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Protest the Hero

Protest the Hero: FortressFortress (2008)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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I'm not sure I will ever be able to look at another skateboard without thinking of Protest the Hero, just like I will probably never listen to Protest the Hero without thinking of skateboarding. While this association may seem odd, I can say without hesitation that learning to kickflip at 22 feels j.
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I'm not sure I will ever be able to look at another skateboard without thinking of Protest the Hero, just like I will probably never listen to Protest the Hero without thinking of skateboarding. While this association may seem odd, I can say without hesitation that learning to kickflip at 22 feels just as strange. With a clean, white Protest the Hero sticker courtesy of an AAM promo package slapped firmly to the bottom of my Blackout skateboard, I saw more of that sticker in one summer than I saw of the charcoal griptape I was trying to land on. And while I eventually found footing on the right side of the rotation with enough practice, the swirling, dicing guitarwork of "Sequoia Throne" will forever be the soundtrack of my late blooming trick arsenal.

Even while Protest the Hero remained a local Canadian sensation buried within the underground of Ontario's ice-covered streets, enfactioned fans bickered over which musical camp the band belonged to, as that of course would determine their "scene." The truth is, that with one foot planted firmly in post-hardcore, one in thrash metal and the third element of the tripod pissing the word "PuNk" into the snow below, Protest the Hero is their own genre. The genre of post-hardcore-punk-metal...core... no, that's not right. There aren't any labels that can confine Protest the Hero.

What's even more thoroughly impressive is the reckless abandon the quintet exerts, never divvying up their strengths and styles to "punk song," "hardcore song," "metal song," etc., but rather emblazoning each track with their own unique mixture. While the opening track "Bloodmeat" whets the listener's appetite with dazzling guitarwork, the angular shredding and unorthodox timing of its successor "The Dissentience" demonstrate an important willingness to lay back on excess and focus on construction, a formula infinitely important in melding in post-hardcore to a composition. However, the album highlight seems rather obviously to be the shape-shifting "Sequoia Throne," bouncing from speed metal to metalcore with the album's most simplistic, yet vexing lyrics as vocalist Rody Walker shouts "They're not the ones to cause us harm -- we are!" The two-part miniseries "Goddess Bound" and "Goddess Gagged" round out the effort in spectacular fashion that's, well, a lot like the rest of the album, with a rich combination of brooding depth and mile-high guitarwork, and with punk veracity steamrolling through every maniacal shout.

Aww shucks, writing this review has got me all nostalgic about the summer that's flown by. But hey, it's not over yet! Maybe I still have time to learn some new tricks...like maybe how to play guitar like Protest the Hero.

Or, maybe I should save that for next summer.

 

 
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shawnlw (February 14, 2010)

Great review, great album.

Leonidas (October 1, 2009)

It's pretty good but I like Kezia better.

Ellsi (September 16, 2008)

I'm willing to call this "Musical Perfection".

sincity777 (September 14, 2008)

I think it's interesting - which is saying alot, considering the cookie cutter mold of most bands.

SilentStorms (August 30, 2008)

Posted by jesuschrist on 2008-08-29 11:15:30
My Score:

focus your piece of shit blackout - and stop rocking charcoal grip. that can't be good. The score is for your skateboard........and this silly band.

Dude, your name is Jesus Christ. Just die already.

GlassPipeMurder (August 29, 2008)

charcoal colored...not literally charcoal. duh.

jesuschrist (August 29, 2008)

focus your piece of shit blackout - and stop rocking charcoal grip. that can't be good. The score is for your skateboard........and this silly band.

Alien (August 29, 2008)

This is a very good album, however I just found some moments, like the meow, and the keyboards out of place.
I also founds this album to have a lot less staying power than I did with Kezia.

but still a very good album

Jeevz (August 28, 2008)

Why is this review up now? A little late don't ya think. I dug this CD then and I still do now. It's not quite as good as Kezia but it still kicks some serious ass!

blip (August 28, 2008)

Palms Read is sick too!

deadramone (August 27, 2008)

one of my favorite bands ever. got to meet them at warped tour and they were amazing. and so what if they used protools, they pulled that shit off perfect live

tenwestchaser (August 27, 2008)

This bands vocals are aparently very polarizing. I happen to agree with the review. Protest The Hero fucking own. Roddy's vocals are really what set them apart from most bands, too. It's very very heavy yet extremely catchy and sing-along-capable. I love em.

damnitsderek (August 27, 2008)

I can't deal with the vocals. Maybe I'll give them a second try, but I don't expect much.

bikeage (August 27, 2008)

what the fuck

GlassPipeMurder (August 27, 2008)

ugh. dude, you're 22 and you're leaning to skateboard while listening to a terrible metalcore band.

wrong in every sense. read the review before commenting, sucka!

