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Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cobraside
  • ASIN: B001652FKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vagrant first signed this Whitby, Ontario band in 2006 and re-issued their self-released album "Kezia". Cobraside will now release the vinyl version of their new studio album "Fortress" in February or March of 2008 (the CD streets January 29, 2008). The band's sound combines elements of Coheed & Cambria, At The Drive In, and Every Time I Die, merging technical metal and post-hardcore instincts.

Customer Reviews

This is the best album I have ever heard.
Noah Trilling
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.
Benjamin Delnero
The vocals, throats, guitar work, breakdowns, solos and lyrics are amazing.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony M. Rock on 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 By Bill Allison on 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 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 By Todd SE on January 29, 2008
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 By Sean on February 6, 2011
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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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If they didn't have the high pitch singing, they'd sound like every other tecnical metal band. Duh.
Feb 26, 2008 by JB |  See all 3 posts
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