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PROTEST THE HERO

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Ontario,Canada's PROTEST THE HERO was formed in 1999 when the band members were only 14 years old under the moniker HAPPY GO LUCKY.The day after their senior exams the young band went out on tour to gain exposure.

Their sound was originally hardcore punk,and in 2002 and 2003 they released "The Search for Truth" and "A Calculated Use of Sound" EP's respectively.In 2005 PROTEST THE HERO signed to Vagrant Records and released their first full length album "Kezia".A concept album,"Kezia" signalled a dramatic shift in their sound.The band began experimenting with unconventional song structures,incorporating elements of metalcore,mathcore and progressive metal into their music.

"Fortress" was release in 2008.Although the album is broken into three movements,it is not exactly a concept album but an album revolving around a single concept,which according to their bassist and lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi,is more akin to "goddess worship in the tradition of Robert Graves".

PROTEST THE HERO is an excellent example of a band taking elements of various genres and creating intelligent,original and jaw-droppingly complex music and are highly recommended.



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Discography:
Kezia, studio album (2006)
Fortress, studio album (2008)
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  • Heavy Montreal 2014 on 9 Aug 2014
  • Protest the Hero at Ale House, Kingston on 10 Aug 2014
  • Loud As Hell on 29 Aug 2014
  • Beaverfest on 29 Aug 2014
  • Protest the Hero at The Hi-Fi, West End on 4 Sep 2014
  • Protest the Hero at Manning Bar, Camperdown on 5 Sep 2014
  • Protest the Hero at HiFi Bar and Ballroom, Melbourne on 6 Sep 2014
  • Protest the Hero at The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania on 7 Sep 2014
  • Protest the Hero at Fowlers Live, Adelaide on 9 Sep 2014
  • Protest the Hero at Amplifier Bar, Perth, Western Australia on 10 Sep 2014
  • KOI Music Festival on 19 Sep 2014
  • Krank'd Up on 27 Sep 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Conne Island, Leipzig on 14 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Pod Lampou, Plzen on 15 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Bi Nuu, Berlin on 16 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at John Dee, Oslo on 18 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Sticky Fingers, Göteborg on 19 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at VoxHall, Århus C on 20 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Atak, Enschede on 21 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Essigfabrik, Köln on 22 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Muziekcentrum TRIX, Antwerpen on 24 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at The Mo'Club, Southampton on 25 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Academy 2, Manchester on 26 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Voodoo Lounge, Smithfield on 28 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Limelight 2, Belfast on 29 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton on 30 Nov 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Studio 24, Edinburgh on 1 Dec 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Koko, London on 2 Dec 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Le Trabendo, Paris on 4 Dec 2014
  • Protest the Hero + The Faceless + The Contortionist at Substage, Karlsruhe on 5 Dec 2014

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3.69 | 58 ratings
Kezia
2006
3.52 | 94 ratings
Fortress
2008
3.44 | 58 ratings
Scurrilous
2011
3.32 | 19 ratings
Volition
2013

PROTEST THE HERO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.04 | 6 ratings
Gallop Meets The Earth
2009

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PROTEST THE HERO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

1.05 | 3 ratings
Search for the Truth
2002
2.55 | 6 ratings
A Calculated Use of Sound
2003
4.00 | 4 ratings
Heretics And Killers
2006
3.96 | 5 ratings
Sequoia Throne
2008
1.05 | 3 ratings
Sequoia Throne Remix EP
2008

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 Volition by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.32 | 19 ratings

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Volition
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars There is no doubt Protest the Hero is one of the most professional and best-sounding prog metal bands in the world (2007's Fortress made that clear). With Volition, besides being a kick-ass record, PtH presents a relatively new phenomena in professional rock: an album that, in their words "was made possible by the generous contributions of thousands. Thousands of people who, without hearing a single note, put their faith in us to make them something special." Quite an accomplishment. But it is also, essentially, music to order, and presumably has higher expectations than for the new work a band would normally be hawking, a production that they or a record company had paid for.

