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Fortress

Protest the HeroAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Protest The Hero have carved an identity for themselves that is so revolutionary within heavy music that to call them “unique” would be like calling Louis C.K. “pretty funny” or the classic “Star Trek” television series “influential sci-fi.” The band effortlessly balances high-minded artistry with wit and whimsy, substantive viewpoints with ... Read more in Amazon's Protest the Hero Store

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B0011V7P50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Emo, Punk Metal, Post Hardcore -All the way from Whitby, Ontario comes Protest The Hero, a new face of fast, hard music. They are angst-ridden, rebellious, tense/anxious, aggressive, brash, and confrontational. The 5-piece band is comprised of Rody Walker (lead vocals), Tim Millar (guitar, vocals), Luke Hoskin (lead guitars, vocals, piano), Moe Carlson (drums), and Arif Mirabdolbaghi (bass guitar, vocals). 10 tracks. Vagrant Records. 2008.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protest The Hero returns with a blistering new album February 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Protest The Hero came into the light a few years ago with their sophomore album, "Kezia", to much fanfare and much polarizing of several fanbases. The boys from Canada had matured much from their debut album "A Calculated Use of Sound", juxtaposing slithering leads, blazing double-tap sections, crushing riffs, and catchy hooks all together to form their own version of the now ubiquitous mathcore style, but with enough signature style to stand out, for better or for worse.

Two years after "Kezia" made its splash (Three counting the original Canadian release), PTH has returned with "Fortress", in the hopes of recapturing some of that intial glory. For the most part, these five extremely talented musicians (The average age of the band is under 21 years old) have yet again carved out a sonic masterpiece. If you liked "Kezia", you will love "Fortress".

From the get-go, PTH is ready to show they aren't simply a one-trick pony: The blistering leads are there, enforced, and even more complex than before. Their presence isn't as saturated as it was in previous albums, but they are used to greater effect. The chugging riffs have even disappated somewhat, and in the place of these PTH has brought out the big chords: Massive-sounding, epic, legato chords that give the songs on "Fortress" a much more epic feel than any of the previous albums. The bass has taken a much higher priority in the mix this time as well, and that is extremely fortunate: The bass lines slide and wiggle inbetween the guitars and drums, rarely mimicing the two young virtuosos as it creates another layer to the overall sonic blast.

The sticking point is the same as it was before: The falsetto wails of Rody Walker, while much more controlled and somewhat more spaced out, are still present.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to believe how good it is.... February 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
While it may be early in the year, after listening to "Fortress" nonstop for the last two weeks, I think I can safely say that this will end up in my top three for the year. It's not very often that an album comes along, that is so good that it shatters all preconceptions that you had about a particular genre and creates its own.This becomes clear in the first 60 seconds of "Bloodmeat". Everything that is thrown into the blender really would look like a mess on paper, but it all comes through so clear and perfect. Think of the Mars Volta with Coheed and Cambria, rocking out with Iron Maiden and Dream Theater, all conducted by Frank Zappa with his trademark sense of humor surfacing here and there. There's also a strong pop sensibility that runs throughout the whole album that lets you know these guys haven't forgotten that this is indeed a rock album. It may be proggy and dense, but never to the point where it is completely impenetrable. Vocals range from clean, nasal, screaming and grunting. Very diverse, but every style is right for the part. And the guitars...my god, the guitars.

While describing an album that you're really excited about, it's hard not to throw around adjectives like "amazing" and "mind-blowing", and "stunning", but after one listen, I think you'll agree with me. The musicianship is top-notch, to say the least. The song structures are other-worldly. There is not one wasted note in the whole mix. It also has to be said that it never sounds the same twice.

