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Protest the Hero

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.52 | 94 ratings

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AlexUC
2 stars A project between System of a Down and Papa Roach!!! And technical!!!

I won't say this is not progressive at all, it has some progressive moments, but, come on, please, please, please, do not compare them with Between the Buried and Me, less with Spiral Architect!!! Please, be aware of this insane comparison, you could be hurt...

First, the weakest I've found, this album is totally lineal, in the sense that all the songs has the same form, no different textures, no different layers, everything is just about insane riffs, a drummer that seems to have an overdose of caffeine, and the worse... The singing... O please, this is not for me, I think this is not healthy... Screaming is not bad (i.e. Ephel Duath) but doing it without any sense or control, is very disgusting.

Second, the textures, the feeling of the album is very very commercial and new-metal (IMO). As I said, it's progressive, it's clear, but it sounds very commercial (10 four-minute tracks... I don't know, didn't like me). I don't know if this is something personal, but I can't stop thinking in the progressive version of System of a Down...

Now, to be fair, the album has a couple of good things (that's the reason for the two stars and not one). The technique here is clearly good. Some tracks includes great combinations of good guitar riffs and very interesting bass lines, but, again, just sometimes (mostly in the first 4 tracks). The drummer, in essence, is good, the great problem is the execution, definitively. Sometimes, when the guy relaxes a little bit, he lets his inner good drummer get out...

Hope for the next albums these guys reserve the SoaD and Papa Roach influences, and try to make something more approximate.

1.75 stars really

AlexUC | 2/5 |

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