This time it worked, and the material and performance will likely please both fans and the curious. In fact Volition would be a great starter. A touch more accessible than previous releases and with mild influence from guys like Opeth, LTE, Metallica, Coheed&Cambria, and Ron Jarzombek (who guests on a cut), my one complaint is that there are simply more songs here than necessary and the band's highly distinctive sound becomes monotone after a point. But that aside and with the beautiful artwork and packaging, the disc is an extremely healthy offering. 'Clarity' has stuttering rhythms, great chordal colors, and stuck-pig harmonics; Jarzombek's tech candy abounds on 'Drumhead Trial' with Chris Adler's (not Moe Carlson's) furious drums; Slick and spinning 'Tilting Against Windmills' is insatiable, absolutely killer, continued through 'Without Prejudice'.

Roddy Walker weaves his vocals with ease into 'Yellow Teeth', as on mid-paced and catchy 'Platos Tripartite' (a potential hit if it'd been under 4 minutes). But by 'Mist', an otherwise great track, our ears begin to tire and by 'Animal Bones' we've heard enough to know PtH's 2013 issue is very, very good. Too many notes? No. But, I would say with a fair amount of confidence, too many songs.

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 Fortress by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.52 | 94 ratings

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Fortress
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Emperor Mordred

5 stars This album was my favourite album of 2008 and is a very important album for me. A couple of years ago, i grew tired of most of the new music i heard from the artists that i was following for years and there weren't many new bands i got into. I had the impression that i heard everything before and no music could move me anymore like the music i grew up with (late 90's metal: Cradle Of Filth, Emperor, Dream Theater, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend,...). I feared that i was changing into one of those old guys who kept talking how much better music was back in his day.

This album changed that, together with many awesome bands i discovered through progarchives, it was something completely fresh, unique, crazy and over the top. You can find a lot of different influences in it ranging from punk, metalcore, mathmetal, scandinavian deathmetal and prog, but most importantly this band has it's own sound.

Thanks to the "love it or hate it" vocals from Rody Walker that stay far away from the usual metal clichés and crazy songwriting skills that are both extremely complex and over the top melodic, it is very difficult to put this band in a genre or even to compare them with other bands. Which is impressive for a genre that has a few dozen Meshuggah/Dillinger clones

In my opinion this is their best album so far and the best place to start if you want to get into this band.

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 Scurrilous by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.44 | 58 ratings

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Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Slaughternalia

2 stars Okay, so Protest The Hero has obviously found an awesome sound. But that doesn't mean EVERY album has to be the same. It's getting a little old. Start off fast and noodley, move into a somewhat cheesy interlude, back to fast and noodley, tons of time signature changes the whole time. Don't get me wrong, it still sounds really badass a lot of time time, such as Hair- Trigger. Awesome track. They obviously used all their good ideas on a few songs, and then decided to just stick to their standard formula for the rest, resulting in more of what you've heard on previous albums, but a bit less inspired and interesting. If you want to get into this band, don't start here.

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 Scurrilous by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.44 | 58 ratings

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Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Scurrilous' - Protest The Hero (5/10)

In the past, I have often used this band as an example of the flash-over-substance mentality that quite a bit of progressive metal has. Admittedly, I briefly liked what the band had to offer when I was first introduced to them, but it was not too long before I realized that they had a 'twinkie' mentality to their music; being that it looked it on the outside, but as soon as I dug a little deeper, it was clear that there wasn't all too much to hold my interest. I would never deny that the band are very skilled musicians, and with their third offering 'Scurrilous', they are still dragged down by some issues that have been stinging since their inception.

