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So here's the second album from Protest The Hero, this band is a very big influence of mine along with a lot of other bands from this genre and awaiting this album, I was expecting something amazing.
I was a bit disappointed with this album, not in a sense that it is a bad album or badly written, the songs aren't bad at all, but I feel that not enough thought went into the album and it could have been made a lot better.
The standard of the guitars,bass and drums is still brilliant, but i feel that each song has a lack of structure and although they manage to make the riffs fit with each other, the songs do not flow as well as they should do. Don't get me wrong though there are some brilliant moments in this album and some amazing riffs and melodies, I just feel that for a band this talented they could have produced something better. Then again this is only a second album so maybe this is just part of the evolution process for them but we'll have to wait and see!
Another problem that I do have with this band is that although their singer is brilliant, there is only so much you can take as he begins to sound the same throughout the album. Not that this necessarily is a bad thing when listening to it song by song, but listening to the entire album can end up very repetitive vocally.
Despite my criticisms, I do definitely still see this as an album to give a listen to as there are some very interesting guitar/vocal melodies and a lot of inventive poly rhythms and generally great ideas!
All in all I'd give this album about 3.5/5, it's brilliant in it's own way but maybe listening to it one song at a time improves the experience!
Protest the Hero have returned with their album Fortress. And it's just as good as their previous album Kezia, although I think the technical mathcore influences really come through even more in Fortress. But that just goes to show that Protest the Hero are actually progressing and evolving.
The standard of the instrumentalists continues to be ridiculously and inhumanly high. The guitarists just can't get any better, and the same goes for the drummer and bassist. The singer's voice is still the same as in Kezia - not quite what you would expect at first, and so it takes a while to get used to before you can actually enjoy listening to it, but eventually you'll learn to love it.
With Fortress, Protest the Hero have become more varied in their sound than they were in their debut album Kezia, and the difference between their more typical metal songs and their technical metal songs is more profound and more easily seen. The band have also put in more slow sections or acoustic sections (like in the song "Bone Marrow" it goes into a much slower section and then ends with a piano solo) in between the metal sections.
But however much PTH have progressed, Fortress has the same vital mistake that Kezia did - listen to the whole album at once and all you'll hear is a jumbled mass of guitar solos, drum beats and singing. You just can't tell the difference between the songs. Granted, it's not quite to the extent that it was with Kezia, but it's still a problem.
Fortress is Protest the Hero's second full album, and the evolution that has taken place since Kezia is very noticeable. Kezia itself was quite a groundbreaking and unique album but since then, Protest the Hero have come on leaps and bounds.
The music style on this album has progressive song structures however for those who don't like 10 and 20 minute epics that can often be found with progressive songs, these are still of average song length. What this means is that the songs slowly build to a very powerful and usually very catchy climax, which I think is a great touch and a refreshing change from generic song structures - Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus... etc. I think the structure of the songs is a big plus.
As for the actual music itself, almost every song is radically different and very interesting in it's own way. It has metalcore/mathcore influences making it quite "random" and technical, something which I personally like a lot. The vocals are very unique and it took a while for them to grow on me, but now they have, I love them. They have a slightly punk style to them sometimes and are quite strong and in-your-face.
This album has a lot of replayability; it can be listened to many times without growing old. There are a few not so good tracks near the end, but this is normal with a lot of albums and the tracks themselves are still not too bad, just not as catchy as some others on the album. Overall this album is excellent and comes highly recommended.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
3 Bone Marrow
4 Sequoia Throne
5 Palms Read
6 Limb From Limb
9 Goddess Bound
10 Goddess Gagged