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KEZIA

Protest the Hero

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.65 | 61 ratings

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arcane-beautiful
4 stars Protest The Hero or Power Rangers Metal as I like to call them.

Yea, when Sikth disbanded (one of the first bands I had ever liked, I mourn their death everyday by the way), there was no math core bands that could even fit their lovely crazy shoes, until Canada started to make some of the weirdest music ever.

Yes this band is the new Sikth, and to be honest they deserve it. I am also not saying their identical, they are very different, but there similar take and abilities match.

This album, although quite raw, is still an amazing release and really shows off math core as a dominant genre.

With some even Progressive Metal like influences, this album really rules the roost, with technical ability being a major factor. The only problem I had with this album is that some of the changes were quite random and there was a lack of structure and song, making some of the songs quite samey. But as a whole it is an amazing experience.

This album is also a concept album as well, telling the story of a prison guard, a priest and a girl on death row. The concept is quite ambiguous (and maybe it's supposed to be), but Rody's use of language is quite amazing and very poetic.

1. No Stars Over Bethlehem - A whole dose of epic mixed with crazy. What a way to start an album.

2. Heretics & Killers - In my opinion one of the best songs ever made (yes, it is that good). The lyrics are amazing, mixing crude religious imagery with a more morbid sense. The video is also amazing, with the flying monkey men.

3. Divinity Within - The chorus is amazing. The build up at the end is very beautiful.

4. Bury The Hatchet - Love the piano intro. I'm not a big fan of the hardcore like vocals, but putting it context wise I understand it.

5. Nautical - I love the polyrhythms. Very frantic.

6. Blindfolds Aside - More frantic than a bag of OD'd cats. The Queen like vocal hooks are amazing.

7. She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods - Amazing title for a song. I love the layered vocals and the satirical lyrics.

8. Turn Soonest To The Sea - The pop culture references are very amusing. The end is also very epic and cool.

9. The Divine Suicide Of K. - Very epic at parts. The frantic parts are also amazing and the build ups in the song are amazing. Very vivid lyrics, very picturesque and morbid. I love the ending as well.

10. A Plateful Of Our Dead - What a way to end the album. Rody's vocals are amazing.

CONCLUSION: I don't think that it is as good as Fortress, and the structure's are quite random at times, but all in all, it is an amazing album. If you haven't heard this band, then you need to very quickly.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |

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