Protest the Hero - Kezia (Cover Artwork)

Protest the Hero

Protest the Hero: KeziaKezia (2005)
Underground Operations

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Whenever I first get a CD (whether it be in the mail or from my local record store), I always give the cover art and the way the CD was packaged a good look over. The day I received Kezia, the first full-length album from Protest the Hero, the first thing that came to mind was Obsessions. To all my .
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Whenever I first get a CD (whether it be in the mail or from my local record store), I always give the cover art and the way the CD was packaged a good look over. The day I received Kezia, the first full-length album from Protest the Hero, the first thing that came to mind was Obsessions. To all my extremely disappointed 18 Visions fans, I thought of all the money that Trustkill put into the art for that CD and wondered: Has Underground Operations thrown away a lot of money to balance out an underpar album with excellent artwork? Yet after giving Kezia a few spins in my CD player, my worst fears about this album were relieved. For all you Protest the Hero fans, the songs on this album may not be as overtly political as fan favorite These Colors Don't Run, but this album is twice as aggressive as anything else they have ever put out.

Since the Internet presence of this album was so great, I learned that Protest the Hero had a concept for the record. This reminded me of another album that was supposed to have a concept (yes my fellow teen-boppers, that is the suckage that is My Chemical Romance). But I promise Kezia is no Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge; the new Protest the Hero album is at least five times better than the subpar MCR disc. After listening to this CD for the second time and a little surfing on the Internet, I found the album's concept, but lead vocalist Rody Walker says it best:

I can give the cliff notes (of the concept)...the literal translation is there are three characters -- one is a prison priest, one is a prison guard and the other is a girl named Kezia, who is to be executed. Each character represents different personalities of the band and how we're feeling and the shooting to death of a certain aspect of us. All it really is is three songs in each act representing each character and they just describe how the characters are feeling in relation to this scenario.
Kezia is all about balancing the aggression of thrash metal, the intensity and passion of hardcore punk, and the crooning of emo-tinged vocals. Being more of a fan of the more aggressive side of Protest the Hero, I have come to like three tracks on the record the most: "Heretics and Killers," "Blindfolds Aside," and "Turn Soonest to the Sea." Protest the Hero have definitely raised the standard for both their songwriting and their music. "Heretics and Killers" shows off a new idea that Protest the Hero had in the studio: They artfully chop up songs (this one especially) with Rody's voice over an acoustic guitar. On "Blindfolds Aside" there is probably one of the best lines in a song I have heard in a long time: "To stone for a sin I didn't care for, but a sin that paid my debts, a sin that fed my children, and burned my smiles and cigarettes" (and these guys were 18 when they made this CD!!!). "Turn Soonest to the Sea" shows off PTH's hardcore influences as the band joins Rody with powerful gang vocals. "Nautical," the first new song available online, was a good choice to get people excited about buying the record, but is not the strongest track PTH has to offer.

In a few words, this album is revolutionary. I can only hope that PTH decide to tour America in support of Kezia soon, as Underground Operations is shopping for a U.S. distributor for Kezia. Now I think I shall go put on my first 5000 pressing limited edition stickers on the lyric sheetâ?¦


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Perdition (May 17, 2011)

Epic. Straight up fucking EPIC.

Leonidas (October 1, 2009)

It's an awesome album, that's all there is to it.

blissguy (July 26, 2008)

Here's the review for Fortress, it fuckin rules. I thought it would be nothing compared to Kezia, but it's a great follow up record. Because records shouldn't sound the same, right?

RoyalWithCheese (July 9, 2008)

Wheres the review for Fortress

asmir (June 1, 2008)


Dorian (February 13, 2008)

TREOS- Actually, a Muslim might be pretty excited about the second coming of Jesus, because Muslims believe Jesus to be a prophet. They don't believe that he is the ONLY prophet, but they do accept him as one. He is mentioned in their holy book several times.

Aside from that, Protest The Hero's music has a complexity which is matched by very few bands currently performing. Their newest CD, Fortress, is even better than Kezia.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (August 11, 2007)

to C_Z: so what if they're amazing musicians? You can't just put a load of people great at their instruments into a room and expect an amazing album.
For me the album doesn't have much of a flow because of the intricate nature of practically every riff, any riff that starts to get going gets interrupted ruining the album for me at least.

Left_Tee (November 27, 2006)

This band is fantastic, their riffs are killer. Originality has a strong presence here. It's great to see Canadian bands being accepted in PUNK. We're known for nickelback and Simple plan...And they fucking suck.

Cheers to Protest the Hero, much success to ya!

