that defies categorization. Their choruses are simultaneously abrasive and soothing, the riffs recall both Mastodon and Rush…,” and, “Four Stroke Baron is weird, and fun, and bizarre, and hooky, and crazy, and they will be on repeat for a very long time.” It was this album that later caught the attention of Prosthetic Records, who swiftly offered an opportunity to join their prestigious roster.
With such a wealth of motivation and encouragement fueling the band, Four Stroke Baron set out to produce their biggest and most ambitious record yet for their label debut. Recorded over the majority of 2017, “Planet Silver Screen” is an amalgamation of all the band has come to represent musically thus far, while also pushing themselves into previously uncharted sonic territories. From having their hardest-hitting riffs to date, featuring a guest saxophone solo by blackjazz rebel Jørgen Munkeby of Shining, to commissioning a full-blown stop motion animation music video for their debut single, Four Stroke Baron have truly arrived in full force and will make even the most diehard musician will take note.