Protest the Hero
Fortress


4.0
excellent

Review

by Christopher Kenrick USER (4 Reviews)
February 16th, 2008 | 42 replies | 5,162 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

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Okay, let me put this straight, when I first heard this album I hadn't heard Kezia, I am indeed a Protest the Hero 'noob'. I've always enjoyed more 'complicated' music and this is no different, I enjoyed this album, quite a damn lot, but I often question myself WHY. Because let's be fair, it's not exactly biggest breakthrough in history, it's just how I imagine The Dillinger Escape Plan to sound if they chilled the *** down.

And not often do I do this, but let me compliment the album art, it's pretty friggin' cool and detailed. Okay I admit it, I must obviously have some hidden fetish for moose-women with giant bushes behind their heads, but y'know, it still looks cool, even if I feel it has nothing to do with the friggin' album.

Okay, less of this rambling crap aside for now, time for the actual album:

Bloodmeat/The Dissentience - Okay, when I first heard the opening of Bloodmeat, I just crapped myself in fear as to what could be just a collection of 'Dillinger Escape Plan Ear Destroying moments'. But when the main riff appeared between and after these moments, I just jumped up in joy, as this is what this album should be. Which it is. Immediately you can tell the music draws influences heavily from Hardcore Punk, Mathcore and even some modern metal in terms of guitar-wankery. The fast pace often propels the song into little segments of quietness or solo-age. One thing I felt was the bass was a bit too turned down, as it means we don't get to hear Arif's awesome bass-sweep-tapping (not too sure about the sweep bit, but I think it is).

The Dissentience I felt was a bit of a space-filler on the album, as to me, it doesn't seem to stick out much other than in the chorus, it just seems to bring many of the characteristics of Bloodmeat along but a at a bit of a slower pace, but is more of a Bloodmeat-lite. Another thing is, how interesting the lyrics are, since they just seem to be about smoking weed, so if you're a person into weird or slightly cryptic lyrics, then check out the lyrics to this song and let me know what you think. The last minute a bit of the song is an interesting way to end, Quiet (yet awesome bit) -> New Riff -> Main Riff -> End.

Bone Marrow - This song stands out to me on this album so well, probably my favourite track off of it, it packs a punch in pace, varying often but somewhat perfectly too. The vocals on this track I feel are very strong, as well as the lyrics which seem to focus on some powerful King. Rody really kicks into overdrive for this song and puts so much effort in the vocals; it really does steal the show from the guitars. Also it has a piano outro somewhat like some Kezia songs do (not sure how many Kezia songs, just started listening to it). This song I very, very strongly recommend, and rather than even try to tell you why it's so good, just listen to it. =P

Sequoia Throne - For me, this follows a formula, I personally don't find this an exciting or unique song whatsoever, probably a low point of the album. But feel free to tell me what you think of it.

Palms Read/Limb from Limb - Undoubtedly, the guitars have 'returned' back to full form, with the opening feeling a lot like a metal album almost even in the style of Steve Vai (not that I’m directly comparing, hence SIMILAR), before resorting back to some mindless palm muting for the verse, but with some decent vocals, so it's alright. The chorus feels like an explosion in terms of guitar mastery. Somewhere about half-way through the track I was reminded of Megadeth's 'Take No Prisoners' when all the music stops for a moment apart from the bass, which is jamming something mental or weird out.

Towards the end of Palms Read, a little instrumental section appears which latches onto Limb from limb, probably another one of my favourites of the album. Yet again, it seems to have awesome vocals, with Rody's range and styles varying quite rapidly, although unlike Bone Marrow, the vocals don't overshadow the guitar-work, as both are perfectly on par here. Although I do feel the lower 'death metal vocals' are a bit unnecessary, but then again, they're the ones making money in music here, not me. Sweeping and tapping is as common here as a simple housefly, but this song poses something unique, a keyboard solo from Vadim from Dragonforce, which is a nice touch (also a bit pointless, in my opinion, but it's alright).

Spoils/Wretch - Spoils kicks off with a fast powerful pace after the opening guitar piece is over, which I thought were slightly destroyed by the these guitar pieces which seemed to slow it down. The breakdown, which begins at a part which I could almost consider a guitar solo is a nice slow way to finish the song, before resting calmly on another piano outro, brilliant work here.

Wretch feels like another filler to be honest, but is not all too bad, with vocals ranging even higher than before at points, but the song feels a little too in pieces, as unlike some of the other songs on here where loads of different pieces fit together well, I think these 'pieces' feel a little more different than other tracks.

