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Kezia

Protest the HeroAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B000E6EIZI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Stars Over Bethlehem
2. Heretics & Killers
3. Divinity Within
4. Bury The Hatchet
5. Nautical
6. Blindfolds Aside
7. She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods
8. Turn Soonest To The Sea
9. The Divine Suicide Of K.
10. A Plateful Of Our Dead

Editorial Reviews

Protest The Hero is Rody Walker (lead vocals), Tim Millar (guitar, vocals), Luke Hoskin (lead guitars, vocals, piano), Moe Carlson (drums), and Arif Mirabdolbaghi (bass guitar, vocals). The band has been together for 5 years and each member is 19-years-old. Almost two years in the making, Kezia is a 'situational requiem', similar to a concept album in that it tells a story. It is an elegy of a young woman's (Kezia's) execution, chronicled from the perspective of three characters. Each character is designated a section containing three songs, with a single retrospective finale concluding the album. The three characters represent an aspect of the band-members themselves, creating a deeply personal album. Vagrant. 2006.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s metal + NWoSDM + breakdowns!! June 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I threw this on initially thinking it would be another chunk of that new fangled screamo-prog I like so much, Coheed, Chiodos and the like, and it sort of was, but it was so much MORE METAL! Seriously. When the record kicked in, first track, first 30 seconds, I thought maybe I had thrown on the wrong record, ultra tight, blazing Swedish style deathmetal, with tons of stop / start intricacies, crushing downtuned chug and every nook and cranny stuffed with blazing, shredding, squiggly leads, licks and little woodleewoos. Almost like an emo Necrophagist!

Imagine some of the tightest catchiest screamo / emo / metalcore drenched in crushing blazing fast deathmetal and gussied up with plenty of Yes-y progisms, strummy acoustic breakdowns, and soaring almost eighties metal style vocals. And it's mostly the vocalist that pushes the band over the edge. If Protest The Hero had a screamer or a growler, they would be just another killer tech-prog deathmetal band, but with the crazy vocals and lush harmonies they turn into something completely different. The singer alternately sounds like Joey Belladonna from Anthrax, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden and a friend thinks the singer sounds like a screamo-metal Lou Gramm from Foreigner, which I can definitely hear. But imagine just that sort of soaring epic eighties vibe but tangled up in huge sticky webs of dense ultracomplex new wave of Swedish death metal (In Flames, At The Gates, etc.), and with crazy staccato Meshuggah / Poison The Well breakdowns all over the place. So f-cking great. I listen to this NONSTOP.