C_Z (November 15, 2006)

to all you litlle faggots out there who have nothing to say good about this band... pull your head out of your ass's and actually listen to the music..

if you can play better,
i'd like to see...


viper77 (November 12, 2006)

Great album, great concept. Anyone who doesnt realize that this is a great album is obviously a NOFX fan

viper77 (November 12, 2006)

Great album, great concept. Anyone who doesnt realize that this is a great album is obviously a NOFX fan

brixtongunman (August 24, 2006)

this whole cd is like one old Thrice riff played over and over again at double speed.

boring as fuck

Craigster (August 1, 2006)

Amazing CD!
Amazing perf on Warped Tour!

TREOS (June 8, 2006)

I really liked this cd. I think that in a way it is revolutionary what with the blending of emo vocals with the metal riffs and all. I see what some people mean when they say it's no second coming of jesus and all but it's all about how you interpret the cd. I'm sure muslim people wouldn't be very impressed or moved if jesus was to return since that's not their faith. Likewise some people don;t see this cd as revolutionary or monumental but like i hope i just explained...it's all about perception and what you;re into. Personally i'm more of a moneen light vocals kinda guy but this cd is incredible.

Anonymous (June 8, 2006)

fan-fuckin'-tastic album...can't stop listening to it

Anonymous (May 18, 2006)

this is most definetly protest the hero's best cd yet! they are my fav band in the world!

Anonymous (May 18, 2006)

oh my god this is like the best cd ever!! i love protest the hero!

InBedWithYourMom (May 13, 2006)

Protest the Hero is a great young band with a lot of promise. But seriously, some of you people need to go outside more. Trashing each other about a how talented or untalented a band is...don't you have anything better to do? You think that anyone cares how you compare them to your personal favourites? Let them be themselves. For real..go outside and get some sun.

md40_07 (May 10, 2006)

from song one to the tenth one, this CD is amazing. Best i've heard in a while.

crazytoledo (April 30, 2006)

'Blindfolds Aside' is one of the best songs I've heard in some time.

The whole album is amazing.

Anonymous (April 28, 2006)

amazing band, sick album

here's an idea, stop dropping names like 18 visions and mcr in reviews you deem good.

Anonymous (April 27, 2006)

dammit i forgot to post this.........my score

Anonymous (April 27, 2006)

dammit i forgot to post this.........my score

Anonymous (April 27, 2006)

im a huge protest fan, ive been a fan since you couldnt even find any images of protest on google images, which is like 2 years. And im a huge thrice fan, heard every thrice song out there, so what my point is that kezia is sort of similar to the illusion of safety- thrice. Cause when that the illusion of safety came out it broke the rules of emo and hardcore by blending it together and mixing it with metalcore, it's thrice's most technical cd, that's why it's so big. Now with protest there cd is doing the same just this time it's FAR more technical than the illusion, and the concept of Kezia is far better than the illusion. Kezia is not exactly like the illusion of safety but there are some similarities that are undiniable. Overall both cd's kick ass!! Oh and one more thing about kezia they are so nice to their fans unlike thrice. Well for us canadians, eh

Anonymous (April 27, 2006)

Best Music Ive Heard In A Long Time Keep Playing!!!!!!

Anonymous (April 27, 2006)

This albumn is incredible!!!
As for the reference to Thrice- Illusion of Safety WTF???
Kid you need to open up your fucking ears!
Do you even know how to distinguish between bands or notes???
Obviously you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.
Why don't you comment when you learn something about music.
You prepubescent fuck

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (April 19, 2006)

This album features really good musicians but it just becomes filled with technical showing off in my opinion. The vocalist really has an incredible vocal range but if I was really after vocals that he brings, I'd start listening to choirs or something. I cannot listen to this album in long chunks at all, it just gets irritating that they seem to be trying to show off rather than create well-flowing music.

Anonymous (April 8, 2006)


HeresLookinAtYou (April 5, 2006)

I saw these guys with Fall of Troy and Anterrabae a few weeks ago.

I'd say about 90% of the crowd was there to see both those bands, but that same 90% was also blown away by how good Protest the Hero was.

Their merch table easily recieved the most visits that night.

