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Protest the Hero


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.55 | 109 ratings

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4 stars I picked this gem up for 7.99$ a few weeks back, and now I'm helplessly addicted.

These guys are from Whitby, Ontario, where I lived once and have been many times. These guys seem like such a cool bunch, specifically the bass player. But, i'm not here to judge their looks.

Bloodmeat, or Meatloaf as I call it, is just a thrashy piece of music that doesn't really appeal to me as it once did. But, if it wasn't for this song, I would have ever discovered these guys. It was obviously made purposely as a single. (7/10)

The Dissentience! Starts off heavy as hell and follows through with some mathcore riffs. Sweeet. Tnen it goes into trancy odd timed weird guitar lead...section? I don't know how to explain it. But it's very good. Definitely one of the best on the album. (9/10)

Bone Marrow starts off very dark with an aura of darkness, that I can only relate the Sleepy Hollow cover. Then the aura vanishes into a shorud of thrashing metal. Yay? I love metal, but this is sort of repetitive and annoying. But this song is saved by blazing vocals and great bass playing. (8/10)

Wow, mathcore? Sequoia Throne is vocally painful but the guitar line is so mathy and harmonic, it kills me. This song is very great and adds onto to the mysteriousness of the album. The lyrics, OH the lyrics. Hell Bent On Heaven GENIUS. Great stuff. (9/10)

This song, Palms Read, is pretty metal from the start but the out of nowhere becomes this weird neo classical (not really) chorus line that surprised me. Then it morphs back into its metal trash, but the vocals are astonishing. It's like a teeter-totter with the vocals. Ends very poppy and mainstream like, but what comes after is not mainstream in any manner. This short, one minute instrumental, I say, reminds me of Dream Theater in two ways: The adding of spoken lines from movies and the clown music played midway through the short instrumental. This song is great! (10/10)

There's not much breathing room between Limb From Limb and the last song, which I normally dislike, but it's done so perfectly here I LOVE IT. The song starts off promising, but doesn't really develop too much. The only high point is the keyboard solos, from Dragonforces own Vadim Pruzhanov. Glad to see him contribute to something that isn't awful beyond recognition. This song isn't all that good though, it's just a thrashfest. (7/10)

Spoils! Starts off nice and neo classical again, (can't explain it), then their punk influence shows and fades behind some maginficient guitar playing and nice bass lines. Swearing, guitars and double bass. Tell me again how this is prog? OH YEAH! The insane musicianship and odd time signatures. Ends as quickly as it began, but is one of the best of the album. Nice piano ending also. (9/10)

Wretch, starts off pure metal, with some slow blastbeats, but with some awesome lyrics. This song doesn't shine too much other than great vocals. Vocals and lyrics are the winner here, other than some interesting time signatures. Other parts include: Cats meowing, Computer generated Death vocals and a crappy ending! (8/10)

Goddess Bound! Starts off heavy and very dreadful, with one of the most annoying vocal lines on the album. But it begins to roll, slowly but surely. The drums are the winner in this song with nice fills and quick playing. Turns into another thrash fest with some double bass madness and nice guitar/bass unisons. Overall nice song, ending in another instrumental. Not as good as the first though. (8.5/10)

Goddess Gagged! This is the best off the album, starting off with nice guitar playing. Nice sections throughout, this song doesn't dissappoint, this is the band at their best. Great singing and amazing playing all around. Then, it begins to morph into this progressive, odd timed metal epica section for a few seconds. Blew me out of my seat. The ending is as good as the rest of the song, mainly thrashing but quality thrashing at that. The bass playing is so wicked, the ending put me to give this album four stars, great stuff and quality playing.

Treasure | 4/5 |


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