'Scurrilous' essentially picks up where the band's second album 'Fortress' left off and offers some more of the same, with few developments to speak of. For the most part, this is an improvement over Protest's generally sporadic and irritating sophomore, and while there are none of the same standout tracks that 'Fortress' was only partially redeemed by, 'Scurrilous' is a much more consistent record, and somewhat emphasizes what I liked about them beforehand. In terms of what I like about Protest The Hero, the list begins and ends with the guitars. Tim Miller and Luke Hoskin are phenomenal musicians, and 'Scurrilous' is a virtually unrelenting showcase of their skills, delivering riff upon impressive riff of distinct arpeggios and progginess aplenty. While I may not be nearly as enthusiastic about any other quality of the band, the guitars are essential enough to the sound of 'Scurrilous' that it becomes something of a decent listen, and could have even been a brilliant one, were it not for some painfully unpleasant aspects in their sound.

The lesser of the two main concerns I have with the sound of Protest The Hero is the songwriting. While there are plenty of awesome riffs and technically sound moments for listeners to be dazzled by, the way things are structured doesn't give any sense of drama or tension, or even a slight sense of build up. While the unrelenting technicality and speed of the album is not necessarily a bad thing in of itself, the is little dynamic here, and even within the context of a song itself, the ideas rarely compliment each other. The songwriting always feels rhapsodic and without direction. The songwriting is far from the worst aspect of Protest The Hero's sound however.

The thing that really kills Protest The Hero for me are the vocals of Rody Walker, whose adolescent howl has put me off virtually from square one. Although gifted with an admittedly impressive vocal range, the sound of his voice doesn't pass me as being much more than an angry whine, and his voice has an irritating sense of vibrato to it that I can only interpret as the vocal equivalent of television static. Walker's voice exemplifies why I cannot like this band; he warbles every note to the point of overindulgence, and when it comes to the actual sound of his voice, it is fairly shallow, despite his obvious ability to go wherever he wants with his delivery. Not to mention that the vocals are paired with some equally irritating lyrics; while Protest The Hero's lyrics here are somewhat better than they were with 'Fortress' and are at times even witty, it is ironic that the times when Rody enunciates the words most clearly are the times when he decides that swearing is the only way to express his youthful angst. Of course, like anything, so-called 'bad language' can be used appropriately and powerfully, but here, it almost feels like they are trying to force the words in, in order to get some sort of badass credibility they would otherwise be lacking. The result is fairly laughable.

As one can likely tell within one paragraph of this review, I do not like Protest The Hero. While they are all skilled and flashy, the technical wankery does not tend to work in their favour when they don't have much else to back it up with. Luckily however, 'Scurrilous' earns points for me, even if only because it is a great step up from 'Fortress'. There is also some brilliant guitar work here, and I could easily see 'Scurrilous' being a surefire winner for me if it were kept a purely instrumental album. As it stands though, the good elements here are only somewhat worth bearing with the negative.

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 Scurrilous by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.44 | 58 ratings

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Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars I began writing this review in a disappointing tone but soon realized that I really can't be hard on Protest The Hero for things that I could only relate to my personal feelings regarding their latest outing. I'm referring to the fact that Scurrilous is really not a big leap from the style that the quintet depicted on their break through release Fortress. The riffs are still rapid, sharp and hard hitting as ever, making up at least 70% of the band's song arrangements. That is unless you take into consideration the lyrical maturity with a clear shift from fantasy depictions to those of personal nature.

Unlike the two previous releases, Scurrilous is not a conceptual piece of music, instead the band takes the opportunity to reflect upon issues that are clearly of concern to them and I definitely support this shift. What I'm having more trouble with are the music arrangements which clearly haven't progressed much since Fortress. We still get that same distinct blend of Metalcore and Progressive Metal, which has unfortunately become less original over the course of the last few years with imitators like the band Treeburning becoming more of a rule than an exception as of lately.

I vividly recall the band stating, in a recent interview, that the new album was going to be even more progressive than their previous outings but I'm not sure that this is true. There's literally nothing here that we haven't already heard on Fortress, aside maybe from female lead vocals on Hair-Trigger and the previously mentioned lyrical shift. Another disappointment comes in the fact that the album doesn't start with a great opener like No Stars Over Bethlehem or Bloodmeat. C'est La Vie is not the great single that the band is trying to market it as, good but not among their best.

