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Below is our complete Prototype news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Prototype Streaming Entire New Album

Prototype's new album "Catalyst" is currently streaming online in its entirety courtesy of AOL Music. Check out the new music at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:

"The first new material from the band in over six years, Catalyst is a story-based science fiction concept album containing over 60 minutes of new music. Produced entirely by the band and mixed by Neil Kernon, the new album also sees the return of the classic Trinity lineup of Kragen Lum (guitar), Vince Levalois (vocals/guitar), Kirk Scherer (bass) and Pat Magrath (drums). With Catalyst, Prototype continue to expand their sound by adding new elements to their unique blend of thrash metal and progressive music, creating their heaviest, and clearest album to date."

Prototype also recently contributed an entry to our Pit Stories column about Slayer's craziest pit ever, which can be read here. The "Catalyst" album's track listing is:

1) Inceptum
2) Catalyst
3) Cynic Dreams
4) The Chosen Ones
5) Illuminatum
6) My Own Deception
7) Into Oblivion
8) Impetus
9) Gravity Well
10) The Ageless Heart of Memory
11) Exiled
12) Communion

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Pit Stories: Slayer's Craziest Pit

Blasting metal at home or in the car is one thing, but extreme music is frequently meant to be experienced live with a sea of headbangers surrounding you, which is why we share favorite pit stories from musicians and fans each week. Today guitarist Kragen Lum of Prototype shares this tale of seeing a crazy Slayer show:

Probably the craziest pit that I have ever seen was at the Hollywood Palladium during Slayer’s set on the Reign In Blood tour. Dark Angel opened the show that night, as a last minute replacement for Flotsam and Jetsam, and got the crowd pretty pumped up. By the time Slayer came on the stage all hell broke loose. The adrenaline was flowing and at various times during the show there were fist fights in the audience. The real craziness was in the pit though. There were literally 2 huge pits, side by side on the floor, and at various points the pits joined together into what looked like a figure 8. It was a sea of bodies slamming into each other in a strange, almost coordinated effort.

As Slayer continued to play, the crowd got more and more violent and the spotlights were moved to point at the fights in the crowd instead of at the band. I had been to lots of shows already at that point but I had never seen anything like that pit. It was so intense in there that the police had called in the riot squad to wait outside the venue and help disperse the crowd after the show. I’ve heard Dave Lombardo refer to this show in interviews as the most insane pit he’s ever seen. There is no question in my mind that he is absolutely correct.

Prototype is gearing up to drop new album "Catalyst" on September 11th via Nightmare Records. You can check out a trailer for the release at this location.

Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday as we continue to share mosh pit stories from fans and metal bands across the globe. More...

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Prototype Releases New Single, Posts Album Trailer

Prototype is preparing for the release of new album "Catalyst" on September 11th via Nightmare Records. Today the band has released the first single "Catalyst," the title track of the album. The single is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby or can be streamed at this location.

"We're very pleased that the first single 'Catalyst' is available now available for purchase as a single," said guitarist Kragen Lum. "Download the track now and complete the album in just 2 more weeks when it's released! Prepare for an epic sci-fi journey..."

Prototype has also released an exclusive video trailer for Catalyst. Get a sneak peek and delve further into the album in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"The first new material from the band in over six years, Catalyst is a story-based science fiction concept album containing over 60 minutes of new music. Produced entirely by the band and mixed by Neil Kernon, the new album also sees the return of the classic Trinity lineup of Kragen Lum (guitar), Vince Levalois (vocals/guitar), Kirk Scherer (bass) and Pat Magrath (drums). With Catalyst, Prototype continue to expand their sound by adding new elements to their unique blend of thrash metal and progressive music, creating their heaviest, and clearest album to date."

The track listing is: More...

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Prototype Streaming New Album's Title Track

Today Prototype is premiering the first single and title track from the band's new album "Catalyst." The song is being streamed through the band's SoundCloud page, and you can check out the song in the player below. The single will be available for purchase starting August 21st on iTunes.

"We are really stoked to finally unleash some of the music from Catalyst!" said guitarist Kragen Lum. "It's been a long time in the making and we're very proud of the album. Whether you're new to Prototype, you discovered the band by playing 'The Way It Ends' on Guitar Hero III or you've been with us from the beginning, the title track is a perfect example of what we do. Prepare for an epic sci-fi journey!"

Vocalist/guitarist Vince Levalois added, "The song 'Catalyst' sets the tone for the new album, combining aggression, melody and an ominous feel. It's like an action packed movie intro to get you settled in for the ride..." More...

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Prototype Announces Release Date For "Catalyst"

Los Angeles based Prototype announced that the band's new album "Catalyst" will finally be released on September 11, 2012 via Nightmare Records. The first album in six years, "Catalyst" is a story-based science fiction concept album containing over 60 minutes of new music. Produced entirely by the band and mixed by Neil Kernon, the new album also sees the return of the classic "Trinity" lineup of Kragen Lum (guitar), Vince Levalois (vocals/guitar), Kirk Scherer (bass) and Pat Magrath (drums).

