|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Progressive metal, thrash metal|
|Labels||Nightmare, MetalAxe, WWIII Music/AMC, Massacre, Sublevel Records|
|Associated acts||Alchemist, Heathen, Warbringer, Steel Prophet, Psychosis, Metallica|
|Past members||Nic Ritter
Early years (1994–2001)
Prototype was formed in 1994, when vocalist and guitarist Vince Levalois and guitarist Kragen Lum stopped performing as the Los Angeles band Psychosis and decided change the band's name to Prototype. They quickly hired a new drummer, Damion Ramirez (Fathom, Capitol Eye, Long Beach Shortbus), and a new bassist, Stephen Gambina (Æon Spoke), and began recording new compositions of their debut release, a demo titled Seed. The critically acclaimed cassette contained only three songs: "Seed", "Shine", and "Dead of Jericho". All three tracks later appeared on two more of the band's albums. The demo went on to receive praise and was even referred to as the benchmark for modern progressive metal.
In 1997, new drummer Pat Magrath (Killing Culture, Steel Prophet) and new bassist Mike Bear were added to the band, replacing Damion Ramirez and Steve Gambina respectively. The new Prototype line-up began recording the band's debut EP, Cloned, which was released in 1998. In 1999, Mike Bear was replaced by a new bassist, Kirk Scherer.
Trinity and Continuum (2002–2009)
The band's first full length album, Trinity, was released on February 12, 2002. Later that year, Pat Magrath left Prototype. The band later appeared on Phantom Lords - A Tribute to Metallica covering Metallica's song "Battery". The following year, five songs from the album were featured on the soundtrack for the video game True Crime: Streets of LA.
The band's second full length album, Continuum, was released on June 2, 2006. Pat Magrath guested on the song "Heart Machine" while the rest of the drum tracks were performed by Damion Ramirez. "Synthespian" features in the video game Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam. Also, the first track from the album, "The Way It Ends" was featured as a bonus song on the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Lum, Levalois, and Scherer were endorsed by Jackson Guitars for two years and appeared in the product catalogs. Lum's custom seven string Soloist was featured in the catalog's custom shop guitars.
In 2008, Kragen Lum joined the revamped line up for San-Francisco Bay Area Thrash band Heathen. That year, Prototype enlisted drummer Nic Ritter, who had also been performing with Los Angeles thrash metal band Warbringer at the time. However, due to Ritter's commitments with Warbringer, the band decided to re-enlist their former drummer Pat Magrath in 2009.
Six years after releasing Continuum, and two years after the band began recording again, Prototype released their third full length album, Catalyst, on September 11, 2012. Two months later, they released the demo collection Retrospect. In March 2013, the band released their second EP The Way It Ends - Video Game EP, which features mixes of Prototype songs that were previously featured in video games.
In popular culture
- In 2004, an instrumental version of the Prototype song "Probe" was featured on the MTX Mototrax video game.
- Several of their songs, including "Pure", "Shine" and "Trinity" are featured in the 2004 video game True Crime: Streets of L.A..
- In 2006, the song "Synthespian" appeared on the Wii game Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam.
- In 2007, Prototype's song "The Way It Ends" was featured as a playable song in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
- Current members
- Vince Levalois – vocals, guitars
- Kragen Lum – guitars
- Pat Magrath – drums
- Kirk Scherer – bass guitar
- Cloned (1998)
- The Way It Ends - Video Game EP (2013)
- Seed (1994)
- Rehearsal Demo 1995 (1995)
- Demo 1997 (1997)
- Retrospect (2012)