Anonymous (March 26, 2006)

ok. protest the hero. and why they are amazing. #1 they have amazing vocals. #2 they have amazing lyrics #3 they go deep into their lyrics and actually put somthing that is worth while listinign to other then the screaming painful suicide notes that is from first to last. they keep real to their fans, they signed my cd for me when i saw them in concert in london a while ago, and they send me emails bout concerts and just how shit is going on the road because i asked them to and they acutally kept their promise. these guys are truly in it for the music. im seeing them in concert in lonond on april 22nd and its gunna be amazing. SO FUCK YALL WHO DONT LIKE THEM

monster_sretsnom (February 22, 2006)

no comment
my 10 is all I have to say

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

Gotta say, there's waaay too much praise being thrown at this band for this Kezia release. It's good stuff, great instrumentation, decent concept, flawless execution all to be commended. But to imply that this CD represents some monumental moment in music history is to imply that you haven't heard much great music.

Granted, in a sea of My Chemical Romances and Fall-Out Boys and other such dissapointments PTH must seem like The Second Coming. Still, Progressive bands and Prog Metal/Tech Metal bands have been putting out material as good or than this since the 1960's. From King Crimson, Yes, and Gentle Giant on up to Dream Theater, Between The Buried and Me, and Capharnaum. And I'd bet the guys in PTH would agree with me on that.

But hey, throwing Emo vocals onto technical, heavy music is a great way to get the mainstream, know-nothings to meet the underground, progressive music snobs half-way. But lets not go nuts with the praise. It's a good release by a great bunch of musicians. It loses points with me because of the vocals but I have to say, this is the first time I've ever heard whiny emo vocals and not wanted to stab my ears out. Good stuff.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

Great riffs, Great lyrics but it is all over shadowed by the absoulute worst voice in punk today....dear god its so fucking whiny and unlistenable.

merongcity (January 27, 2006)

sorry my score is not justice(down.....)
this star is really Right

merongcity (January 27, 2006)

great human

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

super star!!!!!
how happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyT_T
this album is classical,but really extream.
I'm korean and I wish we meet comming soon( _ )
사랑해요!porest the hero(당신은 영웅이야)

Anonymous (January 22, 2006)

It kicks total ass and the music sounds really in concert too. Suckers

Anonymous (January 19, 2006)

i dont even care what anybody say about protest.
They are fucking amazing!
From amazing riffs to even better vocals.
All around amazing!

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

Dear guy below me. They didnt debut Nautical live until June or July. Thanks.

B-rent (January 18, 2006)

OMG i love Protest The Hero i first saw them on The Punk Show on much music with my friend we automatically loved this band they are so amazing i believe these guys have what it takes to make it big one day. I first saw them live in Kitchener with Sum41 and No Warning at The Aud in Kitchener i must say when they said they hade a new cd coming out i was stoked i looked on there official site and www.undergroundoperations.com everyday for news or to hear a song from the new record.Also the concert i went to i got the EP signed by all 5 members and they did perform a new song for the first time so i thought that was cool and that song was called Nautical that was at April 9 2005. I hope these guys make it really big some day because the ep i have will be worth so much signed then lol well bye

Anonymous (December 10, 2005)

A really incredible album, these guys have crazy skills and will definitly go places if they keep up releases like Kezia.
One of my favourite cd's of the year, plus these guys put on a good show, im seeing them again in a few days for the win.

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

this album rocked my socks off... hectyc lyrics, riffs and overall sound. im from the fuckin 905 bitch whitby represent... i went to school with Arif... very talented guy and so is the rest of the band... ANDERSON AND AUSTIN REPRESENT!!!

Anonymous (November 22, 2005)

Seriously how can you say this album sucks or even protest the hero in general, they are 18 and they are doing shit that you couldnt even do in your dreams. They are extremly talented and they put on a kick ass show, I seen them play both times they came to fredericton, so respect them for that even if your not into this genre of music. Protest The Hero = AMAZING BAND! This cd is insane BITCHS!!!!

Keep up the good work Protest.

Anonymous (November 15, 2005)

weither you like the band or not
this album is fucking brilliant
weither you like the lyrical content or not
theres a capacity to it that most of you probably couldn't even begin to understand even if you tried

i don't care how you feel about them
respect them
they put together a story none of you ever could
and they made it work

Anonymous (November 12, 2005)

To say this album is revolutionary really is an understatement. A whole new standard in music has been set and I find myself barely even respecting other bands that i previously really enjoyed... nothing comes even close to this.
Those that don't appreciate this album probably don't have the intellecutal capacity to understand its complexities. This is shown by the ingenious reviews posted here such as:"They're not punk enough", or "they're 905 fags", or "Avril owns the record label, they suckl"
It's just a matter of time until they become internationally renown. In the communication age, few things this special remain obscure.

Anonymous (November 12, 2005)

Me again. Reviewer you made a mistake

"To stone for a sin I didn't care for, but a sin that paid my debts, a sin that fed my children, and burned my smiles and cigarettes"

That's wrong, it goes

"Blindfolded to atone for a sin I didn't care for..."