Without any reservation whatsoever, it gets a 10/10 from me. Ignore the samples here and just get the album. If you're already here looking and you've managed to get all the way through my review, then it's almost a guarantee that you've found your album. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply awesome! January 29, 2008
By Todd SE
Format:Audio CD
It is incredible that anyone at any time in their life can accomplish what these guys do, but the fact that these guys are doing it in their early 20s is even more fascinating. Seriously, this album is so well thought out, the lyrics are really crazy and far out there, the things they sing about have the most bizarre metaphors and they always give off a feeling as though they are in a battle, VERY EPIC! That's not even about how awesome these musicians actually are, which is what I love most about this band, the instrumentals, odd time measures, and a hefty dose of insanity that they throw into the mix for every song allows you to be able to interpret this band as one of the best out there today! Great great album and an improvement from Kezia!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking? Almost. Completely awesome? Pretty much February 6, 2011
By Sean
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After being an avid listener of metalcore for a few years now, I've come across a vast array of bands that attempt to be technical, progressive, or just unique in any way and end up failing miserably. I thought this would always be the case until the day I popped in my earbuds and listened to Fortress. Suffice to say I was surprised. I would easily go so far as to say this is the quintessential technical metalcore album.

The main thing one will notice and most likely be impressed by on this album is the musicianship. Fortress, while still metalcore at heart, takes a much more metal-sounding approach than the previous album, Kezia, allowing for more "wiggle room" with the music. The guitarists come up with a decent variety of entertainingly clever riffs and fills throughout the album, generally tending to exude a somewhat "epic" sound. Bassist Arif has his shining moments, as well; there are a few solos throughout the album, and aside from this, he is audible through the entire record, which can be rare for a bassist. Drummer Moe exhibits some sick sticksmanship, whether pounding on the double bass drums or cracking out a nice jazzy fill. But the single most impressive aspect about the musicianship on the album is this: every instrument flows together. Perfectly. There is never a song where the guitarists take front-and-center with an all-consuming solo, or anything of the sort. At any moment in time throughout the album one could listen closely and state something notable about any given musician playing at the point. This musical union is, in my humble opinion, a rarely attained and highly valuable feat in the world of metalcore, and is a primary reason why I find this album to me so satisfying.

As for the vocals...well, let's just say Rody Walker has some pipes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Genghis Khan is upon us
Great buy, get each song on the album, and the instrumental version of each song. Definitely recommend for metal fans or if you want to fight things with awesome music.
Published 6 months ago by Sean Dolan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this band!
This is probably my favorite album from PTH. If you are a fan of odd time signatures, these guys will blow your mind away. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Timothy A. Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars PTH produce propulsive, powerful prog metal
Although they were certainly not the first to do so (see also: Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless, The Red Chord, Psyopus, etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent.
I won't go in depth but to say this is the best group I have listened to in the last three years. There's a nice album-only edition of all of the songs, but instrumental only. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Todd Lewicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite album
Protest the Hero is my all time favorite band, and this album is seriously amazing. They are so talented. Awesome progressive mathy metal.
Published on April 9, 2012 by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars So good.....
This is one of the greatest albums I've ever owned. Such good hardcore/metal/whatever they are calling it these days. Read more
Published on March 18, 2011 by R. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment
Every time I listen to this amazing band I am struck with the thought that this must be the perfect music for those with no attention spans. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Benjamin Delnero
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Music, Abhorrent Vocals
Overall the album is fairly impressive, and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to, with one exception: every time I hear the "clean" vocals I feel like someone is slamming a chisel... Read more
Published on September 29, 2010 by Chris
2.0 out of 5 stars Some yawns, but some good points...
A (somewhat) technical band with all the semi-crazy, "punkish" anthems and instruments braided together into one lil cup of noodle-filled soup. Read more
Published on June 24, 2010 by J. D. Bennett
1.0 out of 5 stars What is the UPC# for the version shown on Amazon with the...
I ordered the CD that included the instrumentals, but received the CD without the instrumentals. Amazon sent me another copy (I sent them the link showing what I ordered), and I... Read more
Published on January 3, 2010 by B. Morris
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If they didn't have the high pitch singing, they'd sound like every other tecnical metal band. Duh.
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