May 31, 2007

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Introducing ‘metalodic rock’
Prospect Hill tones it down a bit
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Prospect Hill is a name that’s been in the New England metal and rock scene for more than six years. But, within the past year, Prospect Hill has reformed itself.

Based in Boston, Mass., Prospect Hill was originally Panacea. Since then, the band has gained a new lineup and some new material.

Prospect Hill is Adam Fithian on lead vocals; Derek Rousseau on lead guitar; Andy Bochart on rhythm guitar; Edgar Troncoso on bass and backup vocals, and Mark Roberge on drums.

“We were a lot more metal before but now we’re going down a different road with it. The music has changed vastly. We’ve toned it down a lot actually and there’s not as much screaming,” Troncoso said.

Prospect Hill even came up with their own genre, which they call “metalodic rock.” According to Rousseau, metalodic rock is hard rock music influenced by the melodic expressions of metal music, heard in some of Rousseau’s guitar riffs.

“It’s like the music that we’re writing now is where we should’ve already been. Before it seemed like it was us, the band, and the lead singer. Now it just feels like we’re all in it. It brought the whole performance together,” Bochart said.

The last release for Prospect Hill, Out of the Ashes, was recorded with their previous frontman. Fithian joined the team in September 2006 and plans are underway new album.

Prospect Hill is best known for its live performances, whch are full of energy and drive.

“We really do have a reputation for our live shows. The live performances are much more intense,” said Fithian.

Metalodic
What:
Opening Day at Auburn Pitts, all-ages, all-day show
Who: Prospect Hill, Adria, Hevyded, Coven of 13, Fourpoint, Presiphist
When: Saturday, June 2, 1 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Where: Auburn Pitts, 187 Rockingham Road, Auburn
For more information: Music samples and more show listings are available at prospecthill.com or myspace.com/prospecthill.