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An 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 muso take note.
“Four Stroke Baron is actually the protuberance of a multi-dimensional being into our local spacetime, that has chosen the form of a time-traveling group of Gregorian monks with a penchant for technical metal and pop sensibilities.”
“A unique mix of 80s synths, blackened metal, and awesome 90s melodic rock vocals, you say? That’s something I really like! You should really check out this record! I’m thrilled to be part of it!”
– Jørgen Munkeby (Shining)
“Four Stroke Baron is a grungy force, blending elements of retro punk, modern metal, and ambient rock. Driving guitars, forceful drums, and howling melodies will keep Four Stroke Baron in your stereo for months on end.”
– Adam Tuminaro (The Orlando Drummer)
“An arena-sized, panoramic hybrid with limitless possibilities,
Four Stroke Baron are likely to be the next odd-ball metal favorite.”
– Dead Rhetoric
“Plenty of bands have attempted to fuse elements of New Wave and metal... but few have done it with
as much prog-rock dexterity and forward-looking nuance as Four Stroke Baron.”
– Revolver Magazine
“Catchy-as-hell, larger-than-life, prog-fused aggro alt-rock that recalls acts ranging from Tool to Cave In to Korn to Meshuggah. The unique result will hit your musical G-spot faster than you can trigger the 'Repeat Album' function.
Planet Silver Screen is that all-too-rare album that is heavy without sacrificing its sense of fun.”
– Metal Sucks
"Weaving 80's post-punk vocals into wall-shaking riffs and shapeshifting tempos, the tracks suggest Mastodon drunk on wine and The Cure... Inventive and subtly affecting, this is weird in all the right ways."
– Metal Hammer
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