Having said all that, I still find it difficult not to enjoy this album. This is literally Fortress - part 2 and if you don't have a problem with that then definitely give this one a go!

***** star songs: Tandem (5:15) Tapestry (4:34)

**** star songs: C'est La Vie (3:32) Hair-Trigger (4:49) Moonlight (4:49) Dunsel (4:53) Termites (3:56) Tongue-Splitter (4:34) Sex Tapes (4:39)

*** star songs: The Reign of Unending Terror (3:23)

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 Kezia by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.69 | 58 ratings

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Kezia
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Kezia' - Protest The Hero (5/10)

Protest The Hero have not been a band I've been much endeared to lately. Although my first impression with their second album 'Fortress' initially struck a chord with me, it didn't take long before the music began to grow tiresome. Although their first record 'Kezia' is a step above 'Fortress' in terms of musicality and intelligence, the end result is the same; an adolescent romp through progressive territory that comes out feeling fairly lukewarm. Although there are certainly excellent things to hear on 'Kezia', I am left to wonder how much it is worth to sift through the weak parts to strike the gold.

In what is almost certainly a matter of personal taste, it is the voice of lead singer Rody Walker which may turn me off most to the music Protest The Hero plays on 'Kezia'. Although a strong range is evident here, the sound of Walker's voice amounts to little more than an adolescent yelp. Especially during his more technically expressive moments, Walker is quick to adopt a fairly whiny tinge in his voice that is no bit pleasant to the ears, and does little to distinguish Protest from the legions of angsty new metalcore bands. The band is clever enough to change pace now and then with some female vocals and screams, neither of which ever amount to anything much better, but still more tolerable than Rody's cleans.

Luckily, Rody Walker is the only sour aspect of the band's performance. Especially for their ages, the instrumentalists of the band are well advanced beyond their years, and this shows most profoundly in the guitar work of Tim Millar and Luke Hoskin. Having mastered modular riffing and tapping from this debut onward, it is their strong work that the rest of the band builds around, although the bass and drums do well to fill out the sound. To showcase these skills, each song on 'Kezia' is beautifully arranged, featuring multiple layers of guitars, plenty of different neat ideas here and there, and a tendency to throw light and heavier moments into the course of one song; something that hasn't seen so much success in metalcore.

Unfortunately, while the music is played with precision and everything conceivable is done to make the music complex and enjoyable, the songwriting generally lacks depth and comes across as shallow, especially after a handful of listens. While Protest The Hero has invested all of their efforts into giving as much flash as possible with 'Kezia', there is no suggestion to me that there is anything worth going back for after becoming familiar with the flashy riffs and technical showcases. With that in mind, the album grows weaker with each subsequent listen, although I'll be the first to admit that the initial force of the album is quite admirable.

'Kezia' has been lauded as a masterpiece by fans of the band, and in some parts of the record, I can certainly see why. However, although the band's technical skills as flaunted here to no end and the record has some decent initial shock value, Protest The Hero have some serious issues with their craft to change or fix before I could ever call myself a fan of them.

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 Fortress by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.52 | 94 ratings

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Fortress
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Review by Slaughternalia

5 stars In my opinion, this is by FAR the best Protest the Hero album, and one of the best progressive metal albums of all time. The technical ability of this band is practically unrivalled. They play with speed and dexterity, and constantly switch through time signatures with ease and precision. The tunes, though very heavy and complex, still manage to be catchy and memorable and they managed to be stuck in my head for days at a time. Rody Walker's vocals are very good. He hits the high notes very well, and his unclean vocals aren't overused. I consider this to be an essential album for any fan of progressive or technical metal.

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 Gallop Meets The Earth by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Live, 2009
3.04 | 6 ratings

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Gallop Meets The Earth
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars After only two studio albums and almost exactly 10 years since formation, it was finally time for Protest The Hero to make a testament of their live performances thus far. Gallop Meets The Earth was recorded during the band's tour supporting their well-deserved breakthrough album Fortress and can pretty much be considered to be a perfect tribute to the newly established fanbase.