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

One more thing, the album is meant as a musical. Don't like that? Too bad, but don't shrug it off as being "overthetop" without realizing this. Not only is it stylistically a metal opera but the enigma (yes, it's an enigma, not a story, this came from the band themselves) parallels not only Dostoevsky's parable "the Grand Inquisitor" but the musical "les Miserables". I'm sorry guys, but the shit you're giving this album is far beyond you. Oh, and you can't compare these guys to Fall of Troy, because Fall of Troy just repeat mundane pull offs with ghastly vocals.

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

I'm going to be frank. Firstly, to compare this album to thrice is offensive, because the fact is the work that went into this album long surpasses anything those butt-plugging whosers have ever done. Do you guys realize the layers upon layers metaphors in this one? Do you realize the stories and concepts behind the album? You can bitch all you want about how shitty UO is, but who fucking cares? In what way does a lame label affect an album from being brilliant? Oh, no, it's not punk enough! Who fucking cares? SO the guys in this band chose not to repeat themselves like the punk scene's been doing for the last 10 years, get over it and listen to your same shitty anti-flag albums. The fact is those who shrug this album off are usually doing it out of ignorance. You need to appreciate the range in Rody's vocals (easily 3 octaves are shown on the album), and the virtuosity of the instruments. Arif manages to keep up with the guitars, pulling off amazing tapping and other techniques on his bass. Tim and Luke master the sweep picking and arpeggious all the while keeping the music interesting while Moe hits the skins like no other. To say this album is anything other than groundbreaking is just shocking to me; let's see you find another band of this age record something on par, but until you do I'll say get off your ass and buy this. Whether you like it or not, this album has more style and substance than any of the mundane overdroned shit you "punx" listen to. Oi indeed, ass-wads.

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

my names kezia, wow :P

Anonymous (November 5, 2005)

you people are stupid.. the album owns. You dont need to bitch about who owns the record label or this and that its fucking good music so shut up and enjoy

Anonymous (October 31, 2005)

this album is sweet. it barely leaves my cd player.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

This album prooves just how amazing protest the hero really is. The lyrics are one of the best lyrics i have ever read. I cant wait to see the music video for Blindfolds Aside.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

This album is intense from start to finish. Yeah it borrows a lot from BTBAM, but to say that this is similar to Sum 41 is just being blind to the masterpiece that is this album and protest.

Not to knock on Sum 41, but Protest kicks so much more ass. I especially like how they are not so blatently obvious with their political comentary as they were on calculated use of sound.

As for all the 905 BS, this area boasted one of the best hardcore/punk/metal scenes in the late 90's and early 00's out there. Recently its gone a little weak, but nothing can stay on top forever.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

First of all, to all those 905 kids bitching. Fuck. Your labeling yourself with a fucking area code. its music man, not a telephone service, get your heads out of your ass. To all the universal sell out shit/ avril shit. What better way to take down a corrupt way of putting out music (turning it into a product instead of an artform), than from the inside out?

sceneupdates (October 23, 2005)

^5, good album

Staxic (October 23, 2005)

Universal Execs like blowing coke off the arses of strippers. So do I. So instead of buying this crappy record and supporting big record companies, send me the money and I promise I'll party like a rock start on it!

Hey man! I kinda like your sister.

almandude (October 22, 2005)

"It doesn't matter whether or not he "hated it" - the fact of the matter is that he knew damn well what he was getting into when he quit Closet Monster to join Avril Lavigne's band. He made his money for about a year or so, and then left to rejoin Cloest Monster. He may have hated it, but he still willingly did it. And for being in a band that prides itself on its revolutionary and anti-capitalist sentiment, such a move doesn't exaclty mesh well with their own supposed value system.
Protest the Hero - Kezia"

Hey, if I was going to tour the world and make money off of it to put towards my own record company which would help put my band out there as well as other bands on my label, i'd sure as hell do it. He was told about this open position for a bass player for an up-and-coming female singer. He took a break from Closet Monster and told them he'd be back, he never quit.

moneenerd (October 20, 2005)

I hate UndergroundOperation bands, but this album is pretty stellar.

Anonymous (October 20, 2005)

You guys are seriously retarded. Shut the hell up. Never have I seen so many know-it-all attention whores clambering for cyber-attention.

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

Hahahaha. Fuck this manufactured revolution.


Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

"The 'owner' of this label was with the avril band during the first cd, and that was it cuz he hated it."

