Five Star Prison Cell

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Five Star Prison Cell
FSPC live in Melbourne 2007
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Tech Metal, Math Rock
Years active 2004–2011, 2013–present
Labels Independent
Website Official Website
Past members Adam Glynn
Marek Holain
Marc Whitworth
Cameron Macdonald

Five Star Prison Cell was a four-piece band[1] from Melbourne, Australia, whose music was generally labelled as tech metal[2] or math rock. They were known for their use of unusual time signatures, dissonant guitar riffs, and a vocal approach that explored many different avenues and styles.[3]


Five Star Prison Cell was formed in 2004 from members of various other bands. Vocalist Adam Glynn came from Melbourne band Frankenbok, Marc Whitworth had played drums for Gold Coast band Tension and Cameron Macdonald and Mark Holain played bass and guitar in Extra Virgin. The group was initially conceived as a one-off studio project but after Extra Virgin disbanded it was decided to continue with Five Star Prison Cell.

In 2005, the band released its debut album The Complete First Season through Faultline Records. During the year the band toured throughout Australia and supported Arch Enemy and Spiderbait. Much of the following year was spent writing and recording another album.

On 14 November 2006, Five Star Prison Cell won the annual Musicoz award for best metal/hardcore act of 2006.[4] A new album, Slaves of Virgo, was due during the year but held off until March 2007.

Five Star Prison Cell have rigorously toured Australia and New Zealand throughout their career and have shared the stage with many international acts including: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Danzig, Cephalic Carnage, The Black Dahlia Murder, Arch Enemy and Clutch.

In early 2010, Five Star Prison Cell completed recording their third album, titled Matriarch with Australian producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect, Helmet). The album was released in May and supported by a nationwide tour.

April 2011 Five Star Prison Cell decided to disband and go their separate ways.[citation needed] No particular reason was provided other than wanting to focus on other areas in their lives. They remain best of friends and have left the door open to the possibility of doing another album in the future.

October 2013 - Five Star Prison Cell announced their re-activation and are in the process of writing and recording a 4th Album.

Band members

  • Adam Glynn - vocals
  • Mark Holain - guitar
  • Cameron Macdonald – bass
  • Marc Whitworth - drums


Notes and references

  1. ^ "The great escape", Hobart Mercury, 20 May 2010 
  2. ^ "INBRieF", The Chronicle (Toowoomba), 15 July 2009 
  3. ^ many styled vocal approach
  4. ^ 2006 Musicoz award winners Archived 16 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.

LOUD! Magazine, issue 38, May/June 2005

External links

  • Official website
  • Five Star on MySpace
  • Interview from Australian Music Online, 2/21/2005
  • Five Star Prison Cell Feature Interview at Blistering magazine
  • Australian Music Online profile[permanent dead link]
  • Metalforge interview (and take on math metal)

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