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Protest the Hero

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.53 | 94 ratings

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Messi19
4 stars Actually it's 4.5

I guess their entry on progarchives was very contested by some. I was surprised. But now that I've listened to the album more than 40 times, I can say that they own a spot on progarchives.com.

This album from start to finish has a strong tendency of making the listeners just rip off everything around them and at the same time, just listen closer and again and again.

1- Bloodmeat: Probably the best track on the album for me, not on first listen. It just keeps on coming with great vocals and musicality. 9.5/10

2- The Dissentience: Strong track that requires a few listens, not to like but to understand. They just keep changing the music for the same vocal parts. That sounds a little prog to me. 8/10

3- Bone Marrow: A track that I thought would be weak. The more I listen to it, it becomes more and more interesting. Once again great vocals and the piano ending is great. 8/10

4- Sequoia Throne: WOW! What a song! It just blew my head off! The bass tracks are great, the taping is amazing and the musicality is just amazingly built. Straight edge song that deserves quite a few listens with loudness! 9/10

5- Palms Read: Another great track with a different ending. A kind of smoother and more emotional ending which we didn't hear on this record before. But the icing on the cake for me comes at the very end. The 1 minute instrumental ending of this song is simply off the hook! These guys can really compose great heavy riffs that just blend together on a great drum pattern! 9.25/10

6- Limb From Limb: Good song, nothing very spectacular, until dragonforce keyboardist Vadim Pruzhanov kicks in with a different kick with a keyboard solo. 8/10

7- Spoils: Track that I always underestimated, it is just so intense with a great power, but everytime I listen it seems like it's missing something, maybe longer would have done the job. But still a great song with always nice playing that they are able to do! 7.5/10

8- Wretch: Nice track, nothing fancy like the others, until they surprised me in the solo section with a pattern that reminded of Dream Theater. That's when I decided to listen closer and it became evident to me that they seem to enjoy this type of prog music and can take a good influence out of it and compose a song that reflects it without copying! 8.5/10

9-10: Goddess Bound/Gagged: These two I didn't stick on as the others, because it seems they couldn't refresh what they have done, and it is just starting to look like the other songs on the album. But still great playing as usual and a great sole on Goddess Bound. Track 10 I definitely think is not a track that lives up to the hype of the album to be a closer. 8-7/10

Overall, a great album, heavy, not too much, a little prog, fits nicely in a collection of heavy/rock/metal/core prog fans!

Messi19 | 4/5 |

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