It doesn't matter whether or not he "hated it" - the fact of the matter is that he knew damn well what he was getting into when he quit Closet Monster to join Avril Lavigne's band. He made his money for about a year or so, and then left to rejoin Cloest Monster. He may have hated it, but he still willingly did it. And for being in a band that prides itself on its revolutionary and anti-capitalist sentiment, such a move doesn't exaclty mesh well with their own supposed value system.

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

What does anyone care if they're from the 905 area or not? why would that change your opinion of it? Ok They sucked when they were 15...any other valid points? Oh that's right, it all goes to feed someone's cocaine habit... someone no one here knows but, but heard from a friend that it's true.

The 905 is a joke that hates on anything that out grows it. So tie your bandanas tight you fuckin scene whores.

SilentStorms (October 19, 2005)

Ahahaha, ok buddy, The 'owner' of this label was with the avril band during the first cd, and that was it cuz he hated it. But yeah, we all do coke! Retard. Post that you don't like the band - not they we feed a coke addict. Unless of course it's true ... which it's not. Bitch.

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

When you buy this CD, your money actually goes towards paying for coke and underaged girls for the guys who "crashed the mall" with Avril Lavigne.

Just saying. Know where your money goes.

SilentStorms (October 18, 2005)

Oh and my house backs onto a park and rivine/pond - but yeah ... no trees in the 905 (that's sarcasm, hence my generalization comment before).

SilentStorms (October 18, 2005)

Oh yeah, Fall of Troy does certainly kick ass.

inanechild (October 18, 2005)

I'm from the 905 area. While it has its good parts, I think we can say, with confidence, Whitby (Protest the Hero's hometown) is nothing but houses with literally nothing else.

SilentStorms (October 18, 2005)

Seems rather abrupt and generalized, but I respect your opinion because I can see it being like depending where you are in 905 - but no way is that representative.

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

what I've heard so far seems okay, and maybe people shit on the 905 cuz it's the burbs, I hate that area because it is boring to me and there is no trees, just blank houses

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

yeah they are amazing musicians but they make shitty music

SilentStorms (October 18, 2005)

Yeah is it a crime to be from the 905 area or something?

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

u guys are idiots...this cd is incredible. its understandable nnot liking the genre but you can say they arent amazing musicians. and secondly...who ever said UO is owned by universal is a complete fuckin moron. the distribute the cds, they do not own the label

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

Why does everyone rip on this band from the 905 area? I'm from 905, and i love this band.

And about the universal/underground operations thing:

universal is distributing for UO, UO is not a branch of universal. Just like Touch And Go distributes for Jadetree.

adam (October 18, 2005)

This struck me as far too overblown and theatrical when I first listened to it, maybe I'll need to give it another spin and see what all the fussis about.


inagreendase (October 18, 2005)

They're 18 and doing shit that bands you like can't even fathom of doing. Holla


Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

this album is the fucking bomb,..if anybody doesn't like it ..they are fucked..

SilentStorms (October 18, 2005)

Very Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, (Illusion) Thrice, and Circa Survice if ya ask me ... which no one did. Meh.

SilentStorms (October 18, 2005)

Yikes, has anyone posting actually listened to this album?!?! They're 18 and doing shit that bands you like can't even fathom of doing. Holla.

Seriously though, this album is blamazing.

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

Havn't heard this cd, but the songs i've heard sound like a mixmatch of my chemical romance, anti flag, and sum 41 (their metal-pop sound).

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

dude start listening to punkrock instead of this crap

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

too much metal, too little punk rock.

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

Municipial waste rules
this is another metal and emo shit that bores the hell outta me

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

overrated crap from the 905. much better here

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

Underground Operations is owned by Universal Music.

Stores order their product out of the same cataloges and trade magazines as they would Ashlee Simpson, Limp Bizkit or Bryan Adams. They send out ridiculous press one-sheets talking about how "the kids will be eating this up!"

It was started on money from being in Avril Lavigne's band and is now a subsidiary of Universal Music.

Underground, Indeed.

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

americans. come to the 905 then try to take this seriously.
905 residents. please remove your heads from your asses.
me. i am ashamed to be from the 905.
protest the hero. you sucked when i played with you when i was 15, and you still suck now.

CherryColaRain (October 18, 2005)

Amazing album. Specially "Blindfolds Aside". I, however, did not know it was a concept album. but that would explain the "...a girl named Kezia" in "Blindfolds Aside". Great album, anyone should give it atleast one spin. Along with Propagandhi's and Thrice's new realeases.

inagreendase (October 18, 2005)

I liked it better when it was called The Illusion of Safety. And way, way, WAY less over the top.

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