It felt like I would really enjoy this release after looking at the setlist, unfortunately this wasn't really the case. Yes, the band does almost perfect renditions of all their tracks, which might impress any Technical Death Metal fans, but I'm generally not in it for that thrill. My main interest lies with the amazingly crafted compositions that Protest The Hero and many of the other young Metalcore acts seem to write with ease. These tracks are definitely in place here but what I lack is that extra push from the performances that would not only make them technically magnificent but also emotionally grabbing.

The band does a solid job going through the motions of their gig but the lack of communication experience with the audience definitely makes itself apparent whenever Rody Walker tries to speak to the audience between the songs. Most of these monologues come off sounding awkward and almost alienating to the audience. Maybe it would have made more sense if I actually attended the show but, as it stands today, Rodys remarks just sound very cruel, to my ears, and really do nothing for the listeners who haven't had the opportunity of attending one of their gigs.

Overall, it's far from a bad live album but there are a few obstacles along the way that Protest The Hero have to overcome in order to become one of the great live bands out there. Instrumental skills do not automatically make your music appealing to the audience.

**** star songs: Sequoia Throne (4:22) No Stars Over Bethlehem (4:35) Bloodmeat (4:00) Palms Read (3:22) Goddess Bound (3:10) Spoils (2:56) Nautical (6:39) Limb From Limb (5:34)

*** star songs: The Dissentience (5:32) Blindfolds Aside (5:29) Goddess Gagged (4:43)

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 Sequoia Throne Remix EP by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
1.05 | 3 ratings

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Sequoia Throne Remix EP
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

1 stars Hey wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world AHHHHHHHHHHH !!!

I've considered myself somewhat of a Protest The Hero fan ever since I've heard Fortress a few years ago. That album has everything that I like so much about the current state of Metalcore/Mathcore genres and the band is definitely among the best young talents to emerge from the scene. The surely didn't waste much time and grabbed a steady grip around the torch that was passed on to them by the 80's giants like Black Flag, among others.

Unfortunately the current rise in this music scene has a few drawbacks. One of which is the fact that all these young bands can't help but draw influences from each other. One of such influences is the idea releasing these completely unnecessary remix EPs. I do realize that these releases are meant only for the hardcore fans, but I just don't see why any metal fan would enjoy listening to a dance remix of their favorite metal tunes, no matter if it's a band-licensed release or not! Other acts who are guilty of the same charge include the usual suspects like Between The Buried And Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Iwrestledabearonce.

The original version of Sequoia Throne might not have been the strongest track off Fortress but it's easily my favorite pick here! The two tunes leading up to Devin Townsend's 8 minute remix are completely unbearable and will more likely do more damage to you than good. Townsend's track is actually pretty bearable but still has no real purpose to it. So I really can't image recommending this release to anyone but the completionists.

**** star songs: Sequoia Throne (3:11)

*** star songs: Sequoia Throne (Devin Townsend Remix) (7:38)

** star songs: Sequoia Throne (L-ion Remix) (4:30) Sequoia Throne (Burnt Piano Remix) (2:43)

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 Fortress by PROTEST THE HERO album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.52 | 94 ratings

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Fortress
Protest the Hero Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Andy Webb
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3 stars Great ideas that don't go very far.

Protest the Hero a relatively new mathcore/progressive metal band from Canada. They smashed onto the scene with their killer debut Kezia, which reached far bounds in their genre's sonic spectrum. The band comes back in 2008 with Fortress, an overall good album but a bit lacking. The band has very good ideas with their music but they fail to develop them very far. Overall, the band delivers a vicious punch of intense and technical metal, but they fall short of creating anything truly special.

