Once upon a time there was a band named Psychosis. In 1994 two members of Psychosis decided to rename and reform the band, and Prototype was born. In 1994 their demo “Seed” was released, and in 1997 their EP “Cloned” was finished. Their first album, “Trinity,” was released in 2002 and was followed by “Continuum” in 2006. In 2010, their third album will be released. Over the years the bands have had many switches between musicians, mostly with the drummers and bassists. They started small with demos and covers and have eventually progressed to a full-fledged, albeit underrated and unknown, metal band.
Prototype has a distinct style about it, and more often than not their songs are about modern technology or religion. Critics have complemented their variety and style various times, and the critics are right. Prototype has heavy metal, not as hardcore songs, instrumentals, and all other manner of tracks.
Their first album, Trinity, definitely had a dune-esque and survival of the fittest theme. Several of the songs actually referenced dune, and one even used audio from a Dune movie. The focus of this album was definitely on religion and survival, and the album art depicted several towers in front of a bright but hazy sun and two moons with a body of water in the foreground.
Their second album, Continuum, had more of a modern feel to it. The songs were centered around aliens, robotics, and genetic engineering with songs like “Synthespian” and “Heart Machine”. The album still contained the diversity that fans know and love, with several hardcore songs, a great instrumental, and some sweet metal. The art on this album depicted three snow white faces with a red worm snaking through the eye sockets.
Prototype is essentially an unknown and underrated metal band, with a great style and some great playing. Their riffs are smooth and complex, and the themes of their songs make a listener think. It’s a surprise that more people haven’t heard about them. With the release of the video game Prototype it may be harder to find them on the internet now, because many more people will be searching for Prototype gameplay and tips. I must say though, if you have the opportunity it would be a good idea to check out some of their music. They are arguably one of the best metal bands out there.