With "Catalyst," Prototype continue to expand their sound by adding new elements to their unique blend of thrash metal and progressive music, creating their heaviest, and clearest album to date.

The album's track list is as follows:

1. Inceptum
2. Catalyst
3. Cynic Dreams
4. The Chosen Ones
5. Illuminatum
6. My Own Deception
7. Into Oblivion
8. Impetus
9. Gravity Well
10. The Ageless Heart of Memory
11. Exiled
12. Communion More...

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Pirate Metal Invading The Rock Band Network

Pull out the rum and the plastic guitars, because Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm are finally coming to the Rock Band Network with the track "Shipwrecked." If pirates aren't your thing, there's new tracks now available from Devin Townsend, Halcyon Way, Morbid Angel and more.

The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs are as follows:

Alestorm - "Shipwrecked" (160 MSP)
A Plea for Purging - "Heart Of A Child" (80 MSP)
Coldera - "Melodicus Counterpointus" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & the Ghost)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The System" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Psychostick - "BEER!!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing" (80 MSP) More...

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Prototype Reveals New Album Details

Los Angeles based metal band Prototype will release a third full-length album titled "Catalyst" in early 2012 via Nightmare Records. Nearly two years in the making, "Catalyst" is a science fiction themed concept album featuring 12 tracks and over 60 minutes of all new music.

The effort was produced by Prototype and is currently being mixed by Neil Kernon. "Catalyst" will be mastered by Alan Douches and artwork will once again be created by Travis Smith. The official release date for the album will be announced soon, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Inceptum
2. Catalyst
3. Cynic Dreams
4. The Chosen Ones
5. Illuminatum
6. My Own Deception
7. Into Oblivion
8. Impetus
9. Gravity Well
10. The Ageless Heart of Memory
11. Exiled
12. Communion

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Deadlock And Nevermore Come To The RBN

The Rock Band Network continues to expand its catalog this week, bringing new tracks to the Xbox 360 version from Nevermore, Deadlock, and more. The following songs are now available on the Xbox 360 that may be of interest to metal fans:

Deadlock - "Martyr to Science" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "March Into Hell / Blood on My Soul" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Respiration Desperation / The Neutral Zone" (160 MSP)
Francisco Meza - "Rage and Pain" (80 MSP)
Nevermore - "The Obsidian Conspiracy" (160 MSP)
Nevermore - "The Obsidian Conspiracy (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Nevermore - "Without Morals (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Prototype - "The Way It Ends (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Will Haven - "Mida's Secret" (160 MSP)

These tracks will also be hitting the PS3 on 12/13/2011 (North America) and 12/14/2011 (Europe):

August Burns Red - "Internal Cannon" ($1.99)
Dance Gavin Dance - "Heat Seeking Ghost of Sex" ($1.99)
A Day to Remember - "If It Means a Lot to You" ($1.99)
A Day to Remember - "2nd Sucks" ($1.99)

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Rock Band Network Continues To Add More Metal

More of the usual suspects are showing up in the latest batch of newly added tracks to the Rock Band Network. Xbox fans can look forward to music from All Shall Perish and Halcyon Way over the weekend, while PS3 players will have access to more Arch Enemy and Rock Band champions Amberian Dawn next week.

The newly added Xbox 360 tracks are as follows:

All Shall Perish - "Embrace The Curse (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Death of a Dream (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Prototype - "The Way It Ends" (80 MSP)

The PS3 releases for 11/22/2011 (North America) and 11/23/2011 (Europe) will be:

Amberian Dawn - "Passing Bells" ($1.99)
Arch Enemy - "Nemesis" ($1.99)

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Heathen To Play Two West Coast Shows

Following a successful trek through Europe last month, Bay Area thrash legends HEATHEN will perform two special west coast shows later this week alongside fellow thrash titans/kindred spirits Exodus.

6/11/2010 Key Club - Los Angeles, CA w/ Exodus, Bonded By Blood, All Gods Kill and Tormentor
6/12/2010 Slim's - San Francisco, CA w/ Exodus, Anvil Chorus, and Passive Aggressive

Tickets are on sale now.

HEATHEN continue to reap praise from the metal masses with The Evolution Of Chaos, released in the US on February 16th via Holland's Mascot Records. The record marks HEATHEN's first studio offering in nearly 20 years. The band's current lineup includes David White (vocals), Lee Altus (guitar; Exodus), Kragen Lum (guitar; Prototype), Jon Torres (bass; Angelwitch) and returning member Darren Minter (drums).

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Prototype To Record New Album

California metallers Prototype will begin recording their new, as-yet-untitled, album next week in Los Angeles. The follow-up to “Continuum” will be the band’s third album and also marks the return of drummer Pat Magrath. Magrath will be laying down his drum tracks for the album with Neil Kernon at the helm, after which Prototype will return to their own Utopia Studios to complete tracking. Kernon is also scheduled to mix the album early next year. Songs set to appear on the album include “Catalyst," “The Chosen Ones," “Cynic Dreams," “The Ageless Heart Of Memory," “Into Oblivion,” and “My Own Deception." The album is scheduled for release in 2010 via Nightmare Records.