Bloodmeat smashes open the album with a killer little riff that quickly breaks down into another riff that quickly breaks down into another riff that then switches to another riff... whew! With this song we see early on how the band has plenty of absolutely fantastic ideas, but they don't develop them into any cohesive track but just cram as much stuff into a 3 minute track as possible. Overall, the song is very strong and doesn't fall short of intensity, but has way too much going on to be considered an overall excellent song.

The Dissentience is a little better than the last track, with more concise ideas being further developed than just a rough cut guitar riff. Still, however, the song shows signs of way too much (or not enough) thought put into such a short time span. With some of the ideas present in the track, a lengthy metal epic could have been made. The track is strong, but lacks a unique spark that would make it a spectacular track.

Bone Marrow is one of the best tracks on the album, making an absolutely epic duology (with the next track). It contains some of the more creative ideas, albeit there are way too many of them shoved into the song. A little bit of funk is heard, with some fantastic mathcore riffs synchronizations heard. The whole experience of Bone Marrow could be seen as an almost surreal one, with bass boosts put in at the perfect spot and keyboard textures being sprinkled in here and there. The melodic transition at the end of the track marks the finishing of "part 1" of the album and the advent of part 2. The whole little section is beautiful, either adding or subtracting to the overall feel of the track.

Sequia Throne is my absolute favorite track on the album. Absolutely brilliant riffs, great soloing and harmonizations between the two guitars, and some absolutely fantastic bass and drums synchronizations. Overall, the track displays what Protest the Hero can do: rape your ears for all they're worth. The band dishes out an insane amount of mathcore madness, with hectic time signature changes, insanely fast soloing and synchronized breakdowns. Overall, this is easily the strongest track on the album, although I would love it if the ideas in the song were developed further.

Palms Read marks the slow decline of my interest in the album. After the relatively incredible tracks, little more can be done for the album. Of course, this song also contains some purely genius ideas, but still they are so all over the place that it makes it hard to consider this a serious song but more like an album teaser. Overall, the song is really good, but is nowhere the best of the album.

Limb from Limb is alright, but nothing special. Some really standard metalcore riffing and crazy instrumental prowess make this rather unspecial compared to the rest of the metalcore genre. The song can get a little "boring," with way too much craziness making it a combination of boring and harsh.

Spoils is a really nice, but a little odd, "fusion" song of power metal and alternative metal. Some great ideas again are a little hectic and underused in an insane song. The song, like so many of the songs before, contain way too many ideas shoved into a short time span. The really only exceptional part of the song is the beautiful transitional piano piece at the end of the song.

Wretch is so much like the other song. Some great riffs and ideas shoved into a short time span and made way too crazy. Some really awkward modulations to major also detract from this song a lot. Sometimes, there is a point where a musician needs to step and ask himself what is he putting into a song and why. It's pretty obvious they did not do this as they shoved riff after riff into an obese track. Overall, the song has some great ideas, but the song overall is way too hectic.

Goddess Bound is yet another way too overstuffed song. This time, throw in some odd and sometimes way too generic lyrics and mix in an overused concept and you get the Goddess Bound/Goddess Gagged duology. The song is good, but like essentially every other track on the album, has way too many great ideas shoved into it.

Goddess Gagged is an appropriate ender to the album. Using much more proggy riffs than just metalcore, and seem to have a much more structured song built this time. Finally, only a select few ideas were used, and tastefully. The song has some really great ideas too, some of the better ones of the album. Overall, the track is actually a rather strong ender, albeit it does end rather suddenly. It has some strong ideas that are a little more structured, although it still seems a little all over the place at times.

ALBUM OVERALL: From the tone of the review, one may assume that I hate this album, which is not true. First time through, I was blown away. But, I slowly began to realize that the band had just pumped the album full of great ideas meant to explode your mind while truly they were feeble and underdeveloped ideas. The instrumentation is spectacular, hammering in another great metalcore performance, but the music preformed is nothing special. As I said time and time again, the ideas used on this album are stunted and underdeveloped. Overall, the album has fantastic ideas, but they provide for nothing more than a tiring and exhausted ride. 3 stars.

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