SilentStorms (August 27, 2008)

This and the Transistor Transistor record are my tops for album of the year. This cd fucking owns. Oh, and the new Russian Circles is amazing too.

thus_spoke_sean (August 27, 2008)

i could maybe like this band if i didnt find their singer to be audibly atrocious.

24HourPriapism (August 27, 2008)

*learning, even.

24HourPriapism (August 27, 2008)

ugh. dude, you're 22 and you're leaning to skateboard while listening to a terrible metalcore band. what the hell.

grownfromthecold (August 27, 2008)

This band is rad. Vocal melodies could be a tad better on this album, like they were on Kezia, but no complaints other than that. Even the screaming is up a notch. Album art is a little odd, but who cares?

someone-yeah (August 27, 2008)

seriously, what the fuck is that album art

mikexdude (August 27, 2008)

Nothing wrong with ProTools, Matt.

This band is sick.

RYANGP (August 27, 2008)

good album, and super-tech which is always cool, but i definitely prefer Kezia over this album. It's just much more listenable all the way through.

SydBarrett420 (August 26, 2008)

Big time dissapointment after a superb debut.

brown (August 26, 2008)

Essentially grown up listening to this band, being hometown exports and all. It took me a lot longer to get into this album as Kezia, but it's still catchy as all hell. Really different from their earlier roots of the Calculated Use of Sound ep (which they refuse to acknowledge even exists anymore), but still cool none the less.

andrewking (August 26, 2008)

My favourite record of 2008 so far, along with Crystal Castles. And this is a better CD than Kezia.

TheMike (August 26, 2008)

I would rather listen to Iron Maiden.

That's not a diss, I love Iron Maiden.

Protest is ok, but not my cup of tea. Although I saw them shortly after they released that calculated use of sound ep.

mattramone (August 26, 2008)

ProTools the Hero

the_problem_with_fire (August 26, 2008)

can't stand the singer's voice

cheesetits (August 26, 2008)

I dig the guitars in this band, but the singer is really hit and miss.

the_problem_with_fire (August 26, 2008)

"if i want wank-tech i'll listen to dream theatre.

(note: I will not listen to dream theatre)"

haha i laughed

hubitcherkokov (August 26, 2008)

Oddly enough, I was piecing together a review for this album on the train home from work just now. I felt it was a shame that it took this long to get reviewed.

Certainly not as easily accessible as Kezia, but g.d. does this album shred.

dancelukedance (August 26, 2008)

I found it coincidental when i saw this reveiw posted as i just purchased "Fortress" last week. I bought the cd not knowing much about Protest the hero and i still have listend to it much. I do dig their sound though, the mixture of thrash metal and punk is sick!

jacknife737 (August 26, 2008)

It's not bad, but can't top Kezia.

sceneupdates (August 26, 2008)

Good album, but parts kinda similar to Between the Buried and Me?

zombie-guru (August 26, 2008)

I like this one, but it doesn't even come close to Kezia.

TraumaSponge (August 26, 2008)

More like Dillinger Turning Gay Plan.

usversusthem (August 26, 2008)

It's good, but I think I enjoyed A Calculated Use of Sound more.

bryne (August 26, 2008)

It's good, but I think I enjoyed Kezia more.

ddb43 (August 26, 2008)

I don't understand why everyone is shitting all over this band. This album kicks major arse!! I played it many times before running down to the ocean to find flat summer waves again.

andrewg (August 26, 2008)

if i want wank-tech i'll listen to dream theatre.

(note: I will not listen to dream theatre)

someone-yeah (August 26, 2008)

what the fuck is that album art

billnye (August 26, 2008)

shitty band alert

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