Goddess Bound/Goddess Gagged - Lyrically, I'm not sure if they have a connection or anything (or any form of connection) as they feel like completely separate songs, could just be the titles, but yet again, this feels only like a warm up for Goddess Gagged. Goddess Gagged, you can feel will be different simply from the powerful instrumental opening, which feels slightly happy and almost a somewhat 'jingle', but then it goes into something is beginning to feel a little old, before breaking into something a little more new half-way through, before going back to the same thing, with only the last 20 seconds breaking into something that I felt the last minute should have been. It's like they tried to shove in that last minute into the last twenty seconds, a bit disappointing for an ending.

Good:
- Guitar work is top notch (including bass).
- Vocals may appeal to those who don't like bands like Dillinger Escape Plan.
- A good opportunity to try something new and bring yourself into more 'technical' music.

Bad:
- Gets really repetative towards the end.
- May be a bit too heavy for some.
- Turn that bass up, damn it!

I have to admit, I couldn't quite decide whether to give it a 3.5 or a 4, but in my opinion, you should check it out, even if I gave it a 3.5.

UPDATE: I admit I should have put some more thought into this review, but I was trying to write to pass some time at college... I apologise and won't make the same mistake of rushing another review.


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Confessed2005
February 16th 2008



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Your summary fails me.

This isn't repetitive. The bass levels are also fine - just listen to some of the fills in Bone Marrow. Other than that, a good but unnecessary review.

Confessed2005
February 16th 2008



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Dissentience I felt was a bit of a space-filler on the album, as to me, it doesn't seem to stick out much other than in the chorus, it just seems to bring many of the characteristics of Bloodmeat along but a at a bit of a slower pace, but is more of a Bloodmeat-lite.


Epic fail.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 16th 2008



6001 Comments


Vocals may appeal to those who don't like bands like Dillinger Escape Plan.


I like Dillinger Escape Plan

DBlitz
February 16th 2008



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I disagree with some of your points, but they way you described the album it doesn't seem like you really wanted to give it 4. We already have three other positive reviews, and "4" means its really good and it sounds like you only like a few songs and the rest where either "repetitive" or "boring". The review wasn't too bad, I just didn't agree with your points, it honestly would've been more interesting if you have it a 3-3.5 and have a good argument.

RevengeSoldier
February 16th 2008



295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry for sucking, you guys, but it's how I feel about it, it's not really my sort of thing I usually listen to, but I recognise it's awesomeness.

And Kirgasm, I meant you may like the vocals on here if you don't like the vocals on the Dillinger...

Confessed2005
February 16th 2008



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It was a good review but theres fault with your opinion. So shut up and get out.

lol jk

Kiran
Emeritus
February 16th 2008



6001 Comments


You certainly don't suck and don't beat yourself up over criticism that people may give you. Just take it and use it to improve. The review was written well and you'll certainly improve over time.

Crimson
February 16th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Considering this is only your second review, it's perfectly fine, you just chose to review an album everyone on this site has heard of, so your bound to get a lot of people reading it and criticising it!

DBlitz
February 16th 2008



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry for sucking, you guys, but it's how I feel about it, it's not really my sort of thing I usually listen to, but I recognise it's awesomeness.

Hey its your opinion, you don't suck.

It was a good review but theres fault with your opinion. So shut up and get out.

lol

DWittisarockstar
February 16th 2008



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your first two paragraphs are filled with run-on sentences, and unnecessary commas, which makes it really awkward to read, much like this sentence, which I'm using as an example to point it out.

Other than that, fine review.

MediocreAtBest
February 16th 2008



1473 Comments


Good review for a second, bro. I actually agree with your review for the most part. I think the album gets repetitive/bland towards the end as well, which is why I can't see myself giving this a 5 anytime soon.

RevengeSoldier
February 16th 2008



295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for your support and criticism guys. I'll keep note of it for future.

ninjuice
February 16th 2008



6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I agree it's alright, especially for a second review. I'm really missing out not having this. Maybe I will download it instead of waiting till I can be 'good' by buying it.

MediocreAtBest
February 16th 2008



1473 Comments


Do whatever keeps yer vessel afloat ninjuice, but get it somehow. Even though I like Kezia more, this is a great album.

McP3000
February 16th 2008



3941 Comments


ive decided that this album's artwork is horrid and cheesy

Cesar
February 16th 2008



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i've decided you are correct, but album rulez anyways

kalkal50
February 16th 2008



2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bass is fine, and Wretch is like the best song tbh, doesn't feel broken up at all

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

don't see why people don't like goddess gagged

Yazz_Flute
February 16th 2008



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gagged is way better than Bound.

Digging: Eskaton - 4 Visions

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ehh



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