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Prototype Posts Recording Footage

California metallers Prototype have posted new recording footage online, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following brief statement about the clip:

"Quick clip of the ambient solo into the solo riff of The Way It Ends... Somewhat sloppy but you get the idea. Oh and say hello to Kragen Lum and Pat Magrath."

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Prototype Working On New Album

Prototype has issued the following update about working on a new album:

"Just a note to let everyone know that we're actively working on the next release which we hope will be available for all beginning of next year. It's taken a while to get here but with the return of Pat to the Prototype fold we're happy to see better traction towards completion of the monster that is the next record. We'll update you more as developments happen."

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Drummer, Pat Magrath, Returns to Prototype

Seven years after parting ways with PROTOTYPE in 2002, Pat Magrath (ex-Killing Kulture, ex-Steel Prophet) returns to the drum throne for the Los Angeles based progressive thrash band. Guitarist Kragen Lum commented, “We are stoked to have Pat playing with us again! His performance on our ‘Trinity’ album was repeatedly praised by both fans and reviewers, and it’s been great working with him again. We’d also like to thank Nic Ritter for his drum work on our 2008 pre-production demo. His tour schedule is packed with Warbringer through the end of the year and we wish him all the best with the new album and tours.” More...

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Warbringer Announces New Drummer

Upon returning home from their first European tour earlier this summer, in support of Napalm Death and Suffocation, WARBRINGER found itself one member short. While the group had just made touring bassist Ben Bennett official after six months of live shows together (since original bass player, Andy Laux, was still in high school), they were now faced with replacing drummer Ryan Bates after he informed them he wished to leave the band.

Fortunately, after putting a number of potential candidates through the wringer, the very talented Nic Ritter won the band over with his diverse and technical style. Ritter, 27, had been playing with progressive thrash act Prototype, a band whose song "The Way It Ends" was a bonus cut on Guitar Hero III, since relocating to LA from San Diego. He has also been keeping busy with his death/grind side-project, Bodybag Johnny.

WARBRINGER's recent show in Mesa, Arizona last weekend was his first with the band and from all reports the group didn't miss a beat. You can catch a glimpse of his capabilities via video on his MySpace page.

Ritter had the following to say about his induction into the band: "I have been working at getting in a legit, professional band for a while now, and I feel this band is a great fit for me. I can't wait to get on the road and play with the new and improved WARBRINGER lineup. We are already throwing around ideas for the next album and I can't wait to write and record it with the rest of the band. It's going to be brutal!"

Also speaking to the potential of the new album, Bennett added: "I gladly look forward to contributing with riffs and songs for the new album. Oh and by the way, expect some fat bass in the future of WARBRINGER."

Under an arduous life of non-stop touring, the band has certainly approached its developing career much like the title of its debut full-length, "War Without End." However, as young as some of these guys might be, they understand that along the road to reward there will be a few unexpected bumps, and with a new drummer and a permanent bass player they're ready to show Wacken their best lineup yet on August 2nd.

Soon after their return from Europe, where they'll tour with Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, WARBRINGER will embark on a North American tour beginning Aug. 22 with label mates and blackened folk metallers Finntroll. This will be the band's third tour of the States after sharing stages with the likes of Exodus, Goatwhore, Nile, Suicide Silence and others. The latest Warbringer tour dates follow: More...

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Prototype Welcomes New Drummer

California progressive thrashers, Prototype, issue the following message welcoming their new drummer:

"Everyone please welcome Nic Ritter to the Prototype fold as our new drummer! Nic has been working with us for the last 6-8 months or so and is responsible for the drum tracks on our new 4 song pre-production demo as we begin preparing for the next album." More...

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Prototype's 'The Way It Ends' In Guitar Hero III

Los Angeles based progressive thrash metal band PROTOTYPE announced today that it will be one of the artists featured in the new Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock video game.

'The Way It Ends' from the latest Prototype album, Continuum, has been included in Guitar Hero III as a playable track. Players will be able to put their skills to the test, playing lead, rhythm or bass guitar on this challenging Prototype song.

Also included in Guitar Hero III are tracks from METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, IRON MAIDEN, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SEX PISTOLS, SLAYER and other top rock artists.

“We are beyond stoked to be included in the new Guitar Hero III game,” said Prototype guitarist Kragen Lum. “Vince, Kirk and I are all looking forward to seeing some videos of gamers playing ‘The Way It Ends’ on Expert mode!” More...

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Prototype Finishing Up New Album, "Continuum"

Los Angeles-based progressive thrash metal band PROTOTYPE are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their second album, "Continuum". Drums for the CD were recorded at Steve Vai's Mothership studio in Hollywood, CA by original drummer Damion Ramirez, while the remaining tracks were laid down at the band's own Utopia studio. Producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSR?CHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, NILE) will mix "Continuum" in April and artwork will once again be created by artist Travis Smith. Songtitles for the new album include "The Way it Ends", "With Vision", "Probe" and "Devotion". PROTOTYPE hope to have "Continuum" available worldwide by late summer or early fall 2005.

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