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KEZIA

Protest the Hero

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.75 | 73 ratings

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Rune2000
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3 stars After hearing Fortress I wanted to hear more from this exciting new band. Unfortunately after reading many Kezia-reviews I decided not to build on my original notion due to talks of punk sounding material and a couple of other minor issues. So why am I still writing about this album? Well apparently I still gave Kezia a go and here is the whole story:

It all started with the release of the new game in Apple's App Store called Tap Tap Revenge 2! The first game in the series was a Guitar Hero/Dance Dance Revolution type of game where the player had to press the right buttons to the rhythm of the music. I never cared much for the original game because of the boring music but this new game featured some original content. To my disbelief Tap Tap Revenge 2 had a total of four Protest The Hero tunes, two from each album, and so I was introduced to No Stars Over Bethlehem and Heretics & Killers! Out of these four tracks only Heretics & Killers had the medium setting while the others were only on hard and extreme modes which made them unplayable for a novice player like yours truly. Over the course of the next couple of weeks I challenged myself in order to beat Heretics & Killers with a 100% hit ratio which felt like an impossible achievement at first. Finally I did it and by that time I've developed truly a remarkable relation with that composition so I just had to listen to the rest of the material!

My original reaction upon hearing Kezia was quite mixed because although there were many things I liked there were also quite a few issues that made the release sound underdeveloped to my ears. The concept in particular was a major letdown and I just can't see the mature writing that some of the reviews were talking about. The music is good but I'm sure that it would have felt even better have I not been listening to Fortress which is still superior and most importantly a lot more mature in comparison! The members fall easily into patterns that sound too much like tributes to other bands than a coherent original piece of work. Do I even need to talk about the production?

Well that's enough of me babbling, Kezia is a good but non-essential release.

***** star songs: Heretics & Killers (3:09)

**** star songs: No Stars Over Bethlehem (3:48) Divinity Within (4:32) Bury The Hatchet (3:23) Blindfolds Aside (5:58) Turn the Soonest To The Sea (6:21) The Divine Suicide Of K. (5:10) A Plateful Of Our Dead (4:29)

*** star songs: Nautical (2:57) She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods (3:51)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |

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