But it's definitely all about the guitars, heavy and epic and slippery and complex and squiggly and wanky but totally mind blowing. And the songs are catchy as hell too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope this is what the future brings... May 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the cd about a year ago when one of my friends was blasting it in his car and all I remember about it was the excessive noise but I did get the band name from him. A year later I listen to the cd again and I have a newfound respect for the guys. This CD is truly mindblowing. I can honestly say that I listen to the entire CD every single day and I am still not tired. Several factors contribute to this perseverence. First, the catchiness is undeniable and the sound is so fresh. Another thing to note is that none of the songs have choruses and at times it's a little overwhelming trying to keep up with 5 minutes of everchanging melodies and tempos. I can truly say that this band does not sound like any other band I have ever heard. Second, what struck me about the band was the absolutely superb musicianship. I was blown away by the level of virtuosity with which these 19 year olds play. Right from the get-go they kick the doors down with guns blazing and don't stop until the last minute. This separates them from so many of their contemporaries who sacrifice instrumental skill for catchy hooks. The guitars shred like no other, the bass pounds away quite intricately, the drums thunder with such ferocity you wonder how the kit stays intact and the singer possesses a remarkably beautiful voice ranging from melodic singing to almost death-metal grunts. This might be considered drastic thinking but I would pick this over Slayer and Slipknot anyday. It is well worth the 9 dollars and more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! February 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Believe the hype, and disregard any artifacts of image, because Protest The Hero can shred while playing some of the most original music to date. Something that may not be for everybody is Rody Walker's vocals, altering between falsetto-style singing and metalcore style singing, but if you approach it with an open mind, you'll realize that Rody has an impressive range and doesn't always sound one dimensional, which is pretty refreshing. The music they produce is basically impossible to pigeonhole, because while they may have some metalcore influence in there, it also gives a nod to technical metal and progressive metal as well while blending each influence into their complex songs. It reminds me what happens when you blend Misery Signals, Psychotic Waltz, and Atheist all in one. An impressive debut full-length, and make sure to check out "Fortress" as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense !! January 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
My other cd's called me the other day. They miss there play time! This is without a doubt the best cd of the year. Flawless from start to finish . I've never heard anything like it before ... go get it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kezia is flawless December 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'll try to keep this review short and sweet and not gush about how great this band is too much, but that will be very hard. Protest the hero combines the greatest parts of music into every song. Amazing clean vocals, thunderous drum beats, intricate and technical guitar parts, and very catchy bass, even a great piano part in Divinity Within. The songs are not too long but not short and not drawn out or redundant whatsoever. The most impressive part about this band is that they music can be metal, but there is very minimal screaming. The singer reminds me of a cross between Coheed and Cambria's and Bedlight for Blueeye's singer. The band shows it is capable of attracting fans of basically any genre with plenty of metal parts, softer balled parts to some songs, and just flat out rock. I must have listened all the way through this cd 15 times since I've had this cd, which is about a week, and I can't imagine ever getting tired of this cd. I wouldn't even advise listening to it while driving because it's awesomeness will distract you and you'll probably get into an accident(sorry i said i wouldn't brag too long). The classical guitar parts in blindfolds aside and a plateful of our done sound great and the girl backup vocals (the voice gave to the character Kezia) sounds good and not annoying at all like flyleaf's may be at times. These songs are almost too catchy and you'll never get them out of your head. The only minor flaw of this album is there may be too many aspects to each song. One minute the guitarist will be shredding, and a second later it will go to a softly sung breakdown. But you won't even notice it after the first run through of the album. It is just part of their music style. It is beautifully chaotic as i consider it. I RECOMMEND THIS CD TO ANYONE WHO LIKES MUSIC.

While it's hard to single out any songs, my favorites are Blindfolds Aside, A Plateful of our Dead, Heretics and Killers, and She Who Mars the Skin of Gods.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Protest The Hero - Kezia
Kezia is the debut full-length studio album by the Canadian band Protest The Hero. It was released in 2005 on Underground Operations. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Protest The Hero is simply a phenomenal band. The instruments are insane, and the Rody's vocals are a force to be reckoned with. For any math/progressive metal fans.
Published 13 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Speechless!!!
Protest The Hero are simply one of the best and most diverse and uniquely talented and original bands in metal today. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars PTH will blow you away
This is Protest the Hero's first major full length album and its amazingness cannot be put into words. Read more
Published on March 4, 2009 by N. Tarte
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!
I am only 3 songs into this album and am completely blown away. If you remember the feeling of your first listen to Metallica's Master of Puppets or Bodom's Follow the Reaper,... Read more
Published on November 22, 2008 by John G. Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Darnit.....
This made my car's 6cd changer a 5cd changer because it never gets taken out :(
Anyway. This album...I can't even begin to describe how amazing it really is. Read more
Published on October 23, 2008 by E. Dudek
5.0 out of 5 stars Who ever said that no one could ever reach perfection?
My boyfiend and his band, who after a show or even before (actually they break out into song quite randomly, it's quite entertaining) were always singing these songs. Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by Jac
5.0 out of 5 stars Where to start?
This is crazy talent...pure and simple...these guys are young and got some mean chops. This release is some of the most technically creative stuff I've ever heard. Read more
Published on July 29, 2007 by Meagan Motuz
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so nice they must be from Canada
Post-Hardcore is such an over played genre in music today that it's hard to believe a new band (to the U.S. atleast) can come out with anything good. Read more
Published on June 26, 2007 by Donovanonfire
4.0 out of 5 stars This Album Rocks
After hearing just one song online, I knew I had to order the album. Covering influences as diverse as thrash, emo, punk, prog rock, math rock, etc. Read more
Published on May 7, 2007 by Sohrab Abbas
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